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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 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...
Tulane’s year in COVID-19 events, breakthroughs and more - Mar 15, 2021
From frontline doctors to first-year students, Tulanians across campuses are reflecting on the year of COVID-19 and the changes, challenges and breakthroughs it has brought. “Tulanians came together in a time of great uncertainty to offer support to one another, protect the health of one another and ensure that our teaching, research and unparalleled student experience continued at an extraordinarily high level in spite of the pandemic,”...
Tulane develops test that can detect COVID-19 that nasal swabs miss - Feb 26, 2021
Tulane University researchers have developed a highly sensitive blood test that can detect COVID-19 in rare cases when infections were missed by nasal swab PCR tests. The research results were published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Most PCR-based COVID-19 tests use nasal swabs because the virus actively replicates in the upper respiratory tract immediately after infection. However, virus levels in the nose wane through the course of...
Tips on being your own best health advocate - Feb 18, 2021
Maybe personal wellness is one of your goals for 2021. A good part of that plan is to advocate for yourself, especially in the doctor’s office. Jacey Jones, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Tulane School of Medicine, offers some suggestions to improving your doctors’ visits, regardless of your health status. Find a primary care doctor to help guide your health care. If you don’t have a physician, ask friends and family for...
Students from ‘15 White Coats’ reflect on becoming Black doctors - Feb 11, 2021
In fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Black doctors have been called on to champion the vaccine and to help eliminate pockets of medical mistrust in the Black community. But there’s just one problem: There aren’t enough Black doctors. According to Census data, about 13% of the U.S. population identifies as Black or African-American, but only 5% of actively practicing physicians identify the same way. Why is this important for health care? The race...
Virus hunter: 'We have to double down' to fight COVID-19 variants - Feb 04, 2021
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is rapidly evolving as COVID-19 spreads across the globe. Tulane Microbiology Professor Robert Garry, PhD, is part of a national team of leading virologists who are sequencing coronavirus samples to monitor mutations. He spoke with Tulanian Now about what the new variants mean for transmission and how they may impact the next phase of the pandemic.  Q: What do we need to know about the new COVID-19 variants?  Robert Garry:...
Effort to prevent, treat COVID-19 gets a boost - Feb 04, 2021
Work on a new COVID-19 drug by a Tulane University School of Medicine researcher is getting fast-tracked. Jay Kolls, MD, a professor of medicine and pediatrics, the John W. Deming Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine, and director of Tulane’s Center for Translational Research in Infection and Inflammation, has received a $100,000 Fast Grant for his research to create a drug that prevents the COVID-19 virus from entering healthy cells. Kolls...
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...