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Healthy weight only protects women from hot flashes during the early stages of menopause

December 6, 2016

Greater weight increases the likelihood of hot flashes and night sweats during early stages of the menopause transition but reduces those symptoms throughout menopause and beyond, new UC Davis research published in the journal Menopause shows.

UC Davis Children's Hospital supports safe sleep practices

December 2, 2016

Every year in the United States, 3,400 infants die of sleep-related causes. In Sacramento County, one infant every other week dies, due to their sleep environment.

Votes for UC Davis Children's Hospital could result in $50,000 to help local kids

December 1, 2016

UC Davis Health System employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Eye Center's principal optometrist receives mentoring award

December 1, 2016

Melissa Barnett, principal optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center, received the Mentoring Award from the Women in Optometry association. She is one of six optometrists recognized for excellence in leadership, mentorship and education, and innovation.

UC Davis hosts symposium to address alleviating pain through collaboration

December 1, 2016

UC Davis leaders and faculty from diverse professions and disciplines assembled to help advance pain relief and improve quality of life at the 2016 Advancing Pain Relief Symposium at UC Davis.

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Pediatric stroke survivor to run CIM MaraFUNRun on Sunday

November 30, 2016

An otherwise healthy Sacramento pre-teen, Chanell Roberts had just finished running in her P.E. class when the stroke hit. After initial treatment, she was brought to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Lifestyle changes and dementia risk topic of talk at Lesher Center for the Arts

November 29, 2016

Can lifestyle changes help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? John Olichney, UC Davis professor of neurology and a behavioral neurologist, will address the question at a public lecture Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Gram-negative bacteria may influence Alzheimer's disease pathology

November 29, 2016

For the first time, researchers have found higher levels of Gram-negative bacteria antigens in brain samples from late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients. Compared to controls, patients with Alzheimer's had much higher levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and E coli K99 pili protein. In addition, The UC Davis team also found LPS molecules congregated with amyloid plaques, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s pathology and progression. The research was published today in the print edition of the journal Neurology.

Alarming health disparities could be prevented by breastfeeding

November 23, 2016

Black infants had over twice the deaths of whites attributable to lack of optimal breastfeeding, a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows. Black infants also had over three times the rate of necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating disease of preterm infants, attributable to suboptimal rates of feeding with their mother’s own milk.

UC Davis Children's Hospital hosts toy drive Dec. 20-23

November 22, 2016

To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals who would like to make the season brighter for hospitalized children, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive up and drop off donations for the holidays.

Kindness, compassion key to cancer center pharmacy program

November 16, 2016

Jacquelyn Conway, a mother who enjoys taking long walks and cooking organic meals, was told she had invasive breast cancer In August 2012. That began an arduous series of cancer treatments starting with chemotherapy – and a determined approach to survival.

UC Davis Eye Center grateful patient named Outstanding Benefactor of the Year

November 16, 2016

Ernest E. Tschannen, whose historic $38.5 million total gift to UC Davis will transform eye care in the Sacramento region and beyond for generations to come, today received the Outstanding Benefactor award from the California Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Mobile health data may offer new pathways to better patient care

November 15, 2016

A UC Davis-led team has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) to explore the use of personalized mobile health data to improve chronic disease management and care.

Cancer research pioneer to speak on therapy advances

November 15, 2016

Alan Ashworth, renowned basic cancer scientist and president of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present a talk on synthetic lethal approaches to cancer therapy Nov. 30 at UC Davis.

Bennet Omalu receives American Medical Association's highest honor

November 14, 2016

Bennet Omalu, associate clinical professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis Health System, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Medical Association for his groundbreaking work on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) on Saturday at the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting, in Orlando, Fla.

Using antibiotics wisely: Do's and Don'ts

November 14, 2016

Knowing how to use antibiotics safely and appropriately empowers everyone to be a part of the solution to preserve the life-saving power of antibiotics, according to Larissa May, associate professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and a national expert on antibiotic stewardship.

Organ and tissue donors honored

November 9, 2016

Three dozen butterflies — symbols of new life — were recently released during a touching tribute to the UC Davis Medical Center patients who gave life to others.

UC Davis School of Nursing researchers receive grant for novel advanced illness care program

November 7, 2016

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis were awarded $600,000 from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Innovations in Care Program for their collaboration with faith-based organizations in Alameda County that address advanced illness care disparities through the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) Advanced Illness Care Program.

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

November 7, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center has been selected for the 17th time as a Consumer Choice Award winner by National Research Corporation.

Miss California visits UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 4, 2016

Miss California Jessa Carmack made a visit to patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital this week, along with Miss Sacramento County Lauren Berlinn, Miss Sacramento County's Outstanding Teen Nikki Holbrook and Miss City of Sacramento Outstanding Teen Violet Joy Hansen.

Breast cancer patients have new surgery option with radioactive seed

November 3, 2016

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a new technique for breast cancer patients undergoing surgery to remove breast cancer that may improve cosmetic outcomes and the patient’s surgery experience.

Join gamers playing for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 5

November 2, 2016

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table-top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 5: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.

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Sam's Club in Sacramento is No. 1 CMN fundraiser again

October 31, 2016

Sam's Club on Power Inn Road in Sacramento was named the No. 1 Sam's Club store in the country for the second year in a row, raising the most money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during its 2016 Miracle Balloon campaign, which ran Aug. 29 through Oct. 16. The store raised $66,367.99 with proceeds staying locally and benefitting UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis physician assistant students receive national scholarships

October 31, 2016

Two physician assistant graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis each received a two-year, full scholarship from the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to pursue their passion to become primary care providers and join a community of clinicians with a shared desire to serve people with limited access to health care.

Pediatrics unit celebrates Halloween, country fair-style

October 31, 2016

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

UC Davis MIND Institute to host 22q deletion syndrome event and presentation

October 27, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host a “Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Family Meeting” on Sunday, Nov. 6 featuring a 22q Mystery Bus Tour with games, giveaways and education station application consultations.

UC Davis CAARE Center receives $1.6 million grant by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency

October 27, 2016

The UC Davis CAARE Center has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to provide mental health services to all newly placed foster children throughout Sacramento County for the next five years. 

Elimination of synapses in the brain the topic of MIND Institute's next distinguished lecture

October 26, 2016

One of the major unsolved mysteries in neuroscience is how synapses are eliminated in the brain during normal development. This pruning process is required for precise brain wiring, but what drives the elimination of specific synapses remains unclear. Neuroscientist Beth Stevens will explore her recent research, which revealed a key role for microglia in synaptic pruning in a free public lecture at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Nov. 9. at 4:30 p.m.

Terminally ill cancer patients fare poorly after surgery

October 25, 2016

Patients with disseminated advanced cancer who undergo surgery are far more likely to endure long hospital stays and readmissions, referrals to extended care facilities and death, UC Davis researchers have found.

Bullying, vulnerability of children with disabilities the topic of upcoming Minds Behind the MIND lecture

October 21, 2016

The 2016-2017 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series resumes this month with a Spanish-speaking workshop for families and educators entitled “Ingredients for a healthy relationship-based society: How do we identify, talk about and manage emotions in the context of a disability?”

Sexual pain in women after cancer is common, and too often ignored

October 20, 2016

Painful sex in women after cancer treatment is relatively common, often treatable and needs to be addressed by medical providers, a UC Davis oncologist and researcher suggests.

New grants help UC Davis researchers home in on Angelman syndrome treatment

October 20, 2016

Two UC Davis researchers have received grants totaling $1.6 million to advance their work to find an effective treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures and sleep disturbances and inhibits language development.

Neu5Gc in red meat and organs may pose a significant health hazard

October 19, 2016

Neu5Gc, a non-human sialic acid sugar molecule common in red meat that increases the risk of tumor formation in humans, is also prevalent in pig organs, with concentrations increasing as the organs are cooked, a study by researchers from the UC Davis School of Medicine and Xiamen University School of Medicine has found.

UC Davis surgeon honored for international humanitarian efforts

October 19, 2016

J. Nilas Young, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis, has received a 2016 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer International Volunteerism Award for his work in developing heart surgery programs in Russia and South America. Young received the award, the highest honor for fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) who provide volunteer care to medically underserved populations, on Oct. 18 at the ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C.

Workshop set for young adults with cancer

October 18, 2016

Young adults dealing with the effects of cancer are invited to attend Pushing Past Cancer, a free day of education and motivation, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Sacramento campus. The event is open to cancer patients ages 18-40, their support persons and medical professionals.

Expert on Mental Function in Aging Elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 18, 2016

John Morrison, professor of neurology at the University of California, Davis, and director of the California National Primate Research Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific bodies.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to host Caregivers Workshop

October 17, 2016

When a family member or loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, caregivers are thrust into a new world of responsibility, often without training or experience. It’s important for caregivers to learn to navigate their new world and become familiar with housing options, community resources and common behaviors.

Diagnostic symposium on renal and transplant pathology, Oct. 21

October 14, 2016

This year’s free Diagnostic Symposium, sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, features insights into common diagnostic dilemmas in renal and transplant pathology by UC San Francisco and UC Davis specialists beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in the Medical Education Building, Room 2222.

NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Expands in California

October 13, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named the California Precision Medicine Consortium as a regional medical center group in the national network of health care provider organizations that will implement the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program.

Brain foods and cognitive health the topic of upcoming community discovery lecture

October 12, 2016

While aging is inevitable, most people want to maintain their brain power including memory, reading comprehension and cognitive skills. But like most organs in the body, by the mid-40s brains suffer a measureable decline, which can affect memory and reasoning, and many people develop age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

DeLemos recognized as a National Magnet Nurse of the Year

October 11, 2016

Christi DeLemos, a nurse practitioner in the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery, has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with a 2016 National Magnet Nurse of the Year award.

Russo honored as Elks alum of the year

October 10, 2016

Rachel Russo, a resident in the UC Davis Department of Surgery, has been selected as the 2016 Elks National Foundation Scholarship Programs Alum of the Year for her commitment to community service and inspiring others.

Hibbard Williams' enduring legacy

October 10, 2016

In death as in life, former UC Davis School of Medicine Dean Hibbard E. Williams’ commitment to mentoring and advancing the career of the next generation of medical leaders lives on. Williams, who passed away at home on July 26 at age 83, will be honored by friends and colleagues — past and present — at a special Celebration of Life in Davis on Oct. 15.

Preserving the power of antibiotics

October 6, 2016

Of the 10 million prescriptions for antibiotics that emergency department physicians in the U.S. write each year, many are prescribed for known viral infections such as acute bronchitis and upper respiratory infections, which do not respond to antibiotics. A one-year study at UC Davis Medical Center funded with a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and preserve the microbe-fighting power of antibiotics.  

Shaikh accepted into California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program

October 6, 2016

Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine, was accepted as a member of Cohort 16 of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program. 

Vascular center celebrates 10 years of accomplishments

October 5, 2016

The UC Davis Vascular Center celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 29 with an event to recognize the surgeons, physicians, nurses, imaging specialists, vascular technologists and clinic staff who provide comprehensive care for patients with blood vessel disease.

Cancer Care Network symposium focuses on precision medicine and end-of-life options

October 4, 2016

More than 80 people attended the 4th annual Cancer Care Network Symposium Saturday at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium to explore key topics in cancer care, including the new End of Life Option Act. 

30-day hospital readmission is a poor measure of quality

October 4, 2016

The 30-day window for hospital readmissions — used by the federal government to penalize hospitals believed to provide lower-quality care because patients return to the hospital following discharge — should be reduced to a week or less to more accurately measure factors within a hospital’s control, new research from UC Davis has found.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches Patient Stories blog

October 3, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week launched its Patient Stories blog. These stories highlight the care and support provided by the Children's Hospital team, as shared by pediatric patients, their families and staff.

Ronald McDonald House Northern California launches caring cart at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 3, 2016

Ronald McDonald House Northern California will launch its caring cart at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week. 

Nutrition and early development the topic of MIND Institute's next distinguished lecture

October 3, 2016

An understanding of the effect of nutrients on brain structure and cognitive development in infants and children has advanced maternal and infant nutrition over the past two decades.

UC Davis surgeons enroll the first patient in an acute spinal cord injury study

October 3, 2016

Neurosurgeons at UC Davis Health System have enrolled the first patient in a study that will determine if a new investigational treatment can safely and effectively improve motor function following acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury.

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Nancy Lane honored by national organization

September 30, 2016

Nancy Lane, endowed professor of medicine, rheumatology and aging, and director of the UC Davis Center for Musculoskeletal Health, has been honored by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) with its 2016 inaugural Steven M. Krane Award for her clinical research focused on osteoporosis and bone biology in patients with rheumatic diseases.

Breastfeeding saves mothers' lives, too

September 28, 2016

Breastfeeding as recommended — for a total of one year and exclusively for six months — could protect moms as well as their babies from premature death and serious diseases and save more than $4.3 billion in health care and related costs, according to a new study published online in Maternal & Child Nutrition.

Emily Love Invitational softball tournament is Oct. 22

September 27, 2016

The public is invited to batter up for a great cause at the fourth annual Emily Love Invitational softball tournament.

Funding moves UC Davis scholars' research closer to the patient bedside

September 27, 2016

Preventing skin scarring with red light-emitting diodes and using small molecules in the breath to detect infections are just two of several innovative projects developed at UC Davis Health System that are moving closer to becoming new treatments and tools for improving patient care, thanks to the mentored research programs of the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and the Emergency Medicine K12 program. 

Neurosurgeons on the football sidelines

September 26, 2016

UC Davis’ first home football game on Sept. 10 featured a unique member of an on-field medical team: neurosurgeon Kia Shahlaie. While sports medicine or orthopaedics specialists are often on college football sidelines, UC Davis is the only university in its conference to include brain experts, too. This is the second season the university has provided this level of medical care for its team.

UC Davis joins large-scale effort to identify environmental influences on child health

September 26, 2016

UC Davis will receive $3.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to join the first phase of a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO.

Scholarship recipient to advance the use of a patient engagement app for chest-surgery patients

September 26, 2016

Connor Dean Grant, an undergraduate student in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2016 UC Davis Section of General Thoracic Surgery/Core Mobile Inc. Patient Engagement Scholarship.

Lam obtains major federal grants

September 23, 2016

Kit Lam, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has received two major cancer research grants totaling more than $3 million.

Alzheimer's Disease Center grant renewed

September 23, 2016

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, which investigates cognitive aging and dementia, has received renewed funding of $6.9 million from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Denise Park lecture canceled for Sept. 22

September 22, 2016

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Community Engagement lecture featuring Denise Park of the University of Texas has been canceled for this evening, Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Dr. Park's lecture will be rescheduled in the future.

National spotlight shines once again on UC Davis for use of technology to improve the health of Californians

September 20, 2016

HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, will present UC Davis with a special Commitment to Health IT Award at a Sept. 26 event at UC Davis Medical Center. The presentation will be held in conjunction with National Health IT Week, which runs from Sept. 26-30.

Interfaith symposium on Resilience Through Connectivity, Oct. 19

September 20, 2016

The Department of Chaplaincy Services and Education at UC Davis Medical Center is hosting an interfaith symposium on Resilience Through Connectivity on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the UC Davis Comprehensive Center Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X Street in Sacramento from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2016

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

Kit Lam appointed to NCI Board of Scientific Counselors

September 20, 2016

Kit Lam, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has been appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Basic Science Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC).

Gut pathogens thrive on body's tissue-repair mechanism

September 16, 2016

Why do some foodborne bacteria make us sick? A paper published Sept. 16 in the journal Science has found that pathogens in the intestinal tract cause harm because they benefit from immune system responses designed to repair the very damage to the intestinal lining caused by the bacteria in the first place.

Hinton receives NIA grant to help Alzheimer's caregivers in Vietnam

September 16, 2016

Ladson Hinton, a UC Davis specialist in geriatric psychiatry, has received a two-year, $370,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to adapt an Alzheimer’s caregivers program for use in Vietnam.

Essential mouse genes could guide human precision medicine

September 14, 2016

About one-third of 1,751 genes studied in the first comprehensive survey of the mouse genome are essential to life, according to research by an international collaboration including the University of California, Davis, Mouse Biology Program. Mutations of these genes cause death at the embryo stage. Many of them have counterparts in the human genome, so understanding why these genes are so vital could help prioritize human genes for study.

NIH renews knockout mouse project

September 12, 2016

The University of California, Davis, has been awarded $29,290,259 from the National Institutes of Health under the next five-year phase of the Knockout Mouse Project. UC Davis is the lead organization in a consortium involving research partners at The Center for Phenogenomics in Toronto, Canada, the Childrens’ Hospital Oakland Research Institute and Charles River Laboratories in Wilmington, Mass.

Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Program wins prestigious national award

September 9, 2016

UC Davis Health System’s Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Program, led by Amparo Villablanca, has been awarded the Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Voices of patients and oncologists must be heard, study shows

September 9, 2016

Training oncologists and their patients to have high-quality discussions improves communication, but troubling gaps still exist between the two groups, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology.

Autism therapy the topic of MIND Institute's first distinguished lecture this season

September 7, 2016

The road to treating children with autism is still being paved, and while scientific, regulatory and other obstacles may slow progress, families and researchers alike are determined to forge ahead.

Cancer Center oral therapy adherence program wins Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award

September 7, 2016

The cancer center's pharmacist-driven oral anti-cancer medication adherence program, led by Iris C. Zhao, has earned the 2016 California Society of Health System Pharmacist’s (CSHP) Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award.

Gender-inclusive restroom facilities now available on UC Davis Sacramento campus

September 6, 2016

Nearly sixty gender-inclusive, single-stall restrooms for use by persons of all gender identities and expressions are now available on the UC Davis Health System’s Sacramento campus as of August 2016.

UC Davis K12 scholars funded for cancer research

September 6, 2016

The National Cancer Institute has again funded the K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Training Grant to promote and sustain the development of young cancer scientists from diverse fields and from laboratories and clinics across both UC Davis campuses.

Cognitive function tests reliable for people with intellectual disabilities, UC Davis research shows

September 6, 2016

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that a battery of tests appears to have strong potential for measuring cognitive changes over time for people with intellectual disabilities. The work could open new doors to research into whether drugs and specialized educational programs or treatments can improve function in people with Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome and other causes of intellectual disabilities.

Wooden miniatures assist hospital stay at UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 6, 2016

When children are scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized axial tomography (CT) scan, it can be a scary procedure. But thanks to the miniature wooden MRI and CT models, donated by the Sacramento Area Woodworkers, children are now able to play using these wooden toy models and familiarize themselves with what will happen during these procedures.

Kizer to chair national committee on housing, health and homelessness

September 2, 2016

Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, has been selected to chair a national committee on housing, health and homelessness.

UC Davis Children's Hospital verified as Level I Children's Surgery Center by American College of Surgeons

September 2, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has become the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn verification as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The designation from the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program focuses on the nation’s first and only multi-specialty standards of surgical care for pediatric patients.

Sept. 7: Attend a free seminar on 'Exercise at Every Age'

September 2, 2016

Just like financial planning, there are things that can be done now to to protect your health in the future. UC Davis Sports Medicine experts are hosting a free seminar on daily exercise and lifestyle changes that can be easily done during your 40s, 50s and 60s to remain vibrant, active and independent in your 70s and beyond.

UC Davis launches comprehensive reflux clinic

September 1, 2016

UC Davis is launching what is thought to be the state’s first all-in-one clinic for the treatment of acid reflux disease and related conditions.

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IPHI report shows impact of cancer screening in California over past 15 years

August 31, 2016

A new report from the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) shows the impact of cancer screening over the past 15 years, identifying areas where increased screening and other cancer-control efforts would save lives and significantly benefit population health.

Entravision Radiothon raises more than $221,000 for Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis

August 31, 2016

Entravision and Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announced that more than $221,000 was raised for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during its 72-hour Radiothon this month. Sacramento was the third highest fundraising market for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationally.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 30, 2016

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Nation's first state-funded firearm violence research center to be established at UC Davis

August 29, 2016

University of California President Janet Napolitano today announced her intent to establish the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus under the direction of Garen Wintemute, an emergency department physician and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence who has conducted leading-edge research for more than 30 years.

Lay educators help boost colorectal screening rates in Hmong

August 26, 2016

Hmong Americans are more likely to understand the importance of colorectal cancer screening and to get screened when they’re provided information by specially trained Hmong lay health educators, new research from UC Davis has found.

Sertraline, brand named Zoloft, improves functioning in young children with fragile X

August 26, 2016

Treatment with sertraline may provide nominal but important improvements in cognition and social participation in very young children with fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

UC Davis Children's Hospital physicians visit Peru on "Heart to Heart" mission

August 25, 2016

Two UC Davis Children’s Hospital physicians joined Nilas Young, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis, on a 10-day mission to Lima, Peru, this summer.

Med student honored with 2016 Armour scholarship

August 25, 2016

UC Davis medical student Nancy Rodriguez has been selected to receive the 2016-17 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student who is interested in pursuing primary care medicine.

Specialized test detects bacterial infections in youngest infants with fever

August 23, 2016

Physicians from Children’s Hospital of Michigan, UC Davis Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital, in collaboration with 19 other pediatric emergency departments around the country, have established a “proof of principle” for measuring patterns of ribonucleic acid (RNA) expression in the bloodstream that can enable clinicians to distinguish bacterial infections from other causes of fever in infants up to two months old.

Nelson lecturer to focus on how storytelling improves patient care

August 23, 2016

Michael LaCombe, a cardiologist with Maine General Medical Center and leader in the narrative movement in medicine, will speak on the power of stories in the practice of medicine as the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2016 Nelson Lecturer in the Humanities.

UC Davis among the top for cancer, again

August 22, 2016

Becker’s Hospital Review has named UC Davis Health System one of 100 in the country with “great oncology programs.”

Clancy appointed associate vice chancellor for academic personnel

August 19, 2016

Colleen Clancy, professor pharmacology, has been appointed associate vice chancellor for academic personnel for schools of Human Health Sciences..

Children's Miracle Network partners with Entravision for Radiothon this week

August 18, 2016

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis today kicks off a Radiothon with Entravision to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® mediathon on ABC10 raises $460,500 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 16, 2016

After a 19-hour Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® mediathon on ABC10 KXTV, the final tallies are in. Mediathon viewers and partners raised $460,500 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento - an increase of 67 percent from last year's mediathon total.

Republic FC ticket sales for Sept. 3 match support UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 16, 2016

Soccer fans can help sick and injured children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital by buying tickets to the Sept. 3 Sacramento Republic FC match.

Lecture focuses on how precision medicine will change Alzheimer's disease treatment

August 15, 2016

Sudha Seshadri, a Boston University neurologist who specializes in identifying the genomic and environmental risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease, will give a presentation titled “How Will Precision Medicine Influence the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.” The lecture is Thursday, Aug. 25, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, located at 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

Greenhalgh to lead study of burn shock treatment

August 12, 2016

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $2 million to David Greenhalgh, a UC Davis surgeon and national leader in treating burn injuries, for a study of the outcomes of a fluid resuscitation treatment for burn patients.

Med center appoints chief medical information officer

August 12, 2016

Jeffery Wajda has been appointed as the chief medical information officer of UC Davis Medical Center, the first physician to formally have that title.

Study finds Hispanic men in California need more screening for colorectal cancer

August 11, 2016

Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates in California have decreased markedly for men and women in all major racial-ethnic groups since 1990, except for Hispanic men. Colorectal cancer rates for Hispanic men have remained relatively the same, a disparity that can be improved by greater screening, a study of colorectal cancer trends from the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) finds. 

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

August 10, 2016

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a $202,309 donation from Kohl’sto support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the ABC10 Give4Kids mediathon on Friday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.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.

Costco stores in Sacramento region raise more than $1 million for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 10, 2016

Costco stores in the Sacramento region raised $1,092,851, the third-largest amount of money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the country, during its national fundraising campaign in May.  

New grants help move innovative ideas to new discoveries

August 10, 2016

Two physician scientists received seed funding from the UC Davis Office of Research’s Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) program to help them demonstrate proof-of-concept and commercial feasibility of their innovative technologies, which aim to address unmet market needs.

UC Davis opens centralized medical clinic in midtown Sacramento

August 9, 2016

To better serve its patients, UC Davis Medical Group has merged its midtown outpatient services in Sacramento and some pediatrics care services into a larger, nearby facility on Folsom Boulevard.

UC Davis scientists awarded $1 million grant for prostate cancer research

August 5, 2016

The Prostate Cancer Foundation and Movember, the global charity that has raised hundreds of millions for men’s health research and programs, have delivered $1 million to UC Davis prostate cancer researchers.

Lecture on new diagnostic tools for Alzheimer's disease

August 4, 2016

Charles DeCarli, director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will give a presentation on “New Diagnostic Tools for Alzheimer’s Disease” on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Alzheimer's Association issues $7 million challenge to scientists to speed drug discovery

August 2, 2016

Four cutting-edge studies, including one led by John Olichney, professor and neurologist at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will each receive $1 million to advance current Alzheimer's research to the next stage of clinical trials. A unique, goal-driven competition offers an additional $3 million to the clinical trial that demonstrates the most promise for treating this devastating disease.

UC Davis School of Medicine Dean's Lecture Series: Physician Burn Out, Sept. 6

August 2, 2016

Colleen Brophy, a tenured professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University, will discuss Physician Burn Out: Time to Heal the Healers at the Sept. 6 UC Davis School of Medicine 2016 Dean’s Lecture.

Telepathology program to improve cancer diagnosis in developing world

August 1, 2016

Regina Gandour-Edwards, a UC Davis surgical pathologist with expertise in diagnosing genitourinary tumors such as prostate and bladder cancer and training the next generation of physicians, is one of 14 specialists participating in an innovative telepathology program that is giving patients in underserved areas of sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti access to rapid cancer diagnostics, care and treatment. 

