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UNM medical students out serving more than 30 New Mexico communities

July 27, 2015 — UNM’s School of Medicine PIE Program is a six-week clinical experience at the end of the first year in medical school. During PIE, students work in rural communities caring for patients and evaluating their problems as a springboard for studying the sciences basic to medicine. Students also have the opportunity to view medicine from a community perspective and to experience the lifestyle of the community physician.

Project ECHO

UNM’s Project ECHO® receives $14 million in funding from GE Foundation

July 20, 2015 — Project ECHO, based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, creates new capacity to treat chronic complex conditions in local communities by expanding the skill sets of the providers who are already there. It links community providers with specialist care teams at academic medical centers to manage patients who require complex specialty care.

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UNM researchers unlock another door to human immune system

July 20, 2015 — The dual roles of autophagy in controlling the bacterial burden and suppressing inflammation that leads to disease make the process an attractive target for development of therapeutics. “We’re exploring how to induce IRGM pharmacologically now that we know how it’s regulated and what it does,” Deretic offers. Deretic’s team is screening existing FDA-approved anti-inflammatory drugs and candidates to determine new treatments through drug repurposing.