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Frank returns from prestigious speaking trip

Professor Marcos Frank in his laboratory.

If you’re a university faculty member, one of the benefits of being good at your work is that people ask you to visit them and give presentations. Many Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine faculty members are asked to do outside speaking engagements, sometimes overseas. For some it has become routine, for others, it’s still a big deal.

For Department of Biomedical Sciences Chair and Professor Marcos Frank, who has built a good name for himself in the world sleep research community, it’s a little of both. Frank frequently receives speaking … » More …

College of Medicine faculty on video, TV

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One of the nice things about our digital age is that it is easier to record live events so you can watch them later. If you have digital recording capabilities with your TV provider, you may appreciate the ability to record a sporting event or your favorite program and watch it when it’s more convenient for you. » More …

Sleep researchers talk shop, go fishing

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(from L-R: Professor Fred Turek, guest lecturer from Northwestern University; Professor Marcos Frank, Research Assistant Professor Jason Gerstner, Associate Professor Jonathan Wisor and Clinical Assistant Professor Christopher Davis)

Who says sleep researchers are all work and no play? These five awakened early one morning last week at Hill’s Resort on Priest Lake in northern Idaho for some fishing, a respite among three days of discussions at the first-ever WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center retreat.

A good part of the three-day meeting (the first day was held at WSU Spokane) was spent developing and critiquing proposals for grant funding to support research. » More …

The new frontier in medicine

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When Dr. Fred Turek climbed the steps to the stage in the Phase One building auditorium this morning, he was ready to speak about what he calls “the new frontier in medicine.”

Turek founded the Northwestern University Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology 20 years ago and he’s still its director. He’s one of the most important scholars in the field of circadian rhythms, the study of the internal clock that tells animals when to eat and when to sleep. His interests overlap with some of the work done by the people who were … » More …

College of Medicine hires new faculty

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The WSU College of Medicine – has hired more than 40 clinicians and basic scientists to build the faculty necessary to support the operation of WSU’s new medical school. These faculty will develop and implement curriculum for the MD degree program, as well as do research and clinical work.

Most of the new faculty members are Spokane-based physicians who are helping develop the clinical content of the courses medical students will take during their first two years. Each course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of physicians and scientists. When the … » More …

Research grants go to two WSU Spokane faculty

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Four WSU researchers, including two from Spokane, have received grants for their next-generation DNA sequencing projects through the Genomics Core laboratory at WSU Health Sciences Spokane. The Genomics Core lab is one of several basic labs on campus that are available to faculty and to scientists from around the community. The lab, in collaboration with Illumina, Inc., provides sequencing-related services.

Medical Sciences associate professor Weihang Chai will use her grant to identify fragile sites in the human genome. Dr. Chai studies telomeres, strands of DNA at the tips … » More …

Celebrating research teams

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Today’s post is about health sciences research teams on the WSU Spokane campus. The photo above features a Medical Sciences team, led by clinical assistant professor Chris Davis (L-R: Davis, technical assistant Teresa Nguyen, research analyst Will Clegern and research assistant Priynaka Bushana).

This week, Davis wrote to tell me that his Ph.D. student, Marcella Oonk, had last week successfully defended her doctoral dissertation: “The Effects of Sleep Loss in Animals.” Congratulations, Marcella!

Though Oonk will be the recipient of her Ph.D. degree, her (and any) dissertation project involves a team effort. … » More …

Four faculty added to WSU Sleep Center

Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC) has added four affiliate faculty members.

Peixoto, Lucia sent 6.11.14 150 pixLucia Peixoto is an assistant professor in the College of Medical Sciences and the college’s faculty adviser to the WSU Spokane genomics core. Her specialty is genomics and computational biology, which she applies to autism spectrum disorder, cognition and sleep. She’s working to understand the underlying molecular basis of autism spectrum disorders and their relationship with intellectual disabilities and sleep impairments.

 

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Marcos Frank and REM sleep

One of WSU Spokane’s newest sleep researchers is receiving widespread media coverage about a new journal article he and several colleagues published last Friday about REM sleep and its importance in developing the brains of young children. Professor Marcos Frank came to Spokane last summer from the University of Pennsylvania and this article is based heavily on work he and his co-workers did in Philadelphia.

Here’s the link to Becky Phillips’ press release from WSU News, announcing the article in the journal Science Advances.

Media outlets such as ABC, Reuters and the Seattle Times asked for copies of Dr. Frank’s article. … » More …