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WSU College of Pharmacy fights ALS, Alzheimer’s and more

WSU College of Pharmacy research

WSU College of Pharmacy research

“Right here in Spokane, Washington, we could potentially be making the drug to give to people with ALS that could stop their complications altogether.”

Those are the words of Travis Denton, a medicinal chemist in the WSU College of Pharmacy. Denton is trying to find a drug that could repair the brain’s “house-cleaning function” and help those suffering from ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and more.

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Greg Belenky a finalist for Spokane’s Citizen Hall of Fame

Greg Belenky

Greg BelenkyDr. Greg Belenky, a sleep researcher here on campus, is a finalist for Spokane’s Citizen Hall of Fame.

Belenky is one of three finalists in the Science Health and Medicine category. Joining him are Dr. Jacob Deakins and Dr. Alan Hendrickson.

Belenky launched the Sleep and Performance Research Center on campus, which currently operates under the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine umbrella. His research looks into sleep deprivation and its effects on continuous operations, among other topics.

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WSU College of Pharmacy fights rheumatoid arthritis

Salah Amed

Salah AmedResearchers in the WSU College of Pharmacy have found that a compound in green tea fights the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Salah-uddin Ahmed, the lead WSU researcher on the project, teamed with fellow Spokane researchers Sadiq Umar and Anil Singh, as well as researchers from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research in Hajipur, India.

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WSU Spokane researchers tackle cancer, REM sleep, Affordable Care Act and more

Mark Van Dam

Mark Van Dam

Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences Mark VanDam works with young children at the Speech and Language Laboratory.

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Judith Van Dongen

Here’s a roundup of some of the research work happening at WSU Spokane.

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