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Tulane researcher receives grant to study ‘dark matter of genomes’
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation recently awarded Tulane Cancer Center researcher Victoria Belancio, PhD, associate professor of structural and cellular biology, a three-year, $150,000 grant to support her investigations into rarely studied genetic elements that contribute to cancer...

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James Carville to headline Tulane Entertainment and Sports Law Conference - Apr 10, 2019
Renowned political strategist James Carville will headline Tulane Law School’s 2nd Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Conference April 12-13 on Tulane University’s uptown campus. Titled “Geaux Create: Emerging Trends in Law and Creative Content,” the two-day conference will take place at John Giffen Weinmann Hall, home of the Law School, 6329 Freret St. It is free and open to the public. Among the highlights will be a keynote conversation...
Know a great 2019 grad? Tell ‘Tulane Today’! - Apr 03, 2019
Do you know a great grad from any of Tulane’s schools or at any degree level? The Tulane University Class of 2019 has many individuals who have had extraordinary experiences or who will embark on exciting post-college chapters. We are seeking nominations of graduates with inspirational stories to be featured in Tulane Today in the days leading up to the University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18. To nominate a graduate for a...
Tulane researcher receives grant to study ‘dark matter of genomes’ - Mar 28, 2019
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation recently awarded Tulane Cancer Center researcher Victoria Belancio, PhD, associate professor of structural and cellular biology, a three-year, $150,000 grant to support her investigations into rarely studied genetic elements that contribute to cancer. Genetic instability is the underlying cause of all cancers, and several studies have focused on the mechanisms by which genes are mutated to initiate...
Immersion Days 2019 to feature keynote by Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute CEO - Mar 21, 2019
Tulane University has added a more diverse menu of science, an extra day of programming and a national headliner to this year’s Immersion Days, the university’s premier event showcasing its latest research discoveries to biotechnology firms, venture capitalists, foundations and potential collaborators. Immersion Days 2019, scheduled April 9-10, will feature a keynote address from Dr. Penny Heaton, chief executive officer of the Bill &...
Match Day pairs medical students with their futures - Mar 20, 2019
  Fourth year student Kendal Flegenheimer holds a sign her mom made celebrating Match Day. Tulane University School of Medicine celebrated Match Day 2019, when 186 fourth-year students learned where they’ll spend the next few years of their careers. Watch the video for highlights from this year’s exciting ceremony.
Olan Jackson-Weaver, PhD Awarded $220,000 American Heart Association Grant - Mar 19, 2019
Dr. Mary Killackey and the entire Department of Surgery wish to congratulate Oman Jackson-Weaver, PhD who received a $220,000 research grant from the American Heart Association. This project will investigate the role of endothelial cell calcium signaling and the subsequent activation of the transcription factor NFAT, and will investigate how this pathway is activated during shock and trauma to contribute to the dysfunction of the endothelium...
Tulane University website has a new look - Mar 18, 2019
You may have noticed something different when you visited Tulane.edu in the past few days. The main university website, news and magazine sites, and events sites all have a fresh new look. The design updates include some new complementary colors. Our digital design typefaces weren’t left out, either, with both a new, modern serif and sans serif look to keep things feeling current. We are testing these new colors and fonts, along with some other...
Congratulations to Dr. Anil Paramesh - 2019 Health Care Hero - Mar 15, 2019
Health Care Heroes honors 50 health care professionals in the New Orleans area in six categories: animal care, first responder, nurse, physician, professional and volunteer. Honorees were selected based on industry and community involvement and achievement that have set the pace for the overall community. Dr. Paramesh’s selection as a HealthCare Hero this year is a very much deserved honor. He has done a lot of behind the scenes work for organ...
Tulane School of Medicine launches ‘Walk with a Doc’ program to get patients moving - Mar 14, 2019
Doctors at Tulane University School of Medicine hope to encourage patients to get on their feet. Tulane doctors, along with medical students, are launching a chapter of Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk every third Saturday of the month. Walk with a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequences...
Pregnancy disorder subject of new Tulane study - Mar 12, 2019
An imaging technique used to detect some forms of cancer can also help detect preeclampsia in pregnancy before it becomes a life-threatening condition, a new Tulane study says. Preelcampsia is a hypertensive disorder that accounts for 14 percent of global maternal deaths annually and affects 5 to 8 percent of all pregnancies. Symptoms may include high blood pressure and protein in the urine and typically occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy....
New Tulane University study reveals heart abnormalities in retired NFL players - Mar 07, 2019
A new, first-time study by Tulane University has revealed that former National Football League (NFL) players, particularly those with larger body sizes, were found to have heart abnormalities specifically associated with high blood pressure. Dr. Genevieve Smith, a faculty instructor at the Tulane University School of Medicine, is the lead author and Dr. Gregory Stewart, co-director of the Tulane Sports Medicine Program, is the senior author. The...
New spaces, new places - Feb 22, 2019
Transforming its physical spaces for the next generation of students is a top priority at Tulane, and has brought about a kind of renaissance of building, renovations and expansions throughout the uptown, downtown and North Shore campuses. Two recently dedicated buildings are already servicing the Tulane community on the uptown campus, including the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex and Mussafer Hall. Construction of The Commons is currently...
Tulane, LSU Health select New Orleans BioInnovation Center as statewide partner for biomedical technology accelerator program - Feb 20, 2019
Tulane University and LSU Health New Orleans have selected the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) as the statewide implementation partner for a newly launched initiative to augment business development efforts and accelerate the commercialization of life science research from university labs to biotechnology startups in the region and to existing companies around the world. NOBIC will work closely with the two universities to...
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...