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Nevada Medicine Weekly | February 27, 2018

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rare disease day 2018

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine  rare disease investigators from left to right: Andreia Nunes (post-doc), Marisela Dagda (technician), Ryan Wuebbles, Ph.D. (research assistant professor), Pamela Barraza-Flores (graduate student), Dean Burkin, Ph.D., (professor), Charis Himeda, Ph.D., (research assistant professor), Tatiana Fontelonga (graduate student), Christina Smith (graduate student), Spencer Schreier (staff research associate), Peter Jones, Ph.D. (associate professor), Takako Jones, Ph.D., (research associate professor), and Ning Chang (graduate student).

Rare Disease Day: Get to know the people behind the research

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year and is designed to raise awareness about rare diseases, specifically among policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers and health care professionals. Despite the fact that one in 20 individuals in the world will live with a rare disease in their lifetime, the majority of rare diseases have no cure, many have limited treatment options and often go undiagnosed.

But it's not just the diseases that deserve the spotlight on this day. It's the people who deal with them. The patients, doctors, nurses, researchers and so many others who work each day to cope with, better understand and treat these diseases.  

Some of these faces include investigators at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine who are working fiercely to better understand and develop effective therapies for debilitating rare diseases.

Continue reading about the individuals behind the work in the Burkin and Jones labs at UNR Med.


LCME Town Hall – March 5

After nearly two years of preparation, accreditation results are in from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Join us Monday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. in PHS 102 for a discussion on the report led by panelists Executive Associate Dean Melissa Piasecki, M.D.; Senior Associate Dean of Administration and Finance Jeremy Alltop, MSA, FHFMA and Accreditation Coordinator Krystle Oates, Ph.D.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 2. Contact Sarah Ries with any questions.

Discover Science Lecture Series – March 8

Theoretical physicist Sylvester James (Jim) Gates Jr., Ph.D., is coming to the University of Nevada, Reno for the Discover Science Lecture Series Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.

Gates is widely known for his research in the field of theoretical physics, particularly on the topic of supersymmetry – a theory which builds on the Standard Model to create a more comprehensive picture of the universe. He is a strong proponent of diversity in education, a perspective rooted not only in personal experience, but also in the scientific and historical perspectives that illustrate how racial diversity and closing the equity gap in STEM fields is essential for scientific excellence.

For more information on Gates and other upcoming lecturers, visit the Discover Science Lecture Series website.

Upcoming Events

Events for February 27 – March 6, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Medication-Assisted Treatment

February 28, 2018 • 12–1:30 p.m.
AB474 Changes: A Pharmacist Perspective

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

March 1, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
ADA Standards of Care

ECHO Clinics: Complex Pediatrics

March 2, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Obesity In Children

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

March 3, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

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Residency program repurposes Elko Clinic to improve rural health care

February 26, 2018 • Elko Daily Free Press
Rural health care options expanded on Thursday with the swing of a sledgehammer when the Nevada Health Center broke through a wall to make way for a residency program based out of the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Medicine.

UNR Med introduces surgical program

February 20, 2018 • The Nevada Sagebrush
The University of Nevada, Reno’s Medical School has introduced a new surgical program to its curriculum to meet increasing interest from medical students.

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Announces Free Clinics in March/April

February 22, 2018
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 in March and April 2018.

Growth of University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine spurs new Office for Faculty and expanded faculty support

February 20, 2018
UNR Med is launching the Office for Faculty, a new department created to support faculty in their teaching roles, encourage faculty engagement and promote overall faculty excellence.

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