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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 | April 21, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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People | October 31, 2022

After spending most of her public health career living out of a suitcase, Louisa Messenger has settled down to bring her expertise in infectious diseases and insects to Las Vegas.

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People | October 5, 2022

Crystal Rose Schulz, a 2022 Alumna of the Year, launches an initiative to prioritize the wellbeing of Southern Nevadans and their living spaces.

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People | September 7, 2022

A trio PhD grads serendipitously end up at the same university and use their leadership positions to facilitate big changes.

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People | August 12, 2022

School of Medicine student reflects on how her volunteer experience is bridging the gap between the community and medicine.

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People | July 26, 2022

UNLV nursing student fills in on the Cirque du Soliel stage when he's not in class.

Health Sciences In The News

Psychiatric Times
September 19, 2023

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has made 2 updates to the packaging label for an approved treatment for Parkinson disease psychosis.

KSNV-TV: News 3
July 23, 2023

The future engineers are making their mark on local roads to improve transportation for drivers. The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) hosted a two-week program to give students the opportunity to envision and redesign streets across the valley.

KSNV-TV: News 3
July 18, 2023

UNLV hosted a Teen Driver Safety Day to bring awareness of the consequences of driving impaired. The event featured a crash reenactment involving a teen who decided to drive drunk, a trauma surgeon who treats those "victims," and a staged trial with a judge who presides over DUI cases.

Telemundo Las Vegas
March 15, 2023

From the University of Nevada, Las Vegas he planned to put the issue of reducing drug costs at the center of his politics and political agenda.

Las Vegas Sun
March 15, 2023

During his speech, Biden frequently addressed the scrubs- and white coat-clad students and faculty from UNLV’s health sciences programs, including the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, who filled in rows on a staircase under a banner reading “Lowering costs for American families.”

Desert Companion
February 14, 2022

Can a poverty simulation help prepare med students to empathize with low-income patients?

Health Sciences Experts

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Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

September 1, 2023
Dean Dr. Marc J. Kahn (Medicine), vice president of health affairs, had his sixth book published. The Business of Building and Managing a Healthcare Practice, by Springer Publishing, is co-authored by colleagues Neil Baum and Jeffery Daigrepont. The book, now available on Amazon and other online sellers, provides ethical ideas and suggestions on…
April 17, 2023
Robert Cochrane (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD candidate), James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Anne Weisman (School of Medicine) recently published "The Hero’s Journey as a Novel, Narrative, and Improvisational Group Intervention on Quality of Life for People with Parkinson’s Disease" in Heroism Science. Parkinson’s…
January 9, 2023
Tashauna Stewart (Business), Morgan Maunakea (Sciences), Maria Aladjova (Health Sciences), Al Hastings (Honors College), and Tiffany Schmier (Academic Success Center) are the winners of the 2022-23 UNLV Academic Advising Awards presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Academic Advising Council Leadership Team…
June 27, 2022
Reimund Serafica (Nursing) has been appointed the RN representative of the Public Health Advisory Board by the Southern Nevada Health District Board of Health. The PHAB advises the Board of Health on matters related to local public health planning and policy. 
June 27, 2022
Erika Marquez and Samantha Smith (both Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition) released the "Approaches to Vaccine Equity" toolkit, providing a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how the Nevada Vaccine Equity Collaborative worked to ensure the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada. The Nevada Vaccine Equity Collaborative is…
June 1, 2022
Kathleen Thimsen (Nursing) recently guest lectured in the 2022 Global Classroom at Drexel University.  The topic was Global Health Impacted by Crime: Forced Organ Harvesting.