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School of Medicine in the News

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.

Doctors may fear losing their license for seeking mental health care

• Reuters

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. physicians are reluctant to seek mental health care out of fear that it might imperil their medical license, a recent study suggests. Dr. Thomas Schwenk, dean of the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, calls for dropping questions about prior history of mental illness from medical licensing and renewal applications.

UNR School of Medicine Offering Free October Clinics


According to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine people who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number will be eligible to receive free medical care at one of their Student Outreach Clinic's in October.

Editorial: Teamwork helps address Elko’s doctor shortage

• Elko Daily Free Press

UNR Med’s Rural Family Medicine Residency Program will bring two medical residents to Elko beginning next summer to help address the shortage of primary-care doctors who accept patients enrolled in the government programs.

Amodei: Nevada can sustain two medical schools

• Las Vegas Sun

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., on Tuesday pushed back on former Rep. Shelley Berkley's stance that the UNR Med should be closed because the state can't afford two medical schools.

Lyon County officials discuss options to improve county health

• Reno Gazette-Journal

Lyon County has more than 53,000 people spread over almost 2,000 square miles, with nearly 11,000 residents age 60 or older. Despite its size, the county has just 12 medical doctors, 10 dentists, one licensed professional counselor and no psychiatrists.

New telemedicine practice in Elko

• Elko Daily Free Press

A new medical practice has opened in Elko using telemedicine. Dr. Daniel Spogen is chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the UNR School of Medicine. He is also site director of the Rural Family Practice Residency Program starting in Elko.