ELECT EPHAC - Research in Pharmacology
Director(s): Xiao-Hong Lu, PhD and Hyun Nam, PhD Phone: 318.675.4276
Duration: 4 Weeks
Maximum Number of Students: 4
Minimum Number of Students: 1
Elective Offered During Blocks: 2-10
Course Code: EPHAC Must have approval prior to enrolling in course–please see information in Moodle
Goals and Objectives:
To be assigned by the faculty research mentor. A mix of both laboratory experimentation and scholarly study of the literature and other sources, to achieve set objectives as determined by the mentor and the student.
Independent research in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience under the direction of participating departmental faculty (e.g., Dr. Klein, Dr. Goeders, and others). The goal is to gain some hands-on research experience and also master the background and terminology of the overall problem/field being studied in terms of human health and disease and clinical relevance.
*Demonstrate/conduct the stages of basic research including hypothesis and design, data acquisition, and statistical analysis, in the fields of pharmacology/toxicology/neuroscience.
*Collect, organize, graph, and critically interpret pharmacology/toxicology/neuroscience data.
*Describe suitable methodologies for answering the research question, and critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of alternate technical approaches.
*Integrate clinical experiences with basic science by mastery of the current knowledge on the disease being studied, and novel therapeutic strategies under study.
*Present research findings to peers, physicians, and scientists.
Resources for Learning:
Texts on Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience, pertinent review and research articles from the journals, book chapters, other online and current media resources.
The laboratory notebook and a 3-5 page laboratory report will be used to help assess the student’s knowledge, skills, and professionalism (punctual attendance, maturity, interaction with faculty and other staff, etc.). Participation at scheduled lab meetings and potentially at research poster sessions on campus will help hone the student’s communication and overall professional skills.