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School of Medicine in the News

Nevada Health Center brings health care options for rural patients

• Elko Daily Free Press

Because of the need for rural physicians, Nevada Health is working with the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Medicine to bring in four residents in the next two years to work at the center starting in July.

Nevada adds $34.35 million to Medicaid management system

• Nevada Appeal

The board also approved more than $3.5 million to expand the Graduate Medical Education program beyond the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Jensen said the program in cooperation with the UNR Medical School, provides residencies for students to include potentially all public hospitals.

VA committed to honoring service in 2018 and beyond: Howard

• Reno Gazette Journal

The staff and volunteers at VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System are committed to honoring service. We usher in a new year of modernization and development to improve our infrastructure and services to support health care delivery to nearly 34,000 veterans. Critical to our recruitment efforts are our partnerships with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and a dozen other educational institutions to grow the number of internships, residency and fellowship positions in many health care occupations.

Indy Explains: Who pays the individual mandate penalty in Nevada?

• The Nevada Independent

John Packham, director of health policy research in the state’s rural health office, noted that Nevada’s rural counties made some of the most significant gains in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Five Questions with DMD Researcher Dean Burkin


Dean Burkin, professor of pharmacology and directory of cellular and molecular pharmacology and physiology graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over three years to test the effects of an existing FDA-approved drug on the function of heart and skeletal muscle in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It: A Vanderbilt neuroscientist has discovered an unusual but shockingly fruitful way to study our most enigmatic organ.

• The New York Times

In the last 12 years, Herculano-Houzel, now a researcher and professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has acquired the brains of more than 130 species. She and her collaborator Christopher von Bartheld, a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, published a paper last year summing up their detective work.

Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce 2018 Leadership Class

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce announced the professionals selected for enrollment in its 2018 Leadership class comprising professionals from Chamber member organizations, including UNR Med's Collette Witt.

David Leitner and Wei Yan, University of Nevada, Reno

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

David Leitner and Wei Yan, faculty members at the University of Nevada, Reno, have been awarded distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Directors

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Adonis Hardeman, Gayle Halminiak, Ken Munsterman, Danielle Eaton and Liana McGill have been named directors in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's (UNR Med) Office of Operations and Financial Services.

New Grant to Attract Bilingual Spanish-English High School Students for Careers in Health Care: $1.25 Million Science Education Partnership Award Received by the Raggio Research Center for Work Aiming to Bring Linguistic Diversity to STEM-Focused Fields in Nevada

• Nevada Today

A University of Nevada, Reno project aiming to increase linguistic diversity within the healthcare workforce was recently one of 15 new Science Education Partnership Awards granted in fiscal year 2017. The project is funded for $1.25 million over five years through The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a program of the National Institutes of Health. This is the first SEPA grant awarded in Nevada.

Women at UNR Med are Encouraged to Pursue Orthopaedics

• The Nevada Sagebrush

In an effort to encourage more women to pursue a career in orthopedics, the University of Nevada, Reno, hosted the Perry Outreach Program on Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10. The Perry Outreach Program provided medical students with the opportunity to experience hands-on work in orthopedic and engineering procedures.

Two Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows: David Leitner and Wei Yan Receive National Recognition for their Distinguished Contributions to Science

• Nevada Today

Each year the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow is awarded in recognition of individual contributions to the sciences. Recipients of this honor are chosen for their outstanding leadership, public service, research achievements and academic activity. Out of only 396 elected 2017 AAAS Fellows, two faculty members of the University of Nevada, Reno are being recognized for their outstanding work: Wei Yan of the School of Medicine and David Leitner of the College of Science.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards $3.5M in New Research Grants

• ALS News Today

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is financing 13 new research programs aimed at developing treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other life-threatening diseases. Among the winners are researchers from the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh; the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston; Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts; the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards 13 Research Grants Totaling $3.5 Million

• Muscular Dystrophy News Today

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 13 grants totaling $3.5 million to researchers working on treatments for neuromuscular diseases such as MD and ALS, studies that identify the diseases’ causes, or research on the disorders’ underlying mechanisms. The new grants will help scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno test a potential therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy plus treatments being developed by 12 other research programs nationwide.

The Promise And Complexity Of Gene Science


Mukherjee will be discussing his book The Gene: An Intimate History and exploring the implications of gene science on humanity at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine on November 15th. He’s the featured guest for the 2017 Health Nevada Speaker Series.

Mojave Mental Health Clinic to Close


The Mojave Mental Health Clinic, a component of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, will be closing its doors by the end of the year.

Specialists Help Rural Docs Treat Opioid Addiction Via Telehealth


Thousands of Nevadans living in rural communities and underserved areas have limited access to healthcare. The remoteness can also make it difficult for primary care providers treating people with opioid-use disorders. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that teleconferencing could help bridge the gap.

UNR provides free outreach clinics

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming free University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Student Outreach Clinics in November and December.

Flu shot study concerns pregnant women


“The recommendations are that the pregnant patient receive the flu vaccine as early in the pregnancy as possible; at her first prenatal visit,” says Dr. Catherine McCarthy, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Associate Professor of Family Medicine.

UNR Med expands Project ECHO program

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

To address critical need of medical services around the state of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, (UNR Med) Office of Statewide Initiatives has expanded its Project Echo program.