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Tulane to launch multicenter drug study to improve outcomes after atrial fibrillation procedures
Tulane University will lead a multicenter clinical trial to study whether atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients who undergo cardiac ablation to correct an irregular heart rhythm have better long-term outcomes when taking an anti-arrhythmic drug. The trial will explore whether the drug Dronedarone...

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Tulane to launch multicenter drug study to improve outcomes after atrial fibrillation procedures - Jun 09, 2021
Tulane University will lead a multicenter clinical trial to study whether atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients who undergo cardiac ablation to correct an irregular heart rhythm have better long-term outcomes when taking an anti-arrhythmic drug. The trial will explore whether the drug Dronedarone helps decrease the scarring of the heart associated with the development of AFib and a common cause of its reoccurrence after treatment. It will also...
Molecularly targeted radiation therapy extends survival for patients with advanced prostate cancer - Jun 03, 2021
A new cancer treatment that uses engineered radioactive molecules to target prostate cancer cells and inhibit tumor growth extended survival for patients with advanced prostate cancer, according to newly announced results of the VISION trial. The international phase III clinical trial, which was co-led by Tulane University medical oncologist Dr. Oliver Sartor, is the first to use this approach to demonstrate improvements in survival for prostate...
“COVID-19 Conversations” to answer questions about vaccines - Jun 02, 2021
The LA-CEAL: Louisiana Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities presents a webinar, “COVID-19 Conversations: Answering your Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine” on Thursday, June 3, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT. The webinar will be moderated by Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Associate Provost for the Health Sciences Marie “Tonette” Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH, and will include panelists Keith Ferdinand, MD, Lisa Morici, PhD...
Faculty members recognized for excellence with university teaching awards - May 28, 2021
At the end of the spring semester, Tulane University offers university teaching awards to four faculty members — two for excellence in undergraduate teaching and two for graduate and professional teaching. The Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellows Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are awarded to two full-time faculty members for extraordinary achievements in undergraduate teaching, student advising and instructional...
School of Medicine celebrates graduates with in-person ceremony at Convention Center - May 24, 2021
Students of the Class of 2021 at the Tulane University School of Medicine received their Doctor of Medicine and PhD degrees among family and friends at an in-person Commencement ceremony hosted at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Saturday, May 22. Dr. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony and delivered her remarks virtually to the...
Surgeon’s legacy in transplant medicine stretches from coast to coast - May 19, 2021
In the 36 years since Ronald W. Busuttil, MD, PhD (G ’71, M ’71, G ’75) founded the Liver Transplant Program at the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA), 6,784 liver transplants have been performed. Of those, 5,627 were performed in adults and 1,156 in children — all lives that would have been lost without the procedure. Asked what motivates him every day, Busuttil explained that liver transplantation is a discipline that truly is a...
First class of palliative care fellows graduates from Tulane School of Medicine - May 18, 2021
The inaugural cohort of palliative care fellows trained in Louisiana graduates from Tulane University School of Medicine this week. The five doctors are the first to have completed all of their palliative care medicine training here in the state, and all five hope to remain in Louisiana to continue their careers. “When I came back to Tulane in 2017, there were just a handful of people in the whole state who were board certified to provide...
Tulane researchers develop test that detects childhood TB a year ahead of current screenings - May 18, 2021
Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine have developed a highly sensitive blood test that can find traces of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB) in infants a year before they develop the deadly disease, according to a study published in BMC Medicine.  Using only a small blood sample, the test detects a protein secreted by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB infection. It can screen for all forms of TB and rapidly...
Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at Tulane School of Medicine diploma ceremony - May 10, 2021
Rachel Levine, MD, the new assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, virtually returned to her alma mater as the keynote speaker for the Tulane University School of Medicine diploma ceremony on May 22, 2021. Levine has been a trailblazer throughout her professional career, most recently by becoming the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. “COVID-19 has been and...
Tulane Medical Alumni Association upcoming reunions and events - May 06, 2021
Mark your calendar – Tulane School of Medicine Alumni Association is planning events, including reunions, for 2021 and 2022. Check tmaa.tulane.edu for details, or contact Cynthia Hayes at chayes@tulane.edu or (504) 988-6248 for more information. Virtual Webinar: “Modern Perspectives on Physician Wellness: A Panel of Young Physician Leaders” June 17, 2021 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Registration link will be provided with email invitation. Class of 1961...
Research without borders - May 05, 2021
*/ Tulane’s efforts to treat, cure and prevent disease are not confined within the walls of the School of Medicine. Instead, the most exciting medical discoveries will happen across campuses and departments — made possible by the teamwork of researchers in multiple schools and departments. Three School of Medicine investigators — one who recently joined Tulane, one who has seven years of service to the university, and one who returned to Tulane...
Tulane University to invest $5.7 million to expand research institute - Apr 16, 2021
Tulane University will invest $5.7 million to significantly expand the Tulane University Translational Science Institute (TUTSI) into a university-wide center focused on  finding better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent disease and translate scientific discoveries into medical practices that improve patient care and public health. The institute will include new graduate degree programs to develop the next generation of clinical investigators,...
Tulane University Center for Brain Health joins the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network for veteran care - Apr 08, 2021
The Tulane University Center for Brain Health (TUCBH) has partnered with actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise and his foundation’s Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network. This network focuses on the cognitive health and mental wellness of veterans and first responders, providing transformative care for those experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries or substance abuse. Funding of $12.5 million over the next five years is gifted...
Tulane remembers star baseball player and cardiologist Dr. Bobby Brown - Mar 29, 2021
Dr. Bobby Brown (MD ’50) held a number of titles in his long life: World Series champion, Korean War doctor, president of the Texas Rangers and American League and cardiologist. Another title he held dearly was graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. Brown passed away last week at the age of 96. “Dr. Brown was an amazing individual,” says Dr. Lee Hamm, dean of Tulane University School of Medicine. “He not only got his medical degree...
Tulane study looks at effectiveness of telehealth therapy during pandemic - Mar 26, 2021
When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, the Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic in New Orleans (EPIC-NOLA) quickly transitioned to virtual mental health for an especially vulnerable population of teens and young adults. Despite logistical challenges, remote therapy improved engagement, mitigated symptoms and reduced repeated hospitalizations, according to a joint study by the Tulane University School of Medicine and the...