Evaluating Subgroups of Patients with Spinal Epidural Abscess

Panayiota Siskos ’23 Spinal epidural abscess (pus that has built up in tissue, organs, or spaces in the body) is a rare infection that has rising incidence, as well as high morbidity and mortality due to delayed diagnosis. These abscesses are in the epidural region (located between the outermost layer of tissue and the inside surface of bone containing the spine that runs down its … Continue reading Evaluating Subgroups of Patients with Spinal Epidural Abscess

Effect of Mutation in NMDA Receptor Proteins resulting in Neurological Disorders

Sooraj Shah ’24 Neurological disorders affect 25 million people in the United States, which makes the study of NMDA receptors increasingly important. NMDA receptors are key contributors to regulation of memory and behavior in the human brain. NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor proteins are transmembrane proteins, and are in a subset of Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs), which contain 4 helices, the most significant of which is the … Continue reading Effect of Mutation in NMDA Receptor Proteins resulting in Neurological Disorders

Interview with Student Researcher Josh Farr

Interviewer: Benjamin Kerner Interviewed: Josh Farr   B: For the record, what is your name, major, and department? J: Joshua Farr, Chemistry major, and chemistry department B: And what is the name of your research lab? J: I work in the Laughlin group under Dr. Scott Laughlin. B: So how did you get into research and what inspired you to do so? J: It was … Continue reading Interview with Student Researcher Josh Farr

New Benefits to Lowering Normal Blood Pressure

By Lee Ann Santore ’19 Heart disease is often caused by extended periods of high blood pressure, but its occurrence is not restricted to those individuals with high blood pressure. Traditionally, high blood pressure medications have only been prescribed to patients with systolic blood pressures above the threshold level of 140 mmHg as issued by England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  However, a … Continue reading New Benefits to Lowering Normal Blood Pressure

Ecology of Zoonotic Transmissions: The Impact of Bos taurus indicus Fertilizer on the Health of Malagasy Farmers

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Lordahl By Zuri S. Dawkins Central ValBio Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar Undergraduate Program in Anthropology and Biology, Stony Brook University Madagascar Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (MICET) Contact Info: Zuri.Dawkins@stonybrook.edu ABSTRACT Emerging infectious diseases in livestock pose a huge threat to human health, animal efficiency and biodiversity. Zoonotic diseases are highly contagious diseases that spread amongst animals and humans via … Continue reading Ecology of Zoonotic Transmissions: The Impact of Bos taurus indicus Fertilizer on the Health of Malagasy Farmers