MIND Institute-INALLIANCE partnership a recipe for success

August 1, 2016

UC Davis MIND Institute has partnered with INALLIANCE, a local non-profit, to provide vocational training for people with developmental disabilities in the institute’s café on 50th Street.

One of America's top hospitals

August 1, 2016

U.S. News & World Report, which annually recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients with serious and challenging injuries and illnesses, has again ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's best hospitals.

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Hibbard E. Williams, second dean at UC Davis School of Medicine, dies at 83

July 29, 2016

Hibbard E. Williams, an endocrinologist and internationally respected expert on kidney stone disease who served as UC Davis School of Medicine’s second dean from 1980 through 1992, died in his home in Davis July 26 after a battle with Lewy Body Disease. He was 83.

Hybrid treatment hunts down and kills leukemia cells

July 28, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis and Ionis Pharmaceuticals have developed a hybrid treatment that harnesses a monoclonal antibody to deliver antisense DNA to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells and that may lead to less toxic treatments for the disease.

UC Davis Child Life collects art supplies, toy donations at Aug. 6 Sacramento Republic FC match

July 28, 2016

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the Sacramento Republic FC match vs. San Antonio FC at Bonney Field taking place on Aug. 6. Kickoff is 8 p.m.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens new pediatric dialysis treatment center

July 27, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital recently opened a new pediatric dialysis center, where patients and their families will be trained on home-based peritoneal dialysis and receive follow-up care.

UC Davis MIND Institute hosts summer camp

July 27, 2016

One by one, the kids trickled into the room, checked in, put on their name badges and jumped into the games: matching cards, Hungry, Hungry Hippo and Guess Who?

2016-2017 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series starts Sept. 14

July 27, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecturer Series in September with an address by Robert H. Ring, associate professor at Drexel University in the College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology.

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

July 27, 2016

The fourth annual Duck Dash will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. at Raging Waters Sacramento at Cal Expo. For the first time, proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Expanding workforce diversity: New grants enhance School of Medicine's mission

July 26, 2016

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded UC Davis School of Medicine two new grants, totaling more than $6 million, to further the school’s long-standing goal of expanding health care access and equity for all.

Med student awarded O'Connor Memorial Research Grant

July 26, 2016

UC Davis School of Medicine’s first-ever Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant, has been awarded to Anand Narayanan, a fourth-year student who will spend the coming year investigating nanoparticles to improve the delivery and targeting of therapies for oral cancer.

De Vere White to serve on prestigious NIH panel

July 26, 2016

Ralph de Vere White, who retired in June as director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named to a key committee at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

UC Davis environmental center funds innovative research on toxics and health

July 26, 2016

As part of its commitment to developing the new generation of environmental scientists, the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center has funded eight innovative research projects aimed at defining the links between toxicants and human health.

UC Davis cardiologists are first in Northern California to offer the new disappearing stent

July 22, 2016

Cardiologists at UC Davis Health System have treated the first patient in Northern California with a new bioresorbable stent. The Absorb vascular scaffold works like a traditional metal stent in opening vessels clogged by fatty deposits. Instead of remaining in the vessel for a lifetime, however, it is made of material similar to dissolving sutures and disappears within three years.

UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 21, 2016

The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today approved a $1.1 million grant to UC Davis for research aimed at developing a treatment for Angelman syndrome,  a rare, neurogenetic autism-spectrum disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births.

UC Davis nursing and medical schools receive grant to improve primary care education and training

July 21, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the UC Davis School of Medicine received a $2.49 million Primary Care Training Enhancement Award from Health Resources and Services Administration to improve primary care education and training.

UC Davis researchers temporarily turn off brain area to better understand function

July 20, 2016

Capitalizing on experimental genetic techniques, researchers at UC Davis’ California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) have demonstrated that temporarily turning off an area of the brain changes patterns of activity across much of the remaining brain.

High quality MRIs without sedation are possible in severely affected children with autism

July 19, 2016

UC Davis researchers have found a way to get MRI images of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability without sedating them first using the principles of applied behavior analysis.

MIND Institute awarded key federal training grant

July 18, 2016

Adding to its growing portfolio of important federal grants to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities, the UC Davis MIND Institute, in collaboration with California State University Sacramento, has been awarded $2.7 million, to be spent over five years, to train professionals and family members who care for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Oncologists and cancer patients often differ in prognosis perceptions

July 14, 2016

Patients with stage III or IV cancer report far more optimistic expectations for survival than their oncologists thought they had communicated, according to new research published today in JAMA Oncology. Effective communication between doctors and their patients who could be nearing the end of their lives is crucial, according to the authors, since this is when quality-of-life decisions merge with discussions about treatment options.

Historic data to aid in long-term study of ethnic disparities in brain health and dementia

July 14, 2016

Physical exams conducted from the 1960s through the 1980s will be revisited to evaluate risks and protective factors in early and midlife that could affect brain health and dementia diagnoses among a large, ethnically diverse group of seniors. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research will partner with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center for the study, which is funded with a five-year, $13 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Increasing the minimum wage can improve health

July 12, 2016

The emotional debate around minimum wage levels focuses entirely on economics and overlooks the fact that increasing minimum wages can improve health, according to an editorial by UC Davis health economist Paul Leigh published in the American Journal of Public Health.l

New grant further solidifies UC Davis' leadership role in translational research

July 12, 2016

The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and the wide array of services that have supported innovative biomedical research and led to the development of new treatments for diseases during the past 10 years will continue, thanks to a $27.8 million grant from the National Center for Accelerating Translational Science and the ongoing support from the School of Medicine.

UC Davis offers fluorescence cystoscopy for bladder cancer

July 11, 2016

The UC Davis Department of Urology now offers fluorescence, also called blue light, cystoscopy during surgery for bladder tumor removal.

School of Medicine student honored by AMA

July 11, 2016

Nancy Rodriguez, a second-year UC Davis medical student, has been honored by the American Medical Association Foundation with one of its prestigious 2016 Minority Scholars awards. She is one of only 20 students nationwide to receive the honor. 

Myth of cognitive decline talk kicks off community lecture series

July 8, 2016

Joel Kramer, clinical neuropsychologist who has specialized in the study of cognition and behavior for over three decades, will kick off the 2016 Community Discovery Lecture Series with a talk entitled, "The Myth of Cognitive Decline: Optimizing Brain Health as We Age," on July 12 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, Calif.

UC Davis Medical Center awarded 'Most Wired 2016' designation

July 6, 2016

For the sixth time in as many years, the UC Davis Medical Center has earned the “Most Wired” designation as one of the nation’s top leaders in information technology. 

UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 5, 2016

The London-based LouLou Foundation, in partnership with the Orphan Disease Center of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has awarded a grant to UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures Director Jan Nolta and one of the institute’s post-doctoral fellows, Kyle Fink, to study how Fink’s gene editing techniques might be used to treat a rare genetic disorder that hits children – mainly girls – at a very young age with difficult-to-control seizures and severe neuro-developmental impairment.

Omalu awarded for contributions to health of American democracy, sports medicine

July 1, 2016

Bennet Omalu, associate clinical professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis and chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, Calif., received two awards for his work on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative condition that he first identified in professional football players.

The experts agree: Environmental toxins hurt brain development

July 1, 2016

An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s and environmental health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in air, water, food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Beware of unapproved stem cell procedures

June 30, 2016

At least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures, according to a new study by a UC Davis stem cell researcher and a University of Minnesota bioethicist.

Endowment for promising students honors de Vere White

June 29, 2016

Ralph de Vere White, who steps down this week after a 32-year career at UC Davis Health System, has been honored with an educational endowment in his name.

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities 5-year grant renewed

June 28, 2016

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) at the UC Davis MIND Institute has received a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities grant award from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes first class of master's entry in nursing students, record classes of physician assistant, nurse practitioner students

June 24, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis formally welcomed the largest incoming class in the school’s history, including 24 students in the school’s newest degree program, the Master’s Entry in Nursing Program. Members of the Classes of 2018 include 18 registered nurses working toward a master’s-degree as nurse practitioners and 65 future physician assistants.

Study shows that some, but not all, premenstrual symptoms are linked with inflammation

June 23, 2016

Certain premenstrual symptoms, such as mood changes, breast pain and abdominal cramps, are linked with inflammation, but headache is not, according to new research from UC Davis Health System. Published in the current issue of the Journal of Women’s Health, the results suggest that anti-inflammatory medications may be appropriate for some but not all symptoms associated with menstruation.

MIND Institute researcher studies feasibility of community providers training parents of children with autism

June 22, 2016

Research has long shown that parent-implemented “naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions,” which are applied in a child’s usual setting and designed to build developmentally appropriate skills, help decrease the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, parent training by community providers had not previously been studied.

Nearly 10 million U.S. adults severely nearsighted

June 22, 2016

A new study by investigators at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Genentech, the National Institutes of Health and UC Davis Eye Center has found that 9.6 million U.S. adults are highly myopic, or severely nearsighted, and of those, nearly 820,000 have a degenerative form of the disease and more than 41,000 suffer myopic choroidal neovascularization, a complication that can cause long-term vision loss, especially in women.

"Digital neurotherapeutic" in development at the UC Davis MIND Institute

June 22, 2016

A UC Davis researcher has created a video game for children who experience cognitive impairments from genetic disorders with the hope that that it will improve their ability to mentally process information about space and time.

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

June 21, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Reportamong the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. UC Davis ranked 19th in neonatology, 29th in diabetes and endocrinology and 43rd in nephrology. UC Davis Children's Hospital  also ranked 32nd in urology and 38th in orthopaedics, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California

Mothers with diabetes, other metabolic conditions, more likely to also have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies

June 17, 2016

Mothers of children with autism who were diagnosed with metabolic conditions during pregnancy, particularly gestational and type 2 diabetes, were more likely to have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies in their blood compared to healthy women of children with autism. The presence of these anti-fetal brain autoantibodies has been previously found to be specific to some mothers of children with autism and rare among mothers of children without autism, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.

Glaser appointed to National Advisory Eye Council

June 16, 2016

Thomas Glaser, professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at UC Davis, was appointed to the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute (NEI).

West Coast Avengers pay visit to UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 16, 2016

The West Coast Avengers caused quite a scene as they walked into the playroom at UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this week.

Pelech named interim division head of pediatric cardiology

June 15, 2016

Andrew Pelech, professor of pediatrics, has been appointed as interim head of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Cardiology, effective May 15.

UC Davis study finds antibiotics increase availability of nutrients in the gut, enabling growth of pathogens

June 15, 2016

Research led by Andreas Bäumler, professor of medical immunology and microbiology at UC Davis Health System, has identified a new mechanism explaining how antibiotics change the gut microbiota, increasing nutrients that benefit the growth of pathogens, like Salmonella.

Backman receives Loma Linda School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year Award

June 15, 2016

Desiree Backman, chief prevention officer for the California Department of Health Care Services and UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, received the Loma Lina University School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year Award at the school’s commencement ceremony June 12. 

New East 7 pediatrics unit now open

June 14, 2016

The new East 7 acute care pediatric unit is now open. The purpose of the six-bed unit is to provide care to stable pediatric patients, ages 5 and older. East 7 is designed for patients with a length of stay shorter than 24 hours, but it is equipped to care for patients with a longer length of stay.

UC Davis establishes research center to tackle pain epidemic

June 13, 2016

Leveraging the vast expertise of scholars and scientists in medicine, nursing and other health science disciplines, UC Davis has established the Center for Advancing Pain Relief.

Media advisory: West Coast Avengers visit UC Davis Children's Hospital patients June 15

June 13, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients and their families will get a visit from West Coast Avengers, dressed as characters from the Marvel Universe films and other iconic films.

Tempkin honored by Huntington's Disease Society of America

June 13, 2016

The Northern California Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) recently honored Teresa Tempkin, co-director of the HDSA Center of Excellence at UC Davis, for her nearly 18 years of service to patients with Huntington’s disease and their families in Sacramento and the nation. The honor was presented during the chapter’s annual convention, held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

UC Davis nursing school hosts fifth graduation celebration

June 10, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted its fifth graduation celebration, lauding the accomplishments of 52 master’s-degree students and eight doctoral candidates.

NIH funding for dermatology research trending downward for women and MDs

June 9, 2016

In a retrospective study of dermatology research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2009 to 2014, a team of UC Davis researchers found a significant decline in women investigators and a striking reduction in MD-only investigator funding dollars.

Warmer weather, open windows raise risk of kids falling from windows

June 8, 2016

More than 5,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments each year for window fall-related injuries. These falls and injuries tend to be more common during the spring and summer months since people tend to open their windows during warm weather.

Orbis, UC Davis surgery team train on world's only Flying Eye Hospital

June 8, 2016

Staff physicians and nurses from UC Davis and Orbis International, a global not for profit that brings the world together to fight blindness, are practicing their critical-care skills on board the new MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only accredited, mobile teaching eye hospital.

Developing drugs to treat autism topic of next MIND Distinguished Lecture

June 7, 2016

Although emerging research has identified potential targets for investigational medications for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, there is a significant gap between when they are identified and when clinical trials begin for patients. Evdokia Anagnostou, a Toronto-based clinician/scientist, will discuss the pipeline from bench research to clinical trials during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.

UC Davis offers fusion-guided prostate biopsies

June 7, 2016

The UC Davis Department of Urology now offers fusion-guided biopsies, combining ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify prostate cancer.

Lung cancer patients who have surgery live longer

June 7, 2016

Patients with late-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have surgery have better survival rates than those who don’t, but fewer of these patients are undergoing surgery, UC Davis researchers have found.

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy

June 7, 2016

Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a child with autism combined with intellectual disability, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.

Bowlus now leads the UC Davis Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

June 6, 2016

Christopher Bowlus, a nationally recognized expert in liver diseases, is the new chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UC Davis Health System.

Critical Care Transport Team gets a new ride

June 6, 2016

The best care begins not only with the right team, but also the right equipment. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport (CCTT) Program is a dedicated children’s transport team available to a 33-county area – and sometimes beyond – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fancher named Associate Dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement

June 3, 2016

Tonya Fancher, an associate professor of internal medicine who has overseen a variety of student training programs that focus on underserved populations, has been named the associate dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement at the School of Medicine.

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at Academic Symposium

June 2, 2016

From role confusion for frontline nurses in leadership positions and challenges for school health administrators to confronting implicit bias in kindergarten and preparing seniors for emergencies, the scope of work undertaken by students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis ranges from clinical to community, from birth to end of life.

UC Davis study finds advantages of pediatric kidney transplants from very young donors

June 2, 2016

swResearchers at UC Davis found that "en bloc" kidneys  transplanted from very young deceased donors (median age 1 year) are safe and may have some advantages for children awaiting a kidney transplant.

Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association

June 1, 2016

Internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon Diana Farmer was inducted for a one-year term as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association during the organization’s annual meeting held May 15-17 in San Diego.

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De Vere White to step down as long-time UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center director

May 31, 2016

Ralph de Vere White, a beloved urologist and acclaimed researcher who led the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer to designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), steps down as its long-time director on June 29.

Media advisory: Performance shows how singing helps breathing for those with chronic lung disease

May 31, 2016

UC Davis patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases will perform some of the pieces they’ve learned through singing therapy, a unique and creative approach to improving airflow in and out of the lungs. 

MIND Institute study examines development of school-age children with autism spectrum disorder

May 27, 2016

Grade school is an important period in children’s development, when they begin to mature and prepare to enter adolescence. Now, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute hope to discover how to maximize that growth among children with autism to help them learn and thrive.

UC Davis nursing professor inducted as Fellow of the American College of Nurse -Midwives

May 27, 2016

Jenna Shaw-Battista, the director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and an associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at the association’s annual meeting May 25.

Inhaled silver particles end up in the brain, UC Davis study shows

May 26, 2016

Airborne silver nanoparticles that are common in occupational settings travel from the nose to the brain, where they can remain for weeks and trigger an immune response linked with injury, UC Davis researchers studying adult rats have found.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for quality care for stroke patients

May 26, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for using evidence-based guidelines that improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

Schivo receives grant to expand research on breath test for lung disease

May 26, 2016

UC Davis pulmonary medicine specialist Michael Schivo has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to expand his research on the breath biomarkers of lung disease.

Project ADAM Sacramento hosted Oak Park Has Heart

May 25, 2016

Project ADAM Sacramento, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital program, hosted a free community health fair and CPR/AED training event on May 20 at Sacramento Charter High School.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center establishes new Cognitive Neurosciences Fellowship

May 25, 2016

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has established a new, integrated translational cognitive neuroscience postdoctoral fellowship program through a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Miglioretti awarded $7.5 million to evaluate supplemental breast imaging

May 25, 2016

Diana Miglioretti, UC Davis dean’s professor of biostatistics and an internationally recognized breast cancer screening expert, has received $7.5 million to determine the effectiveness of two supplemental breast screening and diagnostic workup strategies -- digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) -- used with mammography for cancer detection. Miglioretti’s team also will work to determine whether effectiveness of the screening strategies depends on a woman’s breast density.

2015 Eli Gold Prize awardee delivers Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture

May 24, 2016

Jennifer Plant, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was honored for her 2015 Eli Gold Prize and presented a lecture at the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds last Friday.

Yellowlees voted president-elect of national telemedicine group

May 24, 2016

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has chosen Peter Yellowlees, professor of psychiatry at UC Davis, to be president-elect of the association’s board of directors. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) grant award

May 24, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital was once again named a recipient of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program’s grant award, State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC).

Depression in Alzheimer's disease: Cause or consequence?

May 23, 2016

“Depression in Alzheimer’s disease: Cause or consequence?” is the topic of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s June 2016 Community Discovery Lecture Series presentation.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center slates 2016 Community Engagement Lecture Series

May 23, 2016

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has slated its 2016 Community Engagement Lecture Series calendar. All lectures are held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, with the exception of the Nov. 5 the Alzheimer’s Disease Center Caregiver Workshop. Reservations are required. For reservations or information, please call 916-734-5728.

UC Davis approved as a comprehensive care center for pulmonary hypertension

May 20, 2016

UC Davis has been designated as a Center of Comprehensive Care by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) in recognition of its essential infrastructure and experience in managing and improving outcomes for patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Ng named director of UC Davis Stroke Center

May 18, 2016

Kwan L. Ng, assistant professor and director of vascular neurology at UC Davis Health System, has been named director of the UC Davis Stroke Center.

Calcium channels team up to activate excitable cells

May 18, 2016

Voltage-gated calcium channels open in unison, rather than independently, to allow calcium ions into and activate excitable cells such as neurons and muscle cells, researchers with UC Davis Health System and the University of Washington have found.

Physicians can counsel patients to prevent gun violence, experts say

May 17, 2016

It is not illegal for physicians to ask their patients about firearms, counsel them as they would on any other health matter, and disclose that information to third parties when necessary, according to a review of the literature by physicians at UC Davis, Brown University, and the University of Colorado who are helping to lead the effort to prevent firearm-related injuries in the U.S.

National Cancer Institute re-designates the cancer center

May 17, 2016

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has re-designated the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center “comprehensive,” meaning that it meets stringent criteria in the areas of laboratory, clinical and population-based research, professional and public education and in the dissemination of clinical and public advances to the communities it serves.

California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Ericson condition

May 17, 2016

Update posted on May 17, 2016: Officer Ericson's condition has been upgraded to good.

UC Davis researchers identify new metabolic disorder

May 12, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have identified a new metabolic disorder that affects newborns and leads to death hours after their birth. Identification of the genetic defect has meant the delivery of a healthy newborn to a mother who earlier had lost two other newborns to the condition.

More research needed to identify and measure quality of autism interventions

May 10, 2016

With the dramatic rise of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the numbers and types of interventions promoted to families and individuals with autism have surged as well.

UC Davis Medical Center again named one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America

May 9, 2016

For its “strong foundation of high-quality care, stellar credentials and a focus on doing what is right for the patients in its community,” UC Davis Medical Center has for the second year in a row been named one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review.

UC Davis professor selected for Carnegie fellowship with Makerere University in Uganda

May 6, 2016

Gerald Kayingo, an assistant clinical professor and director of the physician assistant program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Uganda to work with Bruce Kirenga, a pulmonologist at Makerere University Medical School in Uganda, to improve lung health through the development of an interprofessional, blended learning module on respiratory medicine called project iBreath.

General surgery resident receives Fulbright grant

May 6, 2016

Laura Goodman, a general surgery resident at UC Davis, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study the surgical needs of children in Mongolia. This will be Goodman’s second time living and working in Mongolia. It was there that she first decided to become a doctor while volunteering as an English teacher through the Peace Corps.

Device worn on eyeglasses offers hope for people with low vision

May 5, 2016

A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are considered legally blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, newspaper article, menu or page in a book, a study by researchers with UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis teams receive prestigious CITRIS awards for innovation in human health

May 4, 2016

Three UC Davis Health System teams have been selected from among 54 highly competitive proposals to receive awards to develop innovative information technology solutions in human health care from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society — CITRIS — a collaboration of the UC campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. The grants are awarded in collaboration with the Banatao Institute founded by high-tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Dado Banatao.  

Media advisory: Performance shows how singing helps breathing

May 3, 2016

UC Davis patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases will perform some of the pieces they’ve learned through singing therapy, a unique and creative approach to improving breathing capacity.

High school artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

May 3, 2016

Sacramento area high school students were honored Friday with cash awards for their winning entries in the 2nd annual “Donate Life Visual Arts Contest” sponsored by the UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services. Contest participants created posters or videos to encourage their peers to say “yes” to organ and tissue donation when applying for California identification cards or driver’s licenses.

Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common

May 3, 2016

Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well, an extensive assessment by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Comprehensive Cancer Center has found.

Targeted hepatitis B virus screening effective in addressing infection, liver disease risk

May 2, 2016

A community-based hepatitis B virus screening effort led by UC Davis researchers found that targeted outreach to Asian American populations can identify groups at high risk for infection and direct them to appropriate follow-up care to help prevent the onset of liver diseases, including cancer.

Common supplement boosts kidney cancer therapy

May 2, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid commonly found in fish and fish oil supplements, reduces renal cell carcinoma invasiveness, growth rate, and blood vessel growth when combined with the anti-cancer therapy regorafenib. The study was published in the May issue of the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

Antibiotics allow gut pathogens to breathe

May 2, 2016

Antibiotics are essential for fighting bacterial infection, but, paradoxically, they can also make the body more prone to infection and diarrhea. Research led by Andreas Bäumler, professor of medical immunology and microbiology at UC Davis Health System, has identified the chain of events that occur within the gut lumen after antibiotic treatment that allow “bad” bugs to flourish.

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Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis launches Costco thank you campaign

April 29, 2016

Starting on May 1, Costco stores throughout Northern California will be selling paper “Miracle Balloons” in exchange for donations to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. It is part of the national Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign, which runs throughout the Miracle Month of May.

Media advisory: Teen winners of Donate Life Visual Arts Contest to be recognized

April 28, 2016

Participants in the "2nd Annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest" will share their entries and the winners will be recognized with cash prizes at a ceremony in their honor.

Simmons appointed Chief Operating Officer of UC Davis Medical Center

April 28, 2016

Brad Simmons has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of UC Davis Medical Center.

Stem cell research reveals myelin repair capacity

April 28, 2016

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

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

April 28, 2016

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

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

April 27, 2016

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

Distance language intervention helps adolescents with disabilities communicate

April 27, 2016

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

Weighing the pros and cons of mental-health apps

April 26, 2016

“There’s an app for that.” The phrase is so ubiquitous it’s a meme, and trademarked by Apple Inc.

SU2C awards Albeck Innovative Research Grant

April 26, 2016

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

UC Davis Medical Center earns 'A' grade for patient safety for 6th time in a row

April 26, 2016

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

Miss California visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

April 25, 2016

Miss California Bree Morse was a welcome sight, when she strolled into the pediatric playroom at UC Davis Children's Hospital last week. With a dazzling smile to rival her crown, Morse lit up the room, as she talked and played with children and signed autographs.

New study tests stem cells as a treatment for degenerative disc disease

April 25, 2016

As part of a new multicenter clinical trial, UC Davis Health System researchers will test whether a novel stem cell treatment can reduce the pain and mobility issues caused by degenerative disc disease.

UC Davis MIND Institute joins SPARK, nation's largest autism research study

April 21, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif. today helped launch SPARK, an online research initiative designed to become the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States. Sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), SPARK will collect information and DNA for genetic analysis from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their families — to advance our understanding of the causes of this condition and to hasten the discovery of supports and treatments. [español]

UC Davis expands surgical care for lower GI diseases

April 20, 2016

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

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center earns new quality certification

April 20, 2016

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Division of Hematology/Oncology has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program for meeting the nation’s highest quality standards for cancer care.

International Cancer Genome Consortium for Medicine launch announced

April 17, 2016

The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) today announced plans to launch of the International Cancer Genome Consortium for Medicine (ICGCmed), a new phase in the consortium’s evolution that will link genomics to clinical information and health.

UC Davis study identifying Clostridium difficile overdiagnosis recognized among best in the nation

April 14, 2016

Christopher R. Polage, associate professor of pathology and infectious diseases at UC Davis Medical Center, received a Distinguished Clinical Research Award this week from the Clinical Research Forum for his innovative study  that found popular molecular tests over diagnose Clostridium difficile infections by up to 50 percent.

Use of clot-blocking device should be rare, UC Davis study finds

April 13, 2016

Devices intended to stop potentially deadly blood clots from reaching the lungs can help a small portion of the patients who receive them but can also increase the risk of additional clots, researchers at UC Davis Health System have found.

