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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.

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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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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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Why is it taking so long to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for kids?
Many parents are wondering when their young children will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Now that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been shown to be safe and highly effective in young children aged 5 to 11 years, some hope has arrived. In the Q&A below, vaccine expert Dr. David Lo of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, answers questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children. 
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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
A team of researchers led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has identified a novel mechanism by which loss-of-function mutations in the gene PTPN2, found in many patients with inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, affect how intestinal epithelial cells maintain a barrier.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Researchers seek input from Inland Empire parents, caregivers of school-age children
Study by UC Riverside researchers will examine impacts of remote learning on families with children in grades K-12
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New method expands the world of small RNAs
PANDORA sequencing method developed by UC Riverside-led team can detect once-undetectable small RNAs
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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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This is the dawning of the age of the vaccine passport
The vaccine passport is coming. 
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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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New School of Medicine Education Building receives full approval from UC Regents
The Regents of the University of California have given final approval for the construction of the School of Medicine’s new Education Building II at UC Riverside. The vote, which approved the final design, the full budget, and the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, findings, took place during the Regents’ meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
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How the South African COVID-19 variant was found
UC Riverside biomedical scientists were part of an international team that identified the coronavirus strain
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What UC Riverside scientists have to say about vaccines, variants, and antibodies
Immunity generated by vaccination is better than immunity from an actual infection, says an expert
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Research paper turns spotlight on special needs of stroke survivors
UC Riverside medical student Marilyn Corrales Arevalo is a coauthor
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Experts weigh in on whether COVID-19 is here to stay
COVID-19 is far from beaten. Vaccines may not be the ultimate panacea to haul us out of the pandemic crisis. In the future, will outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, arrive in waves every winter? Might COVID-19 never go away? Experts at the University of California, Riverside, weigh in.
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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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UCR Students, Staff, & Faculty Make a Difference in the Community During the Holidays
Students volunteer at local hospitals during pandemic surge, while others brighten the holiday with gifts for the underserved
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Medical simulation suite nearing completion
UC Riverside medical students will soon have expanded space to learn patient and clinical skills and procedures. A new clinical skills and simulation suite is beginning to take shape in the bottom floor of the Orbach Science Library. The School of Medicine project features 16 mock exam rooms, an emergency room, an intensive care unit, operating room, OB-GYN simulation room, conference rooms, and classroom space. 
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Center for Healthy Communities' Mini-Grant Program Announces 2020 Winners
The Center for Healthy Communities mini-grant program engages medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows of the UCR in service and advocacy projects within the Inland Empire communities.
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Case study illustrates need for researcher-community partnerships throughout research process
Research paper demonstrates ethical perils and harms stemming from research practices exemplified in case study
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Clinical Faculty Profile - Pete Benavidez, Blindness Support Services
Profile of Pete Benavidez of Blindness Support Services
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UCR joins drug discovery consortium
UC Riverside has joined the University of California Drug Discovery Consortium, or UC DCC, "a cross-campus initiative aimed at building a drug discovery community that actively promotes research translation through industry partnerships."
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School of Medicine Recognizes Faculty and Students at Annual Awards Event
The annual UC Riverside School of Medicine Faculty and Student Awards Banquet for 2019-20 was held online via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The event, usually held with a celebratory banquet, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually converted into an online event when it became clear that large gatherings were not a possibility. The ceremony recognizes outstanding instructors representing areas across the curriculum, as well as students who best exemplify the SOM mission. "As you know, our school is continually growing and we need more physicians like you who care about our
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HDR@UCR Receives Funds to Address Coronavirus-related Health Disparities
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) have awarded a total of $520,000 in funding to the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of California, Riverside (HDR@UCR) as part of a statewide initiative to address health disparities related to COVID-19.
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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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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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Clinical Faculty Profile - Dr. Sandra Paniagua, Kaiser Riverside Pediatrics
Profile of Dr. Sandra Paniagua of Kaiser Riverside Pediatrics
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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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School of Medicine Joins Nationwide Center to Diversify Academic Medicine
The UCR SOM has been named a founding member of the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) National Center for Pre-Faculty Development. The center's mission is to diversify academic medicine.
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Gene found to play key role in promoting intestinal health
UC Riverside-led study finds PTPN2 contributes to how intestinal epithelial cells and macrophages critically influence each other in the gut
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Gender disparity in surgery must be addressed, study asserts
Research paper is first of three on a project evaluating trends in gender representation at regional and national academic surgery conferences
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School of Medicine postdoc receives NIH Pathway to Independence grant
Rebekah Charney, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Medicine, has received a five-year “Pathway to Independence” grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health, or NIH.
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Study describes experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming patients in the Inland Empire
Research underscores need for more health professional training to assist this community
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