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SOM Students Receive $580,000 in Scholarships from Inland Empire Community Foundation
The Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) has awarded $10,000 scholarships to 58 UCR School of Medicine students, for a total gift of $580,000. The awards come from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Scholarship Fund at Inland Empire Community Foundation, Where Giving Grows, with the goal of supporting low-income students at the UCR SOM.
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Two new campus buildings honored at Riverside beautification awards
UC Riverside’s new School of Medicine building and Student Health and Counseling Center won top awards in the city of Riverside’s annual beautification awards. The two buildings, which both opened last fall, were honored at Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson’s State of the City address Thursday, Jan. 25, as part of the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Awards.
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New Master of Public Health Program to Start in Fall 2024
The UCR School of Medicine will add a new master of public health (MPH) degree program in fall 2024, adding to its efforts to improve health among the people of Inland Southern California. The two-year program integrates public health expertise from across UCR’s campus, resulting in an in-depth focus on local to global public health problems and solutions. Ultimately, it aims to train a new generation of public health leaders committed to increasing health equity in the Inland Empire.
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Training Community Physicians while Conducting Community Research
Many parents teared up at the UCR School of Medicine’s second White Coat Ceremony in 2014, but one in particular stood out to Meera Nair, PhD, an associate professor of biomedical sciences. Her first lab technician, Josiah Chung, MD, had come to work with her to gain more experience before applying to the UCR School of Medicine, his first-choice school—and now he was starting his journey to become a doctor with his family proudly looking on.
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New vaccine design uses immunity against influenza to offer faster protection against emerging pathogens
Strategy developed by UC Riverside-led research team speeds up production of antibodies against COVID-19
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Fortuna to Present Mysell Lecture at Harvard University
Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, MDiv, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the UC Riverside School of Medicine, has been selected to deliver the prestigious Mysell Lecture at Harvard Medical School on Wednesday March 13, 2024. The lecture is part of Harvard Psychiatry Research Day, a day-long event that includes poster presentations and awards
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Deas Named Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
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A True Mentor at the UCR SOM
At a neurology conference a few years ago, Iryna Ethell, PhD, the associate dean of academic affairs and a professor of biomedical sciences at the UCR Riverside School of Medicine, noticed that children with autism would sit quietly for hours, scream suddenly, then sit quietly again.
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