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Centers of Excellence Research Collaboration Symposium

Tulane University Centers of Excellence

Collaborative Research Symposium



The Symposium included:

  • Overviews of the five currently funded Tulane University Centers of Excellence

  • Presentations by two distinguished speakers – both members of the National Academy of Medicine

  • Opportunities to meet other researchers and explore potential collaborations


View the video recordings of the Symposium. All presentations are now available to view.


Global Genetics of Alzheimer Disease: Pathway to Prevention and Treatment across Ancestries 

Margaret Pericak-Vance, PhD

Director, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami


Uniting Epigenetics, Environment, and Health: A Journey of Collaboration and Discovery

Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD

Leon Hess Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Overview of the TPHI - Tulane Personalized Health Institute

Director - Lu Qi, MD, PhD, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


Overview of the TU: CEAI - Center for Community-Engaged Artificial Intelligence

Director - Aron Culotta, PhD, School of Science and Engineering


Overview of the TIIDHS - Institute of Integrated Data and Health Sciences

Director - Hong-Wen Deng, PhD, School of Medicine


Overview of the TCESBM - Center of Excellence in Sex-based Biology and Medicine

Director - Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, PhD, School of Medicine


Overview of the CEERID - Center of Excellence for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease Research

Director - Patricia Kissinger, PhD, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


The Tulane Centers of Excellence were selected and funded based on their plans for and ability to bring together faculty from various Tulane schools and units to foster collaborative research. Collaborative or convergence research was identified by the National Science Foundation as one of “10 Big Ideas.” It defines a means for solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation.

A distinct characteristic of convergence research, in contrast to other forms of multidisciplinary research, is that from the inception, the convergence paradigm intentionally brings together intellectually diverse researchers and stakeholders to frame the research questions, develop effective ways of communicating across disciplines and sectors, adopt common frameworks for their solution, and, when appropriate, develop a new scientific vocabulary. Research teams practicing convergence aim at developing sustainable relationships that may not only create solutions to the problem that engendered the collaboration, but also develop novel ways of framing related research questions and open new research vistas.

Please contact Assistant Vice President for Research, Gail Louis, if you have questions about the Symposium.

The five Centers of Excellence that report to the Vice President for Research: