By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences
SPOKANE, 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …