Topic: epidemiology

Joe Culpepper holds old family photos

Landmark Study Achieves New Importance

This rural Louisiana town once linked heart disease to childhood. Fifty years later, it’s taking aim at dementia.

graphic of sheep circling the moon

A Good Night’s Sleep

A Tulane study found that adults with the healthiest sleep patterns had a 42 percent lower risk of heart failure regardless of other risk factors compared to adults with unhealthy sleep patterns.

photo of Praveena Fernes in Thailand

Ghost Stories

One of the most compelling pieces of narrative history is The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World.

Susan Hassig

Impression: Susan Hassig

After years of studying HIV transmission, Susan Hassig (PHTM ’84, ’87), associate professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, became a go-to media source on the prevention and spread of COVID-19.


Patricia Kissinger, professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases

“The addiction takes over." Patricia Kissinger, quoted in the Los Angeles Times article, “Two crises in one: As drug use rises, so does syphilis.” Kissinger is a professor of epidemiology and infectious disease at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.