Title

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

Presenter Information

Laura Murray

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Semon, Julie A.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Miner Tank

Abstract

With sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and antibiotic resistance on the rise, a new treatment is needed to combat these growing problems. We propose a novel way to not only treat STIs but also prevent them through the use of bioactive glass. In previous research it has been demonstrated that bioactive glass kills bacteria and heals wounds. The insertion of a silicon base tampon like device, coated in bioactive glass will target the bacteria. By targeting multiple pathways, our product will kill bacteria and heal wounds of the vagina. This process will not only treat current infection but can be applied to prevent them.

Biography

Laura and Samantha are seniors graduating this upcoming May. They began this project with friends in a course BioDesign and Innovation, taught by Dr. Julie Semon. Currently Laura is also researching cell cytokinesis in Dr. Katie Shannon’s lab, and Samantha is currently researching regenerative medicine in Dr. Julie Semon’s lab. After graduation Laura plans to attend Physicians Assistants School and Samantha plans to attend graduate school.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

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

Comments

Joint project with: Samantha Greaney

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Apr 17th, 2:30 PM Apr 17th, 3:00 PM

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

Carver Room

With sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and antibiotic resistance on the rise, a new treatment is needed to combat these growing problems. We propose a novel way to not only treat STIs but also prevent them through the use of bioactive glass. In previous research it has been demonstrated that bioactive glass kills bacteria and heals wounds. The insertion of a silicon base tampon like device, coated in bioactive glass will target the bacteria. By targeting multiple pathways, our product will kill bacteria and heal wounds of the vagina. This process will not only treat current infection but can be applied to prevent them.