The “Miracle” Drugs: Where Do They Come From and How Do They Work?
Thursday, July 18
Center for Inquiry-Indiana
350 Canal Walk, Suite A
Speaker: Dr. Bill Sullivan, Ph.D, Associate Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Microbiology & Immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Can you imagine a world without antibiotics? Before the 1930s, it was not uncommon for a skin infection or pneumonia to develop into a life-threatening condition. Dr. Sullivan will walk us through the discovery of antibiotics, the so-called “miracle” drugs that have saved untold millions of lives over the years. After introducing the “bad bugs” that can make us sick, he will describe how antibiotics were discovered and how they work to destroy the invading pathogen without harming our body. He will also highlight new threats of antibiotic resistance that serve as a constant reminder that we must administer these precious drugs with care and continue the quest to find new ways to combat our microbial adversaries.
Dr. Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Microbiology & Immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a 2012 recipient of the IU Trustees Teaching Award for excellence in teaching Medical Pharmacology and Principles of Microbial Pathogenesis. He received his Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, where he specialized in molecular parasitology. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Eli Lilly & Co. in 2000, he started his own research laboratory at IUSM where he studies the molecular mechanisms of microbial latency and host-pathogen interactions. Dr. Sullivan has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and sits on several editorial boards. His work is supported through grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.
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