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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Research that helps people throughout Washington and the world live healthier, more productive lives.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s Office of Research is dedicated to helping faculty and staff engage in cutting-edge research that seeks to explain, prevent and treat health concerns. We are developing an emphasis on research that impacts the lives of patients, their families and providers in challenging health care environments. Our faculty members are engaged in work across different levels of analysis, ranging from foundational areas like genetics to highly applied areas such as spatial epidemiology.

This website provides information to help faculty and students conduct their research in a pragmatic, ethical, and expedient manner. The website also provides some examples of the life-changing work our faculty are conducting. We are proud to contribute to the WSU Drive to 25. This aspirational goal challenges us to think big and not feel constrained in how we engage in research. Even though we are grateful for our long-standing partners and funders, the Drive to 25 highlights the need to continuously seek new partners and funding sources. If you would like to join us in this exciting adventure, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

If you would like to assist the research enterprise, we would be grateful for your financial contribution. We are soliciting funds for a variety of specific topics as well as unrestricted funds that can be used to support innovative pilot work, necessary equipment purchase, travel to scientific meetings and other activities that support our faculty in preparing grants to support their scientific work. For further information please visit our Giving page.

Media Inquiries

Christina VerHeul
Director of Communications and Marketing

General Research Questions

Research Event Calendar

Areas of Inquiry

With its statewide presence, the medical education program provides an ideal infrastructure for performing foundational, clinical, educational, and population health research. Investigations in the college span levels of analysis, from genetic to community-based studies.

The college is building multidisciplinary teams to conduct translational and clinical studies in key areas of focus. The college will also pursue investigations in the University’s existing spheres of excellence.

Primary areas of research focus include the following:

  • Addiction Research
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Community Health
  • Educational Research
  • Health Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
  • Sleep and Human Performance

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Research highlights

Campus from above

WSU research center to help Native people fight alcohol abuse

Travis and Will

How sleep works in the brain — WSU researchers discover clue

Campus looking west

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

Quick Links

Below are links to common topics of interest to researchers. In addition, the WSU office of research is a rich source of information. If you don’t find what you need below, or if you want to discuss the below, please feel free to reach out to our office to discuss.

Standard Operating Procedures (PDFs)

  1. Award Activation Standard Operating Procedure
  2. Post-Award Management Standard Operating Procedure
  3. Proposal Submission Standard Operating Procedure
  4. Design and Analysis Support Standard Operating Procedure
  5. New Faculty Welcome Document

Conducting Educational Research Infographic