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Research Projects
Do prevention programs make high school athletes safer?

As more states require concussion education for student athletes, there is little research into whether these programs are making an impact to reduce injuries and improve care. Tulane University physician Dr. Greg Stewart hopes to find out which education strategies work best to make high school athletics safer.
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Payson Center study influences debate on “conflict minerals”

Violence and brutality that have taken millions of lives and resulted in thousands of women being raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo led Congress to add the Congo Conflict Minerals Act to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010.
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A tale of two fungi

In the February issue of New Phytologist, Tulane University biologists examine why leaf-cutting ants target some plants and avoid others, concluding that high levels of friendly fungi in the leaves of some plants protect them from destruction by ants.
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Tulane scientists share Katrina experiences with Sandy survivors

Tulane University delegation visited New York University to discuss the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the NYU medical school and how lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina might help steer them through this crisis.
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David Seal
Taking a public health approach to public safety

In the fight against urban violence, if information is power, one Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine professor is doing his part to give local law enforcement and other community organizations a boost.
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Circle Food Store
A new approach to promoting healthy food

The financial incentive program that is helping reopen a New Orleans landmark, Circle Food Store, and other food stores since Hurricane Katrina, is a broad-based community effort and a learning experience, according to findings by a Tulane University team led by nutrition researcher Diego Rose. Full Story...

Dr. Jiang He
Tulane to test hypertension control program in Argentina

With a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Tulane epidemiologist Dr. Jiang He will lead a study to determine the effectiveness of a comprehensive intervention program to improve hypertension prevention and control among uninsured patients and their families in Argentina. Full Story...

Vijay John, left, reviews oil samples with graduate students Jingjian Tang, center, and Pradeep Venkataraman.
Tulane leads group to design new dispersants

A consortium of research institutions led by Tulane University is slated to receive a $10.34 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to help develop new dispersants that more favorably balance effectiveness and toxicity in combating deep-sea drilling accidents. Full Story...

David Mullin and colleagues
Fuel Found in Old Newspapers

Here’s one way that old-fashioned newsprint beat the Internet: Tulane University scientists have discovered a novel bacterial strain, dubbed “TU-103,” that uses paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that serves as a substitute for gasoline. The researchers are currently experimenting with old editions of The Times-Picayune newspaper with great success. Full Story...

Tulane Cancer Center
Finding Cancer That Runs in Families

An estimated 3 to 5 percent of colon cancer is associated with specific genetic mutations that can be passed along in families, but some families that are at higher risk may not know. The Tulane Cancer Center is helping families understand their risks. Full Story...

Aspirin-like Drug Could Help Control Diabetes
Aspirin-like Drug Could Help Control Diabetes

Researchers at the Tulane University School of Medicine are participating in a national study testing the ability of a generic drug called salsalate to control diabetes. Full Story...

Halting Men's Most Common Cancer
Halting Men’s Most Common Cancer

International prostate cancer expert Dr. Oliver Sartor of the Tulane Cancer Center is the first U.S. oncologist to offer patients an experimental new treatment for late-stage prostate cancer through a clinical trial that is recruiting patients at 100 sites across 20 countries worldwide. Full Story...

Robotics Aid Kidney-Sparing Surgery
Robotics Aids Kidney-Sparing Surgery

Recent advances in surgical procedures allow more patients to live with kidney cancer, continuing to maintain their normal schedules and lifestyles. Dr. Benjamin Lee, director of robotics, laparoscopy and endourology for Tulane Medical Center, seeks to preserve kidney function through minimally invasive surgery. Full Story...

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New Orleans' Recovery Needs 'Unconventional Thinking'

Calling New Orleans “the canary in the global warming coal mine,” two Tulane professors say the Crescent City must embrace unconventional thinking in order to recover in a sustainable way from Hurricane Katrina while withstanding a continual threat from rising sea levels, diminishing wetlands and future storms. They stress that the No. 1 priority for Louisiana should be to combat global warming and accelerated sea-level rise. Full Story...

Wastewater Helps Grow Wetlands

Researchers in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine are working on a new way to sanitize sewage effluent from New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish so that the nutrient-rich water can help replenish and regrow depleted cypress swamps along the coast. The fertilizer, which is currently discharged into the Mississippi River, can boost wetland growth by more than 50 percent.

A similar diversion project in Hammond, La., showed 10 years worth of growth in cypress trees in the first season. Full Story...

Biomedical Engineering
Enabling the Disabled

Tulane University biomedical engineering students are gaining real-world experience by creating mechanisms that make living with disabilities easier. Twelve student teams spent Saturday (Feb. 16) showing their inventions to clients and visitors during the 2008 design show hosted by the Tulane School of Science and Engineering. Full Story...

Special Surgery Solves Chest Problems

In the past, children born with chest wall malformations endured sometimes debilitating operations, but recent medical advances allow surgeons to offer less invasive approaches. Tulane’s Chest Wall Center offers expertise in these leading-edge approaches to chest wall correction. Full Story...

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