The downtown and uptown campus animal care facilities are fully operating and plan to remain fully operational. At this time researchers may continue animal breeding and placing of new animal orders. DCM office staff are working remotely and may be most easily reached at DCMdowntown@tulane.edu or DCMuptown@tulane.edu. We expect this to continue even if the university further suspends on-site operations for purposes of decreasing COVID-19 transmission.
The university’s animal care facilities such as the vivarium are fully operating, plan to remain fully operational, and have a pandemic plan in place. Researchers should maintain a sufficient inventory of critical supplies that may be impacted by potential shipping delays. As Tulane University makes decisions on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to reassure the university community that our primary concern is the safety of our research participants and the research team members at the university. Our secondary goal is to preserve the scientific integrity of the research and its protocols.
It is an investigator's responsibility to ensure that all of their study personnel (faculty and staff) receive appropriate training regarding proper screening for COVID-19, triage procedures for positive screens and proper use of personal protective equipment.
All research staff should self-screen before coming to Tulane facilities and are required to have IDs visible at all times.
Required changes to research practice based on the coronavirus will be posted on the Office of Research website, https://research.tulane.edu/. Please check the website frequently if you are interacting with research participants.
Tulane University COVID-19 website (information, FAQs, and current recommendations): https://campushealth.tulane.edu/health-center/primary-care/infectious-disease-care/coronavirus-covid-19.
Tulane University President’s announcements on university actions as to COVID-19: https://tulane.edu/tulane-university-moves-online-instruction-cancels-large-events.
Additional guidelines issued by the Tulane School of Medicine are available at https://medicine.tulane.edu/research-covid-19-information.
Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) supports the research activities of Tulane University faculty, staff and students by fostering a comprehensive program of quality animal care.