In July, Dean Pierre Buekens started a well-deserved, year-long sabbatical. But just before he left, he made time to launch the brand new Center for Emerging Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. CERPE is a research center focused on global reproductive epidemiology that addresses emerging issues such as dengue and pregnancy, disasters and pregnancy, and other developing issues related to pregnancy and birth. Buekens will lead the center, with more than 20 faculty from Tulane and collaborating partner institutions contributing to the research and training.
Buekens has a busy schedule planned for sabbatical, which is themed “Neglected Tropical Diseases and Pregnancy.” He will be spending part of his time working with Peter Hotez, founder of the National
School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. His travels will also take him to his native Belgium, where he will work with collaborators in the parasitology lab of the Free University of
Brussels studying congenital Chagas diseases.
The dean will be back at SPHTM in July, refreshed and ready to take on his third 5-year term. In June Michael Bernstein, Tulane University provost, announced that Dean Buekens has been reappointed to a third term following a successful evaluation by a review team of Tulane administrators, faculty, staff, and students. In his announcement Bernstein remarked on the dean’s “inspired leadership” and the dramatic expansion of the school’s externally funded research as well as the popularity of the graduate and undergraduate public health
degrees at Tulane. During his sabbatical LuAnn White, senior associate
dean for academics, is serving as interim dean.
We will update you in our spring/summer issue with more about the
dean’s travels, as we look forward to his return next summer.
Editor, Global Health