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Dance troupe performs "Resilience" to benefit cancer center

November 30, 2015

Jacob Montoya lost his grandmother to ovarian cancer, and supported his uncle through treatment for colon cancer. What struck him most about both of them was the resilience with which they faced their disease.

UC Davis researchers find success in tele-audiology program

November 24, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that the California Tele-Audiology Program (CTP), which provides follow-up diagnostic evaluations for infants who did not pass their initial newborn hearing test, dramatically improves access to audiologists. [en español]

Pediatric patients celebrate the season in Fall Festival

November 19, 2015

Dozens of pediatric patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center spent a lovely fall day, bobbing for apples, applying tattoos, decorating picture frames, spinning pinwheels and coloring at a special Fall Festival held on the pediatric unit.

Common pigeon: Not just a bird brain, but a brainy bird

November 18, 2015

If pigeons went to medical school and specialized in pathology or radiology, they’d be pretty good at distinguishing digitized microscope slides and mammograms of normal vs. cancerous breast tissue, a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis and The University of Iowa has found.

Lam receives $4 million in NIH grants for novel cancer research

November 18, 2015

Kit Lam, professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has been awarded two major, multi-disciplinary U01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the first to investigate use of a new tool to visualize cancer tumor growth and response to nanoparticle drugs, and the other to develop a new 4-D imaging tool to advance the understanding of how the nucleus functions in living cells.

Forum on Diversity and Inclusion Initiative set for Dec. 2

November 18, 2015

A forum on the UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Initiative will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the Education Building, Matsui Lecture Hall, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for leadership in pulmonary rehabilitation

November 17, 2015

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at UC Davis Health System has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for leadership in improving health and quality of life for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases.

Small RNA has big impact on prostate cancer

November 17, 2015

Researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown that the microRNA, miR-124, reduced tumor growth and increased cell death in castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Sam's Club in Sacramento celebrated as No. 1 CMN fundraiser

November 12, 2015

Sam’s Club on Power Inn Road last month celebrated being the No. 1 Sam’s Club store in the country for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising in 2015. 

Patients and staff at UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrate Halloween

November 12, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital’s annual Halloween celebration took place Saturday, Oct. 31 on the pediatrics unit. Patients and staff got into the Halloween spirit with costumes, games and trick-or-treating. The special event was made possible by the Davis 7 pediatric nurses and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

UC Davis breaks ground on Betty Irene Moore Hall

November 12, 2015

Leaders of UC Davis, along with leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis Health System and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, broke ground on Betty Irene Moore Hall on the UC Davis Sacramento campus on Nov. 10, 2015.

UC Davis Children's Hospital marks second anniversary of PEANUT Program

November 12, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Assistance to Newborns Using Telehealth (PEANUT) program marks its second anniversary this month. The program provides clinicians at rural hospitals round-the-clock access to neonatologists and other subspecialists through the use of UC Davis’ award-winning secure videoconferencing capabilities.

Statewide cancer report finds significant disparities in outcomes, quality of care by insurer

November 5, 2015

A new report by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) comparing quality of care and outcomes for breast, colon, rectal, lung and prostate cancers according to source of health insurance coverage has identified substantial disparities in stage of diagnosis, providers’ use of recommended treatment and survival rates.

UC Davis Children's Hospital panel workshop scheduled at Kids Expo California

November 5, 2015

For the first time, UC Davis Children's Hospital will host its own healthcare providers panel workshop at this Saturday's Kids Expo California at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. The panel will be held at 3 p.m. and will provide an opportunity for providers to offer some helpful health tips and advice to parents. A question-and-answer session for parents will follow.

UC Davis Medical Center named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

November 5, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, has again named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in its annual Healthcare Quality Index report.

New technology will help define the environmental triggers of childhood asthma

November 4, 2015

UC Davis researchers have received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a small, wearable sensor that can measure the relationship between environmental exposures and pediatric asthma.

The functional anatomy of language: Four things you need to know

November 4, 2015

Gregory Hickok, founder and director, Center for Language Science, UC Irvine, will discuss “The functional anatomy of language: four things you need to know,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Medical center awarded for reduction of pressure ulcers

November 4, 2015

In recognition of its success in preventing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, UC Davis Medical Center has received a Performance Excellence Award from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC).