Radiation improves survival in older patients with soft tissue sarcomas

April 11, 2016

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

Neuroscientist to discuss '3-hit' theory of autism

April 8, 2016

Donald Pfaff of Rockefeller University will discuss his “3-hit” theory of autism, related to a combination of sex differences, stress and genetics, during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m.

Media Advisory: PRO rugby players visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

April 7, 2016

In advance of its first home game at Bonney Field on Sunday, April 17, the Professional Rugby Organization (PRO) will visit pediatric patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market resumes April 21 in Sacramento

April 7, 2016

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market returns on April 23, resuming its effort to expand access to fresh, healthy food in the community.

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

April 7, 2016

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

UC Davis nursing faculty, student research showcased at regional conference

April 6, 2016

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty, researchers and students will present their scholarly work focusing on health care quality, equity and access at the Western Institute of Nursing 49th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Anaheim, California, today through Saturday.

Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial/ethnic groups

April 4, 2016

Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and others, new research from UC Davis Health System has found. The study also showed that spending on ASD increases dramatically with age. [en español]

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, Alzheimer's Association hold 8th Annual African American Caregiving and Wellness Forum

April 1, 2016

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Alzheimer’s Association will hold the 8th Annual African American Caregiving and Wellness Forum on Saturday, April 16, at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. The event will feature discussions of recent developments in Alzheimer’s research, Alzheimer’s advocacy, and how to better support caregivers for people living with Alzheimer’s.

UC Davis Children's Hospital kicks off Credit Union Run SACTOWN with hospital race

April 1, 2016

Children and families at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had a chance to take a break from their daily routines and race around the pediatrics unit today, thanks in part to this year’s Credit Union Run SACTOWN partners. UC Davis Children's Hospital is a proud race sponsor and the chief beneficiary of the Credit Union Run SACTOWN and the Sacramento Running Association. 

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Media Advisory: Distracted driving prevention day event at UC Davis Health System scheduled for April 1

March 30, 2016

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and UC Davis Health System is holding a distracted driving prevention day event to bring awareness to this dangerous epidemic.

Children's Surgery Center employees to go bald to help kids with cancer

March 30, 2016

Seven people are daring to “brave a shave” on Tuesday, April 12, to raise funds pediatric cancer research.

Nationally recognized health leader Harvey V. Fineberg discusses nursing's role in improving quality at UC Davis lecture

March 30, 2016

Harvey V. Fineberg, a nationally recognized leader and authority on issues in public health and former president of the Institute of Medicine, discussed the role of nursing in safety and quality of health care at the annual dean’s lecture series at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

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

March 30, 2016

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

Distracted driving prevention day event scheduled for Friday, April 1

March 29, 2016

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and UC Davis Health System is holding a distracted driving prevention day event on Friday, April 1.

School of Medicine joins national effort to improve prescriber education

March 29, 2016

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

UC project led by Maynard to reduce blood clots awarded by CDC

March 29, 2016

A project at all five University of California medical centers, led by Gregory Maynard, Chief Quality Officer for UC Davis Medical Center, is a winner of the 2015 CDC Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Challenge.

Travis Credit Union funds UC Davis Children's Hospital's diabetes incentive program

March 29, 2016

Monitoring blood glucose levels and giving multiple insulin injections every day are the keys to successfully managing diabetes, but it can be particularly challenging for young people. Thanks to the diabetes incentive program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, pediatric patients are testing their blood sugar levels and dosing insulin as prescribed by their doctors, and being rewarded.

Media advisory: Davis Dance Marathon raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on April 2

March 28, 2016

UC Davis students, faculty, staff and the community can join a national dance movement better known as Dance Marathon. This eight-hour Children's Miracle Network fundraiser features music, dance acts, food and drink and more. All proceeds benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital.

New target makes end run against therapy-resistant prostate cancer

March 28, 2016

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

Vascular brain injury is evident in people in their 40s

March 28, 2016

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

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

March 24, 2016

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

Omalu selected to receive U.S. Sports Academy's highest honor

March 24, 2016

Bennet Omalu, a pathologist whose discoveries have led to greater understanding of concussions in sports and better protection against head injury, has been selected for the U.S. Sports Academy’s highest award in sports medicine, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award.

Hales receives prestigious educator award from the American Psychiatric Association

March 23, 2016

Robert Hales, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis, has received the 2016 Vestermark Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for his excellence, leadership and creativity in the field of psychiatry education.

Heavy, persistent pot use linked to economic and social problems at midlife

March 23, 2016

A research study that followed children from birth up to age 38 has found that people who smoked cannabis four or more days of the week over many years ended up in a lower social class than their parents, with lower-paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs than those who were not regular cannabis smokers. [en español]

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

March 23, 2016

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

Lavjay Butani named a 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient

March 22, 2016

Lavjay Butani, professor and chief of pediatric nephrology at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, is a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching.

State stem cell agency approves research funding for UC Davis scientists

March 21, 2016

Two new UC Davis research efforts, one aimed at addressing fatal early childhood conditions known as Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease, the other designed to develop an immunotherapy that would eradicate solid tumor cancer stem cells and create sustained anti-tumor effects, have been approved for funding by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Targeted interview technique could help doctors improve patient outcomes

March 21, 2016

New UC Davis Health System research shows that physicians can quickly and easily use a directed communication approach known as SEE IT (or Self-Efficacy Enhancing Interviewing Techniques) that is designed to boost patient confidence in managing chronic disease symptoms and increase the likelihood that they will make healthy changes that improve outcomes.

MacMillan featured in KVIE documentary on palliative and hospice care

March 18, 2016

Jack MacMillan, clinical professor of internal medicine and palliative care physician at UC Davis, is featured in the next episode of ViewFinder, a locally produced documentary series that airs on Sacramento’s public television station: KVIE-Channel 6.

Media Advisory: UC Davis medical students celebrate big step toward becoming physicians

March 16, 2016

Match Day is an event that takes place simultaneously at medical schools around the country.

School of Medicine again ranked among nation's best

March 16, 2016

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

U.S. News & World Report names UC Davis School of Nursing among nation's top graduate schools

March 16, 2016

U.S. News & World Report names the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis among the nation’s best for master’s-degree nursing programs in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

Human stem cells target Huntington's disease

March 15, 2016

In a promising finding for research into Huntington’s disease (HD) — the devastating inherited neurodegenerative disorder — a team of UC Davis investigators has identified for the first time a way to use human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to deliver the key brain protein growth factor that is dramatically diminished by Huntington’s disease.

Bold Vision, Bright Future depicted in murals at the MIND

March 11, 2016

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

Rite Aid to kick off annual Miracle Balloon campaign to support UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 11, 2016

Rite Aid is kicking off its annual Miracle Balloon campaign by asking customers to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital. From March 13 to April 30, customers can purchase $1 paper Miracle Balloons and receive coupon offers for a variety of products sold at Rite Aid. 

Sacramento donor makes $38.5 million gift to UC Davis Health System

March 10, 2016

UC Davis Eye Center and the Center for Vision Sciences. These gifts make Tschannen (pronounced CHAN-nen) the largest individual donor to UC Davis in the university’s 108-year history.

Media Advisory: Largest total gift from individual donor in UC Davis history to be announced

March 9, 2016

The largest total gift from an individual donor in UC Davis' 108-year history will be announced.

UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day

March 9, 2016

UC Davis Children’s hospital pediatric patients celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 112th birthday with green eggs and ham, Dr. Seuss stories, birthday cake and a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat.

Pancake drive-through event at the hospital canceled

March 6, 2016

The annual pancake drive-through event to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, scheduled for Monday, March 7, has been canceled due to the rain.

Brain circuitry expert to discuss role of caregivers in affective development

March 4, 2016

Nim Tottenham, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, will discuss “Development of Human Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Circuitry and the Role of the Caregiver” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m.

Health System partners with Solano County to provide unique approach to mental health services

March 4, 2016

UC Davis Health System, primarily through its Center for Reducing Health Disparities, has joined forces with Solano County to launch a new initiative to help better address access to and utilization of the county’s mental health services.

UC Davis environmental health researcher receives grant for DDT study

March 4, 2016

UC Davis environmental scientist Michele La Merrill is among five exceptional early-career scientists receiving grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for research on how substances in the environment could harm human health.

3-D heart model assists UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center surgeons

March 3, 2016

When UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center surgeons faced a complex patient case in January, they consulted with cardiologists, pediatric intensive care unit physicians, radiologists, and, for the first time, biomedical engineers, who brought a new technology into the picture: three-dimensional printers. This new technology  successfully created a model of a patient’s complex heart anatomy.

IHOP free pancake day benefits Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis

March 3, 2016

IHOP® guests are invited to enjoy a free short stack of pancakes during National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 8 and help raise funds for member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Aguilar-Gaxiola named to the California Health Care Foundation board

March 2, 2016

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has elected Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of internal medicine and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, to its board of directors.

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Rare identical twins, sharing an amniotic sac, are born on Leap Year at UC Davis Medical Center

February 29, 2016

Josefina and Greg Walker, of Stockton, received a special Leap Year gift today – the birth of their identical, monoamniotic twin daughters, Isabella and Sofia, who were delivered this morning at UC Davis Medical Center at 32 weeks gestation. 

UC Davis MIND Institute seeks teens, young adults for imaging study of how brain transitions to adulthood

February 26, 2016

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are seeking teens and young adults ages 12-22 to participate in an innovative brain imaging study aimed at understanding how the brain functions and behaviors emerge during a critical yet understudied period of development:  the transition from adolescence to adulthood.  

UC Davis reaches a milestone in treating heart valve disease

February 26, 2016

UC Davis cardiologists completed their 100th MitraClip case on Feb. 24, a milestone achieved by just a handful of hospitals nationwide. UC Davis Medical Center is the first to reach this mark in the Sacramento region.

"Red Carpet Black Tie Ball" to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital with Oscar viewing party

February 25, 2016

Gilmore Heating and Air will host a “Red Carpet Black Tie Ball” Oscar viewing party on Sunday, Feb. 28. 

How the brain handles teleportation

February 25, 2016

Technology may not have caught up to the teleportation devices of science fiction, but now we have some idea of how the brain handles “beaming up” from one location to another, thanks to research by neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis, involving some specially wired volunteers.

Students today, doctors tomorrow

February 24, 2016

Medical students who have successfully navigated their way into medical school plan to lend a helping hand this weekend to high school and community college students interested in medical careers. 

Patient coordinator to go bald to help kids with cancer

February 24, 2016

It can’t be easy parting with a head of beautiful long, dark hair. But that’s exactly what Venessa Garcia plans to do. A patient care coordinator at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Garcia will undergo the razor treatment March 14 during the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event for pediatric cancer research.

"Coloring therapy" helps ease patients' stress

February 24, 2016

Sandy Gantt receives infusions of chemotherapy to treat her leukemia for hours on end, day after day. But she’s found one thing that transports her from that reality to a less stressful place.

Two UC Davis pediatric oncology patients meet princesses at Disney on Ice

February 24, 2016

Two UC Davis Children’s Hospital and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center patients had the chance to forget about cancer treatments for an evening and meet Princess Anna and Princess Elsa from Frozen at recent Disney On Ice performances. 

Improving OUTcomes 2016

February 23, 2016

UC Davis’ second annual Improving OUTcomes Conference is now open for registration.

New VECTA machine at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 23, 2016

Patients often have routine procedures done while they are admitted in the hospital, including blood draws, IV placement or drain removal. 

This is your brain on exercise

February 23, 2016

People who exercise have better mental fitness, and a new imaging study from UC Davis Health System shows why. Intense exercise increases levels of two common neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA — that are responsible for chemical messaging within the brain.

Nationally recognized health leader Harvey V. Fineberg speaks at annual UC Davis nursing school lecture

February 22, 2016

Harvey V. Fineberg, a nationally recognized leader and authority on issues in public health and health policy, policy development, technology and higher education, will discuss the role of nursing in safety and quality of health care at the annual dean’s lecture series at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. This year’s lecture begins at 4 p.m. on March 29 in room 1222 of the Education Building, located at 4610 X St. in Sacramento.

Media Advisory: Donut Dash inspires kids race at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 22, 2016

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients and their families will be racing around the pediatrics unit, with a brief stop for doughnut holes, in celebration of Donut Dash. For the first time, UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be receiving proceeds from Donut Dash, a four-mile run in William Land Park on March 5, which includes a stop for doughnuts. 

Pain Medicine Fellowship Program honored for excellence

February 22, 2016

UC Davis’ Pain Medicine Fellowship Program has been recognized by the American Academy of Pain Medicine for excellence in clinical care, training and research opportunities.

Center for Virtual Care earns reaccreditation from American College of Surgeons

February 22, 2016

UC Davis’ Center for Virtual Care has been reaccredited once again, as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

UC Davis MIND Institute to host documentary film and panel at Davis Senior Center

February 22, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute, in partnership with Lynn and Keith Volkerts and the George and Lena Valente Foundation, will host an “Afternoon of Discovery and Discussion” on Sunday, March 6.

Media advisory: Free community forum on the truth about Zika

February 19, 2016

To address the public’s questions and concerns about the Zika virus, UC Davis Health System is hosting a free community forum featuring leading experts on the disease.

Media advisory: UC Davis hosts public forum on the Zika virus

February 17, 2016

To help answer the public’s questions and concerns about the Zika virus, UC Davis Health System is hosting a public forum with a panel of leading experts on the transmission, treatment and prevention of the disease. Information on how to protect yourself when traveling to areas where Zika is prevalent will be provided.

CMN "Sunday FUNDay" event and Friendship Invitational golf tournament are set for April 17 and 18

February 17, 2016

Golfers can play “fore” the kids at this year's 10th annual Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Friendship Invitational on Monday, April 18 at Granite Bay Golf Club.

Wild Bill's 15th annual tattoo-a-thon benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 16, 2016

Wild Bill’s 15th annual tattoo-a-thon will take place this Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Hwang named chair of UC Davis Department of Dermatology

February 12, 2016

Samuel T. Hwang, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience as a physician scientist investigating immunological diseases of the skin, has been named chair of the UC Davis Department of Dermatology.

Patient celebrates her sixth birthday with Fairfield firefighters who saved her life

February 11, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patient Vestia Demarco celebrated her sixth birthday yesterday, with a visit from the Fairfield firefighters, who saved her life when she was injured by a hit-and-run driver earlier this month.

UC Davis School of Nursing partners with Sacramento County Health Department

February 10, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis joined the School of Medicine in partnership with the Sacramento County Health Department. A clinical professor and clinical provider position was established that benefits health care within the county and furthers the school’s mission to serve underserved communities.

Phi Delta Epsilon's Benefit Ball raises money for UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 10, 2016

Phi Delta Epsilon, the professional, co-ed, pre-medical fraternity based at UC Davis, will be hosting their 5th annual benefit ball to raise money for UC Davis Children's Hospital. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 27 from 7-10 p.m. at the ARC Ballroom on Davis campus.

New study tests stem cells as a treatment for degenerative disc disease

February 10, 2016

As part of a new multicenter clinical trial, UC Davis Health System researchers will test whether a novel stem cell treatment can reduce the pain and mobility issues caused by degenerative disc disease.

Richard L. Applegate II joins UC Davis as chair of anesthesiology and pain medicine

February 8, 2016

Richard L. Applegate II, a thought leader with comprehensive clinical experience and academic excellence in general anesthesiology and cardiothoracic anesthesiology, joins UC Davis School of Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. His appointment begins Feb. 8.

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

February 8, 2016

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

CME program earns national reaccreditation

February 5, 2016

The UC Davis Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has received prestigious recognition for courses it offers to thousands of health-care professionals each year. Last month, it earned top marks with a flawless six-year reaccreditation for its exceptional training and education programs.

UC Davis School of Nursing awarded grant to further innovative case-based learning modules for clinical programs

February 4, 2016

For the second year in a row, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis received a $149,995 grant from the Office of Statewide Health and Planning to further advance the innovative Integrative Case-Based Learning curriculum for its clinical programs.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $60,230 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 4, 2016

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

Linking clinical practice with medical evidence: UC Davis lecture features national expert

February 3, 2016

Michael LeFevre, a family medicine physician with the University of Missouri and national advocate for linking medical evidence with clinical policies, will speak in Sacramento as part of the 2016 UC Davis Health System Snively Visiting Professorship in Family and Community Medicine.

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

February 3, 2016

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

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches 10 Books to Read partnership

February 3, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital kicks off a new partnership this month with ABC10 and the Sacramento Public Library on a literacy initiative called 10 Books to Read.

Discounted tickets to February Sacramento Republic FC soccer games

February 2, 2016

UC Davis Health System employees and their friends and family can cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC and get discounted tickets to two pre-season games this month.

UC Davis optometrist starts term as president of Scleral Lens Education Society

February 1, 2016

Melissa Barnett, principal optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center, is the new president of the Scleral Lens Education Society, an international organization that teaches practitioners the science and art of prescribing scleral contact lenses and supports public education.

Finding new targets to battle drug resistance

February 1, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories have created a chemotherapy-resistant line of bladder cancer cells to study how tumors become resistant to chemotherapy and identified molecular changes that could drive that resistance.

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Two UC Davis physician assistant students awarded national scholarships

January 29, 2016

Ruth Legesse and Nicole Klopovic, both second-year physician assistant students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were awarded two of this year’s 18 nationwide Physician Assistant Foundation scholarships.

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

January 29, 2016

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

Media advisory: Build-a-Bear Workshop brings furry friends to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

January 26, 2016

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients will be building their furry friends, thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop and one former leukemia patient Emily Love.

Media advisory: Students today, doctors tomorrow

January 26, 2016

High school and community college students are invited to attend a Stockton conference designed to provide first-hand knowledge and insights about getting into medical school.

Modeling success: The UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Fashion Show is Jan. 29

January 26, 2016

The 13th Annual UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Fashion Show — called “An Evening with the Stars” — will showcase 10 UC Davis Health System patients who lost a significant amount of weight following weight-loss surgery.

Melnikow appointed to expert panel of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

January 22, 2016

UC Davis physician and health policy expert Joy Melnikow has been appointed to the panel of the California Technology Assessment Forum of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

Burn center team recognized as local heroes by the Red Cross

January 22, 2016

The Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis was among the honorees today at the 15th Annual Red Cross Hero Recognition event that paid tribute to community members who took action to help others and show extraordinary human compassion during times of crisis.

Medical students awarded for increasing awareness of cervical cancer

January 22, 2016

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

Register for Donut Dash 'Ate': Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 20, 2016

The eighth annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 5, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. For the first time, proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 9

January 20, 2016

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Show your commitment to heart health Feb. 5

January 20, 2016

UC Davis will soon prove once again that it has the world’s biggest heart — and the world’s largest commitment to reducing heart disease.

Researchers decipher stem cell messages in blood vessel formation

January 19, 2016

An international collaboration between UC Davis and Swedish scientists has resulted in the first comprehensive characterization of a recently discovered cell-to-cell communication system used by stem cells.

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

January 15, 2016

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

American Academy of Neurology recognizes UC Davis Huntington's disease researcher

January 13, 2016

UC Davis’ leadership in Huntington’s disease research received another boost recently when Kyle Fink, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Regenerative Cures, was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for the cutting-edge research findings in gene editing that he presented at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.  

Making a safe procedure even safer

January 11, 2016

In a comprehensive modeling study, researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have found that breast cancer screening with digital mammography poses only a small risk of radiation-induced breast cancer for most women.

More research needed on evaluation of dense breasts

January 11, 2016

A systematic review of the scientific literature on dense breasts by researchers at UC Davis and other institutions has found that determinations of breast density can be unreliable and that as many as 19 percent of women are re-categorized as dense rather than non-dense or vice versa from one mammogram to the next.

Media advisory: UC Davis fair focuses on mental health and young adults

January 11, 2016

Student advocate Jordana Steinberg will talk about the need to expand mental health support for young adults at the Student Resiliency and Mental Health Fair at UC Davis. Sponsored by the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, the event will feature mental health and wellness resources available on campus and in the community.

Women recognize UC Davis as one of America's best hospitals for bariatric surgery, cancer and heart care

January 8, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best hospitals for bariatric surgery, cancer and heart care.

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Immunology expert to discuss the role of T cells in brain health

December 30, 2015

Jonathan Kipnis, director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) at the University of Virginia, will discuss “The Brain’s Lymphatic System and Behavior” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

It takes a UC village: Smoking cessation push goes high tech

December 23, 2015

Buster Halcomb was just 5, a scruffy shoeshine boy in a billiard hall in Cumberland, Ky., when three men approached with packs of “tailor-made” cigarettes.

UC Davis nursing school opens program to prepare new nurses

December 23, 2015

Applications opened today for a new nursing program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. For the first time, UC Davis now offers a degree program that prepares new nurses.

Children's hospital patients decorate cookie, make crafts with the Frosting Queens

December 22, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients and their families enjoyed a holiday tradition this week – cookie decorating and crafts in the pediatric playroom, led by The Frosting Queens, two Sacramento sisters Angela and Annette Del Biaggio, who own a frosting business.

Support Project ADAM Sacramento at Feb. 3 Sacramento Kings game

December 22, 2015

Health system employees and the public can support Project ADAM Sacramento and get a discount on tickets at the Sacramento Kings game on Wednesday, Feb. 3, a night dedicated to heart health awareness. 

Left ventricular assist device program at UC Davis receives certification

December 22, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has earned certification from The Joint Commission for its left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program, which offers a technological approach to treating advanced heart failure.

UC Davis receives 4.5 Star Award for Medicare Advantage quality achievement

December 22, 2015

UC Davis Medical Group has received the Medicare Advantage 4.5-Star Award from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) for delivering a high level of quality care for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in California.

Media advisory: UC Davis Children's Hospital patients decorate cookies with Frosting Queens on Dec. 21

December 17, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients and their families will enjoy a holiday tradition – cookie decorating and crafts, led by The Frosting Queens, two Sacramento sisters who own a frosting business. The sisters will lead a cookie decorating workshop and a homemade snowman craft project in the pediatric playroom.

UC Davis selected for National Professional Development Program

December 17, 2015

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

A better way to treat deadly Aspergillus mold infection

December 17, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that isavuconazole, a new treatment for invasive mold diseases such as Aspergillus, has fewer side effects than voriconazole and is just as effective. These results are good news for leukemia and lymphoma patients, who can be vulnerable to these opportunistic infections. The study was published Dec. 9 in The Lancet. 

American Idol stars perform in the UC Davis Children's Hospital playroom

December 10, 2015

American Idol stars Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams made a surprise visit to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital playroom today to perform during regularly scheduled music group.

Annual holiday toy drive for UC Davis pediatric patients starts Dec. 17

December 9, 2015

Sacramento area residents will now have two ways to bring holiday cheer to UC Davis pediatric patients and their families during the annual holiday toy drive.

Project ADAM Sacramento joins 'CPR Saves Lives March'

December 9, 2015

Representatives from Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) at UC Davis Children's Hospital will join the estimated 1,000 people – including more than 50 cardiac arrest survivors – to march through the streets of downtown San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11:25 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Two UC Davis experts among speakers at World Stem Cell Summit

December 9, 2015

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

Mix Cares 4 Kids Radiothon set for Dec. 10-11

December 4, 2015

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is partnering for their second annual "Mix Cares 4 Kids" radiothon at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM will broadcast live each day from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 10-11 from the Tower Lobby of the hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients celebrate CIM early with Mini Marathon event

December 3, 2015

They came on foot, by toy car, by stroller and wheelchair. UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients were bustling with excitement at the starting line, eager to take part in today’s Mini Marathon, an event made possible by the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the Sacramento Running Association, which hosts the California International Marathon (CIM) each year.

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

December 3, 2015

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

UC Davis Medical Center named 2015 Leapfrog Top Urban Hospital

December 2, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been named to Leapfrog’s annual list of Top Hospitals, a respected recognition that showcases UC Davis’ commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike.

Knuckle cracking looks explosive, but causes no detectable harm

December 1, 2015

UC Davis Health System research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago helps resolve two persistent questions about knuckle cracking: What causes the “crack” sound, and does it damage the hand?

Med student awarded prestigious AAMC scholarship

December 1, 2015

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

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Dance troupe performs "Resilience" to benefit cancer center

November 30, 2015

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

UC Davis researchers find success in tele-audiology program

November 24, 2015

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

Pediatric patients celebrate the season in Fall Festival

November 19, 2015

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

Forum on Diversity and Inclusion Initiative set for Dec. 2

November 18, 2015

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

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

November 18, 2015

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

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

November 18, 2015

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

Small RNA has big impact on prostate cancer

November 17, 2015

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

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for leadership in pulmonary rehabilitation

November 17, 2015

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

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

November 12, 2015

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

UC Davis breaks ground on Betty Irene Moore Hall

November 12, 2015

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

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

November 12, 2015

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

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

November 12, 2015

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

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

November 5, 2015

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

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

November 5, 2015

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

UC Davis Medical Center named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

November 5, 2015

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

Kelly takes the reins of prestigious SWOG Lung Committee

November 4, 2015

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

Medical center awarded for reduction of pressure ulcers

November 4, 2015

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

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

November 4, 2015

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

Media Advisory: Sacramento gamers will raise money for UC Davis Children's Hospital during 24-hour gaming marathon

November 4, 2015

Ninth Row Media, an online entertainment platform focused on gaming, movies and the community, will be participating in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming fundraiser in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

New technology will help define the environmental triggers of childhood asthma

November 4, 2015

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

UC Davis conducts groundbreaking for Betty Irene Moore Hall

November 2, 2015

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

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MIND Institute offers program for adults with autism spectrum disorder

October 29, 2015

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

Shatz selected as EMS Medical Director of the Year

October 28, 2015

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

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

October 28, 2015

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

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

October 28, 2015

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

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

October 28, 2015

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

Greenhalgh honored for burn care work

October 28, 2015

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

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

October 27, 2015

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

REMINDER: Harvest Social set for Oct. 28

October 27, 2015

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

Omalu named a 2015 Health Hero by WebMD

October 27, 2015

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

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

October 23, 2015

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

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

October 23, 2015

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

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

October 22, 2015

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

Renowned genomics researcher joins UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

October 22, 2015

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

Menopausal status a better indicator than age for mammography frequency

October 20, 2015

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

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients celebrate spirit of Halloween

October 20, 2015

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

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center receives echocardiography accreditation

October 19, 2015

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

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

October 19, 2015

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

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

October 16, 2015

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

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

October 15, 2015

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

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

October 14, 2015

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

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

October 12, 2015

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

Updated Statement Regarding Airman Spencer Stone

October 12, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has updated information regarding the health of U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone. (3 p.m.)

