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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 | 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.

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Campus News | March 22, 2022

41 percent of the Class of 2022 staying in Nevada for the next stage of their medical training.

Health Sciences In The News

Desert Companion
February 14, 2022

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

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.

Health Sciences Experts

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Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 
An expert in medical surgical, mental health, emergency room, intensive care, and palliative nursing
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Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

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.
March 3, 2022
Chad L. Cross & Sheniz Moonie (Epidemiology & Biostatistics); two former School of Public Health graduate students (Julia Anderson and Karen Gutierrez); current graduate student (Jacklynn De Leon), and colleagues from the University of Missouri published "Rural-Urban Continuum as a Potential Geographic Correlate of Breast and Prostate…
January 3, 2022
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) accepted an invitation to discuss the findings of “HPV Vaccine Trends and Role of the Dental Provider in HPV Vaccination: Gaps and Opportunities for Cancer Prevention” during a webinar hosted by the Texas Oral Health Coalition. The webinar shared findings from the national Oral Health Equity survey, conducted by…