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Physician-scientist sets a course for fighting outbreaks
Dr. Sally Baker’s passion for sleuthing out — and preventing — infectious diseases started with a global epidemic. She caught the bug in high school at the height of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak. While many reacted in fear about the potential spread of the viral illness...

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Tulane Professor & Pediatrician Receives 2019 Irwin Redlener Award - Jun 19, 2019
From the Children's Health Fund's Facebook page When our guests learned about Kim Mukerjee, MD at our benefit, an exemplary physician in our New Orleans program helping immigrant families fleeing horrifying violence, there was a standing ovation. She dedicated her Irwin Redlener Award to the children she serves. WE ARE IN AWE OF YOU KIM! We know it takes a village and we are honored to be a part of this life-saving work! Learn about...
Tulane study shows vaccine protects against equine viruses that threaten humans - Jun 14, 2019
For the first time, a new vaccine provided complete protection against three types of equine encephalitic viruses in nonhuman primates, according to a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The research was a joint collaborative effort involving Tulane University, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army. These encephalitic alphaviruses are possible bioterrorism agents because of their...
Tulane School of Professional Advancement launches online master’s degree in sport studies - May 23, 2019
The Tulane University School of Professional Advancement (SoPA), in collaboration with the Center for Sport, recently announced its new master’s degree and graduate certificates in sport studies. The collaboration between SoPA and the Center for Sport at Tulane University provides students a unique opportunity to earn “stackable certificates,” which can also be used to fulfill academic requirements for more advanced programs, in a range of...
Tulane bestows teaching awards on five faculty members - May 22, 2019
Five Tulane University faculty members received universitywide teaching awards during the 2019 Commencement ceremony — two Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellows Awards for Undergraduate Teaching, which recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching, student advising, and instructional improvement and development; two President’s Awards for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, given to faculty members who have a sustained...
New opioid speeds up recovery without increasing pain sensitivity or risk of chronic pain - May 21, 2019
Morphine and other opioid-based painkillers are very effective at treating pain initially, but studies have shown that the drugs can make patients more pain-sensitive, prolonging their discomfort and increasing their risks of developing chronic pain. A new type of opioid developed by researchers at Tulane University and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System doesn’t have this side effect and accelerates recovery time from pain...
Physician-scientist sets a course for fighting outbreaks - May 20, 2019
Dr. Sally Baker’s passion for sleuthing out — and preventing — infectious diseases started with a global epidemic. She caught the bug in high school at the height of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak. While many reacted in fear about the potential spread of the viral illness from China, Baker was fascinated by the public health heroes charged with putting a stop to it. “There were epidemiologists and physicians plastered all...
University Commencement hits all the right notes - May 18, 2019
“Wherever you go, don’t forget the lessons of this place,” Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, told graduates at Tulane University Commencement on Saturday, May 18.  More than 3,000 candidates representing all 50 states, more than 50 countries, and each of the university’s nine schools earned their academic degrees at the joyful and musical ceremony held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  President Mike Fitts, who presided and conferred the degrees, noted in...
Law grad has a ‘lifetime of gratitude’ - May 16, 2019
There is nothing easy about law school – it’s three years of relentless, demanding workload. Now imagine attending one of the nation’s most rigorous institutions following a diagnosis — and subsequent treatment — for stomach cancer. “I thought I would have to drop out or take time off,” said Gerald Williams, who, through sheer perseverance and determination has gotten through the rigors of law school and — cancer-free — joins the Tulane Law...
Tulane Participates in 'All of Us' - Local Study Seeks Your DNA - May 08, 2019
Science is now beginning to understand that everything, from sickness, health, and even weight loss, is determined by your genetics and your environment, and how the two interact. The National Institutes of Health is looking for more than a million people to help researchers target treatments just for you. Read more.
Tulane alumni couple donates $5 million for Presidential Chair - May 07, 2019
Tulane University has received a $5 million commitment to fund a Presidential Chair from alumni Marcela Villareal de Panetta and Bernard J. Panetta II. Ms. de Panetta is a member of the Board of Tulane and the Dean’s Council of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her husband and fellow Tulane graduate, Bernard, is a trial lawyer. Tulane will establish the Panetta Family Presidential Chair Endowed Fund to support a professor...
Researcher awarded $1.8 million grant to study new targets for rare pediatric cancer - May 02, 2019
Sean Lee, PhD, associate professor of pathology in the Tulane School of Medicine, was recently awarded a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate possible new targets for treating desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT), a rare pediatric cancer. DSRCT is a type of soft-tissue sarcoma that causes multiple tumors to form, most often in the abdomen and pelvis, but it can also occur in other parts of the...
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 &...