2013 News Archive

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Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network becomes part of new national network Lizheng Shi
A team led by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) has been approved for a funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop and expand a health data network that will be part of PCORnet: the National Patient-Centered National Clinical Research Network. The Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network (LCDRN) is one of 29 approved for a total of $93.5 million from PCORI on December 17 to form this new national resource that aims to boost the efficiency of health research. more>>

Tulane's Dean Buekens elected to Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium
Dr. Pierre Buekens, dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been elected as a Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium. more>>

Tulane’s Dr. Maureen Lichtveld is a Woman of the Year
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been honored as one of the Women of the Year in the annual New Orleans CityBusiness listing. She was fêted along with her fellow honorees at a gala dinner in November. more>>

Work for NOLA health brings national award to Dr. Karen DeSalvo
It's no surprise to Dr. Lee Hamm that Dr. Karen DeSalvo, health commissioner for the city of New Orleans, has been cited by a national magazine as one of nine "Public Officials of the Year." Hamm knows how dedicated DeSalvo is to the Crescent City and its citizens. more>>

Architect links good building design to good health
Building design can make a statement for a company, and it can set the tone for a city. According to Julie Eizenberg, who holds the Favrot Visiting Chair at the Tulane University School of Architecture, it can also help improve health and well-being. more>>

Tulane report shows health disparities facing women, girls in Greater N.O.
A Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine report highlights social factors including race, age and gender that contribute to stark disparities in health and economic outcomes for women and girls in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. more>>


Major depressive disorder target of $3.13 million Tulane study
Tulane University has received a five-year $3.13 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the causes of major depressive disorder (MDD). “Major depressive disorder is a devastating psychiatric disorder that affects millions of Americans,” says Dr. Jinying Zhao, associate professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and principal investigator. more>>

Alumnus named CEO of New Orleans East Hospital
The view from his office window of the hospital's construction site serves as a daily reminder of the work that lies ahead. For Mario Garner, a Tulane University alumnus and the new CEO of New Orleans East Hospital, the work ahead includes building a reputation for quality health care for the city's residents. more>>

Living in disordered neighborhoods gets under the skin
Living in a violence-plagued neighborhood may cause such great stress that a person’s gene expression may be altered. These are the findings of Katherine Theall, Stacy Drury and an interdisciplinary team of Tulane University researchers. more>>

Our thoughts are with the Philippines
Over the past few days, we've watched with horror as the Philippines has become the next victim of a major catastrophic natural disaster. With tens of thousands affected by the massive Typhoon Haiyan, the trauma and misery of this disaster is only just beginning. Our thoughts, our prayers, and our hearts go out to the people of Philippines. more>>

The SPHTM booth is a blue ribbon winner!
Faculty, staff, and students from the SPHTM community have returned from the annual American Public Health Association conference and exposition full of new connections, refreshed ideas, and a general enthusiasm for their chosen professional career. The school has also returned with something else: a First Place ribbon for our booth! more>>

The Key to a Great Research Career
How do you sum up a career that includes a landmark 40-year study into the natural history of coronary artery disease and hypertension? For epidemiology professor Gerald Berenson, you celebrate with the key to the city, an Olympic-style gold medal, and entrance into the Southeastern Beefmasters Breeders Hall of Fame. more>>


Dean Buekens represents global health consortium at launch of new world federation
A new global representative body was launched at the recent World Health Summit in Berlin. According to an announcement, the World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health will give an academic voice to influence policies on health and global governance mechanisms, promote methodological development and research, and share good practices in capacity building and on educational innovations. more>>

SPHTM APHA Guide 2013
The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the premier public health educational forum. This year it all takes place in Boston, Mass., and the theme is "Think Global, Act Local." School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine faculty, staff, and students have been selected to present their research at this meeting, the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world. more>>

Depression is literally a heartbreaker for older men
Getting the blues can be lethal to the male heart, according to a School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine researcher’s new study that finds depression puts older men — but not women — at greater risk of dying from coronary heart disease. more>>

Studying how to make a difference
BSPH student Mary Bryan applied to Tulane University three years ago because of her desire to help solve pressing social problems. Through the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) she learned about the university’s Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship minor and didn’t hesitate to sign up. more>>


Health economics student takes first place in global challenge
Alejandra Leyton, a master of public health student in the Tulane University Department of Global Health Systems and Development, has earned top prize in the Incentive Challenge to Improve Dairy Data, issued by Scientists Without Borders in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science. more>>

