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UNR Med Department of Pharmacology's Heather Burkin, Ph.D. receives $1.6 million NIH award for preterm birth research

 • Heather Burkin, Ph.D., assistant professor, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Department of Pharmacology at UNR Med has recently received a five-year, $1.6 million dollar award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the regulation of uterine contractions in relation to preterm birth.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine welcomes class of 2024 with first virtual White Coat Ceremony

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) today welcomed 70 new first-year medical students with a virtual white coat ceremony. Traditionally, medical students receive their first white coats during an in-person ceremony to mark their educational journeys toward becoming physicians. This year, UNR Med’s Class of 2024 separated into three groups to don their coats in a socially distanced setting with appropriate PPE. They were then able to celebrate the pre-recorded milestone at home with their loved ones.

Research ‘rock star’ has advanced gastroenterology science and scientists

 • Research led by Kent Sanders, Foundation professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, has contributed significant scientific understanding of activity in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract known as motility. His research has investigated cellular mechanisms of pacemaker activity and neural control of GI motility. For example, Sanders’ research group was the first to isolate and demonstrate the functions and mechanisms of a special class of pacemaker cells that drive motility in organs of the GI tract.

Dr. Dagda research team discovers possible link between psychological distress, Parkinsons’s and immune system dysfunction with possible implications to the current pandemic

 • Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., associate professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology and physiology, and his research group collaborated with Mariana Grigoruta, M.D., Ph.D., a former graduate student with Dr. Dagda's research group, and Alejandro Martinez, Ph.D., from the University of Juarez in Mexico published "Psychological distress and lack of PINK1 promote bioenergetics alterations in peripheral blood mononuclear cells" in Scientific Reports.

UNR Med brain researcher receives $1 million in National Science Foundation funding to study brain synapses

 • Robert Renden, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of physiology and cell biology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), and the UNR Neuroscience Institute, was recently awarded a five-year, $1.1 million CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how brain cells maintain the energy needed to communicate at contact sites, called synapses.

June is Aphasia Awareness Month

 • June is Aphasia Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase public awareness about the language disorder and to recognize people who are living with or caring for people with aphasia. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) is increasing aphasia awareness by educating the public on the effects of having aphasia, and aphasia clinical and community services available from UNR Med.

Dean’s Reflections: Graduating into a global pandemic

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has extraordinary medical and physician assistant studies students. And these students are going to graduate into an extraordinary world, in all definitions of the word.

Seeking individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma to help patients fighting the infection

 • Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may now be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating their plasma. Those who have recovered from the infection may have COVID-19 antibodies in their blood. These antibodies provided one way for their immune systems to fight the virus when they were sick, so their blood may be used to help others fight off the disease through convalescent plasma.

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