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Undergrad Nutrition and Exercise Physiology degree earns initial accreditation

Washington State University’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology was awarded initial accreditation for its bachelor of science in nutrition and exercise physiology degree program by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences, under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

NEP, which is part of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, is the first exercise science program to be accredited by Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences in Washington and one of only 62 accredited programs in the U.S.

“Earning this accreditation is a major accomplishment for our program and gives us a competitive edge here … » More …

Report shows mortality, health disparities in Washington

ResearchersResearchers at Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine released a new report that shows eastern Washington counties suffer from higher mortality rates in nine out of 10 of the state’s leading causes of death than western Washington counties.

The report, which uses interactive data visualization, compares health outcomes in eastern and western Washington. Researchers plan to use the data to understand the unique health and social issues of eastern Washington versus those in western Washington, and as a baseline to track and monitor the impact of … » More …

WSU med student elected to national medical education association role

David ChoiMedical students at Washington State University have a national voice, thanks to David Choi.

Though the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is one of the newest medical schools in the country, Choi was elected last spring to represent med students in nine states as western region chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ student branch.

AAMC represents all 152 accredited medical schools in the nation and their 89,000 medical students, plus VA medical centers, major teaching hospitals and health systems and academic societies.

Choi, a … » More …

WSU Health Sciences Spokane to establish the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience

Gleason teamWashington State University Health Sciences Spokane and Team Gleason are proud to announce a collaboration to establish the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience in Spokane’s University District.

The institute will focus on innovative “care and cures” for brain diseases. This class of diseases includes Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Together, these conditions affect millions of Americans and account for billions of dollars in health care costs each year.

Former WSU and NFL star Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. He founded the … » More …

WSU research center to help Native people fight alcohol abuse

Dedra BuchwaldWith support from a five‑year, $7.1 million NIH grant, a new WSU‑led national research center is working toward identifying and promoting effective treatments to reduce alcohol abuse among Native people.

The Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) combines faculty and resources at WSU, the University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Washington.

The center’s researchers are collaborating with tribal partners to test the effectiveness of three interventions in different settings:

A culturally adapted intervention to reduce risky drinking … » More …

How sleep works in the brain — WSU researchers discover clues

sleep researchersStar-shaped brain cells called astrocytes appear to play an essential role in sleep, a new study by scientists from the Washington State University Sleep and Performance Research Center confirms.

Published today in PLOS Genetics, their study shows that astrocytes communicate to neurons to regulate sleep time in fruit flies and suggests it may do the same in mammals, including humans.

This research has opened up new avenues to understanding how sleep works inside the brain, which may eventually help … » More …

WSU to lead new Center for Alzheimer’s Research in Native People

Dedra BuchwaldWashington State University will lead the establishment of a new center to advance research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Native populations across the United States.

Funding for the new Native Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Resource Center in Minority Aging comes from a recently awarded $2.8 million five‑year grant from the National Institute on Aging, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

The center will be a collaboration between WSU, the University of Colorado Denver and Stanford University, with additional expertise drawn … » More …

Paul Lauzier Charitable Foundation gifts support WSU Health Sciences in Yakima, Spokane

A foundation created by a thrifty farmer in Grant County is making charitable gifts to both the Washington State University College of Nursing in Yakima and the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane.

Thanks to the generosity of the Paul Lauzier Charitable Foundation, the College of Nursing in Yakima will soon have a high-tech mannequin for use in simulation-based education, while the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will have abdominal exam trainers and computer workstations for its Virtual Clinical Center on the Spokane campus. Last year the College of Medicine received a gift from the foundation to equip exam rooms in … » More …

WSU College of Medicine invites participants to first health care hackathon April 13-15

Andrew RichardsTo achieve its mission of tackling health care challenges facing underserved communities across the state, the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is hosting its inaugural hackathon April 13-15 at the WSU Spokane campus.

The hackathon is an intense, three-day technology sprint in which attendees form teams, collaboratively identify and build technology solutions designed to solve rural and underserved health care issues, and present their solutions to a panel of judges for prizes.

“Technology and innovation are critically important in health care, especially as we … » More …

Epigenetics study helps focus search for autism risk factors

Lucia PeixotoBy Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

Scientists have long tried to pin down the causes of autism spectrum disorder. Recent studies have expanded the search for genetic links from identifying genes toward epigenetics, the study of factors that control gene expression and looks at chemical modifications of DNA and the proteins associated with it.

The challenge is knowing where to look, given that our genome is comprised of more than three billion nucleotides, or building blocks, of DNA.

Now, a breakthrough study by researchers at Washington State University and elsewhere has brought focus … » More …