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Research by Dr. Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University Obesity Research Center and professor of epidemiology, found that young adults with a history of asthma may be at risk for a heart issue.

Research is an integral part of who we are at SPHTM. Our faculty conduct timely, important research to address global health concerns and to discover the why behind many of the health issues that plague populations. Each department has a number of strengths, research niches, where they stand out among their peers. Research also goes hand in hand with what happens in the classroom. Students learn directly from faculty who are actively conducting research, and students are encouraged to get involved in research opportunities. Indeed, it is a critical part of our goals as a school to advance public health knowledge through rigorous evidence-based scientific investigation.

Research Highlights

Tulane finds childhood asthma may lead to thickening of left ventricle in adulthood

Young adults with a history of asthma are at a greater risk of thickening of the left ventricle, which can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting, and eventually lead to heart failure, according to research from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine published in JACC: Heart Failure. Read more>>

Study suggests lower targets for systolic blood pressure

A new study conducted by researchers from Tulane University finds reducing target systolic blood pressure below current recommendations significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and preventable death. The latest study supports previous research, which found more intensive management of hypertension greatly reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more>>

Bait knocks out cockroaches and asthma symptom days 
It may be easier and cheaper for parents to manage a key asthma trigger in children — exposure to cockroaches — than previously thought, according to a new Tulane University study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Read more>>