Grant: $22,114 - National Institutes of Health - Jun. 22, 2009
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Award Description: The overall goal of the proposed studies is to delineate a mechanism responsible for impaired intestinal immunity and barrier function following EtOH intoxication and burn injury. This administrative supplement award is to generate new summer jobs in advancing the objective of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stimulate the economy and to expedite the studies proposed in the parent grant 5R01AA015731-04.
Project Description: Two research students participated in the ongoing studies and worked in close association with postdoctoral research associates in the laboratory. They determined the levels of inflammatory mediators and neutrophil infiltration in the intestinal tissue from alcohol and burn injured mice and rats. Altogether, during their stay, they learned various laboratory techniques, data filing, data analysis and data presentation. Thus, the supplemental funds did not only generate new summer jobs but also provided an opportunity for these students to gain an insight into the effects of alcohol on intestine inflammatory responses. This eventually may have some implications in their career down the road particulalry in the practice of medicine and care of patients with alcohol-related problems. One student summarizes her experience in her own words in the following text: 'I came into the lab quite interested in immunology as well as the gastrointestinal system. I left this experience better understanding the complexity of research as well as just how long it takes to complete research and how to deal with the uncertain and sometimes changing parameters. This experience added to my interest in both the field of immunology and gastroenterology as well as trauma, three fields of medicine that I may possibly pursue. While the other student summarizes in his own words as, 'Overall, I have come to realize that research is a very interesting field where one could learn an uncountable number of things. Obviously, we may not always get the results we expect, but that is what enables us to understand things better. I wanted to work in a hospital after obtaining my PharmD degree. After my internship experience at Loyola, I am now considering furthering my education and obtaining a PhD. Who knows? I might find myself doing research down the line. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to gain this valuable experience from excellent teachers at Loyola and I hope to come back next summer.
Jobs Summary: 1.25 FTE jobs were created with this funding. All position titles are 'Summer Research Students'. Graduate and undergraduate students are given the opportunity to work in the laboratory for approximately 6-8 weeks over the summer to do research in scientific laboratories. They learn general laboratory methods, etc. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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