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Nevada Medicine Weekly | May 23, 2017

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Nicole Jacobs

Nicole Jacobs Named Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Demonstrating its commitment to diversity and fostering an inclusive environment, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine named Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D., to the new position of associate dean of diversity and inclusion.

Jacobs says the creation of the associate dean position demonstrates the importance of diversity as a core mission of UNR Med and gives her opportunities to promote consideration to diversity issues when making decisions affecting faculty, staff, students and residents.

As the behavioral science coordinator in the first-year medical student curriculum for nine years, she continually enhanced the curriculum offerings to provide first-year medical students more diversity content. She expanded the diversity curriculum from one hour of diversity content a decade ago to nearly 20 hours in the first year of medical school today.

Jacobs has a passion for this topic stemming from her background as an immigrant in the mid-1970s.

"My family came from Iran and I was teased in school, so I have a sense for what it is like to be treated differently and with contempt just because I was 'different," she explained. "It helped me understand how important it is to fight for equity, acceptance and social justice."

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Dean’s Dinner Celebrates Award Recipients, Class of 2017

Students, faculty, family and friends attended the annual Dean's Dinner, May 18 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The evening provided our 61 Doctor of Medicine graduates the opportunity to commemorate the culmination of four tough, but rewarding years, while honoring their faculty and resident instructors.

Thomas Schwenk, M.D., dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, recognized and presented awards to David A. Zucker, M.D. '74, Thomas J. Scully Praeceptor Carissimus; Kenneth W. Hunter Jr., Sc.D., Dean's Distinguished Service Award; and Daniel R. Spogen, M.D., E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Student-nominated awards were presented to Darryll R. Patterson, M.D., Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Faculty; Carl F. Sievert, Ph.D., Outstanding Basic Science Professor; Kirk A. Bronander, M.D., R '01, Outstanding Full-Time Professor, Reno; Douglas R. Fraser, M.D., F '15, Outstanding Full-Time Professor, Las Vegas; Travis C. Walker, M.D. '14, Outstanding Resident, Reno; Krystle Rae Tuaño, M.D. '14, Outstanding Resident, Las Vegas; Joshua A. Bardin, M.D., Docere Perillustris; Darryl V. Calvo, M.D., Outstanding Community Faculty, Reno; and Terry Lewis, M.D., R '84, Outstanding Community Faculty, Las Vegas; Microbiology and Immunology, Outstanding Basic Science Department; Family and Community Medicine, Outstanding Clinical Department, Reno; and Surgery, Outstanding Clinical Department, Las Vegas.

Other Graduation Week events included the Student Awards Ceremony and Artist in Residence Reception May 18, and Speech Pathology Graduation and Academic Hooding Ceremony May 19.

Wei Yan Named 2017 Outstanding Researcher

At the moment of reproductive fertilization, much of a person's health perspective is determined by the genetic and epigenetic information contained within the sperm and egg. This research finding has changed our understanding of health and disease.

Wei Yan M.D., Ph.D., foundation professor of physiology and cell biology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, was one of the first to validate this important finding. In recognition of his distinguished research record and paradigm-shifting discoveries, Yan, who holds a medical degree and a PhD, was honored with the University's prestigious 2017 Outstanding Researcher Award. He received the award at the University's Honor the Best Ceremony May 16.

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Onset of Menopause can increase risk of heart disease

May 22, 2017 • KLO Ch. 8
“There are endogenous hormones that play a role in this, but there is a question at what point do these endogenous hormones—estrogen, progesterone—cause changes the systems are looking into. And what kicks these hormones into having these effects? So those are issues we have yet to figure out,” says Dr. Neda Etezadi, Interim Chairman of the OB/GYN residency program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Dr. Susan Knowles: Nevadans with serious illness will benefit from biosimilars bill

May 19, 2017 • Nevada Appeal
Dr. Susan Knowles, FACP, FACR, is a rheumatologist based in Carson City. She is a native of Nevada, who graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Vascular BioSciences Announces Publication of “Assessment of microRNA and gene dysregulaton in pulmonary hypertension by endoarterial biopsy” in the Current Issue of Pulmonary Circulation

May 19, 2017 •
Dr. Abraham Rothman, M.D., of the Children’s Heart Center, Nevada and Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and study first author states, “Measuring miRNA (and other molecular) changes directly in individual patients at specific stages of their disease process offers great promise for advancing knowledge of the molecular mechanisms and designing specific personalized therapy.”

Primary care of patients with chronic pain

May 18, 2017 • The JAMA Network
Primary care physicians have the responsibility for the care of patients with chronic pain… Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., corresponding author.

Reno could lead health-tech revolution: Mike Kazmierski

May 18, 2017 • Reno Gazette-Journal
We have some real “first mover” advantages such as: our proximity to the Bay Area; our somewhat insulated multigenerational population; Renown’s focus on “health” rather than health care; the research expertise of the Desert Research Institute, the UNR School of Medicine and its biomedical research; the support of the governor and his Office of Economic Development (GOED); the recent 23andMe collaboration to enroll 10,000 residents for genetic testing; the significant growth of technology in the region; our outdoor quality of life; and our access to Switch, the largest data center in the world – all make us uniquely qualified to lead these efforts to change the health care model for the world!

Health and reproductive biology: a research record of paradigm-shifting discoveries

May 17, 2017 • Nevada Today
2017 Outstanding Researcher Award recognizes the career and contributions of University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor Wei Yan

Nye County health a focus as deadline extended

May 17, 2017 • Pahrump ValleyTimes
John Packham, director of health policy research at Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, said the Pahrump Community Health Needs Assessment is currently underway as officials received a few hundred responses.

UNR to award its most degrees at upcoming spring commencement ceremonies

May 16, 2017 • KRNV Ch. 4; Fox 11
Of the degrees being conferred this year, 2,278 are bachelor degrees, 469 are master's and doctoral degrees and 61 are from the School of Medicine.

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School of Medicine graduates 61 new doctors

May 19, 2017
Commencement ceremonies for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s Class of 2017 were held this afternoon at Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

UNR Med names Jacobs associate dean of diversity and inclusion

May 18, 2017
the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine named Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D., to the new position of associate dean of diversity and inclusion.

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