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School of Medicine alumnus wins prestigious Lasker Award for immunology research
Pioneering immunology researcher Max Cooper,MD, a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, has been named a co-recipient of the 2019 Lasker medical research award, one of the highest biomedical research honors in America. Cooper, a professor at Emory University, and Jacques Miller, PhD...

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Human impact on the Mississippi River region, planet is subject of Tulane conference - Oct 31, 2019
The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University will host an international gathering Nov. 10-16 devoted to the human impact on and around the Mississippi River region basin and the planet. "Anthropocene River Campus: The Human Delta" is the culmination of a year-long study of the Mississippi River related to such key themes as flow of commodities, river engineering and evolutionary stability, and claims to property and access. The...
Study finds topsoil is key harbinger of lead exposure risks for children - Oct 14, 2019
Tracking lead levels in soil over time is critical for cities to determine lead contamination risks for their youngest and most vulnerable residents, according to a new Tulane University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The study, which focuses on New Orleans but could serve as a model for cities around the world, is the first to show how long-term changes in soil lead levels have a corresponding impact in...
Tulane researcher is editor of journal issue honoring 40th anniversary of key cancer discovery - Oct 01, 2019
It’s the most important suppressor of growth in cancer tumors and the most intensively studied molecule in biomedical research, yet scientists are still unraveling the mysteries of p53 almost 40 years after its discovery. Leading p53 researcher Hua Lu, PhD, of Tulane University School of Medicine, was chosen to edit a special edition of the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology dedicated to the history of p53 research. The issue includes articles...
Ten students join first allied health program at School of Medicine - Sep 23, 2019
In January, 10 students will begin training in the first cohort of Tulane School of Medicine’s first allied health program, the master’s degree as a pathologists’ assistant (PA). The program is one of 13 such programs in the United States and the only one in the Gulf South. A pathologists’ assistant — not to be confused with a physician assistant — is a highly trained allied health professional with two years of dedicated study in anatomic...
Leaving a legacy - Sep 23, 2019
During his long career at Tulane University School of Medicine, Dean Baker Ellithorpe, MD (M ’62, I ’63, R ’68, F ’71), became known for his passion for helping patients with cystic fibrosis. He included Tulane School of Medicine in his estate plans by creating a professorship to ensure his mission lives on. Ross Klingsberg, MD (A&S ’88, M ’02, F ’08), an associate professor at the School of Medicine, is the inaugural Dean Baker Ellithorpe,...
School of Medicine Faculty Member Receives Teacher Award - Sep 20, 2019
N. Kevin Krane, MD, vice dean for academic affairs and professor of medicine at Tulane, received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award for his leadership and work to ensure medical students and faculty were able to quickly get back to their work after Hurricane Katrina. He was also recognized for his innovation which led to curricular reforms. To read more about Dr. Krane’s award, click here.
Tulane associate dean elected as a fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London - Sep 19, 2019
Marc Kahn, MD, MBA, Peterman-Prosser Professor and senior associate dean at the Tulane University School of Medicine, has been elected to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP London). Founded in 1518 by a royal charter from King Henry VIII, the RCP is the oldest medical college in England. Fellowship in the college is a prestigious accolade; fellows assist with the RCP’s objective of shaping public health by promoting...
Cancer cells turn to cannibalism to survive chemotherapy - Sep 18, 2019
Researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine have discovered that some cancer cells survive chemotherapy by eating their neighboring tumor cells. The study, which was published in the Journal of Cell Biology, suggests that this act of cannibalism provides these cancer cells with the energy they need to stay alive and initiate tumor relapse after the course of treatment is completed. Chemotherapy drugs such as doxorubicin kill cancer...
Tulane University student spends summer conducting brain tumor research in Switzerland - Sep 17, 2019
Tulane University senior James Rogers has been charting a course in the name of research since he arrived on campus in the fall of 2016. Rogers’ journey has led him from New Orleans to Bethesda, Md., across the Atlantic to Scotland and, most recently, Switzerland, where he spent the summer as a visiting research scholar in the Brain Tumor Center at the University Hospital Zürich (USZ).   Rogers’ clinical research focused on the role of...
Tulane Cancer Center to Host Free Prostate Cancer Seminar - Sep 12, 2019
Dr. Oliver Sartor will provide a Prostate Cancer Seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Ave. (corner of Tulane and S. Claiborne).  Light refreshments will be served, and complimentary parking is available in the building’s garage, accessible from S. Derbigny St.  Dr. Sartor, one of the few medical oncologists in the world focused on prostate cancer and...
School of Medicine alumnus wins prestigious Lasker Award for immunology research - Sep 11, 2019
Pioneering immunology researcher Max Cooper,MD, a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, has been named a co-recipient of the 2019 Lasker medical research award, one of the highest biomedical research honors in America. Cooper, a professor at Emory University, and Jacques Miller, PhD from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their discovery of the two...
Advanced technology, research contribute to Tulane Professional Athlete Care Team’s championship year - Sep 09, 2019
The New England Patriots weren't the only team to have a championship season last year. The Tulane University Professional Athlete Care Team (PACT) had its most successful year in 2018-19, as well, completing over 600 patient screenings, including a record 139 former players at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.  Tulane University School of Medicine began providing medical services to former professional athletes in 2013. Two years later, a partnership...
Keck Foundation awards Tulane University $1 million to study why women have stronger immune systems than men - Aug 27, 2019
Do women have an extra line of defense in their immune systems that gives them an advantage over men in fighting infections? That’s one of the questions Tulane University researchers hope to answer using a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to study how sex differences shape disparate immune responses in men and women. The goal is to learn more about how immune systems evolved differently in the two sexes and to use this information...
Convocation 2019 provides hearty welcome for Tulane first-year students - Aug 23, 2019
On Friday, Tulane University President Mike Fitts officially welcomed the Class of 2023 at the 2019 Convocation, held at McAlister Hall. (Photos by Sally Asher)
LCME accredits School of Medicine for full eight-year period - Aug 16, 2019
In June, Tulane School of Medicine received a full eight-year accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the maximum time frame that LCME allows. The accreditation caps off two years of gathering data, input and insights from current medical students, recent alumni, and faculty and staff. N. Kevin Krane, MD (M ’77), vice dean for academic affairs and professor of medicine, oversaw the process along with Accreditation...