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Research 

Infectious Diseases‐Related Research at Tulane University

  1. Tulane National Primate Research Center

    1. Overview: www.tnprc.tulane.edu/index.shtml
    2. Division of Microbiology: www.tnprc.tulane.edu/division_microbiology.html
    3. Division of Bacteriology and Parasitology: http://www.tnprc.tulane.edu/division_bacteriology.html
    4. Pilot Study Program: www.tnprc.tulane.edu/pilot.html
    5. Faculty: www.tnprc.tulane.edu/faculty.html
  2. School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology

    John D. Clements, Ph.D., Department Chair
    - Bacterial Pathogenesis
    - Molecular aspects of the host-parasite relationship
    - Vaccine Development

    Lucy Cardenas-Freytag, Ph.D.
    - Host-parasite interactions in fungal and bacterial infections

    Robert F. Garry, Jr., Ph.D.
    - Virology
    - Molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis

    Kerstin Honer zu Bentrup, Ph.D
    - Microscopy
    - Bacterial Pathogenesis
    - Three-dimensional cell-culture systems

    Laura S. Levy, Ph.D.

    - Molecular Virology
    - Molecular mechanisms of retroviral oncogenesis

    Louise B. Lawson Ph.D.
    -Vaccine and Therapeutic Drug Delivery
    -Mucosal Vaccines
     

    James McLachlan, Ph.D
    - Bacterial Pathogenesis
    - Host-pathogen interactions
    - Adaptive immunity to infection
    - Role of CD4+ T helper cells during infection and disease

    Lisa Morici, Ph.D

    - Bacterial Pathogenesis
    - Studies of host-pathogen relationship during pulmonary infection
    - Vaccine discovery and development against aerosol bacterial agents

    Cindy Morris, Ph.D.
    - Molecular Virology
    - Molecular mechanisms of AIDS pathogenesis and angiogenesis

    Ramesh Prabhu, Ph.D.
    - Molecular Virology
    - Antiviral and Vaccine development

    Thomas G. Voss, Ph.D.
    - Cell - virus interactions and their role in the pathogenesis of acute viral infections
    - Therapeutic and vaccine development

  3. School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    1. Department of Tropical Medicine: www.sph.tulane.edu/publichealth/tropmed/people_tropmed.cfm
    2. Department of Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases Division:
      1. i. Patty Kissinger, PhD: www.sph.tulane.edu/publichealth/epi/faculty_kissinger.cfm
      2. ii. Susan Hassig, DrPH: www.sph.tulane.edu/publichealth/epi/faculty_hassig.cfm

Research Projects in the Department of Epidemiology

HIV, HTLV, and Drug Abuse
A NAAIDC study to examine the influence of drug abuse on the natural history of HIV and HTLV infection.

Innovative diagnostic techniques for M tuberculosis in pediatric populations in Peru
A NIH cohort study to examine which of three different diagnostic tests, collected in three different methods has the best predictive value for M tuberculosis.

The influence of Trichomonas vaginalis on HIV vaginal shedding
A Louisiana's Health Excellence Fund cohort study to examine if HIV-infected women who are co-infected with TV are more likely to shed HIV in the vaginal secretions than women who are not co-infected and to determine if treatment decreases HIV shedding.

The influence of Trichomonas vaginalis on HIV vaginal shedding
A CDC cohort study that is a supplement to the Health Excellence to examine if HIV-infected women who are co-infected with TV are more likely to shed HIV in the vaginal secretions than women who are not co-infected and to determine if treatment decreases HIV shedding. This study provides for specimen collection at the 3rd month visit.

MIRIAD
A CDC multi-centered study to determine if motivational interviewing delivered via cellular telephones could improve caregiver's adherence to the infant's AZT HIV prophylactic medicine.

MIRIAD Plus
A CDC randomized study trial to determine if a behavioral intervention can increase contraceptive use, reduce STDs and improve access to reproductive health care among women who gave birth with no prenatal care in New Orleans.

Optimizing Partner Treatment Strategies
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded study to determine the best method of treating partners of patients with sexually transmitted infections.

Prevention of vaginal douching among adolescent and young women
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded study to determine if a client-centered motivational interviewing intervention to prevent vaginal douching is better than a control arm for reducing the practice of vaginal douching among women age 13-24.

Risk reduction for young African American IDU's
A NIDA trial that determines if motivational interviewing can help reduce risk behavior or Hepatitis C among incarcerated men.


Department of Pharmacology:
Debasis Mondal, PhD: http://tulane.edu/som/departments/pharmacology/mondal.cfm

Pediatric Infectious Diseases: http://tulane.edu/som/departments/pediatrics/infectious-diseases.cfm

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5263 medsch@tulane.edu