Title

The Use of Bioactive Glass in the Treatment and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Presenter Information

Samantha Greaney

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Semon, Julie A.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Miner Tank, Spring 2018

Abstract

Sexually transmitted infections, STIs, have been a plague on mankind for thousands of years. Every promising STI treatment is soon followed by an increase in cases, as the bacteria gains resistant to the new drugs. Bioactive glass has been previously shown to both kill bacteria and heal wounds, making it an ideal candidate for STI treatment. By applying bioactive glass to the outside of a silicon tampon-like device, intervaginal wounds caused by the STI will heal and the bacteria will die, thus treating the infection. Since it is thought to be impossible for bacteria to gain resistance to bioactive glass, this device can also be used in preventative care.

Biography

Samantha is a senior in Biological Sciences and is graduating this May with minors in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering. Samantha is an OURE student in Dr. Julie Semon’s regenerative medicine lab, studying the effects of bioactive glass on mesenchymal stem cells. After graduation, Samantha is attending University of California, Davis to obtain her PhD in Biochemistry, Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. This project began with Lisa Gutgesell and Laura Murray in the fall of 2017 for the course of Biological Innovation and Design. After encouragement from professors, further development began in early 2018 and funding was secured to begin preliminary research.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Sciences oral presentation, Second place

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

17 Apr 2018, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Laura Murray

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The Use of Bioactive Glass in the Treatment and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Carver Room

Sexually transmitted infections, STIs, have been a plague on mankind for thousands of years. Every promising STI treatment is soon followed by an increase in cases, as the bacteria gains resistant to the new drugs. Bioactive glass has been previously shown to both kill bacteria and heal wounds, making it an ideal candidate for STI treatment. By applying bioactive glass to the outside of a silicon tampon-like device, intervaginal wounds caused by the STI will heal and the bacteria will die, thus treating the infection. Since it is thought to be impossible for bacteria to gain resistance to bioactive glass, this device can also be used in preventative care.