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Tulane researchers develop a rapid COVID-19 saliva test read by a smartphone device
Researchers from Tulane University have developed a 15-minute COVID-19 test that is read by a smartphone to address the need to expand testing capacity in community-based settings. This test uses the same CRISPR-based approach that the researchers have submitted to the Food and Drug Administration...

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Tulane to create its eighth Presidential Chair with $5 million gift from alumnus - Jan 26, 2021
A $5 million gift from Tulane alumnus Richard M. Lerner (A&S ’81, B ’83) will create the university’s eighth Presidential Chair, this one devoted to increasing the world’s scientific understanding of aging and longevity. Tulane will establish the Lawrence E. Lerner Presidential Chair Endowed Fund to support a professor in an interdisciplinary area of academic study. Lerner has requested that the initial chair holder be a scholar whose...
BioAesthetics and Tulane awarded grant to develop new advanced wound-care graft - Jan 25, 2021
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to BioAesthetics Corp. to develop a new advanced wound-care product for treating bed sores or pressure ulcers. The product will be tested at Tulane University. The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I award will fund initial testing and development of a skin graft that combines the company’s tissue regeneration technology with infection-fighting drugs to better promote...
Cowen Institute receives Kresge Foundation grant to support mental health of college students - Jan 22, 2021
The Cowen Institute at Tulane University has been awarded a grant by The Kresge Foundation to support a “NOLA Mental Health and Wellness Pilot” program for New Orleans college students. The grant will fund a partnership between the mental health app MetaPro, and post-secondary focused organizations College Beyond, College Track, and the Cowen Institute, to provide high quality mental health services to college students in those programs. “The...
Tulane identifies potential animal model for studying severe COVID-19 infections - Jan 19, 2021
For the first time, Tulane University researchers have identified and replicated a little understood, hyperimmune response in nonhuman primates that could one day lead to treatments to rescue patients with severe cases of the disease. The findings were published in The American Journal of Pathology. “This may be an important first step in understanding why some people become critically ill from COVID-19,” said senior author Jay Rappaport,...
School of Medicine holds virtual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2024 - Jan 13, 2021
On Jan. 8, first-year medical students at Tulane School of Medicine received their white coats at the official White Coat Ceremony, a rite of passage that symbolizes the students’ entry into the field of medicine. The ceremony for the Class of 2024 was delayed till this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event was livestreamed for parents and friends. Students received their white coats and stethoscopes and recited the Tulane...
Photos: Tulane rolls out COVID-19 vaccine - Jan 12, 2021
About 50 members of the Tulane community received their first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday in the J. Bennett Johnston Building. The vaccinations came just days after Tulane was designated as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site by the Louisiana Department of Health. University members who received their vaccines ranged from physicians to nurses to food service and custodial/operations staff. For more information about...
Tulane University begins to administer COVID-19 vaccine to faculty, staff - Jan 12, 2021
On Tuesday, Tulane University began administering the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to faculty, staff and students eligible under the state’s current guidelines. About 50 Tulanians were vaccinated on the first day at the J. Bennett Johnston Building, said Joe Esneault, chief clinical data officer for Tulane University Medical Group. In the upcoming days, hundreds more are expected to be vaccinated. Second doses will follow...
Tulane researchers develop a rapid COVID-19 saliva test read by a smartphone device - Dec 11, 2020
Researchers from Tulane University have developed a 15-minute COVID-19 test that is read by a smartphone to address the need to expand testing capacity in community-based settings. This test uses the same CRISPR-based approach that the researchers have submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Authorization. Rapid PCR tests typically use nasal swab samples and are performed in laboratory settings by highly trained...
School of Medicine to host town hall on COVID-19 vaccines - Dec 11, 2020
Tulane University School of Medicine will virtually host “COVID-19 Vaccines: A Community Town Hall” Monday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. CT to discuss the COVID-19 vaccines.   A panel of experts including Senior Vice President and School of Medicine Dean Lee Hamm, MD; Executive Dean Patrick Delafontaine, MD; Professor and Gerald S. Berenson Chair in Preventative Cardiology Keith Ferdinand, MD; Associate Professor Lisa Morici, PhD; Associate Professor...
Tulane program part of new trial focused on early psychosis intervention - Dec 10, 2020
Early intervention following an episode of psychosis can change a young patient’s outcome. The National Institute of Mental Health recently awarded the Tulane University Department of Psychiatry a grant to expand its work in this vital area.   Tulane’s Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic-New Orleans (EPIC-NOLA) will be part of a six-clinic network that received $5.5 million to study implementation of learning healthcare systems that continually...
Tulane researcher shows enhanced therapeutic stem cell migration improves neurodegenerative disease - Dec 04, 2020
Stem cell therapy, especially neural stem cells, offers great promise in treating brain injury. Neural stem cells exhibit a broad repertoire of potentially multiple therapeutic actions including functional neural replacement and acute and chronic anti-inflammatory action via the delivery of therapeutic gene products synthesized inherently by the stem cells in the disease environment. For optimal stem cell therapy, neural stem cells should...
COVID-19 testing available in December at the School of Medicine - Dec 02, 2020
Now that the holidays are here, most people want to continue to be mindful of COVID-19 safety practices around family members. Tulane now offers retail COVID-19 testing (both asymptomatic and symptomatic) to non-employees through Jan. 2. To set up non-employee testing, please follow the guidelines below. Testing hours (through Dec. 17): Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only Saturday 7 a.m. to noon, by appointment only...
Tulane University’s Center for Brain Health ready to serve veterans in need of health care - Nov 10, 2020
Chad Hennings is a College Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl Champion. Hennings is also a military veteran of the United States Air Force, who flew 45 combat missions in an A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) during Operation Provide Comfort, which defended Kurdish civilians fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War. In both cases, Hennings was on the front lines in two of the world’s most physically and...
Tulane begins recruiting for Janssen COVID-19 vaccine study - Nov 03, 2020
Tulane University School of Medicine is a testing site for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s Phase III clinical research study of a COVID-19 vaccine known as Ad26.COV2.S. The Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate versus a placebo. Worldwide, the study will recruit approximately 60,...
Trick or treating a COVID threat? Make a scary Halloween fun - Oct 23, 2020
Kids want scary Halloween fun, not creepy COVID reminders. After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against traditional trick or treating to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities, parents and kids may be wondering how to celebrate the occasion. Is it safe to attend outdoor parties? Walk around the neighborhood in costume? Carve pumpkins with friends? Lauren Teverbaugh, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and...