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

October 9, 2015

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

Media Advisory: Update on Airman Spencer Stone

October 8, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center will hold a media briefing to update the health status of Airman Spencer Stone today.

Statement Regarding Spencer Stone

October 8, 2015

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

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

October 7, 2015

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

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

October 6, 2015

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

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

October 6, 2015

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

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

October 5, 2015

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

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

October 5, 2015

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

Pourdavoud receives Dr. Anthony Philipps Endowed Scholarship in Pediatrics

October 2, 2015

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

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

October 1, 2015

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

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New treatments a big step for patients with advanced kidney cancer

September 29, 2015

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

Mini Medical School to prepare for life's second half

September 28, 2015

Visionary middle-agers, novice seniors or individuals of almost any age are invited to enroll in UC Davis’ highly regarded Mini Medical School. 

UC Davis researcher advocates ending Medicare coverage of controversial mammography tool

September 28, 2015

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

Rivera receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

September 25, 2015

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

UC Davis to test a computer program designed to reduce suicide

September 25, 2015

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

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

September 24, 2015

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

Discounted tickets to Sacramento Republic FC's USL Playoff match on Saturday

September 23, 2015

UC Davis Health System employees and their friends and family can cheer on Sacramento Republic FC and get discounted tickets to this Saturday's USL Playoffs game against L.A. Galaxy.

Med Center team helps showcase this weekend's Feria de Educación event

September 22, 2015

Health system employees Aracely Eres and Ben Gamez were at Univision’s KUVS Channel 19 this week recording interviews in advance of this weekend’s “Feria de Educación” event at Sacramento State.

Neurosurgeons on the sidelines

September 22, 2015

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

Tumor suppressor LRIG1 controls breast cancer aggression and invasion

September 21, 2015

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

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

September 21, 2015

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

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

September 18, 2015

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

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

September 18, 2015

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

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

September 18, 2015

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

Sacramento hospitals join forces to prevent falls among older adults

September 18, 2015

Fall is just around the corner, but falls shouldn’t be just around the corner for older adults. That’s why four local hospitals, including UC Davis Medical Center, are offering fall-risk screening and education events during national Fall Prevention Awareness Week, which is Sept. 23-29.

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

September 16, 2015

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

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

September 16, 2015

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

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

September 15, 2015

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

Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence at UC Davis, UCLA hold "Early Psychosis: Prevention and Early Intervention" Symposium

September 14, 2015

A gathering of mental health experts from across the nation will examine how evidence-based research can advance treatments — and improve lives — for young people developing serious mental illness is the focus of a daylong symposium aimed at the agencies that most often deliver those therapies: county, state and national mental-health services providers.

UC Davis Vascular Center receives accreditation for vein procedures

September 11, 2015

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

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

September 9, 2015

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

Welltopia site awarded for making health information more accessible to consumers

September 9, 2015

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

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

September 8, 2015

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

UC-ReX Initiative Team honored for accelerating health research

September 4, 2015

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

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 28

September 3, 2015

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

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

September 2, 2015

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

UC Davis to hold annual Spanish-language Mini Medical School

September 1, 2015

UC Davis Health System will host its annual Mini-Medical School in Spanish, La Mini Escuela de Medicina en Español, on Saturday, Sept. 12 on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. The event is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Latino Aging Research Resource Center of UC Davis. [en español]

Public Forum: Concussion and brain injury through the lifespan

September 1, 2015

Join us for a dynamic, interactive event that features brief presentations and discussion on the new ways to identify, prevent and treat concussions and brain injury.

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

August 31, 2015

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

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.

High temperatures pose danger to kids, pets left in cars

August 25, 2015

With triple digit temperatures still in the Sacramento weather forecast, it’s important to remember that it is never safe for a child to be left alone in a car – even if the windows are rolled down.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reminder: Sacramento Republic FC's August 22 ticket promotion raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 19, 2015

Soccer fans can help sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital by buying tickets to the August 22 Sacramento Republic FC match. For every ticket purchased using the link bit.ly/ucdavischildrenand promo code: KIDS, Sacramento Republic FC will donate $20 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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

August 18, 2015

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

UC Davis 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.

Canines joining UC Davis medical team to detect human cancer

August 14, 2015

UC Davis’ newest cancer fighting team – “Alfie” and “Charlie” – are a pair of puppies now in training to sharpen their cancer-scent detection abilities so they can work directly with physicians in the fight against human 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Long-term ovarian cancer survival higher than thought

August 5, 2015

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

Researchers call for improved firearm safety counseling by physicians

August 4, 2015

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

UC Davis physiology and membrane biology department names new chair

August 3, 2015

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

Class of 2019 arrives at UC Davis School of Medicine

August 1, 2015

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

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

July 31, 2015

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

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]

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Radiation Oncology faculty earn key leadership roles

July 10, 2015

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

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

July 9, 2015

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

New medical school admission process doesn't reduce diversity

July 8, 2015

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

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 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.

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

June 26, 2015

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

Knoepfler awarded childhood cancer research grant

June 25, 2015

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

UC Davis 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.

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 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. 

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.

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.

Media advisory: Organ and tissue donors honored with memorial rock

June 16, 2015

The parents of Scott Santana, who at age 17 became an organ donor following his death due to a car accident in 2011, have spearheaded the acquisition of a nearly two-ton memorial rock inscribed with a poem to honor all organ and tissue donors in the Sacramento region.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Fidgeting 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]

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. [中文 Chinese]

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. 

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UC Davis nursing professor honored by national association for published research

May 29, 2015

Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Research Publishing Award at the association’s annual convention this week in San Francisco. He teaches in the school’s physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs.

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at Academic Symposium

May 28, 2015

From hospital readmission rates and simulation training to family planning for rural women and pediatric triage assessment, the scope of work undertaken by students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis ranges from clinical to community, from birth to end of life. Gaduate students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees present their scholarly work at the 2015 Academic Symposium, June 5 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

UC Davis School of Medicine to celebrate its 44th Commencement

May 28, 2015

More than 100 UC Davis School of Medicine students will be adding a prestigious “M.D.” to their names following commencement ceremonies on the university’s Davis campus.

Restricting firearms access for people who misuse alcohol may prevent violence

May 28, 2015

Restricting access to firearms for people who misuse alcohol could prevent firearm violence, but policies that more clearly define alcohol misuse should be developed to facilitate enforcement, according to a review of existing research and public policies by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

Results for microbes collected by citizen scientists and grown on the International Space Station

May 27, 2015

Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists in Project MERCCURI indicate that most behave similarly in both places.

Common heart disease medication could help asthmatics too

May 26, 2015

A drug prescribed to prevent or stall the progress of heart disease may also relieve symptoms of asthma, according to a new study from pulmonary medicine specialists at UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis study finds significant cost savings in pediatric telemedicine consults compared to phone consults

May 21, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have conducted a comprehensive study to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone consults. The answer is a resounding yes. While telemedicine systems are expensive to install and maintain, they more than pay their way, saving an average $4,662 per use. The study was published in the journal Medical Decision Making. [en español]

Renowned immunologist to speak in Davis and Sacramento

May 20, 2015

Dan Kastner, the physician and immunologist who coined the term “autoinflammatory disease,” will speak in Davis and Sacramento as the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2015 Nelson Scientific Lecturer.

UC Davis Medical Center rated among the nation's high performing hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

May 20, 2015

New U.S. News & World Report hospital ratings for five common procedures and conditions show that UC Davis Medical Center is a “high performer” for heart bypass surgery, hip replacements, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and meets expected standards of care for knee replacements.

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

May 19, 2015

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

UC Davis CAARE Center celebrates 25th anniversary

May 19, 2015

The UC Davis CAARE Center recently hosted an anniversary reception to honor the children and families served over the last 25 years and the staff and community partners who have dedicated their lives to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. The event was held April 30 at the UC Davis MIND Institute’s auditorium.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches Pediatric Early Mobility Program

May 19, 2015

Early mobility and exercise have been shown to help patients recover faster and decrease long-term effects of delirium, a common condition of pediatric patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). UC Davis Children’s Hospital has today launched a Pediatric Early Mobility Program to help improve recovery times, shorten patient stays, reduce pain and delirium among PICU patients.

UC Davis CMN recognized nationally for its fundraising success at Walmart, Costco stores

May 18, 2015

The Miracle Month of May is only half way through, but UC Davis Children's Miracle Network (CMN) has been recognized nationally for its fundraising success at Walmart and Costco stores.

American Pain Society awards Fishman for education in pain management

May 15, 2015

Scott Fishman, chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and professor of anesthesiology at UC Davis Health System, has been awarded by the American Pain Society (APS) for his outstanding educational achievements in pain management.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for quality care for stroke patients

May 15, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for using evidence-based guidelines that improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

Revealing kidney cancer's secret

May 14, 2015

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

Sac Republic FC players surprise UC Davis Children's Hospital patients with visit

May 14, 2015

Patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital got a surprise visit from Sacramento Republic FC players Rodrigo "Roro" Lopez and Gabe Gonzalez this afternoon.

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

May 13, 2015

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

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

May 12, 2015

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

UC Davis tests deep brain stimulation as a treatment for cognitive changes in Parkinson's

May 12, 2015

Surgeons at UC Davis Health System are testing an innovative method of limiting cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The treatment — deep brain stimulation, or DBS — involves delivering low levels of electrical stimulation to a part of the brain that controls the abilities to think, plan and remember.

Drug, Device Discovery and Development initiative moves forward

May 11, 2015

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

Yellowlees elected vice president of American Telemedicine Association

May 11, 2015

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

News 10 highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital in its "Breakfast on the Job" segment

May 8, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital was the focus of News 10's "Breakfast on the Job" segment this morning from 5 to 7 a.m. The segment honored UC Davis Children's Hospital employees and discussed job opportunities currently available at the hospital. 

UC Davis recognized for support of breastfeeding

May 7, 2015

The Davis and Sacramento campuses of UC Davis are receiving recognition for their promotion and accommodation of breastfeeding.

New intervention pioneered at UC Davis Children's Hospital helps mothers address depression

May 7, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have developed a new intervention that identifies potentially depressed mothers and encourages them to seek treatment. The Motivating our Mothers (MOM) program takes a unique approach, relying on pediatricians rather than the mother’s doctor for diagnosis. In the study, mothers were given a short survey to assess whether they needed additional care. Those who identified depression symptoms were then coached by a research assistant to seek further help. [en español]

Robin Steinhorn elected to the American Pediatric Society Council

May 6, 2015

Robin Steinhorn, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS) Council.

Dermatologist Jagdeo awarded by American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

May 5, 2015

Jared Jagdeo, UC Davis assistant professor of dermatology, has received the 2015 Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

Cable TV network Animal Planet films at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 4, 2015

Cable television channel Animal Planet was at UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week to produce an episode of the series “Monsters Inside Me” about Jordan Herbst, the Bishop teenager who in 2013 became infected and survived hantavirus, a life-threatening and rare infection.

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

May 4, 2015

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

Surgery for terminal cancer patients still common

May 1, 2015

The number of surgeries performed on terminally ill cancer patients has not dropped in recent years ­, despite more attention to the importance of less invasive care for these patients to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. But new research from UC Davis also finds that the morbidity and mortality among patients with terminal cancer has declined because surgeons are selecting to operate on healthier patients.

Jennifer Lopez and UC Davis Children's Hospital ask community to 'Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are'

May 1, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital is joining Jennifer Lopez in asking the community to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are” to support children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which UC Davis Children's Hospital is a member, is kicking off a new campaign to bring awareness to the importance of donations to children’s hospitals. [en español]

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UC Davis Medical Center receives 'A' for patient safety from Leapfrog for fourth consecutive reporting period

April 30, 2015

The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit coalition of some of the country’s largest employers and health-care purchasers, has again awarded UC Davis Medical Center the highest grade possible, an “A,” on its most recent Hospital Safety Score, an evaluation that ranks hospitals nationwide on the likelihood that its patients will be free from preventable harm during their inpatient stays. This marks the fourth reporting period in a row that UC Davis has achieved the distinction.

NCI funding boosts breast CT scanning research and development

April 29, 2015

John M. Boone, a UC Davis medical physicist and professor of radiology, has been awarded a $2.88 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to further develop and research computed tomography (CT) to detect breast cancer.

Marjorie Solomon named to Marvin 'Buzz' Oates and Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in Autism

April 29, 2015

Marjorie Solomon, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a with a faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Imaging Research Center, has been named to the Marvin "Buzz" Oates and Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in Autism in the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Miss America Kira Kazantsev brings cheer to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

April 28, 2015

Reigning Miss America Kira Kazantsev spent her day off at UC Davis Children’s Hospital last Friday. The 23-year-old New York resident was on spring break, but that didn’t stop her from making the trip out west to visit Sacramento and spend time with the pediatric patients on Davis 7.

Media advisory: Davis Dance Marathon raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on May 2

April 28, 2015

UC Davis students, faculty, staff and the community can join a national dance movement better known as Dance Marathon.

Higher BMI associated with reduced costs, better health for diabetics

April 28, 2015

It’s a paradox: Diabetics with above-normal weight use health care less and report overall better physical health than their diabetic counterparts with normal weight, according to two new studies from UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis makes breakthrough in understanding Canavan disease

April 27, 2015

UC Davis investigators have settled a long-standing controversy surrounding the molecular basis of an inherited disorder that historically affected Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe but now also arises in other populations of Semitic descent, particularly families from Saudi Arabia.

Prenatal stem cell treatment improves mobility issues caused by spina bifida

April 24, 2015

The lower-limb paralysis associated with spina bifida may be effectively treated before birth by combining a unique stem cell therapy with surgery, new research from UC Davis Health System has found.

Donald M. Null joins UC Davis as medical director of the NICU

April 23, 2015

Donald M. Null, an internationally renowned expert in neonatal ventilation, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Rare mutation causes vitamin A deficiency and eye deformities

April 23, 2015

Researchers at the University of Michigan and UC Davis have solved a genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families, and possibly others, for generations. These families have been plagued by a variety of congenital eye malformations, including small eyes with poor vision and the complete absence of eyes. But until now, no one could figure out the genetic basis for these conditions. [en español]

Media advisory: Miss America to visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

April 22, 2015

Patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital will get the chance to meet current Miss America Kira Kazantsev.

The brain and behavioral effects of early exposure to chlorpyrifos

April 21, 2015

In a presentation scheduled for May 20 Virginia Rauh, a researcher from Columbia University, will discuss her studies of the effects of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos, a common insecticide and neurotoxicant, in a group of inner-city minority children.

Conference slated to address managing the threat of violence from the mentally ill in school and the workplace

April 21, 2015

Some of the nation’s leading experts in addressing one of the most troubling issues of our time — the increased incidence of violence at work, school and on campuses — will hold a one-day conference on confronting employee and student mental-health issues from both the psychiatric and the legal perspectives.

UC Davis Medical Center named one of 100 Great Hospitals in America

April 21, 2015

Becker’s Hospital Review has named UC Davis Medical Center to its 2015 list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.

MIND Institute researchers receive grant to study schizophrenia in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

April 21, 2015

Researchers studying a genetic disorder that in childhood causes anxiety and learning differences, but in adolescence or early adulthood results in schizophrenia in nearly one third of those affected, will investigate how emotional and intellectual challenges impact the development of early psychosis symptoms in this very high-risk population, through a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Comprehensive genomic tumor profiling comes to UC Davis

April 20, 2015

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have entered into a collaboration with Foundation Medicine, a leading molecular information company. The collaboration brings comprehensive genomic profiling into standard of care at UC Davis, allowing physicians to prescribe the most effective, targeted cancer treatments to patients based on the genomic information specific to each individual’s cancer.

UC Davis named part of new Stand Up To Cancer dream team

April 20, 2015

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected to be part of a $20 million “dream team” to attack the number-one cancer killer in America, lung cancer. The announcement was made today in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, a scientific partner to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

More work is needed to find the causes of flu vaccine disparities for the elderly

April 20, 2015

Public health specialists need to look beyond traditional solutions — such as expanding access to health insurance and primary care — to increase flu vaccination rates among older African Americans and Hispanics, according to a new study from UC Davis Health System and UCLA Health System.

Second-year medical student selected for Soros Fellowship

April 17, 2015

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, a student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is among the 2015 recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants.

National Science Foundation fellow aims to improve wrist health

April 16, 2015

Brent Foster, a UC Davis graduate student of biomedical engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to develop software that can refine diagnostic imaging of the wrist.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center opens new clinic in Walnut Creek

April 16, 2015

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, one of only 27 research centers designated by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging, has established a new clinic in the East Bay in Walnut Creek.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center looks at Building a Better Brain as We Age

April 15, 2015

David A. Bennett, director of the Rush University Alzheimer's Disease Center, will discuss "Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease: Building a Better Brain as We Age," during the May UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Community Engagement Lecture Series presentation.

UC Davis researchers win grant to answer key questions in surveillance of small lung nodules

April 15, 2015

Two UC Davis researchers will help run a major national study to improve surveillance practices for patients with small lung nodules identified on CT imaging and extremely low risk for lung cancer.

UC Davis nursing graduate students earn top awards at interdisciplinary symposium

April 14, 2015

Three master’s-degree students in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science — Leadership Graduate Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis took home top awards at the 2015 UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium.

Founding dean of UC Davis nursing school named among top Sacramento business women

April 10, 2015

Heather M. Young, the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was today named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s “2015 Women Who Mean Business.”

Freischlag part of White House roundtable on climate change and health

April 10, 2015

Julie Freischlag, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, yesterday participated in a roundtable discussion at the White House on educating tomorrow’s health leaders about the impacts of climate change on human health.

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market resumes April 23 in Sacramento

April 10, 2015

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market returns on April 23, resuming its effort to expand access to fresh, healthy food in the community.

A mother's genes can influence the bacteria in her baby's gut, researchers at UC Davis have found

April 9, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have found that a gene, which is not active in some mothers, produces a breast milk sugar that influences the development of the community of gut bacteria in thier infants. The sugars produced by these mothers, called "secretors," are not digested by the infant, but instead nourish specific bacteria that colonize their babies' guts soon after birth.

Study finds characteristic pattern of protein deposits in retired NFL players' brains

April 7, 2015

A brain-imaging technique may enable the early detection of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Book of photographs features people, traditions and color of Mexico

April 7, 2015

Marc Schenker, a UC Davis global health specialist and international authority on occupational health hazards, especially among immigrant populations, has published a book of photographs that captures the diversity, humanity, traditions and beauty of Mexican life.

Women, regardless of their backgrounds, seek help for the 'got to go' feeling

April 7, 2015

 Regardless of their racial, ethnic, educational or socioeconomic background, women seek help for a frustrating — and ubiquitous — feature of becoming "a woman of a certain age:" the need be close to the women's room.

Conquer Cancer Foundation selects UC Davis med student for award

April 7, 2015

The Conquer Cancer Foundation has selected UC Davis medical student Angel Morán for the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations.

Town hall on proposed UC Davis School of Population and Global Health April 16 in Sacramento

April 6, 2015

A town hall meeting to discuss the proposed UC Davis School of Population and Global Health will be held on Thursday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Education Building, 4610 X Street, Room 1204, in Sacramento. 

No-cost mapping services available for California-based labs to meet Meaningful Use requirements

April 6, 2015

As part of national Meaningful Use initiative, which aims to improve the coordination of care and electronic exchange of patient information among hospitals, labs, physicians and other health care organizations, providers must be able to receive and incorporate structured lab results from clinical laboratories using universal code systems for identifying laboratory and clinical observations, specifically LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms).

$2.5 million Dignity Health gift to UC Davis nursing school creates first endowed deanship

April 3, 2015

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announced today it received a $2.5 million gift from Dignity Health to create the first endowed deanship at UC Davis.

Small RNA plays big role suppressing cancer

April 2, 2015

The micro RNA miR-22 has long been known for its ability to suppress cancer. However, questions remain about how it achieves this feat. For example, which molecules are regulating miR-22, and which are miR22 targets?

MIND Institute to present Learning and the Human Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder in April

April 2, 2015

The symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) most often are described in terms of differences in social-engagement and communication. But recent research has found that ASD also involves basic differences in the nature of learning. Recognizing these learning differences has helped to advance research, assessment and, most importantly, interventions for affected children.

David Amaral named editor-in-chief of Autism Research

April 2, 2015

David G. Amaral, director of research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has been named the new editor-in-chief of Autism Research, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and its publishing partner, Wiley. Amaral succeeds Anthony J. Bailey, the journal’s first editor-in-chief, who will step down at the end of March after nearly six years in the position.

UC Davis neuroscientist recognized for color vision and aging contributions

April 1, 2015

John S. Werner, a UC Davis neuroscientist and international authority on visual perception, has been selected to receive the 2015 Verriest Medal from the International Colour Vision Society for his contributions to understanding the structural and functional basis of color vision, how and why vision changes across the life span, and factors that contribute to loss of vision associated with disease. He will receive the award at the society’s biennial symposium in Sendai, Japan, on July 4. 

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Protein may improve liver regeneration

March 31, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have illuminated an important distinction between mice and humans: how human livers heal. The difference centers on a protein called PPARα, which activates liver regeneration. Normally, mouse PPARα is far more active and efficient than the human form, allowing mice to quickly regenerate damaged livers. However, the research shows that protein fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) can boost the regenerative effects of human PPARα.

International team of researchers led by UC Davis receives $4 million NIH grant to study skull disorder in infants

March 31, 2015

Simeon Boyd, UC Davis professor of genetics and pediatrics, has received a nearly $4 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to lead a team of physicians and scientists from more than 10 centers in the United States and seven international sites, including Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom, to study craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of the bony plates of the skull in infants.

Parking and Transportation named "Business of the Year" for support of public transit

March 26, 2015

UC Davis Health System’s Parking and Transportation Services has been selected as the Business of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber and the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT).

UC Davis receives stem cell grants for novel spina bifida and diabetic wound treatments

March 26, 2015

The state stem cell agency, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today awarded a pair of grants totaling more than $7 million to UC Davis School of Medicine researchers who are working to develop stem cell therapies for spina bifida and chronic diabetic wounds.

Aguilar-Gaxiola honored by the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

March 25, 2015

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, founder and director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and a professor of clinical internal medicine, has been honored by his medical school alma mater, the Autónomous University of Guadalajara (UAG), Mexico, for his exemplary work in medicine and service to his country. [en español]

ADHD Program selected for new PEER patient portal by Genetic Alliance

March 25, 2015

The ADHD Program at the UC Davis MIND Institute has been selected to participate in an initiative that will link people with the condition in Sacramento and beyond with clinicians, researchers, advocates, support groups and each other, through an innovative privacy-assured online platform called Platform for Engaging Everyone Responsibly, or PEER.

Emergency medicine physicians urge colleagues to help prevent gun violence

March 25, 2015

In an editorial posted online today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, two practicing emergency medicine physicians from the University of California, Davis, and Brown University — both thought leaders at the forefront of finding solutions to the public health crisis of gun violence — urge their colleagues to take direct action to protect the health and safety of patients and communities.

UC Davis Behavioral Health Center announces mental-health pilot awards

March 24, 2015

The recently established UC Davis Behavioral Health Center has announced new two-year grants as part of its 2015-2017 Pilot Award Program. The awards, granted to 16 investigators across UC Davis schools, colleges, departments, centers and programs, in Sacramento and Davis, support projects in the areas of behavioral health public policy, treatment and basic science research. Together, they total approximately $3.7 million.

UC Davis nursing professor presents at Institute of Medicine roundtable on health care technology

March 24, 2015

Katherine Kim, assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presents today at The Institute of Medicine, Roundtable on Health Literacy workshop, “Health Literacy and Health Information Technology,” in Washington, District of Columbia. Kim’s research on adapting technology for use by Native American populations is among topics examining how technology is used to make health decisions.

Match Day delivers the future for UC Davis physicians-in-training

March 23, 2015

In a large event tent filled with excitement and anticipation, about 100 UC Davis School of Medicine students learned where they will be going for the next stage in their medical careers.

Firearm violence trends in the 21st century

March 19, 2015

While the overall death rate from firearm violence has remained unchanged for more than a decade, the patterns for suicide and homicide have changed dramatically, a UC Davis study on the epidemiology of gun violence from 2003 to 2012 has found. The study was published today in the Annual Review of Public Health.

Nation's first conference on career flexibility for biomedical faculty features insights from Howell

March 19, 2015

In what was the first-ever convening of its kind, medical school leaders from across the nation met in Boston last week to discuss how academic physicians and scientists can have thriving careers with better work-life flexibility in an era of austere academic budget cuts.

Media Advisory: UC Davis medical students to celebrate big step toward becoming physicians

March 18, 2015

Match Day is an event that takes place simultaneously at medical schools throughout the nation. Fourth-year medical students gather to find out where they have "matched" for their residency training after graduating in May.

Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture explores connections between diabetes, heart disease and dementia

March 18, 2015

"Heart Disease, Diabetes and Dementia, What is the Connection?" will be the topic of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center 2015 Community Discovery lecture by center Associate Director Bruce Reed.

