Enter the exosome: WVU researcher studies how cancer and immune cells communicate

Cells can’t text each other the way we can, but they can still communicate. WVU School of Medicine researcher David Klinke is studying one means of their communication: tiny “packets” of information called exosomes. He’s focusing on the exosomes that cancer cells release. Deciphering them may suggest new targets for cancer immunotherapies.

WVU researchers study effects of new opioid law on doctors, pharmacists, patients

Treah Haggerty and Cara Sedney—researchers in the West Virginia University School of Medicine—are studying how a new West Virginia law has changed the way healthcare providers prescribe opioids. Working with the state’s Board of Pharmacy, they’re examining prescription practices before and after the law took effect on June 7, 2018, and pinpointing differences.

UPDATE: WVU clears Engineering Research Building after chemical accident

Affected chemical materials were removed from the Engineering Research Building Tuesday (Oct. 22) and normal operations resumed Thursday (Oct. 23) in the building. Students, faculty and staff in the ERB were sent home for the day (Tuesday, Oct. 22) as a precaution after a chemical accident inside one of the laboratories.

WVU researcher studies link between caffeine, sleep and alcohol use in middle-schoolers

Most research into young people’s drinking habits focuses on high school and college students, yet middle-schoolers are at a critical age for alcohol-abuse prevention. Alfgeir Kristjansson, an associate professor in the WVU School of Public Health, is studying two potential targets for preventing middle schoolers from using alcohol: caffeine consumption and sleep deprivation.