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Welcome to the UC Davis Health System newsroom. Below you will find the latest health and medicine news from UC Davis. You can also use the advanced search feature to find additional press releases. If you are a journalist, our news service staff is available to help identify sources for stories about patient care, research and education. Also please review important information for journalists for details about patient privacy and arranging for interviews at health system facilities.

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Alzheimer's behaviors: How do I manage them? topic of September lecture

August 27, 2015

Alzheimer’s behaviors: How do I manage them? will be the subject of the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture Series address. The discussion will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lescher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek .

UC Davis MIND Institute to present inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder

August 25, 2015

Jair C. Soares, professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr., chair in psychiatry, UTHealth Medical School, will present the inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Thursday, Oct. 1.

MIND Institute researchers receive grant to measure language acquisition in autism

August 24, 2015

The evaluation of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder is being hampered by the lack of validated measures to assess the progress that individuals make in such treatments. UC Davis MIND Institute researchers, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and University of Washington, will study the utility of methods for measuring language acquisition in people with autism spectrum disorder, in order to evaluate their treatment progress, through a $125,000 seed grant from the Simons Foundation for Autism Research.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: How to water the grass and raise money for a worthy cause.

August 20, 2015

UC Davis ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic Co-Directors Bjorn Oskarsson and Nanette Joyce demonstrated how to water the grass, despite the drought, and raise money for a very worthy cause: The ALS Association of Greater Sacramento. The association supports the clinic, which is an ALS Center of Excellence. If you would like to make a gift, click here. The ice bucket challenge took place on Wednesday, August 19.

Leiserowitz named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UC Davis

August 20, 2015

Gary S. Leiserowitz, professor and chief of gynecologic oncology, has been appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Leiserowitz previously was the department’s interim chair, starting in August 2014.

New York Blood Center partners with UC Davis Health System to produce more viable stem cell therapies

August 20, 2015

New York Blood Center (NYBC) today announced a new collaboration with the University of California, Davis, Health System to manufacture specialized lines of stem cells as potential therapies for repair and regeneration of retina, kidney, lung and liver tissue, as well as for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease.

Managing Alzheimer's behaviors topic of September lecture

August 20, 2015

“Alzheimer’s behaviors: How do I manage them?” will be the subject of the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture Series address. The discussion will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

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.

American Indian undergraduates visit UC Davis to explore health professions

August 18, 2015

Twenty American Indian undergraduates from across the western United States recently attended the second annual American Indians Accessing Health Professions Workshop 2015 at UC Davis Health System. The three-day workshop was hosted and organized by the UC Davis School of Medicine Office of Student and Resident Diversity, in partnership with the Association of American Indian Physicians, UCLA and the University of Nevada.

Summer Concert brings music, family fun to health system campus

August 18, 2015

Staff, faculty, students and neighbors enjoyed live music, food and fun at last week’s free summer concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Telethon raises $274,958 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 18, 2015

Telethon viewers and partners raised $274,958 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

UC Davis to employ canines to sniff out cancer

August 17, 2015

UC Davis clinicians are hoping to greatly advance cancer screenings with the innate olfactory skills of man’s best friend.

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.

Kohl's Cares supports UC Davis Children's Hospital's trauma prevention efforts

August 12, 2015

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $202,309 from Kohl’s Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital free summer concert on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.4 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives.

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.

New combination treatment effective against melanoma skin metastases

August 11, 2015

mIn findings never before seen in melanoma, a novel combination therapy was found to be highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases, new research from UC Davis has shown.

Using kidneys from very small donors for transplant is safer than expected

August 10, 2015

Kidneys transplanted from infants who died of birth-related or other complications are less likely to fail due to a post-surgical vascular complication known as graft arterial stenosis (GAS) than kidneys from deceased adults, resesarchers have found.

UC Davis cancer patient makes generous gift to ease children's hospital stay

August 7, 2015

In a check presentation Aug. 6 at the UC Davis Medical Center, Roy Chavez, a UC Davis brain cancer patient and Mule Creek State Prison correctional officer, made a generous gift to support programs and services for children staying at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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.

