2016 News Archive

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A Message to Our Community
The U.S. elections were a very difficult exercise in democracy laying bare deep divisions within the country. I echo President Fitts’ message to the Tulane community: “Our job as a university community is to seek to understand. We must engage with each other in and out of the classroom, and we will have many opportunities in the days to come to process where we are as a nation.” more>>


Dr Wuleta Lemma earned a lifetime award in Ethiopia
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Tulane Professor Honored by Ethiopian Health Ministry
Dr. Wuleta Lemma has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia at their 18th Annual Nation Health Meeting, held in Hawassa, Ethiopia. more>>

Tulane SPHTM participates in National Health Education Week
The celebration brings national attention to public health issues and promotes consumers' understanding of the role of health education and health promotion in society. more>>

Dr. Maureen Lichtveld named as member of prestigious National Academy of Medicine
A Tulane University professor has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. more>>

Tulane’s Dr. Arachu Castro named President-elect of the Society for Medical Anthropology
Dr. Arachu Castro, Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America, was elected to the role of president-elect of the Society for Medical Anthropology. She will serve that role for one year, followed by a two-year term as president, and a year as past-president. more>>

Tulane University awarded $11.4M to turn discoveries into cures
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Tulane University an $11.4 million grant to develop more scientists devoted to clinical research aimed at helping patients suffering from high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and related conditions. more>>

Mourning with those impacted by Hurricane Matthew
Matthew roared through the Caribbean and up the East Coast over the past week, leaving destruction in its wake. more>>

As population ages, nutrition may be an issue
Older adults in New Orleans tend to eat fewer servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and consume less food overall than their younger counterparts, according to a citywide phone survey conducted by the Tulane Prevention Research Center. more>>


Zika From Every Angle
Zika virus has gone from a little-known disease affecting a very small portion of the world’s population to a major health concern around the globe. The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, along with the School of Social Work and the MD/MPH Program, will take a look at this emerging disease at an interdisciplinary presentation to be held on Wednesday, September 28. more>>

Seminar connects mass incarceration and health
In the radio series “Unprisoned,” independent producer Eve Abrams addresses how major public health issues like homelessness, mental health and drug addiction are often criminalized rather than treated, leading to the mass incarceration rates and subsequent health problems. more>>

Department Name Change for Biostatistics
The Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics will change its name to the Department of Global Biostatistics and Data Science, effective September 13, 2016. more>>


Gallstone disease may increase heart disease risk
A history of gallstone disease may increase the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study by Tulane University researchers published in the American Heart Association's journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. more>>

August, 2016, Louisiana Flooding
Our thoughts are with our neighbors in the communities to the west and north of New Orleans who have experienced flooding from the recent storms. While New Orleans was not significantly impacted by the rain, we are well versed in the devastation high water can cause. more>>

In remembrance of Dr. Harrison Spencer
The Tulane community was saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Harrison Spencer, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). While the entire public health community mourns the loss of a staunch advocate for the field, the Tulane community particularly feels his loss as a former dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Lower- and middle-income countries struggle to treat, control high blood pressure
For the first time in history, people living in low- and middle-income countries have a higher prevalence of hypertension, or high blood pressure, than people in high-income countries, according to a new study by Tulane researchers. more>>

Water, water, everywhere! Drink it for summer hydration
Hydration is a key component in our health that is often overlooked. In the heat of summer, when there are exceptionally high temperatures, proper hydration is crucial. more>>

Ebola diagnosis is a call to action for graduate student
After Dr. Adaora Okoli survived the deadly Ebola virus, she enrolled at TSPHTM to learn more about epidemiology and outbreak control, especially in developing countries. more>>


Professors assess food security in winning paper
Together, Tulane University professors Nathan Morrow and Nancy Mock, both affiliated with the TSPHTM, have more than a half century of experience evaluating and monitoring food security, humanitarian response and emergent resilience strategies. more>>