Tulane SPHTM and LPHI Partner to Launch Health Systems Analytics Research Center
In response to growing local and national interest in health system performance improvement, two New Orleans-based public health organizations, Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) and  the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), recently partnered to launch the Health Systems Analytics Research Center (HSARC). more>>

Medical anthropologist chosen for new chair in public health
Arachu Castro, who has earned international recognition for her research into infectious diseases and women’s health in Latin America and the Caribbean, has been invested into the Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. more>>

Student leader wins national civic engagement award
When Nhu Ngoc Pham, a senior in the undergraduate public health program at Tulane University, was named a Newman Civic Fellow this year, she couldn’t help but think that there were more deserving candidates. more>>

New $13 million interdisciplinary labs debut this fall
Soon Tulane University will complete a sweeping $13.5 million renovation of laboratory spaces in the J. Bennett Johnston Health and Environmental Research Building, setting the stage for a vibrant hub of interdisciplinary research on Tulane Avenue. more>>


Emerging scholars rise from the oil spill
Nine local high school students became environmental health scientists for the summer at Tulane University in an innovative program funded by the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, part of BP’s settlement of class action medical claims in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. more>>

How to create a hurricane plan
This infographic will get you started on the path to creating a hurricane plan for your family. Click the image to download a pdf that includes links to important websites about emergency preparedness at Tulane University. more>>

Tulane SPHTM researchers target infant survival in Cambodia
Dr. Richard Oberhelman and Dr. Alessandra Bazzano will work with Dr. Var Chivorn of the National Institute of Public Health for the Kingdom of Cambodia to implement a novel program to reduce newborn mortality in Cambodia as part of a Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health Program. more>>

Tulane SPHTM research: chromosome component in children impacted by prenatal smoke exposure
Dr. Katherine Theall, Cecile Usdin Professor in Women’s Health at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has published a new study in the American Journal of Public Health that finds prenatal exposure to cigarette smoke can impact parts of chromosomes in children. more>> 

From farm to table
Who knew summer could be so tasty? A group of public health students now do after participating in the inaugural Tulane Public Health Summer Institute. more>>

Bike lanes included in city’s ongoing road repairs
New Orleans’ latest installation of bike lanes along oak tree–lined Esplanade and City Park avenues was dedicated in June, and several more are slated to open this summer and later this year. more>>

Former EPA leader Lisa Jackson joins Tulane board
Environmental Protection Agency administrator and Tulane graduate Lisa Jackson has joined the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body. more>>

Public Health professor selected as Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar
Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine professor Mark VanLandingham has been selected as a visiting scholar for the New York City-based Russell Sage Foundation, a prestigious center devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. more>> 


On the front lines fighting flu
Tulane SPHTM alumnus Dr. Andrew Corwin, an infectious diseases expert, serves on the front lines combating emerging strains of influenza such as swine flu from the H1N1 virus and the recent headliner virus H792 linked to bird flu in China. more>>

'Most Outstanding Persons' of 2013 have Tulane ties
For the 40th consecutive year, Family Service of Greater New Orleans, one of the city’s oldest nonprofit social service organizations, is recognizing 10 individuals who, in the past year, generously gave of their time to volunteerism, civic leadership and philanthropy to benefit the common good. more>>

 ‘Pragmatic’ Obamacare delay a victory for business lobby, expert says
The Obama administration’s decision to delay a key healthcare reform provision requiring large employers to pay a penalty if they don’t offer health insurance is a big victory for the business community, says attorney and Tulane healthcare policy expert Mollye Demosthenidy of the Global Health Systems and Development Department. more>>

Center for Emerging Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology launched at SPHTM
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. more>>


Pierre Buekens reappointed as dean of School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Effective July 1, 2013, Dr. Pierre Buekens (the W.H. Watkins Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology) has accepted reappointment for a third five-year term as dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). more>>

Travel Bug is back and ready for new adventures!
After a well-deserved rest from her worldwide travels promoting the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s milestone centennial celebration in 2012, Travel Bug is back – with some new friends – and ready for more adventures. Summer is here and it’s time for academic travel, sightseeing, trying new foods in foreign places, and making new friends! more>>

We’re Global, and It Shows!
Who at SPHTM is researching mental health in Vietnam? How many of our researchers are working in Ethiopia? What does SPHTM have going on in Argentina? Inquiring minds now have a quick and visual answer to questions like these with the school’s brand new Research Map. more>>

