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2014 News Archive

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November

Shrimp safe after oil spill—Tulane study

Tulane scientists say Gulf shrimp are safe to eat.

Photograph by Paula Burch Celentano

Shrimp safe after oil spill—Tulane study
Eating shrimp from an area of the Gulf of Mexico impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 poses no acute health risks or increased cancer risks, says a study by Tulane University scientists published in Environmental Health Perspectives. A team led by Mark Wilson, research assistant professor of Global Environmental Health Sciences, analyzed shrimp for oil contaminants and surveyed Vietnamese-Americans working as commercial shrimpers in southeast Louisiana. more>>

Looming Medicaid cuts could hurt already vulnerable hospitals
Healthcare reform cuts in Medicaid payments for uncompensated care could force 225 struggling hospitals to close or drastically curtail services for the poor over the next decade, according to a new study in the November issue of Health Affairs. more>>

October


Researchers release largest clinical study of Ebola outbreak
A feared hallmark of Ebola – uncontrolled bleeding – is a rare symptom in the current outbreak, according to an article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine that is the largest clinical analysis to date of the West African epidemic. more>>

Tulane receives $6.5 million grant to prevent congenital syphilis
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has received a $6.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study new methods to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of syphilis in resource-poor countries. more>>

Tulane SPHTM Student to represent HSHPS at Millennial Summit
Ms. Diana Hamer, a doctoral student in Tulane’s Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, was selected by the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) to represent the organization at the 2014 Millennial Health Leaders Summit being held this week in Atlanta, Ga. more>>

Alum to work on US Ebola response
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday (Oct. 23) that Dr. Karen DeSalvo, a former Tulane University School of Medicine faculty member and alumna of both the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, would assume the role of acting assistant secretary for health effective immediately. more>>

Can probiotics improve pediatric diarrhea outcomes?
Dr. Margaret Kosek, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. Richard Oberhelman, professor and chair in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, have been awarded a 5-year $3.3 million grant to study the use of probiotics in treating pediatric diarrhea in Peru. more>>

Growing up Hindu in Louisiana
Growing up Hindu in Shreveport, Louisiana, wasn’t always easy for Tulane University senior and public health major Neha Dhawan. more>>

Better sanitation means power in India
Humanure Power, the brainchild of Tulane University alumnus Anoop Jain, earned him $100,000 and the 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award on Sept. 27 at the third annual Global Citizen Festival in New York. more>>

Tulane Prevention Research Center Names New Assistant Director
The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University has named Ms. Keelia O’Malley as assistant director for the center in conjunction with the start of the center’s new five-year funding cycle. more>>

Tulane awarded $3.7 million to study osteoporosis, mental disease
Dr. Yu-Ping Wang, an associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been awarded two grants totaling nearly $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health. more>>

September

Swatting Chikungunya
Summer days may be waning, but health officials are still on high alert for new cases of chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne virus that spread to the United States from the tropics earlier this year. more>>

Dieting? Low-carb trumps low-fat for weight loss, heart health
Low-carbohydrate diets are better for losing weight and protecting the heart than low-fat diets, according to a new Tulane University study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. more>>

Alumna Dr. Karen DeSalvo, selected to receive prestigious Spirit of Charity Award
This October, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine alumna Dr. Karen DeSalvo will become the 15th recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Charity Award given by the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation. more>>

August

Dr. David Seal named a Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior
Dr. David Seal, professor and vice chair in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB). more>>

Dr. Jiang He Recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher
Dr. Jiang He, Joseph S. Copes Chair and Professor of the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been included among Thomson Reuters’ list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2014. more>>

GEHS doctoral student gets first place at NIEHS
Kaitlyn Gam, a doctoral student in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, earned first place in a poster session at the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research. more>>

Healthier foods available in neighborhoods
Changes to the federal food assistance program for low-income women and their children improved the availability of healthy foods at small and medium-size stores in New Orleans, according to research from the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University. more>>

Tulane SPHTM provides web resources on Ebola and Chikungunya for community
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has posted two web resources for the community, each addressing pressing health concerns in the media. more>>

How did Ebola outbreak spread?
The ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria is the largest on record, with over 1,700 cases and a fatality rate of over 50 percent. Hemorrhagic fever specialist Dr. Daniel Bausch, an associate professor of tropical medicine in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, speculates about how the virus may have moved from its usual haunt in Central Africa to West Africa. more>>

N.O. schools’ streets flunk ‘walkability’ test
New Orleans public school students still face unsafe walking conditions along streets and sidewalks nears schools despite recent road improvement projects across the city, according to a new report from the KidsWalk Coalition, a program of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). more>>

