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WSU researchers to close gaps in Alzheimer’s disease research

Researchers at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane will spend the next three years conducting research aimed at improving brain health in older adults, thanks to nearly $500,000 in grants funded by the Alzheimer’s Association. The three grants awarded to WSU will support three research projects that will close gaps in Alzheimer’s disease research while […]

Dare to Dream Academy brings migrant students to WSU Health Sciences Spokane

When one thinks about “summer camp,” they might think of children heading to the woods, sleeping in cabins and paddling in a canoe. At WSU Health Sciences Spokane, summer camps take on a different meaning—one where high school students of different backgrounds are given the opportunity to explore careers in the health sciences. One of […]

Native American, Alaska Native high school students explore careers in health sciences

Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute at WSU Health Sciences Spokane, June 16-28 Seventeen Native American and Alaska Native high school students from multiple states will attend the 24th annual Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute at WSU Health Sciences Spokane, June 16 – 28. Attendees are heading into their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school and plan to […]

WSU scientist studies link between poor sleep and PTSD

  At any given time, an estimated 7.7 million American adults suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric condition that occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Though PTSD can affect anyone who lives through trauma, it is especially common among military veterans returning from combat zones. The effects of […]

Iraqi health sciences students visit WSU Spokane

Learning how other cultures and countries educate their citizens is always enlightening. Twenty-three health sciences students from Iraq got great insight into how WSU Health Sciences Spokane educates its students, and WSU staff and faculty learned how the Iraqi students are educated. It was all part of a visit through WSU’s international programs and the […]

Research: New study reveals how shift work disrupts metabolism

Working night shifts or other nonstandard work schedules increases your risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes and other metabolic disorders, which ultimately also raises your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Exactly why this happens has been unclear, but a new study conducted at Washington State University has brought scientists closer to finding […]

WSU medical students’ first – and last – summer break is busy one

By Linda Weiford, WSU News Nick Randall, Ashlyn Jimenez and Erik Stiles recently wrapped up their first year at WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. With the most academically rigorous year of a lifetime behind them, they’re starting the only real summer break they’ll get during medical school. Even so, they won’t be turning […]

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

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 […]

Medical school accreditation a great day in WSU’s history

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Dean John Tomkowiak, center, celebrates with Sen. Michael Baumgartner (left) and Rep. Marcus Riccelli (right) (This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine) By Doug Nadvornick In the short history of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, there have been several momentous […]