The backbone of a strong health sciences campus is research. The research presence at WSU Spokane has expanded rapidly over the past few years and will continue to grow in years to come. One success story is the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center, whose researchers investigate the effects of sleep loss on cognitive performance and health and come up with solutions for managing fatigue (see video in right sidebar). They are a key part of one of five areas of research that are a focus for WSU Spokane.

Behavioral health and performance

WSU researchers are designing novel strategies for treating addictions; unraveling the mysteries of sleep; developing treatment methods for chronic pain; and training teachers to address complex trauma in children to maximize their chances of success in school and in life.

Novel therapeutic strategies

WSU researchers are exploring which exercise and nutrition strategies work best to promote health; developing new drug delivery technologies; determining the efficacy of novel pharmaceutical and immunotherapeutic treatments for addiction disorders; and designing strategies to integrate behavioral and pharmacological approaches to treating a variety of conditions.

Delivery of health care to underserved populations

WSU researchers are designing, implementing, and evaluating health care delivery models for underserved populations, including low-income families, residents of rural areas, and older adults.

Disease onset and progression

WSU researchers are working on finding answers about the interactions between sleep loss, obesity, and metabolism; and investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that play a key role in the development of cancer, among others.

Instructional innovation

WSU faculty are developing best practices for health sciences education, from strengthening science education in middle school and high school to studying the effectiveness of simulation on student outcomes in undergraduate nursing education.