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.
Margaret Pericak-Vance, PhD
Director, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD
Leon Hess Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Director - Lu Qi, MD, PhD, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Director - Aron Culotta, PhD, School of Science and Engineering
Director - Hong-Wen Deng, PhD, School of Medicine
Director - Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, PhD, School of Medicine
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, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the Symposium.
The five Centers of Excellence that report to the Vice President for Research:
- Tulane Personalized Health Institute
- Center for Community-Engaged Artificial Intelligence
- Institute for Integrated Data and Health Sciences
- Center of Excellence in Sex-Based Biology and Medicine
- Center of Excellence for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease Research