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June 20, 2017
Associate Professor Dr. Eric Huang is one of three finalists chosen to compete in the Young Investigator “Shark Tank” at the American Society of Cytopathology’s annual meeting in November. His project includes a unique collaboration with associate professor James Chan, the PI for our NSF-funded Center for Biophotonics Sensors and Systems.

Former faculty member, Dr. Josh Miller, now the Chair of the Dept. of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, is returning to UCD Health on June 29 to give a free public lecture on the role of vitamins in preventing Alzheimer’s disease at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute as part of the 2017 Community Engagement Learning Series.

Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Diaz- Khansefid is President of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators and hosted the chapter’s very first annual meeting on the UC Davis campus on 6/15-16. The meeting included 140+ participants and 17 speakers from across the University of California.

June 12, 2017

Faculty member, Dr. Mirna Lechpammer, accepted the prestigious Moore Award on behalf of the research team for the best clinicopathologic paper for the application of the innovative MUSE microscope to neuropathology at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathology’s annual meeting, June 8-11, 2017.

Chief Resident, Dr. Nick Coley, received the Richard Davis Travel Award to attend the American Association of Neuropathology’s annual meeting, June 8-11, 2017 where he gave a platform presentation on his work using MUSE in neuropathology.

Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Yvonne Wan, and her team demonstrated that gender differences in mice microbiota can modulate the risk of developing metabolic disease and liver cancer. Their work was recently published in the journal, Science Reports.

May 15, 2017

Associate Professor Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño and other faculty scholars from UC Davis’ Center for Advancing Multi-cultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) met with California State Senator Bill Dodd during the second week of May to advocate for more funding to support UC Davis graduate students.

Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green’s recently published article, “Vitamin B12 deficiency from the perspective of a practicing hematologist” was featured in “This Week in ‘Blood’”, a snapshot of the hottest studies from each week’s issue, hand-picked by the editors.

Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran is the UC Davis site principle investigator for a new $303,000 subcontract from the United States Air Force to the University of Cincinnati for their collaborative project “Expeditionary Medicine, Trauma, and En Route Care Research and Technology Development.”

Dr. Eric Huang and Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards shared their poster “Patient-Derived Organoid Research Using Resource at UC Davis Cancer Center Biorepository” at the at the annual meeting for the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) , May 9-12 in Toronto, Canada.

May 8, 2017
Professor Dr. Lee-Way Jin and Associate Professor Dr. Izumi Maezawa have received three new grants to support research on Alzheimer’s disease: 1) A NIH SBIR phase II two-year award entitled “Development of patented tricyclic pyrones molecules for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease” will provide $590,734 for rat model experiments; 2) A two-year $2 million award from the Alzheimer’s Association “Part the Cloud Challenge” to fund a Phase IIb clinical trial of Senicapoc; 3) An Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Award for $350,000 to fund the manufacture of Senicapoc for the above clinical trial at UC Davis’ Good Manufacturing Practices Laboratory.

Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan's undergraduate mentee, Nidhi Nagar, was awarded first place in the 31st Annual CSU Student Research Competition for her work "Role of bacteria and bacterial metabolites in development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis."

Resident Dr. Amir Ghorbani has been selected by the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology to serve a two-year term as UC Davis Medical Center’s Ambassador to influence engagement with pathologists-in-training and young practitioners with the academy.

Resident Dr. Andy Jones received $500 award as the first runner up for UC Davis Health’s Noel Foundation Award which honors a housestaff member for an outstanding research presentation at a national meeting.

Kelly Lima, Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran’s PhD student mentee, received the Albert T. McManus Award for her plenary talk on the use of next generation sequencing to characterize the burn unit microbiome at the 49th annual American Burn Association meeting in Boston, March 21-24.

In March, the 49th annual American Burn Association meeting in Boston featured three additional presentations from Dr. Nam Tran’s Point of Care Testing team.  Research assistant Rachel Caynak presented a study verifying the American Burn Association Sepsis Consensus Guidelines, Dr. Tran shared outcomes from his multicenter clinical trial funded by the Department of Defense on the impact of rapid molecular pathogen detection in severely burned patients, and post-doctoral fellow Fabian Lara presented a poster on point-of-care spectrophotometric vs. conductance-based hemoglobinometry in the perioperative burn setting.

March 27, 2017
Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan signed a Collaboration of Agreement on behalf of UC Davis with Taipei Medical University (TMU) through which TMU will provide annual support for research collaborations as well as faculty and students exchanges, joint seminars and international conferences.

The Point of Care Team, led by director Nam Tran, and their collaborators at the UCD and Shriner’s Burn Units, had several presentations and awards at the 49th annual American Burn Association meeting in Boston, March 21-24.  PhD student Kelly Lima received the Albert T. McManus Award for her plenary talk on the use of next generation sequencing to characterize the burn unit microbiome.  Research asst. Rachel Caynak presented a study verifying the American Burn Association Sepsis Consensus Guidelines. Dr. Tran shared outcomes from his multicenter clinical trial funded by the Dept. of Defense on the impact of rapid molecular pathogen detection in severely burned patients.  Post-doc Fabian Lara MD presented a poster on the use of POC spectrophotometric- vs. conductance-based hemoglobinometry in the perioperative burn setting.

March 22, 2017
The Dean's Annual Awards honored three department members.  Mentoring directors Dr. Hanne Jensen and Dr. Lee-Way Jin received the Dean's Award for Department Mentoring.  Chair Dr. Lydia Howell was a recipient of the Dean's Team Award for Inclusion Excellence as a member of the research team examining women's careers in biomedical services.

March 13, 2017
Vice Chair for Research Dr. Yvonne Wan’s mentee, Nidhi Nagar, a master degree student at California State University, Sacramento, has been selected to compete at the Statewide Student Research Competition held April 28-29 at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.  The title of her thesis is "Role of bacteria and bacterial metabolites in the development of metabolic diseases."

The US & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in San Antonio on March 4-10 featured two posters from UC Davis.  Resident Andy Jones presented "Microfollicular Pattern and Absence of Pseudoinclusions Are Common Cytologic Characteristic in Non-invasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasms with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features" and resident Ananya Datta Mitra presented "Increased Expression of LOX-1: A Potential Biomarker for Tumor Angiogenesis and Metastasis”.  Faculty mentors for these projects included Drs. Ralph Green, Mingyi Chen, Alaa Afify, Eric Huang, Yanhong Zhang.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Dr. Richard Levenson has received a $1.3 million NIH R33 award for his project “Cancer histology and QC via MUSE: Sample-sparing UV surface-excitation microscopy.”

March 6-7, 2017
The US & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in San Antonio, TX featured three posters from members of our department.  Resident Dr. Andy Jones presented "Microfollicular Pattern and Absence of Pseudoinclusions Are Common Cytologic Characteristic in Non-invasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasms with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features" and resident Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra presented "Increased Expression of LOX-1: A Potential Biomarker for Tumor Angiogenesis and Metastasis”.  Associate Professor Dr. Kuang-Yu Jen presented “Genomic Profiling of Synchronous Bilateral Lobular Carcinoma”.

Professor Dr. Richard Levenson's article on MUSE microscopy was the most popular in 2016 in SPIE digital library's Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging category.

February 21, 2017
On February 16, 2017, Vice Chair of Information Services Dr. Mike Hogarth spoke as a panelist on “Big Data: Using Data to Drive Quality - A Scientific Approach to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs” at the colloquium UC Health and the National Quality Agenda: An Opportunity in San Francisco, CA.

Associate Professor Dr. Kristin Olson is one of 30 mid-career women selected by our campus to participate in the University of California’s Women’s Initiative for Professional Development.

Associate Professor Dr. Kuang-Yu Jen is the author of several chapters in the new second edition of the highly regarded textbook, Silva's Diagnostic Renal Pathology.

January 19, 2017
Associate Professor, Dr. James Chan, is the PI on the newly funded 5-year NSF Phase II award for $500,000 to support our Center for Biophotonics Sensors and Systems (CBSS). Established in 2011 as a NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center in collaboration with Boston University, CBSS is part of a national photonics consortium enabling technologies to detect, sense, identify and understand biological properties, conditions or changes at the molecular, cellular and subcellular level.

Vice Chair of Information Services, Dr. Michael Hogarth, received a contract from the state of Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Public Health Services for $222,252 to support the Maryland Electronic Death Registry System (EDRS) Project. This project is modeled after the State of California’s innovative EDRS developed and implemented by Dr. Hogarth’s team.

Our department raised over $3,200 to donate to charity during our holiday Star Giving program. Faculty, staff, housestaff and others purchased stars to honor colleagues and co-workers with proceeds going to four designated charities in our community.

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