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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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It’s been another great year at WSU Health Sciences Spokane

WSU Spokane NEP students

It was a good 2016 on our campus. We welcomed a new Nursing dean and received approval to recruit students for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s first class, which will begin classes this August. The College of Pharmacy celebrated its 125th year as well.

Our students continued to give back to the community and there are big plans for 2017 and beyond, both on campus and in Spokane’s University District.

Check out the montage above for the sights of 2016.

Thanks to all our supporters, partners and friends for a great year. Let’s keep it going in 2017!

Cougs give back through Community Engagement

Cougs at Salvation Army

Cougs at Salvation Army

‘Tis the season of giving, and WSU Spokane’s Community Engagement program does just that – and much more.

Community Engagement runs the Cougs in the Community events and programs on campus and throughout Spokane. Recently, it hosted Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and set up a display on campus highlighting hunger and homeless stats related to Spokane, the state and the nation.

It was a powerful message that opened a lot of eyes. Community Engagement also recruited students to help make blankets and care kits for local charities that serve less fortunate community members.

We sat down with Veronica Puente, the Community Engagement Coordinator, to talk about the programs she helps run and what students learn.

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WSU Spokane supports off-campus partners

Lisa donating blood

Lisa donating blood

Chancellor Lisa Brown participates in campus blood drive. The Inland Northwest Blood Center visits the WSU Spokane campus quarterly.

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

By Heather Byrd

WSU Health Sciences Spokane believes community involvement is an integral part of how we give back to the community that surrounds and supports us.

As a result, WSU Spokane partners with a variety of non-profit and community-based organizations that are providing resources that benefit everyone in our region, including our students.

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Researchers evaluate new psychosis treatment for young people

Winning

Winning

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

By Terren Roloff

New research indicates that the earlier health care providers can identify and treat people with psychosis, the more likely they can help them be more successful in life.

Michael McDonell, Ph.D., says those with psychosis often hear or see things that aren’t real or have strongly held beliefs that aren’t based in reality.

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