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, Native and rural health, neuroscience, pharmacology, rare genetic disorders, and sleep and performance.
WSU ‘Sustaining Health’ research initiative
WSU Health Sciences 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 Weihang Chai and her research into cancer is one example. Read her story here.
TREATING DISEASE: Dedra Buchwald is an example of a researcher working in this area. Her work is addressing health disparities and preventing disease. Read more about her work here.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Marcos Frank has studied the importance of REM sleep for young brains. Read about it here.
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Jae Kennedy has a study of the impact of health reform on the disabled. Read the story.
Neuroscientist Marcos Frank leads the foundational research within the new Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience that may ultimately lead to a cure for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Each quarter, a list of newly funded research is published here. WSU Health Sciences Spokane grant and contract awards in fiscal year 2020 totaled $37.6 million.