April 29, 2020

Tulanian Now

Since our founding in 1834 as a medical college, Tulane University has been a leader in the fight against infectious diseases. Tulanian Now is a biweekly resource of information and updates about Tulane’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 News

Jay Rappaport

Jay Rappaport to serve on NIH’s coronavirus working group

Tulane National Primate Research Center Director, Jay Rappaport, was recently invited to join the newly formed NIH public-private collaboration to respond to the novel coronavirus and prepare for future pandemics.

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Kendra Harris

A ray of hope in the crisis, Dr. Kendra Harris shines light on needs of healthcare providers

Dr. Kendra Harris, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the School of Medicine, established the Tulane Frontline Providers Fund: Green Wave Heroes, to give support to medical personnel during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Thomas LaVeist

Dean takes leading role in addressing racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths

As a leading expert in issues of equity and health, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Dean Thomas LaVeist is playing a key role in addressing alarmingly high rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths among African Americans.

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Hospital staff

‘All hands on deck’ for doctors on the front lines of COVID-19 care

The numbers continue to rise — the number of beds being made available for patients, the number of people on the front lines and the number of Tulane doctors, nurses, support staff and volunteers leading the battle against COVID-19.

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University Roundup

Experts in the Media

Experts in the media

From doctors on the front line to researchers working to find a vaccine, the efforts of Tulane University experts are being highlighted by major news organizations across the globe.

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Zoom class

Students zoom in to reconnect

The transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis had a powerful emotional element, said Robin Forman, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. But students appreciate the chance to reconnect with classmates in Zoom classes and digital chats.

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Sprinting to the Front Lines Team

Six student groups awarded grants from Sprinting to the Front Lines

Teams of current Tulane students were invited to submit proposals that would directly impact the health and well-being of the New Orleans community during the COVID-19 outbreak. Projects were selected by a panel of three School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine faculty members.

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Social Work survey

Social Work announces surveys to study behavioral health and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the unprecedented impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, faculty members at the School of Social Work have initiated two studies and are requesting the public take part in anonymous online surveys.

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Upcoming Events

April 29 from 5-6 p.m.

Join John Barry and Walter Isaacson for an in-depth discussion on Barry’s best-selling book, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.

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May 4 from 10-11 a.m.

Join us for the first installment of the Tulane Innovation webinar series as Walter Isaacson discusses COVID-19’s Health Disparities and Public Impacts with Dean Thomas LaVeist and Susan Hassig from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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In the News

‘Quarantine fatigue’: researchers find more Americans venturing out against coronavirus stay-at-home orders

Washington Post

“People can feel it’s coming, so they get more antsy,” said Susan Hassig, an associate professor of epidemiology at Tulane University. “It’s kind of like a kid before Christmas.”

African Americans struggle with disproportionate COVID death toll

National Geographic

Dr. Keith Ferdinand, professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, said numerous variables are making African Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Southern states largely go at it alone in reopening decisions

AP News

The outbreak has hit different parts of the country in different ways — and the response has been just as varied — so there isn’t one playbook, said Dr. Richard Oberhelman, an infectious disease specialist at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.

Virus researchers cast doubt on theory of coronavirus lab accident


Genetic analysis shows the virus began to spread sometime in the fall or winter of 2019, says Robert Garry, a microbiologist at Tulane

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