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April 2016arrow

Shaikh invited to serve on American Academy of Pediatrics quality improvement steering committee

April 28, 2016

Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine, accepted the invitation to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN) Steering Committee. 

Stem cell research reveals myelin repair capacity

April 28, 2016

In a study published today in Cell Reports, Wenbin Deng and his colleagues present data showing that immature astroglial transplants, derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), are highly protective against white matter brain injury — which can occur from lack of oxygen following a stroke or in childbirth — and can improve spatial learning and memory function in mouse models.

Distance language intervention helps adolescents with disabilities communicate

April 27, 2016

Sean Sawicki, who has fragile X syndrome, can be hard to understand and doesn’t always have the attention span to carry on a sustained conversation. But a novel intervention developed by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers seems to be making a difference.

Thirty-two graduate from the newly launched Training Program in Health System Improvement

April 27, 2016

Thirty-two students, trainees, clinicians and staff recently graduated from the UC Davis Health System Training Program in Health System Improvement last month. The program is designed to develop and support change agents at the frontlines of our health care system, focusing on key concepts in implementing, evaluating and sustaining quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

SU2C awards Albeck Innovative Research Grant

April 26, 2016

UC Davis molecular biologist John Albeck is among 10 recipients chosen to receive a 2016 Innovative Research Grant (IRG) from Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), a non-profit that supports innovative, high-risk, high-reward projects to accelerate the pace of cancer research and give patients access to new therapies as quickly as possible.

UC Davis expands surgical care for lower GI diseases

April 20, 2016

Linda Farkas, a surgeon and expert in hereditary cancers, has joined UC Davis Health System as a professor of surgery and chief of the newly created Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Radiation improves survival in older patients with soft tissue sarcomas

April 11, 2016

UC Davis researchers have shown that radiation therapy following surgery benefits older patients more than their younger counterparts, a surprising finding that could change the way some patients are treated for soft tissue sarcomas (STS).

Behavioral Health Center of Excellence holds seminar on Firearm Violence and Mental Illness

April 7, 2016

Each year in the United States, firearm violence results in approximately 30,000 deaths and 75,000 nonfatal injuries to patients seen in hospital emergency rooms. Garen Wintemute, internationally renowned director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis Health System, will discuss “Firearm Violence and Mental Illness.”

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Cancer gene twice as likely to be defective in children with autism

March 30, 2016

A large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and that the deficit is also present in their fathers.

School of Medicine joins national effort to improve prescriber education

March 29, 2016

UC Davis School of Medicine today joined with more than 60 other medical schools in a pledge to require their students to take some form of prescriber education, in line with the newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, in order to graduate.

Vascular brain injury is evident in people in their 40s

March 28, 2016

A large, multicenter study led by the UC Davis School of Medicine for the first time has shown that people as young as their 40s have stiffening of the arteries that is associated with subtle structural damage to the brain that is implicated in cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

New target makes end run against therapy-resistant prostate cancer

March 28, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis, in collaboration with the other institutions, have found that suppressing the nuclear receptor protein ROR-γ with small-molecule compounds can reduce androgen receptor (AR) levels in castration-resistant prostate cancer and stop tumor growth.

Hispanics with dementia receive antipsychotic medications at twice the rate of non-Hispanics

March 24, 2016

Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to Hispanics with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias at higher rates than non-Hispanic whites, for dementia-related mental-health symptoms such as depression, anxiety and aggression, a UC Davis study conducted using data from a large and diverse population of elderly dementia patients has found.

Cells sensing hostile takeover by pathogens also sound alarm to alert immune system

March 23, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have discovered an unexpected link between how the immune system sounds an alarm when its cells are taken over by pathogens during an infection and how an inflammatory response is triggered. The finding of this novel link, published in the journal Nature on March 23, is important because it helps researchers understand how a cell senses bacterial or viral infection, and how these pathways are linked to inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

School of Medicine again ranked among nation's best

March 16, 2016

Once again, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research.

Bold Vision, Bright Future depicted in murals at the MIND

March 11, 2016

Visitors to the UC Davis MIND Institute’s Massie Family Clinic are now met with a wall of vibrant colors and whimsical designs in ceramic tile, a creation of The Mural Project, which combined the talents of three professional artists and artists with developmental disabilities from the Short Centers.

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UC Davis neuroscientist named Sloan fellow

February 23, 2016

Megan Y. Dennis, an early-career UC Davis scientist, has been named a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience.

UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series features renowned neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth

February 8, 2016

Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, will discuss “Illuminating the Brain in Health and Disease” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

Renowned nutrition expert speaks in "Food as Medicine" series Feb. 11

February 3, 2016

Michael Greger, a best-selling author and creator of the seminal website NutritionFacts.org, will speak about “Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating Disease With Diet” on Thursday, Feb. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Education Building, Lecture Hall 1222.

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Young, poor African Americans and Hispanics have harder time beating Hodgkin Lymphoma

January 29, 2016

African American and Hispanic adolescents and young adults fare far worse than their white counterparts when faced with a mostly curable type of cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, a study by a UC Davis epidemiologist has found.

