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New Department of Physiology Chair honored with prestigious research award
Heddwen Brooks, PhD, arrived at Tulane University School of Medicine this fall, and the Department of Physiology Chair is already adding a new line to her CV. Brooks has been awarded the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) 2022 Award of Excellence for Research in Cardiovascular Health and...

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Machado awarded $2.4 million grant to study role of macrophages in breast development - Oct 18, 2022
Heather Machado, PhD, assistant dean for the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, was recently awarded a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Her proposed studies aim to understand how macrophages – cells that are part of the immune system – help to maintain mammary gland tissue stability...
New lupus nephritis treatment effectiveness tested by Tulane clinical study - Oct 18, 2022
Lupus nephritis (LN) affects approximately 40% of people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is one of the most serious complications of the condition, and yet limited treatment options exist. Developing a new effective treatment option is a high medical priority, which is why the Clinical Translational Unit at Tulane University School of Medicine is conducting the REGENCY study. The clinical study will evaluate the safety and...
Robes provide comfort to breast cancer patients at Tulane - Oct 14, 2022
Karen T. Stall knows the anxiety and stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. A survivor of breast cancer, Stall made it her mission to help other patients going through that same experience. Her foundation, the Karen T. Stall Research and Breast Institute, partners with health care facilities across the Gulf South including Tulane Doctors Breast Cancer Center. The foundation recently donated 113 robes to make Tulane patients...
LCMC Health and Tulane University announce partnership - Oct 10, 2022
LCMC Health and Tulane University today announced intentions to partner to expand access to comprehensive and specialty care across Southeast Louisiana, enhance the region’s capabilities as a destination for medical innovation and training, and provide community investments and benefits.   Upon approval of the proposed partnership, Tulane Medical Center, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, and Tulane Lakeside Hospital will be acquired from HCA...
Latino Medical Student Association at Tulane honors Hispanic Heritage Month with guest speakers and free medical screenings - Oct 10, 2022
Hispanic and Latinx people make up 18% of the US population, but less than 6% of the physicians around the nation identify as either ethnicity. The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at Tulane University School of Medicine is one of many chapters around the country aiming to increase the number of Hispanic and Latinx medical students and raise awareness about how better representation can improve health outcomes in Latino communities....
Department of Surgery establishes Kinchen award to support underrepresented med students - Oct 07, 2022
The Department of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine offered its first-ever visiting student clerkship award this year. The clerkship award was offered to 4th-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine and are interested in pursuing a career in general surgery. The award was named in honor of Dr. Ernest W. Kinchen, Jr., the first African American graduate of the Tulane Department of Surgery's residency...
Physician offers tips to achieving better brain health in the golden years - Oct 05, 2022
Today’s kids are very likely to live past 100 years old. Advances in health care and healthier lifestyles mean the life expectancy of Americans is on the rise. Even so, dementia is also on the rise in this country and worldwide. The United States currently has 5 million cases of Alzheimer’s; by 2050, it will be 15 million. And the cost is in the billions of dollars. Sixty-five percent of Alzheimer’s cases arise from a genetic background, but 35...
Tulane Women's Services clinic provides care for patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - Sep 30, 2022
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women and girls. It is a leading cause of female infertility and a precursor for other serious conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endometrial cancer. “Typical symptoms of PCOS include irregular periods, often skipping periods, and then having heavy periods when you do get them, signs of increased...
Tulane professor to present named lecture at American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress - Sep 30, 2022
The American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress is the largest annual meeting of surgeons in the United States. This year, one of the eight named lectures at the Clinical Congress will be given by a Tulane professor. Mary L. Brandt, MD, MDiv, professor of surgery and professor in the Program in Medical Ethics and Human Values at Tulane School of Medicine, will be giving this year’s John J. Conley Ethics and Philosophy lecture, entitled "The...
Tulane researchers to develop new Lyme vaccine with lasting protection - Sep 28, 2022
Cases of Lyme disease are rising across the globe, yet there is still no vaccine on the market to protect people against the tick-borne infection. Researchers at Tulane University recently received $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to find out if the same technology behind a successful Lyme disease vaccine for dogs can be formulated with immune-boosting nanoparticles to offer safe and lasting protection for people. The team...
BIO on the BAYOU returns to showcase academic science across the Gulf South - Sep 27, 2022
The regional academic bioscience showcase BIO on the BAYOU returns to New Orleans November 2 & 3, 2022 after a multiple year hiatus due to Covid-19.  The event is reinventing itself with a twist, evolving beyond the original university partners of LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University to include academic science from universities located across the entire Gulf South region. This iteration of BIO on the BAYOU focuses around a...
Krewe de Pink Prom to Benefit Tulane Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Research Program - Sep 23, 2022
Ever wish you could go back and re-live some of those key high school moments? Well here's your chance to turn back the clock while also helping to continue the fight against breast cancer! Invite your friends and join Krewe de Pink for the prom of your dreams – Saturday, October 1, 7 - 11 PM, at The Jung Hotel Grand Ballroom, in Downtown NOLA. Enjoy live music by Lacoste Band, prom pictures, a silent auction and raffles, all...
Event featuring music and art planned to raise awareness about psychosis - Sep 16, 2022
Early intervention following a first episode of psychosis can improve a young patient’s chances of recovery significantly. In fact, the earlier the treatment the better.  CALM: Clear Answers to Louisiana Mental Health is the public-health arm of the Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC-NOLA) at the Tulane University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. CALM aims to increase awareness about psychosis, reduce stigma...
New test uses nanotechnology, artificial intelligence to diagnose TB in children - Sep 16, 2022
A new blood test developed by Tulane University researchers combines nanotechnology with artificial intelligence to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) in children in instances when the deadly disease might otherwise go undetected, according to a study in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Although the current test requires a sophisticated lab to perform, researchers are working to streamline it so it can be performed in the community and read with a...
Seventh Annual NOLA Bluedoo Fest Raises Awareness, Funds for Prostate Cancer Research - Sep 09, 2022
Tulane Cancer Center will host the Seventh Annual NOLA Bluedoo Fest on Saturday, September 17, at 3 PM in Gibson Quad on Tulane University’s Uptown Campus. NOLA Bluedoo is a uniquely-New Orleans-style festival that raises awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. Billed as a “celebration of survivorship,” the event will feature: Live music by Wendell Brunious and his Band, who will be playing a tribute to Allen Toussaint A Kids’...