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Meet a Scientist: Dr. Lucia Peixoto’s Work Narrows the Search for Autism Risk Factors

Lucia Peixoto in her lab on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus

Lucia Peixoto in her lab on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus

A landmark study by scientists at WSU and elsewhere has brought focus to the search for genetic links to autism spectrum disorder, which affects an estimated 2 million Americans. Published in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Signaling, the study identifies more than 2,000 areas of DNA that are active when mice learn a new task and are strongly associated with autism. Taking a closer look at one of those areas, the researchers found a genetic mutation that is associated with increased risk of developing autism.

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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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Na-ha-shnee introduces Native American high school students to health sciences programs

WSU Spokane Na-ha-shnee

WSU Spokane Na-ha-shnee

“That was awesome. That was so much fun.”

Those words came from a high school student immediately after her group finished their session with Sim Man, the mannequin used by the College of Nursing in its simulation lab.

She is one of 20 Native American high school students on campus through June 30 for the 21st Annual Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute.

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High school students preview WSU Spokane’s health sciences

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

The next generation of health care professionals are all around us here in Spokane. Elementary, middle and high school students will someday be part of our health care workforce.

That’s why we bring them to campus any chance we get. Last week, more than 100 area high school students visited our lovely campus to learn about the health science programs we offer.

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