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This page contains news articles that appear on the UCR School of Medicine website as well as the main campus UCR News website.

Pallets of PPE supplies from Cecila Tech
Cecilia Tech donates PPE to UCR and UCR SOM
The School of Medicine, UCR’s Well and Student Health Services received a generous donation of medical supplies, including hand sanitizer and wipes, from Cecilia Tech, a medical equipment manufacturer located in nearby Ontario.
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Is it time to wear a highly efficient medical grade facemask?
UC Riverside experts weigh in
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NIH grant will help biomedical scientist study mechanism involved in neurogenesis
Sika Zheng, an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine, recently received a five-year National Institutes of Health grant of nearly $2.5 million to study the functional role of nonsense-mediated mRNA decay, or NMD, in the complicated and dynamic process of neurogenesis, a term used to describe the generation of neurons in the brain during embryonic development. 
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Updated: Message from Dean Deas to the UCR SOM Community
I write to highlight some updates from the Chancellor’s email of Dec. 31 regarding the precautions UCR is taking in light of the Omicron variant and gatherings that took place over the holidays.
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A more targeted therapy to treat inflammatory bowel disease
UC Riverside mouse study focuses on the receptor TNFR1
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New hope for people living with a genetic cause of autism
UC Riverside research shows gene reactivation can be used to treat Fragile X syndrome
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UCR Medical Student Norma Espinoza
MS1 Norma Espinoza Receives Scholarship from National Hispanic Health Foundation
First-year UC Riverside School of Medicine medical student Norma Espinoza was presented with a scholarship from the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) at their 14th annual California Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala on Nov. 18, 2021 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Mini-Grant Program Names Recipients for 2021-22
The Community Medicine and Population Health Mini-Grant program, sponsored by the UCR School of Medicine's Center for Healthy Communities, has announced its recipients for the 2021-22 academic year. Each program will receive $5,000 to support their projects.
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O my, here’s Omicron
UC Riverside experts share their thoughts on the new COVID-19 variant
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Trio of Grants will Support Family Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Programs
The UC Riverside School of Medicine has received a trio of grants worth $750,000 over three years that will support and grow our internal medicine and family medicine residency programs.
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Deafness trumps HIV for deaf people living with HIV
UC Riverside-led study participants advocate for collection of more data on deaf individuals
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Celebration of Medical Education Raises Funds for Full Mission Award Scholarship
More than 100 supporters, donors, students, faculty, and staff participated in the fourth annual UC Riverside School of Medicine Celebration of Medical Education on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
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New model links cultural trauma with health inequalities
UC Riverside researchers offer new interpretation of cultural trauma
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Health disparities researcher in School of Medicine appointed to NIH study section
Andrew Subica, an associate professor in the UCR School of Medicine’s Department of Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health, has been appointed for a four-year term to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism AA-2 “Epidemiology, Prevention, and Behavior Research Study Section.”
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School of Medicine honored for outstanding DEI commitment
The UCR School of Medicine has received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The award recognizes U.S. health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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New School of Medicine building begins construction
UC Riverside began construction Friday, Oct. 22 of a new School of Medicine building that will allow for growing class sizes and increasing the number of physicians trained in the underserved Inland Southern California. Campus and community leaders celebrated the start of the project at a groundbreaking ceremony at the project site south of the existing School of Medicine Education on the east side of campus.
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What do bullous dermatoses have to do with depression?
UC Riverside medical student Yasmin Gutierrez joins a research team to explore the question
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Patrick Samones
MS3 Writes Introduction Chapter to AAMC's "Official Guide to Medical School Admissions"
Patrick Samones, a member of the class of 2023, is the author of a chapter introduction for the AAMC's Official Guide to Medical School Admissions: How to Prepare for and Apply to Medical School, which will be released on October 15, 2021.
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How sepsis need not be fatal
UC Riverside-led team identifies molecular driver and protector of this life-threatening medical emergency
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Newly Graduated Residents Add to Pool of Local Physicians
Dating back to 2016, a total of 114 residents and 30 fellows have graduated from UCR-sponsored programs. Of the residents, 50 have stayed in the Riverside, San Bernardino and Coachella Valley regions and 100 have stayed in California.
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Ann arm is seen receiving the COVID 19 vaccine
Why is it taking so long to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for kids?
UC Riverside vaccine expert David Lo explains
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Public lecture to focus on synthetic genome engineering
Lei Stanley Qi of Stanford University will give the 2021 Thomas and Salma Haider Biomedical Breakthrough Lecture at UC Riverside
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Medical school led the way for safe return to classrooms
The School of Medicine has lessons to share after several months of in-person classes with no documented cases of COVID-19 transmission
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Novel mechanism links genetic defect in IBD patients to gut leakiness
UC Riverside-led study in mice and human tissue is the first to show how a disease mutation weakens barrier properties of epithelial cells lining the gut
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Dorff, Friedman Receive Values in Action Award Recognition
The Values in Action Award were announced at the Dean's Town Hall on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, with faculty member Lucas Friedman, M.D., M.Ed. and staff member Kate Dorff receiving recognition.
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SOM and UCR Health New Hires and Promotions Announced
The UCR School of Medicine has announced a variety of new hires and promotions at the Dean's Town Hall on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. A total of 13 academic and 20 staff hires were announced as well as seven academic promotions and two staff promotions.
