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UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to establish new tests to evaluate cognitive growth in people with intellectual disability

October 30, 2014

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will develop and evaluate tests designed to measure and track changes in the cognitive functioning of people who typically are difficult to assess accurately: those with an intellectual disability, formerly termed mental retardation. The research will be funded through a new, five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

UC Davis Medical Center receives "A" rating on Hospital Safety Score

October 29, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center was again honored with an “A” grade on The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score for its overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

Health disparities expert from Rutgers to speak in Sacramento

October 27, 2014

Denise Rodgers, a family medicine physician at Rutgers University and national leader in reducing health disparities, will speak in Sacramento as part of the 2014 UC Davis Health System Snively Visiting Professorship in Family and Community Medicine.

UC Davis researchers find promising new treatment approach for ischemic stroke

October 27, 2014

A team of UC Davis scientists has found that administering a small molecule – purmorphamine – in animal models after a stroke results in multiple protective effects, including reducing the size of the stroke, decreasing inflammation and increasing markers for nerve regeneration.

Anti-cancer drug found effective against common stem cell transplant complication

October 24, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have found that the drug bortezomib effectively treats chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a common and debilitating side effect from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants.

Distinguished cancer prevention researcher to lead public health sciences at UC Davis

October 21, 2014

Brad Pollock, a leading researcher on the incidence and control of childhood and adolescent cancer, has become chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

NCI awards UC Davis $1.5 million to innovate robotic surgery for head and neck cancers

October 21, 2014

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery.

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

October 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. The probe binds to a voltage-activated potassium ion channel subtype, lighting up when the channel is turned off and dimming when it is activated. 

Randi Jenssen Hagerman receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

October 15, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.

Cancer Center wins $1.7 million NCI grant to study novel cancer treatment

October 10, 2014

A multidisciplinary team at UC Davis will embark on research to determine whether combining a novel type of immunotherapy with radiation and chemotherapy can make treatment for sarcoma, breast and pancreatic cancers more effective.

Probiotic decreases the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis

October 10, 2014

A team of UC Davis and University of Arizona researchers discovered that adding the bacteria Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis (B. infantis) to formula fed to newborn rats reduced the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis, an often deadly intestinal infection.

UC Davis recognized as an industry leader in cardiac rehabilitation

October 8, 2014

The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Program at UC Davis Health System has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for leadership in improving quality of life, enhancing standards of care and offering advanced practices for patients recovering from cardiac events or interventions.

Shinjiro Hirose joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery

October 2, 2014

Shinjiro Hirose, a nationally recognized fetal and pediatric surgeon, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the newly established Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

Research Center for Behavioral Health launched at UC Davis

October 1, 2014

UC Davis Health System officials and California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg today announced the founding of a unique academic research center designed to improve mental health in California and serve as a national model for advancing innovative research in neuroscience, as well as the prevention of and early interventions in mental illness.

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UC Davis neuroscientists receive prestigious NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards

September 30, 2014

Two UC Davis research teams developing transformational technologies to understand the dynamics of the neural circuitry underlying behavior and cognition have received awards from the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a presidential grand Challenge enterprise.

Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety

September 23, 2014

A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, according to a UC Davis study published online in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements during pregnancy

September 21, 2014

Mothers of children with autism are significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than the mothers of children who are developing normally, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

David Schrimmer joins UC Davis as chief of maternal-fetal medicine

September 18, 2014

David B. Schrimmer, a highly respected obstetrician and gynecologist who is expert in the management of complex pregnancies, including multiple gestations and those requiring fetal therapy, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as professor and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

UC Davis Medical Center named one of the nation's top hospitals with great heart programs

September 18, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has been named one of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Heart Programs” for 2014-15 by Becker's Hospital Review. In developing the list, the publication's editorial team considered hospitals that “lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare.”

Katherine Rauen named 2014 Rare Champion of Hope honoree

September 15, 2014

Katherine Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the 2014 Rare Champion of Hope Honoree in Science.

Sleep disorders widely undiagnosed in individuals with multiple sclerosis

September 12, 2014

In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue.

UC Davis, University of Washington launch project to develop depression care for older adults

September 5, 2014

UC Davis and the University of Washington are implementing a project to develop innovative new models of care for depression in older adults through a $2.5 million grant from the California-based Archstone Foundation, a private grant-making organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. The grant launches Archstone Foundation’s Depression in Late Life Initiative to improve the quality of life for older adults suffering from depression. 

