Upstate News

July 14, 2008
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate student in Tanzania researching therapies for bacterial infections in the blood

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Manlius resident Andrea Shaw, a fourth-year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is the recipient of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship for her project “Non-Typhi Salmonella Bacteremia [bacteria in the blood} Studies at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Mawenzi Hospital in Tanzania.

The Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship provides summer term support for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, or social science/health services research. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated.

Shaw, who will graduate from Upstate in May 2009, has been in Tanzania since January participating in this research project with a team of investigators from Duke University studying the epidemiology and treatment of acute febrile illness at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC)—Duke University Kilimanjaro AIDS Program. She will return home in November.

Shaw is studying the appropriateness of ciprofloxacin as empiric therapy for Tanzanian patients hospitalized with non-Typhi Salmonella (NTS) bacteremia, a common co-infection in AIDS patients in the third world. This is an important study that will influence the empiric care of patients with this common presentation in underdeveloped countries.

Shaw is the daughter of Susan and Steve Shaw of Manlius.

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