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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.

Medical student checking the heart of a patient
UCR SOM Receives $225,000 Grant to Support Internal Medicine Residency Program
The UC Riverside School of Medicine has received a grant of $225,000 to support the Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Bernardine's Medical Center in San Bernardino.
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Disaster medicine training
Disaster Medicine and Teaching Medical Students to Adapt
Lights flashed and a recorded siren blared as a small group of medical students kneeled around a mannequin. Two applied tourniquets to the mannequin’s severed leg and wrist, while a third pressed gauze into an open wound and a fourth checked for other injuries.   After two and a half minutes, the students’ time was up.
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Discovery of antibody structure could lead to treatment for Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus
Study provides insights into fighting broad range of pathogen’s viral strains
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Crowd shot of the 2022 gala at the Riverside Convention Center
Celebration of Medical Education Raises Funds for Mission Scholars
The fifth annual UC Riverside School of Medicine Celebration of Medical Education Gala returned as an in-person event with nearly 200 community members, staff, faculty and students coming together at the Riverside Convention Center on Nov. 19, 2022. It was the first in-person gathering since 2019, with the 2020 and 2021 versions being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See photos from the event and learn more about the gala here.
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Lt. Col. Scott Pegan
Biomedical scientist promoted to lieutenant colonel
Scott Pegan is an international expert on Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever
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Dr. Pablo Joo with students
Joo Named Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education at UCR SOM
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Child working with a doctor
SOM Researchers to Look at Chronic Illness and Parenting
Even in the best of times, parenting can be a challenge. But for parents who live with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and more, those challenges can be magnified, causing complications that can make things even more difficult for parent and child alike.
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Support Community Medical Care at the 2022 Celebration of Medical Education Gala
Each year, select students at the UC Riverside School of Medicine earn tuition in exchange for committing to practice medicine in Inland Southern California. The program, called the Mission Award scholarship, supports medical students while furthering the school’s goal of increasing medical care in the community.  
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Research at new center to focus on health impact of cannabis use
School of Medicine’s Nicholas DiPatrizio will lead the Center for Cannabinoid Research
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SOM project marks major milestone
UC Riverside’s new School of Medicine building project recently passed a major milestone with construction more than halfway complete. Construction crews celebrated a topping-off of the new building last month, placing the top steel beam on the five-level structure. Many of the main elements of the concrete structure, including walls, columns, and floors, have been completed.
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School of Medicine receives award for excellence in diversity
Annual award is given by oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education
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Two students chatting about research
SOM Receives Grant from AMA to Improve Opportunities for Research and Scholarship
The UCR School of Medicine has received a $30,000 grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) to develop a curriculum in the health sciences designed to encourage ongoing research and scholarship among current medical students from underrepresented communities throughout their careers.
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Two School of Medicine faculty elected to National Academy of Medicine
Deborah Deas and Mario Sims are recognized for their contributions to advancing public health
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Biomedical scientist to study novel mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease
Sika Zheng in the School of Medicine has received a grant of $250,000 from the National Institutes of Health
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Meet UCR’s new faculty members
For fall quarter 2022, UC Riverside welcomed 34 new permanent faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Learn more about the new faculty below:   College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences
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Kimberley Lakes
An intervention for children with ADHD
Kimberley Lakes in the School of Medicine receives federal funding to develop the intervention
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Addressing the anxiety crisis
UC Riverside mental health professionals answer questions specific to adults, children, and students
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medical students in a classroom
HCAI Grant Will Allow UCR Pathway Programs to Expand
The University of California, Riverside School of Medicine has received a grant of just over $2.9 million from the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) that will allow the school to strengthen and expand its 11 pathway programs, further helping the school in its mission to improve access to and diversify Inland Southern California's healthcare workforce.
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HUB
DoD, UCR to host ‘Taking the Pentagon to the People’
UC Riverside, and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Diversity Management Operations Center will present "Taking the Pentagon to the People" on Oct. 7, an opportunity to learn about employment opportunities within the Department of Defense, or DoD.   Students will hear from program managers and recruiters about internships, scholarships, and direct hiring programs. Faculty and staff can learn about research and grant programs, small business partnerships, and leave and sabbatical programs within DoD.   
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Stephane Guardado and Edward Vizcarra at their wedding in El Salvador
Love & Research
During one of the first meetings after Stephanie Guardado joined the UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016, one of her  faculty members casually mentioned that there was a chance that the students might be sitting in the room with their future spouse. Stephanie remembers quietly scoffing at the idea. To be fair, she was technically correct as it was a full year before her now-husband Edward Vizcarra joined the program in 2017.
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COVID-19 took serious toll on Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander mental and physical health
Two UC Riverside-led studies found concerning psychological and physical health problems among more than 300 NH/PIs in five US states
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Standardized patient Cristian Palacios at work at UCR.
Standardized Patients’ Impact in Medicine
On any given day, Peg Winn and Cristian Palacios could be acting as patients in simulated medical scenarios or teaching specific topics and techniques to small groups of medical students. They fill similar educational roles at the UC Riverside School of Medicine, but their opposite backgrounds offer unique contributions to students’ learning. Palacios is just getting started in a career serving patients. Winn, on the other hand, is sharing her knowledge from a long career in health care as a medical assistant.
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A shot in the arm
UC Riverside experts answer questions on Americans needing just one COVID-19 booster vaccine each year
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Project Seeks to Improve Mental Health of Underrepresented Graduate Students
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School of Medicine receives prestigious STEM award
Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine honors UCR medical school for helping students from underrepresented groups enter STEM fields
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Generous gift establishes School of Medicine Mission Award Scholarship Endowed Fund
Teresa and Byron Pollitt are longtime donors to UC Riverside
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Monkeypox explained
UC Riverside experts discuss disease symptoms, vaccines, and anxiety management
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Congressman Ruiz chatting with Dean Deas
Congressman Raul Ruiz to Speak at SOM DEI Colloquium
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Class of 2026
White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Class of 2026
The UCR School of Medicine welcomed 81 new medical students and 11 new biomedical sciences students at the annual White Coat Ceremony, held Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. This was the 10th White Coat Ceremony in the school's history and marked the first time that it has been held off campus. It was also the first ceremony since 2019 to be held without any pandemic-related attendance restrictions.
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The College Tour filming on campus
UCR to appear on “The College Tour” television series
UC Riverside will be showcased in an upcoming episode of “The College Tour,” a television series that profiles campuses through student stories and is available on Amazon Prime and many other streaming platforms. A television crew completed a week of filming across multiple campus locations that included interviews with 10 students in late July. 
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Dr. Tiwari-Woodruff at a lab computer with a student
The Search for a Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Riverside
There’s currently no effective treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), but Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, Ph.D. , the director of UCR's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, may be well on her way to finding one.
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Dr. Heinrich in her lab
High-altitude Researcher Applies Findings to COVID-19
What can people living in the mountains of Peru teach us about people dealing with COVID-19 related oxygen deficiency? Actually, quite a bit. High-altitude exposure leads to hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen in the body—a condition that’s present in COVID-19 and many other medical conditions. Erica Heinrich, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, studies the body’s adaptations to oxygen limitation to learn more about hypoxia-related diseases.
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Kimberley Lakes
Grant aims to improve access to behavioral health education and prevention services in Coachella Valley
School of Medicine’s Kimberley Lakes is the grant’s principal investigator
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Children playing
Children and adolescents were 20% less physically active during COVID-19 pandemic
Meta-analysis paper calls for targeted public health initiatives to address the crisis
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Bahrain rewards clinical professor with medal for COVID-19 policy
Dr. Roger Seheult, an associate clinical professor of internal medicine in the UCR School of Medicine and a UCR alumnus, has been awarded the Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Medical Merit Medal for helping put together a COVID-19 policy, including testing and early treatment, for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
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Graduate student receives predoctoral fellowship for epilepsy research
Andrew Huang, a biomedical sciences graduate student at UC Riverside, has been awarded a one-year American Epilepsy Society Predoctoral Research Fellowship.  The $30,000 award includes $1,000 for Huang to use as travel funds to attend the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in December 2022. He will also receive a complimentary membership to the society for a year, giving him access to online education content as well as professional development resources.
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UCR medical students
New pathway facilitates community college students joining UC Riverside medical school
The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, has received a grant of $1.87 million to establish the Inland Empire Regional Hub for Healthcare Opportunity, or IE RHHO, which will create a pre-med pathway for local community college students.
