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Research On Campus

Researchers at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane are delving into many different aspects of human health with the intent of discovering new approaches to slow the onset and progression of disease, to make health care more accessible, and to advance solutions that reduce costs.

Particular areas of study on campus include addictions, autism, cancer, chronic disease, community health, health policy, neuroscience, pharmacology, rare genetic disorders, and sleep and performance.

WSU ‘Sustaining Health’ research initiative

WSU Spokane researchers are heavily involved in the University’s research initiative on “Sustaining Health: The uncompromising pursuit of healthier people and communities.”

Spokane researchers are engaged in all four subgroups of this initiative:

DISEASE ONSET: Molecular Biologist Dr. Weihang Chai and her research into cancer is one example. Read her story here.

TREATING DISEASE: Dr. Dedra Buchwald is an example of a research working in this area. Her work is addressing health disparities and preventing disease. Read more about her work here.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Dr. Marcos Frank has studied the importance of REM sleep for young brains. Read about it here.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Dr. Jae Kennedy has a study of the impact of health reform on the disabled. Read the story.



Quarterly Reports

Each quarter, a list of newly funded research is published here. Grant and contract awards for campus research in fiscal year 2017 was $27.5 million.