Lab research, field trips teach teens science basics
Nine high school students from Greater New Orleans spent eight weeks this summer at the Tulane University Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Academy. Hosted by the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the academy immerses highly motivated students in the basics of environmental health sciences research. more>>

July

Tulane SPHTM alumna receives national award for public health
Donna Beal, a 1998 graduate of Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a degree in health communication and education, has been selected by The Public Health Education & Health Promotion (PHEHP) section of the American Public Health Association to receive the Sarah Mazelis Award. more>>

New class of Schweitzer Fellows features three SPHTM students
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine students Nilima Mehta, Rebecca Atkinson, and Adam Bradley have all been named Albert Schweitzer Fellows for the 2014-2015 year. more>>

Belgian Hoover Fellow to work with GHSD faculty on project in the DRC
Samia Laorki, PhD, has received a Hoover Fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Fund (BAEF) to spend a year at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as a post-doctoral fellow in Global Health Systems and Development. more>>

Tulane and partners awarded next phase of MEASURE Evaluation
USAID's Bureau for Global Health awarded MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Population Center and its partners including Tulane SPHTM. Dr. Anastasia Gage is the principal investigator for the areas Tulane is leading. more>>

Young African leaders prepare to change the world
A select group of 25 leaders from 17 sub-Saharan countries is spending six weeks on the Tulane campus this summer. The leaders are part of the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. more>>

June

Tulane study shows family violence may leave genetic imprint on children
A new study from Tulane University finds that the more fractured families are by domestic violence or trauma, the more likely that children may bear the scars down to their DNA. more>>

Global Health Systems and Development students’ poster awarded best student abstract
Carlos Irwin Oronce (MD/MPH student) and Hui Shao (PhD student) in the Global Health Systems and Development department were awarded for best student abstract in the poster presentation at the 2014 AcademyHealth annual research meeting in San Diego. more>>

Alumnus Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Kristopher Ansin, MPH, a 2011 graduate and Executive Director of the Mali Health Organizing Project, is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ansin will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Improving the Patient Experience in Primary Care Clinics.” more>>

Tulane’s Prevention Research Center awarded $4.3 million CDC grant
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a $4.3 million, five-year competitive grant to the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University to help it continue fighting obesity and supporting healthier communities in New Orleans. more>>

Lessons learned in financing food projects
Cities and states are creating financial incentives for food stores to open in areas without access to adequate healthy, fresh food. And now a recent study gives guidance on implementing effective food retail programs to improve community health. more>>

May

Tulane’s Dr. Berenson named master laureate of American Board of Cardiology
Dr. Gerald Berenson, research professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been named a distinguished master laureate of the American Board of Cardiology. more>>

2014 Diploma Ceremony
The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine handed out 200 diplomas on Saturday, May 17th at the McAllister Auditorium on Tulane’s uptown campus. more>>

2014 Awards Ceremony
The annual graduate student awards ceremony took place Friday, May 16. more>>

‘Best lecturer,’ ‘legendary teacher’ to receive top awards
One highlight of Saturday’s (May 17) Tulane University Commencement ceremony is honoring outstanding teachers. Receiving 2014 President’s Awards for Graduate and Professional Teaching are Diego Rose, professor of global community health and behavioral sciences, and Gary Dohanich, professor of psychology and neuroscience.  Each receives a medal designed by the late professor emeritus Franklin Adams and $5,000. more>>

Innovative ultrasound draws seed funding in Grand Challenge
A project developed by fellows in Tulane’s Inter-American Training for Innovations in Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATIEID) program was one of seven Peru-based initiatives selected to earn $100,000 seed grants from Grand Challenges Canada. Their project will lead to development of low-cost, non-imaging ultrasound techniques to detect pneumonia in children in resource-poor settings. more>>

New certificate program builds skills, increases marketability
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine announces eleven new graduate certificate programs. The graduate certificates provide a second focus area for the MPH and MSPH degrees. Students may enroll in these graduate certificate programs in fall 2014. more>>

Internship inspires new career path for undergraduate public health minor
In a city known for its flavorful cuisine that doesn’t always coincide with healthy eating, Tulane University senior Ella Dove has a hand in helping local restaurant patrons make better food choices. more>>

High school teachers go back to class in environmental health sciences
The second annual Tulane University Environmental Health Sciences Teacher Workshop wrapped up recently after hosting 10 public, charter, and magnet high school science teachers from Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Jefferson Parishes. The teachers participated in a variety of environmental science activities over two consecutive Saturdays. more>>

Tulane Faculty and Students Provide Significant Input to New PLOS Collection
Two faculty and five graduate students are among the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine May 6. more>>

Tulane SPHTM’s Dr. Maureen Lichtveld Takes Top Spot at Hispanic Organization
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Freeport McMoRan Professor of Environmental Policy at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been elected as executive committee president for the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS). more>>

April

Trio of Tulane students named University Innovation Fellows
Three Tulane University students are among 66 students nationwide who have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways at Stanford University. more>>

Will ‘Obamacare’ reap better health, cost savings?
More than 200 people filled the Lavin-Bernick Center’s Qatar Ballroom on Tuesday (April 9) to hear Tulane University faculty members James Carville and Mollye Demosthenidy discuss the passage, implementation and future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). more>>

Dr. Tom Farley takes on tobacco and soda
Dr. Tom Farley, Tulane University alumnus and former department chair in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, spoke at Tulane twice last week on the topic of “Saving Gotham.” Farley, who is now the 2014 Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at City University of New York–Hunter College, recently stepped down as commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a position he held since 2008. more>>

Public Health Institutes explore issues, provide hands-on training
The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is expanding its summer offerings, including two new summer institutes designed to introduce students to public health and give them applicable new media skills. more>>

Alumnus Wayne J. Riley named President-elect of the American College of Physicians
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine alumnus Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, has been named President-elect of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. more>>

Tulane SPHTM Celebrates Public Health Week throughout Southeast Louisiana
The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine will celebrate National Public Health Week at both the downtown campus where graduate classes are held as well as on the uptown campus where university undergraduate classes are held. Events will also be held in the community. By the time the week ends, it will be obvious that “Public Health: Starts Here” at Tulane. more>>

March

Organization offers fresh produce to local students
While New Orleans may be a food town, sometimes finding fresh, local produce can be a challenge for students on campus. With that in mind, a coalition of students at Tulane and Loyola universities created Student Supported Agriculture (SSA), an organization that seeks to provide hyper-local, seasonal fruits and vegetables to students on both campuses. more>>

Healthy neighborhoods contribute to healthy people
Most people across the country support local policies that encourage physical activity in work sites, communities and especially schools, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Tulane Prevention Research Center and other universities. more>>

Mhealth helps innovative public health student win again
Alejandra Leyton, a public health graduate student, has won another global challenge, this time focused on mental health. This is the second time in six months that Leyton and her challenge partner, University of Maryland medical student Veena Katikineni, have won an innovation challenge, both from Scientists Without Borders. more>>

Diverse researchers and professionals working together
In his recent article, Mark VanLandingham, PhD, Keller Professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development, addresses takes on the subtle or not-so-subtle divide that can often be found between so-called “soft” and “hard” science. His article was published this month in Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service published by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). more>>

Student lands high-profile health policy fellowship
K.T. Kramer will graduate from Tulane University in May with not one but two professional degrees: a master’s of health administration and a juris doctorate. more>>

February


Tulane Moves Up Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities Ranks
The Peace Corps today released the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. This year Tulane University ranks No. 2 in the graduate school category and No. 13 in the undergraduate medium school category. more>>

Promoting nutrition in underserved communities
The Whole Cities Foundation was announced this week and created with $1 million in seed money from Whole Foods Market to promote nutrition and health education in underserved communities, starting in New Orleans. more>>


GHSD offers new MPH programs
The Department of Global Health Systems and Development (GHSD) has reorganized its MPH curriculum to offer four programs: Health Systems Management, Health Policy, International Health Programs, and Medical Organizations and Systems. “These new concentrations allow students to prepare for tomorrow’s job market, while learning from some of the top experts in their fields,” says Dr. Jane Bertrand, PhD, chair of the department. more>>

January

Seven Students Earn Gates Millennium Scholarships
Seven SPHTM graduate students have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year. Tulane SPHTM is proud to recognize the scholars for their hard work and dedication. more>>

Feeling depressed may weigh on women
A Tulane University study of women working in Greater New Orleans area public schools found that symptoms of depression were linked to behaviors that can lead to overweight and obesity. more>>

Researchers use E.coli to make potential malaria vaccine
A Tulane University researcher has found a way to use E.coli bacteria to cheaply manufacture a once hard-to-produce protein critical to the development of a potential transmission-blocking malaria vaccine. more>>

Alumna Karen DeSalvo begins appointment at U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Two months ago Dr. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, and colleagues from the New Orleans Health Department presented a new public health model at APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston. Today, Dr. DeSalvo begins using her innovation nationally after her appointment as national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. more>>



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