Cherry lands top NCI grant

August 6, 2015

Simon Cherry, distinguished professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, and co-leader of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Biomedical Technology Program, has been selected to receive a prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Raising pay can reduce smoking rates

August 6, 2015

In addition to restricting when and where tobacco is used at work, UC Davis Health System research shows that employers can do something else to reduce the number of employees who smoke: raise wages.

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.

Curry honored with two international recognitions for microcirculation research

August 5, 2015

Fitz-Roy Curry, distinguished professor emeritus of physiology and membrane biology and biomedical engineering at UC Davis, has been honored with two international recognitions for his contributions in microcirculation research.

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.

Waking up HIV

July 30, 2015

Highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) has helped millions survive the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Unfortunately, HIV has a built-in survival mechanism, creating reservoirs of latent, inactive virus that are invisible to both HAART and the immune system.

Consuming highly refined carbohydrates increases risk of depression

July 30, 2015

A diet high in refined carbohydrates may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. [en español]

UC Davis awards new technology grants to health system researchers

July 29, 2015

UC Davis Health System investigators are among the winners of this year’s Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) grants for research projects with commercial feasibility.

UC Davis offers stroke-prevention alternative for patients with atrial fibrillation

July 29, 2015

Cardiologists at UC Davis are the first in Northern California to treat the major risk of stroke that comes with atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common form of arrhythmia, with a device that blocks blood clots from traveling from the heart to the head.

UC Davis to partner with NEC Society to host first national conference on necrotizing enterocolitis

July 28, 2015

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and Division of Neonatology will partner with the NEC society in hosting the first national conference on necrotizing enterocolitis, set for spring of 2017.The event will bring together physicians, scientists, and parents from across North America with expertise in necrotizing enterocolitic (NEC) for the first time. 

UC Davis trauma center re-verified as level I by the American College of Surgeons

July 28, 2015

The trauma center at UC Davis has been re-verified as level 1 by the American College of Surgeons, making it one of only three trauma centers in California with level I verification in both pediatric and adult trauma care.

Autism costs estimated to reach nearly $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025

July 28, 2015

UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available.

Sleep and the Aging Brain topic of August lecture in Walnut Creek

July 28, 2015

Glen Xiong, associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, will address “Sleep and the Aging Brain” during the August 2015 UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture Series in Walnut Creek.

Community invited to UC Davis Children's Hospital's free summer concert

July 27, 2015

The young and the young at heart are invited to a free outdoor summer concert featuring music by the Bay Area band Lovefool, a special player appearance from the Sacramento Republic FC and a Kids’ Zone.

Curry elected to Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

July 23, 2015

Fitz-Roy Curry, distinguished professor emeritus of physiology and membrane biology and biomedical engineering at UC Davis, was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, a non-governmental organization that includes Norwegian and foreign members who support the advancement of science and scholarship in Norway.

UC Davis researchers awarded grant for HIV clinical trial using stem cells

July 23, 2015

The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today approved funding a UC Davis Health System research team to conduct a clinical trial using bioengineered stem cells to treat HIV patients suffering from lymphoma, one of the deadly conditions associated with the disease.

UC Davis announces new building for Sacramento campus

July 23, 2015

Leaders of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announced plans to construct a new education building in Sacramento. Betty Irene Moore Hall will be the fourth structure in the educational core of the campus and will house graduate programs of the School of Nursing, as well as support interprofessional education for other health science education on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

New discoveries in UC Davis brain research the topic of August lecture

July 22, 2015

From new ways to stimulate the brain, to new strategies to monitor and communicate with individuals with psychosis, UC Davis neuroscientists are leaders in understanding the brain and developing new treatments for mental-health disorders. 

One of America's top hospitals

July 21, 2015

UC Davis medical Center has again ranked as one of the best hospitals in the U.S. for 2015-16 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

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.

James Marcin is lead author on AAP's telemedicine policy statement about pediatric health care

July 16, 2015

In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes recommendations on the use of telemedicine in children’s health care and how it will impact the pediatric workforce. UC Davis division chief of pediatric critical care medicine and head of the UC Davis pediatric telemedicine program was lead author of the report.

James Marcin appointed head of pediatric critical care medicine at UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 15, 2015

James Marcin, pediatric critical care physician and director of the pediatric telemedicine program, has been appointed division chief of pediatric critical care medicine.

