Recent Submissions

  • AT-121 as a Potential Opioid Replacement 

    Colgan, Grant; Patel, Kethan; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2020-05-05)
    The mu opioid Receptor (μ-Receptor) is the neural structure involved in interpreting pain signals. An opioid acts as an agonist that provides pain relief by binding to a large number of these receptors and preventing pain ...
  • Compare and contrast mode of action of penicillin and vancomycin: Why penicillin is still an effective antibiotic today 

    Kim, Vincent; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2020-05-05)
    Penicillin is a group of antibiotics that contains β-lactam, which prevents peptidoglycan crosslinking and indirectly bursts bacterial cell walls. It is widely used today against many infections caused by staphylococci and ...
  • Binding Interactions of Psilocin and Serotonin in the 5-HT2A Receptor 

    Barnes, Katie; Lewis, Stephanie (2020-05-05)
    Psilocin is a molecule found in psilocybin mushrooms, which are typically consumed recreationally for their hallucinogenic effects. Recently, studies have shown that psilocin can have almost immediate antidepressant effects ...
  • US Healthcare Reform in a Green New Deal World 

    Bonnes, Caroline; Harley, Diana; Koppler, Natalie; Phan, Jenna; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2020-05-09)
    National health insurance has been a topic of discussion in the United States for over a century, yet even in 2020, this is a widely controversial and argued topic. There are disagreements about who should provide healthcare, ...
  • Analyzing the Presence of Unmet Need and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults 

    Butynes, Amanda; Tarr, Nina; Thompson, Caleb; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2019-12-11)
    This paper works to examine and determine a relationship or association between unmet need from disability and depressive symptoms in older adults. The older adult population is extremely vulnerable to deteriorating quality ...
  • Potential Opioid Addiction Therapeutics 

    Parras, Isabel; Kidd, Rachel; Merten, Eric; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2019-05-07)
    Throughout the last thirty years, a severe opioid epidemic has arisen due to the excessive consumption and abuse of these addictive narcotics. Opioids are currently the best analgesic known to man, however the effects of ...
  • Adderall and Academia: How Amphetamine binds in the Human Norepinephrine Transporter Protein 

    Bell, Ian; Jachimowski, Lindsey; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2019-05-07)
    Recently, there has been a drastic increase in the use of prescription stimulants by healthy individuals in academia – specifically with undergraduate college students. We wanted to answer why this was phenomenon was ...
  • Examining Health Conditions as Predictors of Unmet Need in Older Adults 

    Broshkevitch, Anna; Cáceres, Madeleine; Foley, Carolyn; Vipperman, Drew (2018-12)
    According to current research, unmet need for activities of daily living (ADLs) are associated with greater negative health outcomes in older adults. ADLs include eating, bathing, dressing, transferring from a bed or a ...
  • Potential Influential Factors of Cognitive Decline and Engagement in Participants of Adult Day Services 

    Elms, Lauren; Hayes, Catherine; Shelburne, William (2018-12)
    As the global population of older adults increases, so does the need for more affordable care taking services such as Adult Day Services (ADS) at Virginia Tech. Data collected over a 10-year period was assessed to understand ...
  • Increasing Equity and Decreasing Costs for Medicare Access and Treatment 

    Bourret, Kira; Cironi, Kate; Guzinski, Max; Huaman, Jonathan; Jones, P'trice; Mitchell, Shannon; Scott, Reilly; Slinde, Neil; Smith, Brett; Wear, Robert; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2018-05)
    In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a bill that established Medicare. Since then, the medical needs and structure of our society have changed in many ways. But does our current medical care and payment ...