Medical students awarded for increasing awareness of cervical cancer

January 22, 2016

UC Davis medical students who also are co-directors of the Paul Hom Asian Clinic have been selected to receive a Patient Advocacy Grant from the American Society of Cytopathology Foundation.

Telemedicine in the ICU: It can be a cost-effective option

January 15, 2016

UC Davis investigators have found that telecommunication systems that provide remote monitoring and access to specialty care in intensive care units (ICUs) are cost-effective in most cases and can even be cost-saving in certain circumstances, making this intervention potentially economically favorable compared with other health-care services.

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UC Davis selected for National Professional Development Program

December 17, 2015

UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing have been selected to participate in a new national professional development program known as Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER).

Two UC Davis experts among speakers at World Stem Cell Summit

December 9, 2015

Two UC Davis Health System scientists are among the featured speakers at the upcoming World Stem Cell Summit and Regenerative Medicine conference that starts Dec. 10 in Atlanta.

A visit to the gas station: Protein helps power up DNA repair

December 3, 2015

In a game-changing study, researchers at UC Davis and other organizations have shown that the enzyme cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1), which plays a key role in DNA repair, also leaves the nucleus to boost cellular energy production. By irradiating normal cells, the team showed that CDK1 turned up production of ATP, cellular energy packets that – in this case – provided the necessary power supply to fix the radiation-damaged DNA.

Med student awarded prestigious AAMC scholarship

December 1, 2015

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded one of this year’s Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Cancer Center joins collaborative molecular oncology intiative

September 15, 2015

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined a unique new collaboration to accelerate the development of precision cancer treatment through the collection and sharing of genomics data

Low vitamin D among the elderly is associated with significant decline in cognition, dementia

September 14, 2015

Vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly is highly correlated with accelerated cognitive decline and impaired performance, particularly in domains such as memory loss that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Rutgers University have found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]

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.

August 2015arrow

UC Davis researchers receive $5.4 million grant to study new tool to evaluate early-stage Alzheimer's

August 31, 2015

Alzheimer’s researchers at UC Davis and UC San Diego have launched a new study which aims to detect the earliest stages of cognitive dysfunction in people with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease by using event-related brain potentials (ERPs).

UC Davis ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic takes up the ALS ice-bucket challenge

August 18, 2015

Hardy souls from the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic will take up the cause to raise funds for the ALS Association on Wednesday, Aug. 19, during the ALS ice-bucket challenge — a dousing with ice-cold water that is a call to action to donate to a cure for ALS.

UC Davis team finds early inflammatory response paralyzes T cells

August 18, 2015

In a discovery that is likely to rewrite immunology text books, researchers at UC Davis have found that early exposure to inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin 2, can “paralyze” CD4 T cells, immune components that help orchestrate the body’s response to pathogens and other invaders.

A better way to personalize bladder cancer treatments

August 13, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis, in collaboration with colleagues at Jackson Laboratory, have developed a new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer.

Nesbitt, Silva and Sweeney recognized for outstanding achievement and teaching

August 13, 2015

Two UC Davis School of Medicine faculty members and a dean emeritus of the school have been recognized with the 2015 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

New UC Davis environmental research center links science with advocacy

August 12, 2015

A cross-disciplinary center focused on identifying connections between environmental toxins and disease has been established at UC Davis Health System with the ultimate goal of developing preventions and policies that protect communities from unhealthy exposures.

UC Davis clinical research scientist wins second Hartwell Foundation award for pediatric cancer research

August 7, 2015

UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher Noriko Satake has been awarded a 2015 Hartwell Biomedical Research Collaboration Award from The Hartwell Foundation, a philanthropy that funds innovative and leading-edge biomedical research with the potential to benefit children of the United States. This is the first time a Hartwell investigator from UC Davis has received the Foundation’s inter-institutional Collaboration Award.

Long-term ovarian cancer survival higher than thought

August 5, 2015

Combing data collected on thousands of California ovarian cancer patients, UC Davis researchers have determined that almost one-third survived at least 10 years after diagnosis.

Researchers call for improved firearm safety counseling by physicians

August 4, 2015

Physicians should improve the way they discuss firearm safety with patients by showing more respect for the viewpoints of gun owners, according to an article by a University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty member published in the Aug. 4 issue of JAMA.

UC Davis physiology and membrane biology department names new chair

August 3, 2015

Luis Fernando Santana, a scientist with an international reputation for his work on arrhythmias and the physiology of calcium channels in smooth and cardiac muscle, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology at UC Davis School of Medicine. [en español]

Class of 2019 arrives at UC Davis School of Medicine

August 1, 2015

Monique Atwal grew up on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley town of Selma.  In high school she joined a program called Doctor’s Academy, which is dedicated to encouraging a student’s interest in health professions, especially in the valley.

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New research grant honors memory of UC Davis medical school graduate, Daniel T. O'Connor

July 31, 2015

The UC Davis School of Medicine has established, in collaboration with his family, a grant honoring an alumnus who was an internationally renowned researcher of hypertension and renal disease.

