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Tulane researchers develop a rapid COVID-19 saliva test read by a smartphone device
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...

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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...
Tulane School of Medicine Class Notes Fall 2020 - Oct 16, 2020
Update us with your latest news by emailing mednotes@tulane.edu. 1970s Christy A. Montegut, MD (M ’77), reached a milestone of 40 years in private practice in family medicine in her hometown of Laplace, Louisiana, in July 2020. She was also re-elected without opposition to her ninth term as parish coroner in St. John the Baptist Parish and has served 32 years as coroner. Thomas C. Kelly, MD (M ’78), recently joined Mercy Clinic General Surgery...
Distinguished ophthalmologist returns to Tulane School of Medicine - Oct 13, 2020
An outstanding physician in the field of eye health will soon return to Tulane University School of Medicine. David Hinkle, MD, will be named the Oliver and Carroll Dabezies Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, a new position established by a generous gift from Elizabeth Dabezies Goodyear and Charles W. Goodyear. Hinkle comes back to Tulane from West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he served as an associate professor. He attended...
Neurology chair dedicated to dementia prevention and brain health - Oct 07, 2020
More than 5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s. While deaths from heart disease and cancer have been declining due to treatment advances, deaths from Alzheimer's have grown significantly in the last two decades as more people live longer. The costs are staggering. Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $305 billion this year — and more than triple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This isn’t inevitable...
Tulane child psychiatrist named Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar - Oct 05, 2020
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has selected Tulane University School of Medicine pediatrician and child psychiatrist Dr. Lauren Teverbaugh as a Clinical Scholars Fellow. The national leadership program connects changemakers across the country to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities. Fellows collaborate on a project to address complex health problems. Teverbaugh is a part of EmPOWER NOLA,...
Tulane’s COVID-19 Dashboard expanded - Oct 05, 2020
Updates have been added to Tulane’s COVID-19 Dashboard which was launched on Sept. 4 to keep the university community informed about testing results. In addition to the number of tests conducted, the number of positive results, active cases and overall positivity rate, the dashboard now breaks down the cumulative numbers of positive results among students by undergraduates living on-campus, undergraduates living off-campus and graduate students...
What we know about COVID-19 immunity - Sep 25, 2020
Are people likely to catch COVID-19 twice? How long can immunity last? Why do some survivors develop antibodies from SARS-CoV-2 while others seemingly don’t?  These are just some of the questions scientists are still working to answer almost seven months into the global COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Robert Garry, a virologist at Tulane School of Medicine, said antibodies should likely protect survivors for several months. “Hopefully it will be longer...
New podcast focuses on COVID immunity - Sep 18, 2020
Be sure to subscribe to On Good Authority, a new Tulane podcast featuring cutting-edge insights from leading experts on global topics. The inaugural episode, “Is COVID-19 Immunity Possible?,” features two of Tulane’s most renowned researchers, virologist Robert F. Garry Jr., PhD, and immunologist James McLachlan, PhD, from the School of Medicine. They will discuss what has been learned about COVID-19 antibodies and why the innate...
Clinical trial to test effectiveness of drug in treating cancer patients with severe COVID-19 - Sep 11, 2020
"Cancer patients are at higher risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19," said Nakhle Saba, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at Tulane School of Medicine. "Data from the USA show that approximately 40% of COVID-19 patients with cancer required hospitalization, 20% developed severe respiratory illness, and 12% died within 30 days." Despite this fact, cancer patients are often excluded from participating in clinical...
Gift establishes Oliver and Carroll Dabezies Endowed Chair at Tulane School of Medicine - Sep 08, 2020
A graduate and longtime clinical professor at Tulane University School of Medicine and his wife will be honored with a new endowed chair bearing their names. The Oliver and Carroll Dabezies Endowed Chair at Tulane School of Medicine will be established through a gift from Elizabeth Dabezies Goodyear and Charles W. Goodyear. The Oliver and Carroll Dabezies Chair will be held by the chairperson of the Department of Ophthalmology and will provide...
Tulane researcher awarded $3 million to address aging and disease impacts on the brain - Sep 03, 2020
New research projects underway at Tulane University School of Medicine aim to understand why aging and conditions such as type 2 diabetes impact the brain, and how to slow that process. Dr. David Busija, Regents Professor and Chair of Pharmacology, has been awarded more than $3 million to lead the research team in these areas. Adverse changes occur in the small blood vessels of the brain, which are referred to as microvessels, likely due to...
Dr. Jay Kolls Receives Awards for Proposals on Pulmonary Infection - Sep 01, 2020
Dr. Jay Kolls has recently received awards for two proposals targeting pulmonary infection. Immunology of COVID-19 Using a mouse model of SARS-CoV2 infection we are assessing the role of gene modifiers CXCR6 as well as IL-21R signaling in the host immune response to SARS-CoV2. We are testing the efficacy of a mutant ACE2-IgG1 fusion protein has prophylaxis or therapy for COVID-19. Immunotherapy against multi-drug resistant K. pneumoniae...
AAMC recognizes Tulane medical student whose perseverance inspired a nation - Aug 28, 2020
The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has awarded Tulane University medical student Russell Ledet, PhD, a Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship for his leadership in working to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to five outstanding third-year medical students who are leaders in addressing the educational, societal and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic...