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Project ECHO Nevada to join new nationwide initiative to fight COVID-19 infection in nursing homes

 • Project ECHO Nevada, an innovative health care delivery solution out of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is joining a nationwide training program to help keep COVID-19 from spreading in area nursing homes, and to prepare and equip staff so that they can better protect residents and themselves. This is an essential nationwide initiative in the fight against COVID-19.

Diversity in health care starts at the beginning

 • UNR Med and University Health join in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month as part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our ongoing efforts to increase the representation of Hispanics, and others from populations underrepresented in medicine, who serve our community as healthcare providers.

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.

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