From security guard to doctor, Class of 2022 student speaker proves that ‘anything is possible’
- May 18, 2022
Russell J. Ledet faced and conquered many challenges on his journey to become a doctor.
As a boy growing up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he never imagined that he would one day be where he is today, graduating from medical school and serving as the Class of 2022 student speaker at the Unified Commencement Ceremony on May 21.
“Being selected as a student speaker means so much because I never imagined that I would accomplish all that I have,” Ledet...
Clinical Translational Unit growing to support developing research at Tulane
- May 17, 2022
A new bus will be rolling to area senior living facilities soon to study the effectiveness of an RSV vaccine for seniors. The vaccine developed by Janssen is in Phase 3 clinical trials, and Tulane University School of Medicine is one of the sites testing its efficacy, safety and immunogenicity. The Tulane Clinical Translational Unit (CTU) is the local lead on the study dubbed “EVERGREEN,” which is only one of several innovative studies being...
Experienced biotech CEO and investor is Tulane Medicine’s first Executive in Residence
- May 12, 2022
Breakthroughs in medical research need specialized expertise to move from the bench to the marketplace, and that’s exactly what Elaine Hamm, PhD has done throughout her career. Hamm is now bringing her expertise to Tulane University School of Medicine, where she’ll serve as an Executive in Residence to elevate the connectivity between Tulane researchers and the corporate and investor communities.
“It’s vital to have someone who’s boots on the...
Radiation oncologist selected for Leadership in Health Care fellowship
- May 11, 2022
Kendra Harris, MD, Chair of Radiation Oncology at Tulane University School of Medicine, is one of 15 women nationwide selected for a prestigious fellowship in academic medicine. Harris will be in the inaugural cohort of the Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELH) program, a year-long, part-time fellowship for women interested in leadership at their health care organizations.
Harris was recruited to lead Tulane’s Department of Radiation...
Researcher awarded $2 million grant to study biology of “jumping genes”
- May 09, 2022
Transposons – also known as “jumping genes” – are pieces of movable DNA that can jump around in the genome. Through a cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste mechanism, they can move copies of themselves to a different chromosome or to a different area of the same chromosome. This process – called transposition – can result in mutations and DNA damage.
Long Interspersed Nuclear Element-1 (LINE-1 or L1) is a family of transposons that continually mutate...
Tulane physicians and medical students help community learn about diabetes
- May 06, 2022
A group of Tulane University School of Medicine students volunteered with the New Orleans Diabetes Project and helped 25 elderly people better manage their health. The project is an eight-week education program during which participants monitor their A1C levels throughout the course of the class and learn more about how to control their diabetes.
The students volunteered under the direction of Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, the Gerald S. Berenson...
Sports medicine physician opens one of world’s first Ehlers-Danlos syndrome clinics at Tulane
- Apr 28, 2022
The patients came to him with a wide range of symptoms, everything from low blood pressure to dental issues paired with non-operative musculoskeletal injuries. Jacques Courseault, MD, sports medicine physician at Tulane University School of Medicine, noticed a pattern. All the symptoms closely resembled the ones he was seeing in patients diagnosed with Hypermobility type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of inherited genetic conditions that affect...
Skin cancer screenings save lives, including mine
- Apr 27, 2022
I love sunny days. Growing up in the South, sunshine often meant being poolside or at the beach. I was on the swim team for a few summers. Marching band practice in high school and college had me outdoors for hours every day. I went to tanning beds in the winter, so I’d be ready for Spring Break. My job as a news reporter often left me with a sunburn because I’d forget sunscreen during the daily rush.
A skin check by a dermatologist saved me a...
James Zanewicz to co-chair tech transfer group for BIO, a leading biotech advocacy organization
- Apr 26, 2022
James Zanewicz, chief business officer for Tulane University School of Medicine, has been selected as the academic co-chair of the Technology Transfer Committee for BIO (Biotechnology Innovation Organization), the world’s largest advocacy association representing biotech companies, state biotechnology groups, academic and research institutions, and related organizations across the United States more than 30 countries.
Zanewicz will work with...
Tulane researchers receive American Heart Association grant to study COVID’s vascular effects
- Apr 25, 2022
The American Heart Association has awarded Tulane University researchers $940,000 to study how COVID-19 spurs vascular inflammation that may increase risks for blood clots and lingering symptoms of long COVID.
The grant is one of 11 recently awarded by the American Heart Association as part of a $10 million effort to study the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular impacts of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters its third year.
Tulane researchers will...
Medscape features nephrologist Baudy and his low-salt condiments
- Apr 22, 2022
Adrian Baudy, MD, MBA, grew up watching his family undergo treatments for heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Their experiences with doctors inspired him to become one himself. Listening to his patients, Dr. Baudy learned more about how they struggled to stay healthy. Medscape recently featured Dr. Baudy and his crusade to cut the salt in commonly-used condiments such as hot sauce and BBQ sauce....
Busija honored with prestigious award by the American Physiological Society
- Apr 22, 2022
David Busija, Ph.D., Regents Endowed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine, was awarded the prestigious Carl J. Wiggers Award by the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society (APS) at Experimental Biology 2022 (EB2022) in Philadelphia, PA. The award was presented on April 5, 2022 after his oral presentation, “Sex and Aging in the Brain Microcirculation,” where he...
National Minority Health Month spotlights disparities in health equity
- Apr 22, 2022
National Minority Health Month is observed every April to underscore the importance of improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups. The theme for 2022 is Give Your Community a Boost!, which focuses on the continued importance of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and looks at how the pandemic disproportionately affected communities of color. Jacquelyn Turner, MD, Vice Chair of Surgical Education and Section Chief for Colon and...
Louisiana Osteoporosis Study recruiting participants
- Apr 15, 2022
The Division of Biomedical Informatics and Geonomics at Tulane University School of Medicine is working to better understand how osteoporosis affects people in southeast Louisiana. The study aims to recruit 20,000 people in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Scientists want to build a large sample pool and database for the research of identifying risk factors for osteoporosis, including genes and their functions and environmental factors....
James Doty, MD, visits alma mater to talk compassion, ethics and values
- Apr 15, 2022
Becoming a more compassionate physician and better caretaker of others begins with being more compassionate with oneself. This was a key part of the message shared by James Doty, MD, at the first of many annual “James Doty Compassion Lecture” events at the Tulane University School of Medicine. The inaugural lecture recently examined the intersection of compassion, ethics and values, and how an appropriate balance can lead to better, more...