Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | March 27, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

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UNR Med students participate in hands-on nutrition lab

Incoming UNR Med student, Tasha Vasquez, worked with the Student Affairs Wellness Program to establish the Medical Nutrition Initiative—an interactive lab designed to teach medical students about the gut biome as well as healthy eating and cooking skills.

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UNR Med Basic Science Reorganization

As you have likely heard, Dean Schwenk has initiated a discussion about the potential value of reorganizing our basic science faculty, with a reduced—or even eliminated—focus on departments and an increased focus on research teams and themes that could draw from all traditional departments. The current structure would evolve to become more of a single department, perhaps a department of molecular medicine or something similar, led by a new senior associate dean for research, for which the recruitment is already underway.

While the potential advantages have been discussed with the basic science chairs and a few small clusters of faculty members, we want your input! Please take 8-12 minutes to complete this survey. Participation is optional and confidential.

Mick Hitchcock closes out Discover Science Lecture Series April 5

Mick Hitchcock, a bio-pharmaceutical researcher specializing in the development of life-changing antiviral treatments such as for HIV/AIDS, is the final speaker in the College of Science's 2017-2018 Discover Science Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in the Redfield Auditorium inside the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kudos!
Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., awarded more than $1.5M in NIH funding

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., was awarded $1,566,360 for his grant titled, “Regulation of dendrite homeostasis by PINK1 and PKA in models of Parkinson’s disease,” through March 30, 2023 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The aim of this project is to identify the molecular mechanisms by which the PINK1 gene (PTEN-induced kinase 1) cooperates with protein kinase A (PKA)—two important enzymes that regulate essential neuronal functions—to protect dendrites of neurons against stress, regulate mitochondrial function and energy levels in dendrites of neurons and stimulate the formation on new neuronal connections by increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels. Importantly, this work has the potential to contribute to developing therapies for Parkinson’s disease.  

UNR Med names Communications Manager and Multimedia Specialist

The Advancement and Engagement department welcomed two new professionals to the team: Tessa Bowen, communications manager and Brin Reynolds, multimedia specialist. As communications manager, Bowen will collaborate with UNR Med’s faculty, scientists and students to tell the stories unique to the School. In his new position, Reynolds is responsible for developing engaging digital content in the form of promotional videos, photography, presentations and other multimedia applications.

Read more about Communications Manager Tessa Bowen and Multimedia Specialist Brin Reynolds. 

2018 Nevada County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Report available

A statewide forum of public health community leaders recently convened to discuss findings from a new report that ranks Nevada counties for community health in areas ranging from adult smoking to adult obesity. John Packham, Ph.D., associate dean, for the Office of Statewide Initiatives, at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) participated in the Reno forum.

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Events for March 27 – April 3, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Medication-Assisted Treatment

March 28, 2018 • 12–1:30 p.m.
Polysubstance Use and Abuse

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UNR Student Outreach Clinic Scheduled For Tuesday

March 20, 2018 • KOH-AM
The next UNR Student Outreach Clinic is Tuesday, 6pm to 9pm. The Comprehensive Clinic provides general medical care, including complete physical exams and nutrition counseling.

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Thank a Doctor for National Doctors’ Day

Happy National Doctors' Day! Every year on March 30, medical institutions throughout the country take time to honor the physicians who keep their communities healthy. 

At UNR Med, these physicians are also educators grooming the next generation of community health leaders. In celebration of these remarkable individuals, please take a moment to thank a doctor who has been especially influential to you. Share their story or donate to support the Office for Community Faculty in their honor. Show them your appreciation for their impact on promoting A Healthy Nevada. 

UNR Med Dean Schwenk and staff participate in Renown Children’s Hospital Radiothon

UNR Med is proud to partner with Renown Health to provide quality, accessible health care to our community. And, vitally important - to increase the number of physicians who train and practice in Nevada.

On March 22 and 23, the Roseville Admitting area of the Renown Regional Medical Center became a makeshift radio studio as some of Reno’s most popular radio personalities launched a two-day community fundraiser for Renown Health Children’s Hospital Reno and Children’s Miracle Network. The Renown Health Foundation oversees the event while hosts Bill, Connie, and RJ from Alice 96.5 FM Reno broadcasted a 36-hour live radiothon. Throughout the radiothon fundraiser, Alice interviewed doctors, patients and their families and UNR Med Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

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2018 Nevada County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Report available

March 20, 2018
A statewide forum of public health community leaders recently convened to discuss findings from a new report that ranks Nevada counties for community health in areas ranging from adult smoking to adult obesity. John Packham, Ph.D., associate dean, for the Office of Statewide Initiatives, at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) participated in the Reno forum.

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