JULY 2012 | Monthly news from the University of Nevada School of Medicine

Inside Nevada Medicine

Gifts to medical school jump-start clinical research

Phil and Jennifer Satre
Jennifer and Phil Satre. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas

In an effort to address the state's most pressing needs, including health care, Phil and Jennifer Satre announced a $5 million gift to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation from the Satre Family Fund.

Of the $5 million, $3 million will benefit the University of Nevada School of Medicine to boost clinical research efforts, which allow physicians to more quickly bring research from the laboratory to the bedside.

"The School of Medicine is extraordinarily fortunate to have friends like Phil and Jennifer Satre," said Schwenk. "Their commitment to support the development of a robust clinical research enterprise will enhance our ability to improve medical care in Nevada and to train more and better medical students, residents and fellows.

"We have an opportunity to develop a clinical research enterprise that responds to Nevada's health care needs, and this support helps fill the gap," Schwenk added. "I am deeply appreciative of the confidence Phil and Jennifer have shown in the School of Medicine with their support."

The School of Medicine will expand its research efforts by assembling a clinical research team charged with supporting physician faculty in writing and publishing articles, making presentations about research results and extending studies performed in a single location to a wider set of clinical practices—investigational methods collectively called "clinical research."

Students will receive hands-on experience during research rotations in the third and fourth year and in residencies, ultimately providing the students with a career model that combines practice and research.

With the additional help of $1.6 million from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, researchers at the School of Medicine endeavor to impact medical practice and patient treatment by providing the treatments of tomorrow—today.

Of the $1.6 million, the Redfield Foundation pledged $1.5 million to support research efforts at the School of Medicine, and donated more than $100,000 to the Student Outreach Clinic and the Sports Medicine Fellowship.

"The Redfield Foundation's commitment to support the development of a robust clinical research enterprise will enhance our ability to improve medical care in Nevada and to train more and better medical students, residents and fellows," said Schwenk.