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Epigenetics study helps focus search for autism risk factors

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Scientists have long tried to pin down the causes of autism spectrum disorder. Recent studies have expanded the search for genetic links from identifying genes toward epigenetics, the study of factors that control gene expression and looks at chemical modifications of DNA and the proteins associated with it. » More …

White House honors two for science teaching innovation

griesar-and-leakeVANCOUVER, Wash. – A unique arts-integrated approach to neuroscience education was presented last week at the White House Frontiers conference by Bill Griesar, instructor and outreach coordinator, and Jeff Leake, outreach coordinator, both with the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University Vancouver. » More …

WSU searches for brain drugs to fight ALS, Alzheimer’s, more

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

travis-dentonSPOKANE, Wash. – Repairing the brain’s “house-cleaning function,” which could help people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and 100 other diseases, is the focus of recently funded research at Washington State University. » More …

Researcher’s love of molecules is good for society too

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Economic Development

SorgVANCOUVER, Wash. – Barbara Sorg studied functions of the brain for years before she saw the tiny nets in her microscope that made her heart skip a beat. » More …

Jan. 23-24: Free will explored in philosophy forum

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Mele-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent discoveries in neuroscience are challenging long-held beliefs about conscious decision making or “free will.” Alfred Mele, an expert in action theory, will examine this critical intersection of science and philosophy in two free public events Jan. 23-24, at Washington State University Pullman. » More …