Study finds genetic risks associated with prostate cancer are underestimated
- Feb 07, 2019
More than 17 percent of prostate cancer patients are born with genetic variants that can be associated with a higher risk for various cancers, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology by researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine and genetics firm Invitae.
The research, which is the largest study to date on the genetics of prostate cancer, also found that guidelines for genetic testing at the time of the study missed a substantial...
New gynecologic oncologist aims to reduce cervical cancer rates in NOLA
- Jan 21, 2019
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Gynecologic Oncologist Jessica Shank, MD, is on a mission to raise awareness that this cancer is preventable.
"In New Orleans, cervical cancer rates are more than double that of the rest of the country," said Shank. "This is a cancer that can be prevented with regular Pap smear screening and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine."
The vaccine was previously FDA-approved for use in girls and boys...
Gr8 Neighbor Gives Gift of Life
- Dec 19, 2018
A Laplace woman woman takes the words “love thy neighbor” literally, and she gave her neighbor a gift that he can never repay -- the gift of life.
As Dr. Paramesh Anil was all set to remove Nanci’s kidney at Tulane Medical Center, he said “It is always amazing to me how nice people can be to donate a part of their body to help someone with no benefit for themselves.”
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Dr. Emad Kandil Receives 2017 Shipley Award
- Dec 07, 2018
Congratulations to Dr.Emad Kandil - the recipient of the 2017 Shipley Award from the Southern Surgical Association!! This is a huge honor from this prestigious society and is a “distinction of astute surgical scholarship”.
Dr. Kandil’s reputation in clinical research has led to him receiving the prestigious Shipley Award from the Southern Surgical Association, one of the oldest surgical societies in the country. This award is known as a...
Dr. Kunnimalaiyaan Serves as Study Section Member at Liver Cancer Program
- Dec 07, 2018
Dr. Kunnimalaiyaan, faculty at the Department of Surgery, has been invited to be a study section-panel member for the Liver Cancer program, CDMRP- Peer reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP). This panel reviews applications from career development award (CDA), Idea award, impact award-Special Focus, and Translational Team Science Award (TTSA). The meeting will be held at Baltimore on Dec 2-4, 2018.
Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand appointed to the Gerald S. Berenson Endowed Chair in Preventive Cardiology
- Dec 03, 2018
Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand, a distinguished cardiologist at Tulane University School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Gerald S. Berenson Endowed Chair in Preventive Cardiology.
The Chair is named for Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, who is internationally recognized for his clinical research on the early natural history of arteriosclerosis. Berenson was the principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study, a long-term community study of heart disease...
From elections to holiday shopping safety, faculty make headlines
- Nov 30, 2018
From midterm elections to holiday shopping safety, national reporters reached out to our Tulane faculty for their expertise. Here’s the latest Tulane News in Review.
Tulane political scientist Mirya Holman reviewed how female candidates fared in the midterm elections. She also looked at their effectiveness in Congress. Holman spoke with the New York Times.
Geologist Tor Tornqvist talked about the shrinking Louisiana coastline with...
Dr. Hua Lu Elected Lifetime Fellow to AAAS
- Nov 28, 2018
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has bestowed upon 416 of its members the lifetime honor of being an elected Fellow in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in advancing science. Tulane University School of Medicine congratulates,Dr. Hua Lu who received this honor(section of Biological Science).
The Fellows, announced Nov. 27, will be recognized at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. During a...
Tulane professor receives NIH supplement for Alzheimer’s research
- Nov 20, 2018
There are 5.7 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Alzheimers.org, and the dreaded disease has caused more deaths than both breast and prostate cancer combined. Finding a cure is paramount.
Andrea Zsombok, an associate professor of physiology in the Tulane University School of Medicine and member of the Tulane Brain Institute Executive Committee, recently received a $334,000 supplement to her current National...
Dr. Raoul Rodriguez and the Pierrette and John G. Phillips Professorship
- Nov 19, 2018
Dr. Raoul Rodriguez was awarded the Pierrette and Jogn G. Phillips Professorship in Orthopaedics. Both Mr. and Mrs. Phillips received treatment from Dr. Rodriguez prior to Mr. Phillips death in 2016. On Novemeber 13th, faculty, staff, family, and friends of Dr. Rodriguez gathered along with the Phillips family to celebrate this great honor!
Research teams awarded funding to fight health disparities in the Mississippi Delta
- Nov 16, 2018
A new consortium backed by Tulane University, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has awarded collaborative research grants to two teams of investigators fighting health disparities in the Mississippi Delta.
The Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium, which was launched this summer, created the 2018 Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) Awards in Health Disparities...
Tracking Peptides in Cell Soup
- Nov 15, 2018
If you think this soup looks unappealing for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, you’re right! If you were crazy enough to take a sip, you’d find it to be virtually flavorless—just a salty base (red) with greasy lipid globules (green) floating on top. But what this colorful concoction lacks in taste, it makes up for as a valuable screening tool for peptides, miniature versions of proteins that our bodies use to control many cellular...
Tulane awarded $8.5 million contract to develop next-generation whooping cough vaccine
- Nov 14, 2018
The National Institutes of Health awarded Tulane University School of Medicine a contract for up to $8.5 million over five years to develop a more effective and longer-lasting vaccine against pertussis, more commonly known as “whooping cough.”
Microbiologist Lisa Morici, PhD, and immunologist James McLachlan, PhD, will lead the project to use outer membrane vesicles (OMVs), which are nanoparticles shed by bacteria as they grow, to...