Spokane well represented at NIH Conference

The 17th Annual National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Conference was held in Seattle Oct. 27-29th. This is the first time the state of Washington State snagged this major annual conference.
A group of Spokane collaborators joined together to help sponsor and participate in the event. They are Avista, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Greater Spokane Incorporated, Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA), Ignite Northwest and Nuvodia. WSU Spokane will also participate in the milestone event. Also attending were Dr. Pat Tennican, Hyprotek and Mark Mansfield, The University District.

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Salah Ahmed is invested in Spokane

“I came to WSU Spokane because it looks like the perfect environmental to collaborate with clinicians in the neighboring medical institutes, and medicinal chemists and pharmacologists on campus.”

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Facilities at WSU Spokane help pharmacy researcher fight cancer

Since joining the WSU College of Pharmacy two years ago as a post-doctoral associate in the lab of Philip Lazarus, Joe Ashmore has been immersed in laboratory research involving tobacco smoke and lung cancer. His current project focuses on a metabolite of nicotine (NNK) that is the main carcinogen in tobacco smoke. NNK is not easily eliminated from the body, but if the body converts it to another metabolite (NNAL), it can be expelled.

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Green tea may help those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis

There are a number of reasons why people should increase their consumption of green tea. Green tea is already known to have anti-oxidant benefits that can help prevent cancer and cardiovascular (CV) disease, and according to findings from the lab of Associate Professor Salah-uddin Ahmed, small molecules present in green tea can also help prevent inflammation and joint destruction caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Nanoparticle drug delivery system can deliver a combination of different drugs

Dr. Zhenjia Wang has spent much of his working career exploring life forms too small to see with a normal microscope. In his current research, he uses multicolor fluorescent microscopy to map the biological trafficking of specific nanoparticles, and the powerful microscope, purchased in part with funds provided by the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane, allows him to label multiple, distinct targets of interest in a single biological sample.

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HSSA Board to Meet May 6, 2015

The HSSA Board met March 4th and the minutes of that meeting have been posted. We had some difficulty scheduling the first meeting of the year due to illness and schedules. We apologize for any inconvenience. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for May 6, 2015. Subsequent 2015 meetings are scheduled for August 5th and November 4th. All meetings are held at the McKinstry SIERR Building and begin at 3 PM. Please mark your calendars.

WBBA Summit in Spokane May 21st

The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) will host its annual Leadership Summit in Spokane May21, 2015, at WSU Spokane. Leaders from across the state meet in Spokane to share knowledge about major life science activities and initiatives. Anyone involved or interested in health sciences research, private or public, health care leadership or related fields, should attend. To learn more visit www.washbio.org