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Nevada Medicine Weekly | April 24, 2018

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Dr. Wei Yan, 2018 SSR Research Award Winner

UNR Med’s Dr. Yan honored with 2018 SSR Research Award

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Professor Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., has received the 2018 Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Research Award. This award honors the SSR member who has conducted and published outstanding research over the previous six years with significant breadth, depth of analysis and originality who also exhibits strong leadership and willingness to share his research experience. Dr. Yan's recognition speaks to his dedication to reproductive biology and UNR Med's commitment to supporting innovative investigators and bolsters medical education and research opportunities available to our students.

Humbled by the recognition of his career in research, Yan said, "As one of the highest honors that a reproductive biologist can receive, this award not only recognizes the impact of my research, but it also puts UNR Med on the map as the home institution for high caliber biomedical research."

Yan's research focuses on how sperm and eggs are produced and how the quality of sperm and eggs affects embryonic and fetal development and contributes to the health of prospective offspring. He is interested in how poor sperm and egg quality caused by environmental exposure, an unhealthy diet or a lack of exercise could serve as the origin of many adult onset diseases in offspring, including numerous cancers, Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. He refers to this novel concept as the "gamete origin of health and disease" (GOHaD). 

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UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., published in JAMA

"Physician well-being and the regenerative power of caring" by UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., has been published in the latest issue of JAMA. In the article, Dr. Schwenk begins by recalling the iconic 1948 Life magazine photo essay of Dr. Ernest Ceriani to open a discussion on physician burnout and care in today's healthcare system with the question, "While one of the defining features of burnout is the loss of the ability to care, it might be better to examine the opposite logic: are the barriers to the ability to care a fundamental cause of physician burnout?"

Read the full article on JAMA's website.

Jeremy Alltop slated for 2018-2019 AAMC Group on Business Affairs Officers

UNR Med Senior Associate Dean of Administration and Finance Jeremy Alltop, MSA, FHFMA, will serve as the AAMC Group on Business Affairs (GBA) Data and Benchmarking Committee chair for 2018-2019. Alltop was nominated by the GBA in March and confirmed at the GBA/GIP 2018 Joint Spring Meeting Thursday, April 19. In this role, Alltop will lead the Data and Benchmarking committee in advising the AAMC on appropriate and timely data collection and reporting activities, helping identify data and procedures for collecting and reporting of data, assisting the AAMC to develop mechanisms for educating the membership about the availability and use of benchmark data, developing and prioritizing research questions to be included in AAMC surveys and identifying target audiences who can benefit from using the data.

Audrey Goodnight invited to AAMC 2018-2019 GIA Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs Conference Advisory Group

Advancement and Engagement Director of Events and Protocol Audrey Goodnight has been invited to serve on the 2018-2019 Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs Conference Advisory Group. Goodnight was specifically selected because of her "community engagement and public affairs experience" and will help review and provide feedback on session proposals, filling presentation gaps and finding people willing to facilitate sessions at the 2019 GIA conference in Orlando.

Keith Swanson, M.D., named Barton Health's doctor of the year

UNR Med Clinical Associate Professor Keith Swanson, M.D., has been named Barton Health's doctor of the year. Dr. Swanson was nominated by his colleagues at Barton for "the incredible contributions he's made to the community as an orthopedic surgeon and practitioner for nearly 40 years."

Continue reading the full article from the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

UNR Med hosts inaugural Inclusive Medicine Series featuring Dr. Maya Hammoud, promotes newly re-established Group on Women in Medicine and Science

"Feminism" became Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017. Amid a changing paradigm toward transformative culture, women leaders are abandoning old tactics and strategies for assimilating successfully and with equity, into every institution. The UNR Med Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) presented its inaugural Inclusive Medicine Series, last Thursday, April 19. Maya Hammoud, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology and medical education at Michigan Medicine and president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) presented "Conscious Leadership: Balancing Self, Family and Work to Achieve Success."

Continue reading the full article with a recap on the event and information on the newly re-established University chapter of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). 

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Events for April 24 – May 1, 2018

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

April 24, 2018 • 6–9 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

ECHO Clinics: Medication-Assisted Treatment

April 25, 2018 • 12–1:30 p.m.
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ECHO Clinics: Sports Medicine

April 26, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.

Student Outreach Clinics: Geriatric and Dermatology Clinics

April 28, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

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In The News
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COMMENTARY: Physician assistants can help Nevada overcome rural health care access issues

April 21, 2018 • Las Vegas Review Journal
This is a pivotal moment for Nevada when it comes to health care.

Northern Nevada siblings in the same medical school class

April 20, 2018 • KOLO
Brother and sister, John-Henry and Rachael Lambin have just completed taking a final in their first year of medical school at UNR.

$2M Granted to UNR School of Medicine Researchers for Diabetes Breakthrough Discovery

April 19, 2018 • KTVN
$2 million in funding has been granted to University of Nevada's School of Medicine after a promising discovery.

Physician Well-being and the Regenerative Power of Caring

April 17, 2018 • American Medical Association
Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., UNR Med Dean published in JAMA Network

UNR doctor discovers molecule that could be the key to curing type 2 diabetes

April 17, 2018 • KRNV News 4
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Associate Professor Seungil Ro, Ph.D. was awarded $2 million to continue research on a cure for type 2 diabetes.

UNR Med Associate Professor Makes Breakthrough in Diabetes Research

April 17, 2018 • KOH Newstalk 780 AM
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Associate Professor Seungil Ro, Ph.D has made a major break through in diabetes research, and was just funded with a $2 million dollar contract from a South Korean company for a more in depth study.

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Congratulations, Philip H. Goodman Resident Competition winners!

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to UNR Med and to resident training, the Philip H. Goodman Award in Resident Excellence in Critical Appraisal was established in his memory through the Philip H. Goodman Endowment. Last Wednesday, April 18, the seventh annual competition took place at the Renown Regional Medical Center Mack Auditorium.

Congratulations to this year's winners:

  1. Alexandra Watson, Family Medicine | "Associations between end-of-life discussion characteristics and care received near death: A prospective cohort study" | $1,000 towards a CME conference of her choice.
  2. Amber Mackey, Psychiatry | "Midlife cardiovascular fitness and dementia: A 44-year longitudinal population study in women" | $150 towards medical text or educational software licenses.
  3. Mark Ulanja, Internal Medicine | "Reconciling the effects of screening prostate cancer mortality in the ERSPC and PLCO trials" | $100 towards medical text or educational software licenses.

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

April 17, 2018
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.

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