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Division of Health Sciences News

Comprised of the schools of Integrated Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Nursing, the Division of Health Sciences is developing academic, research, and community service programs to meet the health care needs of our constantly growing region.

Current Health Sciences News

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Campus News | January 12, 2022

Meet six students who share a family bond.

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People | October 8, 2021

School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year Brian Labus was instrumental in Nevada's fight against COVID-19, serving on the governor's task force and leading a small army of contact tracers.

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Campus News | October 4, 2021

Future healthcare providers learn about challenges that prevent people from seeking treatment.

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People | September 8, 2021

UNLV School of Dental Medicine names Drs. Jesse Falk and Michael Moody its Alumni of the Year.

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People | July 9, 2021

Dr. Sierra Mastrantonio offers advice for aspiring students.

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People | June 22, 2021

Former dean Carolyn Sabo, who helped oversee nursing evolve from department to its own school, retires after 37 years at UNLV.

Health Sciences In The News

Clinical OMICs
May 21, 2021

Our gut and oral microbiome can have a big impact on our day-to-day health, but how have these microbial communities evolved over time and what can research into the genetics of ancient samples tell us about the modern microbiome?

Nevada Business
April 1, 2021

Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest and only non-profit hospice, will host its 17th Annual Multicultural Symposium virtually on April 14 with a variety of topics addressing equity in end-of-life care. The event will begin at 1 p.m. PST.

El Periodico
February 5, 2021

Regina Stukes has finally got an appointment to be vaccinated against Covid-19 , after eight unsuccessful attempts by internet and telephone. No one gave him a date before April 26 until on Friday he decided to appear in the queues of the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx , one of the largest vaccination centers in the country. “I didn't want the vaccine,” this 63-year-old African - American confesses in a telephone conversation. " Medicine has not treated us wellBlacks and Latinos, and the vaccine has developed so fast that I was scared. " Her family finished convincing her. Her husband is an essential worker and was the first to inoculate himself to the risks he faces every day. "In the end we decided that we would do it together," he adds. He has an appointment on February 11.

WebMd
December 30, 2020

Editor's Note: This article is part of a series in partnership with the All of Us Research Program, which collects and studies health data to help scientists identify health trends. More than 80% of participants are from groups that have been historically underrepresented in research.

Mail & Guardian: Thought Leader
December 16, 2020

Some call it sauce. Others call it “that thing”. Call it what you like but South Africans have it in bucketloads. It is that je ne sais quoi to take even the crudest of behaviours to new levels.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 21, 2020

Race does play a role in health care.

Health Sciences Experts

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An expert in medical anthropology, health, disease, and maternal nutrition. 
An expert in vaccinations, bioethics, clinical ethics practice, and medical education.
An expert on nursing education, forensic nursing, dating violence, and mental health responses to traumatic experiences. 
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Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

November 8, 2021
Andrew Thomas Reyes (Nursing) received a $60,000 research grant from the Mountain West Clinical & Translational Research Infrastructure Network (MW CTR-IN) for his research project, “Refining and Testing a Mindfulness/Acceptance-Based Smartphone App Intervention to Develop Resilience among Nurses Traumatized from the Effects of the COVID-19…
November 5, 2021
Krystal Kittle (Public Health) received notice of a $25,000 award from the ECHAR Network Pilot Grant Program for her funded proposal on "Exploring Risk and Protective Health Factors for Hispanic/Latino Sexual and Gender Minority Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia." Kittle is a postdoctoral fellow.
November 4, 2021
Dr. Linh Nguyen, Dr. Karl Kingsley and co-authors Tommy Le, Eunice Chun, and Ivan Lopez (all Dental School) recently published their research "Screening for Selenomonas Noxia and Akkermansia Muciniphila from the Oral Cavity of Pediatric Patients" in Microbiology Research Journal International
August 30, 2021
Six faculty physicians at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV were named Top Doctors in the August 2021 issue of VEGAS INC's Health Care Quarterly magazine. Singled out for providing excellent care by the publication were: Dr. John Brosious, Plastic Surgery; Dr. David Di John, Infectious Disease; Dr. Mitchell Forman, Rheumatology; Dr. …
August 26, 2021
Krystal Kittle (Public Health) had her paper on "Healthcare of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Middle-aged and Older Adults: The Role of Minority Stress, Sociodemographic Characteristics and Social Resources" selected for the CONNECT Research Program of the Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health (ISGMH) Data Science…
July 7, 2021
Gabriela Buccini (Environmental and Occupational Health) is a first-author of the newly published "Socio-demographic inequities in nurturing care for early childhood development across Brazilian municipalities" in the Maternal and Child Nutrition journal. Providing an enabling nurturing care environment for early childhood development (ECD) that…