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Marian WilsonMarijuana may not aid patients in opioid addiction treatment
November 30, 2017
Marian Wilson, College of Nursing researcher, led a study that found frequent marijuana use seems to strengthen the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety, not ease it. The research was recently published in Addictive Behaviors. Read more.

Microbiologist Jingru Sun of WSU College of MedicineMicrobiologist looks at link between nervous, immune systems
October 2017
Read about the work of Assistant Professor Jingru Sun and four other researchers at WSU Spokane in this twice-annual roundup of research occurring on the Spokane campus. Read more.


Photo of researcher Zhenjia WangWSU 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.

Photo of researcher Jason Gerstner‘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.


Photo of researcher Jason WuMechanism 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.

Photo of researcher Janessa GravesNursing 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.

photo of travis denton, researcherRepairing 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.