NEWS | July 31, 2015

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

Dan O'Connor
Daniel O'Connor shown in his laboratory at UC San Diego in 1989

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.

The Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D. Memorial Research Grant will provide $7,500 annually to a fourth-year UC Davis medical student to support three months of supervised research. UC Davis medical students interested in the grant should apply for it in their third year.

The School of Medicine collaborated with the wife of Dr. O’Connor, Kellie Evans-O’Connor, and his family, friends and colleagues, to establish the grant. Dr. O’Connor graduated from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1974 and died on Aug. 6, 2014.

Dr. O’Connor went on to a career in academic medicine, becoming a distinguished professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He was a world leader in the study of hypertension and renal disease. In 1989, Dr. O'Connor received the UC Davis School of Medicine's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

After completing a residency and fellowship at UC San Diego, Dr. O’Connor joined the faculty of the school’s Division of Nephrology-Hypertension. During his career, Dr. O’Connor published more than 350 original articles in major, peer-reviewed journals, covering research that spanned basic biochemistry through clinical trials. His research gave his trainees invaluable skills across the full spectrum of medical investigation, and the many fellows and junior faculty trained by Dr. O’Connor have succeeded in academic medicine, pharmacology, biotechnology and nephrology.

An overview of the criteria and conditions for the Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D. Memorial Research Grant are as follows:

  • Proposals should be hypothesis-testing and can be in basic, translational or health services.
  • Research in a field of cardiovascular medicine will be given preference.
  • Research can be conducted in a university setting in the United States with appropriate mentorship.
  • Research should be conducted in year four of medical school. Completion of research will count toward the special studies module requirement.
  • Research findings will be summarized in a final progress report due by commencement. Any publications should cite support from the grant.

Applications are due by Dec. 18, 2015.

For application information and further details, contact Saul Schaefer, UC Davis professor of cardiovascular medicine, at