Faculty Research News
WSU researchers deliver first ‘nanotherapeutics’ to tumor
May 15, 2017
Zhenjia Wang, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has demonstrated a way to deliver a drug to a tumor by attaching it to a blood cell. The innovation could let doctors target tumors with anticancer drugs that might otherwise damage healthy tissues. Read more.
‘Sleep gene’ offers clues about why we need our zzzs
April 5, 2017
Jason Gerstner, assistant research professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, is studying a particular gene and how it affects the quality of sleep experienced by humans as well as animals. Read more.
Mechanism triggers spread of prostate cancer to bones
March 13, 2017
Jason Wu, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and colleagues at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have found a way that prostate cancer cells hijack the body’s bone maintenance, facilitating the spread of bone cancers present in some 90 percent of prostate-cancer fatalities. Read more.
Nursing researcher studies head injuries to youth in sports
March 2, 2017
Janessa Graves, assistant professor at the College of Nursing, is interested in how USA Football — the youth arm of the NFL — aims to reduce the head-banging force of the game. She specializes in pediatric injury research. Read more.
Investigating the role of sleep in chronic pain
December 5, 2016
Marian Wilson, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, is lead investigator on a study to understand the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a nationwide effort to address the rising abuse of opioid pain relievers and expand the arsenal of non-drug treatment options. Read more.
Safer gene therapy delivery reduces cancer risk
November 7, 2016
Grant Trobridge, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has developed a way to reduce the development of cancer cells that are an infrequent but dangerous byproduct of gene therapy. Read more.
Repairing brain cleaning function focus of research
March 16, 2016
Travis Denton, a medicinal chemist in pharmaceutical sciences, hopes to develop a drug to repair the brain’s natural house-cleaning function that could help patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS. Read more.
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