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Fall 2014

Registration Now Open for Jan. 9 Symposium on Glial-Neuronal Interactions

Posted: Dec. 5, 2014

The 8th Annual Symposium on Glial-Neuronal Interactions in Health & Disease, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, is now accepting registrations from interested students and researchers.

Brian A. MacVicar, Ph.D., professor and director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia, will present the keynote address titled “Synaptic sensing and modulation by microglia: a role for neurodegeneration?” Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the UCR School of Medicine G. Richard Olds, M.D., will give a brief welcome address.

The annual symposium is intended to bring together a diverse group of researchers who study neuronal-glial interactions in brain and spinal cord functions. It is presented by the Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions, which involves faculty investigators from a variety of UCR academic departments.

The symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in HUB 302 on the UCR campus. Registration is free, but required, for attendees from non-profit organizations. For those attending from for-profit organizations, the registration fee is $175. Poster abstract submissions will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 19

Nancy Mejia to Speak on Latino Health Access Programs and Opportunities

Posted: Nov. 17, 2014

Nancy Mejia, MPH, MSW, the director of Community Engagement and Advocacy Programs for the nonprofit organization Latino Health Access, will make a presentation on Latino Health Access Programs and Opportunities on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the Community Action Partnership at 2038 Iowa Ave., Suite B102 in Riverside.

Founded in Santa Ana, Calif. in 1993, Latino Health Access hosts programs born from needs expressed by community members, who subsequently engage their friends and neighbors. Programs have included education on diabetes, breast cancer, obesity, parenting and domestic violence.

For more information, please email Christina Reaves in the UCR Center for Healthy Communities.

Pipeline Program Open House Scheduled for Nov. 15, 2014

Posted: Nov. 12, 2014

The UC Riverside School of Medicine will host the second annual Pipeline Program Open House for students from grades K-14 on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at the School of Medicine Education Building.

The open house will be held in two sessions: from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10 a.m to 12 noon.

Visitors will see the programs and activities that are available for both the community and future students, including medical detective cases, state-of-the-art medical simulations, student panels and tips on how to navigate higher education. The event is free and includes free parking. Light refreshments will be provided.

Individuals or groups that wish to attend the open house must RSVP.

For more information, please email

Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium to Be Held on Nov. 19, 2014

Posted: Nov. 7, 2014

Dr. Upinder Singh of Stanford University is the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium (SCEP) on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium at the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Singh will speak on "Unexpected patterns of RNAi mediated silencing in a simple parasite: Lessons learned from the enteric protist Entamoeba histolytica." The remainder of the symposium will consist of short talks from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the morning and afternoon and a poster session from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The symposium is free, but registration is required. Please visit the SCEP website for more information and to register.

Healthcare Management Careers Featured in Nov. 18 Special Lecture

Posted: Nov. 3, 2014

Dr. Steven E. Larson, M.D., MPH, FACP, will give a presentation titled “Careers in Healthcare Management: Physician Executives,” at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in G650 of the School of Medicine Education Building. Dr. Larson is President of Riverside Medical Clinic, a large multi-specialty practice group.

Dr. Steven Larson currently serves as a Chairman of the California Medical Association’s Board of Trustees and is a Delegate to the American Medical Association, representing Riverside and San Bernardino physicians. He is also the current Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Riverside Medical Clinic, and has been affiliated with Riverside Medical Clinic arriving in Riverside in 1980.

Dr. Larson is also a Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine. His medical staff appointments include Riverside Community Hospital, Parkview Community Hospital and Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Larson earned his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, graduating in 1975. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1978 and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases in 1980, both at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospital in Milwaukee. He earned a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University in 1988, and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

In addition to membership in the RCMA, CMA and AMA, Steve is a member of the Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA), the Infectious Disease Society of America, Southern California Infectious Disease Society and the American College of Physicians.

Lunch will be provided. Those attending are asked to RSVP by visiting The School of Medicine Special Lecture Series is presented by the School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs.

Special Guest Presentation by NIH Deputy Director Set for Oct. 15

Posted: Oct. 12, 2014

Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D., deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health, will give a presentation titled “Rock Talk: Helping Connect You with the NIH Perspective” from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in G650 of the School of Medicine Research Building.

The session is geared particularly for young faculty who are NIH funded or those who would like to be NIH funded. All interested researchers are invited to attend, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. There will be light refreshments.

Dr. Rockey’s presentation will cover NIH funding priorities and strategies for investigators applying for funding. She regularly publishes a “Rock Talk” blog on the NIH website.

Dr. Rockey serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH Director on extramural research. Her presentation is sponsored by the UCR Office of Research and Economic Development in collaboration with the School of Medicine.

To RSVP, e-mail Marisela Martinez by Oct. 13.

Legal Advocacy Featured in Oct. 17 Special Lecture

Posted: Oct. 2, 2014

The first special lecture of the 2014-15 academic year will be presented at noon on Friday, Oct. 17, by Dr. Jennifer Newberry, co-medical director of the Peninsula Family Advocacy Program which provides legal representation, advocacy and education to address causes of poor health among low-income children. Dr. Newberry is also a clinical instructor in surgery-emergency medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Dr. Newberry’s presentation, “Pathways to Advocacy,” will cover the social determinants of health, the role of emergency medicine providers in public health and population health, and the multidisciplinary perspectives of patient injury and illness. Her presentation will be in in G650 of the School of Medicine Education Building.

Lunch will be provided. Those attending the Aug. 29 Grand Rounds are asked to RSVP by visiting Grand Rounds is presented by the School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs.

Save the Date: History of African American Surgeons Presentation Set for Nov. 1

Posted: Aug. 17, 2014

“Opening Doors” Contemporary African American Surgeons,” a keynote presentation by Dr. Ancel J. Rogers and panel discussion, is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Raymond L. Orbach Science Library Rotunda. Admission is free and parking is complimentary.

Dr. Rogers, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Riverside and President of the J.W. Vines Medical Foundation, will discuss the history of African American surgeons. His keynote address will be followed by presenters who will share stories of their life experiences as African American surgeons, discuss how students can prepare for medical careers, and answer questions.

A reception will follow, and there will be opportunities to visit the UCR School of Medicine’s simulation center.

The program “Opening Doors” is held in connection with a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, which highlights outstanding African American surgeons practicing across the U.S. and which will be displayed in the Orbach Library.

The Nov. 1 event is sponsored by the UCR Library and presented in collaboration with the UCR School of Medicine and Black Voice Foundation. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Oct. 24 by writing

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