Is 'Pokemon Go' exercise?
“Pokemon Go” has millions of fans hunting virtual creatures in the real world using their phones. The craze is luring gamers of all stripes to get on their feet and out the door to catch them all. Jeanette Gustat, an epidemiologist with the Tulane Prevention Research Center, checks in with players on the uptown campus to determine whether the phone app is actually sneaking in serious health benefits among all the fun. more>>

Tulane Launches Zika Research in Honduras
Researchers at the Tulane SPHTM will begin recruiting participants for a study on Zika virus and pregnancy in Honduras. more>>

Think small
In a study focused on urban and primarily African-American neighborhoods in New Orleans, more than half of people in that sample not satisfied with their body size. more>>

US joins Cuba in public health research
The thawing of relations with Cuba makes it possible for Tulane University public health researchers to build collaborations with public health experts there. more>>

Alum brews eco-conscious tea company
Based in Miami, JoJo Tea company aims to share the brewed beverage's storied history one cup at a time, making modern tea culture accessible to a new generation. more>>

Moderate and vigorous exercise have comparable effects on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
A new study shows a brisk walk is just as good as a jog when it comes to reducing liver fatty content. more>>


Lecture shows a new way to study urban violence
A book from the 1950s helped form Douglas Wiebe’s study of gun violence. One Boy’s Day, an examination of a Midwestern boy’s footsteps and behaviors over 14 hours, prompted Wiebe, over 50 years later, to track Philadelphia adolescents who had been treated for assault wounds. more>>

Parting Words From the Class of 2016
Each year, one student gives a commencement address at the school's diploma ceremony. A number of students vie for this opportunity and this year we recorded the thoughts of several of them. Please enjoy their videos. more>>

Tulane Researchers Find Association Between Low Birthweight and Type 2 Diabetes
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that a genetically lowered birthweight increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study was led by Dr. Tiange Wang, postdoctoral research fellow, and Dr. Lu Qi, professor of epidemiology, with the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Tulane Research Could Help Elderly Veterans Avoid Neurodegenerative Disease
New results from Tulane University suggest that long-term therapy with metformin reduced the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases among elderly veterans with diabetes, although this association was not observed with a less than 2-year exposure to the drug. more>>

Dr. Alessandra Bazzano Named a Social Entrepreneurship Professor
Dr. Alessandra, Bazzano, assistant professor of global community health and behavioral sciences, has been named to the next class of Social Entrepreneurship (SE) Professors. more>>

Fulbright scholar looks to give back in Brazil
While many students are basking in the off time afforded by summer break, MD/MPH student Brady Page, is traveling to far-flung locales for a year-long trip to research and help treat patients in developing nations. The native of Mountain View, California received a Fulbright-Fogarty research grant that will take him to the Brazillian state of Bahia to study leishmaniasis — a disease caused by a parasite transmitted by sandfly bites. more>>

Doctoral Student Honored at ISPOR
Mr. Hui Shao, a doctoral student in the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was honored for the best student podium presentation at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Annual International Meeting. more>>


High-salt diet may raise cardiovascular disease risk for kidney disease patients
High salt consumption is associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a new Tulane University study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week. more>>

2016 Tulane SPHTM Diploma Ceremony
Congratulations to the class of 2016! This year the ceremony moved to Mahalia Jackson Theater, a bigger venue to accommodate all the family and friends who came out to celebrate their graduating loved ones. more>>

2016 Tulane Awards Ceremony Photo Gallery
Congratulations to the class of 2016! Before an audience of friends, family, and faculty, talented public health graduate students (and a few faculty) were honored and recognized last week with awards and distinctions from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and individual departments. more>>

2016 Delta Omega Eta Chapter Inductions and Awards
Eta chapter welcomed 27 new student inductees, two faculty inductees, and two alumni inductees for the 2015-16 academic year. A dinner celebrating the inductees and their accomplishments was held Monday, May 9 at the 1834 Club Room at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the uptown campus. more>>

2016 Delta Omega Eta Chapter Poster Contest
Eta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health held its annual poster contest Friday, April 15. Three winners were selected from 15 submissions. more>>

