Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
September 2013
The Health Sciences System (HSS) was established by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents in 2006. Its purpose is to address Nevada's community health issues through a system-wide effort to integrate and expand the education of health professionals and to foster collaborative research in health and health care.  Through collaboration among the NSHE institutions and a broad range of external partners, the HSS intends to be a catalyst for improvement in the health and wellness of Nevada.  Visit us at:
UNLV, Senator Reid Announce $20 Million NIH Grant to Support Clinical and Bench-to-Bedside Research
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced a five-year, $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a health research network of 13 universities across the Mountain West. The University of Nevada School of Medicine will partner on the grant.  

The Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) will expand the capacity of partner institutions across seven states to put clinical research into practice to address regional health concerns including access to care, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and infectious diseases.


"This grant will be a game-changer for Nevada and the entire region," said program director Dr. Robert D. Langer, a physician and epidemiologist with more than 25 years of related research experience. Langer holds faculty appointments at UNLV's School of Allied Health Sciences and the University of Nevada School of Medicine.


"This is wonderful news for UNLV and the University of Nevada School of Medicine," said Nevada Senator Harry Reid. "They led a collaborative effort to develop a proposal to improve research and medical care across Nevada and parts of the West. I strongly supported this effort and urged the National Institutes of Health to select this grant. These federal grant funds will help Nevada and our universities, research and medical facilities better address some of our most difficult health care challenges." 


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NSC faculty shares passion for nursing, wins statewide essay contest

LaTricia Perry of Nevada State College has been selected as a winner in the Nevada Hospital Association's 12th Annual Statewide Nurse Essay Contest.









Sharing her passion for the fields of nursing and nurse education, Nevada State College School of Nursing Lecturer, LaTricia Perry, has been selected as a winner in the Nevada Hospital Association's 12th Annual Statewide Nurse Essay Contest.  


Each year, the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) opens the essay contest to nurses, educators, and nursing students throughout Nevada. A total of 38 submissions were received this year in categories including Professional Development, Attraction, and Commitment/Retention. Perry was recognized for her writings in the area of Commitment/Retention. 


Describing her philosophy on student development and patient care Perry wrote in her essay, "We must seize the opportunity to share with students the art of nursing through random acts of kindness to our patients, to our students and to our peers... Nursing instructors, mentors, and preceptors are given the amazing opportunity to truly mold our future nurses." Perry went on to highlight her joy in working closely with students as they learn both the art and science of the profession.  


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School of Medicine, Renown Health announce partnership exploration steering committee

The University of Nevada School of Medicine, Nevada's only statewide public medical school, and Renown Health, the region's largest integrated health care network, have formed a steering committee to discuss a formal strategic partnership between the two organizations.

The School of Medicine and Renown have had many collaborations over the years, including a medical residency program for more than three decades.

In addition to Thomas Schwenk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Donald C. Sibery, Renown Health interim CEO, the committee consists of local and rural physicians, board members and community leaders. The committee also includes Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Daniel Klaich and Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Page.

According to Dr. Schwenk, "We have a window of opportunity when there is the political will to seriously explore new collaborations that would benefit each organization and the greater northern Nevada community. We owe it to ourselves and the community to work together to take advantage of the synergies between our individual organizations."

Sibery noted, "We knew we wanted someone dynamic and effective to lead the committee who is not only savvy about the political landscape but is able to steer both organizations to a common bigger vision that will benefit the region and the state."

Bruce James, president and CEO of Nevada New-Tech, Inc., former National Institutes of Health Advisory Board Chairman, former Public Printer of the United States and chief executive officer of the U. S. Government Printing Office, has agreed to serve as Chairman.

"The Committee will work diligently to make recommendations about an expanded partnership," said James. "The steering committee will begin its work very shortly and will explore how to work together on key community needs such as addressing Nevada's physician shortage and expanding clinical research."


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The Nevada System of Higher Education has 150 distinct Health Sciences programs throughout eight institutions with an estimated total of 18,000 enrolled students.
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