Kelly takes the reins of prestigious SWOG Lung Committee

November 4, 2015

Karen Kelly, associate director for clinical research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named chair of the Lung Committee of SWOG, one of the nation’s leading cooperative cancer research organizations.

UC Davis conducts groundbreaking for Betty Irene Moore Hall

November 2, 2015

Leaders of UC Davis, along with leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis Health System and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, plan a groundbreaking celebration for Betty Irene Moore Hall Nov. 10, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

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MIND Institute offers program for adults with autism spectrum disorder

October 29, 2015

Researchers with the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and MIND Institute at UC Davis are seeking adult participants, aged 18 to 38 years and diagnosed with or suspected of having autism or Asperger’s disorder, to participate in a research study, the ACCESS Program (Acquiring Career, Coping, Executive-Function and Social Skills Program).

Extra Life gaming marathon helps UC Davis Children's Hospital kids on Nov. 7

October 28, 2015

Supporters of all ages are using their joy of gaming to raise funds and awareness this month for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

Greenhalgh honored for burn care work

October 28, 2015

During this month’s World Burn Congress in Indianapolis, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors honored David Greenhalgh, professor and chief of burn surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, with its Breslau Award.

UC Davis Medical Center earns 'A' grade for patient safety for 5th time in a row

October 28, 2015

The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog group that includes some of the country’s largest employers and health-care purchasers, has again awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” on its most recent Hospital Safety Score, released today.

Amaral appointed to Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services

October 28, 2015

David Amaral, Beneto Foundation Chair and Director of Research, UC Davis MIND Institute, has been appointed by United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), which advises the secretary on approaches to advance research, strengthen services and increase opportunities for people with autism spectrum disorder.

Shatz selected as EMS Medical Director of the Year

October 28, 2015

David Shatz, a trauma surgeon at UC Davis Medical Center, has been selected as the EMS Medical Director of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.

Omalu named a 2015 Health Hero by WebMD

October 27, 2015

Bennet I. Omalu, associate clinical professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis, has been named a 2015 Health Hero by WebMD for his work identifying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and his relentless efforts to increase awareness of the risks caused by blows to the head, which have led to stricter rules for athletes playing high-impact sports.

REMINDER: Harvest Social set for Oct. 28

October 27, 2015

The first Harvest Festival, presented by Courtyard by Marriott and benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Courtyard Marriott Midtown, 4422 Y Street, Sacramento. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the program is 5-7:30 p.m.

UC Davis pediatric nurse manager launches Sacramento chapter of Society of Pediatric Nurses

October 27, 2015

UC Davis pediatric nurse manager Angie Marin has launched the Sacramento chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) this year.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Caregiver's Workshop to Address Having Alzheimer's Disease with Dignity

October 23, 2015

Jason Karlawish, professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will offer his insights on “Having Alzheimer’s Disease with Dignity” during the 2015 UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Engagement Series Lecture on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Enrollment opens Nov. 3 for UC Davis' Mini Medical School

October 23, 2015

Get ready for UC Davis’ 14th annual Mini Medical School, the highly regarded six-week curriculum that prepares attendees for life’s second half. Interactive presentations offer the chance to learn the latest information about aging and medical science, and taught by physicians and other health experts.

Renowned genomics researcher joins UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

October 22, 2015

John D. McPherson, a basic scientist whose work contributed significantly to the sequencing of the human genome, has assumed the role of associate director, basic sciences at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds the Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in Basic Science.

Psychiatrist and brain researcher to discuss challenges in developing new autism treatments

October 22, 2015

Declan Murphy, professor, Institute of Psychiatry, London, will discuss the challenges of translating modern research on autism spectrum disorder into practical treatments for affected individuals during the November 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients celebrate spirit of Halloween

October 20, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital celebrated with a Halloween party, hosted by Spirit Halloween, last week  which transformed patients into little pirates, princesses, ninjas and superheroes.

Menopausal status a better indicator than age for mammography frequency

October 20, 2015

In a study conducted to inform American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines, UC Davis researcher Diana L. Miglioretti reports a screening mammogram once every two years is safe for postmenopausal women at average risk of breast cancer.

UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and School of Medicine Dean Julie Freischlag elected to the National Academy of Medicine

October 19, 2015

Julie Ann Freischlag, UC Davis vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), an achievement that is among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center receives echocardiography accreditation

October 19, 2015

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echocardiology in the areas of pediatric transesophageal, pediatric transthoracic and fetal.

U.S. News & World Report names UC Davis Medical Center a "Most Connected Hospital"

October 16, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as one of the “Most Connected Hospitals” for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News list recognizes hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement and clinical connectedness improves patient care. The distinction was given to only 159 hospitals around the country, including just 10 in California.

U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone released from UC Davis Medical Center

October 15, 2015

The UC Davis Medical Center care team for U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone today has released him from the hospital where he had been treated since Oct. 8.

Live auction and wine tasting event benefits UC Davis School of Medicine's community clinics

October 14, 2015

Tickets are on sale for the 38th annual Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Benefit, set for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, from 5-10 p.m. in the Education Building of the UC Davis School of Medicine, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

Consumers rate UC Davis Medical Center as region's best - again

October 12, 2015

Once again, UC Davis Medical Center has been selected as a Consumer Choice Award winner by National Research Corporation (NRC).

UC Davis study finds antibiotic stewardship reduces C. diff in hospitalized children

October 9, 2015

Hospitalized children were three times less likely to become sick with Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a serious bacterial infection that can occur after prolonged antibiotic use, following implementation of an antibiotic stewardship program, a new UC Davis study found. These programs reduce the misuse of antibiotics and therefore C. diff, and also result in antibiotic cost savings, according to research being presented at IDWeek 2015™.

Statement Regarding Spencer Stone

October 8, 2015

The family of Spenser Stone appreciates the outpouring of love and support. Airman Stone is in serious condition.

Bilingual website boosts awareness of kidney transplantation and donation among Hispanics/Latinos

October 7, 2015

A new bilingual website sensitive to Hispanic/Latino cultural needs increases knowledge about living kidney donation and transplantation beyond standard education provided by transplant centers, a new study published Oct. 7 in the journal Transplantation has found. [en español]

UC Davis granted $15.5 million to build world's first total-body PET scanner

October 6, 2015

A UC Davis research team has been awarded $15.5 million to build the world’s first total-body positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated and put the university on the nation’s leading edge of molecular imaging.

What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease topic of October lecture

October 6, 2015

Monique Breteler, director of Population Health Sciences at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, will address “What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease,” during the October UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2015 Distinguished Lecture.

Public Forum: Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury through the Lifespan, Oct. 21

October 5, 2015

Concussions — occurring from impacts to the head on the sports field, battlefield, or in an automobile or other accident — are the subject of a two-hour event featuring a multidisciplinary group of UC Davis physicians conducting leading-edge research to identify and treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their long-term aftermath, dementia.

Kenyon to lead pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at UC Davis

October 5, 2015

Nicholas Kenyon, a nationally recognized expert in obstructive airway disease, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Gordon A. Wong Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Health System.

Pourdavoud receives Dr. Anthony Philipps Endowed Scholarship in Pediatrics

October 2, 2015

Catherine Pourdavoud, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Dr. Anthony Philipps Endowed Scholarship in Pediatrics.

Spirit Halloween Superstores gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 1, 2015

Spirit Halloween Superstores won't have tricks, but they will be giving plenty of treats to UC Davis Children's Hospital this Halloween season.

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New treatments a big step for patients with advanced kidney cancer

September 29, 2015

In an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Primo Lara, associate director for Translational Research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and David Quinn, medical director, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, highlight two new drugs that have shown great efficacy against kidney cancer.

UC Davis researcher advocates ending Medicare coverage of controversial mammography tool

September 28, 2015

A costly tool used on nearly all mammograms does not increase cancer detection rates and should no longer be covered by Medicare, argues Joshua Fenton, a family physician and comparative effectiveness researcher in an editorial published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

UC Davis to test a computer program designed to reduce suicide

September 25, 2015

UC Davis Health System researchers have received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use a technology-based approach to help prevent suicide among those most at risk: middle-aged men.

