April 1, 2020

Tulanian Now

Dear Tulane Community:

Tulane is leading the way to find solutions for the novel coronavirus – from designing new therapeutic strategies and nanotechnology-based tests to rapidly diagnose infections to working to develop one of the first nonhuman primate models for COVID-19. Our experts are also developing new approaches to quickly sanitize masks for reuse and responding across disciplines in numerous other ways. New Orleans has always been a global city, like New York and Seattle — and, since its founding as a medical college, Tulane has been on the frontline of infectious disease research. Through Tulanian Now you can learn about our research, response and the work being done in our community to address this global pandemic.

Mike Fitts


Latest News

Study: Coronavirus pandemic sparked by nature, not bioengineering

Robert Garry, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at the School of Medicine, is senior author of a study that found the COVID-19 pandemic likely evolved from nature and was not made in a lab or otherwise engineered.  Read the Story / Watch the Video


Tulane Medical Center team

New COVID-19 test gives results in four hours

A laboratory at Tulane Medical Center is conducting a new test for COVID-19 that can yield results within four hours.

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COVID-19 cells

School of Medicine faculty and researchers answer COVID-19 questions

The School of Medicine recently released an informational video featuring faculty and researchers, who are on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

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Cajun army

Tulane medical students coordinate donations of protective gear for hospitals

Students from Tulane School of Medicine’s student community clinics built a regional donation hub to collect personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

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In Case You Missed It


Gibson Hall

Tulane launches Student Emergency Aid and Assistance Fund

The university has launched the fund to provide support for students in times of crisis.

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Walter Isaacson

Opinion: This plague is not a hurricane

Tulane History Professor Walter Isaacson's opinion piece ran in the Washington Post on March 29.

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Michael Kuczynski

Letters: Chaucer offers age-old lessons in face of a pandemic

Tulane English Professor Michael Kuczynski's letter was printed in the March 26 issue of the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate.

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Kendall Gardner


How are you, as a Tulanian, helping your community? How are you staying safe? How do you bring Tulane to where you are? What do you miss most about being on campus? HowdoyouTU?.

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In the News

Louisiana researchers studying monkeys for a coronavirus vaccine face challenges as state cases spike

ABC News

Dr. Rudolf "Skip" Bohm, associate director of the Tulane National Primate Research Center, hopes his research will help save thousands from COVID-19.

A Different Kind of Storm: New Orleans Facing Deadly Virus Outbreak

New York Times

Dr. Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist and associate professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, said there were other likely reasons, beyond Mardi Gras, that may explain why New Orleans has been so hard-hit — the dense, compact nature of the city; its tourism industry; its port, which connects it to the world; and the way people connect culturally.

The 1918 flu pandemic, a cautionary tale

CBS Sunday Morning

"That's equivalent to 225 to 450 million people today," said John Barry, who wrote a history of the 1918 flu and is on the adjunct faculty of Tulane University. "The numbers are staggering.


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