Long-term weight-loss diet interventions may increase circulating adiponectin
Increases in circulating adiponectin may be found with long-term weight-loss diet interventions with various macronutrient contents, study findings show. more>>

Tulane’s Dr. Maureen Lichthveld Inducted into Hopkins Society of Scholars
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Health Policy, was recently inducted into the Society of Scholars of Johns Hopkins University. more>>


Tulane to establish joint degree program with China’s Nanjing Medical University
The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has entered into a memorandum of understanding with China’s Nanjing Medical University to establish a joint degree program. more>>

Earthquakes hit Japan, Ecuador
Over the weekend, two different communities suffered the devastating effects of massive earthquakes. The largest of two earthquakes on the Japanese island of Kyushu registered a magnitude of 7.0 while Ecuador was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Both occurred on Saturday. more>>

Tulane’s Dean Buekens Becomes Chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Dean Pierre Buekens was officially named chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health at the organization’s seventh annual meeting held in San Francisco last week. Dr. Buekens will hold the post for two years. more>>

South African Health Videos Improve Health Data Collection
Dr. Valerie Yeager, assistant professor of Global Health Management and Policy at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has completed three “edutainment” videos that are being used in eLearning in the South African healthcare environment. more>>

Tulane University Approved for $2.25 Million to Participate in New Diabetes Research Initiative
Tulane University will lead a $2.25 million effort to improve care coordination in diabetes management, which remains a major public health concern in the United States, especially in Louisiana which reports higher rates of illness and death from diabetes and cardiovascular disease than other regions of the U.S. more>>


Louisiana Flooding
Our thoughts are with our neighbors in northern and northwest Louisiana who have experienced flooding from last week’s storms. While New Orleans was not significantly impacted by the rain, we are well versed in the devastation high water can cause. more>>

Alumnus receives innovation award for work in Cambodia
Jonathan Rivers, a Tulane University alumnus who is working with the U.N. World Food Programme, received an innovation award for his work in the Cambodia Country Office. more>>


Tulane University is No. 1 on Peace Corps' annual rankings
Tulane University is the No. 1 graduate school nationwide in producing Peace Corps volunteers, the agency announced today. Tulane also ranks No. 12 among mid-sized undergraduate schools on Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. more>>

Tulane receives $7.2 million to continue family planning work in Democratic Republic of Congo
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has received $7.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for family planning research and programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The ACQUAL II Project (which stands for “access” and “quality”) will build on previous grants to Tulane from these two foundations. more>>

How many steps each day are enough?
February is heart health month — a good time to get back to health and fitness goals, and many people are using wearable technology to help. more>>

Lu Qi Publishes Textbook on Gene-Environment Interactions
Dr. Lu Qi, HCA Regents Distinguished Chair and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has edited a newly released textbook entitled Gene-Environment Interactions and Human Diseases. more>>

Getting the facts about the Zika virus
As Zika virus continues to spread north toward the United States, public concern and media attention are also on the rise. Faculty members Dawn Wesson, PhD and Susan McLellan, PhD talk about the virus and the risk it poses with mosquito season right around the corner. more>>

Super Bowl celebrations spread flu, according to Tulane researchers
Cover your coughs in the Carolinas and don’t double dip in Denver. A Tulane University study published in the American Journal of Health Economics found cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a rise in flu deaths. more>>


Tulane SPHTM monitors Zika Virus
Bookmark our new Zika info page to get links to updated information and read commentary from SPHTM faculty. Read More>>

‘Colonel WASH’ aids in Ebola fight
When shipping containers filled with medical equipment intended to fight Ebola landed on a dock in Sierra Leone in late 2014, Colonel WASH (a.k.a. SPHTM alumnus Lee P. Gary, Jr.) was waiting for them. more>>

'Photovoice’ project gets support from local foundation
Residents in two New Orleans neighborhoods will work with Tulane University faculty and staff members to document what impacts their health through pictures, thanks to a recent grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. more>>


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