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Tulane receives $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and Rob Katz to expand COVID-19 testing
Tulane University has received a $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and her husband Rob Katz to significantly expand its molecular pathology lab to increase COVID-19 testing capacity within the region. The funding will enable Tulane University School of Medicine to purchase new...

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Tulane Med alumna, Google Health's chief health officer, helps with COVID-19 response - Apr 17, 2020
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, (M ’92, PHTM ’92, R ’94, R ’96) currently serves as chief health officer at Google Health. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. DeSalvo, who at the time was vice dean for community affairs and health policy and professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, pioneered makeshift clinics across New Orleans to provide primary care to residents. She later went on to serve as the New Orleans...
Tulane University librarians contribute to the global health crisis response - Apr 13, 2020
Tulane University faculty member Dr. Lina Moses, a seasoned epidemiologist and disease ecologist in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was deployed to Geneva where she worked on the COVID-19 response over the past two months. Receiving daily publication reports, Moses is charged with rapidly distributing the most impactful scientific information to the World Health Organization (WHO) operational response teams. This...
Interdisciplinary Tulane team competes in Johns Hopkins COVID-19 design challenge - Apr 08, 2020
A team of Tulane University students from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the School of Medicine was accepted into the international John Hopkins Center for Bioengineering and Design COVID-19 Design Challenge, one of only 200 teams. They submitted a solution for the design challenge in late March and are waiting to hear the results of the judging. Tonye Fohsta-Lynch, a School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine graduate...
‘All hands on deck’ for doctors on the front lines of COVID-19 care - Apr 06, 2020
The numbers continue to rise — the number of beds being made available for patients, the number of people on the front lines and the number of Tulane doctors, nurses, support staff and volunteers leading the battle against COVID-19.    The number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana continues to increase daily too. As of April 28, the state had 27,286 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. More than 1,665 people are currently hospitalized...
School of Medicine launches COVID-19 testing lab to improve capacity - Apr 01, 2020
Tulane University has added a second avenue for COVID-19 testing, this one taking place at a Tulane School of Medicine lab where results can be processed within a day.  The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and is another way that Tulane is working to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. Earlier this week, a laboratory...
Match Day 2020 celebrates ‘perfect vision’ virtually - Apr 01, 2020
They called themselves the “class with perfect vision.” When the Class of 2020 received their white coats four years ago, the nearly 200 Tulane University School of Medicine students couldn’t predict how different their Match Day ceremony would be. Students, family members and friends gathered virtually for this year’s ceremony and, while it wasn’t the group event everyone had been looking forward to, there was still plenty to celebrate. Tulane...
Tulane researchers discover possible pathways to treating drug-resistant infections - Mar 30, 2020
Drug-resistant bacterial infections are on the rise, while the development of new antibiotics to fight these infections has slowed in recent decades. Mathematical models predict more than 10 million people will die annually from drug-resistant bacterial infections by 2050 if the current rates of increase continue. Now researchers at Tulane University have developed a novel way to identify a new class of antibiotics for use in the fight against...
Support Tulane Healthcare Providers - Mar 27, 2020
Tulane School of Medicine residents and other providers are continuing to deliver healthcare during this fraught time, despite many personal stresses. To help meet the needs of Tulane providers who are continuing their brave work, Tulane School of Medicine has established the Tulane Healthcare Providers Fund, which was established to meet emergent needs in this and other disasters, crises, or emergency situations . The fund is flexible enough to...
Tulane offers special scholarships to returning Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright Student Grantees - Mar 26, 2020
Tulane University is announcing a special initiative to make graduate study more accessible to U.S. Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and Fulbright student grantees called back from international placements because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19. As a university with a strong tradition of public service and global studies, Tulane is offering tuition scholarships of up to 50 percent toward the entire cost of degree programs of particular...
Tulane medical students coordinate donations of protective gear for hospitals - Mar 25, 2020
In an effort to collect needed supplies for healthcare workers, students from Tulane School of Medicine’s student community clinics rallied together and overnight built a regional donation hub to collect personal protective equipment (PPE).   The School of Medicine is now accepting contributions of several types of PPE and supplies to be distributed at Tulane hospitals and clinics and other facilities. The school has already received several...
Dean Hamm: We Are Not Powerless - Mar 25, 2020
Dear New Orleans and surrounding communities, With so much anxiety in the community about COVID-19 right now, we must remember that we are not powerless in the face of this situation. At Tulane University School of Medicine, we have incredible clinicians and scientists, and we are guided by some of the best experts in the world. All of our hospitals and clinics are approaching this situation so that potential exposure to providers and all of the...
Tulane National Primate Research Center on Frontlines of COVID-19 Research - Mar 25, 2020
Researchers at the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) are working to discover safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Earlier this year, TNPRC had the distinction of becoming one of the first research facilities in the country to obtain approval from the Centers for Disease Control to receive live samples of the novel coronavirus. Center Director Jay Rappaport, PhD, said TNPRC is the only National Primate Research...
School of Medicine faculty and researchers answer COVID-19 questions - Mar 20, 2020
Faculty members and researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine are available to answer the community’s most pressing questions about COVID-19 and have recently released an informational video to raise awareness about the coronavirus. In this video, David Mushatt, MD, associate professor of medicine and section chief of Infectious Diseases, gives practical advice on protecting against COVID-19 and also explains the measures by which...
Study: Coronavirus pandemic sparked by nature, not bioengineering - Mar 18, 2020
The coronavirus behind the global COVID-19 pandemic likely evolved from nature and not a lab, according to a new genetic study in Nature Medicine co-authored by a Tulane University virologist. A team of scientists from Tulane, Scripps Research Institute, Columbia University, University of Edinburgh and University of Sydney analyzed the genome sequence of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan, China, last year and...
Researchers identify marker that may predict whether lung cancer likely to spread - Mar 11, 2020
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. More than half of NSCLC patients die after developing metastases. There are no tests currently that would allow doctors to identify patients where more aggressive therapy could reduce mortality. Researchers at Tulane University have identified a protein on tumor-derived extracellular vesicles that indicates if a NSCLC tumor...