Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

September 2015

Honors and Awards

Office of Statewide Initiatives receives $100,000 HRSA grant to reduce opioid overdoses in rural communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently granted $1.8 million to support rural communities in reducing morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses, as part of a pilot "Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal" program developed by developed by HHS' Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The School of Medicine, Office of Statewide Initiatives (OSI), was awarded $100,000 of the grant with its rural partner, Desert View Regional Medical Center in Pahrump, Nevada. Chris Marchand, MPH, coordinator, OSI, was the prime driver of the project and worked with Karla Wagner, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Community Health Sciences, and others to write the grant proposal. Desert View Medical Center in Pahrump will be the rural partner for the project. More information is available on the Department of Health and Human Services Website.

Harris appointed to national committee

Susan G. Harris, Ph.D., associate director of academics and education at the Sanford Center for Aging, has been appointed by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) as the AGHE representative to the Mentoring Committee of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

This committee identifies, promotes and creates mentoring opportunities for GSA members at all stages of their careers.

Netski completes prestigious management program

Alison Netski, M.D., chair, Department of Psychiatry, Las Vegas campus, has recently completed the 2015 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP). CAAMP is a top-notch leadership and management course designed specifically for department chairs and academic administrators within colleges and schools of the health professions. Since its inception in 2009, nearly 350 administrators from programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, and other professions in and out of healthcare have participated in CAAMP.

Publications and Presentations

Craig Ulrich, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, co- authored "LC/MS/MS data analysis of the human uterine smooth muscle S-nitrosoproteome fingerprint in pregnancy, labor, and preterm labor" and was published in Data Brief, 2015 Aug 1;4:591-4. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2015.07.031. eCollection 2015. The data described in this article is the subject of an article in the American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology, titled "The Human Uterine Smooth Muscle S-nitrosoproteome Fingerprint in Pregnancy, Labor, and Preterm Labor" (doi:10.1152/ajpcell.00198.2013) (Ulrich et al., 2013) [1]. The data described is a large scale mass spectrometry data set that defines the human uterine smooth muscle S-nitrosoproteome differences among laboring, non-laboring, preterm laboring tissue after treatment with S-nitrosoglutathione.

Scott Early, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, presented "Cerebrovascular Protective Effects of TRPA1 Channels" at a session he organized at the 10th World Congress for Microcirculation in Kyoto, Japan. Co-chair of the session was Dr. Mark T. Nelson, Department of Pharmacology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. There were four other talks in this session given by Dr. Earley's U.S. colleagues. Early was also an invited feature speaker at the Third Annual Leuven TRP meeting in Leuven, Belgium. He gave a presentation on "TRP Channels in Cerebral Arteries."

Investigators from the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Cell Biology have contributed to a publication in the prestigious journal "Cell" (Cell 162:1140-1154 on August 27, 2015). The article entitled "Slit and Receptor Tyrosine Phosphatase 69D Confer Spatial Specificity to Axon Branching via Dscam1" shows how axonal branching is regulated. Multiple labs contributed to this work, with Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., associate professor, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Cell Biology, Cell Biology COBRE, co-supervising the work along with the corresponding senior author, Dr. Dietmar Schmucker from Leuven, Belgium. Kidd is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at UNR. This is Dr. Kidd's sixth publication in Cell, with three previous articles as first or last author, and two previous articles as co-author. The Cell Biology COBRE that helped fund this work is directed by Dr. Christopher von Bartheld from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The COBRE in Cell Biology is supported by the National Institutes of Health under grant number GM103554.

Dayue Duan, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Department of Pharmacology, co-authored "Editorial: Combination Therapy of Vascular Diseases and Fangjiomics: When West Meets East in the Era of Phenomics" that was published in Current Vascular Pharmacology, 2015;13(4):420-2.

Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and associate dean of student affairs, and Mariam Ba, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, presented "Targeted α7 integrin expression alters miRNA expression and inhibits airway remodeling" at the 9th Young Investigators Meeting on Smooth Muscle in Airways & Vascular Disease in London, England. Dr. Singer also co-chaired a workshop session on how to integrate new functional assays into pulmonary research.

Faculty and Staff

Islam and Tuqan
Raheel Islam, M.D. (Left) and Alia Tuqan, M.D.

Two new physicians join Internal Medicine in Reno

The University of Nevada School of Medicine welcomes Raheel Islam, M.D. and Alia Tuqan, M.D., as assistant professors in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Islam is a graduate of Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He joined the School of Medicine faculty after completion of his residency with the internal medicine program in Reno. He has a strong interest in teaching medical students and residents.

Tuqan earned her medical degree at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and her geriatrics fellowship at the UCLA where she previously served as a faculty member. She is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, as well as hospice and palliative care.

Lucero and Ryu join School of Community Health Sciences faculty

Julie Lucero, Ph.D., joined the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno as an assistant professor in July 2015. Previously, she was a research assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where her research focused on Diversity and Inclusion, and Dissemination and Implementation. Julie is a mixed methods researcher who utilizes the community based participatory approach to research with communities of color and other communities who live with health inequities. She earned her Masters in Public Health in 2003 and doctorate in Health Communication in 2013 at the University of New Mexico.

So Young Ryu, Ph.D., is a new assistant professor at the School of Community Health Sciences. Her research involves the development of bioinformatics algorithms for high-throughput proteomics/genomics data and large-scale clinical data. Her interests are 1) developing statistical algorithms to solve computational issues arising from innovative bio-technology development and 2) integrating molecular data with clinical data to build novel insights into improving people's health. Prior to joining UNR, Dr. Ryu was a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University and a T32 trainee in the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She has a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Washington, a M.S. in Applied Math and Statistics from Florida Atlantics University, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Science from the University of Florida. She also thoroughly enjoys teaching and has a diverse teaching record. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses either as an instructor, a teaching assistant, or a math lab tutor at the several Universities and the Community College. She also trained both undergraduate and graduated interns during postdoctoral and postdoctoral years.

Las Vegas campus adds new physicians

The University of Nevada School of Medicine welcomes several new physicians and surgeons to its Las Vegas campus:

Jyoti Desai, M.D., joins the obstetrics and gynecology department as assistant professor. She was previously a resident in the department's training program and is a 2011 alumna of the School of Medicine.

Paul Chestovich, M.D. and Douglas Fraser, M.D., join the School of Medicine's surgery department as trauma & critical care surgeons. Claudia Emami, M.D., joins the same department as a pediatric surgeon.


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