Friendships, fun at UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp

July 15, 2015

Kids in bright yellow UC Davis summer camp shirts gathered at the rock climbing wall at the UC Davis ARC on Friday. But this was not an ordinary group of campers. They were from the UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp, now in its second year, which provides friendship, fun and diabetes education for patients battling Type I Diabetes.

Lecture to address reducing the risk of falls and related injuries among the elderly

July 14, 2015

Falls, the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries and a leading cause of death among the elderly, will be the topic of the July UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Series lecture. The speaker will be Christy Adams, UC Davis Health System Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program coordinator.

Sam's Club in Sacramento is #1 CMN fundraiser

July 13, 2015

Sam's Club on Power Inn Road in Sacramento was named the #1 Sam's Club store for raising the most money for Children's Miracle Network in the country during its 2015 campaign. The store raised $42,847.75, with proceeds staying locally and benefitting UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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.

UC Davis Medical Center awarded 'Most Wired 2015' designation

July 10, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has again earned “Most Wired” designation as one of the nation’s top health leaders in information technology. The 2015 award is based on a national survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.

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.

UC Davis study identifies tools, strategies for enhancing obesity prevention in rural communities

July 7, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have reviewed a successful telemedicine intervention against pediatric obesity to better understand what worked (or didn’t) and how similar programs can be improved.

UC Davis researchers find key mechanism that causes neuropathic pain

July 6, 2015

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have identified a key mechanism in neuropathic pain. The discovery could eventually benefit millions of patients with chronic pain from trauma, diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that cause nerve damage.

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Level I trauma experience prepares surgeons for battle

June 30, 2015

Soldiers injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have the highest survival rates in history, thanks to the availability of surgeons skilled in combat care.

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]

UC Davis nursing school welcomes physician assistant, nurse practitioner students to master's-degree programs

June 26, 2015

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis conducted a White Coat Ceremony on Thursday to welcome physician assistant and nurse practitioner classes of 2017.

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.

Erik Fernandez y Garcia appointed commissioner of new maternal mental health task force

June 24, 2015

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been appointed a commissioner on the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care. The formation of this group was announced at a press conference today, presented by 2020 Mom (formerly the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative) and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State.  

UC Davis awards $1 million for brain research

June 24, 2015

UC Davis is stimulating innovative, collaborative brain research with a new program offering funding for projects with strong potential to lead to impactful discoveries.

Organ and tissue donors honored with memorial rock at UC Davis Medical Center

June 18, 2015

Organ, tissue and eye donors’ monumental generosity was memorialized this morning when a two-ton inscribed rock was added to the landscape of UC Davis Medical Center.

Evaluating intelligence testing in individuals with intellectual disability

June 18, 2015

Since the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries, intelligence tests have attempted to measure human intellectual capabilities. The most common assigns an intelligence quotient, or “IQ” score for normal intelligence in the 90-to-110 point range. Below-normal intelligence falls below 80 IQ points.

UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

June 18, 2015

The 12th Annual UC Davis Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders — one of the nation's premier gatherings of health professionals, educators and families interested in research and best practices in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders — will be held Friday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, on the University of California, Davis campus. The Institute is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) of the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital collects donations at June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game

June 15, 2015

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

Leiserowitz receives WAGO award

June 15, 2015

Gary Leiserowitz, chief of gynecologic oncology and interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (WAGO) James F. Nolan Award June 12 at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Santa Rosa.

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.

First class of UC Davis master's-degree nurse practitioners and physician assistants graduate

June 12, 2015

For the first time, 25 students in the physician assistant and nurse practitioner master’s-degree programs collected degrees through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis this graduation season, along with six Doctor of Philosophy and 25 Master of Science ― Leadership students.

Early Start Denver Model workshops offered in August

June 11, 2015

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a daily play-and routines-based intervention for young children with autism that has been found to result in significant developmental gains, is offering a series of workshops in August.

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]

UC Davis Children's Hospital listed in the nation's Best Children's Hospital rankings

June 9, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in five 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 Children's Hospital ranked 29th in orthopaedics and 20th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 17th in neonatology, 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology and 45th in neurology and neurosurgery. 

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.

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.