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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.

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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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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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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Featured graduates Matt Jason Llamas, Yasmin Gutierrez, and Maria Guerrero
Persevering Through Loss to Serve Other Veterans
This piece is part of a series highlighting members of the School of Medicine’s 2022 graduating class. Seeing a doctor extract fluid from the lungs may not attract most people to medicine, but the thoracentesis procedure fascinated U.S. Navy veteran Maria Guerrero. “He knew where to put the needle without puncturing the liver or the diaphragm, all without imaging,” Guerrero, a pre-nursing student at the time, recalled. Intrigued by the doctor’s knowledge of anatomy, she decided to go to medical school. However, her route was both indirect and challenging.
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Featured graduates Yasmin Gutierrez, Maria Guerrero, and Matt Jason Llamas
Fulfilling his Purpose in Medicine
This piece is part of a series highlighting members of the School of Medicine’s 2022 graduating class. When Matt Jason Llamas was five years old, he fell off a swing and hit his head on a brick. Knocked unconscious, he was rushed to the emergency department, where he underwent surgery for a traumatic brain injury. His doctor told his parents that if he’d arrived just one or two minutes later, he wouldn’t have survived.
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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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Researchers from Around the World Coming to Riverside for Biennial Conference on Parasite
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Learning About Health on TikTok
In a recent TikTok video, a young woman demonstrates curling her hair by holding it inside a public restroom hand dryer. The video cuts to Mutahir Farhan, a fourth-year medical student at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and owner of the TikTok account @madmedicine.
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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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Escalona family reviewing Standardized Patient resources at a table
Teaching Students as a Family
The medical student had barely entered the examination room when the woman inside started shouting. “I thought I could trust you!” she yelled, hurling a stream of criticism about her medical treatment.
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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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To mask, or not to mask?
To gauge whether scientists agree with popular sentiment around mask wearing, we check in here with three UC Riverside virologists and epidemiologists.
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One person puts money into another person's hand
Payment shapes research participation decisions
Study used data from a national survey of people living with HIV
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UCR biomedical scientist joins international SARS-CoV-2 group assembled by NIAID
SAVE focuses on mutations in SARS-CoV-2 and emerging virus variants
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Experts urge reconsideration of 'standard' for time-keeping
To gauge the impacts of dark mornings in some parts of the country, we spoke with two UC Riverside experts
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Should you get a second booster shot for COVID-19?
UC Riverside’s Dr. David Lo, a vaccine expert, shares his thoughts
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PRIME Program to Train Doctors Versed in the Needs of the ABC Community
A new program launching at the UC Riverside School of Medicine is aimed to produce physicians better trained in addressing the health needs of the African, Black and Caribbean (ABC) populations in Inland Southern California.
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Middle school girls watch a robot they made at a UC Riverside summer robotics camp
UC Riverside program for high school students aims to diversify STEM workforce
Underrepresented students will participate in carefully designed summer research and educational activities at UC Riverside
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Match Day 2022 (UCR/Carrie Rosema)
School of Medicine celebrates Match Day
Sixty-nine students in UCR School of Medicine's Class of 2022 matched for residency programs today at a Match Day ceremony held on campus. At precisely 9 a.m., the students nervously opened envelopes that informed them of where they would spend the next three-to-seven years of their professional lives. Cries of joy then filled the room, with several students overcome with emotion and their families and friends cheering in celebration. 
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Michael Drake
UC President Michael Drake joins UC Riverside faculty
UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has accepted a faculty appointment at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Drake will serve as distinguished professor in the Department of Internal Medicine within the Division of Clinical Sciences in the School of Medicine.  Under the terms of his appointment, Dr. Drake will provide an annual seminar and consult with UCR leadership, faculty, students, and staff on the vision and strategic plan for the School of Medicine. 
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Brandon Brown
Novel interventions needed for healthy aging with HIV
Review paper identifies barriers faced by older people living with HIV
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A potential antiviral for SARS and SARS-like coronaviruses
UC Riverside-led study shows how an effective therapy against SARS-CoV-2 could be developed
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Dr. Don Larsen and Dr. Deborah Deas in the new nursing station
ONT, UCR Health Offer Modernized Nursing Stations as Part of Innovative Brand Partnership
Ontario International Airport and UCR Health, the clinical arm of the UCR School of Medicine, have teamed up to provide a welcoming and private environment for mothers to nurse their babies when flying through ONT.
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Walker Receives Values in Action Award
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Grant to fund health interventions in immigrant communities
Researchers Ann Cheney and Evelyn Vázquez in the UCR School of Medicine’s Department of Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health have received $113,514 in funding from the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board for a project that will “mitigate psychological trauma and mental health disparities in immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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Scientists profile FDA-approved drugs to potentially treat hundreds of genetic disorders
New method developed by UC Riverside researchers quickly assesses drug potential for rare disorders
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Grant to biomedical scientist will support cerebral malaria research
Byron Ford, a professor of biomedical sciences in the UC Riverside School of Medicine, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to develop a new intervention against cerebral malaria.
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Researchers develop molecular traps to target SARS-CoV-2
Joint effort by UC Riverside and UCLA scientists aims to stop the COVID-19-spreading virus from attacking immune cells
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Scientists discover new avian immunological pathway
UC Riverside-led team identifies a new host protein interaction that produces a robust immune response to viral infection in birds and may lead to better poultry vaccines
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Lack of diversity found in highest level of leadership within medical education communities
UC Riverside medical student looked at the specialty, race/ethnicity, and gender of medical school deans in 2019
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Building robust collaborations to ‘ATTACK’ future pandemics
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the development of antiviral drug treatments has become a critical weapon in our arsenal against the virus.  Harnessing the research and scientific brainpower needed to treat and prevent the next pandemic is the University of California - National Labs Antiviral Treatments Targeting All Coronaviruses and Key RNA viruses, or ATTACK, Consortium.
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Is it time to wear a highly efficient medical grade facemask?
UC Riverside experts weigh in
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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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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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2020-21 Year in Review Now Available
The 2020-21 UCR School of Medicine Year in Review is now available for download from the School of Medicine website. Download the PDF of the document here.
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Updated: Message from Dean Deas to the UCR SOM Community
I am pleased to welcome everyone back from the winter break and into the New Year. I write to follow up on my message sent on Dec. 22 (see below), and 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. Winter quarter began Monday with remote instruction, and students are expected to return to in-classroom instruction on January 18th. Campus is open as planned and will not be closing.
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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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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.
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MS1 Norma Espinoza
MS1 Norma Espinoza Receives Scholarship from National Hispanic Health Foundation
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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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Diversity award
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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