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...
- Oct 19, 2020
We say farewell to these Tulane School of Medicine alumni.
Jerald P. Hough, MD (M ’50)
Gerald F. Sandler, MD (M ’50)
Dabney M. Ewin Sr., MD (M ’51)
Lawrence S. McGee Jr., MD (A&S ’48, M ’51)
John P. McNulty, MD (M ’51)
James W. Sewell, MD (M ’52, R ’58)
Wade W. Burnside Jr., MD (A&S ’51, M ’54)
Cedric W. Lowrey, MD (M ’54, I ’55, R ’61)
Kenneth McLeod Jr., MD (A&S ’51, M ’54)
Edwin A. Bowman Jr., MD (M ’55, I ’56, F ’59, R ’59...
Tulane School of Medicine rises to COVID-19 challenges
- Oct 18, 2020
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States last spring, Tulane University School of Medicine was prepared to fight the virus on many different levels. From researchers in labs, to students who orchestrated PPE drives — Tulane University accepted the challenge to address the pandemic.
Early on in the pandemic, the university announced that its investigators were beginning to receive grants and gifts related to COVID-19 research and...
Dean’s message: Together but apart, we can beat spread of coronavirus
- Oct 18, 2020
Lee Hamm, MD, is dean of the Tulane University School of Medicine. His guest column originally ran in The Advocate on Sept. 23, 2020.
Together and apart. This seemingly paradoxical combination appears to be the best means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our city, state and on our college campuses. While remaining safe from COVID-19 requires us to stay at least 6 feet apart, confronting this global menace also calls us to come together,...
For med students, scholarship support can unlock lifelong dreams
- Oct 18, 2020
Committing to medical school is always a choice rooted in selfless compassion for helping others. Making that decision amidst a global pandemic elevates that selflessness to an inspiring level. And the individuals who make up Tulane University School of Medicine’s Class of 2024 are just as inspiring as their choice might suggest.
Out of a pool of nearly 13,000 hopeful applicants, the School of Medicine selected just 190 students for the Class of...
Combined MD/MPH degree program looks ahead to 50th anniversary
- Oct 18, 2020
Tulane University’s prestigious MD/MPH combined degree program will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, and the program has only grown in popularity and renown throughout the years.
The program is open to students who have been accepted to Tulane School of Medicine and wish to pursue both an MD from Tulane and an MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program since...
Physician rallies support for ‘Green Wave Heroes’
- Oct 18, 2020
Sometimes even heroes need a hand. When Kendra Harris, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, saw the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to hit New Orleans, she knew that the Tulane University School of Medicine community would give their all to combat the virus. And she wanted to find a way to get them the support they needed as they did so.
Harris, under the leadership of School of Medicine Dean Lee Hamm, partnered with university...