Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | July 3, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

Max J. Coppes, M.D., PhD, MBA, professor and Nell J. Redfield chair of pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Renown Children's Hospital.

Max J. Coppes, M.D., PhD, MBA, is professor and Nell J. Redfield chair of pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He is also physician-in-chief at Renown Children's Hospital.

Vacationing outside the U.S.? Prepare before you leave home

If your summer vacation plans include an escape to somewhere exotic, a visit to the Travel Medicine Clinic at UNR Med's Internal Medicine and Multispecialty Clinic — Renown Campus might be in order.

Care providers offer an in-depth analysis of any potential risks associated with your planned itinerary and make recommendations specific to your trip for you and your family. At the clinic, you will be informed whether you need specific vaccinations or to update previous vaccinations, which can be administered on-site.

The providers also prescribe medications to protect against infections like malaria, as well as digestive tract disorders. They can also prescribe medications you can take if certain symptoms develop. Finally, you can return to the clinic for a consultation after your trip if someone in your family develops symptoms for a travel-related illness.

Learn more about the Travel Medicine Clinic from Max J. Coppes, M.D., PhD, MBA.


Inaugural class of the UNR Med PA Studies Program completes orientation

The inaugural class for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Physician Assistant Studies Program kicked off their studies Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 with orientation activities that included faculty introductions, a welcome by UNR Med Dean Thomas Schwenk, M.D., and an overview of the campus, academic enrichment services, libraries and more. Following the two-day orientation, the cohort of 24 PA students began instruction Monday at the University's Redfield Campus in south Reno. Please join us in supporting our new students!

Visit UNR Med on Facebook for photos of our inaugural class of PA Studies Program students as they embark on their two-year educational journey. 

Continuing Education: Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The Office of Continuing Education is hosting "More than Opioids: Tools for Your Practice," Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 7:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Harrah's Reno Hotel & Casino. The event, featuring keynote speaker and American Medical Association President-elect Patrice Harris, M.D., aims to train practitioners to care effectively for patients during the national opioid crisis and an era of increased oversight.

Following the event, participants should be able to identify the top state legislative and national policy trends that have occurred because of increased opioid-related mortality; explain the results of those policies on physician practices and opioid-related mortality; and outline what physicians can do to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic. Continuing education credit is available for physicians, nurses and pharmacists. Tickets are $25.

Register for "More than Opioids: Tools for Your Practice."


Dean Burkin honored by NIH and IDeA

Congratulations to Dean Burkin, Ph.D., professor and director of the cellular and molecular pharmacology and physiology graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Burkin has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for his "Galectin-1 Protein Therapy for Congenital Muscular Dystrophy" research. There is a subcontract in this grant for his academic research lab.

Burkin also received an IDeA Entrepreneurship Award by the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE). UNR Med's Josh Baker, Ph.D. accepted the award on behalf of Burkin at the 7th Biennial NISBRE national scientific meeting in Washington, D.C. The IDeA Entrepreneurship Award recognizes Burkin's significant strides to bring basic discoveries involving drug targets, biomarkers or innovative technologies into a startup company that will have an impact on improving patient care and enhancing human health.

Did you know?

After the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted in 1969 to approve a two-year, Reno-based medical school, businessman, investor, pilot and philanthropist Howard Hughes pledged $6 million in support of the new institution.

You're Invited: Retirement reception July 10 for Dr. Duan and Dr. Ye

Celebrate the retirements of Dayue Darrel Duan, M.D., PhD, and Linda Yee, M.D., Tuesday, July 10 from 3-5 p.m. in the Pennington Medical Education Foyer. Drs. Duan and Ye are retiring after 22 years of service to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Independence Day

July 4, 2018

Events for July 3 – 10, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Complex Pediatrics

July 6, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Transgender Care of the Pediatric Patient

Aphasia Communication Clinic

July 6, 2018 • 2:30–3:30 p.m.
The aphasia communication clinic supports a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia for stroke and brain injury survivors.

Northern Nevada Craniofacial Clinic

July 7, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Northern Nevada Cleft Palate Clinic

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

July 7, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

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In The News
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New UNR Women's Health Center

June 26, 2018 • KOLO Channel 8 News
Women in our area now have more health care options and resources. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine recently opened up a women's health center.

UNR Med announces free clinic services this summer

June 26, 2018 • KRNV Channel 4 News
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has announced free clinic services located on campus just north of Mackay Stadium off North Virginia St. this summer.

UNR Med Physician Assistant Studies Program

June 26, 2018 • KOLO Channel 8 News
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has a new program that will help create more health care professionals in our state. The School of Medicine just announced the new Physician Assistant Studies Program.

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Announces Free Clinics in July/August

June 29, 2018
Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care this summer at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics in July and August 2018.

NIH program at UNR Med provides pathway to breaking ‘educational ceiling’

June 26, 2018
For underrepresented rural college students like Krystianna Kellum, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) program housed at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is not just a game-changer—it's a life-changer.

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