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Third founding dean finalist visits Spokane

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The last finalist candidate for founding dean of the new WSU College of Medicine has visited the Spokane campus.

Dr. John Tomkowiak (right, pictured above with Bill Savitz of Ignite Northwest) is the dean of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He is also the president of the university’s health system and the executive vice president for clinical affairs. Tomkowiak is also a professor and acting chair of the school’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences program.

It is his second stint at Chicago Medical School. He … » 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 …

Floyd remembered in Pullman, Michigan, Missouri

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The late WSU President Elson S. Floyd was lovingly remembered during a ceremony at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman on Wednesday, August 26. You can read more about it here. It was a moving and wonderful tribute to the man who led WSU from 2007 until his death in June. The on-campus memorial was pushed back to late August so students and faculty could attend after their return for fall semester.

President Floyd’s legacy in Spokane will be long lasting. He sharpened the focus of WSU Spokane on the health … » More …

Second founding dean candidate visits

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Dr. Dawn DeWitt (here speaking with Chancellor Lisa Brown) is the second of three finalist candidates for founding dean of the new WSU College of Medicine to visit the Spokane campus.

DeWitt has been a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia since 2012. She’s also the associate dean for her university’s MD Undergraduate Program.

Before coming to Vancouver, DeWitt graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her post-graduation residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle. She worked in the UW’s WWAMI medical education program for several … » More …

First founding dean candidate visits

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Dr. David Gozal (center) meets with assistant professors Chris Davis and Lucia Peixoto after Gozal spoke at a late afternoon open forum on Wednesday, August 19.

Gozal is the first of three finalist candidates for the WSU College of Medicine’s founding dean to make a formal visit to Spokane.

Gozal is a world-renowned pediatric sleep researcher and professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He studies disorders such as childhood obstructive sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome. His research also focuses on the consequences children face when they … » 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 …

WSU creates Tom Fritz medical school fund

img-xl-coug-hats.fritz and elson 600 pixTom Fritz had a lot of friends in high places. After his recent death, many of those friends spoke publicly about Fritz’s enormous influence in the Spokane community. He was the retired CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, leading the development of electronic medical records in Spokane’s hospitals. But Fritz was involved in many other business and community projects as well.

When you have that kind of influence, you get to work and play with others at that level. In this picture Fritz (left) celebrates with his friends, the late WSU … » More …

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 …