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Dr. Mallory Stuparich in an exam room
“Periods Shouldn’t be Painful”: Sharing Truths in Women’s Health
Gynecologist, surgeon, professor, researcher: Mallory Stuparich, M.D., an associate clinical professor in health sciences at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and the associate program director for the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, fulfills many roles in her career. Yet in each of them, she seeks to increase both physicians’ and patients’ knowledge around women’s reproductive health and to emphasize one point in particular: that periods shouldn’t be painful.
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COVID-19 vaccines for very young children
UC Riverside vaccine expert David Lo shares his thoughts in a Q&A
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David Nikom and students
Using sheep brains to make waves
There was a time when Brain Awareness Day, which takes place each April, was just about the only outreach activity of the UC Riverside Neuroscience Graduate Students Association, or NGSA. But that changed when second-year graduate student David Nikom came to UCR in September 2020 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst after receiving his undergraduate degree in neuroscience.
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How does cannabis affect gut health?
A UC Riverside biomedical scientist has received a grant to investigate
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Homelessness
Riverside clinic to address healthcare needs of the homeless
The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, has received a grant of $600,000 from the UniHealth Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization based in Southern California, to reopen a clinic for the homeless population of Riverside County. The Hulen Place Clinic will offer primary care services to the county’s unhoused people and low-income communities. 
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UC President Dr. Michael Drake speaks at the UCR School of Medicine Commencement ceremony on June 3, 2022
Class of 2022 Graduates from the School of Medicine
Sixty-eight members of the UC Riverside School of Medicine's Class of 2022 received their medical degrees on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the UCR Student Recreation Center. Approximately 500 family, friends and other supporters attended the ceremony, which was the first in-person Commencement and Hippocratic Oath Ceremony since 2019. Dr. Michael Drake, the 21st president of the University of California, a practicing ophthalmologist, and a member of the School of Medicine faculty, provided the keynote address.
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School of Medicine Awards Ceremonies Honor Students, Staff, and Faculty
The UC Riverside School of Medicine hosted a pair of award ceremonies as part of the annual end-of-year celebrations concluding the 2021-22 academic year. On May 17, the school hosted the online School of Medicine Awards Ceremony, where a total of 23 awards were presented to students, staff, and faculty in a variety of categories.
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Biomed grads in front of a commencement sign
Four Biomedical Sciences Students Graduate on June 4
On Saturday, June 4, 2022, four members of the UC Riverside School of Medicine's Division of Biomedical Sciences will participate in the annual Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony at the Student Recreation Center North. In celebration of their graduation, we asked John Macbeth, Stephanie Guardado, Edward Vizcarra, and Allison Peterson (pictured above from left) to reflect on their time at UCR and share their future plans. Their responses are listed below in alphabetical order. Stephanie Guardado
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Featured graduates Matt Jason Llamas, Yasmin Gutierrez, and Maria Guerrero
Increasing Access to Dermatology in the Inland Empire
This piece is part of a series highlighting members of the School of Medicine’s 2022 graduating class. After growing up in Chino, CA and seeing the health disparities and lack of access to medical care in her community, Yasmin Gutierrez had a single-minded goal. “I just wanted to be a doctor,” she said.
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Marginalized communities of color face high COVID-19 risk
UC Riverside study focused on farm-working communities in California’s Eastern Coachella Valley
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New School of Medicine building beginning to take shape
Construction work on a new School of Medicine building is continuing to make progress. A large tower crane has been stationed at the construction site on the east side of campus in the last couple months as crews put up walls, columns, and components of the building structure.
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New center on campus to focus on RNA’s role in biology and medicine
Ribonucleic acid, or RNA, is present in all living cells. Most often single-stranded, RNA is the lesser known cousin of the double-stranded DNA. It is, however, important to basic cell biology — in coding, decoding, regulating, and expressing genes — and for diagnosing human disease. The body uses RNA to construct cells, respond to immune challenges, and transport amino acids within cells.
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Student wearing KN95 mask.
Is there still a benefit to masking?
UC Riverside epidemiologist weighs in on how protective your mask is when nobody around you is masked
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