WVU, Monongalia County Health Department establish Academic Health Department to enhance public health training, research and service

Top-tier training, research and service opportunities will remain at the forefront for students in the School of Public Health as West Virginia University and the Monongalia County Health Department establish an Academic Health Department, reinforcing the School’s commitment to give students learning experiences based in real-world public health practice.

Too much light may darken mood of hospital patients, say WVU researchers

This time of year can cause trouble for people with seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that the waning daylight of autumn evokes. But new research by West Virginia University researchers Randy Nelson and Courtney DeVries suggests that getting too much light—instead of too little—may trigger depression, too.

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.