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A group photo of four researchers on the Cobine lab team, posing outdoors. $2.1 million in NIH funding awarded to UNR Med researchers to advance esophageal research and treatments
Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Caroline Cobine Ph.D., assistant professor, department of physiology and cell biology, and a team of researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) were recently awarded a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore the mechanisms controlling motility in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

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Student Outreach Clinic looking for more patients

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Each month, students from the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine participate in the Student Outreach Clinic. Here patients can receive free medical care for a chronic or emerging health condition. And there’s an added benefit. “We have medical students who will see you first,” says Samantha Palacios a medical school student in her first year. “And then after that the medical students will talk to a doc, and the doctor will come in and complete care. we have a lot of first year medical students that are bright-eyed and bushy tailed you are helping us learn,” says Palacios.

People: Dr. Kristina Deeter new Vice Chair of Pediatrics at UNR Med

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) recently named Kristina Deeter, M.D., MBA, FAAP, as Vice Chair of Pediatrics at UNR Med and associate physician-in-chief of Renown Children’s Hospital. In her new role, Deeter will collaborate with School of Medicine leadership and the administration of Renown Children's Hospital to develop and improve pediatric programs and training for UNR Med medical students.

Delta surge, misinformation leave rural Nevada reeling


According to John Packham, associate dean for UNR Med’s Office of Statewide Initiatives, COVID-19 made the chronic shortages of healthcare providers across Nevada worse. He says during the early days of the pandemic, Nevada relied on traveling nurses to fill gaps in hospitals, clinics and ICUs. Almost two years later, those extra resources are stretched thin – and so are the agencies that supply them. “You can only rob Peter to pay Paul so many times before it catches up, and it’s catching up with the agencies. They’re having staffing issues themselves,” he said. Packham explained that’s partially because demand is high in neighboring states like Idaho, Utah and Arizona. In the long term, he’s also concerned about polling that suggests some doctors might retire early due to COVID-19.

Now affiliated, Renown Health-UNR Med leaders lay out next steps

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

On Oct. 1, a major change took place inside Renown Health and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine — a transformation hardly anyone could see on the surface. Underneath, the entities’ information technology systems were merging, with UNR Med’s clinical practice, University Health, being integrated into Renown’s clinical operations. With that, the state’s oldest medical school and Northern Nevada’s largest healthcare network were now sharing the same electronic medical records and scheduling platform.

COVID-19 on the run for now, but will it throw another ‘curveball’?

• Pahrump Valley Times

The first infection was of the delta variant and the second of a mutant, or sublineage, of the delta variant known as AY.26, the lab’s director, Mark Pandori, told the Review-Journal. More cases of similar reinfections would need to be identified before the implications of this finding become clear. But he predicts that sublineages of the delta variant will play a role in the course of the virus. “And to me, this is going to be how the virus stays in the population until winter, when it’s probably gonna have a lot more of an opportunity to spread,” Pandori said.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's annual State of the School Address features an updated 2020-2021 Fact Sheet and information on the institution. Please view the SOSA page for more details.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, delivered UNR Med's 2020 State of the School Address, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 virtually.