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Nevada Medicine Weekly | April 17, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

Dr. Seungil Ro, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology and cell biology, and Junghak Kim, managing director of YUYANG, (far left) along with Dr. Ro’s lab members (from left to right) Dr. Rajan Singh; Hannah Zogg; Lai Wei; Sandra Poudrier; Byungchang Jin; Brian Jorgensen; and Dr. Se-Eun Ha. Under the direction of Dr. Ro, lab members will be involved in the ongoing research to help identify new drugs for treating gastrointestinal complications in Type 2 diabetics.

Dr. Seungil Ro, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology and cell biology, and Junghak Kim, managing director of YUYANG, (far left) along with Dr. Ro's lab members (from left to right) Dr. Rajan Singh; Hannah Zogg; Lai Wei; Sandra Poudrier; Byungchang Jin; Brian Jorgensen; and Dr. Se-Eun Ha. Under the direction of Dr. Ro, lab members will be involved in the ongoing research to help identify new drugs for treating gastrointestinal complications in Type 2 diabetics.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine researcher makes discovery, awarded $2M for path to new diabetes treatment

UNR Med Associate Professor Seungil Ro, Ph.D., department of physiology and cell biology, has made an important discovery-finding a molecule that can be used to inhibit and treat Type 2 diabetes. This new discovery helped obtain $2 million in funding for project development over the course of the next three years.  

The $2 million contract will support Ro, whose lab discovered that Type 2 diabetes can be caused by gastroparesis, a condition where stomach muscles stop working properly and therefore have difficulty moving food from the stomach to the small intestine.

"This new finding is contrary to the current paradigm that suggests that diabetes causes gastroparesis," said Ro. "However, our findings are supported by the results of gastrectomy surgery (removal of a part, or all of the stomach), which have been shown to significantly alleviate the symptoms that arise in Type 2 diabetes patients."

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Heart and Soul 5K benefits the Student Outreach Clinic April 22

Walk, jog or race your way across the finish line to support UNR Med’s Student Outreach Clinic Sunday, April 22! Check-in is from 7-9 a.m. with the 5K and 1-mile races starting at 9:30 a.m. The fun continues with a BBQ and music after the race. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for students

The Student Outreach Clinic is completely student and volunteer run and delivers free health services to northern Nevadans who are underinsured, uninsured or without a social security number. A variety of upcoming clinics will be held in May and June:

  • General and Children’s Clinics:
    • Saturday, May 12 | 8 a.m. – noon
    • Tuesday, May 29 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 16 | 8 a.m. – noon 
    • Tuesday, June 26 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
  • Women’s Clinic:
    • Saturday, May 19 | 8 a.m. – noon 

Kudos!

Seema Donahoe and Audrey Goodnight present at AAMC GIA conference in Seattle 

Advancement and Engagement Creative Director Seema Donahoe and Events and Protocol Director Audrey Goodnight presented at the 2018 AAMC National Professional Development Conference for Institutional Advancement in Seattle. In a session titled “Meaningful events to increase engagement and ROI,” Donahoe and Goodnight lead a workshop with medical school development, alumni, community engagement and marketing professionals from all over the country to discuss UNR Med’s strategy of structuring events to generate ROI (return on investment) by fostering strong, reciprocal engagement between our school, learners, educators, medical partners, alumni, donors, volunteers and the community.

Gerald Ackerman and Jennifer Bennett, Ph.D., MPH, inducted into Honorary Society in Public Health

The School of Community Health Sciences inducted its inaugural class into the Delta Phi chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health Friday, March 30. The 20 inductees included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni and honorary members. Office of Statewide Initiatives Assistant Dean of Rural Programs and Director of the Office of Rural Health Gerald Ackerman was inducted as an honorary member, and Director of Nevada AIDS Education and Training Center and Teaching in Medicine Jennifer Bennett, Ph.D., MPA, was inducted as an alumna.

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Events for April 17 – 24, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

April 18, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
CDC Guidelines for Opiate Prescribing Practices

ECHO Clinics: Geriatrics

April 18, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Aspiration Pneumonia in Older Adults

The Clinical Educator Faculty Development Series

April 18, 2018 • 5:30–8 p.m.
Third session of the Clinical Educator Faculty Development Series

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

April 19, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Adjunctive Therapy - When Is It Needed?

ECHO Clinics: Antibiotic Stewardship

April 19, 2018 • 12:15–1 p.m.
Intra-abdominal Infections (STOP-IT Trial) and Guidelines for Diverticulitis

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In The News
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UNR Med students plan relief trip to Nicaragua this summer

April 16, 2018 • KRXI
First year medical students at the University of Nevada, Reno are planning a trip to Nicaragua this summer to help provide medical relief to those in need.

Nevada NewsMakers Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018 • Nevada NewsMakers
Guests: Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, UNR

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Statement from University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. in response to KLAS-TV report

April 14, 2018
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (“UNR Med”) and its associated medical practices are committed to providing quality health care to all Nevadans.

Reflections from the Dean

April 12, 2018
Not long ago, in a galaxy far, far away—more commonly known as the Joe Crowley Student Union—the University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine Class of 2018 celebrated a pivotal moment in the careers of all medical students—Match Day.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Announces Free Clinics in May/June

April 12, 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 May and June 2018.

3 tips to managing email overload

April 10, 2018
The average full-time employee spends 28 percent of the workweek—13 hours—reading and responding to email. Sifting through numerous emails in a day can be a difficult task.

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