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Alumna researches Olympic rowers’ sleep habits
September 15, 2016

By Doug Nadvornick, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

amy-benderSPOKANE, Wash. – Many of us cheered on our favorite athletes and teams during the recently completed summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Sept. 14: Top circadian biology researcher to speak
September 3, 2015

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences

TurekSPOKANE, Wash. – For 40 years, Northwestern University biology professor Fred Turek has investigated circadian rhythms – internal cycles that tell our bodies when to sleep, eat and work. Interrupted rhythms can lead to chronic fatigue and health problems, such as obesity.

Awake at the wheel: Tech collaboration aims to save lives
April 3, 2015

By Sabrina Zearott, College of Arts & Sciences

drowsydriving-roadVANCOUVER, Wash. – Researchers are working across multiple disciplines and campuses at Washington State University to develop a device to help keep drivers awake while on the road.

WSU research study supports new safety rule for truck drivers
January 30, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. –The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today released the findings of a field study conducted by the Washington State University (WSU) Sleep and Performance Research Center. The study provides evidence that a revised provision in new hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers is more effective at combating fatigue than the previous version. The new trucking regulations took effect last July.

Sleep research center expands its facilities
June 5, 2008




SPOKANE  – Bryan Vila, a senior researcher associated with WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Center, has been awarded a $610,000 grant by the Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research to expand the center’s Spokane-based facilities with a Critical Job Tasks Simulation Laboratory.

Scheduled to be operational in 2009, the new facility will be fully integrated with the existing residential sleep laboratory.

The combined facilities will provide researchers with a controlled, yet realistic operational environment to study the effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on skills critical to the success and survival of police officers, military … » More …

Sleep researcher visitsSpokane and Pullman
May 20, 2008

SPOKANE – WSU Spokane’s Sleep and Performance Research Center will host Dr. Clare Anderson, Ph.D., an established sleep researcher from Loughborough University in the U.K.


Dr. Anderson will speak Friday, May 23 about the consequences of getting too much or too little sleep. The lecture is scheduled from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the Riverpoint Campus in the Academic Center room 345 and is free of charge.


Anderson will also present this lecture at WSU Pullman on Thursday, May 22 in Wegner Hall room G-1 at noon.


Anderson is a lecturer … » More …

Advance MRI technology aids WSU researchers
July 12, 2006

SPOKANE — WSU Spokane and Spokane Advanced Imaging Institute (SAII) recently finalized an agreement providing WSU researchers access to the region’s first functional imaging MRI. SAII opened the facility containing the 3.0 tesla MRI in May 2006. A typical MRI system provides a picture of some part of the patient’s anatomy, e.g., a knee ligament or plaque deposits on the brain caused by multiple sclerosis. A functional image MRI provides pictures of brain or body function. For example, while the patient is in the scanner, a technologist might present him or her with a sound or show the patient an image. The SAII’s system will … » More …