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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 …

Rural clinical partnerships expanding across the state

As part of its mission to expand medical education and health care access in communities across the state, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is wasting no time establishing a presence in cities and towns across Washington—particularly in rural areas.

Over the past two years, ESFCOM representatives have met with hospital and clinic staff in 37 of Washington’s 39 counties. As of the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, the college has secured 63 affiliation agreements with clinical partners across the state, with 24 of them being in rural communities.

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Camp Candoo brings summertime speech therapy

Summer camp often triggers images of campfires, jumping in the lake and cabin hijinks.

But summer camp with the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences means something different—and something life-changing.

Camp Candoo counselor works with a child

It’s called Camp Candoo, a summer camp for children with apraxia, a severe speech disorder. Candoo campers attend for two weeks of intensive speech therapy instruction and games. The children come from across the United States and even from Canada.

Childhood apraxia of speech is when … » More …

NEP students supply fresh food for students in need

The best and most nutritious food is often the freshest food. Yet, when it comes to food pantries, including the campus pantry that provides free food to WSU and EWU students in need of a nutritious meal, the options are typically canned and packaged goods.

WSU NEP students working in a garden

With a focus on supplying fresh, organically-grown food, students from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science (NEP) developed a fresh food garden to supply the campus pantry.

Launched in summer … » 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 …

Unique medical school paths provides opportunity to give back

Everybody’s medical school path is unique.

The paths taken by Larry Anderson and his wife Svetislava Vukelja—she goes by Sasha—and their hope for Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine students led them to establish the Dr. Lawrence L. Anderson and Dr. Svetislava Vukelja Endowed Scholarship for Medical Students.

“We just know how big of a challenge it is to finance medical education today,” Larry said. “It was a challenge thirty years ago when we went through it. This is an opportunity to give back.”

The son of a minister and an elementary school teacher, Larry grew up in Vancouver, Wash., and graduated from Washington State … » More …