Appointment of Dr. Thomas J. “T.J.” Stranova as Associate Dean for Student Services
The SPHTM is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas J. “T.J.” Stranova as associate dean for student services, effective July 1, 2013. more>>

Alumna Marthelise Eersel honored for tobacco control contributions
May 31, 2013 was World No Tobacco day, and SPHTM alumna Marthelise Eersel, director of health of Suriname, was honored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) for her contributions to advancing tobacco control. more>>


New study examines why corner stores aren't stocking more healthful foods
The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) looked at how feasible it is for corner retailers located in so-called “food deserts” to stock more fresh fruits and vegetables. Researchers interviewed local produce wholesalers and corner store owners and surveyed customers and residents in three low-income neighborhoods without full-service grocery stores — the 7th Ward, Upper 9th Ward and 17th Ward — to gauge food buying and consumption patterns. more>>

Research!America and global health experts focus on economic and health burdens of neglected tropical diseases in the U.S.
At a recent panel discussion in the SPHTM Diboll Auditorium and hosted by Research!America, several researchers and leading public health experts said the nation must increase public awareness and research to address the emergence of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the U.S. more>>

New PLOS Collection assesses the measurement of maternal/child health interventions
Measuring coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health in low- and middle-income countries is critical to ensuring that health interventions are reaching the women and children who need them most, says a new collection of articles published by PLOS this week. GHSD Associate Professor Thomas Eisele is lead author on two of the articles. more>>


Makin’ Groceries project explores neighborhood shopping patterns
This academic year, the Tulane Prevention Research Center has collected information in two New Orleans neighborhoods to see how residents shop and eat in areas that have limited availability of healthy food. more>>

Students plan big climb to help women’s causes
Eight young women - including one Tulane public health student – aspire to climb to new heights — 19,341 feet to be exact. Starting from a low point in Louisiana, the eight women led by team leader Batina Brockamp strive to bring awareness to women’s causes by ascending to the highest point in Africa — Mount Kilimanjaro. more>>

Tracking a new system of mental health care for children
One year after Louisiana changed the way it supports children with mental health issues, a statewide advocacy group is collecting information to monitor the system with the help of Sally Drape, a public health graduate student at Tulane University. more>>

Rubber hits the road
Tulane SPHTM faculty and staff volunteers work to clear lots in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood for the 2013 Wave of Green Day of Service on Monday, April 1. more>>

Alumni nourish careers of students
The Tulane Office of Alumni Relations has implemented a new program this spring semester offering networking opportunities for students, served up with dinners hosted by alumni. Students get outside the campus bubble for a free meal, while interacting with alumni and other students they may not know. more>>


Finalists for 2013 Business Plan Competition are Tulane startups
Tulane startups in nutrition, medical technology, and public health will compete for $50,000 next month in the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association’s (TEA) 13th annual Tulane Business Plan Competition. >>more

Public health students consider global problems
Students at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine spent last week addressing “One World Problems” at the second annual Global Health Summit produced by the school’s student government association. more>>


Do kids graze their schools' salad bars?
A new study under way by the Tulane Prevention Research Center is studying usage of school salad bars, adding to previous studies focused on how salad bars can be successful in schools. more>>

Tulane study finds cycling surge after city bike lane project
Bike lanes continue to gain popularity in New Orleans with the latest set of lanes boasting a surge in riders, according to a new Tulane University study. On South Carrollton Avenue, researchers at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine saw more than three times the number of people cycling after one-mile long bike lanes were striped. more>>

Tulane ranks on Peace Corps top graduate colleges list
This year Tulane University ranks No. 4 on the 2013 top Peace Corps volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the graduate school category, and No. 18 in the undergraduate medium school category. The annual list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities for small, medium, large and graduate institutions. more>>


Tulane SPHTM Open House to coincide with student-led Global Health Summit March 6-8
Plans are being finalized for the school’s annual open house to welcome prospective graduate students. For the second year in a row, open house attendees will also have the opportunity to attend the Global Health Summit, an event produced by the Student Government Association held concurrently with open house. more>>

Delegation works to expand studies in Cuba
A successful trip to Cuba in December by a Tulane delegation will expand the university’s ongoing relationship with the University of Havana and other Cuban institutions into public health and scientific arenas. more>>


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