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Tulane public health researchers worked with a public school to implement yoga and mindfulness activities before classes to help third-graders with anxiety. Photo by ThinkStock.

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

School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety

Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school helps third-graders exhibiting anxiety improve their well-being and emotional health, according to a new Tulane University study published in the journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management. The study's principal author was Alessandra Bazzano, and co-authors include Jeanette Gustat, clinical associate professor of epidemiology and Christopher Anderson, a doctoral student in epidemiology at Tulane, along with local community partner Chelsea Hylton of Project Peaceful Warriors. Read more>>

Benefits of a healthy diet greater in people at high genetic risk for obesity

People whose genes put them at greater risks for obesity may reap bigger benefits from sticking to a healthy diet than those at lower genetic risk, according to a new study in the journal The BMJ led by a team of Tulane researchers. The study suggests that improving diet quality over time can attenuate a genetic predisposition to obesity, said corresponding author Dr. Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University Obesity Research Center and epidemiology faculty at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Learn more>>

Tulane researchers analyze design thinking in global health

When a GE designer learned pediatric patients were often frightened by MRI scans, he transformed the experience into an adventure. With a touch of imagination, paint and special effects, the machines morphed into submarines or spaceships ready to transport patients to an alternate world. This story is one of many involving the growing trend of using design thinking, a human-centered approach, to develop innovations in health. A Tulane University study, published in the Public Library of Science journal, is the first comprehensive review of this movement, analyzing human-centered design outcomes in the field. Read more>>