Infectious Diseases

Research

Our goal is to advance the fellow's knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how such research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and implemented in patient care.
The Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine has had a strong legacy of trainee led projects. 
  • Training is done through the Research Lecture Series, Journal Club and research mentoring
  • Faculty provide strong mentorship and support so as to ensure that all  fellows successfully complete a research and quality improvement project by the end of the fellowship
  • Fellows identify a research project during the first year and coordinate with a mentor to develop a research protocol, and plan
  • All fellows attend both statewide and national meetings and receive funding for ID Week (Infectious Diseases Society of America) in both years of fellowship. The majority of fellows have received travel grants from IDSA. Fellows can choose to focus research interest from a range of topics drawing from our multidisciplinary research
  • Collaboration with groups from microbiology, pharmacy, and the School of Public Health
Examples of areas of recently completed and ongoing areas of research
  • HIV epidemiology and rural HIV epidemic
  • Impact of rapid diagnostics and antimicrobial usage
  • Bacteremia,  and development of Antimicrobial Stewardship guidelines and predictive scores for antimicrobial resistance
  • Non-tuberculous mycobacterial blood stream infections
  • Local epidemiology and risk factors for bone and joint infections
  • Hepatitis C clinical outcomes
  • Infection Prevention outbreak investigations
  • Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmaceutical based phase 3 Clinical Trials
Examples of Fellow Publications
Shah A, Justo JA, Bookstaver PB, Kohn J, Albrecht H, Al-Hasan MN.  Application of Fluoroquinolone Resistance Score in Management of Complicated Urinary Tract Infections.   Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2017 Feb 13.  PMID: 28193655

Edun B, Iyer M, Albrecht H, Weissman S.  The South Carolina rural-urban HIV continuum of care.   AIDS Care. 2016 Dec 16:1-6. PMID:  27984917

Edun B, Shah A, Durkin M, Whitmire M, Williams SP, Albrecht H, Al-Hasan M, Weissman S. Non-tuberculous mycobacterial bloodstream infections in patients with indwelling vascular catheters - the role of sickle cell anaemia. Infect Dis (Lond). 2016 Dec 2:1-6. PMID: 27911152
 
Dan S, Shah A, Justo JA, Bookstaver PB, Kohn J, Albrecht H, Al-Hasan MN.  Prediction of Fluoroquinolone Resistance in Gram-Negative Bacteria Causing Bloodstream Infections.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 Mar 25;60(4):2265-72.  PMID: 26833166

Weissman S, Parker RD, Siddiqui W, Dykema S, Horvath J.  Vertebral osteomyelitis: retrospective review of 11 years of experience.  Scand J Infect Dis. 2014 Mar;46(3):193-9. Epub 2014 Jan 23.  PMID: 24450841

Edun B, Iyer M, Albrecht H, Weissman S.  The South Carolina HIV Cascade of Care.  South Med J. 2015 Nov;108(11):670-4.  PMID: 26539946

Cima M, David Parker RD, Ahmed Y, Cook S, Dykema S, Dukes K, Albrecht S, BS, Weissman S. Cause of Death in HIV-Infected Patients in South Carolina (2005-2013). Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Feb 17. PMID: 25691444
 
Siddiqui W, Ahmed Y, Albrecht H, Weissman S. Pseudozyma species catheter associated blood stream infection, an emerging pathogen and brief literature review.  BMJ Case Reports. 2014. PMID: 25498807
 
Poursina A, Weissman S. Propionibacterium acnes pyogenic liver abscess and pylephlebitis. Case Reports in Hepatology. 2011; PMID: 25954544
 
Bookstaver PB, Mohorn P, Shah A, Tesh LD, Quidley AM, Kothari R, Bland CM, Weissman S. Management of viral CNS infections: a primer for clinicians. J Cent Nerv Syst Dis 2016. Accepted for publication November, 2016.