ELECT ELARC - Louisiana Addiction Research Center Research
Director(s): Kevin Murnane, Ph.D
Administrative Contact: Ty Martinez, (318)675-7851
Number of Students Per 4 Week Block: 4
Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Louisiana Addiction Research Center
Elective Offered During Blocks: 1-3; 7-10
Course Code: ELARC
Goals and Objectives:
Demonstrate/conduct the stages of basic research including hypothesis and design, data acquisition, and statistical analysis, in the field of addiction research.
Collect, organize, graph, and critically interpret 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.
Primary Goals of elective: Independent research in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience under the direction of participating departmental faculty (e.g., Dr. Goeders, Dr. Murnane, Dr. Patterson, 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.
Specific 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.
Resources for Learning:
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.
Evaluation: 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.