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Dr. Monica Vaccari is the lead author of a new study that found having a robust initial immune response to coronavirus infection might not be helpful in fighting off the virus. (Photo by Sally Asher)
Strong initial immune response could produce worst COVID outcome, Tulane study says

December 01, 2020

While having a robust immune response to coronavirus infection may sound helpful, Dr. Monica Vaccari, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane National Primate Research Center and lead author of a new study published in Nature Communications, says that the opposite may be true.  

Andrew MacLean
Tulane researcher uses gene editing technology in promising step toward eliminating HIV

November 30, 2020

While HIV infection is now largely manageable with the help of antiretroviral therapy (ART), the virus persists in hard-to-reach reservoirs of the body, requiring those infected to remain on ART for life.

Judge A. Leon Higginbotham
Tulane awards Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Scholarships

November 19, 2020

Five Tulane University students will receive a total of $100,000 for their work in promoting racial equity, justice or diversity initiatives as the first recipients of the newly established Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Scholarship. The scholarship is part of Tulane’s A Plan for Now which seeks to support specific actions and programs that will have an immediate and positive impact on Tulane becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive academic community. 

Gary Hoover new director of Murphy Institute at Tulane
Tulane University names renowned economist Gary Hoover as director of The Murphy Institute

November 19, 2020

Gary “Hoov” Hoover, a nationally renowned economist in the study of economic policy, has been appointed the new director of Tulane University’s Murphy Institute and full professor in economics.

Tulane psychology professor studies self-touch among infants
Tulane researcher launches study on how infants learn about their bodies

November 19, 2020

Tulane psychology professor Jeffrey Lockman wins prestigious grant to study how infants learn about their bodies.

Chuck Cundiff devised a plan for a partnership with chefs from local restaurants to staff a Sodexo food truck and serve those working in the downtown medical corridor along Tulane Avenue this past spring and summer. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
Tulane Dining Services’ ‘Eat Local’ partnership benefits NOLA restaurants during pandemic

November 17, 2020

On a typical pre-pandemic day on Tulane Avenue, various food trucks stacked the curbs on both sides of the street and provided much needed and very convenient meals to employees, students, faculty and staff from nearby buildings. When the novel coronavirus pandemic reared its ugly head in New Orleans early last March, the local food industry was brought to its knees, and overnight, Tulane Avenue became a food desert.

Dr. Lu Qi
Regularly getting a good night’s sleep lowers risks of heart failure

November 17, 2020

Adults with the healthiest sleep patterns had a 42% lower risk of heart failure regardless of other risk factors compared to adults with unhealthy sleep patterns, according to new Tulane University study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation


Susan Davies is the new research dean at for social work
Public health a crucial component of social work research, new Tulane research leader says

November 16, 2020

Public health expert Susan Davies joins the Tulane School of Social Work as the new associate dean of research.

Jiang He
Tulane awarded $8.7 million to work with Black churches to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities

November 16, 2020

The National Institutes of Health awarded a $8.7 million grant to Tulane University to study whether churches can play a significant role in helping to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities among African Americans.

Virtual holiday celebration
Ask an epidemiologist: How to safely celebrate the holidays

November 13, 2020

After a year when so many friends and family have spent months apart, will people let down their guard and ignore COVID-19 safety precautions because they can’t bear to forgo cherished holiday traditions?