Randi Hagerman receives International Sisley-Lejeune Foundation Award

March 18, 2015

Randi Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received the prestigious International Sisley-Jerome Lejeune Award 2014 from the Paris-based Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, for her groundbreaking work developing targeted treatments for individuals with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.  

American Cancer Society, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and KVIE host special preview screening of CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

March 16, 2015

The American Cancer Society, in partnership with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and PBS station KVIE, will host a free community preview screening of CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES on March 25 at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre

Commentary says study affirms that varied factors contribute to cognitive decline throughout adulthood

March 16, 2015

A study published online today in JAMA Neurology that finds associations between reduced hippocampal volume (HVa) and being male, but not the gene APOE ɛ4, suggests that there are multiple factors contributing to cognitive decline throughout adulthood, according to an accompanying commentary by UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli.

IHOP's National Pancake Day raises more than $100,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 13, 2015

Twenty-eight IHOP restaurants from 33 counties in Northern California raised more than $100,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital this month. IHOP guests enjoyed complimentary pancakes and were encouraged to make a donation to benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the region’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital at the tenth annual National Pancake Day on March 3, which raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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

March 10, 2015

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 “Best Graduate Schools 2016.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks new UC Davis School of Nursing among best

March 10, 2015

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis as among the best in the country for master’s-degree nursing programs in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

Steinberg to present two lectures on mental-health policy in California at UC Davis in April

March 10, 2015

Former California Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, who recently joined UC Davis Health System as director of policy and advocacy for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will present two special lectures in April.

Pediatric bipolar disorder the topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture

March 9, 2015

Mani Pavuluri, founding director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic and the Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will address brain dysfunction in pediatric bipolar disorder during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address.

What we can learn about dyslexia using brain-imaging studies

March 6, 2015

How imagining technology illuminates the differences between the workings of the brain in children and adults with reading disability, or dyslexia, and those of people without the disorder, will be the topic of the March 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

UC Davis graduate nursing students present scholarship to dean

March 5, 2015

Candidates from this spring’s graduating class of the Doctor of Philosophy program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announced a $27,156 endowed scholarship fund for future students of the program, beginning this fall.

Media Advisory: On-the-ground training for flying eye physicians and nurses

March 5, 2015

Eleven staff from Orbis International, including ophthalmologists and nurses, will further enhance their critical-care skills and build their abilities to work as a team when they train at the UC Davis Center for Virtual Care.

National pain experts discuss care at UC Davis nursing school annual dean's lecture

March 5, 2015

Pain management experts from UC Davis and the nation convened Wednesday to discuss quality pain care for older adults at the 2015 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Darrell Steinberg joins UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

March 4, 2015

Darrell Steinberg, former Senate pro tempore for the state of California, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as director of policy and advocacy for the recently launched UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

UC Davis scientists describe novel drug mechanism that fights brain cancer

March 3, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have developed and characterized a molecule that interferes with the internal regulation of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct. This novel mechanism was found to be effective against glioma cells – responsible for a usually fatal type of brain cancer – and could be applicable to other highly aggressive cancers.

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UC Davis conference to help health providers understand LGBTQI health needs

February 27, 2015

Health-care providers such as nurses, physicians, mental-health specialists and clinical social workers will have the opportunity to learn about the unique health needs of LGBTQI patients and their families during an upcoming conference at UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis Huntington's Disease Center receives Level 1 designation

February 27, 2015

The UC Davis Huntington’s Disease Center, whose compassionate patient care and research expertise have made it a beacon of hope for people with Huntington’s disease throughout Northern California and beyond, has been acknowledged by the national society committed to the values that it so ably upholds  the Huntington’s Disease Society of America — as a Level 1 Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence.

Welltopia: A new online resource for Californians

February 25, 2015

Welltopia, a new website launched today by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities.

Undocumented farmworkers use Medicaid half as often as documented farmworkers

February 23, 2015

Undocumented farmworkers are half as likely as those who are documented to use Medicaid, the federal health insurance program available to low-income individuals and families, according to a new study from UC Davis Health System.

Build-A-Bear brings cuddly friends to UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 20, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients received new cuddly friends, as Build-A-Bear Workshop hosted an event in the pediatric playroom yesterday.

Hispanics develop alcoholic liver disease at younger ages than Caucasians or African Americans

February 20, 2015

Hispanics tend to develop alcoholic liver disease (ALD) — a common cause of liver-disease deaths in the U.S. — between four and 12 years earlier than non-Hispanic Caucasians or African Americans, according to a UC Davis Health System study.

UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine named Clinical Center of Excellence

February 18, 2015

The American Pain Society has selected the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine as a 2015 Clinical Center of Excellence. 

Nurse leader Keela Herr speaks at annual UC Davis nursing school lecture

February 18, 2015

Keela Herr, a nationally recognized expert in elder pain management and health policy, will discuss the current state of pain and pain management for older adults.

Kizer selected for expert panel to assess U.S. Census Bureau

February 17, 2015

Kenneth W. Kizer, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement, has been chosen by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to sit on a five-member panel of management experts convened to evaluate the planned restructuring of the national Bureau of the Census. The evaluation is directed by the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Star 106.5 delivers Valentine's cards to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

February 13, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients felt the love this morning, as Star 106.5 in Sacramento delivered 85 bags filled with homemade Valentine’s cards sent by radio listeners. The station also donated stuffed animals, coloring books, stickers and games for patients.

UC Davis designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center

February 11, 2015

UC Davis Health System has been endorsed by the American College of Radiology as a designated lung cancer screening center, the only of its kind currently in the greater Sacramento area.

UC Davis researchers identify new compound that takes aim at neuropathic pain

February 10, 2015

A new compound discovered by a team of UC Davis investigators has potent actions against production of a chemical that is implicated in the development of chronic pain following a peripheral nerve injury in the spinal cord.

UC Davis School of Nursing receives grant to further develop integrative case-based learning programs for clinical graduate students

February 9, 2015

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has received a $150,000 grant from the Office of Statewide Health and Planning to continue developing an integrative case-based learning curriculum for its clinical programs.

School of Nursing professor receives grant to develop manual for nursing-home care

February 5, 2015

Elena Siegel, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received a $299,000 grant from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program to develop and test a resource manual that directors of nursing can use as a reference to ensure the registered nurses safely and effectively delegate day-to-day tasks in nursing home settings.

Media advisory: UC Davis shows huge support for heart health on Wear Red Day

February 5, 2015

UC Davis faculty, staff and students will show their supersized support for heart health on National Wear Red Day as they take over a Davis campus athletic field to create a huge heart formed by humans. As the crowd gathers, the Battle Heart Disease Fair will offer resources for heart-healthy living, radio station 102.5 KSFM will play lively music, Zumba teachers will get the crowd moving, and one of the nation’s foremost heart-disease experts will test everyone’s “heart smarts.”

Speaker will tout a holistic approach to a cancer diagnosis

February 4, 2015

Physician and author Michael Finkelstein, known as the “slow medicine doctor,” will bring his unique insights about cancer to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 17 for a talk he calls “Transform the war into a treasure hunt.”

A simple information sheet can help women avoid pregnancy and acne medication-related birth defects

February 4, 2015

An information sheet for women being treated for severe acne improves understanding of contraceptive effectiveness and ways to avoid pregnancy and medication-induced birth defects, a study published today in JAMA Dermatology has found.

Spanish-language seminar slated on the family dynamics of having a child with special needs

February 3, 2015

The UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) will hold a panel discussion on “Developing and Maintaining Positive Relationships in the Community and the Family” for individuals with children with special needs on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note: This discussion will be presented entirely in Spanish. The presentation will be held in the MIND Institute auditorium, at 2825 50th St., Sacramento. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. Seating is first-come, first-served. No children will be allowed.

UC Davis scientists awarded nearly $4 million for technology in vascular disease treatment and bone and cartilage repair

February 2, 2015

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded a pair of $1.8 million grants to two UC Davis scientists to develop better tools for enabling physicians to assess the safety and efficacy of bioengineered tissues used to treat cardiovascular disease and bone and cartilage repair.

Nerve regeneration therapy has potential to prevent arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death after heart attack

February 2, 2015

A therapy currently under development for spinal cord injuries has been shown to stimulate nerve regeneration in the heart and provide resistance to arrhythmias following a heart attack, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature Communications.

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California Department of Public Health, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services and UC Davis Medical Center - Sacramento Confirm Patient at Hospital has Tested Negative for Ebola

January 30, 2015

State and local public health and hospital officials have confirmed that the patient transported by specialized ambulance and admitted to UC Davis Medical Center early Thursday who exhibited symptoms consistent with a viral illness including Ebola, and with a history of travel to an Ebola-affected country, has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

Media Statement Regarding Suspected Ebola Patient in the Hospital

January 29, 2015

A patient with symptoms consistent with Ebola infection was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday morning from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento.

Press Statement: Possible Ebola Patient

January 29, 2015

A UC Davis Medical Center patient who is being evaluated for the Ebola virus is in good condition.

Media Advisory: Press Briefing Today

January 29, 2015

Dr. Kirk will provide a media briefing on the suspected case of Ebola

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $90,600 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

January 28, 2015

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

Pathways to new treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder topic of next MIND Distinguished Lecture

January 28, 2015

The journey that scientists follow to reach the development of new medications for children with autism spectrum disorder can follow different routes, each leading to different destinations. An examination of those pathways is the subject of the February UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

California breast density law slow to have an impact

January 28, 2015

Ten months after California legislators enacted a controversial law mandating that radiologists notify women if they have dense breast tissue, UC Davis researchers have found that half of primary care physicians are still unfamiliar with the law and many don’t feel comfortable answering breast density-related questions from patients.

Tiny infant has a big impact on his community

January 26, 2015

"Miles" Keiser, though nicknamed "Tiny" by his family, an infant treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in 2011 is having a big effect on the lives of children with congenital heart disease in Sacramento and on his community.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group starts Feb. 10

January 23, 2015

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Burn Center receives Beacon Award for Excellence from American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

January 22, 2015

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Moon Chen's research featured in ASCO's 2015 cancer progress report

January 21, 2015

UC Davis professor Moon Chen’s research on the under-representation of minorities in clinical trials appears in the American Society in Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s annual cancer progress report released Tuesday.

Institute for Population Health Improvement recruits California-based labs for no-cost mapping services

January 21, 2015

The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) is recruiting California-based labs to participate in the Laboratory Mapping Assistance Project (Lab MAP). Participating labs will receive free code mapping to convert proprietary order, result and observation codes to standard codes, namely the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine — Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) terminologies.

Project ADAM's first California affiliate established at UC Davis Children's Hospital

January 21, 2015

A life-saving program that helps to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens has now arrived in California. UC Davis Children’s Hospital has become the first California affiliate for Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory), a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing comprehensive defibrillation programs in schools across the country.

Trauma surgery moves outside of the OR, fills gaps across specialties

January 20, 2015

Historically known as heroes who put people back together after accidents, trauma surgeons today perform a broad array of surgical procedures, are involved in planning patient care and treat patients at hospital bedsides in addition to operating rooms, a UC Davis Health System study has found.

Treating non-healing bone fractures with stem cells

January 15, 2015

A new device that can rapidly concentrate and extract young cells from irrigation fluid used during orthopaedic surgery holds promise for improving the delivery of stem cell therapy in cases of non-healing fractures.

UC Davis emergency medicine physician recognized for gun violence prevention work

January 13, 2015

Garen J. Wintemute, one of the nation’s foremost scholars addressing gun violence as a public-health problem, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the California Aggie Alumni Association for his exemplary professional achievements and service.

UC Davis nursing professor increases Spanish health-care knowledge and confidence in graduate students

January 12, 2015

A Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis faculty member received the Provost Hybrid Course Award for a course designed to educate clinical graduate students in Spanish health terminology.

Modeling success: Bariatric surgery fashion show on Jan. 30

January 9, 2015

The 12th annual UC Davis Bariatric Surgery fashion show — called “An Evening With the Stars” — takes place Friday, Jan. 30, from 7-9 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 2279 45th St., Sacramento.

Aubyn Stahmer, expert in translating autism research into community practice, joins UC Davis MIND Institute

January 8, 2015

Aubyn Stahmer, an expert in the translation of evidence-based autism research to community-based practice and delivery, has joined the UC Davis MIND Institute as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

UC Davis nationally recognized for community engagement

January 8, 2015

The University of California, Davis, is being nationally recognized for community engagement in its own neighborhoods and around the world.

Study identifies patients at higher risk for overdose and death from prescription painkillers

January 7, 2015

Patients started on prescription painkillers who have substance-use disorders or who frequently contact their doctors’ offices are at greater risk of having their medication doses increase early in therapy, also increasing their risk of opioid-related overdose or death, UC Davis Health System researchers have found.

Genomic medicine topic of 2015 Benjamin Highman Lecture at UC Davis Health System

January 6, 2015

Harnessing the power of whole genome analysis and further defining the role of pathologists in this new era of medicine is the topic of the 2015 Benjamin Highman Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Health System.

Christiansen receives junior faculty research award

January 5, 2015

Blaine Christiansen, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Health System, received a 2014 Junior Faculty Osteoporosis Research Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

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Young publishes his model for medical humanitarian aid

December 29, 2014

J. Nilas Young, UC Davis chief of cardiothoracic surgery, has published a landmark article on medical humanitarian aid, detailing his 25 years of experience establishing six cardiac surgery sites in Russia. The study is published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

New technique for bioengineering stem cells shows promise in HIV resistance

December 22, 2014

Using modified human stem cells, a team of UC Davis scientists has developed an improved gene therapy strategy that in animal models shows promise as a functional cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.  The achievement, which involves an improved technique to purify populations of HIV-resistant stem cells, opens the door for human clinical trials that were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ely receives Lifetime Contribution to Dermatology award

December 19, 2014

Haines Ely, UC Davis clinical professor of dermatology, received the “Lifetime Contribution to Dermatology” award earlier this month at the 2014 Cosmetic Surgery Forum in Las Vegas.

UC Davis pediatric nurses participate in holiday food basket drive for Sacramento families

December 19, 2014

Pediatric nurses have partnered with a local elementary school student council and PTA for the 15th year providing holiday food baskets to Families nominated by Bancroft elementary school. The food drive and distribution occurs Dec. 15-19.

Santa visits UC Davis Children's Hospital to spread holiday cheer

December 19, 2014

Santa took a break from his toy-making schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this month to bring much-needed holiday cheer. The magical visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and Macy’s/AFLAC.

"Mix for Miracles" Radiothon raises more than $67,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 18, 2014

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network raised more than $67,000 in their first "Mix For Miracles" radiothon for UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM broadcasted live each day from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the playroom on Davis 7 and continued the broadcast from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens pediatric pulmonary hypertension clinic

December 17, 2014

Pediatric pulmonary hypertension patients can get the specialist care that they need close to home, thanks to the opening of the new Pulmonary Hypertension clinic at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center.

David Sobon named new chair of Children's Miracle Network Business Council

December 17, 2014

David Sobon has been named the new chair of the Children's Miracle Network's Business Council at UC Davis. His one-year term began Oct. 1, 2014. 

Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine to speak at MIND Institute

December 17, 2014

Thomas C. Südhof, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will address his research on how defects in a ‘glue’ that binds together proteins at the neuronal synapses may play a role in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric neurodevelopmental conditions, during the first 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address in January.

Study funded on the clinical, financial effectiveness of telemedicine versus telephone consultations

December 16, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1,198,384 grant to UC Davis pediatrician James Marcin to investigate how telemedicine consultations in emergency departments impact clinical outcomes, including cost effectiveness, compared with telephone consultations. 

Too much, too little, just right

December 15, 2014

Scientists have long known the p53 protein suppresses tumors. However, a recent animal study by UC Davis researchers has uncovered a complicated relationship between p53 and another protein, Rbm38, highlighting how the body calibrates protein levels. Too much Rbm38 reduces p53 levels, increasing the risk of cancer. Too little Rbm38 allows p53 overexpression, causing premature aging. The study was published in the journal PNAS on Dec. 15. 

UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic named a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence by the ALS Association

December 12, 2014

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic has been named an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence, in acknowledgement of its meeting the highest levels of established national standards of care for the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Media Advisory: Festive holiday party planned for kids with cancer

December 11, 2014

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a holiday party for pediatric cancer patients and their families on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Royal College of Radiologists awards pediatric radiologist 2013 Ella Preiskel Prize

December 10, 2014

Thomas Sanchez, assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Radiology, has won the 2013 Ella Preiskel Prize from the Royal College of Radiologists in London.

Preeclampsia during mother's pregnancy associated with greater autism risk

December 8, 2014

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

"Mix for Miracles" Radiothon scheduled Dec. 9-11 at UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 5, 2014

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network is partnering to put on their first "Mix For Miracles" radiothon at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM will broadcast live each day from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the playroom on Davis 7 and continue the broadcast from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

Rising Nurse Leaders are honored

December 4, 2014

More than a dozen highly accomplished nurses shared the spotlight this week during graduation ceremonies for UC Davis’ Rising Nurse Leaders program.

Kuppermann honored for significant contributions to pediatric emergency medicine

December 4, 2014

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has honored Nathan Kuppermann, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine, with its EBSCO/PEMSoft Achievement Award.

Randi Hagerman celebrated for C. Anderson Aldrich Award

December 4, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday celebrated the achievements of Medical Director Randi Hagerman, who in October received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the most prestigious awards in the United States for a pediatrician.

UC Davis Children's Hospital families and staff share what they are thankful for

December 3, 2014

Pediatric nurses at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had "thankful trees" around the unit in November to give patients and staff the chance to share what they were most thankful for.

CDC identifies UC Davis as Ebola treatment center

December 3, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified UC Davis Medical Center as one of the 35 U.S. hospitals designated as an Ebola treatment center. The designation, announced Dec. 2,  was a collaborative decision made by state and local health authorities and University of California (UC) leadership. UC San Francisco was also designated, with the three remaining UC medical centers expected to receive treatment-center designation soon.

MIND Institute says "thank you" to hundreds of participants in its research

December 3, 2014

Hundreds of participants in UC Davis MIND Institute research and their families will head into the woods to “Explore the Great Outdoors” during its 12th Annual Thank You Party on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. The party is held to thank the children, adolescents, adults and their families who make the MIND Institute's groundbreaking research into autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions possible.

UC Davis Medical Center named 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the third consecutive year

December 2, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2014, an elite distinction that recognizes UC Davis for meeting tough national standards for safety and quality. The annual award, widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards a U.S. hospital can receive, is given to the highest performing hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism the topic of MIND Institute lecture

December 1, 2014

Natacha Akshoomoff, UC San Diego associate professor of psychiatry, will discuss “How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer series presentation.

Perceptions, referrals by medical providers affect mental-health treatment disparities

December 1, 2014

Disparities in mental-health treatment are known to be associated with patients’ racial and ethnic backgrounds. Now, a large study by researchers with UC Davis has found one possible reason for those disparities: Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to be assessed and referred for treatment by their medical providers.

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MIND Institute offers Social Knowledge Workshop for adults with autism

November 26, 2014

Beginning in February, the UC Davis MIND Institute will offer the Adult Social Knowledge (ASK) Workshop for individuals 18 to 35 with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, such as high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. The workshop’s aims are to provide adults with autism an opportunity to practice their social skills in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while having fun.

Stand for the Kids event raises awareness for UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 14, 2014

Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity at  UCDavis, held its first annual Stand for the Kids event last week in an effort to raise awareness  for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

'Tis the season to indulge in walnuts

November 13, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have found that diets rich in whole walnuts or walnut oil slowed prostate cancer growth in mice. In addition, both walnuts and walnut oil reduced cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity.

UC Davis investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

November 12, 2014

In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening and difficult-to-control epileptic seizures without side effects, according to a research report by scientists at UC Davis and Northwestern University.

National study provides insights into childhood head injuries

November 12, 2014

This week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that highlights an unprecedented analysis of the nation’s childhood head injuries.

UC Davis "out-of-the-box thinker" wins cancer research award

November 12, 2014

UC Davis medical oncologist Jonathan Riess is the recipient of a 2014 Young Innovators Team Award for Lung Cancer Research, and will share a $500,000 for translational lung cancer research with two other physician-scientists.

Presentation on Nov. 17 on social, political and ethical implications of Ebola

November 12, 2014

A presentation featuring multiple speakers and titled “Ebola: Social, Political and Ethical Implications” will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Education Building, room 1222.

Lung cancer screening for Medicare patients coming soon to UC Davis

November 10, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to screen seniors on Medicare who meet the criteria for lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (CT).

UC Davis Nursing professor publishes first book examining practitioners' struggles living up to health-care ideals

November 6, 2014

Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently released her first book Conflicted Health Care: Professionalism and Caring in an Urban Hospital, published by Vanderbilt University Press.

UC Davis Medical Center prepared for potential Ebola cases

November 6, 2014

As the largest Ebola epidemic in history continues in West Africa, UC Davis Health System is prepared to safely screen, isolate and care for a patient who arrives at the medical center suffering from the disease.

Trick-or-treat! Patients and staff at UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrate Halloween

November 5, 2014

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

Media Advisory: Ebola Preparedness Briefing

November 5, 2014

Media briefing on hospital preparedness for Ebola, use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Immunotherapy for cancer toxic with obesity

November 3, 2014

Immunotherapy that can be effective against tumors in young, thin mice can be lethal to obese ones, a new study by UC Davis researchers has found. [en español]

Pushing Past Cancer: A special event just for young cancer survivors

November 3, 2014

From late diagnoses, infertility and body image crises to college, career and family disruptions, young people experience cancer differently than older adults, and many cope with these issues alone.

Media advisory: UC Davis experts available for interviews during COPD Awareness Month

November 3, 2014

November is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Awareness Month and a good time to increase public awareness of symptoms and treatments for the lung disease along with research that is expanding options for patients. Several UC Davis pulmonary physicians, surgeons and health educators are available as media resources on COPD.

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UC Davis Nursing professor inducted into the Uganda National Academy of Sciences

October 31, 2014

Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was inducted as a fellow to the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

UC Davis researchers examine risks, benefits of chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer

October 31, 2014

Treatment for early stage breast cancer is highly effective, and for many women considering treatment choices, chemotherapy may add little to an already high long-term survival rate. Joy Melnikow, professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis, is working to define the potential long-term harms of chemotherapy for these patients, so they can be weighed against the potential benefits.

Registration opens Nov. 4 for free UC Davis healthy aging program

October 31, 2014

The marvels of healthy aging, as well as some of the myths and stereotypes associated with it, are among the topics being offered at UC Davis’ upcoming Mini Medical School.

Nurse receives third place for poster at Pediatric Nursing Conference

October 30, 2014

Clinical resource nurse Stacey Salvato, who works on Davis 7 Pediatrics, received third place for her clinical care poster at this year's 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in National Harbor, Md.

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.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for reduction of pressure ulcers

October 28, 2014

A decrease in the rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at UC Davis Medical Center has earned a Performance Excellence Award from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC).

Study on Western diet and role in GI cancer funded

October 28, 2014

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a $2.7 million grant to UC Davis researchers to investigate how the so-called Western diet, which is high in fat and sugar, increases the risk of developing liver and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. In addition, the researchers will study whether bifidobacteria, a common family of bacteria in the human gut, can be enriched to prevent cancer.

Kay Redfield Jamison to discuss Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness

October 27, 2014

Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness," during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St.

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.

The Pink House donates portion of sales to Children's Miracle Network Nov. 6-12

October 27, 2014

The purchase of women's shoes, purses and accessories can help make miracles for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients as East Sacramento retailer The Pink House donates 20 percent off all purchases to the Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis Nov. 6-12. 

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.

Kravitz honored for outstanding research in health-care communication

October 24, 2014

The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) has recognized Richard Kravitz, professor of internal medicine, with its George Engel Award. The award is presented annually for outstanding research contributing to the theory, practice and teaching of effective health-care communication and related skills.

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.

Extra Life gaming marathon helps UC Davis Children's Hospital kids on Oct. 25

October 23, 2014

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

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.

UC Davis Nursing graduate student's research featured in national press program

October 21, 2014

Robin Whitney, a Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was one of four researchers showcased in a webcast today promoting the inaugural Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Oct. 24 and 25 in Boston.

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.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center holds workshop for Alzheimer's caregivers

October 20, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold a workshop for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. There is no cost to participate in the workshop; however, reservations are required to attend.

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. 

Insulin resistance and pathological brain aging topic of Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture

October 20, 2014

Suzanne Craft, professor of medicine and director, Wake Forest University Center for Healthy Brain Aging and Alzheimer's Prevention, will discuss “Insulin resistance and pathological brain aging.

Young Adult Outcomes topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation

October 17, 2014

Research examining what happens to young adults with autism spectrum disorder when they leave high school will be the topic of the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The discussion, on “Young Adult Outcomes,” will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Media Advisory: UC Davis Health System Ebola preparedness briefing

October 16, 2014

Media briefing on the steps UC Davis Medical Center has taken to prepare in the event a potential patient with Ebola at UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis Medical Center repeats as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality"

October 15, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Quality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

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.

UC Davis to host first BRA Day event

October 13, 2014

To ensure women are aware of their breast reconstruction options, on Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the UC Davis Division of Plastic Surgery will host Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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.

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.

MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2014

Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Student conference opens doors to health-care professions

October 8, 2014

Leading voices in health care and some 8,000 pre-health and pre-medical students will meet to explore the future of health care and how the students can join and influence the professions at the University of California, Davis, Oct. 11-12.