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Daniel Teraguchi Named Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Daniel Teraguchi, Ed.D., will join the UCR School of Medicine as the associate dean for Student Affairs on September 7, 2021. Teraguchi will lead the School of Medicine's admissions program and pipeline programs, in addition to having an active role in every aspect of Student Affairs.
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Study gauges social responsibility in slowing COVID-19 spread
Researchers conducted focus groups of UC Riverside faculty, staff, and students
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More than 50% of people with advanced MS report being mistreated
UC Riverside-led study is first to extensively examine caregiver mistreatment of American adults with multiple sclerosis
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It's more than hot. It's dangerous.
It's the time of year when Inland Southern California becomes a 27,000-square-mile skillet. We asked UC Riverside physicians how to stay safe and hydrated.
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Seema Tiwari-Woodruff
Biomedical scientist is president of neurochemistry society
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, a professor of biomedical sciences at the UCR School of Medicine, has been installed as president of the American Society for Neurochemistry. Tiwari-Woodruff will serve a two-year term in the position and is the second School of Medicine faculty member to serve in the role.
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How concerned should we be about the Delta variant?
UC Riverside experts share their thoughts
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Salton Sea aerosol exposure triggers unique and mysterious pulmonary response
UC Riverside mouse study suggests inflammation could play key role in progression to asthma
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Poor air quality and warehouses linked to Inland Empire Covid-19 inequities
UC Riverside professors call for intersectional approach to Covid-19 exposure interventions
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New funding will help UCR diversify physician workforce in inland Southern California
The California Wellness Foundation has awarded the School of Medicine a $450,000 grant
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2021 voices: Grads share pivotal moments of their educational journeys
More than 7,100 students are eligible to graduate; Commencement events kick off on June 3 with the School of Medicine.
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Students, Faculty, and Staff Honored at Annual School of Medicine Awards Ceremony
The UC Riverside School of Medicine formally kicked-off its end-of-the-year celebrations with the annual School of Medicine Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
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UCR remembers philanthropist, former regent Bruce Varner
Bruce Doyle Varner, 84, UC regent, philanthropist, and prominent Riverside attorney, has died. 
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Study helps explain how shingles vaccination coverage differs among social groups
Only about 35% of older adults have been vaccinated against shingles
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UCR Vaccination Clinic
UCR Health Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics to Everyone
The UCR Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics are now open to the general public through June 4, 2021.
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Simulation Suite
New School of Medicine training suite offers expanded space and state-of-the-art technology
With exam and specialty rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology, the new UC Riverside School of Medicine Center for Simulated Patient Care could easily be mistaken for a hospital wing. That’s part of the goal of the center — providing medical students with as close to real-world conditions as possible to learn patient and clinical skills.
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Pandemic led to profound changes in multiple sclerosis clinical practice
UC Riverside-led national survey of MS specialists finds nearly 10% had been redeployed to the front lines of COVID-19 patient care
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UCR experts discuss the J&J vaccine 'pause'
Even as vaccinations across the U.S. were ramping up due to the popularity and availability of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC called a timeout due to reports of serious blood clots
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UCR’s School of Medicine ranked No. 6 for diversity
UC Riverside’s School of Medicine is ranked No. 6 for diversity in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Grad School rankings released Tuesday, March 30.
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Clinical Faculty Profile - Javier Sanchez, M.D., Kaiser-Redlands
Dr. Javier Sanchez is a bilingual family medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Redlands and an assistant clinical professor at the UCR School of Medicine since early 2015. Over that time he has mentored numerous clerkship and LACE students. Sanchez has been described by students as an empathetic physician who is committed to the health of every patient that he sees. Students are inspired by his ability to adapt to every case flawlessly, allocating the time needed for more complicated situations while always including an educational component to each visit and truly building a partnership
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Review paper links air pollution to COVID-19 susceptibility
Coauthors include School of Medicine biomedical scientist Changcheng Zhou
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Marilyn Corrales Arevalo
Research paper turns spotlight on special needs of stroke survivors
UC Riverside medical student Marilyn Corrales Arevalo is a coauthor
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One person puts money into another person's hand
Study explores differences in payments between biomedical and sociobehavioral research
Compared to sociobehavioral studies, biomedical studies typically require more time and visits, tend to be more quantitative, more in-person, and of greater risk
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Voices of the Vaccinated
We asked members of the UCR SOM community to share their thoughts, concerns, and experiences before and after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Campus is well prepared to store COVID-19 vaccines
The University of California, Riverside, expects to receive a shipment of 400 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses on Wednesday, Jan. 20. An initial shipment of 100 Moderna vaccines was delivered to Student Health Services earlier this month in order to begin inoculating frontline health care staff. 
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School of Medicine honored by diversity magazine
The UCR School of Medicine has been selected as one of 46 institutions of higher education in the health professions to receive the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.
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Seema Tiwari-Woodruff
Finding a cure for multiple sclerosis
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, a professor of biomedical sciences in the UCR School of Medicine, and her colleagues have received a grant of $373,000 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a project in which her lab will select the five best candidate compounds to speed up nerve impulses, a promising new avenue to treat m
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Drive-thru covid testing
COVID-19 lab begins testing campus community
UC Riverside has begun testing students, staff, and faculty members for the coronavirus with the opening of a new diagnostic lab on campus this month.
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