Breast vs. bottle feeding in rhesus monkeys

September 3, 2014

Infant rhesus monkeys receiving different diets early in life develop distinct immune systems that persist months after weaning, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis and UC San Francisco has shown. The study, which compares breast- and bottle-fed infants, appears online September 3 in Science Translational Medicine. [en español]

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

September 2, 2014

Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research from UC Davis Health System published in the September-October issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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The early cost of HIV

August 29, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have made some surprising discoveries about the body’s initial responses to HIV infection. Studying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the team found that specialized cells in the intestine called Paneth cells are early responders to viral invasion and are the source of gut inflammation by producing a cytokine called interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β).

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers launch study examining autism in girls

August 28, 2014

Autism is far more common in boys than girls - affecting 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls — but little is known about biological differences between boys and girls with autism. A new study, called the ‘Girls with Autism — Imaging of Neurodevelopment’ or GAIN Study, led by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will explore those differences in very young girls with autism.

Young earthquake survivor thankful to UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 27, 2014

Nicholas Dillon, the brave 13-year-old who survived after a chimney collapsed on him in his home during the Napa Valley earthquake last Saturday, is in good condition in UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Dillon’s recovery has garnered national and international media attention. He was interviewed from his hospital room in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit yesterday by NBC News, among other media outlets.

Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle

August 26, 2014

mKit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used as contrast agents to light up tumors for MRI and PET scans or deliver chemo and other therapies to destroy tumors. In addition, the particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity. The study was published online today in Nature Communications.

Door-to-door fundraising scam does not benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 20, 2014

The Sacramento-based UC Davis Health System reminds northern California residents that it never seeks donations using door-to-door solicitors and does not work with organizations that use this fundraising approach.

Novel drug action against solid tumors explained

August 11, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis, City of Hope, Taipai Medical University and National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan have discovered how a drug that deprives the cells of a key amino acid specifically kills cancer cells.

Pan awarded grant to test 'smart' chemotherapy drug for bladder cancer

August 7, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologist Chong-Xian Pan has received a $650,000 grant from the VA Northern California Health Care System to conduct the first clinical trial of a novel chemotherapy-delivery drug he developed for bladder cancer patients.

UC Davis launches a clinic to treat thoracic outlet syndrome

August 7, 2014

UC Davis Health System has opened a clinic dedicated to treating a rare and complex condition called thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which occurs when blood vessels or nerves running from the upper body through the arm become compressed, causing problems ranging from reduced mobility and pain to life- and limb-threatening blood clots. It is most often the outcome of trauma, repetitive movements or extra ribs that are present at birth.

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UC Davis nursing school approved for $2.1 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

July 31, 2014

A research project led by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was approved for a $2.1 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study improving health for individuals with diabetes.

UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes its Class of 2018

July 30, 2014

fSeven years ago this month, Thomas Cranmer was serving his country as a Navy SEAL, helping injured platoon members who were hit by gunfire during an ambush in Ramadi, Iraq. This week, he’s in California, getting ready to put on a white coat and receive a stethoscope during a special ceremony that will welcome him and 109 other students into the UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 2018.

Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age

July 24, 2014

Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the University of Victoria, Canada, has found.

Neither gender nor parenthood force doctors to leave surgery training

July 24, 2014

While having children or being female is often thought to be linked with the decision to leave a general surgery residency, this is not true, according to a 10-year evaluation of UC Davis residents.

UC Davis eye surgeon receives Castroviejo Medal from the Cornea Society

July 24, 2014

Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and director of the UC Davis Eye Center, has received the Castroviejo Medal from the Cornea Society for his significant contributions in the field of cornea and anterior segment surgery. The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern corneal transplant surgery and the inspiration for the founding of the Cornea Society, is the society's highest honor.   

UC Davis study researches potential link to care for mothers battling depression: their child's pediatrician

July 21, 2014

Pediatricians will screen mothers for depression in a new research study conducted at UC Davis Children's Hospital. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

'Support cells' in brain play important role in Down syndrome

July 18, 2014

Researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome.

Medicare reimbursement for surgical procedures poorly reflects reality

July 17, 2014

The current system used to determine Medicare payments for surgeries — called relative value units, or RVUs — poorly correlates with the actual work involved in procedures, new research from UC Davis has found. The authors of the study, which will be published in the August issue of the Journal of Surgical Research, call for a more objective system for determining the value of work done by surgeons.

UC Davis Health System earns 2014 'Most Wired' designation

July 17, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has earned “Most Wired” status as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology.

Neural stem cell discovery may aid in treatment research for deafness

July 15, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine have for the first time shown that a polysialylated glycoprotein that regulates neurodevelopment exists on the surface of cells in the adult inner ear.

U.S. News' ranks UC Davis Medical Center programs among the nation's best

July 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses.

UC Davis professor receives award to develop preventive treatment for autism

July 14, 2014

The Hartwell Foundation has presented an Individual Biomedical Research Award to Professor Judy A. Van de Water of the University of California, Davis, recognizing research that could affect nearly one in every four cases of autism among children in the U.S.

New combination drug controls tumor growth and metastasis in mice

July 14, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. The study appears today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pancreatic surgery complications impact hospital costs more than length of stay

July 10, 2014

When it comes to a specific type of pancreatic surgery, post-operative complications have a far greater impact on total cost than does how long the patient stays in the hospital, according to a published paper by UC Davis researchers.

Minor head injury not reason enough for CT scan in children

July 7, 2014

A nationwide study of more than 40,000 children evaluated in hospital emergency departments for head trauma found that if children had only loss of consciousness, and no other signs or symptoms related to the head trauma, they are very unlikely to have sustained serious brain injuries. Children who have only isolated loss of consciousness after head trauma do not routinely require computed tomography (CT) scans of the head, reported researchers from UC Davis Health System and Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Sickle cell drug passes early phase trial

July 2, 2014

A potentially groundbreaking investigational drug designed to treat the painful vaso-occlusive crises that are the hallmark of sickle cell disease has been found to be safe following a clinical trial at UC Davis.

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Surgical biopsy proves safe for selected late-stage lung cancer patients

June 26, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have determined that surgical biopsies can be safely performed on select patients with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer, which should enhance their access to drugs that target specific genetic mutations such as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

UC Davis nursing professor named to prestigious nursing academy fellowship

June 26, 2014

The American Academy of Nursing announced this week that Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor and senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected as one of 168 nurse leaders nationwide for fellowship in the prestigious academy.

UC Davis offers same-day surgeries in Davis

June 25, 2014

Orthopaedic surgeons based at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento are performing some outpatient surgeries and procedures in Davis as part of a new affiliation with the Davis Surgery Center. The location provides a convenient alternative for same-day surgery patients who reside in Yolo County.

Cancer Center's specialty pharmacy program helps patients adhere to oral chemotherapy

June 24, 2014

A UC Davis program designed to better manage cancer patients taking oral chemotherapy drugs has demonstrated that one-on-one counseling, education and monitoring can improve adherence to potentially life-saving cancer treatments.

UC Davis MIND Institute study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides, autism in offspring

June 22, 2014

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The associations were stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women’s pregnancies. [en español]

Groundbreaking lung cancer trial launched

June 16, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center patients will soon be part of an unprecedented clinical trial designed to improve access to promising therapies and speed development of effective treatments for an advanced form of lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of both men and women.

Fungal protein found to cross blood-brain barrier

June 11, 2014

In a remarkable series of experiments on a fungus that causes cryptococcal meningitis, a deadly infection of the membranes that cover the spinal cord and brain, investigators at UC Davis have isolated a protein that appears to be responsible for the fungus’ ability to cross from the bloodstream into the brain.

Telehealth improves forensic examinations for sexual abuse

June 10, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other facilities have shown that telehealth consultations for clinicians at rural hospitals improve their ability to provide forensic examinations for sexual abuse. Published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, the study showed that clinicians with access to expert UC Davis nurses provided more thorough and nuanced exams, improving their ability to gather evidence and to make an accurate diagnosis.

Violent crimes could be prevented if felony charges were reduced less often, study finds

June 10, 2014

A UC Davis study comparing violent misdemeanor convictions with their original criminal charges has found that subsequent violent crimes could be prevented if criminal charges were reduced less often during plea bargaining.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's best

June 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in four pediatric subspecialties. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders. UC Davis ranked 22nd in orthopaedics and 47th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 23rd in nephrology and 28th in neonatology.  

Local health professionals invited to educational workshop about sex trafficking

June 6, 2014

Concerned with increasing news reports of human trafficking in the Sacramento region, UC Davis School of Nursing professors developed a training workshop for area health professionals in hopes of helping practitioners better identify, and then support, victims of sex trafficking.

Restoring trust in VA health care

June 4, 2014

In the wake of recent revelations of overly long patient wait times and systematic manipulation and falsification of reported wait time data, UC Davis and Harvard public policy leaders believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system’s problems can be fixed by strong leadership, greater transparency and reforms that refocus the organization on its primary mission of providing timely access to consistently high-quality care.

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UC Davis study supports the use of bone-stabilizing devices for sternal repairs

May 30, 2014

Devices made of metal plates and screws that can precisely align and stabilize fractured bones as they heal can safely and effectively repair the sternum, according to a review of UC Davis surgeries published in the May issue of the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

96 medical students set to become physicians

May 28, 2014

Ninety-six medical students soon will put “Dr.” in front of their names following the 2014 commencement ceremonies at UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis and Orbis partner in telemedicine initiative to treat, prevent blindness

May 22, 2014

Today, UC Davis Health System and Orbis International, a leading global non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to eliminate avoidable blindness, signed an agreement of cooperation that will expand the use of telemedicine technology to help treat and prevent blindness in the developing world.

