Health Research News Fall/Winter 2012

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>>

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>>

student_gulfgrantGulf Region grant leads program for high school students and teachers
Last spring, Maureen Lichtveld, Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy at Tulane, was awarded the $15 million Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project, a five-year grant included in the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program funded through BP’s settlement of class action medical claims in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 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>>

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>>

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