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Pharmacy’s building in Spokane gets rest of funding

The new building under construction to house much of the College of Pharmacy in Spokane was allocated the second half of its construction funding April 11 when the Washington Legislature passed the state’s capital budget.

“The capital budget, approved by the legislature in the early morning hours today, will allow us to move forward to finish construction of the Biomedical and Health Sciences Building in Spokane, our top priority in our capital budget,” WSU President Elson S. Floyd wrote in his online perspectives column. “It also funds new engineering laboratory equipment in Pullman, Everett and Bremerton.”

The president’s entire column can be found at:
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Water may help new drugs find their targets, WSU researcher finds

PULLMAN, Wash. – Water molecules can be nature’s navigational system for a family of molecules needing to findspecific locations in some of our genes, a Washington State University researcher has discovered.

Reporting in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, WSU’s Dr. Gregory Poon has found it is water that gives the family of molecules he has been studying the ability to target a precise location in the on-off switch regions of genes.

The finding may contribute to new and more efficient medications that target cancer and the immune system, said Poon, a researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“In drug discovery one … » More …

WSU Health Sciences recruits researchers, buys equipment

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University health sciences research has received a significant boost from the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County.
The HSSA awarded grants last week of $1.18 million to help recruit two highly successful researchers and fund critically needed laboratory equipment at the Spokane campus.

Catalysts for research, jobs

The two new faculty for the College of Pharmacy are expected to be catalysts for future growth at the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane that will result in a minimum of 130 new jobs in the local economy by 2020, estimated Gary M. Pollack, vice provost of WSU Health … » More …

Pharmacy faculty company helps adult children with medications


Story by Doug Nadvornick

Josh Neumiller and Lindy Swain are among the youngest faculty members at WSU Spokane. But their professional interests lie with people a generation or two ahead of them.

Both have appointments in the pharmacotherapy department within the College of Pharmacy. Neumiller is an assistant professor, Swain is an instructor. Both focus their current clinical work on older people.

Now they are business partners.

A year ago, Neumiller and Swain created a consulting company, Pharmacy Advocates. They work with older adults who need help sorting out medication issues.

“We see a lot of older patients who are taking a … » More …

Pharmacy dean appointed to economic development agency board

Dean Gary M. Pollack has been appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire to the board of directors of the Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County.

The Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County was established in 2007 by the Washington Legislature, authorized by Spokane County in 2008 to promote bioscience-based economic development, and began operating in 2009. Its mission is to advance new therapies and procedures to combat disease and to promote public health.

HSSA invests funds to create and support health sciences research in Spokane County, and works to catalyze higher education research and the health sciences industry to lead to higher … » More …

WSU pharmacy scholarship evident in recent issue of journal

Call it the Washington State University special edition of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, although it was purely a coincidence four WSU papers were published in the most recent issue of the journal.

“What are the odds of that happening, when you consider there are more than 100 pharmacy schools,” said John R. White, a professor and interim department chair in the College of Pharmacy who pointed out the occurrence in an email to College employees. “The manuscripts cover a plethora of different subjects and make clear the fact that our faculty hold not only the professional education program but also the scholarship of … » More …

Pharmacy undergraduate summer research program receives funding

Funding for an undergraduate summer research program in the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University has been renewed by the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

ASPET awarded the College $27,000 – or $9,000 per year – for the next three years and has funded the program for nine of the last 10 years, according to Raymond M. Quock, pharmaceutical sciences department chair.

The College must match the award with $5,000 per year, and the money allows student researchers to be paid a stipend for their 10 weeks of full-time work on research with a faculty mentor who is an ASPET member. Additional … » More …

Pharmacy professor receives state recognition

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State University Pharmacy Professor William E. Fassett has received the Washington State Pharmacy Association’s annual award for “pioneering and sustaining contributions” to the pharmacy profession.

Fassett was among those honored at the WSPA’s annual awards banquet held recently in Tacoma.

Fassett is a former dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy – from 1999 to 2005 – and has since taught pharmacy law and ethics in the Department of Pharmacotherapy in Spokane. He is editor of the two official national journals of the American Society for Pharmacy Law – Rx Ipsa Loquitur and Pharma-Law e-News – and also serves as treasurer … » More …

Researcher seeks clues to leukemia

PULLMAN, Wash. – Identifying which genes are involved in a group of diseases that are precursors to leukemia is the focus of a new research project in the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University.
“The goal is to improve our understanding of the disease process and identify new targets for drug development,” said Grant Trobridge, assistant professor of pharmaceutical science.

Funded by a $545,036 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Trobridge and his colleagues are looking for the genes involved in myelodysplastic syndromes, a diverse collection of blood-related conditions in which the body’s blood production is disorderly and ineffective. If not treated … » More …

Shultz new PI for Food $ense grant

Photo of Jill ShultzJill Armstrong Shultz, a professor in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, is the new principal investigator of a Washington Department of Social & Health Services grant funded by USDA/Food and Nutrition Service through which Washington State University Extension reaches more than 150,000 underserved Washington residents each year.

The grant supports the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education – which  targets food stamp-eligible families. The SNAP-Ed grant – for nutrition education and obesity prevention – is $6.5 million to fund a program delivered in 27 counties, four Tribal projects and a sub-contract with Central Washington … » More …