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Attracting the most innovative thinkers to Tulane—world-class faculty and graduate and undergraduate students—and combining our intellectual muscle with an entrepreneurial mindset will position the university to help solve some of society’s most complex challenges. Research here isn’t just the province of graduate students or faculty: Undergraduate research is an important part of the Tulane experience, and grants are available to help students cover the cost of research materials, travel and other expenses.

Once these talented individuals are on campus, they are well-positioned to make the breakthroughs in research that today are made across the boundaries of schools, colleges and institutes. Best-selling author and Tulane board member Walter Isaacson had it right when he wrote in his book The Innovators that the next advances “will come from people who are able to link beauty to engineering, humanity to technology and poetry to processors.”

The university is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with “preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Tulane also is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes only 2 percent of universities nationwide.


 

Sarah Lindsey, a researcher in the Department of Pharmacology
Tulane researcher awarded $1.9M to improve menopausal hormone therapy

New research at the Tulane School of Medicine is looking at an estrogen receptor that could be a site for targeted hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women.

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A swamp to marsh transition near Houma, Louisiana
Louisiana wetlands struggling with sea-level rise four times the global average

Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana’s wetlands, there is little chance that the coast will be able to withstand the accelerating rate of sea-level rise, a new Tulane University study concludes.

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A person hitting a Facebook like button
Facebook ‘likes’ don’t work like marketers think they do

If companies want to convert social media fans into more active customers, they have to engage them with advertising, according to Tulane research featured in Harvard Business Review.

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School of Medicine student Isabelle Dortonne sports the Oculus Rift virtual reality device
Vision quest: Tulane researchers use virtual reality to fight glaucoma

Using a virtual reality console, an interdisciplinary team of Tulane researchers is developing a portable test for diagnosing glaucoma.

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Creating these connections is one of Tulane’s greatest strengths. It’s not an overstatement to say we are creating a new model for interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education that will bring our research to new heights in several critical areas, including the culture of the Gulf South, energy and the environment, water management and climate change, healthy communities, trauma and resilience.
 
Some of this exciting research will take place on Tulane’s newest facility, the ByWater Institute. Located on the Mississippi River where a modern infrastructure will advance timely research in many of the areas mentioned above, plus coastal restoration and management, and sustainable communities. The campus will also help transform New Orleans into a leading hub for green jobs and technologies.
 
Research at Tulane is where unlimited opportunity awaits to make the world a better place.