UC Davis researchers identify the source of the debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis

July 22, 2015

As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis’ devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a UC Davis study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember. [en español]

UC Davis researcher receives grant to study psoriatic arthritis

July 20, 2015

Iannis Adamopoulos, a researcher dedicated to studying diseases of the immune and skeletal systems, has received a $200,000 grant from the National Psoriasis Foundation to improve treatments for psoriatic arthritis.

UC Davis Alzheimer's researchers at core of leading-edge dementia discoveries

July 16, 2015

Imaging the brain, collecting clinical measurements and biological specimens, and generating an unprecedented volume of data for more than 1,700 participants, the groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has painted a detailed picture of the brain’s progression from cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease, often over many years, demonstrating that while amyloid brain deposits are a leading factor in dementia, there is considerable heterogeneity in cognitive decline in aging.

Association of Pathology Chairs selects Gandour-Edwards with Distinguished Teaching Award

July 16, 2015

Regina Gandour-Edwards, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has received the Michele Raible Undergraduate Medical Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Radiation Oncology faculty earn key leadership roles

July 10, 2015

Two faculty members of the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology have been recognized for their leadership and expertise in cancer research and care.

Rogawski receives 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology

July 9, 2015

Michael Rogawski, professor of neurology at UC Davis, recently was awarded the 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award at the 67th Annual American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, D.C.

New medical school admission process doesn't reduce diversity

July 8, 2015

Under-represented minorities fare as well as others in an increasingly popular method of selecting medical school students known as the Multiple Mini Interview, or MMI, according to new research from the UC Davis School of Medicine.

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UC Davis study guides efforts to find new strategies, solutions to fight pediatric asthma

June 26, 2015

Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to poor outcomes for pediatric asthma in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat Shaikh and Robert Byrd, who have published an extensive study describing the challenges faced by children with asthma in California. [en español]

Knoepfler awarded childhood cancer research grant

June 25, 2015

UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler has been awarded $250,000 for glioma research from an organization begun 15 years ago by a 5-year-old girl with a deadly form of childhood cancer.

UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology welcomes new chief

June 15, 2015

Marcio H. Malogolowkin, an international leader in the treatment of rare pediatric liver tumors, has joined UC Davis as the new chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.

Forty-four protein biomarkers discovered for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

June 11, 2015

Researchers have identified 44 proteins in the blood of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy that occur at significantly different concentrations in comparison to healthy individuals of the same age.

The constant movement in ADHD may help children think, perform in school

June 10, 2015

The constant movement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be distracting -- but the fidgeting also may improve their cognitive performance, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The take-away message: The hyperactivity seen in ADHD may help children think. [en español]

Body's response to spicy foods guides design of new pain relief drugs

June 9, 2015

UC Davis researchers have identified the molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body’s primary receptor for sensing heat and pain, paving the way for the design of more selective and effective drugs to relieve pain. Their work appeared online June 8 in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. [中文 Chinese]

Early intervention program improves long-term outcomes for children with autism

June 9, 2015

An early intervention program for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder improves their intellectual abilities and reduces autism symptoms -- and those results persist years after the children originally received treatment, a new study shows.

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Osteoporosis screening is too common for low-risk women and too uncommon for higher-risk women

May 19, 2015

Many of those who should get it, don’t. And many of those who shouldn’t, do. That’s the story of a common screening test for osteoporosis, according to new research from UC Davis Health System.

Revealing kidney cancer's secret

May 14, 2015

An international team of scientists, led by UC Davis nephrologist Robert Weiss, have used a sophisticated combination of proteomics and metabolomics to show how renal cell carcinoma (RCC) reprograms its metabolism and evades the immune system. In addition, the study found that cancer grade has a major impact on this reprogramming. These results, published in the journal Cancer Research, point to new therapeutic options for this particularly deadly cancer.

UC Davis Residency Programs awarded grants to boost primary-care workforce

May 13, 2015

California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to UC Davis’ Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training programs to boost primary health-care workforce training in California.

UC Davis MIND Institute research finds differences in the brains and behavior of girls and boys with autism

May 12, 2015

New research conducted by the UC Davis MIND Institute on a large cohort of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder has found differences in the underlying biology of their brains, and in  their behavior, that may help explain how the condition affects a little-studied and poorly understood population of children: girls. [en español]

Yellowlees elected vice president of American Telemedicine Association

May 11, 2015

Peter Yellowlees, professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected vice president of the American Telemedicine Association, which promotes the use of advanced remote telecommunications for health-care and consultation.

Drug, Device Discovery and Development initiative moves forward

May 11, 2015

On April 15, 2015, three UC Davis leaders in research joined more than forty scientists from across the University of California (UC) system and representatives from the biomedical industry to discuss plans for strengthening UC’s position in drug, device and diagnostics development. 

New UC Davis program targets next generation of physicians to advance Latino health

May 4, 2015

The University of California, Davis and The Permanente Medical Group today launched a new initiative at UC Davis School of Medicine dedicated to building the next generation of physicians committed to advancing Latino health. [en español]