Research Paper and Presentation
As a requirement for this course, you are asked to write a succinct
research report on some aspect of antimicrobials or immunizing agents.
You and 3 or 4 other group members will present a summary of your findings
to the class. We will assign (random selection) the composition of the
Group members should independently write their own written research
Grading: This paper will be
graded on the basis of 50 points. Each member of the group will be graded
independently on the oral presentation which will also consist of 50 points.
It will be important to rehearse your talk so each group member will make
a good contribution.
The following will be helpful:
- The paper is requested to be about 3 double-spaced typed pages
(not including a title page and reference list). A list
of suggested topics is provided below, but you
do not need to select one from this list. For each
conference session there will be only one group per
topic. Assume the reader of the paper and your audience
is a health professional with a working knowledge of
infectious diseases. The information you provide should
be up-to-date and relevant to therapy.
- Do a computer PubMed literature search to obtain a complete list
of relevant references on your topic. The HS Library staff can help
you get started if you are not familiar with the online databases.
- Read the relevant references. Your charge is to find the most recent
important information on your topic. Textbooks and review articles may
be helpful but are usually dated so you will need to "go beyond"
these in your paper. Internet databases, e.g. UpToDate, are helpful
but you must do a literature search and read the primary literature
on your topic. The biggest problem we have had with
the 561 student papers has been inadequate and improper referencing.
Please talk to us if you are uncertain on referencing a research paper.
DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. PUT THE PAPER IN YOUR OWN
WORDS BUT BACK FACTUAL INFORMATION PRESENTED WITH REFERENCE CITATIONS!
VIOLATORS WILL GET A ZERO ON THE PAPER!
- Use the following outline in preparing your paper:
- Title page
- Research Findings
- Conclusions and Suggestions for Future Study
The Introduction, Findings, and Conclusions should be about 3 pages in
length. Only list the relevant references that you have read.
No fancy plastic folders; just staple the paper together.
The paper is due on the day of your presentation.
Format for references:
Use the format for references outlined for the technical writing assignment on the Pharm 500 course website
List of Suggested Topics
- Vancomycin resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
- Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus (VREC)
- New fluoroquinolones under development (not yet approved)
- Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhea
- Multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- Mechanisms of resistance in Pseudomonas species
- New, investigational antimicrobials (pick one to research)
- Antibiotic animal feeds: what is the evidence to acquistion of
resistant pathogens in humans?
- What is the best antibiotic regimen for gastric ulcers
- Mannan synthesis inhibitors-a promising group of antifungals
- Vaccines against HIV
- Vaccines against malaria
- Vaccines against melanoma
- Vaccines against rabies
- Development of vaccines against Helicobacter pylori
- Lyme disease vaccine
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- DNA vaccines
- Development of a Shigella vaccine
- Efforts to improve typhoid vaccines
- Vaccines against cytomegalovirus
- Vaccines against the Epstein-Barr virus
- Development of a vaccine against leprosy
- Yellow fever vaccine
- Development of a vaccine against the Herpes virus
- Vaccines against group A Streptococci
- Mold allergies: what's the real story?
- Development and improvement of vaccines against tuberculosis
- Plague vaccines
- Bioterrorism vaccines: smallpox
- Bioterrorism vaccines: anthrax
- Bioterrorism: treatments: smallpox
- Bioterrorism treatments: anthrax
- Vaccines for Alzheimer's disease
- Vaccines for insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
- Antibiotic/antimicrobial peptides (not daptomycin)
- Vaccines to prevent Staphlococcus aureus infections
- Streptococcus virulence factors and potential for vaccines and
- Ebola virus infections
- West Nile Fever infections
- Management of E. coli O157:H7 infection
- Potent new azoles (not yet approved)
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
- Connections between autism and MMR?
- Avian flu virus
- Viruses and type 1 diabetes
- Treatment of schistosomiasis
- New approaches for malaria treatment
- Rifaximin for hepatic encephalopathy
- Rifaximin for recurrent clostridium difficile disease
- Antibiotics for irritable bowel syndrome?
- New glycopeptide antibiotics under development
- Treatment of septic shock
- Treatment implications of ampC beta-lactamases
- Treatment of XDR-TB
- Treatment of bite wounds
- Emerging resistance to our influenza drugs
- Treatment of ESBL-producing bacteria
- Treatment of Acinetobacter infection
- Retapamulin, our first pleuromutilin
- Treatment of invasive candidiasis
- Treatment of invasive aspergillosis
- Zygomycete infections