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First Translational Medicine Symposium Showcases Progress, Challenges in Dealing with Brain Diseases

Finding a cure is an important goal of research on brain diseases. However, to patients and their loved ones, research that can help preserve or restore functional ability in their daily lives is just as crucial. This was one of the takeaways from the first annual WSU Translational Medicine Symposium held last week at the Providence Auditorium in Spokane.

The symposium brought together researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, patients, and caregivers to share knowledge about treatment innovations and key issues related to brain diseases, the theme for this inaugural event.

Photo of ALS patient Matt Wild and his wife Theresa Whitlock-Wild
Assisted by his wife Theresa, Matt Wild talks about life with ALS during the symposium’s clinical problems discussion panel. (More event photos available on our Flickr page)

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Justice Department grants $300,000 to WSU Spokane for victim services

Jim Mohr

Jim MohrA $300,000 grant over three years from the U.S. Department of Justice will enable the Spokane campus of Washington State University to enhance what it has to offer victims of domestic or dating violence or stalking.

“Based on national data, we know that students experience violence in many areas of their lives,” says James Mohr, vice chancellor of Student Affairs at WSU Spokane (pictured). “This grant provides us the opportunity to reach those students and tell them that they are not alone and we are here to assist them.”

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Why we should talk about death

Barbara Richardson

Barbara RichardsonBy Lorraine Nelson, WSU Spokane

The patient had end-stage COPD and could hardly walk more than a few steps before she had to rest.

She was tethered to oxygen all of the time, and when she arrived at her health care provider’s office she declared she wanted to stop taking her medications.

If you were on her health care team, how would you treat her?

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Student Body President Karl Nacalaban reflects on past year

Karl Nacalaban

Karl Nacalaban

Karl Nacalaban, a third-year pharmacy student from Seattle, is wrapping up his year at the helm of the Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane (ASWSUS).

As his term winds down, Nacalaban is preparing for his fourth year of studies and reflecting on the past year. Under his leadership, ASWSUS explored ways to develop some sort of child care program, secured space in an existing building while working with the university to create a possible fitness center, made connections with students at the Yakima extension programs in Nursing and Pharmacy, helped develop a Diversity Center on campus, and more.

We sat down with Karl to talk about the past year and what’s next for him.

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