Global Health Fall/Winter 2012


SPHTM Turns 100!
New Orleans in general and Tulane specifically were both natural choices for the first school of hygiene and tropical medicine. For starters, in 1912 New Orleans was a major international port and was no stranger to tropical diseases like yellow fever, cholera, and
malaria. Stanford Chaillé, dean of the School of Medicine, was a vocal proponent for a variety of public health measures and efforts, and was a member of the first Havana Yellow Fever Commission. Moreover, Tulane began offering courses in hygiene as early as 1881. New Orleans and Tulane were well placed geographically and had a demonstrated
interest in public health issues. With the arrival of Creighton Wellman, the possibility became a reality. more>>

BioinfCtr4Health Inheritance
Researchers at Tulane’s Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics are digging deep to uncover the genetic underpinnings of complex conditions such as osteoporosis, periodontal disease, obesity, and alcoholism. The faculty of the center hope not only to discover new targets for drug development and prevention but also to refine and define the best practices for epigenetic research. more>>

4-DibollDiboll Lab will combat deadly diseases
A new lab at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is expected to impact the size and quality of research grants the school will attract. The new, state-of-the-art Collins C. Diboll Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases will work toward gradual elimination of malaria, as well as combat other infectious diseases. more>>

Erik SvendsenTesting begins in chlorine disaster impact study
Researchers led by Erik Svendsen of Tulane have begun testing to investigate the long-term pulmonary effects of a 2005 chlorine gas spill caused by a train derailment in Graniteville, S.C. Approximately 1,400 residents were affected. more>>

5-Gene-EnvironmentTulane to Provide Research Training in Gene-Environment Interaction in China
SPHTM has been awarded a Fogarty International Research Training Grant worth over one million dollars from the National Institutes of Health. The new research training program aims to build capacity for future genomic, epidemiological, and clinical research and training in chronic diseases in China. more>>

wykoff_web_headshotAlumni at the Helm
An education from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine can take you from the classroom to almost anywhere around the world. Sometimes, it brings you back to the classroom. And sometimes, you end up not only leading the class, but leading the school. more>>

pierre_thumbDean’s Message
If you did not have the opportunity to participate in our centennial celebration, I hope you will visit our Facebook and LinkedIn pages and our website to see all the photos. We’ll include some in the next issue, as well, and will include information on the winners of our Leaders in Global Health awards. A centennial celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime event, but we are also planning future opportunities for you, our alumni and friends, to reconnect and share with us again in the future. more>>


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