Different approaches needed to control cardiovascular disease risks for those with HIV

May 14, 2014

Even if treated, hypertension and high cholesterol are common for people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to a new study from researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals in New York and the University of California, Davis.

Tailored intervention has low impact on colorectal cancer screening

May 12, 2014

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but too few people get tested. In an effort to increase these numbers,researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere investigated whether an individualized interactive multimedia computer program (IMCP) would spur patients to get screened.

Study confirms mitochondrial deficits in children with autism

May 8, 2014

Children with autism experience deficits in a type of immune cell that protects the body from infection. Called granulocytes, the cells exhibit one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from invasion compared to the same cells in children who are developing normally.

UC Davis Medical Center honored with quality achievement award for stroke care

May 6, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for using measures developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens recurrent MRSA clinic

May 5, 2014

Pediatric patients with recurrent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can find relief at UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s new clinic.

Hagerman to receive Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

May 5, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, who has devoted her life to relieving the suffering of children and families affected by fragile X syndrome and related conditions worldwide through patient care, research and teaching, will receive a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate.

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Master educator, diagnostician to receive UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award

April 29, 2014

Faith T. Fitzgerald is a nationally recognized master educator and diagnostician whose ability to guide clinicians in the science and art of medicine and compassionate patient care has been described as "legendary," "inspirational" and "unforgettable."

UC Davis Medical Center receives an 'A' rating on Hospital Safety Score

April 29, 2014

The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog focused on improving the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans, has awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” for patient safety – its top grade.

Recipe for poor wound healing: bacterial infection plus stress

April 28, 2014

The stress hormone epinephrine – the source of the “fight-or-flight” response – also heightens stresses at the cellular level, inhibiting wound healing and promoting a state of chronic inflammation that prohibits the body’s stem cells from migrating to a wound to encourage skin regeneration, UC Davis researchers have found.

Children with Down syndrome have better heart surgery outcomes

April 22, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital have shown that children with Down syndrome have significantly better in-hospital survival rates after surgeries for congenital heart disease (CHD) than their genetically typical peers.

Risk of pregnancy greater with newer method of female sterilization

April 22, 2014

The risk of pregnancy among women using a newer method of planned sterilization called hysteroscopic sterilization is more than 10 times greater over a10-year period than using more commonly performed laparoscopic sterilization, a study by researchers with Yale University and UC Davis has found.

Progressive neurodegenerative disorder linked to R-loop formation, UC Davis researchers find

April 17, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have identified a new feature of the genetic mutation responsible for the progressive neurodegenerative disorder, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) — the formation of “R-loops,” which they believe may be associated with the disorder’s neurological symptoms, such as tremors, lack of balance, features of parkinsonism, and cognitive decline.

Dual Role: Key cell division proteins also power up mitochondria

April 17, 2014

An international team led by researchers at UC Davis has shown that the cyclin B1/Cdk1 protein complex, which plays a key role in cell division, also boosts the mitochondrial activity to power that process. This is the first time the complex has been shown to perform both jobs. This newfound ability could make cyclin B1/Cdk1 an excellent target to control cellular energy production, potentially advancing cancer care and regenerative medicine. The research was published online today in the journal Developmental Cell.

Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in White House ceremony

April 16, 2014

Professor Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, on April 15 received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

SSRI use during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism, developmental delays in male children

April 14, 2014

Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), medications frequently prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental-health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in male children, a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs has found.

UC Davis personalizing outreach to address Asian cancer health disparities

April 11, 2014

In an effort to reduce cancer health disparities among Asian-Americans, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers individual, in-language education and culturally sensitive materials for every Asian-American cancer patient.

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market resumes April 24 in Sacramento

April 10, 2014

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market returns on April 24, resuming its effort to expand access to fresh, locally grown produce sold directly to consumers.

Achieving integrated health care: Nine key lessons

April 9, 2014

Drawing on three decades of experience leading diverse efforts to achieve integrated and higher-value health care, Kenneth W. Kizer, distinguished professor and director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, identified nine key “lessons learned” about health-care integration based on efforts in California and nationally.

The vast majority of injuries and illnesses in agriculture are not counted

April 8, 2014

Federal agencies responsible for tracking workplace hazards fail to report 77 percent of the injuries and illnesses of U.S. agricultural workers and farmers, new research from UC Davis has found. [en español]

UC Davis researchers discover how high blood pressure damages the heart

April 7, 2014

A multidisciplinary research team at UC Davis has found a key biological trigger — a protein known as nitric oxide synthase, or NOS — that makes the heart beat stronger in response to higher blood pressure, along with a way to turn that trigger off when it becomes overactive.

