The latest batch of Health Sciences Update episodes are now available and can soon be seen on Comcast channel 17 in Spokane at 8:00 a.m., noon and 8:00 p.m.
Hundreds of students, faculty and visitors filled a multi-purpose room on the WSU Spokane campus for the annual Inland Northwest Research Symposium last week. Health sciences students at WSU Spokane and EWU Spokane, as well as students from North Central High School’s Institute of Science and Technology, showcased their work.
“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.
Dr. 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.
Researchers 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.
The Spokesman-Review recently featured a story on the region’s economy, and how almost 9,000 jobs have been added in the last two years.
The story featured WSU Spokane and its recent expansion as one factor in the economy’s improvement.
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.