The research component of the Department of Internal Medicine's mission focuses on two important objectives:
The keen desire to participate in medical discoveries on a significant scale, and
The critical need to train the next generation of scientists who will contribute to those breakthroughs.
The department's innovative research program helps to make us unique. Quite simply, we maintain that doctors who teach and conduct research make better physicians, and that the research work we do in the department translates into better patient care.
Building translational research goes to the heart of our research program. We believe in taking an interdisciplinary, collaborative team approach in order to share resources and knowledge. Our research activities reflect a wide spectrum that begins with basic medical laboratory research into the mechanisms of disease and how it occurs. Using this data, clinicians are dealing with the impact of disease to apply new therapies and treatments and conduct clinical trials. Meanwhile, department physician scientists orchestrate effective collaboration between researchers and clinicians by translating information and findings to and from the bedside.
UC Davis is the only regional institution to place significant emphasis on translational research, modeling our program on the best practices in medical science nationwide. Our success clearly demonstrates that better patient outcomes can be produced from collaboration between clinicians and researchers who are receptive to the idea of integrating their activities to enhance results.