UC Davis clinical trials -- helping revolutionize hepatitis C treatment

April 3, 2014

Jesse De La Cruz didn’t have any hepatitis C symptoms for nearly 15 years. Physicians say that’s fairly typical of an illness also known as “the silent killer.”

New test makes Parkinson's-like disorder of middle age detectable in young adulthood

April 2, 2014

The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found.

New technique quickly identifies molecular makeup of breast tumor cells

April 1, 2014

A new technology can simultaneously detect as many as 100 clinically important protein molecules in breast tumor cells – a quantum advance over conventional methods that can pinpoint only two to four at the same time. The advantages of the new methodology, called multiplexed ion beam imaging (MIBI), is described by a team of scientists at UC Davis and San Francisco and at Stanford, Genentec in the March 23 advance online publication of the journal Nature Medicine.

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Time, trust and transparency keys to minority biospecimen collection

March 26, 2014

Blood and tumor specimen collection from cancer patients is critical to research into new, more personally targeted therapies. But biospecimen collection among diverse populations lags far behind that of whites. [Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish]

Nine-year effort concludes to fund breast cancer endowment at UC Davis

March 21, 2014

After nine years and countless fund-raising events, the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment on Thursday reached its goal of $1.5 million for breast cancer research at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"The envelope please"

March 21, 2014

In a room filled with excitement and joy, 96 students from UC Davis School of Medicine today learned where they will be continuing their medical education over the next several years as they train to become licensed physicians.

Stem cell findings may offer answers for some bladder defects and disease

March 21, 2014

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in coaxing laboratory cultures of human stem cells to develop into the specialized, unique cells needed to repair a patient’s defective or diseased bladder.

Potential lung cancer vaccine shows renewed promise

March 20, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have found that the investigational cancer vaccine tecemotide, when administered with the chemotherapeutic cisplatin, boosted immune response and reduced the number of tumors in mice with lung cancer. The study also found that radiation treatments did not significantly impair the immune response. The paper was published on March 10 in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) publication.

UC Davis faculty drive efforts to improve CT safety

March 19, 2014

UC Davis clinicians and physicists have recommended new strategies to make computed tomography (CT) safer, including adoption of a new metric for dose measurement, ways to manage exposure protocols that differ by CT brand and specific approaches to reduce exposure during needle biopsies. The recommendations are detailed in papers published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).

UC survey results: A strong Aggie family

March 19, 2014

The University of California, Davis, scored high marks in a recent systemwide survey meant to gauge campus climate across the UC system. 

Minority clinical trials participation and analysis still lag 20 years after federal mandate

March 18, 2014

Twenty years after Congress mandated that research funded by the National Institutes of Health include minorities, less than 5 percent of trials participants are non-white, and less than 2 percent of clinical cancer research studies focus on non-white ethnic or racial groups, UC Davis researchers have found. [Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese]

Joint cancer center study finds barriers to minority clinical trial participation

March 18, 2014

A new study involving researchers from UC Davis and four other National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers reveals important barriers that limit minority group participation in cancer clinical trials, findings that will be used to refine and launch more effective strategies to assure that more minorities benefit from clinical trials.

Statewide public cord blood collection program begins

March 17, 2014

Mothers of newborns can now donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood at UC Davis Medical Center and other hospitals throughout the state as part of California’s first comprehensive public system of collecting cord blood for lifesaving transplantations and medical research. [en español]

UC Davis nursing school hopes to improve care for cancer patients with social network

March 14, 2014

Several chemotherapy patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will be invited to use tablets with a unique social networking tool as part of their treatment plan.

Electronic health records can be used to predict sepsis risk and mortality

March 14, 2014

UC Davis researchers have found that routine information — blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature and white blood cell count — from the electronic health records (EHRs) of hospitalized patients can be used to predict the early stages of sepsis, a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the U.S. They also determined that just three measures — lactate level, blood pressure and respiratory rate — can pinpoint the likelihood that a patient will die from the disease.

Microbes in space

March 12, 2014

Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station (ISS). This citizen science project, known as Project MERCCURI, is led in part by UC Davis microbiologists, who are investigating how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to those found on the International Space Station.

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among nation's best in research, primary care

March 11, 2014

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. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015.”

UC Davis MIND Institute joins ranks of elite U.S. neurodevelopmental centers

March 11, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been named an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), through a prestigious grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health — a distinction held by only a handful of neurodevelopmental centers nationwide committed to the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of developmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome.

UC Davis researchers one step closer to ovarian cancer marker

March 10, 2014

The hunt is on to find biomarkers that detect cancer, but it’s a challenging process. Early successes often are followed by heartbreaking failures.

