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Is private research objective? Study tackles question
February 18, 2005

A WSU researcher is gleaning preliminary results from a project that took seed about five years ago in an Oregon conference on sustainable agriculture in western states. At that time, said WSU’s Leland Glenna, farmers and other participants expressed to two academics — who would become members of the project team — their reluctance to trust some university research. They suspected some researchers’ close ties with the biotechnology industry might taint the objectivity of the research, and thus the reliability of the counsel the farmers received from the university. The two speakers joined with several other scientists to propose a national study to examine the … » More …

Researchers seek subjects for type 2 diabetes study
December 17, 2004

SPOKANE — Researchers at WSU Spokane are seeking people with Type 2 diabetes to participate in an international study intended to produce new treatments for the disease.In particular, the WSU researchers are looking for individuals with diabetes who have experienced some of the complications of the illness, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.The Spokane research project is part of the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes trial study being conducted under the direction of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Spokane is one of 70 sites across the United States and Canada participating in the research effort.Once enrolled in the … » More …

Employees study shows WSU has improved
December 12, 2003

Faculty and staff at Washington State University in 2001 and 2003 participated in two related internal communication studies. These studies, conducted through the Organizational Communication program at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, included written surveys as well as focus group discussions with hundreds of employees universitywide. These surveys are part of an ongoing effort to develop and maintain effective internal communication processes. The following is a summary of the results obtained. The 2001 study featured a broad-spectrum, multifaceted survey, which revealed a variety of strengths and weaknesses. Results in hand, the administration worked over the following two years to address the weaknesses. A … » More …

Diabetes study pivotal
October 17, 2003

How do you measure the significance of the ACCORD diabetes drug trial in which WSU Spokane researchers are participating — size of the participant field, scope of the problem, eventual impact on the community or individuals? Regardless of how you measure the study, the result is the same — huge.Size: The study — formally titled Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetics — will include 10,000 participants in the U.S. and Canada. Total funding for the Spokane portion of the trial is more than $2 million. Scope: About 17 million Americans have diagnosed diabetes; more than 90 percent of those have type 2. The number … » More …

Antidepressant may impact DNA, study gains attention
December 11, 2002

 SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane study evaluating the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as Prozac and Celexa) on sperm DNA integrity has generated international interest, according to Joanna Ellington and Clarke St. Dennis of Washington State University Spokane, the study’s lead investigators.“We are currently receiving e-mail from all around the world from couples who have had trouble conceiving while the male partner has been on SSRI antidepressants. Based on our preliminary data, several individuals have gone ahead and sent in sperm samples to study collaborator Dr. Don Evenson for the sperm chromatin analysis, which determines the level of damaged DNA in sperm,” states … » More …