Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

October 2015

Honors and Awards

Nadia Fulkerson and Dineen McSwainNadia Fulkerson (left), project director, Center for Traffic Safety and Research and Dineen McSwain (right), UMC Trauma, were honored at the 2015 Vulnerable Road Users Project Award luncheon.

Fulkerson and Fraser honored for road safety work

Congratulations to Doug Fraser, M.D., assistant professor and chief trauma surgeon, School of Medicine and Nadia Fulkerson, Center for Traffic Safety and Research project director who were awarded for their dedication to the community at the 2015 Vulnerable Road Users Project Award Luncheon on Sept. 29.

Fulkerson was recognized as Partner of the Year for 2015. In her congratulatory remarks, Erin Breen, director, Valuable Road Users Project, commended Fulkerson for her willingness to jump in and help on every cause that has anything to do with road safety.

"You have made such a name for yourself in a short period of time. You are universally respected by your peers in every aspect of traffic safety and your efforts truly make a difference in our quality of life in the greater Las Vegas are," she said of Fulkerson's work.

Fraser was chosen as one of the Emergency Medicine honorees for 2015. Of his work, Breen said, "We are especially looking forward to honoring your willingness to reach out in the community and participate in programs working to save lives; especially getting involved in legislative matters. We know how busy you were, but still participated in our efforts."

Dagda and von Bartheld awarded NIH grants

Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine was awarded a one year $212,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of mitochondrial glycosylation on mitochondrial function in cell culture models. Patricia Berinsome from the Department of Biology is a co-awardee of the grant.

Christopher von Bartheld, M.D., professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, was awarded a one year $66,660 grant from the Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (NIH). The subject of his research is "Analysis of Molecular Links between Strabismus and Schizophrenia."

Nevada State Public Health Lab receives grant for Newborn Screening Program

The Nevada State Public Health Lab received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch. Nevada will receive a total of $600,000/year for two years under the "Newborn Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)", RFA-EH15-1504 along with Louisiana and North Carolina.

The intent of this funding is to increase the number of states and territories in the United States that include SCID screening as part of their newborn screening program, resulting in a greater number of newborns that are screened, identified, and referred for treatment for SCID.

Dr. Samrat Das, Department of Pediatrics Dr. Samrat Das, Department of Pediatrics

Das named to editorial board of national medical journal

Samrat Das, M.D., pediatric residency program director and vice chair of education, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, has been invited to be a formal member of the Journal of Investigative Medicine editorial board for a two year term. His engagement will be critical to facilitate the transition of Journal of Investigative Medicine to publishing with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Publishing Group. Journal of Investigative Medicine is the journal of American Federation of Medical Research and a nationally peer- reviewed journal.

Publications and Presentations

Nadia D. Fulkerson, MPH CPST, Douglas R. Fraser, MD, John J. Fildes, MD FACS FCCM, Deborah A. Kuhls, MD FACS FCCM presented an oral and poster presentation entitled "Analysis of Trauma Data in Nevada: Bicycle Crashes, Helmets, and Public Health" during the 2015 Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference held at University of Nevada, Reno, September 24-25, 2015.

David Antonuccio, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,School of Medicine, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, ABPP, co-authored an article entitled, " The ADHD Drug Abuse Crisis on American College Campuses" that was published in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 17, Issue 1.

Dayue Duan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, will be serving on the American Heart Association's (AHA) Peer Review Committee of the Established Investigator Award. The Established Investigator Award is one of the most prestigious awards that the AHA give out each year to the established investigators who work in the cardiovascular field. Dr. Duan has served on the AHA Peer Review Committee since 2010.

Christopher von Bartheld, M.D., professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, co-authored, "Prediction of junior faculty success in biomedical research: Comparison of metrics and effects of mentoring programs," an article that was recently published in Peer Journal. This study was co-authored by Dr. Ramona Houmanfar and doctoral student Amber Candido from UNR's Psychology Department. It builds on and extends previously published work by UNSOM's Dean, Dr. Thomas Schwenk. PeerJ is a new open-access journal of the biological and medical sciences. The article can be viewed and downloaded at PeerJ. This will also be presented in an invited talk at the NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference.

Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, attended career development workshops and research collaborative meetings sponsored by the BRAINS program from the University of Washington in Seattle and the Early Career Institute in the Neurosciences from the University of Florida at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Dagda was also recently selected to receive a Sanford Center for Aging faculty fellowship to support a project on aging-related research with support for a graduate student, as well.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Ivan LopezDr. Ivan Lopez is the new chair of the Department of Neurology at the School of Medicine

Lopez named at chair of Department of Neurology for School of Medicine

J. Ivan Lopez, M.D., FAAN, has been appointed to a joint leadership role of director of the Institute for Neurosciences at Renown Health and the chair of the Department of Neurology at University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Previously, Lopez was the director of the Renown Stroke Center and professor of neurology and of internal medicine at the School of Medicine. He has a long series of academic accomplishments including Director of Headache Medicine Fellowship, Director of the Vascular Neurology Training Program and Director of Neurology Clerkship at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has an active clinical research program in studies related to acute stroke and prevention of secondary strokes.

"I am really excited by the affiliation between Renown Health and the School of Medicine," said Lopez. "This partnership will only bring benefits to both institutions and to our community. The best hospitals are always teaching hospitals, and the community will benefit from the state-of-the-art medicine practiced at Renown."

Lopez's appointment to a dual leadership role highlights the successful academic and clinical partnership between Renown Health and the School of Medicine.

Poulos named to new IT position

James Poulos has been promoted to the position of Manager, Applications Support Medicine for the IT Department for the School of Medicine. Jim brings a wealth of technical and managerial experience to his new role. He is a native of Las Vegas having received his BS and MS in Computer Science from UNLV. He has worked in information technology in the gaming and healthcare industries having held senior IT management positions at University Medical Center. He has been the lead technician for our EMR implementation and the "go to" guy for technical issues.

In his new role Jim will assist director Robert Leonard, along with Robert Boyd, Ryan Jerz and Sal Scarantino as the leadership team transforming Med IT during these exciting and challenging times. Jim and his team will be charged with completing the installation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the EMR system, as well as, evolving our application portfolio supporting UNSOM and the Division of Health Sciences.

Redding earns MBA degree

Congratulations to Julie Redding, associate director, Statewide Initiatives, School of Medicine, who recently earned a MBA degree from Western Governor's University.

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