Topic: research

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA at Crescent City Connection Bridge over the Mississippi River at sunset

Civil engineering returns as a minor with a water-management focus

When the School of Science and Engineering reconsidered a civil engineering curriculum, they brought it back with a 2023 update: Civil Engineering – Water Resources and Environmental, a minor for undergraduate students.

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A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared popular diets on both nutritional quality and environmental impact and found that the keto and paleo diets, as eaten by American adults, scored among the lowest on overall nutrition quality and were among the highest on carbon emissions.

Dr. Keith Ferdinand and a group of Tulane students


Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed racial and ethnic health disparities nationwide, those disparities continue to exist in American communities of color.


Synthetic Skin For Mosquito Study

A research partnership between Tulane and Rice universities has developed gelatin-like patches of fake skin — called hydrogels — to assist in the study of how mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases and which repellents are most effective. The hydrogels eliminate the need for human and animal testing.


Pneumonia Vaccine

School of Medicine researchers Elizabeth Norton and Dr. Jay Kolls have developed a nasal spray vaccine to thwart antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, a leading cause of bacterial pneumonia. They were awarded a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases contract worth up to $16 million to bring a nasal spray pneumonia vaccine to Phase 1 clinical trial.


Breast Cancer Screenings

A study led by Yixue Shao, health policy and management researcher at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, examined data from nearly 45,000 female Medicaid beneficiaries in Louisiana and found that breast cancer screening rates decreased to nearly zero in April 2020, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rates fully recovered by mid-2021.


Chagas Vaccine

Tulane researchers at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Tulane National Primate Research Center have developed a Chagas vaccine that safely protects heart function in nonhuman primates. The development is a critical step toward human clinical trials. There is currently no available vaccine for Chagas.


Dementia Risk Linked To Colds

Getting sick often may impact how quickly the brain ages and increase the risk of dementia or other forms of cognitive decline, according to a study led by Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, assistant professor of neurosurgery and behavioral neuroscientist at the School of Medicine. The study found that repeated, intermittent experiences with moderate inflammation, such as that caused by the flu or a common cold, caused impaired cognition.


Oral Health and HIV

Researchers at the Tulane National Primate Research Center will examine how chronic oral infections affect the severity of HIV infection and the efficacy of antiretroviral therapies used to treat HIV. A $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund this research, which will be led by Prasun Datta, associate professor of microbiology and immunology.

bronze medal given to research, scholarship and artistic achievement awards

Research, Scholarship & Artistic Achievement Second Annual Awards

Tulane’s Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards were presented for the second year on Nov. 4, 2022.