Through joint efforts of Tulane, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army, a new vaccine has been developed that provides protection for the first time against equine encephalitic viruses in nonhuman primates. The encephalitic alphaviruses, spread by mosquitoes, are possible bioterrorism agents.https://tulane.it/new-vaccine
The National Institutes of Health named Mark VanLandingham, professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the 12th Matilda White Riley Honors Distinguished Lecturer. VanLandingham was honored for his pioneering research on how culture and shared history helped the Vietnamese American community in New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina more quickly than other communities. https://tulane.it/katrina-recovery
The important role that Tulane researchers have played in fighting infectious disease epidemics around the world was highlighted in “OutBreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” an exhibit at the Diboll Gallery in the Tidewater Building from May–July. Co-sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the exhibit was part of a national effort to raise awareness of the human, animal and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease epidemics.https://tulane.it/epidemics-exhibit
Geetha Parthasarathy, a research scientist at the Tulane National Primate Research Center, has been awarded a $100,000 grant to investigate the use of supplemental therapeutics for the treatment of tick-borne Lyme neuroborreliosis, a nervous system disorder affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems. Lyme disease is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the nation, newly infecting 300,000 individuals yearly.https://tulane.it/lyme-disease-treatment
Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte has been named Tulane’s new vice president for research, effective Sept. 3. He also will join the pediatrics faculty in the medical school. Piedimonte was previously the Steven and Nancy Calabrese Endowed Chair for Excellence in Pediatric Care, Research and Education at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. https://tulane.it/new-vice-president-research
Tulane School of Architecture has received a $2 million gift to establish the Saul A. Mintz Global Research Studios, a new program that will give students an opportunity to work internationally on critical global issues.
Tulane University’s Brain Institute received a $1 million pledge from the Priddy Family Foundation to endow and establish the Priddy Family Spark Research Endowed Fund.