One physician's email account compromised by unknown source

October 7, 2014

Late last week, it was determined that a UC Davis physician's work email account was accessed by an unknown source. UC Davis Health System has notified 1,326 patients who had their personal or medical information included in an email within the compromised account. This event did not involve access to the electronic health records of patients, patients' social security numbers or patients' personal financial information.

MIND Institute slates seminar to address stress among families caring for people with neurodevelopmental disorders

October 6, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s venerable Minds Behind the MIND series will launch its 2014-15 season in October with a departure from its previous format. The quarterly evening lectures have been replaced by Saturday morning presentations featuring UC Davis faculty and community representatives.

Researchers seeking middle-aged and older men for aging study

October 6, 2014

How alterations in a single gene on the X chromosome affects neurological and psychological functioning in men as they age is the subject of a new study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers.

Local children's musical duo performs at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 3, 2014

The Poodlums, a children’s musical duo, performed for UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week. The special performance was made possible by a donation from a community member and the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Program trains next generation of health-care leaders

October 2, 2014

Eighteen health leaders from nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout Northern and Central California began classes this week as members of the Health Leadership Program's Class XI. The program, a partnership of the Sierra Health Foundation, UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) and the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management, is jointly led by IPHI Director Kenneth Kizer and Richard Callahan, chair of USF's Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration.

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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Media Advisory: UC Davis to launch Behavioral Health Research Center in Sacramento

September 30, 2014

The Center of Excellence at UC Davis is part of a $15 million comprehensive research effort funded by a grant from Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, established under Proposition 63. The commission is funding a similar center in Southern California at UCLA.

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.

UC Davis medical student honored with Physicians of Tomorrow Award

September 29, 2014

Alexander Nguyen, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine who is focused on improving the health of Americans, especially at-risk youth, received an American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award. He is one of 21 students across the nation recognized for this academic achievement.

Superheroes visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 26, 2014

Superheroes took a break from their crime-stopping schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this week. The special visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the West Coast Avengers.

Women's heart health featured at this year's Princess Promenade bicycling event

September 26, 2014

Bike riding is one of the best ways to improve heart health, but too few women enjoy its benefits. UC Davis cardiovascular experts are encouraging more women to take advantage of the region's vast cycling resources as collaborators in the upcoming Princess Promenade, a women's cycling event in Sacramento on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Cancer center's Brain Innovation Group funded for brain tumor tool

September 24, 2014

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Brain Innovation Group has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to improve brain cancer surgery and treatment using UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes newest graduate students

September 24, 2014

Nutrition, nursing and public health are just some of the fields represented by the 63 new students entering the four graduate programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Pediatrics unit supports Operation Backpack drive

September 23, 2014

Pediatrics unit nurses at UC Davis Children’s Hospital supported Operation Backpack for the third year, donating 190 backpacks filled with school supplies to Volunteers of America last month.

School of Medicine alumni honored

September 23, 2014

This year’s UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Day honored three physicians and medical alumni for their longstanding commitment to excellence on both professional and personal levels.

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.

Stuart Berger joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric cardiology

September 23, 2014

Stuart Berger, one of the nation's premier pediatric cardiologists and the leader in a national campaign to prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths in children and teens, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as professor and vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. 

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.

Cognitive Deficits in Down Syndrome: The Underlying Molecular Concepts, topic of October MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture

September 19, 2014

Katheleen Gardiner, Anna and John J. Sie Professor of Genetics at the University of Colorado, Denver, will discuss “Cognitive Deficits in Down Syndrome: The Underlying Molecular Concepts,” during the first UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer address of the 2014-15 season.

UC Davis to recognize Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on Oct. 15

September 18, 2014

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is sponsoring a day of interactive, informative event to recognize the brave face of each woman with breast cancer on Oct. 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cancer center, 4501 X St., Sacramento.

Pushing past cancer

September 18, 2014

Special event targeting young cancer survivors ages 15-39 to be held on Nov. 8, 2014 at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2279 45th St., Sacramento from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Aguilar-Gaxiola presents NIH seminar on mental-health treatment gaps among Latinos

September 18, 2014

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of clinical internal medicine and director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, on Thursday, Sept. 18, presented a seminar entitled, “If You Build It, Will They Come? Addressing Mental-Health Treatment Gaps in Latinos,” at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

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.”

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 doctoral student among first recipients of Prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars program awards

September 16, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate student Sarah Brown Blake is among the 16 nurses who are the first recipients of the Future of Nursing Scholars program awards.

Ulfat Shaikh named Quality Improvement Project Leader by the American Academy of Pediatrics

September 16, 2014

Ulfat Shaikh, director for healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine and pediatrician at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been named the Quality Improvement Project Leader for the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS).

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

September 16, 2014

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

Exploration of dementia and its causes next Alzheimer's Disease Center Lecture

September 15, 2014

Memory loss is a feature of aging for many people, but when does the normal memory loss associated with growing older become dementia, and how should dementia be diagnosed and treated?

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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital team stars in music video

September 12, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital faculty, staff, residents and patients are featured in a new music video, "Glory Glory Sacramento," which will be shown at halftime at tomorrow's Sacramento Republic FC playoff game.

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-developed target leukemia treatment shows promise

September 11, 2014

Noriko Satake, UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher, has demonstrated in laboratory studies that a new, targeted treatment for leukemia is effective.

Jessie Rees Foundation delivers JoyJars to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 11, 2014

The Jessie Rees Foundation and its partner Anthem Blue Cross, made a special visit to the children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, delivering 100 JoyJars yesterday.

10th Annual Sake Fest benefiting UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center set for Oct. 9

September 10, 2014

The 10th Annual Northern California Premium Sake Fest, benefiting the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

Free health lecture on stroke

September 10, 2014

UC Davis Health System's UC Living Fit Forever Program is hosting a noontime lecture on “The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly Facts of Stroke” on Sept. 16 in Sacramento.

There's still time to register for the 2014 Heart and Stroke Walk

September 10, 2014

Show a commitment to cardiovascular health by joining a UC Davis Health System team for this year's Sacramento Heart and Stroke Walk. The walk is Saturday, Sept. 20, at William Land Park beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Register today! Supporting our cancer survivors

September 9, 2014

CME event open to physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and dieticians. This conference offers two units of CME credits.

2nd Saturday with a Cause

September 9, 2014

Join us for an evening of fun, food and drink, silent auction, raffle (including an Amish Quilt), live music and support our 17th annual benefit to raise research funds for the battle against lymphomas and related diseases!

Alzheimer's Disease Center Offers Spanish Mini Medical School

September 8, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Latino Aging Research Resource Center and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities will present the sixth Spanish Mini Medical School on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

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. 

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 29

September 4, 2014

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

A hobby with high purpose

September 4, 2014

As part of Angel Flight West's team, surgeon and pilot Tom Stevenson donates his time and plane to fly people who need organ transplants, kidney dialysis, cancer treatment and other types of care to locations throughout California, Oregon and Nevada.

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.

Hagerman, Hendren publish comprehensive book on treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

August 25, 2014

Randi Hagerman, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Robert Hendren, professor, vice chair and director of child and adolescent psychiatry in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry, are the editors of a new leading-edge book, Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms, published by Oxford University Press. The book details advances in genetics, neurobiology and psychopharmacology, and their treatment applications in clincial settings

Kizer appointed to UCOP Advisory Council on Student Veterans

August 21, 2014

Kenneth W. Kizer, a distinguished professor and director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement and national expert on veterans’ issues, has been asked to serve on University of California President Janet Napolitano’s Advisory Council on Student Veterans.

California isn't measuring up in the fight against cancer

August 21, 2014

In a media briefing at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released How Do You Measure Up?, an annual report that scores each state on how they are doing in the fight against cancer.

Brrrrrr! Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic answers ice bucket challenge

August 21, 2014

Björn Oskarsson, assistant professor of neurology and director of the Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic braved icy waters on the west side of the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center at UC Davis Medical Center Aug. 20 to answer the ALS ice bucket challenge.

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.

UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic answers the ice bucket challenge

August 19, 2014

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic answers the ALS Association’s “ice bucket challenge” to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and treatment.

CAARE Center and SacEDAPT Clinic receive federal grant to treat psychosis in traumatized youth

August 18, 2014

The UC Davis CAARE Center and UC Davis Psychiatry’s SacEDAPT Clinic have received funding to improve the assessment and treatment of underserved traumatized youth who are experiencing the early signs of psychosis.

UC Davis ALS Clinic, School of Nursing answer "ALS ice bucket challenge"

August 15, 2014

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic will answer the ALS Association’s “ice bucket challenge” Wednesday, Aug. 20 at noon on the west side of the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research and treatment.

Summer Concert brings smiles to kids, grownups alike

August 13, 2014

More than 250 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.

Pediatric patients build some fun at Lego event

August 13, 2014

As a former UC Davis Children's Hospital patient, Zachary Hill knows what it is like to spend time in the pediatrics unit of UC Davis Children's Hospital. Last month, the 17-year-old returned and brought some Lego fun with him. Hill, a life scout from Troop 107 in Sacramento, decided to focus his Eagle Scout project on creating a playroom event for the boys and girls in the pediatrics unit. 

University of California brings researchers together for statewide autism summit

August 13, 2014

Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Telethon raises $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 12, 2014

Telethon viewers and partners raised $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

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.

UC Davis primary care practices receive prestigious recognition

August 8, 2014

All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics received recognition in July from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, a designation that rewards primary-care providers for efficiency, quality and innovation in primary care.

Observing brain synapses in action

August 6, 2014

Lin Tian’s fascination with neuroscience stems from a deep curiosity about the complexity and elegance of the human brain. As one of only five scientists in the U.S. and Canada — and the first at UC Davis —to be named a 2014 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Tian will be developing optical sensors and applications to acquire fundamental insights about how the nervous system functions in health and disease.

UC Davis nursing dean selected for national gerontological research award

August 5, 2014

Founding Dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Heather M. Young, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award by the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Teen hospice patient receives surprise visit from soccer star

August 4, 2014

The UC Davis Hospice Program recently arranged a special occasion for one of its patients, who also is an avid soccer fan, 13-year-old Bryan Garcia: an unannounced visit to his home from Rodrigo Lopez, a member of the Sacramento Republic FC soccer team of United Soccer Leagues.

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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.

MIND Institute seeks participants for working memory study

July 29, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute is seeking participants for a study examining the benefits of a computer-based, game-oriented training program for enhancing working memory in children and adolescents with autism and fragile X syndrome. Participants must be between 8 and 17 and have been diagnosed with either autism or fragile X.

First vascular surgery fellow aims to help her community

July 29, 2014

UC Davis Health System’s first vascular surgery fellow — LeAnn Chavez — completed her two-year training program on June 30 and hopes to use her new skills to help Native Americans.

Program succeeds in supporting women faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine

July 25, 2014

A program that supports the professional development of female faculty at the UC Davis School of Medicine has been recognized as a model for other institutions seeking to address challenges facing female faculty.

Walmart and Sam's Club fundraiser creates miracles

July 25, 2014

Walmart and Sam’s club customers and members were encouraged to “put your money where the miracles are,” during its six-week annual miracle balloon campaign from May 1-June 13. Mostly one dollar at a time, UC Davis Children's Hospital partnered with 62 locations across the Sacramento Region to raise $433,812, raising over $3 million since the partnership began to help provide help patient visits for more than 74,000 kids each year.

Media advisory: UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes new class of future physicians

July 25, 2014

110 new medical students who make up the Class of 2018 will be officially welcomed to the UC Davis School of Medicine at an official ceremony known as “Induction.” The event marks the first step in the students’ medical training.

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

July 24, 2014

The young and the young at heart are invited to a free outdoor summer concert featuring music by Sacramento dance band Hip Service, a special player appearance from the Sacramento Republic FC, entertainment from the Radio Disney Road Crew and a kids zone. The event is presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital and co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

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.   

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.

Saric receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

July 23, 2014

UC Davis medical student Suzana Saric has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student pursuing primary care medicine. The award, established in 1997, honors Janet Gordon Armour, a 1978 graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

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.

UC Davis researcher receives NSFC grant to find new gastric cancer genes

July 18, 2014

No Stomach for Cancer Foundation (NSFC) has awarded cancer geneticist Luis Carvajal-Carmona a $50,000 grant to study the genetic characteristics of gastric cancer.

School of Medicine earns renewed accreditation

July 18, 2014

The nation’s accrediting authority for M.D. programs has voted to continue accreditation of the UC Davis School of Medicine. The renewed status by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) follows a lengthy systematic review of the school as well as a site visit earlier this year. It provides UC Davis with a new eight-year term.

MIND Institute researchers seek infants for study on early signs of autism and ADHD

July 18, 2014

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers are seeking participants for a new study that will examine the early development of infants who have an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or who are developing typically. In an effort to detect the earliest signs of developmental problems, the researchers will test a new online screening measure that uses videos to help parents track their infants’ development.

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.

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.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis receives one of initial Future of Nursing Scholars grants to prepare doctoral nurses

July 16, 2014

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is one of only 14 nursing schools nationwide to receive the first grants from a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program to increase the number nurses with Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

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.

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.

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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives Excellence in Life Support Award

July 7, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital has received the Excellence in Life Support Award from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and, in some cases, adults.

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. 

Dr. Michael Buonocore, professor of radiology, dies at 59

July 3, 2014

Michael H. Buonocore, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Radiology for 27 years, died of cancer on June 21. He was 59.

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.

Sac Republic FC fans donate art supplies, toys to UC Davis Child Life Department

July 2, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department collected more than 600 art supplies and toy donations at the Sacramento Republic FC game on June 7 at Hughes Stadium.

TinySmiles makes donation to UC Davis Children's Hospital on Tiny's third birthday

July 1, 2014

Born in Northern California in June 2011, Tiny had the first of three planned surgeries to correct hypoplastic left heart syndrome 10 days after birth, and was treated afterward in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

Galante selected as chief of trauma surgery

July 1, 2014

Joseph Galante has been named chief of the UC Davis Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery. He previously served as the division’s trauma medical director and interim chief, in addition to serving as vice chair for education and director of the general surgery residency program for the Department of Surgery.

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UC Davis study finds videoconferencing with family, friends lowers stress for pediatric patients

June 30, 2014

To ease isolation during extended hospitalizations, UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers secure videoconferencing for patients and families. While anecdotal accounts have suggested the Family-Link program enhances quality of life during long hospital stays, clinicians wondered if the technology also offered clinical benefits. [中文 Chinese

Six medical students on speedier pathway to becoming primary care physicians

June 27, 2014

Medical school started early and quickly for six brand new first-year students.  The School of Medicine, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, recently welcomed its first group of students into the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program.

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.

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 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]

Media Advisory: UC Davis Nursing School offers family health, financial planning event

June 19, 2014

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosts Healthy Life Planning, a community event for people from all backgrounds and family styles can learn more about life planning.

Medications for Alzheimer's disease topic of July lecture

June 19, 2014

A thorough review of the medications approved to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementia, their benefits and their deficits, will be the subject of the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2014 Community Engagement Series lecture.

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.

UC Davis to host online telehealth discussion

June 16, 2014

UC Davis Health System will participate in a unique online conference this week, a virtual gathering focused on health-care technologies called the “Innovation HealthJam.”

Superheroes to visit young heroes at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

June 13, 2014

The West Coast Avengers superheroes will descend on the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's pediatric clinic, where they will help the children make heroic medals.

First class of UC Davis doctoral nurses graduate

June 13, 2014

For the first time, eight Doctor of Philosophy students collected degrees through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis this graduation season, along with 24 Master of Science students and six nurse practitioner and 24 physician assistant certificate graduates.

Third-year pediatric resident presents poster at European Society for Infectious Diseases meeting

June 13, 2014

Elizabeth Partridge, a third-year pediatric resident at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was invited to attend the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) meeting last month in Dublin, Ireland, to share her poster project on the effectiveness of early transition from IV to oral antibiotic therapy in the treatment of deep wound infections after scoliosis surgery.

UC Davis Medical Center receives echocardiography accreditation

June 12, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in three areas by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

UC Davis faculty share cancer research innovation with partners in Madrid

June 11, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers take center stage this week in Madrid during the second in a series of workshops designed to enhance cultural, academic, scientific and business relations between UC Davis and Madrid.

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.

Medical center receives "Zero Hero Award" for avoidance of early deliveries

June 9, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Zero Hero Award from Patient Safety First for having no early elective baby deliveries for 15 consecutive months.

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.

Mannis and Jerant recognized for outstanding achievement and teaching

June 5, 2014

Two UC Davis School of Medicine faculty members were recognized with the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the school’s commencement ceremony on May 29. The Williams Award went to Mark Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, and the Tupper Prize was given to Anthony Jerant, professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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.

UC Davis Child Life collects donations at June 7 Sac Republic FC game

June 3, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 7 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

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Schivo, Zeki recognized for clinical and research leadership with 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award

May 30, 2014

Michael Schivo and Amir Zeki, faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine, are the recipients of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award.

Media Advisory: National Cancer Survivor's Day celebration

May 30, 2014

Each year, cancer survivors around the country celebrate survivorship. UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will celebrate this year with a picnic, entertainment, and many other activities.

Tarantal receives 2014 School of Medicine Research Award

May 30, 2014

Alice Tarantal, professor of cell biology and human anatomy, has received the 2014 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award.

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.

UC Davis professor selected to work with international team on cancer

May 29, 2014

Paramita Ghosh, a UC Davis associate professor and expert in signal transduction pathways in prostate cancer, has been selected as one of 350 scientists to work on a project that aims to reduce public exposure to environmental agents that can lead to cancer and that hopes to inspire research into multi-faceted approaches to cancer prevention, treatment and prolonged survival.

Carter to be featured in statewide mental health documentary

May 29, 2014

Cameron Carter, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be featured in “A Choice to Heal: Mental Health in California,” a new documentary that explores groundbreaking approaches to prevention and early intervention for Californians with mental illnessess. Hosted by actress Mariel Hemingway, the program will air on Saturday, May 31 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on television station KOVR 13 in Sacramento.

James Marcin elected to the American Telemedicine Association's College of Fellows

May 29, 2014

James Marcin, interim head of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been elected one of three new members of distinction to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) College of Fellows this month.

Local solar company donates 1,800 teddy bears to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

May 29, 2014

Local solar technology company, SMA America, donated 1,800 teddy bears to benefit sick and injured children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week.

June MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture to address adult treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

May 28, 2014

Alcino J. Silva, an internationally respected professor of neurobiology, psychiatry and psychology and director of the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory at UCLA, will discuss “Mechanisms and Adult Treatments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders” during the June UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

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.

Blue Oaks Elementary School walks for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 20, 2014

Blue Oaks Elementary School in Roseville had its 10th annual Walk-a-thon this month to support the school and raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. With only a week and a half to prepare, the school raised almost $13,000. About $7,000 will go toward UC Davis Children’s Hospital to benefit sick and injured children.

MIND Institute celebrates 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day

May 20, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on May 18 participated in 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day to increase knowledge of chromosome 22q11.2 deletion/duplication syndrome.

UC Davis nursing leader tapped for White House advisory group

May 19, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young serves as the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

MIND Institute slates annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

May 15, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute holds the annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research to Practice on Friday, Aug. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Alumni Center. The daylong conference offers nine seminars on a broad array of subjects delivered by some of the world’s leading experts on neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Nutrition for a Healthy Brain topic of next Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture

May 14, 2014

A pioneer in understanding the dietary risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging will address “Nutrition for a Healthy Brain” during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

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.

From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorder topic of next MIND Institute lecture

May 8, 2014

Recent progress in understanding genetic risk of autism spectrum disorder and next steps toward a better comprehension of the genetic processes underlying autism and other disabilities with social components is the topic of the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Kidney transplant recipients meet their donors for the first time

May 8, 2014

In a rare and touching moment today at UC Davis Medical Center, four kidney transplant patients met the four people who gave them the gift of life.

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.

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.

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.

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Athena becomes first health network to adopt electric data sharing standard for cancer

April 30, 2014

The five University of California medical centers and their affiliates participating in the Athena Breast Health Network are using a new guide for sharing electronic data for breast cancer treatment. Developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and approved through ASCO's Health Level Seven International committee (HL7), the guide will become a national data exchange standard. With the guide, Athena can utilize structured data capture tools for coordination of care, registry submission and research.

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.

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."

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.

UC Davis Health System wins Call Center Industry Award

April 28, 2014

UC Davis Health System recently received second place at the annual Call Center Industry Awards meeting sponsored by the Service Quality Measurement (SQM) Group in Washington, D.C.

Media Advisory: UC Davis MIND Institute holds Community Open House

April 25, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute holds its Community Open House in observance of National Autism Awareness Month tomorrow, Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Media Advisory: UC Davis offers free hepatitis B vaccination to Asian-Americans

April 24, 2014

Eligible Asian Americans will be offered free hepatitis B immunizations at a special clinic at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Pediatric patients welcome canine friends at Josh Dog Day

April 24, 2014

Therapy dogs — even stuffed animal dogs — can do wonders for hospitalized children.

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.

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.

Nursing graduate student wins poster award at western regional conference

April 18, 2014

Sarah Brown Blake, a master’s-degree student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently won the 2014 Best Poster in the Research and Information Exchange category at the 47th annual Western Institute of Nursing conference in Seattle.

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.

Children's Hospital-sponsored Sac Republic FC kicks off inaugural season April 26

April 17, 2014

Sacramento Republic FC, a USL PRO men's professional soccer team, hosts its inaugural home opener on Saturday, April 26, at Hughes Stadium. UC Davis Children's Hospital is the club's season title sponsor and will provide health-care services for Sacramento Republic FC players and personnel including treatment by the Sports Medicine Program and a team of physicians led by Eric Giza and Jeff Tanji.

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.

Long shot: Gunshot victim aided by brother's fundraising efforts

April 17, 2014

When Stanley Williams arrived in the emergency room at UC Davis Medical Center last summer with a massive gunshot wound to his chest, his life was in jeopardy. Thanks to the expert care and advanced technology available at medical center, the U.S. military veteran survived his wound and continues to recover while waiting to resume his training for a culinary career.

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.

"Laboratory professionals get results"

April 16, 2014

In celebration of national Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and the more than 300,000 specialists who perform and interpret some 10 billion laboratory tests in the U.S. each year, the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is offering behind-the-scenes guided tours at two of its clinical laboratory sites – the UC Davis Medical Center on Stockton Boulevard and the Specialty Testing Center on Business Drive in Sacramento.

Your aging genes: What you need to know about your risk for dementia

April 15, 2014

UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli will discuss “Your aging genes: What you need to know about your risk for dementia” during the Community Discovery Lecture Series on Thursday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis doctor helps save the day on Southwest flight

April 15, 2014

Scott Porter, chief resident of orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, made national news after helping restrain a passenger who threatened to open a door on a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Chicago to Sacramento on Sunday.

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 hosts Veterans, Disabled and Diversity Career and Resource Fair on May 14

April 14, 2014

Job openings at UC Davis will be featured at its second Veterans, Disabled and Diversity Career and Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus, on the corner of 48th Street and 2nd Avenue. The event is free and open to the general public.

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.

Dr. Elliot Goldstein, former UC Davis infectious diseases chief, dies at 79

April 10, 2014

Dr. Elliot Goldstein, professor emeritus and former chief of the UC Davis Division of Infectious Diseases, died on March 31, in Woodland.

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.

UC Davis nursing faculty, student research highlighted at regional conference

April 9, 2014

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty and students will present their scholarly work focusing on improving and advancing health at the Western Institute of Nursing 47th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Seattle from April 9-12.

Stuffed animals bring smiles to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

April 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients were “hoppy” to receive a new stuffed bunny friend, thanks to a donation by USE Credit Union.

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 MIND Institute hosts Northern California premiere of Sounding the Alarm with Autism Speaks

April 8, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, the UC Davis MIND Institute hosts the Northern California premiere screening of “Sounding the Alarm,” a film that gives viewers a look at the profound changes that take place in the lives of 12 American families after their children receive an autism diagnosis. The screening will be held in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, as part of the institute's Autism Awareness Month activities.

Pharmacy offering chance to discard expired, unused drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 7, 2014

The UC Davis Department of Pharmacy is providing an opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

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.

Harvard law professor to speak in Sacramento and Davis on the Affordable Care Act

April 7, 2014

Charles Fried, the Harvard Law School professor known for his expertise on liberty and the limits of power, will speak in Davis and Sacramento as the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2014 Nelson Lecturer in the Humanities. The lecture is co-hosted by the UC Davis School of Law.

Leading metabonomics researcher to deliver 2014 Robert Stowell Lecture

April 3, 2014

Jeremy K. Nicholson, a leading researcher in the field of metabonomics — a platform for studying drug toxicity and gene function — is the keynote speaker at the 2014 Robert Stowell Lecture, held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 in the second floor auditorium of the Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

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.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes physician assistant, nurse practitioner students to clinical training

April 1, 2014

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis conducted a White Coat Ceremony on Monday to celebrate the formal transition from classroom education to clinical preparation for physician assistant and nurse practitioner Class of 2015 students.

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UC Davis Children's Hospital sponsors Congenital Heart Walk

March 31, 2014

Join the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center team at this year's Sacramento Congenital Heart Walk, sponsored by UC Davis Children's Hospital.

April Minds Behind the MIND features updates on autism research, treatment

March 28, 2014

Internationally respected autism researchers Sally J. Rogers and Judy Van de Water will provide updates on clinical and research advances in autism spectrum disorder on Wednesday, April 16 during the Autism Awareness Month Minds Behind the MIND presentation.

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Dameron Hospital will not pursue planned joint venture structure

March 27, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Dameron Hospital Association in Stockton are not pursuing a joint venture.

