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Gyroscope Announces Appointment of Leaders in Retinal Disease, Gene Therapy and the Complement System to Its Clinical and Scientific Advisory Boards

• Business Wire

Gyroscope Therapeutics Limited, a clinical-stage retinal gene therapy company, announced the appointment of leading experts in retinal disease, gene therapy and the complement system to its Clinical and Scientific Advisory Boards, including Arshad Khanani, M.D., M.A., Managing Partner, Director of Clinical Research and Director of Fellowship at Sierra Eye Associates, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.


Noggin Notes Podcast Episode: What is Project ECHO?

• Noggin Notes Podcast

Today we talk about geriatric care and Project ECHO. We welcome Dr. Mordechai Lavi who is a medical doctor in Reno Nevada, who will speak more about this great project.


Las Vegas’ latest challenge on coronavirus front: Lagging test results

• Las Vegas Sun

At the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, which handles all of the tests outside Clark County, the wait time for results can also be delayed, said Mark Pandori, the lab’s director. Hospitalized individuals and first responders might get their test results the same day, whereas those getting tested at a community clinic might have to wait upwards of five days, he said.


Nevada’s COVID-19 Response Team update for July 30

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

Dr. Mark Pandori, NV State Public Health Lab reports: The Nevada testing team will be meeting with the CDC next week and with other PH labs to discuss use of new Influenza/SARSCOV2 test. The new test is essentially a combo test that will enable the labs to identify and differentiate flu cases from COVID-19 cases as the flu season approaches.


Nevada Gold Mines invests in Elko’s healthcare

• Elko Daily Free Press

Nevada Gold Mines is a major supporter of Nevada Health Centers’ $3.9M renovation and expansion of the Elko Family Medical & Dental Center. The mining company has invested $100,000 into the project, which builds upon the 2018 renovation of a portion of EFMDC to house the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine’s Elko Family Residency Program. The program was previously completed with support from UNR, Elko County, and Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.


Women Missing From CPR Training Videos

• MedPage Today

Why are women less likely to receive bystander CPR? The paucity of training on resuscitating women in cardiac arrest could be partly to blame, researchers found. An online search of hundreds of free CPR-related videos online showed that 98.4% featured a man in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest or a unisex manikin without female anatomy, according to Carlos Lynes, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and Lorrel Toft, MD, of the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine.


Senator Jacky Rosen thanks UNR Med's Stanford Center for Aging

• CSPAN

Rosen reported she's "glad to see that the University of Nevada, Reno's Sanford Center for Aging is taking the steps to combat the impact of implicit racial bias by acquiring staff to conduct training on the subject. They're taking steps to review both the internal policies and the economic program curriculum overall to ensure that they include economic, policy and social content that addresses the impact of racial disparities."


Las Vegas stepping up COVID-19 response, city officials say

• KSNV-TV 3 News Las Vegas

Mark Pandori, state coronavirus testing chief, said test facilities in Nevada are operating at full capacity, resulting in delays in obtaining results. He said Nevada is not among places conducting “pool testing” of multiple samples at a time.



Las Vegas stepping up COVID-19 response, city officials say

• Las Vegas Sun

Mark Pandori, state coronavirus testing chief, said test facilities in Nevada are operating at full capacity, resulting in delays in obtaining results. He said Nevada is not among places conducting “pool testing” of multiple samples at a time.




UMC: Don’t seek drive-thru COVID-19 tests without symptoms or exposure

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The leveling off in July reflects that laboratories industrywide are at capacity for processing tests, said Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in Reno, which processes a large number of the tests conducted in the state.


How Precision Medicine, Genomics Research is Decoding COVID-19

• Health IT Analytics

The Nevada Genomics Center at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is also aiming to better understand COVID-19 through genomics research. The institution is conducting genomic sequencing on samples from northern and southern Nevada that initially tested positive for COVID-19. Researchers will deposit sequenced results into an international database, and the UNR Med team will complete further study and analysis.


Northern Nevadans work together to help seniors overcome loneliness

• Nevada Appeal

Jennifer Carson, University of Nevada, Reno’s director of the Dementia Engagement, Education and Research (DEER) program in the School of Community Health Sciences, works with the School of Medicine’s Sanford Center for Aging and a number of geriatrics initiatives and partners in gerontology to explore how to improve the quality of life for seniors.



Nevada continues to see surge in daily COVID-19 cases, leaders 'concerned'

• KTNV Las Vegas Channel 13 News

Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, says there are five versions of COVID-19 circulating in Nevada. "Every version of coronavirus we see on the planet... some member of that family is circulating in Nevada. We don't know why we have such a high diversity in the state."


More infectious mutation of COVID-19 tied to spike in Nevada cases

• Reno Gazette Journal

The COVID-19 strain known as D614G was described as a “mutation of interest” by Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab and an associate professor in the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.



Nevada’s COVID-19 Response Team update, new swab test to also detect seasonal flu, differentiate infections

• 8 News Now Las Vegas

Testing is occurring at high levels in public and private laboratories, according to Dr. Mark W. Pandori, Director of Nevada State Public Health Laboratory; Associate Professor of Pathology at UNR School of Medicine. According to the state lab’s data, over 10% of the Nevada population has received a swab, PCR/molecular test for the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 virus. He said the lab in Reno is well-stocked with testing capability, and he thanks the emergency management team for helping them to maintain supply levels.



More COVID-19 testing demand means longer waits to get results

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The state public health lab in Reno, which had been taking anywhere from one to three days to process test results, now is taking on average four days, according to a calculation by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, said Mark Pandori, the lab’s director. Turnaround times “correlate directly with the bulk of specimen traffic coming into the lab,” Pandori said.


Lucia Notterpek named associate dean, professor at UNR Med

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has named Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D., as associate dean for biomedical research and professor of physiology and cell biology.