Inside Tulane Med: Quarterly News from the Tulane University School of Medicine

July 2014 Newsletter


Salt-sensitive high blood pressure
targeted by Tulane study

Dr. Jing Chen
Dr. Jing Chen
Dr. Jing Chen, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Tulane School of Medicine, recently received a grant of $2.09 million from the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute (NHBLI) of the National Institutes of Health to study urinary biomarkers for salt-sensitive hypertension. Read More >>


It's all about relationships

Dr. Allison Boothe
Dr. Allison Boothe
The relationships that we form as young children influence our behavior and health for the rest of our lives. Tulane assistant professor Dr. Allison Boothe is working with teachers to give children better outcomes for the future. "If you can make a difference in a child before the age of five," says Boothe, "you can change the trajectory of their entire life." Read More >>


HIV-positive children more likely
to develop drug resistance

Dr. Russell Van Dyke
Dr. Russell Van Dyke
Children born with HIV are far more likely to develop resistance to antiretroviral drugs than adults, according to a new Tulane University School of Medicine study.

"The problem with drug resistance is that once you develop it, it never goes away," says principal investigator Dr. Russell Van Dyke, professor of pediatric infectious diseases. "Some patients with very resistant virus have no effective treatment options. Resistant virus is the major reason for death among youth with perinatal HIV." Read More >>


Dr. Gerald Berenson receives
national honor

Dr. Gerald Berenson
Dr. Gerald Berenson
Tulane University cardiologist Dr. Gerald Berenson has earned the recognition of distinguished master laureate of the American Board of Cardiology. Honorees are named as senior consultants to the American Board of Cardiology.

Berenson was awarded this lifetime achievement recognition based on his outstanding record as a cardiologist and educator and his willingness to share his knowledge with students.  Read More >>


Tulane 'Roadmap Scholar'
to help cancer patients

Dr. Michael Hoerger
Dr. Michael Hoerger
Tulane clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Hoerger understands all too well the agonizing treatment choices families face when a loved one is diagnosed with advanced cancer. Thanks to a recent award by the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center, Hoerger will get the chance to delve deeply into the matter to develop ways hospitals can help ease the emotional burden of healthcare decision-making for people facing terminal cancer. Read More >>


Testimony propels indoor tanning
ban for Louisiana teens

Dr. Mara A. Haseltine
Dr. Mara A. Haseltine
Dr. Mara A. Haseltine testified before the Louisiana Legislature in March 2014 on the skin cancer risks for young people posed by indoor tanning beds. Her testimony generated key support for legislation to prohibit the use of tanning beds by minors, House Bill 746, introduced by Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans. Read More >>


Tulane stroke experts launch
telemedicine network

Dr. Aaron Dumont
Dr. Aaron Dumont
Tulane neurologists and neurosurgeons have launched the Tulane Medical Center TeleStroke Network to improve stroke outcomes in communities without access to specialized stroke care programs.

Using an advanced video conferencing system, the telemedicine network allows Tulane stroke experts to get "in the room" with ER teams to evaluate patients and consult on diagnosis and treatment. "The process is similar to communicating via a web cam," says Dr. Aaron Dumont, neurosurgery department chairman. "We are able to see and interact with the patients and their families and they are able to see us." Read More >>


Medical missions inspire grad

Dr. Alison Smith and a patient
Dr. Alison Smith speaks
with a patient in Haiti.
Dr. Alison Smith, who earned her MD and PhD degrees at Tulane University Commencement this May, has been participating in medical missions to Haiti since she was an undergraduate at Virginia Tech.

When an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Alison knew she would be needed. "I arrived there 96 hours after the earthquake and stayed for two weeks." Soon after, Smith spearheaded the creation of a nonprofit organization to fund further medical missions. Read More >>


Remembering former medical
dean Dr. Robert D. Sparks

Dr. Robert Dean Sparks
Dr. Robert Dean Sparks
Dr. Robert Dean Sparks, dean of Tulane University School of Medicine from 1969-72, died of lung disease and complications of abdominal cancer on Monday, July 1, in Placerville, Calif. He was 82 years old.

Sparks completed his graduate medical education at Charity Hospital and Tulane Medical School, where he specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He joined the faculty of the School of Medicine and quickly rose through the ranks to serve as dean in 1969. At the time he was one of the youngest deans of an accredited medical school in the United States. Read More >>


Medical students enter
a new phase of learning

Clinician's Ceremony
Clinician's Ceremony
As medical students at the School of Medicine entered their clinical training in May, they inaugurated a new tradition: the first Student Clinician's Ceremony.

"The ceremony is basically to prepare rising third-year students for their clinical experience, which is very different from the prior two years," says Melissa Keeport, a third-year medical student and an organizer of the event. Read More >>


In This Issue

Salt-sensitive high blood pressure targeted by Tulane study

It's all about relationships

HIV-positive children more likely to develop drug resistance

Dr. Gerald Berenson receives national honor

Tulane 'Roadmap Scholar' to help cancer patients

Testimony propels indoor tanning ban for Louisiana teens

Tulane stroke experts launch telemedicine network

Medical missions inspire grad

Remembering former medical dean Dr. Robert D. Sparks

Medical students enter a new phase of learning

Department Spotlight:
Psychiatry


Reunions

Inside Tulane Med Newsletter


Department
Spotlight:
Psychiatry

The new chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. John Thompson, plans to continue to grow the department's excellence in teaching and research while working to meet the ever-increasing demands for patient care in the community.

"Under the leadership of Dr. Dan Winstead, the department was left in great shape in lots of ways," says Thompson. "My job is basically just to expand on areas where we excel and also look into areas we want to beef up." Read More >>


Reunions

The classes of '49, '54, '59, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04 and '09 gathered in May to celebrate their graduation from the School of Medicine. Read More >>


Class Notes

See what your fellow School of Medicine alums are doing >>


Upcoming Events

White Coat Ceremony
August 3, 2014
Learn more >>
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

Chicago Reception
for Dean Hamm
In conjunction with AAMC Conference
November 10, 2014
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

Reunion Volunteer Training
November 14, 2014
Email for more info: warvin@tulane.edu

Homecoming
November 15, 2014
Learn more >>

CME Activities




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