Rivera receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

September 25, 2015

UC Davis medical student Nancy Rivera has been selected to receive the 2015-16 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student pursuing primary care medicine. The award, established in 1997, honors Janet Gordon Armour, a 1978 graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Stomp Out Kids Cancer donates to UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatric patients

September 24, 2015

Thanks to Les Mahler from Stomp Out Kids Cancer, UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatric patients had the opportunity to attend an Oakland A’s baseball game this summer. The tickets were provided at no cost to patients.

Neurosurgeons on the sidelines

September 22, 2015

UC Davis’ first home football game on Sept. 12 featured a newcomer on the sidelines: neurosurgeon Kia Shahlaie.

Maselli, UC Davis neurology researcher, receives $300,000 grant from Muscular Dystrophy Association

September 21, 2015

Ricardo A. Maselli, UC Davis professor of neurology, has received a $300,000 grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association to test the use of stem cells as a vehicle for delivering ColQ, which is a protein that is deficient in a severe form of Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome.

Tumor suppressor LRIG1 controls breast cancer aggression and invasion

September 21, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that the protein LRIG1 reduces breast cancer invasion and could potentially help control metastasis. Using aggressive basal-like breast cancer cell lines, the scientists found that restoring LRIG1 expression reduced these cells’ growth and invasiveness.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visits UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 18, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients had a special visit from the Big Top yesterday when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers came to unveil a new permanent circus mural and bring smiles to children and families.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes doctoral and master's-degree students in leadership programs

September 18, 2015

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis welcomed 34 graduate students Thursday at a ceremony to mark the beginning of their Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs. Nine students begin their four-year journey to achieve Doctor of Philosophy degrees, along with 25 people pursuing master’s degrees in leadership.

UC Davis MIND Institute studies the use of sertaline (Zoloft ®) in young children with autism spectrum disorder

September 18, 2015

Whether the language and social development of very young children with ASD can be improved through treatment with sertraline, commonly known by the brand name Zoloft ®, is the subject of a new clinical trial at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

2015-16 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series starts Oct. 14

September 16, 2015

The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Series in October with an address by Lisa Croen, Director of the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program, who will address “The epidemiology of autism: Investigating perinatal risk factors.” The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

Initiative to improve treatment, services for children with autism receives $10 million grant

September 16, 2015

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute are participating in an initiative project to provide better treatment for children with autism in under-served areas through a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The program aims, to bring evidence-based research practices to communities throughout the U.S.

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins Society of Critical Care Medicine's ICU Liberation Collaborative

September 15, 2015

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital was recently accepted as one of eight pediatric centers in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Liberation Collaborative.

UC Davis Vascular Center receives accreditation for vein procedures

September 11, 2015

The UC Davis Vascular Center’s vein program has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for the evaluation and treatment of venous disorders.

Welltopia site awarded for making health information more accessible to consumers

September 9, 2015

Welltopia, a website that offers Californians a wide range of essential resources to help build healthier lives and communities, will be honored with a 2015 Digital Government Achievement Award by GovTech’s Center for Digital Government on Sept. 25 in New Orleans. [en español]

UC Davis patients, nurses star in new pediatric cancer video series

September 9, 2015

Children undergoing cancer treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center take center stage in a series of specially created videos aimed at helping families cope with a new diagnosis, through their treatment journey and into survivorship.

UC Davis study shows popular molecular tests over diagnose C. difficile infections up to 50 percent

September 8, 2015

Clostridium difficile is a common cause of infection and diarrhea in hospitalized patients, but a new study by UC Davis pathologists suggests that many patients are mistakenly diagnosed and do not need antibiotic treatment.

UC-ReX Initiative Team honored for accelerating health research

September 4, 2015

Ten teams representing multiple locations across the University of California won 2015 Larry L. Sautter Awards during ceremonies at the recent UC Computing Services Conference in Riverside.

Alzheimer's Disease Center joins 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's

September 2, 2015

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will participate in the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Sacramento on Saturday, Oct. 3. The center’s team name is “UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center;” it is seeking team participants and donations. To participate or make a gift visit the website for the Alzheimer’s Association, which sponsors the event.