Bone turnover markers predict prostate cancer outcomes

March 7, 2014

Biomarkers for bone formation and resorption predict outcomes for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer, a team of researchers from UC Davis and their collaborators have found.

Atypical development in the siblings of children with autism is detectable at 12 months

March 5, 2014

Atypical development can be detected as early as 12 months of age among the siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder, a study published by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UCLA has found.

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UC Davis tests new smartphone app to help patients with mental illness

February 28, 2014

Sacramento-area youth in the early stages of serious mental illness can receive a new smartphone app that helps them detect early warning signs of psychosis, through a one-year, $588,000 grant to the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to study whether harnessing mobile technology improves patient care.

MIND Institute launches "Colombia Project of Hope"

February 25, 2014

Researchers at the internationally respected UC Davis MIND Institute are collaborating with scientists at two Colombian universities to investigate the very high rate of fragile X-related disorders in one region in the South American country. [en español]

In-hospital formula use deters breastfeeding

February 14, 2014

When mothers feed their newborns formula in the hospital, they are less likely to fully breastfeed their babies in the second month of life and more likely to quit breastfeeding early, even if they had hoped to breastfeed longer, UC Davis researchers have found. [en español or 中文 Chinese

UC Davis Medical Center receives the Women's Choice Award as one of America's best heart care hospitals

February 13, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center is a winner of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart Care. As more women self-manage their care and seek providers they can trust, the Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best health-care institutions and signifies UC Davis Medical Center’s commitment and passion for creating an extraordinary health-care experience. [en español]

Tighter economic regulation is needed to reverse obesity epidemic

February 2, 2014

Governments could slow — and even reverse — the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast food consumption, according to a study published today in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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New insights into controlling pediatric obesity

January 29, 2014

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. Almost one-third of children in this country are overweight or obese, but how can we stem the tide? One idea is to use electronic health records (EHRs) to help clinicians intervene more aggressively. Programmed alerts could spur caregivers to order key tests and educate patients and families. But how does this approach work in the real world?

UC Davis Pediatrics chair contributes to World Symposium on pulmonary hypertension

January 28, 2014

New standards, approaches and recommendations for diagnosing, treating and conducting research on pulmonary hypertension in infants and children were recently published in a special issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology devoted to findings of the 5th World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension (WSPH), held in Nice, France, in 2013. Robin Steinhorn, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, was one of only two neonatologists worldwide invited to participate.

Three physicians hit by phishing scam

January 27, 2014

UC Davis Health System is in the process of notifying approximately 1,800 patients that emails containing their personal or medical information may have been compromised by an Internet phishing scam that affected three UC Davis clinicians in mid-December.

UC Davis is all red for heart health

January 24, 2014

The University of California, Davis, studies the heart, treats the heart and promotes heart health in a big, big way, to be demonstrated Friday, Feb. 7, when thousands of students, staff and faculty will try to set a new world record for largest heart formation.

Clinical informatics becomes a board-certified specialty

January 21, 2014

Three UC Davis physicians are among the nation’s first doctors to become board certified in clinical informatics, a new medical subspecialty created to help broaden and professionalize the health information technology workforce.

UC Davis recognized as a research powerhouse

January 15, 2014

UC Davis placed among the nation’s leading institutions of higher education that conduct research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2013, according to data collected and tabulated by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a North Carolina nonprofit organization that uses the NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools for its annual rankings.

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center earns prestigious Magnet® recognition

January 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center joins the ranks of elite clinical-care institutions in the nation with its new Magnet Recognition Program® status, which was granted this week by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Complementary medicine in wide use to treat children with autism, developmental delay

January 11, 2014

In a study of the range of treatments being employed for young children with autism and other developmental delays, UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have found that families often use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and that the most frequent users of both conventional and complementary approaches are those with higher levels of parental education and income. [en español]

Katherine Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 10, 2014

Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received a 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

New clinic provides immunization information to Sacramento area parents

January 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital will open a new clinic this month to provide information and counseling to parents who are considering choosing not to immunize their children.

UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement provides free Direct accounts for rural California providers

January 8, 2014

As part of its gaol of accelerating the adoption of health information exchange (HIE) technology, the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement’s California Health eQuality (CHeQ) Program is offering free Direct accounts through its Rural HIE Incentive Program launched earlier this year.

Men do not seek obesity surgery as soon as they should

January 6, 2014

Even though obesity affects women and men equally, a UC Davis study shows that obese women are four times more likely than obese men to seek weight-loss surgery. When they do see a bariatric surgeon, male patients tend to be older, more obese and sicker than women.

