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Research Centers

Research Centers help to maximize the efforts of faculty who are researching similar or complementary issues. Through a variety of grants and other funding instruments, research centers are focused on broad or sometimes more narrow topics, and can be found across the school or specific to one department. Centers are often partnerships with other schools and entities, and many are very active within communities here in New Orleans.  

Center for Applied Environmental Public Health (CAEPH): translates applied research to practice through education and training for Environmental Health and Public Health professionals using distance education.

Center for Applied Malaria Research and Evaluation (CAMRE): Established in 2013, CAMRE’s mission is to maximize the public health impact of malaria programs by applying innovative and interdisciplinary research tools to solve current and expected challenges in malaria elimination, with ongoing applied malaria research in Haiti, Zambia, Mali, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zanzibar.

Center for Emerging Reproductive Perinatal Epidemiology (CERPE):  This center facilitates collaborations with colleagues across the globe to advance research on reproductive perinatal epidemiology. Emerging research issues include congenital Chagas disease, dengue and pregnancy, disasters and pregnancy, and novel indicators of chronic stress and weathering, implementation research, and mHealth. 

Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiatives: Funded by NIH for community-based research, the center facilitates collaborative research and the transfer of information with community-based organizations along the Gulf Coast.

Center for Studies of Displaced Populations (CSDP): The center supports several studies focused on individuals and families in transition, with the phe principal one being "Demographic and Health Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina: KATRINA@10.”

Health Office for Latin America (HOLA): Building upon Tulane's historical ties to Latin America, the SPHTM maintains a health office in Lima, Peru, to facilitate research in South and Central America and Mexico.

Health Systems Analytics Research Center (HSARC): HSARC is a collaboration between the Louisiana Public Health Institute and the Tulane University Department of Health  Policy and Management, and offers the capacity to design, collect, and analyze statistical data and the strategic expertise to define how those analytic outcomes can be applied given the context of our multi-level health care system. 

Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center (MAC): The Mary Amelia Center seeks to reduce inequities in women’s health and enhance health and well-being through community building for health, interdisciplinary research (health promotion and determinants research), advocacy, and leadership development.

Tulane Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research (CLER): The mission of CLER is to discover and develop knowledge to maintain health and prevent disease in individuals and populations across the lifespan. CLER brings together population research expertise ranging from maternal and child health to genetics and epigenetics, chronic diseases (especially cardiovascular to aging outcomes.

Tulane Global Research Data Center (GRDC): GRDC provides data center function which consolidate data capture and management resources within a secure core facility that provides a restricted access location for data management activities.

Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence: Composed of faculty from multidisciplinary fields, this center dedicated to investigative efforts, patient care, and public education in the crucial areas of hypertension and kidney diseases. Emphasis is placed on translating basic science discoveries to the clinical arena.

Tulane Office of Global Health: The Office of Global Health creates new educational and research opportunities in global health for Tulane students and fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research opportunities for faculty. The Tulane Office of Global Health includes representation from four participating schools within Tulane University: the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the School of Science and Engineering, and the School of Social Work. Additionally, the Office of Global Health has collaborative relationships with international organizations from a variety of countries, including Argentina, China, Mali, Peru, and Thailand. 

Tulane Obesity Research Center (TUORC): TUORC is a university-wide group of investigators dedicated to excellence in obesity research using systems epidemiological and clinical approaches. A particular focus of the center is a greater understanding of the complex interactions of human genomics, metabolomics, epigenomics, and gut microbiome with diet and lifestyle in determining obesity risk and weight management in the context of population cohorts and intervention trials.

Tulane University Office of Health Research: The OHR is a community-based clinical research facility located in downtown New Orleans and co-directed by Drs. Jiang He and Jing Chen. The OHR is equipped with a clinical laboratory, examination rooms, conference rooms, a dietary interview room, an intervention room, a kitchen, secured data storage rooms, a freezer room, and staff office space. It houses several NIH-funded studies.

Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) engages in a variety of health promotion programs and conducts a variety of research projects to characterize the environmental factors that promote physical activity or excess calorie consumption. The core project Movin’ for LIFE examines the effect of interventions that change these environmental factors.

Tulane Translational Science Institute (TUTSI): The Tulane University Translational Science Institute (TUTSI) is a university-wide research center that aims to promote and increase high-impact clinical, translational, and implementation research at Tulane University and Louisiana. TUTSI develops and nurtures successful competitive independent investigators engaged in clinical, translational, and implementation research; motivates and facilitates multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration among basic, clinical, and population scientists; and builds and expands the clinical and community-based research infrastructure at Tulane University and in Louisiana.

Vector Borne Infectious Disease Research Center: The multi-disciplinary research includes diverse disciplines and approaches, e.g., biochemistry, biostatistics, bioinformatics, chemistry, entomology, epidemiology, immunology, mathematical modeling, microbiology, molecular biology, parasitology, and structural biology.

Violence Prevention Institute (VPI) Tulane functions as a hub for supporting and expanding multidisciplinary violence prevention-related research, teaching, community programs, and advocacy efforts across Tulane University, New Orleans, and beyond. The VPI aims to build a collaborative network of faculty, staff, students, alums, community partners and other stakeholders interested in violence prevention. The VPI is designed to strengthen the work of its members by creating new connections, circulating violence-related funding opportunities, and disseminating violence prevention information and resources. The VPI is directed by Dr. Catherine Taylor and managed by Kate Schulze (kschulze@tulane.edu).