A strong immune response swiftly knocks out an infection while a weak one may allow it to linger. Researchers at Tulane are looking at an entirely different system — the body’s ability to use nutrients at a cellular level — to predict disease response and severity. Immunologist Clovis Palmer, PhD, analyzed the metabolic changes that occur in cells when viral invaders pose a threat, concluding that the way in which cells use nutrients in the presence of a viral pathogen can determine disease outcome and severity in the earliest stages of infection, or even long after it leaves the body.
The School of Social Work unveiled a commissioned portrait that honors Gloria Bryant Banks, Pearlie Hardin Elloie, and Marilyn S. Piper, the first African American graduate students to earn degrees from the School of Social Work and among the first to graduate from Tulane. The portrait is by Terrance Osborne, internationally renowned artist and New Orleans native. Read more on the Tulane news site.
Shawn Abbott joined Tulane as vice president for enrollment management and dean of admission this fall. Tulane Today caught up with Abbott to talk with him about his new position and his goals for the university. Read more on the Tulane news site.
The Office of Sustainability will host the launch of its Sustainability and Environmental Career Series on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 4-5 p.m. in the Pedersen Lounge of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life. The series invites students to explore the ways they can build their educational and career path in environment and sustainability by learning about resources on campus, networking with other students, and helping the Office of Sustainability develop events for the spring. Visit the event Wavesync page for more information.
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Dr. Demetrius M. Maraganore, chairman of the neurology department at the School of Medicine, says that combinations of drugs will be needed to defeat Alzheimer’s, noting that “we have to start someplace.”
President Michael Fitts discusses Tulane’s plans for the former Charity Hospital building in downtown New Orleans, saying, “We’re bringing it back, respecting its history, but really looking forward to the future of New Orleans.”
A study conducted by Tulane researchers indicates that a low-carb diet can improve blood sugar levels in patients who are pre-diabetic.
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