Ebola made headlines in 2014 when an epidemic broke out in West Africa. Tulane researchers were working in the area and immediately joined the fight against the disease.
When the first cases of Ebola broke out in West Africa, Tulane doctors and researchers were already on the front lines.
Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Lina Moses, an epidemiologist, were working alongside their partners from Harvard University and Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health when the first cases were diagnosed.
After contracting Ebola while treating patient zero in Nigeria, Dr. Adaora Okoli is using her near death experience to help stop the disease for good. In recognition of her efforts, philanthropist Bill Gates recognized her as one of his “Heroes in the Field,” a list that identifies un- sung individuals helping to save the world. Her ultimate goal is to return to Nigeria to help prevent future infectious disease outbreaks.
Tulane researchers created a new rapid response test that would give doctors an Ebola diagnosis in a matter of minutes, versus days.