Global Health Fall/Winter 2014

ebola_coverPublic Health on the Frontlines of an Outbreak:  SPHTM responds to Ebola
From parsing out the genetic components of Ebola to participating in the overarching global and policy response, it’s no surprise that Tulane faculty and alumni are part of the response to the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa. Their experiences emphasize that controlling the outbreak will require tools from every aspect of public health and medicine: detailed logistics, community involvement, surveillance, contact tracing, equipment, training for staff safety, and developing treatments and vaccines. more>>

APHA2014logo_stackMEDHealthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being
This issue of Global Health coincides with the 142nd Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association. This year – the year that APHA triumphantly returns to New Orleans – the theme is Healthography. Over the next few pages, we take a look at some of the ways the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is researching the intersection of health and geography and how we can work towards better outcomes for all, regardless of location. more>>

Dr. Lydia Bazzano led a study that highlights the benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet.

Low-carb trumps low-fat for weight loss, heart health
Low-carbohydrate diets are better for losing weight and protecting the heart than low-fat diets, according to a Tulane University study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study followed 148 obese participants who were randomly assigned to either a low-carb diet, consuming fewer than 40 grams of digestible carbs per day, or a low-fat diet, consuming less than 30 percent of daily calories from fat. Researchers gave both groups dietary advice, but neither had strict calorie or exercise goals. more>>

Dr. Yu-Ping Wang

Tulane awarded $3.7 million to study osteoporosis, mental disease
Dr. Yu-Ping Wang, an associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been awarded two grants totaling nearly $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health. more>>

Anoop_2Anoop Jain is a Global Citizen
Anoop Jain, a 2013 alumnus of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has won the 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. Jain is the co-founder of Humanure Power which builds public toilet facilities in rural communities in India that turn the methane gas from human waste into power. The electricity they generate is then used to power a water filtration system that allows the team to distribute clean water at competitive, market rate prices. more>>

support_students_jessopSupporting students, honoring a mentor
When students reminisce about their time at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, they often think of a faculty or staff member who influenced their life. For many SPHTM alumni, the best way to honor a faculty member is through supporting current students. more>>

Olivier_120118_8065Message from the Dean
While I thoroughly enjoyed my sabbatical, I am thrilled to be back here in New Orleans and at Tulane. I feel renewed vigor and enthusiasm for the tasks before us as a leading school of global public health and our mission to educate students who want to make a difference. Indeed, world events are showcasing why we need well-trained global health practitioners more than ever before. more>>


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