Mark Underwood appointed new division head of neonatology

March 27, 2014

Effective April 1, Mark Underwood will be the new division head of neonatology. Underwood’s appointment was made after an extensive national search that focused on identifying a leader with superb clinical, educational and academic skills.  

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]

Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum

March 25, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold the 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum, Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. The event is being held in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. The forum is intended for caregivers who support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder, an Emerging Global Public Health Priority next MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture

March 24, 2014

Maureen Durkin, director of the Graduate Program in Population Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, will address "The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder, an Emerging Global Public Health Priority," during the April UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address.

UC Davis physician featured in national health equity project

March 24, 2014

UC Davis professor Christopher Bowlus of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and his liver cancer disparity research, are featured on the Health Equity Research Snapshot of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

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.

"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.

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.

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.

"The Envelope Please"

March 20, 2014

Fourth-year medical students will gather to receive individual letters informing them where they are "matched" for residency training during the next three to seven years. Match Day is an annual rite of passage that takes place simultaneously at medical schools throughout the nation.

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. 

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).

"Deadly Dust" documentary focuses attention on valley fever, a growing health concern in California

March 19, 2014

Sacramento’s public television station KVIE is exploring a growing health concern among Central California residents and those who travel to the area in the documentary “Deadly Dust: Valley Fever in the West.”  The half-hour documentary, part of the Viewfinder program, will air March 26 at 7 p.m.

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.

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]

Sac Republic FC donates 10 percent of season ticket sales to UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 17, 2014

It's a win-win partnership. This month, Sacramento professional soccer team Sacramento Republic FC will donate 10 percent of the total season ticket revenue generated through this link to UC Davis Children's Hospital. Users should use promo code: ucdhospital.

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]

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

UC Davis MIND Institute announces 2014 Autism Awareness Month events

March 6, 2014

April is Annual Autism Awareness Month, and the UC Davis MIND Institute will hold a series of activities for people of all ages and abilities during this month-long observance. Unless otherwise noted, the eventsare free and open to the public and take place at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, Calif.  

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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Eat pancakes, help sick children on March 3

February 28, 2014

On Monday, March 3, pancake lovers can drive through, eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, in recognition of the International House of Pancakes' (IHOP) National Pancake Day.

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.

Eidson-Ton among recipients of honors for achievement in diversity and community

February 26, 2014

The 2014 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community have been presented in the categories of Academic Senate and Academic Federation, staff, undergraduate and graduate student, community member — and in a new category, post-doctoral scholar.

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]

Connecting the dots between motor, social and communication skills in autism

February 20, 2014

Stewart H. Mostofsky, director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism” during the March UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Nurse leader Bobbie Berkowitz speaks at annual UC Davis nursing school lecture

February 20, 2014

Bobbie Berkowitz, a nationally recognized expert in nursing leadership and health policy, discussed reducing health disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) communities as the featured speaker at the 2014 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health on Wednesday afternoon.

School of Nursing awarded grants to assist with underserved clinical rotations and classroom training

February 19, 2014

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development awarded $265,000 to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis for the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs to improve primary care to underserved populations through expanded clinical rotations and simulated learning based on real-life situations.

Sloan Fellowship for "designer enzymes"

February 18, 2014

Justin Siegel, a biochemist at the University of California, Davis, who uses computers to develop new "designer enzymes" with properties not found in nature, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship to support his work.

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]

Star 106.5 brings Valentine's love to kids at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 12, 2014

For the second year in a row, Star 106.5 called on its radio listeners to send in Valentine's Day cards for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients. More than 30,000 Valentine's Day cards have poured in, as part of the radio station's Valentine's Day Card campaign.

Recent advances in clinical trials research for Alzheimer's

February 10, 2014

Professor of Neurology John Olichney will provide an update on recent advances in clinical trials research for Alzheimer’s disease during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2014 Community Discovery Lecture Series presentation. The event will be held on Thursday, March 6, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. [en español]

IPHI's Helen Wu receives prestigious research award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

February 6, 2014

Helen Wu, a research and policy scientist in the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), has been selected to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Mentored Research Scientist Development Award under its Public Health Services and Systems Research Program.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $68,055 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 5, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

Hicks receives Parking Professional of the Year Award

February 4, 2014

Duane Hicks, manager of Parking and Transportation Services at UC Davis Medical Center, has received the Parking Professional of the Year Award from the California Public Parking Association.

AAP News features tele-audiology report by Children's Hospital physicians

February 3, 2014

Up to 40 percent of infants who do not pass the newborn hearing screen are lost to follow-up and never receive a diagnostic evaluation. But the use of tele-audiology technologies can improve follow-up evaluation rates by making it easier for families to access services.

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 experts: American Heart Month

January 29, 2014

UC Davis faculty are available throughout American Heart Month in February for interviews on the detection, treatment and prevention of heart and vascular disease and can discuss groundbreaking research that is leading to new methods of addressing heart failure, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, valve disease, congenital conditions, coronary artery disease and more.

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.

MIND Institute presentation to focus on using mobile device apps to support people with autism

January 23, 2014

When people think of applications or apps, what usually comes to mind are readily accessible programs that make it easy to play music, choose a restaurant or locate a misplaced car in a parking lot. But apps also are being developed to help people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and fragile X syndrome, and their use will be the topic of the next Minds Behind the MIND presentation.

James Purdy receives MD Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award

January 23, 2014

James A. Purdy, UC Davis professor emeritus in the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology, has been given the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Bruce Hammock receives 2014 Brodie Award

January 23, 2014

Bruce D. Hammock, UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Entomology, has received the 2014 Bernard B. Brodie Award from The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

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 experts: Winter Olympics

January 17, 2014

University of California, Davis, experts are available for comment on various aspects of the Olympic Games — from luge and snowboarding safety to winter sports injury treatment and prevention

Commentary recommends abandoning the GDP

January 15, 2014

In a commentary published this week in Nature, a global team of public-health experts that included Roberto De Vogli of UC Davis said it is time to abandon the GDP in favor of benchmarks that bring environmental and social health on par with economic progress.

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).

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.

UC Davis Transplant Center opens Fresno location

January 14, 2014

The UC Davis Transplant Center — one of the nation’s premier transplant programs — has opened a new clinic in Fresno to expand access to kidney and pancreas transplant care in Central California.

Distinguished lecture to explore implementing school programs for children with autism

January 13, 2014

David S. Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools” during the February UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture.

National group picks Parking Structure 3 as Innovative Facility of the Year

January 13, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center’s Parking Structure 3 has been selected as the 2013 Innovative Facility of the Year by the National Parking Association.

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.

Young adult bereavement art group begins Feb. 11

January 6, 2014

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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]   

Lane elected to the scientific committee of the International Osteoporosis Foundation

December 18, 2013

Nancy E. Lane, an endowed professor of medicine and rheumatology and director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at UC Davis Health System, has been elected as a new member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

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.

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.

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]

Media advisory: An afternoon of holiday joy for pediatric cancer patients

December 12, 2013

UC Davis pediatric hematology and oncology patients get an afternoon of holiday fun with Santa Claus, the Sacramento River Cats’ Dinger, games, arts and crafts and more.  

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.

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.

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.

January distinguished lecture to address the link between the gut and the brain in autism

December 12, 2013

Alessio Fasano, an internationally respected pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist and founder of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, will present “Gut-brain interaction in autism spectrum disorder: What language do they speak, and do they understand each other?” during the January 2014 UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture.

Sacramento Republic FC visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

December 10, 2013

Sacramento Republic FC scored big with UC Davis Children's Hospital patients when they visited Thursday morning.

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]

Media Advisory: UC Davis Health System remembers and honors Nelson Mandela

December 9, 2013

UC Davis Health System hosts remembrance event for faculty, staff, students and others to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela

Gallery reception on Dec. 11 raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 6, 2013

JayJay Gallery in Sacramento will host a special gallery reception on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in support of UC Davis Children's Hospital.

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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital announces partnership with Sac Republic FC

December 5, 2013

Improving children's health is the goal for UC Davis Children's Hospital, as it teams up with Sacramento professional soccer team Sac Republic FC for its inaugural season.

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

December 4, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the 34th annual UC Davis School of Medicine Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Benefit, set for Saturday, Jan. 11, from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

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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UC Davis stem cell research team visit study partners in Spain

November 26, 2013

The UC Davis Health System research team that is working to speed therapies to people suffering from critical limb ischemia (CLI) recently returned from visiting its collaborative partners in Spain.

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]

Health System IT team honored for state's first electronic referral for smoking cessation

November 25, 2013

The Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition has honored UC Davis Health System’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) team for creating the first two-way e-referral with the California Smokers' Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS) in the state.

Med students find health policy conference inspiring

November 25, 2013

Five students recently got a further opportunity to engage in health-policy debates and discussions when they attended the California Medical Association’s (CMA) House of Delegates convention in Anaheim.

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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital provides gift wrapping services to shoppers

November 22, 2013

UC Davis Children's Hospital will be making holiday magic for Roseville Galleria shoppers by offering gift wrapping services this holiday season.

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]

Keeping Your Brain Healthy the subject of Alzheimer's Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture

November 21, 2013

Sarah Tomaszewski Farias, an associate professor of neurology, will discuss “Keeping Your Brain Healthy,” during the final lecture in the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2013 Community Discovery Lecture Series. The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

The woman's view from the heart of families with fragile X syndrome

November 20, 2013

"Fragile X-Associated Disorders: A Woman’s View from the Heart of the Family," is the topic of the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture Series presentation.

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.

Yellowlees appointed to Institute of Medicine Committee evaluating mental-health care for veterans

November 19, 2013

Peter Yellowlees, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed to a prestigious national committee established by the Institute of Medicine that will assess the quality and availability of mental-health care services for veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom (the Iraq war), Operation New Dawn (the Iraq war after August 2010), and Operation Enduring Freedom (the war in Afghanistan).

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.

Register online for the UC Davis Mini Medical School

November 15, 2013

Online registration for next year’s always-popular Mini Medical School is now available. The theme for the upcoming lecture series is "On the Quest for the Fountain of Youth: Restoring Function to the Older Adult."

Walk with a UC Davis doc in Tahoe Park

November 14, 2013

UC Davis pulmonary and critical care medicine chief fellow Nisha Gidwani will lead a “Walk with a Doc” on Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. in Tahoe Park in Sacramento.

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.

Causeway Classic supports UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 12, 2013

The UC Davis Athletics and Sacramento State Athletics are putting the “cause” in this year's Causeway Classic football game by fundraising for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Omalu named among the top 20 forensic pathology professors online

November 8, 2013

Bennet Omalu, an associate clinical professor of pathology at UC Davis who discovered the neurological disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired professional football players, was named among the top 20 forensic pathology professors online by ForensicsColleges.com. He is also chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County and is a consulting forensic pathologist/neuropathologist.

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.

Children's book by MIND Institute author wins national award

November 6, 2013

Percy Learns to Fly, a children’s book by Patricia Schetter, project coordinator at the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received a gold medal for outstanding contributions to children’s literature in the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award competition.

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]

Schenker recognized by UC Davis and Harvard

November 5, 2013

Marc Schenker, a physician and specialist in occupational, environmental and pulmonary disease, has received the alumni award of merit from the Harvard School of Public Health and was recognized by UC Davis as a distinguished professor for his research accomplishments, teaching excellence and service to the university.

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.

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.

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]

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UC Davis participates in leading-edge research on fibroid treatment

October 31, 2013

UC Davis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology researchers are participating in a University of California-wide clinical trial to test the long-term efficacy of ablating uterine fibroids ― benign non-cancerous uterine tumors ― using high-frequency radio waves that heat, shrink and kill the fibroid tissues during minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

Extra Life gaming marathon helps UC Davis Children's Hospital kids on Nov. 2

October 29, 2013

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

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold Caregivers Workshop

October 29, 2013

As part of its 2013 community engagement series, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold a workshop for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The Caregivers Workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Media advisory: UC Davis experts available for interviews during COPD Awareness Month

October 29, 2013

November is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Awareness Month and a good time to increase public awareness of symptoms and treatments for the disease along with research that is expanding options for patients. Several UC Davis pulmonary physicians, surgeons and health educators, including those listed below, are available as media resources on COPD. To schedule an interview, please contact Karen Finney at 916-734-9064 or karen.finney@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

Kizer awarded for efforts to improve military personnel medical care

October 28, 2013

Kenneth W. Kizer, an internationally recognized health-care thought leader, change agent, and quality improvement and patient-safety advocate, received the 2013 Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine for advancing medical processes and improving patient outcomes and quality of life. He accepted the award in Bethesda, Md., on October 24.

Social brain development in autism the topic of November distinguished lecture

October 25, 2013

James C. McPartland, director of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Child Study Center at Yale University, will discuss “Motivated for Change: Rethinking Models of Social Brain Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder” during the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. 

Animal Planet series airs episode starring Children's Hospital patient

October 25, 2013

Cable television channel Animal Planet aired an episode of the series "Monsters Inside Me", during the week of Oct. 15, which featured UC Davis Children's Hospital patient  Precious Reynolds, the Humboldt County grade-schooler who in 2011 became the third person in the United States known to have survived rabies infection. The episode is entitled "Choosing Between Life and Limb."

UC Davis Medical Center awarded an "A" on the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score

October 25, 2013

The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit coalition of some of the country’s largest employers and health-care purchasers, has awarded UC Davis Medical Center the highest grade possible, an “A,” on its most recent Hospital Safety Score, an evaluation that ranks hospitals nationwide on the likelihood that its patients will be free from preventable harm during their inpatient stays.

Endocrine surgeon brings new expertise to UC Davis

October 23, 2013

Michael Campbell recently joined UC Davis Health System as its first fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon. Campbell specializes in the evaluation and management of patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas disorders.

Consumers again rate UC Davis Medical Center among nation's best

October 22, 2013

For the 15th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been selected as a Consumer Choice Award winner by the National Research Corporation (NRC).

Institute of Medicine names two UC Davis professors as members

October 21, 2013

Two faculty members at the University of California, Davis, have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation’s highest honors in health and medicine.

Ralph de Vere White wins lifetime achievement honor

October 21, 2013

Ralph de Vere White, associate dean for cancer programs at UC Davis School of Medicine, director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and a distinguished professor of urology, has received the Huggins Medal Award from the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO).

UC Davis nursing school opens applications for 2014 doctoral and master's degree classes

October 17, 2013

Applications are now open for fall 2014 classes in the Master of Science — Leadership and the Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Degree Programs offered through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. The school provides generous financial support to all admitted fall 2014 students.

All probiotics are not the same in protecting premature infants from common, life-threatening illness

October 17, 2013

Treating premature infants with probiotics, the dietary supplements containing live bacteria that many adults take to help maintain their natural intestinal balance, may be effective for preventing a common and life-threatening bowel disease among premature infants, researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital have found. [en español]

MIND Institute researcher partners to speed development of treatments for autism

October 15, 2013

Jacqueline Crawley, the Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will participate in the Preclinical Autism Consortium for Therapeutics (PACT), a new partnership sponsored by Autism Speaks to facilitate the discovery of effective treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Other collaborators in the initiative are at Boston Children's Hospital and at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Media Advisory: Kids can get their game on at Children's Hospital event

October 15, 2013

The Game Truck, a mobile video gaming party on wheels, is coming to the Sacramento campus of UC Davis and kids of all ages are invited to play. The free event is hosted by UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Chicago's public health leader to speak about the power of partnerships in improving health care

October 14, 2013

Bechara Choucair, a physician and commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, will speak in Sacramento as part of the 2013 UC Davis Health System Snively Visiting Professorship in Family and Community Medicine. His lecture is Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X St., with a reception at 5 p.m.

Gunshot injuries in children more severe, deadly and costly than other childhood injuries, study finds

October 14, 2013

A research team led by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the University of California, Davis, reveals that childhood gunshot injuries, while uncommon, are more severe, require more major surgery, have greater mortality and higher per-patient costs than any other mechanism for childhood injury – particularly among adolescent males. The study is published online in the journal Pediatrics. [en español]

UC Davis CAARE Center awarded grant to help sexually exploited youth

October 14, 2013

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs has awarded the UC Davis CAARE Center a two-year, $400,000 grant to provide assessment, group therapy, individual therapy and case management for underage youth and youth who are at risk of sexual exploitation.

UC Davis MIND Institute announces 2013-2014 Minds Behind the MIND speaker series

October 10, 2013

The 2013-14 season of the UC Davis MIND Institute's Minds Behind the MIND series begins in November with nationally recognized MIND Institute researchers partnering with community representatives to provide the latest information on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of many neurodevelopmental disabilities studied at the MIND Institute. Subsequent presentations focus on how technology can aid people with developmental disabilities and on new findings in autism treatments.  

UC Davis study finds potential biomarker differentiating the inattentive and combined subtypes of ADHD

October 8, 2013

Using a common test of brain functioning, UC Davis researchers have found differences in the brains of adolescents with the inattentive and combined subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and teens who do not have the condition, suggesting that the test may offer a potential biomarker for the types of the disorder. [中文 Chinese] or [en español]

MIND Institute to participate in international study of schizophrenia in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

October 7, 2013

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will participate in an international consortium spanning four continents that will study the genetics of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders in chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome through a four-year, $12 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.

Cigarette alternatives may not be 'safe' tobacco

October 4, 2013

Cigarette alternatives, widely perceived to be safe, are often addictive and can be stepping stones to cigarette smoking, according to a scientific review published online in the journal Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology.

UC Davis forensic pathologist to be featured in documentary on traumatic brain injury in NFL players

October 4, 2013

Bennet Omalu, a UC Davis associate clinical professor of pathology who discovered the devastating neurological disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of the Pittsburgh Steelers legend Mike Webster, will appear in a PBS Frontline documentary titled “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.” The program airs Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sacramento PBS station KVIE-Channel 6.

Record-breaking year for student support and alumni giving

October 2, 2013

Nearly 40,000 donors committed $149.1 million to UC Davis during the 2012-13 fiscal year, surpassing the previous year’s total of $132.4 million and marking the seventh consecutive year that philanthropic gifts exceeded $100 million.

Despite menu changes, calorie and sodium levels in chain restaurant entrées remain the same overall

October 1, 2013

Although a number of chain restaurants have announced healthy menu changes over the years, the overall calorie and sodium levels in main entrées offered by top U.S. chain restaurants assessed from 2010 to 2011 have remained the same, according to a study published today in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. [en español]

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UC Davis School of Nursing conducts student information session

September 27, 2013

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will conduct a free information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, for students interested in the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Science — Leadership Degree programs.

UC Davis, Marshall Medical Center partner to expand HMO access in El Dorado County and Folsom

September 27, 2013

UC Davis Health System and Marshall Medical Center have signed a contract that gives CalPERS employees in El Dorado County and Folsom the opportunity to select a new health maintenance organization (HMO) plan from Anthem Blue Cross for their health insurance. The HMO plan, which offers fixed co-pays for office visits and no deductibles, previously had been unavailable to CalPERS employees in El Dorado County who wanted to receive care from providers affiliated with Marshall Medical Center.   

New center to translate innovations into products that improve heart, lung health

September 27, 2013

A consortium of the five University of California medical campuses at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco has been awarded a $12 million grant and designated as one of three Centers for Accelerated Innovations by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The award, among the first of its kind from NHLBI, recognizes the University of California’s potential to translate its leading-edge discoveries into innovative products that benefit patients.

Rousek receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

September 24, 2013

UC Davis medical student Hayley Rousek has been selected to receive the 2013-14 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student pursuing primary care medicine. The award, established in 1997, honors Janet Gordon Armour, a 1978 graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Breastfeeding fraught with early challenges for most first-time mothers

September 23, 2013

Breastfeeding problems are extremely common among first-time moms, often causing them to introduce formula or completely abandon breastfeeding within two months, report researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

12th Annual UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off Oct. 9

September 23, 2013

The UC Davis MIND Institute begins the 12th year of its Distinguished Lecturer Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The venerable series' presenters include nationally and internationally recognized researchers in autism spectrum disorder, fragile X-associated disorders and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

Gun retailers strongly support expanded criteria for denying gun purchases, UC Davis survey finds

September 23, 2013

A scientific survey of gun dealers and pawnbrokers in 43 U.S. states has found nearly unanimous support for denying gun purchases based on prior convictions and for serious mental illness with a history of violence or alcohol or drug abuse – conditions that might have prevented Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis from legally purchasing a firearm.

UC Davis nursing school honors nurse scientist Linda Burnes Bolton with annual leadership award

September 20, 2013

Linda Burnes Bolton, the nurse scientist who led the two-year initiative that resulted in the landmark Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” was honored Thursday with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award.

UC Davis MIND Institute researcher receives grant to explore four neurodevelopmental disorders

September 19, 2013

Jacqueline N. Crawley, an internationally renowned behavioral neuroscientist, has received a five-year, nearly $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand the synaptic dysfunctions that limit how people with certain neurodevelopmental disorders form memories and learn. The research also will investigate the effectiveness of potential targeted therapies for the disorders: fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome and Angelman syndrome.

UC Davis researchers find how viral infection disrupts neural development in offspring, increasing risk of autism

September 19, 2013

Activating a mother’s immune system during her pregnancy disrupts the development of neural cells in the brain of her offspring and damages the cells' ability to transmit signals and communicate with one another, researchers with the Center for Neuroscience and Department of Neurology have found. The researchers said the finding suggests how maternal viral infection might increase the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or schizophrenia.

Cancer report cites advances, need for more funding

September 17, 2013

A comprehensive report released today by the American Association for Cancer Research details progress against cancer thanks to biomedical research and advances in prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Novel vaccine approach to human cytomegalovirus found effective

September 17, 2013

An experimental vaccine against human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, which endangers the developing fetus, organ transplant recipients, patients with HIV and others who have a weakened immune system, was safe and more effective than previous vaccines developed to prevent infection by the ubiquitous virus.

UC Davis names new medical vice chancellor and dean

September 17, 2013

Julie Freischlag, currently the William Stewart Halsted professor and department director and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, has been named the UC Davis vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi announced today.

Study finds that a subset of children often considered to have autism may be misdiagnosed

September 17, 2013

Children with a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, who frequently are believed to also have autism, often may be misidentified because the social impairments associated with their developmental delay may mimic the features of autism, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests.

UC Davis Medical Center selected as 2013 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award winner

September 16, 2013

UC Davis Medical Center is a winner of the 2013 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes excellence in the use of health information technology.

UC Davis study applies timely cost-effectiveness analysis to state breast cancer screening program

September 16, 2013

When public health budgets are constrained, mammography screening should begin later and occur less frequently, a cost-effectiveness analysis for California’s Every Woman Counts (EWC) program concludes. [en español]

Wintemute to receive distinguished career award for injury prevention efforts

September 13, 2013

Garen Wintmute, one of the nation’s foremost scholars addressing violence as a public-health problem, has been selected to receive the 2013 Distinguished Career Award from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association. He will receive the award at the association’s annual meeting in Boston in November.

Children's Hospital celebrates the community at free concert headlined by Mumbo Gumbo

September 12, 2013

Free Community Concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital and co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California

Oct. 23 seminar lays out strategies for building new med-tech companies

September 12, 2013

Brook Byers, a general partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm that launched Google, Amazon, Genentech and several other industry-defining companies, will describe lessons learned from a decade of helping scientists and entrepreneurs build medically focused companies based on molecular diagnostics, biotech and informatics breakthroughs.

Ulfat Shaikh to speak at Fall Convocation

September 11, 2013

Ulfat Shaikh, director of Healthcare Quality at the UC Davis School of Medicine and UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatrician, is scheduled to speak at the 2013 Fall Convocation on Davis campus this year.

Kohl's Department Stores, UC Davis Children's Hospital team up for Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up Program

September 11, 2013

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $233,774 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 Community Concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.12.

"Incidental findings" rare but significant events in pediatric CT scans

September 11, 2013

The largest study of computed tomographic (CT) scans taken in emergency departments across the country for children with head injuries describes the prevalence of “incidental findings” –  results that were not expected from the injury –  and categorizes them by urgency. The article, titled “Incidental findings in children with blunt head trauma evaluated with cranial CT scans,” was published in the August issue of Pediatrics, and provides a context for doctors in emergency departments who encounter these situations.

California Healthcare Foundation CEO to deliver School of Medicine's 2013 Dean's Lecture

September 10, 2013

Mark D. Smith, president and chief executive officer of the California HealthCare Foundation, will discuss medicine’s growing complexity and capabilities at the UC Davis School of Medicine 2013 Dean’s Lecture.

UC Davis School of Medicine honors three alumni for contributions to health and medicine

September 9, 2013

The UC Davis School of Medicine honored an alumni trio for their individual contributions to medicine and community service as part of this year’s Alumni Day festivities.

Brain circuitry loss may be a very early sign of cognitive decline in healthy elderly people

September 9, 2013

The degeneration of a small, wishbone-shaped structure deep inside the brain may provide the earliest clues to future cognitive decline, long before healthy older people exhibit clinical symptoms of memory loss or dementia, a study by researchers at the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center has found.

Saving Jordan Herbst

September 5, 2013

Jordan Herbst, a 14-year-old resident of Bishop, Calif., is at home recovering from a life-threatening and rare infection with hantavirus.

UC Davis endowed chair for clinical cancer research established

September 4, 2013

Karen Kelly, Associate Director for Clinical Research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the recipient of the university’s first endowed chair in Cancer Clinical Research.

Virtual reality and social training for autism study seeks participants

September 3, 2013

Using a virtual‐reality game, UC Davis researchers have begun to examine how children with high‐functioning autism learn in classroom settings, where social deficits can form obstacles to the engagement with teachers and classmates necessary for academic success. The study will examine their virtual classroom behavior and attention and compare it with that of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and those with typical development.