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New MRI technique illuminates the wrist in motion

December 31, 2013

UC Davis radiologists, medical physicists and orthopaedic surgeons have found a way to create "movies" of the wrist in motion using a series of brief magnetic resonance imaging scans. Called "Active MRI," the technique could be useful in diagnosing subtle changes in physiology that indicate the onset of conditions such as wrist instability.

High good and low bad cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain, too

December 30, 2013

High levels of “good” cholesterol and low levels of “bad” cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found. [en español]

Santa delivers Christmas wish to young hospital patient

December 20, 2013

In the UC Davis Children’s Hospital playroom, 9-year-old William Davis sat with his leg wrapped in bandages after treatment for dog bites and gazed at a large video screen as Santa Claus was beamed in from the North Pole. It was part of Cisco Systems’ “Santa Connection” program, which gives hospitalized children an opportunity to virtually share their wishes with Santa.

Detecting gastric cancer early -- it's in the sugars

December 20, 2013

Gastric cancer kills more than 700,000 people each year, mostly in Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe. Though the disease is quite treatable when caught early, symptoms are indistinct and late detection leads to high mortality. The five-year survival rate in the United States is 26.9 percent.

Survival rates have not improved for metastatic prostate cancer

December 18, 2013

Since the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test was introduced in the late 1980s, prostate cancer mortality has dropped by more than 40 percent. However, there has been tremendous controversy over whether the PSA test has caused that decline.  In a newly published study, UC Davis researchers suggest that PSA screening likely plays an important role. [en español]   

MIND Institute research named a Top 10 Scientific Advance for 2013 by Autism Speaks

December 18, 2013

A study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has been named one of the Top 10 Scientific Advances of 2013 by Autism Speaks, the international science and advocacy organization.

Sports vision specialist receives "40 Under 40" recognition

December 17, 2013

UC Davis eye specialist Khizer Khaderi, age 35, is combining expertise in neuro-opthalmology with technological know-how to develop new tools to improve vision and patient care, from athletes in training to individuals with traumatic brain injury.

The danger of sending patients home too soon after thyroid surgery

December 17, 2013

Removal of the thyroid gland is considered by most surgeons to be safe, which is why patients are often discharged from the hospital on the same day as the procedure. A new international, multicenter study published in the current issue of Surgery has found that some of these patients should be monitored in the hospital overnight for potentially deadly bleeding known as a post-surgical hematoma.

Pilot study finds ways to better screen and recover guns from domestic violence offenders

December 13, 2013

More intensive screening to identify firearm owners among individuals who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders, and streamlining processes to recover guns at the time those restraining orders are served could help enforce existing laws that prohibit these offenders from having firearms and using them to harm others, a pilot study conducted by violence prevention experts at the University of Californa, Davis, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. [en español]

Stem cell agency funds UC Davis tissue-engineering research

December 12, 2013

Led by a renowned throat surgeon and a highly regarded stem cell researcher, a UC Davis team has received a $4.4 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to develop a stem cell-derived airway transplant to cure a difficult, life-threatening problem known as severe airway stenosis.

Hybrid clotting factor means fewer injections, better disease control for hemophilia patients

December 12, 2013

A Phase III clinical trial led by UC Davis researchers has confirmed that a new coagulation factor (rFIXFc) dramatically reduces the number of injections needed to maintain effective clotting for hemophilia B patients.

Electrical power restored at UC Davis Medical Center

December 12, 2013

Electrical power is back on at UC Davis Medical Center and all its facilities after an interruption in a SMUD power feed this morning.

Holiday toy drive benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 10, 2013

UC Davis Children's Hospital is hosting a holiday toy drive this month to help spread cheer to its patients and their families staying this holiday season.

Better guidelines, coordination needed for prostate cancer specialists

December 9, 2013

With a deluge of promising new drug treatments for advanced prostate cancer on the market, a new model of care is needed that emphasizes collaboration between urologists and medical oncologists, according to UC Davis prostate cancer experts. [en español]

Paul Knoepfler receives National Advocacy Award at World Stem Cell Summit

December 6, 2013

Paul Knoepfler, associate professor of cell biology and human anatomy at UC Davis School of Medicine, was honored this week at the World Stem Cell Summit in San Diego for his stem cell advocacy and awareness efforts.

Trauma-care quality improvement needs national focus

December 4, 2013

The ability to objectively measure and compare the quality and long-term outcomes of trauma care nationwide will be imperative under the new health-care payment models that are evolving, UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement Director Kenneth W.  Kizer told attendees of the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) of the American College of Surgeons last month.

UC Davis Medical Center named 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital

December 3, 2013

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2013, a distinction that places UC Davis among a handful of health systems and hospitals in California and among the top 10 percent of hospitals participating in the national survey that met tough national standards for safety and quality. UC Davis and UC San Francisco Medical Center at Mount Zion were the only medical centers in the University of California system recognized as Top Hospitals.

