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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.

We are proud to contribute to the university’s strategic plan. Their aspirational goals challenge 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 strategic plan 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, please visit our Giving page.

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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