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The COVID-19 vaccine: one Latino's experience

 • According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, all Americans 16-years or older are now eligible to get vaccinated. However, as COVID-19 vaccines roll out, many marginalized communities, nationally, are falling behind on receiving the vaccine. Nevada's Latino community is no exception.

Scientists analyze efficacy of decontamination technology in eradicating bacteria and viruses such as human coronaviruses in frequently worn items

 • In response to the global need for effective sterilization techniques, researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) collaborated on a study evaluating the efficacy of a dry-sanitizing device. Subhash Verma, Ph.D., associate professor, department of microbiology and immunology at UNR Med, led the study. Verma, Timsy Uppal, Ph.D., research scientist, department of microbiology and immunology, UNR Med; Antoine Snijders, Ph.D., biologist staff scientist, Berkeley Lab; and Amir Khazaieli, Fathhome, Inc., collaborated on the study on inactivation of coronavirus by a dry sanitization device, published in the journal, Pathogens.

UNR Med Announces Free Outreach Clinics

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics and Rural Outreach Clinics, in Lovelock and Yerington, Nevada. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

Meaningful progress on diversity, equity, inclusion as UNR Med open doors for faculty, staff and learners from all backgrounds

 • At UNR Med, we wholeheartedly understand that our diverse faculty, staff and learners strengthen our teaching, scholarship and clinical care missions. Like most medical schools, our mission is tied to excellence in teaching, research and patient care. One of the things that makes UNR Med so special, however, is our mission’s fourth pillar: excellence in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Statewide survey shows that 73% of Nevadans are likely to get COVID-19 vaccine, once available

 • Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, Immunize Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, released the latest findings from an ongoing study to learn what Nevadans think about COVID-19 vaccines, and their acceptance toward taking the vaccine - once one is available to them.

RENOWN HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PROVIDE UPDATE ON PROPOSED INTENT TO AFFILIATE TO NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION BOARD OF REGENTS

 • Renown Health and University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) leadership provided an informational update to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents at its March 5 meeting on the due diligence process undertaken by both organizations to explore an intent to affiliate that would lead to the first fully integrated health system in northern Nevada.

UNR Med Cardiologist, Associate Professor, Lorrel Toft, M.D., brings awareness to anti-racism in cardiology practices

 • Lorrel Toft, M.D., UNR Med cardiologist, associate professor, along with colleagues, Nina Williams M.D., Warren Clinic Cardiology of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Melanie Sulistio, M.D., University of Texas, Southwestern School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; David Winchester M.D., M.S., University of Florida Health, Division of Cardiology; and Christine Chen M.D., University of Texas, Southwestern School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, have published "How to Build an Anti-Racist Cardiovascular Culture, Community, and Profession," in the in Journals of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).

Published study: unusual SARS-CoV-2 mutation prominent in northern Nevada in early 2020

 • A Nevada-based study of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, indicates all major lineages (variants) of the virus worldwide are present in Nevada. Interestingly, the analysis shows some differences between the northern and southern parts of the state, with Southern Nevada presenting a virus snapshot similar to the rest of the country and Northern Nevada being dominated by one specific variant bearing a unique mutation in the gene needed for making its RNA copies. RNA viruses tend to accumulate mutations while circulating in human populations and SARS-CoV-2 is no exception. The majority of these mutational variations do not alter virulence of the viruses, but certain changes, such as the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7) and South African (B.1.351) variants, seem to have altered the transmission and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2.

UNR Med Announces Free Outreach Clinics

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics and Rural Outreach Clinics, in Lovelock, Silver Springs and Yerington, Nevada. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

Statewide survey shows that 65% of Nevadans and 77% of Nevada health care workers are likely to get COVID-19 vaccine, once available

 • Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, Immunize Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, released the first findings from an ongoing study to learn what Nevadans think about COVID-19 vaccines, and their acceptance toward taking the vaccine - once one is available to them.

New statewide study launches to understand public and provider attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccine

 • Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, Immunize Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, are conducting a study to learn what Nevadans think about COVID-19 vaccines and their acceptance toward taking the vaccine once one is available to the public.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine medical students honor anatomical donors for their gift of teaching and discovery

 • Death can advance life. Anatomical donors - those who donate their bodies to medical education and research after passing away, teach medical students about far more than gross anatomy. Anatomical donors essentially become medical students' first patient by posthumously teaching them how to care, work as a team and develop a sense of curiosity and scientific discovery. Anatomical donors also teach medical students how to navigate emotions they'll face when delivering bad news and helping patients through difficult treatments, in order to make them well again.

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