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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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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.

Business and Community | March 29, 2021

Take a moment on March 30 to recognize the contributions UNLV's medical professionals are making to our community.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events 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

Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 
An expert on nursing education, forensic nursing, dating violence, and mental health responses to traumatic experiences. 
An expert in vaccinations, bioethics, clinical ethics practice, and medical education.
An expert in medical anthropology, health, disease, and maternal nutrition. 
An expert in how environmental and man-made radiation affects the body.
An expert in human body movement, the physics of sports, and running.

Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

April 30, 2021
John Olawepo and Babayemi Olakunde (both 2020 UNLV School Public Health PhD graduates) along with Jennifer Pharr and Chad Cross (both Environmental and Occupational Health) and their Nigerian colleagues recently published the article "Changes in Body Mass Index Among Antiretroviral Therapy Naïve People Living with HIV in Southeastern Nigeria."...
March 26, 2021
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Du Feng (Nursing), Dr. Petar Planinic, Dr. James Alexander (both Medicine), and Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Dietary Blueberry and Soluble Fiber Supplementation Reduces Risk of Gestational Diabetes in Women with Obesity in a Randomized Controlled Trial,” which appeared in the Journal of...
January 25, 2021
Maria Aladjova (Health Sciences), Marlon Urquico (Liberal Arts), Peter Clancy (Sciences) and the College of Engineering Advising Center are the winners of the 2020-21 UNLV Academic Advising Awards presented by the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education and the Academic Advising Council leadership team. These awards recognize...
January 8, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Kavita Batra (School of Medicine) published the article "Explaining handwashing behavior in a sample of college students during COVID-19 pandemic using the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change: A single institutional cross-sectional survey" in collaboration with Robert Davis...
November 13, 2020
Chad L. Cross (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Brianna Rivera (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) presented their research "Using hospital discharge records for characterizing patients and analyzing trends in West Nile virus cases in Nevada for 2013-2017" at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Entomological Society of America held...
November 5, 2020
Dr. Tanya Al-Talib (Dental) earned diplomate status from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), which designates her as having the technical skill, in-­depth knowledge, and professional judgment in providing oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The ABDSM credential is widely recognized as the gold...