Center for Emerging Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology launched at SPHTM

Pierre Buekens, Arachu Castro

Dean Pierre Buekens, CERPE director, with CERPE
fellow Arachu Castro, the Samuel Z. Stone Chair of
Public Health in Latin America.

The Center for Emerging Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (CERPE), directed by Dean Pierre Buekens, was officially launched last week at a lunchtime reception in their new space.  The CERPE features research and academic activities that span several SPHTM departments and the School of Medicine and includes the expertise of faculty from both schools.

“I’m excited about CERPE because it allows for new research collaborations with emerging countries and provides its fellows and trainees with priority rights to use the center's services, including computer facilities, scientific and software resources, and this beautiful work space,” Buekens said.

The CERPE takes a broad approach to research with a focus on emerging issues such as congenital Chagas disease, dengue and pregnancy, and disasters and pregnancy; emerging methods including novel indicators of chronic stress and weathering, implementation research, and mHealth (mobile health); and collaborations with emerging countries/economies such as Argentina, China, and Mexico.

CERPE trainees are pre- and postdoctoral students (MD, PhD) from Tulane University with a strong interest in developing knowledge and competencies in experimental research. All trainees have access to the Center's programs and resources. The duration of a trainee's membership varies according to his/her individual involvement in research projects. For more information about becoming a trainee or working with CERPE, contact Andie Meyer at







July 3, 2013


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