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David Condon and Ben Stuckart: Time to come together for WSU Health Sciences

The WSU Health Sciences campus is a place where Spokane’s past and future meet. Once a rail yard, the campus is now the flagship of a statewide health sciences enterprise where more than 1,600 students study medicine, nursing and pharmacy. It’s the workplace for some 940 faculty and staff, and the colleges located there brought in $32.5 million in external research funding last year.

WSU College of Pharmacy receives $2 million grant

Spokane has received another boost to its health sciences research efforts – a nearly $2 million grant to Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy to recruit researchers and build out its laboratory. The money announced Thursday from the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County is its single largest grant, said Susan Ashe, executive director. The publicly funded agency was established in 2007 by the Washington Legislature and invests in health sciences research.

WSU Spokane medical school students sticking around

Washington State University Spokane will be ready to receive its first group of second-year medical students in the fall, and 15 of the 20 first-year students have decided to stay rather than head to Seattle for instruction. “That’s an astounding number, and a reflection on how good the medical instruction has been here,” said Doug Nadvornick, communications coordinator for WSU health sciences.

With aging, active clientele, physical therapists in demand

One of Brian Cronin’s physical therapy clients is in her 80s and is still skiing. Another is middle-aged, recovering from a water skiing injury. Another is a middle-school-age girl with Olympic gymnast dreams. Cronin is the co-owner of U-District Physical Therapy, which started eight years ago, focused on sports-related therapy for high school and college athletes. With an aging, yet increasingly active population, Cronin has seen his business and the physical therapy industry expand.

Brown to lead WSU-Spokane

OLYMPIA – As she packed up memorabilia from 20 years in the Legislature, Lisa Brown was preparing Thursday to take charge of a dream for Spokane that’s even older. In January, Brown will trade her role as Senate majority leader for the job of chancellor of Washington State University-Spokane.

Positive diagnosis

The foundation is poured, the frame is set and the reflective-glass exterior is being carefully placed on Spokane’s long-anticipated medical school – Washington State University’s Biomedical and Health Sciences Building. Excitement among Spokane’s community and business leaders and residents has been building too, and WSU officials say news about Spokane’s health sciences complex is already spreading.

Medical research funding board gives grants to its members

A government board that grants millions of local tax dollars to medical research programs and companies recently gave about $1.8 million to organizations directly overseen by members of its board. A review of public records shows that those board members recused themselves from formal board discussions regarding their grant applications, and then abstained from voting on matters involving their own interests.

Medical school high on state’s wish lists

OLYMPIA – Some $35 million to finish the Riverpoint medical school building may flow into Spokane as the local business community’s top priority finds itself on a list of projects to address one of the Legislature’s own top priorities: jobs. Or, the project may find itself in the middle of a debate over the role of government in creating jobs.

Spokane group lobbies Olympia for medical school

OLYMPIA – Despite the snow and sleet covering Washington’s capital, a Spokane delegation lobbied legislators Thursday for key projects and issues, including the completion of the medical school on the Riverpoint Campus. A group of about 60 Spokane-area business and government leaders has been making the rounds for the last two days, getting briefings on general budget conditions as well as the capital and transportation budgets, and an overview from the leaders of both parties in both chambers.

ISM to open clinical database

The Institute for Systems Medicine in Spokane could open a clinical data repository by the end of April, Chief Operating Officer Amy Johnson said Monday. A second institute initiative, a tissue bank, may be ready by the fall of next year, she said.