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Mon 9/9/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Open House for Undergraduates IDM Seminar Series
Open House for Undergraduates
Mon 9/9/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 9/16/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentation by Laurie Silva, PhD IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by Laurie Silva, PhD
Mon 9/16/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Fri 9/20/2019 8:30AM - 12:00PM
35th Anniversary of the Pitt Men's Study IDM Event
35th Anniversary of the Pitt Men's Study
Fri 9/20/2019 8:30AM - 12:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)


Public Health Auditorium (G23)
IDM
Event
Mon 9/30/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM Research Day Winners IDM Seminar Series
IDM Research Day Winners
Mon 9/30/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 10/7/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
"TBA" IDM Seminar Series
"TBA"
Mon 10/7/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Tue 10/8/2019 9:00AM - 4:30PM
PrEP Summit: Engagement, Adherence, Retention MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Conference
PrEP Summit: Engagement, Adherence, Retention
Tue 10/8/2019 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces


Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center
Conference
Mon 10/14/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentation by Dustin T. Duncan, ScD IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by Dustin T. Duncan, ScD
Mon 10/14/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 10/21/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentations by: Subramanian Thothathri & Jason Yeung IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Subramanian Thothathri & Jason Yeung
Mon 10/21/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Tue 10/22/2019 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Erie Evening Update: Sexual Health and Stigma MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Conference
Erie Evening Update: Sexual Health and Stigma
Tue 10/22/2019 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces

This evening dinner update, in collaboration with the Erie Department of Health and Erie HIV Task Force, will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.  The presenters will discuss Sexual Health History Taking and Sexual Health and Stigma, followed by a panel of local providers.


Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center
Conference
Mon 10/28/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentations by: Byron Chuan & Zachary Koenig IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Byron Chuan & Zachary Koenig
Mon 10/28/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 11/4/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentation by Mari Webel, PhD IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by Mari Webel, PhD
Mon 11/4/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 11/11/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentations by: Emily Olsen & Karsen Shoger IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Emily Olsen & Karsen Shoger
Mon 11/11/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 11/18/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentations by: Victoria Gould & Katrina Stephenson IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Victoria Gould & Katrina Stephenson
Mon 11/18/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 12/2/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presentation by: Gwen Kettenburg IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by: Gwen Kettenburg
Mon 12/2/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series

Recent Events

IDM Master's Defense

Morgan Midgett - MS Defense

Thursday 4/6 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

"Enhancing Pulmonary Drug Dispersion Using

Lipid Surfactantsin a Murine Model

of Klebsiella Pneumoniae"

Abstract: Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic disease that affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. Though it manifests a variety of symptoms, it is most notably characterized by chronic pulmonary infections that ultimately lead to respiratory failure and premature death. Recent research has focused on developing inhaled aerosol antibiotics to treat such infections; however, current formulations use saline liquid carriers that are unable to to fully disperse the drugs throughout the lungs, as saline’s surface tension is higher than that of the airway liquid surface. Given that certain lipid surfactants are capable of lowering the surface tension of aqueous solutions, our hypothesis is that a surfactant-based liquid carrier could greatly improve pulmonary drug dispersion and efficacy to better treat lung infections. Previous work both in vitro and in a small group of cystic fibrosis patients has led to the creation of an optimized, self-dispersing inhaled carrier formation that significantly enhances aerosolized drug spreading under very specific, laboratory conditions. The aims of this project are to develop an in vivo imaging model to assess pulmonary drug dispersion, and then to use this model to determine if our surfactant-based formulation also improves drug dispersion in a murine model.

To model drug dispersal in the lungs, we instilled BL/6 mice with a combination of fluorescent dye and either water or surfactant, and then measured the amount of fluorescence in different regions of the lungs. We then calculated the ratio of fluorescence in the peripheral lung regions to the total fluorescence in the lungs, and used this to compare the mice instilled with water/dye solution to those instilled with surfactant/dye solution. Though our results lack statistical significance, they suggest that our candidate surfactant may improve drug dispersion in murine lungs. Further studies are needed to confirm these conclusions. To aid in future antibiotic treatment studies, we also modeled aerosolized Klebsiella pneumoniae infection in mice.

Last Updated On Thursday, April 06, 2017 by Malenka, Judith Ann
Created On Thursday, March 30, 2017

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