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Three Tulanians honored with STEM awards
The dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering and two faculty members from the Tulane School of Medicine are winners of the 2020 Women in STEM Award sponsored by the American Heart Association and Entergy.   Kimberly Foster, now in her second year as dean of science and...

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Support Tulane Healthcare Providers - Mar 27, 2020
Tulane School of Medicine residents and other providers are continuing to deliver healthcare during this fraught time, despite many personal stresses. To help meet the needs of Tulane providers who are continuing their brave work, Tulane School of Medicine has established the Tulane Healthcare Providers Fund. The fund is flexible enough to respond to the evolving situation. “The needs are changing so quickly,” says Dr. Kendra Harris, MD, MSc,...
Tulane offers special scholarships to returning Peace Corps volunteers and U.S. Fulbright Scholars - Mar 26, 2020
Tulane University is announcing a special initiative to make graduate study more accessible to U.S. Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and Fulbright student grantees called back from international placements because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19. As a university with a strong tradition of public service and global studies, Tulane is offering tuition scholarships of up to 50 percent toward the entire cost of degree programs of particular...
Tulane medical students coordinate donations of protective gear for hospitals - Mar 25, 2020
In an effort to collect needed supplies for healthcare workers, students from Tulane School of Medicine’s student community clinics rallied together and overnight built a regional donation hub to collect personal protective equipment (PPE).   The School of Medicine is now accepting contributions of several types of PPE and supplies to be distributed at Tulane hospitals and clinics and other facilities. The school has already received several...
Dean Hamm: We Are Not Powerless - Mar 25, 2020
Dear New Orleans and surrounding communities, With so much anxiety in the community about COVID-19 right now, we must remember that we are not powerless in the face of this situation. At Tulane University School of Medicine, we have incredible clinicians and scientists, and we are guided by some of the best experts in the world. All of our hospitals and clinics are approaching this situation so that potential exposure to providers and all of the...
Tulane National Primate Research Center on Frontlines of COVID-19 Research - Mar 25, 2020
Researchers at the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) are working to discover safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Earlier this year, TNPRC had the distinction of becoming one of the first research facilities in the country to obtain approval from the Centers for Disease Control to receive live samples of the novel coronavirus. Center Director Jay Rappaport, PhD, said TNPRC is the only National Primate Research...
School of Medicine faculty and researchers answer COVID-19 questions - Mar 20, 2020
Faculty members and researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine are available to answer the community’s most pressing questions about COVID-19 and have recently released an informational video to raise awareness about the coronavirus. In this video, David Mushatt, MD, associate professor of medicine and section chief of Infectious Diseases, gives practical advice on protecting against COVID-19 and also explains the measures by which...
Study: Coronavirus pandemic sparked by nature, not bioengineering - Mar 18, 2020
The coronavirus behind the global COVID-19 pandemic likely evolved from nature and not a lab, according to a new genetic study in Nature Medicine co-authored by a Tulane University virologist. A team of scientists from Tulane, Scripps Research Institute, Columbia University, University of Edinburgh and University of Sydney analyzed the genome sequence of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan, China, last year and...
Researchers identify marker that may predict whether lung cancer likely to spread - Mar 11, 2020
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. More than half of NSCLC patients die after developing metastases. There are no tests currently that would allow doctors to identify patients where more aggressive therapy could reduce mortality. Researchers at Tulane University have identified a protein on tumor-derived extracellular vesicles that indicates if a NSCLC tumor...
Elma I. LeDoux, MD, named associate dean for admissions and student affairs at School of Medicine - Mar 09, 2020
The School of Medicine announced last week that Elma Ireland LeDoux, MD, professor of medicine and Tulane alumna, has accepted the role of associate dean for admissions and student affairs. She takes over the responsibilities of Senior Associate Dean Marc Kahn, who, after almost 20 years of service to the university, is leaving Tulane to become the dean of University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine.   LeDoux is a lifelong New Orleanian...
Tulane scientist named Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology - Mar 03, 2020
Chad Steele, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine, has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). This prestigious honor recognizes scientists for outstanding contributions in a wide variety of microbiology sectors, including research, education, public health, industry and government service. Steele is one of only 68 scientists worldwide to be elected as...
Tulane researchers developing rapid test for tuberculosis with DOD grant - Feb 21, 2020
Led by Tony Hu, the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Biotechnology Innovation at Tulane University School of Medicine, researchers at Tulane, Baylor College of Medicine and NanoPin Technologies, Inc. are now developing a rapid, reliable and highly specific test to allow rapid diagnosis of all forms of  Tuberculosis (TB), the leading worldwide cause of death from infectious disease.    More than 10 million people contract TB each year, and the...
Tulane University launches new coronavirus research program to develop a vaccine and advanced diagnostics - Feb 19, 2020
From working to develop one of the first nonhuman primate models for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to designing new therapeutic strategies and nanotechnology-based tests to rapidly diagnose infections, researchers at Tulane University are responding across disciplines to the emerging coronavirus epidemic. Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) is establishing a COVID-19 research program to develop a vaccine and test...
Spike in US colorectal cancer rates from age 49 to 50 suggests many cases likely undiagnosed before screenings - Jan 31, 2020
A year-by-year age analysis of colorectal cancer rates among U.S. adults finds a 46% increase in new diagnoses from ages 49 to 50, indicating that many latent cases of the disease are likely going undiagnosed until routine screenings begin at 50, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open.  Researchers found that almost 93% of the cases discovered at age 50 were invasive, meaning that most would require more aggressive treatment including...
Three Tulanians honored with STEM awards - Jan 29, 2020
The dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering and two faculty members from the Tulane School of Medicine are winners of the 2020 Women in STEM Award sponsored by the American Heart Association and Entergy.   Kimberly Foster, now in her second year as dean of science and engineering, joins Dr. Anjali Niyogi and Dr. Sonia Malhotra as three of the 10 winners of the inaugural awards.   The Women in STEM Awards, a...