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HSSA supports Spokane health sciences research

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gary Pollack, vice provost of health sciences and dean of pharmacy at Washington State University, has been appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire to a four-year term on the board of directors of the Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County.
 
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Pollack join the HSSA board given his extensive research and administrative experience,” said Nancy L. Isserlis, board chair.
 
The HSSA was established by the Washington legislature to invest funds to create and support a nationally competitive health sciences research cluster in Spokane County. It works to catalyze higher education research and the health sciences industry to lead to higher wage jobs, long-term sustainability and economic diversification.
 
Pollack is leading the expanding health sciences mission at the WSU Spokane campus and will facilitate efforts to take an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research in the field.
 
The majority of his career has been focused as an independent scientist on issues related to central nervous system (CNS) pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. He is widely published on his laboratory work in blood-brain barrier, substrate distributions with the brain and drug action on CNS targets. He has extensive experience as a principal investigator, co-investigator, and consultant on numerous research projects.