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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

two doctors in scrubs around dental chair
People | September 8, 2021

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

woman in doctoral hood ceremony
People | July 9, 2021

Dr. Sierra Mastrantonio offers advice for aspiring students.

UNLV campus with portrait of woman inset
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.

A device created by UNLV Engineering researchers for a space experiment
Research | May 29, 2021

First-of-its-kind device developed by UNLV for International Space Station experiment will test microgravity and Earth differences in growth and treatment of oral bacteria.

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Campus News | May 12, 2021

President Keith E. Whitfield and Dean Angela Amar on the achievements of UNLV's School of Nursing.

A group of medical students walk down a sunlit hall
UNLV History | April 27, 2021

From a suggestion in an economic impact report to graduating its charter class in just 10 years. Here's how the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV got here and how it will shape health care in Southern Nevada.

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.

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.

October 21, 2020

Race does play a role in health care.

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Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

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...
July 7, 2021
Karl Kingsley and Jeff Coon (both Dental) recently published "Assessment of MicroRNA (miR)-365 Effects on Oral Squamous Carcinoma Cell Line Phenotypes" in the June issue of the journal Biomolecules.
July 7, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) coauthored the article "Influence of the request and purchase of television advertised foods on dietary intake and obesity among children in China" with colleagues from Chongqing Medical University.  The study identifies the role that television advertisements and accompanying purchases by...
July 7, 2021
John Colombo (Dental) co-authored “Innovative Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics in Cleft Palate Tissue Engineering,” which appeared online June 16 in Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews.