Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | November 28, 2017

News for A Healthy Nevada

New Directors for Office of Operations and Financial Services

From left to right: Adonis Hardeman, MSPH, senior director of clinical operations and administration; Ken Munsterman, MBA, director of operations and administration; Liana McGill, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, director of human resources; Gayle Halminiak, director of operations and administration and Danielle Eaton, director of research operations and administration.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Welcomes New Employees, Others Take on New Roles

Office of Operations and Financial Services Appoints Senior Director, Four Directors

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine announces five new directors have joined its Office of Operations and Financial Services: Adonis Hardeman, MSPH, senior director of clinical operations and administration; Gayle Halminiak, director of operations and administration; Ken Munsterman, MBA, director of operations and administration; Danielle Eaton, director of research operations and administration and Liana McGill, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, director of human resources.

"Each of our new directors are driven to further UNR Med's mission, specifically as it relates to educational, research, and patient services, as well as strategic initiatives of the Office of Operations and Financial Services," said Jeremy Alltop, senior associate dean of administration and finance. "I'm excited to see how their diverse backgrounds and expertise help grow and enhance our department, UNR Med and the university overall."

Continue reading about how each employee will enhance the mission and vision of UNR Med.

Announcements
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“Preparing for Safe Winter Backcountry Adventures” - Tomorrow Night!

The UNR Med Wilderness Medicine Interest Group, in conjunction with the Sierra Avalanche Center and Joe Crowley Student Union, is excited to present "Preparing for Safe Winter Backcountry Adventures" Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 7-9 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre. The evening of education and discussion will feature Brant Moles, professional athlete and International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) judge; Zach Tolby, national weather forecaster and Sierra Avalanche Center board member; and Erin Laine, international guide and avalanche professional. Adventurers of all skill levels are invited to learn more about the risks and rewards of winter backcountry travel. It is NOT an avalanche certification course.

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UNR Med Among 13 Research Programs Selected for $3.5M in Grants from the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Dean Burkin, Ph.D., and his team have been doing extraordinary work developing a treatment for Duchene muscular dystrophy (DMD), which causes progressive muscle weakness and premature death. Following a study in collaboration with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Burkin's team identified an already present compound that helps bind muscles together called alpha7beta1 integrin, as well as an FDA approved novel compound, SU9516, which increases alpha7beta1 and prevents muscle disease in test subjects. Since the drug is already FDA approved, successful outcomes of the study benefiting from this grant could develop the foundation for future clinical trials and treatments for DMD.

Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., Awarded American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship

Each year, the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow is awarded in recognition of individual contributions to the sciences. Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., is being recognized for his outstanding leadership, public service, research achievements and academic activity. Read more about Dr. Yan's outstanding accomplishments that led to this high honor.

Scientific Reports Publishes Paper on Zika Virus

In a recent UNR Med article on Zika virus as a possible treatment for glioblastoma, Subhash Verma, Ph.D., mentioned that he and his team were working on recognizing how the virus enters the fetal brain, crossing the trans-placental barrier and causing microcephaly—small heads—in newborns. Scientific Reports has just published an article submitted by Dr. Verma and his team on this research titled, "ZIKV Infection Regulates Inflammasomes Pathway for Replication in Monocytes."

There’s Still Time – Join UNR Med Students in the Spirit of Giving

MS2 Food and Toy Drive

The remarkable UNR Med class of 2020 has placed two collection bins outside of the lecture halls in the Pennington Health Sciences building. In collaboration with the Salvation Army, the first bin is for toys, providing holiday gifts for children in our community who might otherwise go without. The second is for non-perishable food items that will be delivered to St. Vincent Catholic Charities on Thursday, Nov. 30.

#BleedSilverandBlue Blood Drive - Dec. 5

The Student Wellness Committee #BleedSilverandBlue blood drive is right around the corner. There's still time to sign up for an appointment. The Bloodmobile will be easily accessible in the Silver 10 parking lot from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. See you there!

Events
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Christmas Day

December 25, 2017

Events for November 28 – December 5, 2017

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

November 28, 2017 • 6–9 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

ECHO Clinics: Pediatric Endocrinology

December 1, 2017 • 8–9 a.m.
Diabetes in Kids: More Than Type 1

SPA Clinics: Cleft Palate Clinic

December 1, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Professional Portrait Session

December 1, 2017 • 12–1 p.m.
Professional portrait session for faculty and staff

SPA Clinics: Aphasia Communication Clinic

December 1, 2017 • 2:30 p.m.

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

December 2, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

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In The News
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Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards $3.5M in New Research Grants

November 21, 2017 • ALS News Today
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is financing 13 new research programs aimed at developing treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other life-threatening diseases. Among the winners are researchers from the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh; the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston; Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts; the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.

Two Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows: David Leitner and Wei Yan Receive National Recognition for their Distinguished Contributions to Science

November 21, 2017 • Nevada Today
Each year the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow is awarded in recognition of individual contributions to the sciences. Recipients of this honor are chosen for their outstanding leadership, public service, research achievements and academic activity. Out of only 396 elected 2017 AAAS Fellows, two faculty members of the University of Nevada, Reno are being recognized for their outstanding work: Wei Yan of the School of Medicine and David Leitner of the College of Science.

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New Educational Program Aims to Recruit Young Women in Northern Nevada to Become Orthopaedic Surgeons

November 21, 2017
On Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10, nearly 20 female medical students and 40 female high school students from northern Nevada convened at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine to participate in the Perry Outreach Program, a hands-on program where they gained first-hand experience on orthopaedic and engineering procedures and techniques.

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