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Spokane ‘Innovators’ series to feature top WSU sleep researchers
April 15, 2009

SPOKANE – For a myriad of maladies ranging from the common cold to heart disease, obesity, and a variety of cognitive disorders, a primary factor in determining who gets sick and how long their recovery will take is often the adequacy of their sleep.

Frequently at the heart of both the causes and effects of what ails us, the patterns of our sleep have implications for virtually everything we do. With drowsiness recognized as a contributing factor in many major accidents, sleep management is becoming an increasingly important strategy for predicting and preventing errors in … » More …

Sleep research expert joins WWAMI Spokane faculty
December 17, 2008

SPOKANE – Jonathan Wisor has joined the research faculty of the WWAMI Medical Education Program at WSU Spokane. His appointment as an assistant professor is part of the growing focus on health sciences at the Spokane campus. He also holds an appointment with the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology in the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Wisor brings to WSU Spokane a strong research background in sleep, including work to increase the understanding of the neurobiological basis for sleep, biological rhythms and sleep disorders therapeutics. His expertise provides a natural connection between WWAMI Spokane … » More …

Sleeping, waking, working
November 14, 2006

Spokane–A Scientific Symposium on Human Sleep and Performance featuring an international panel of acclaimed experts in sleep and sleep medicine will take place Monday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The symposium will take place in the Academic Center Auditorium on the Riverpoint Campus Washington State University, Spokane at 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Parking passes will be sent upon request.  Symposium presentations will include: “Time Use in America: Trading Sleep for Wake at What Price?” by David F. Dinges, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; “Sleep Restriction and Performance” by Thomas J. Balkin, Ph.D., Chief, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; “Sleep, Stress, … » More …

Fatigue a recipe for disaster in law, intelligence, security
March 29, 2006

As the nation digested the tragic events of 9/11, one big question arose: how could this have happened in a country that has some of the best, most well-funded intelligence agencies in the world? Did the CIA and FBI sleep through all the tell-tale signs of an upcoming terrorist attack? Bryan Vila, professor of criminal justice at Washington State University Spokane and a senior researcher associated with the university’s Sleep and Performance Research Center, suggests that the contrary might have been the problem. He points to the long work hours that are common in intelligence, law enforcement, and similar agencies as being the cause of … » More …

Older teens need more sleep, later wake-up times
December 8, 2005

Many teens are chronically sleep deprived, resulting in poor school performance, impaired cognitive and memory functioning, and mood problems. This was one of the points made by internationally renowned sleep researcher Mary Carskadon in her December 2 lecture, “How Development of Sleep-Wake Regulation Affects Teen Sleep,” at WSU Spokane. A professor of psychiatry at the Brown University School of Medicine and director of chronobiology and sleep research at the E.P. Bradley Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, Carskadon has done extensive research in the area of sleep/wake behavior in adolescents. Her pioneering work has challenged some commonly held beliefs, including the hypothesis that kids need less … » More …

Sleep scientist expands WSU’s sleep research
November 1, 2005

Hans Van Dongen, an internationally recognized scientist who focuses on the areas of sleep and cognitive performance, recently joined WSU Spokane as associate research professor and assistant director of the university’s new Sleep and Performance Research Center.The Sleep and Performance Research Center includes a state-of-the-art sleep research laboratory that is currently under construction at the Riverpoint campus in Spokane. Housed in the South Campus Facility, the lab is slated for completion by the end of this year. In addition to serving as a base for staging field studies related to sleep and performance, the lab will be one of only a handful in the world … » More …

New chief studies everyday sleep needs
August 20, 2004

The new WSU-affiliated chief of sleep research briefly presented his vision for the work at a press conference in Spokane on Aug. 18. At the same event, it was announced that WSU sleep research received $3.5 million in federal funding, on top of appropriations of $1.5 million and $50,000 earlier received.Dr. Gregory Belenky, a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and former director of neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, recently was named to head the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research sleep research initiative. SAMR is a collaboration among private and state colleges and universities, medical health service and research centers … » More …

Spokane sleep research candidates to present
April 19, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. — Greg Belenky and Scott Campbell, candidates for a sleep research position with the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research, will visit Spokane this month to deliver public lectures on their sleep research as part of the interview process.The lectures are free and open to the public. The candidates will also meet with area researchers and practitioners who specialize in sleep and tour area sleep clinics. Dr. Belenky, a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. and director of the Division of Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, will give his lecture Friday, April 23. The talk, “Managing Sleep to Sustain … » More …