Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

July 2015

Honors and Awards

Wei Yan
Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cell Biology

Yan awarded $1 million NIH grant to study fertility

Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, was awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD). The five year grant will study the control of fertility by small RNAs and RNA-binding proteins.

$10,000 in scholarships for gerontology awarded by Sanford Center for Aging

The Sanford Endowment recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to the following students to assist them in furthering their gerontological studies: Andrew Ahrendt, Doctoral Clinical Psychologist candidate, Sharalyn Flores, Speech Pathology, Sean Fogarty, Nursing, Amanda Gordon, Social Work, Gina Hatheway, Human Development and Family Studies and Michele LaPorte, Nursing. In addition, Five Star Premier Residence awarded scholarships to the following students through a fund established by elders in the residence who wanted to assist students in furthering their gerontological studies: Raina Benford, Community Health Sciences, and Erica Moran, Biology.

Publications and Presentations

Kent Sanders
Kent Sanders, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. Photo by Jean Dixon.

Sanders and team selected as Board of Editors for national journal

Kenton Sanders, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, and his team were selected to be the next Board of Editors for Gastroenterology, the premier journal of the discipline. Sanders will be an associate editor starting summer of 2016.

Research study highlighted on cover of Biology of Reproduction

The recent research findings of Professor Sean Ward, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Medicine and his lab team, captured the cover of the April issue of Biology of Reproduction. His research focuses on using transgenic mice engineered to express an enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP)-histone 2B fusion protein driven off of the endogenous promoter for PDGFRa. The present study identifies a novel class of PDGFRα+ cells in the female reproductive tract.

These PDGFRa+ interstitial cells are extensively distributed throughout the ovary, oviduct, and uterus (endometrium and myometrium). The eGFP fluorescent reporter was also used to sort cells by fluorescence-activated cell sorting, and perform molecular expression studies to characterize prominent gene expression profiles to perform selective phenotyping based on gene expression. Marked differences in gene expression was found in PDGFRα+ cells from the ovary, oviduct, and uterus suggesting that this population of interstitial cells has multiple and region-specific physiological roles throughout the female reproductive tract and likely contribute to physiological processes of fertilization and pregnancy.

"We may also be able to learn whether these cells serve as a source of cells that are transformed in malignancies originating in the ovary and other female reproductive tract organs," Ward said.

  • Normand Leblanc, Ph.D., professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, was published in Pulmonary Circulation, 2015 Jun;5(2):244-68. doi: 10.1086/680189, for a study he co-authored, "Molecular and functional significance of Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channels in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle." Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate professor, Abigail Forest, Ph.D., former research assistant professor and Michael Wiwchar, Ph.D., former post-doctoral scholar, from the Department of Pharmacology were also co-authors and contributors to this paper.
  • David Antonuccio, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, was published in the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, Volume 27, pages 85-91, for his study "Suicidal risk from TADS study was higher than it first appeared." A news story from Robert Whitaker's "Mad in America" website also discusses the article.
  • Dean Burkin, Ph.D., professor, Pam Van Ry, Ph.D., post-doctoral scholar and Ryan Wuebbles, Ph.D., research assistant professor, co-authored a study entitled, "Galectin-1 Protein Therapy Prevents Pathology and Improves Muscle Function in the mdx Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" that was published in Molecular Therapy, 2015 Jun 8. doi: 10.1038/mt.2015.105. [ePub ahead of print].
  • Dayue Duan, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, was published in Acta Pharmacology Sinica, 2015 Jun;36(6):651-3. doi: 10.1038/aps.2015.33, for his research entitled, "Fangjiomics: revealing adaptive omics pharmacological mechanisms of the myriad combination therapies to achieve personalized medicine." Dr. Duan was also published in Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine, 2015 Jul;25(5):398-400. doi: 10.1016/j.tcm.2015.01.016. ePub 2015 Feb 7, for his article, "Calm down when the heart is stressed: Inhibiting calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II for antiarrhythmias."

Faculty and Staff

New advisor joins DHS Academic Advising team

The DHS Department of Advising, Recruitment and Retention (DARR) is happy to announce the addition of Brandon Goehring to our Academic Advising team. Goehring was born in Honolulu, HI, and grew up in Fresno, CA. He earned his bachelor's degree with a major in English in 2005 from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and, in 2011, his Master of Science, Educational Counseling, from National University. In 2001,he studied abroad in London, England for a semester where he lived with a British Family in Worcester Park, attended Kingston University and travelled all around Europe.

He began working in education in 2002 under various roles as an Instructional Aide, Substitute Teacher, Counselor, Admissions Advisor and Academic Advisor. From 2002-2011 he worked in a K-6 after school program as an instructional Aide and was a K-12 Substitute Teacher for Central Unified in Fresno, CA. Later, at National University, he was promoted to Admissions Advisor II and specialized in Pre-Nursing Students. He was awarded "Exceptional Employee of the Month" at National University. From 2013- 2015, Brandon worked at Truckee High School as a counselor.

Goehring is excited to work with UNR students and is passionate about their success. Around Reno, he can be seen playing slowpitch softball, off-roading in his 1973 Land Cruiser, or hiking with his wife and 2 dogs.

Veronica BradyVeronica Brady, Ph.D., MSN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE

Brady joins professional staff at internal medicine's Division of Endocrinology

Veronica Brady, Ph.D., MSN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE, has joined the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in Endocrinology. Brady received her masters' degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1999 and her doctoral (PhD) degree from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center in 2015. She is a certified diabetes educator and is board certified in advanced diabetes management. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally on the subject of diabetes and the management of patients receiving high dose steroids. Her primary areas of interest are in diabetes in the cancer patient and steroid induced diabetes. She has also authored several publications in the area of diabetes in Oncology Nursing Forum, Journal of Diabetes Therapeutics and Technology and the Clinical Advisor.

Lindsey Murphy
Lindsey Murphy, medical student, Class of 2016

Medical student Lindsey Murphy awarded Rising Star award from Clark County Medical Society

The Clark County Medical Society presented one of the Rising Star awards, honoring outstanding medical students, to Lindsey Murphy, Class of 2016, of the University of Nevada School of Medicine at the 61st President's Installation and Awards ceremony June 27 at the World Market Center in Las Vegas. This professional organization includes more than 1,100 physicians and advocates for doctors and their patients in Southern Nevada, encouraging the delivery of quality health care.

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