Health Research News Fall/Winter 2015

Tulane University awarded $6.6 million to study long-term impact of Hurricane Katrina
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $6.7 million grant to Tulane University to support a multi-university network of researchers studying the lasting health, demographic, and socioeconomic impacts of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the broader region.

New Orleans no longer a supermarket ghost town
Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the number of grocery stores in New Orleans has recovered to pre-Katrina levels citywide and access has improved in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, according to research from the Tulane Prevention Research”Center published in the August issue of the Journal of Urban Health.

Collaboration will be Key to Dr. Lu Qi’s New Obesity Research Center
Dr. Lu Qi has only been at Tulane for a couple of months, but he already has big plans. Qi is the HCA Regents Distinguished Chair for Population Genetics and professor of epidemiology. Trained in both nutritional and genetic epidemiology, Qi is launching the Tulane University Obesity Research Center, which will be a school-wide center focusing mainly on precision prevention and treatment of obesity and related cardio-metabolic complications through nutrition and lifestyle modifications.

Tulane awarded $3 million to study impact of pollutants in Caribbean countries
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $3 million grant to Tulane University and the Academic Hospital Paramaribo in the Caribbean nation of Suriname to establish a center to study how neurotoxins from mining and agricultural development are affecting pregnant women and child health throughout the Caribbean.

Study shows malaria in Africa cut in half since 2000
Efforts to fight malaria across the continent of Africa have cut the rate of infections in half since 2000, according to a new study published in the journal Nature and co-authored by researchers at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Tulane University releases report on child labor in West African cocoa production
A new Tulane University study of the West African chocolate industry estimates that 2.12 million child laborers worked in cocoa production in the 2013/2014 cocoa harvest season in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor, also found evidence of important progress, including significant improvements in access to education for child laborers in both countries.