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Show-and-Tell for Scientists

February 25, 2010 12:00 PM
Arthur Nead anead@tulane.edu

Students, faculty and postdoctoral trainees from many departments across the university will showcase their research projects at the Tulane Health Sciences Research Days on Wednesday and Thursday (March 3–4).

Research Days

Posters showing health sciences projects will be on display in the J. Bennett Johnston Building during research days. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

"We look forward to experiencing the diversity of research activity in the health sciences at Tulane and the opportunity for health sciences researchers universitywide to present and discuss their work," says Laura Levy, associate senior vice president for research.

This year, projects developed by more than 150 research teams have been accepted for entry into the competition. On the mornings and afternoons of both days, researchers will exhibit posters describing their projects in the atrium of the J. Bennett Johnston Building, 1324 Tulane Ave.

A broad spectrum of topics is represented, including projects on organ transplantation, insect-borne viruses, blood pressure regulation, psychological problems stemming from exposure to hurricanes and development of vaccines for hemorrhagic fever. Two judges will evaluate each project, with a total of 70 faculty members volunteering as judges.

Highlights of this year's Health Science Research Days will be two special lectures, both to be held in room 6065 of the School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Ave.

At noon on Wednesday (March 3), Dr. A. J. Demetris will deliver the Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. Gerber Memorial Research Lecture. Demetris, director of the Division of Transplantation Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will speak on "Human Liver Allograft Acceptance Without Immunosuppression: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?"

Thursday's (March 4) lecture, also at noon, will feature Jane Bertrand, chair of the Department of Health Systems Management of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, talking on "New Orleans Post-Katrina: A Research Perspective."

The poster exhibit and lectures are free and open to the public. Health Science Research Days are sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and by the Office of the Associate Senior Vice President for Research.