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National study finds donor age not a factor in most corneal transplants

November 26, 2013

Ten years after a transplant, a cornea from a 71-year-old donor is likely to remain as healthy as a cornea from a donor half that age, and corneas from donors over 71 perform slightly less well but still remain healthy for most transplant recipients, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and led by the UC Davis Health System Eye Center and the University of Cincinnati Eye Institute. [en español]

Telemedicine reduces pediatric medication errors in rural emergency departments

November 25, 2013

A new study from researchers at UC Davis has shown that telemedicine consultations from pediatric specialists reduced the number of drug errors in eight rural emergency departments. Published today in the journal Pediatrics, the study is the latest in research from UC Davis which demonstrates that telemedicine consultations can improve quality of care in rural settings. [中文 Chinese] or [en español]

Four health system faculty elected as AAAS fellows

November 25, 2013

Four UC Davis Health System faculty members have been elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are among 388 new fellows — including a total of 10 at the University of California, Davis — honored for their scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The AAAS will publish the names of new members in the November 29 issue of Science andformally recognize them during the association's annual meeting in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Health insurance increases preventive care but not risky behaviors

November 22, 2013

People with health insurance are more likely to use preventive services such as flu shots and health screenings to reduce their risk of serious illness, but they are no more likely than people without health insurance to engage in risky health behaviors such as smoking or gaining weight, researchers at UC Davis and University of Rochester have found. [en español]

Institute for Population Health Improvement expands high-tech health-care services for some 3.5 million Californians

November 20, 2013

Communication of clinical information needed to provide safe and effective, high quality health care is now easier in 12 rural California counties as a result of an initiative launched earlier this year by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI).  

Institute for Population Health Improvement to direct leadership training program for nonprofits, public agencies

November 19, 2013

The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) received a $125,000 grant from the Sierra Health Foundation to restart the foundation’s popular Health Leadership Program for nonprofits and public agencies. Faculty from the University of San Francisco School of Management will also collaborate on the project.

Institute for Population Health Improvement funds state’s first "Blue Button" project for Medi‑Cal

November 18, 2013

As part of its mission to accelerate the adoption of health information exchange throughout California, the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement’s California Health eQuality program awarded $400,000 to L.A. Care, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, to develop Blue Button functionality. Blue Button will allow L.A. Care members to access their own prescription data online. The project is the first in California and among the first in the nation to develop the tool for Medicaid beneficiaries.

The Campaign for UC Davis: $1 billion goal reached

November 15, 2013

The University of California, Davis, announced today (Nov. 15) it successfully reached its goal to raise $1 billion from more than 100,000 donors through its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, The Campaign for UC Davis.

UC Davis Children's Hospital offers access to pediatric subspecialty care for rural newborns with PEANUT Program

November 13, 2013

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been awarded a three-year, approximately $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for the Advancement of Telehealth - Health Resources and Services Administration (OAT-HRSA) to expand its services for infants through the new Pediatric Emergency Assistance to Newborns Using Telehealth (PEANUT) Program.

Children who have autism far more likely to have tummy troubles

November 6, 2013

Children with autism experience gastrointestinal (GI) upsets such as constipation, diarrhea and sensitivity to foods six-to-eight times more often than do children who are developing typically, and those symptoms are related to behavioral problems, including social withdrawal, irritability and repetitive behaviors, a new study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]

Institute for Population Health Improvement receives grants to support health policy presence

November 6, 2013

The Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has received grants totaling $423,236 from the California HealthCare Foundation and The California Endowment to increase awareness of evidence-based policies to address a wide range of health issues facing California and the nation.

Interactive computer program helps patients talk with their physician about depression

November 5, 2013

Patients who used an interactive computer program about depression while waiting to see their primary-care doctor were nearly twice as likely to ask about the condition and significantly more likely to receive a recommendation for antidepressant drugs or a mental-health referral from their physician, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis.

Solving the pediatric obesity problem in rural communities

November 4, 2013

Using telemedicine to unite clinicians and provide health education for them — and by extension, their patients — is an effective way to manage childhood obesity in remote areas. For these communities, which often have limited access to pediatric subspecialists, having a HEALTH-COP can make all the difference. [中文 Chinese] or [en español]

New grant to advance career opportunities for young scientists

November 4, 2013

As part of a national effort to broaden scientific training opportunities for young scientists and engineers and better prepare them for a wide variety of careers, the National Institutes of Health has awarded UC Davis a five-year, $1.7 million grant to support the Frontiers of University Training to Unlock the Research Enterprise (FUTURE) program  ̶  a campuswide effort that will expand academic offerings, internships and other experiential learning in the biomedical sciences for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.