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Nobel laureate to explain the importance of the Higgs particle

August 29, 2013

Gerard ‘t Hooft, one of the international scientists whose Nobel Prize winning research contributed to the discovery of the Higgs particle, will speak in Sacramento on September 5 about how the particle was detected, what it means in terms of understanding the subatomic world and the future discoveries it will likely inspire.

Study finds seizure drugs equally effective in treating children

August 29, 2013

Researchers who participated in a National Institutes of Health study, including pediatric emergency medicine physicians at UC Davis Medical Center, have settled an important question on how to treat children with status epilepticus, a potentially fatal seizure disorder characterized by continuous or repeated seizures.

UC Davis team "spikes" stem cells to generate myelin

August 28, 2013

Stem cell technology has long offered the hope of regenerating tissue to repair broken or damaged neural tissue.

Study identifies better blood glucose monitor for burn care

August 28, 2013

Glucose monitoring systems with an autocorrect feature that can detect red blood cells (hematocrit), vitamin C and other common interferents in burn patients’ blood are better for monitoring care, a pilot study conducted by UC Davis researchers at the School of Medicine and College of Engineering has found. The study was published in the Journal of Burn Care Research.

UC Davis nursing school addresses nation's faculty shortage crisis early in its launch

August 27, 2013

Two Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellows recently received appointments at prestigious nursing colleges, adding their names to a growing list of the school’s postdoctoral alumni tapped to educate the next generation of nurses at colleges and universities nationwide.

UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrates the community at free outdoor concert

August 23, 2013

The young and the young at heart are invited to a free and festive evening of music featuring perennial favorite Mumbo Gumbo, a cornucopia of wares from the weekly Farmers Market, and the Kids Zone at the annual outdoor concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The concert is co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

UC Davis offers Young Adult Bereavement Art Group

August 23, 2013

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

The 90+ Study the topic of UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Distinguished Lecture

August 23, 2013

Claudia Kawas, the Al and Trish Nichols Chair in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss ‘The 90+ Study,’ one of the largest population-based studies of “the oldest of the old” in the world, during the October UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the UC Davis Health System Education Building, Room 1222, at the intersection of X and 45th streets.

Nicholas Kenyon honored for innovative engineering and medicine training program

August 21, 2013

Nicholas Kenyon, a pulmonary and critical care physician at UC Davis Medical Center, has been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for building a collaborative training program with the UC Davis College of Engineering known as Capstone Senior Design Course.

New strategy tests for dangerous stage of tuberculosis in Asia

August 20, 2013

More than 20,000 people in Pakistan are being tested for the potentially deadly stage of tuberculosis using a new strategy developed at UC Davis Health System to effectively detect the disease in children for the first time.

UC Davis researchers receive $2.5 million grant to study telepsychiatry

August 15, 2013

Researchers at UC Davis have received a five-year, $2.5 million grant to study whether viewing videotaped interviews with patients to assess them and guide their mental-health treatment is more cost-effective and better for patient outcomes and satisfaction than real-time telepsychiatric evaluation.

UC Davis researchers discover molecular target for the bacterial infection brucellosis

August 15, 2013

UC Davis scientists have uncovered a potential drug target for the development of an effective therapy against the debilitating, chronic form of the bacterial disease brucellosis, which primarily afflicts people in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

Expanded role of paramedics shows promise for closing California's health-care gaps

August 14, 2013

In a new report, the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) recommends that the state launch pilot programs to test a new model of community-based health care that would expand the role of paramedics under certain circumstances.

Trends in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis treatments

August 14, 2013

Many patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are not benefiting from the expanding array of treatments now available to combat these serious autoimmune disorders, researchers led by a UC Davis dermatologist report in a new study published online today by JAMA Dermatology.

Targeting aggressive prostate cancer

August 14, 2013

A team of researchers from UC Davis, UC San Diego and other institutions has identified a key mechanism behind aggressive prostate cancer.

International research team identifies top risk factors for children during influenza pandemics

August 13, 2013

An international team of pediatric specialists, representing the world’s five major pediatric emergency medicine research networks, has identified several crucial risk factors for alerting clinicians to children most susceptible to life-threatening infections from the H1N1 influenza (flu). It is the first study to detail which clinical factors at hospital arrival in children with influenza-like illness and H1N1 infection are associated with the progressive risk to either severe infection or death.

New support offered for people with colorectal cancer

August 12, 2013

Recently diagnosed colorectal cancer patients in the Sacramento area now have access to trained cancer peer navigators who can coach them through their treatment.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold sixth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School

August 9, 2013

UC Davis Health System will hold its sixth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the UC Davis MIND Institute from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event was sponsored by the health system’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Clinical and Translational Science Center. [en español]

Telemedicine consultations significantly improve pediatric care in rural emergency rooms

August 8, 2013

Telemedicine consultations with pediatric critical-care medicine physicians significantly improve the quality of care for seriously ill and injured children treated in remote rural emergency rooms, where pediatricians and pediatric specialists are scarce, a study by researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital has found. [en español]

Nancy E. Lane honored with 2013 Paula Stern Achievement Award

August 7, 2013

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) has named Nancy E. Lane, endowed professor of internal medicine and rheumatology, as this year’s recipient of its Paula Stern Achievement Award.

Knoepfler to receive award for stem cell advocacy

August 6, 2013

Paul Knoepfler, associate professor of cell biology and human anatomy, will be honored in December by the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) with one of its annual Stem Cell Action awards.

UC Davis "lab on a chip" measures heart disease risk

August 6, 2013

Using a special microchip that can perform laboratory functions, a team of cardiologists and biomedical engineers from UC Davis has identified cells linked with inflammation and varying degrees of heart disease.

Health system receives golden and silver awards in Sautter Award Program

August 6, 2013

UC Davis Health System has been selected to receive golden and silver awards in the UC Office of the President’s 2013 Larry L. Sautter Award Program.

How a cancer drug unties knots in the chromosome that causes Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes

August 5, 2013

UC Davis researchers have identified how and where in the genome a cancer chemotherapy agent acts on and ‘un-silences’ the epigenetically silenced gene that causes Angelman syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by severe intellectual disability, seizures, motor impairments, and laughing and smiling.

UC Davis researchers receive grant to study depression and suicide in older men

August 2, 2013

Researchers at UC Davis have received a three-year, $725,000 grant from the National Institute on Mental Health to develop new, creative approaches to decreasing the burden of late-life depression and the risk of suicide among older men.

Hertz-Picciotto appointed to prestigious NIH scientific review committee

August 1, 2013

Environmental epidemiologist Irva Hertz-Picciotto, UC Davis professor of public health sciences, has been appointed to the Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (NAME) Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The appointment is effective immediately and ends in June 2017.

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Induction ceremony officially welcomes class of 2017 to UC Davis School of Medicine

July 30, 2013

The nation’s next generation of physicians: 104 incoming UC Davis School of Medicine students who make up the class of 2017.

UC Davis expands access to vascular care

July 26, 2013

Beginning Aug. 2, vascular specialists Misty Humphries and Nasim Hedayati will be available for Friday appointments at UC Davis Medical Group locations in Davis and Elk Grove.

Novel inhibitor of C-reactive protein holds promise as cardiovascular disease treatment

July 24, 2013

UC Davis scientists have developed a novel cardiovascular agent which, unlike currently available drugs for heart disease, does not target high blood cholesterol or high blood pressure.

New herbal supplement helps slim and trim without side effects, studies show

July 23, 2013

Study participants who took a new herbal supplement, while also exercising and controlling their food intake, had greater success in losing weight and slimming down than did those who didn’t take the supplement, report researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in India.

A new weapon against stroke

July 23, 2013

One of regenerative medicine’s greatest goals is to develop new treatments for stroke. So far, stem cell research for the disease has focused on developing therapeutic neurons — the primary movers of electrical impulses in the brain — to repair tissue damaged when oxygen to the brain is limited by a blood clot or break in a vessel. New UC Davis research, however, shows that other cells may be better suited for the task. [ 中文 (Chinese)] [en español]

Health system professor, physician to lead UC Center Sacramento

July 19, 2013

Richard L. Kravitz, professor of internal medicine with UC Davis Health System, has been appointed interim director of the University of California Center Sacramento — a systemwide program managed by UC Davis.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers seek participants for study on generalizing learning in autism

July 18, 2013

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are seeking adolescents to participate in a groundbreaking brain imaging study aimed at understanding one of the most critical aspects of autism spectrum disorders: how people with autism generalize things they learn to new contexts.

UC Davis Nursing doctoral candidate examines impact of privacy laws on researchers' abilities to share data

July 16, 2013

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Doctoral Candidate Katherine Kim and a team of researchers recommend the development of guidelines that protect patient preferences and privacy while allowing investigators to share data through electronic health records and other databases. The research, “Development of a Privacy and Security Policy Framework for a Multi-state Comparative Effectiveness Research Network,” is published today in Medical Care, a national public health journal.

Eye specialist to develop novel eye imaging technologies

July 15, 2013

UC Davis Health System’s Eye Center has received a $250,000 Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness to support the research of Ala Moshiri, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and director of electrophysiology services at the Eye Center.

UC Davis named a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality"

July 11, 2013

For a third consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization.

UC Davis named national leader in health information technology

July 10, 2013

For a third consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has been designated as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology. The designation is based on the results of the 2013 “Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study” published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers find exposure to prenatal maternal antibodies affects behavior, development in offspring

July 9, 2013

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that prenatal exposure to specific antibodies found only in mothers of children with autism leads to changes in the brain that adversely affect behavior and development. [en español]

Excessive cerebrospinal fluid and enlarged brain size in infancy are potential biomarkers for autism

July 9, 2013

Children who were later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder had excessive cerebrospinal fluid and enlarged brains in infancy, a study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found, raising the possibility that those brain anomalies may serve as potential biomarkers for the early identification of the neurodevelopmental disorder. [en español or 中文 Chinese]

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers identify specific fetal antigens attacked by maternal antibodies

July 9, 2013

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have identified the specific antibodies that target fetal brain proteins in the blood of a subset of women whose children are diagnosed with autism. The finding is the first to pinpoint a specific risk factor for a significant subset of autism cases, as well as a biomarker for drug development and early diagnosis. The researchers have named autism related to these antibodies “Maternal Autoantibody-Related," or MAR autism. [en español] [中文 Chinese]

Nearly half of sarcoma surgeries done by nonsurgical oncology specialists

July 8, 2013

Orthopedic oncologists and surgical oncologists, who have been trained in the complex procedures required to remove sarcomas located deep in the muscles and other soft tissues of the limbs, conducted only 52 percent of these operations at 85 academic medical centers during a three year period, according to an analysis of national data by UC Davis researchers that is published online today in the Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Are the 'U.S. News' medical school rankings for primary care education relevant?

July 8, 2013

The U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings inspire discussion and marketing, but do they actually reflect quality differences between schools when it comes to medical education in primary care? Researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine are believed to be the first to take on that question by analyzing the primary care rankings from 2009 through 2012, reconstructing scores and proposing alternative measurements.

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UC Davis Medical Center receives "WATCHDOG" award for reduction of ventilator-associated pneumonia

June 28, 2013

In recognition of its success in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia, UC Davis Medical Center has received a 2013 HAI WATCHDOG Award from Kimberly-Clark Health Care.

New chief diversity officer for UC Davis Health System

June 28, 2013

David A.  Acosta, previously chief diversity officer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, has been named associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at UC Davis Health System, effective July 8. [en español]

UC Davis scholars spend week in nation's capital to focus on policy

June 27, 2013

A group of seven UC Davis Health System students, faculty and fellows traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in a program designed to develop health-care professionals’ leadership skills and policy expertise, meet with members of Congress and visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Aerial mosquito spraying study finds no immediate public health risks

June 27, 2013

In what researchers say is the first public health study of the aerial mosquito spraying method to prevent West Nile virus, a UC Davis study analyzed emergency department records from Sacramento area hospitals during and immediately after aerial sprayings in the summer of 2005. [en español]

A second amyloid may play a role in Alzheimer's disease, UC Davis researchers find

June 27, 2013

A protein secreted with insulin travels through the bloodstream and accumulates in the brains of individuals with type 2 diabetes and dementia, in the same manner as the amyloid beta (Αβ) plaques that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has found. [en español or 中文 Chinese]

UC Davis holds Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

June 26, 2013

UC Davis holds its annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research to Practice on Friday, Aug. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center. The daylong conference offers nine interactive seminars on a broad array of subjects by some of the world’s leading experts on neurodevelopmental disabilities.

UC Davis pathologist recognized for years of public health service

June 26, 2013

Yvonne Wan, vice chair for research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Health (NIH) for her many years of service in the area of public health. She was honored during a June 6 NIH Study Section session in Bethesda, Md.

Staying safe while celebrating Fourth of July

June 26, 2013

Fireworks and food are a central part of Americans' celebration of the Fourth of July holiday, but they also can be health hazards without proper precautions.

Symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome associated with interference in circadian, metabolic genes

June 25, 2013

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Agilent Laboratories have found that Prader-Willi syndrome — a genetic disorder best known for causing an insatiable appetite that can lead to morbid obesity — is associated with the loss of non-coding RNAs, resulting in the dysregulation of circadian and metabolic genes, accelerated energy expenditure and metabolic differences during sleep.

Undergraduate students begin summer pathology research fellowships

June 21, 2013

Nine undergraduate students from across the country joined the pathology and laboratory medicine department this week to begin eight weeks of study and research as Hugh Edmondson Summer Research Fellows.

Experts call for consistent pain management education for new health professionals

June 20, 2013

More Americans are coping with chronic pain than ever before. Yet clinicians’ understanding of pain and their pain management skills vary widely because no such educational framework exists. Following an Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendation, two UC Davis researchers led a team of experts to develop expectations for consistent, comprehensive pain management education for new health professionals, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists and physical therapists.

Evolution of an outbreak: complications from contaminated steroid injections

June 19, 2013

A study of the patients who received injections of steroids contaminated with the fungus Exserohilum rostratum from the New England Compounding Center has found that some patients had fungal infections even though they did not experience a worsening of their symptoms and that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help detect spinal infections, especially among those individuals who received injections from highly contaminated lots. The study, along with an editorial by UC Davis Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology George R. Thompson, appears in the June 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

School of Nursing professor named director of new center devoted to boost women's numbers in academia

June 17, 2013

Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz was recently appointed by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi as director for the new Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS). The center is part of a new effort, led by Katehi, to increase the participation of women, especially Latinas, in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Father's brain tumor treatment sparks essay, then college scholarship

June 17, 2013

A Sacramento-area college student received a $2,500 college scholarship for an essay detailing her family’s experience following her father’s brain tumor diagnosis and treatment.

AMA awards $1 million to UC Davis-Kaiser Permanente partnership for innovative primary care training

June 14, 2013

UC Davis School of Medicine in partnership with Kaiser Permanente has received a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) for an innovative education program designed for an elite group of medical students committed to careers in primary care.

UC Davis nursing school celebrates 2013 graduation

June 14, 2013

From the class representative to the keynote speaker at the 2013 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Graduation Celebration, the messages included a similar theme to the Master of Science in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership graduates: Be the nurses who lead improvements in health care.

College student to receive scholarship for essay about her Dad's brain tumor on Father's Day

June 13, 2013

Sacramento State student Kimberly Schmidt and her father, Bobby Schmidt, a brain tumor patient at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, 23 young athletes running in the 4K for Cancer event from San Francisco to Baltimore, MD to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Kiwanis Family House sets mini-golf fundraiser June 22-23

June 13, 2013

It’s “miniature” in size but gigantic in purpose: a miniature-golf fundraiser, featuring prizes, at the Kiwanis Family House in Sacramento.

LGBT questions to become standardized demographic elements in electronic health records

June 13, 2013

UC Davis Health System will become the first academic health system in the country to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity as standard demographic elements within the electronic health records for its patients.

Top grad helps address health-care disparities

June 11, 2013

The University of California, Davis, thinks Nicole Sitkin is going to go places and have an impact on the world — it has named her this year's University Medalist as the top graduating senior.

Reducing unnecessary and high-dose pediatric CT scans could cut associated cancers by 62 percent

June 10, 2013

A study examining trends in X-ray computed tomography (CT) use in children in the United States has found that reducing unnecessary scans and lowering the doses for the highest-dose scans could lower the overall lifetime risk of future imaging-related cancers by 62 percent. The research by a UC Davis Health System scientist is published online today in JAMA Pediatrics. It is accompanied by a journal editorial. [en español]

UC Davis a longtime leader in appropriate CT scanning in children

June 10, 2013

UC Davis has a long history of  research pertaining to appropriate CT scanning in children with trauma, and the risks to children of unnecessary CT scans. This work has been performed through its leadership in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the only federally funded pediatric emergency care research network in the U.S., co-founded by Nathan Kuppermann, chair of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine and an internationally respected pediatric emergency medicine physician.

Epidemiology doctoral student wins award from American Telemedicine Association

June 6, 2013

Nikki Yang, a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Davis Graduate Group in Epidemiology, recently won the 2013 Student Paper Award from the American Telemedicine Association.

Researchers find diminished balance in those with poor vision

June 6, 2013

UC Davis Health System Eye Center research has found that visually impaired individuals and those with uncorrected refractive error — those who could benefit from glasses to achieve normal vision but don’t wear glasses — have a significantly greater risk of diminished balance with their eyes closed on a compliant, foam surface than individuals with normal vision.

UC Davis Children's Hospital re-verified as a level I pediatric trauma center

June 6, 2013

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, making it one of only three level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in California and the only one between the Oregon border and Los Angeles.

UC Davis nursing school opens applications for new nurse practitioner, physician assistant programs

June 5, 2013

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis expands its graduate programs this summer to include master’s-degree offerings for aspiring nurse practitioners and physician assistants with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities.

Emergency medicine faculty honored at national meeting

June 4, 2013

Three members of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine were honored recently for their achievements and leadership at this year’s annual Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) meeting in Atlanta.

Code Blue training initiative pulsates with innovation and success

June 3, 2013

Working to improve cardiac arrest training — training for what are called “Code Blue” events — a multidisciplinary UC Davis Health System team has created a novel initiative that takes advantage of the university’s high-tech simulation facilities and equipment and its highly regarded emergency and trauma-care expertise.

Lack of awareness limits use of flexible career policies in academia

June 3, 2013

To attract and maintain a diverse, qualified academic workforce, institutions of higher education should have — and promote — policies to help balance career and family life, according to an article published by UC Davis researchers in the June 2013 issue of Academic Medicine.

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School-located vaccination programs could reduce flu cases and deaths among children

May 31, 2013

Offering flu vaccines at elementary schools could expand vaccination rates and reduce costs, according to a new study reported in the scientific journal Vaccine by researchers from UC Davis Health System; the Monroe County, N.Y., Department of Public Health; University of Rochester Medical Center; and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [en español]

First-year medical student wins prestigious pathology award

May 31, 2013

First-year UC Davis medical student Amrita Krishnamurthy has won the 2013 Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists Award, also known as the HONORS Award, from the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

Mann designated Fellow of Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and London

May 30, 2013

Nirmal S. Mann, professor in the UC Davis Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been designated as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and London.

UC Davis professors honored for excellence and achievement

May 30, 2013

Two UC Davis School of Medicine faculty have been recognized with the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award as part of this year’s commencement events.

Media Advisory: Cancer Survivors Day picnic

May 30, 2013

Cancer survivors from around the region gather to enjoy a BBQ lunch, exhibits, entertainment (including Avengers characters!) and an inspirational talk by local breast cancer survivor Dina Cataldo.

UC Davis School of Medicine celebrates commencement

May 30, 2013

Ninety-nine medical students officially became physicians on Saturday, June 1, following commencement ceremonies for UC Davis School of Medicine.

Father and son to present their respective cancer research at ASCO

May 29, 2013

What started as a dinner-table conversation between a teen and his father has become a bonafide cancer research study for Matthew Lara, a Davis High School sophomore and the son of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center medical oncologist and researcher Primo (Lucky) Lara Jr.

UC Davis hosts Veterans and Diversity Career Fair on June 3

May 28, 2013

UC Davis will host its first Veterans and Diversity Career Fair on Monday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. The event is free and open to the general public.

Health differences explain most geographic variation in Medicare costs

May 28, 2013

Wide geographic variation in Medicare costs is largely explained by health differences across communities rather than inefficient care delivery, according to a study published online today in the SAGE journal Medical Care Research and Review.

Hales named Health Care Hero by Sacramento Business Journal

May 24, 2013

Robert Hales, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been named a Health Care Hero by the Sacramento Business Journal. The honor was announced today.

Two UC Davis physicians honored as health-care heroes

May 24, 2013

Two UC Davis Health System faculty were recognized today as 2013 Health Care Heroes by the Sacramento Business Journal for their outstanding achievements in making a difference in the health of the Sacramento region. Psychiatrist Robert Hales was recognized in the mental health practitioner category and cardiologist Amparo Villablanca was recognized in the researcher category.

UC Davis Latino mental health expert to appear on PBS documentary

May 23, 2013

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, a UC Davis physician and internationally renowned expert on mental health and other conditions that frequently impact underserved populations, will appear in a documentary titled “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,” set to air Thursday, May 30, at 9 p.m. on Sacramento PBS station KVIE-Channel 6.

UC Davis researchers receive grant to study neurodegenerative disease FXTAS

May 22, 2013

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct the first long-range study of the mental and psychological decline that accompanies the age-related neurological disorder fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, or FXTAS.

MIND Institute lecture focuses on autism risk genes

May 21, 2013

Renowned geneticist Stephen Scherer, who holds the GlaxoSmithKline-Canadian Institutes of Health Research Endowed Chair in Genome Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, will discuss “Interpreting the Many Autism Risk Genes” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

New STEPS program to support children with acute or chronic life-limiting illnesses at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 21, 2013

A comprehensive new program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital brings together an array of services to support children and adolescents with acute or chronic life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Past trauma, poor understanding of health-care services common among Sacramento Iraqi refugees

May 20, 2013

Past trauma and a lack of understanding of the U.S. health-care system are key factors affecting the mental and physical health of Iraqi refugees in Sacramento, according to a new report released by UC Davis’ Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Clinical and Translational Science Center, as well as Opening Doors Inc. and the Mesopotamia Organization (MESO) —  two community groups  that serve refugee populations.

Study identifies new approach to improving treatment for MS and other conditions

May 17, 2013

Working with lab mice models of multiple sclerosis (MS), UC Davis scientists have detected a novel molecular target for the design of drugs that could be safer and more effective than current FDA-approved medications against MS.

Free hepatitis b screening for Asian Americans

May 16, 2013

One of every 10 Asian Pacific Islanders has hepatitis, and most do not know they have been infected because often there are no symptoms.

One million dollar incentive program for rural e-health information exchange launched

May 16, 2013

The California Health eQuality (CHeQ) program, managed by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), has launched a new $1 million Rural Health Information Exchange Incentive Program to help physicians, clinics and hospitals in rural California implement technologies that enable the secure and reliable exchange of health information to improve health-care quality, lower costs and achieve federal meaningful use criteria.

Hertz-Picciotto and Baumler receive 2013 School of Medicine Research Award

May 15, 2013

UC Davis faculty members Irva Hertz-Picciotto and Andreas Baumler have been selected to receive the 2013 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award.

UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities receives $1 million grant from Covered California

May 15, 2013

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities has received a $1 million grant from Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, to provide outreach and education to underserved populations about obtaining health insurance.

Fenton recognized for cancer research with the 2013 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award

May 15, 2013

Joshua Fenton, a UC Davis associate professor of family and community medicine, is the recipient of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2013 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award for his research in cancer screening and prevention and his dedication to improving the quality of health-care services.

Unions resist pension reforms, call for strike May 21-22 at UC medical centers

May 14, 2013

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union announced on Friday (May 10) that it is asking UC patient care and service employees to strike at UC medical centers on May 21 and 22. The strike is scheduled to start at 4 a.m. on May 21 and continue until 3:59 a.m. on May 23.

UC Davis receives awards to study new treatments for childhood diseases

May 13, 2013

Three researchers from the University of California, Davis, are among the scientists selected to receive Individual Biomedical Research Awards from The Hartwell Foundation this year. The awards recognize early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to benefit children in the U.S. and beyond

Brodie is president-elect of American Neurotology Society

May 10, 2013

Hilary Brodie, professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, is the president of the American Neurotology Society. He began his term as president of the society May 1.

Free hepatitis B screenings offered on May 19

May 10, 2013

Asian Americans and adult children of foreign-born Asian Americans are invited to a free hepatitis B screening event Sunday, May 19 at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Tailoring pulmonary rehabilitation could improve outcomes for women with COPD

May 10, 2013

—One of the most effective treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — pulmonary rehabilitation — could potentially work even better if programs were designed based on gender, according to a UC Davis pulmonary physician.

UC Davis researchers identify mechanism for controlling calcium influx in cells

May 8, 2013

When brain cells are overwhelmed by an influx of too many calcium molecules, they shut down the channels through which these molecules enter the cells. Until now, the “stop” signal mechanism that cells use to control the molecular traffic was unknown. In the new issue of the journal Neuron, UC Davis Health System scientists report that they have identified the mechanism. Their findings are relevant to understanding the molecular causes of the disruption of brain functioning that occurs in stroke and other neurological disorders.

First UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center distinguished lecture to explore artistry in dementia

May 7, 2013

“Portraits of Artists with Dementia” is the topic of the first UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecture, to be presented by Bruce L. Miller, director of the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, on Thursday, May 23. The lecture will be presented from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. The discussion is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. 

UC Davis radiation oncology chief leads development of new prostate cancer guideline

May 7, 2013

Based on a major effort co-led by UC Davis prostate cancer expert Richard Valicenti, the nation’s leading urological and radiation oncology organizations today announced a new guideline for radiation therapy after prostatectomy.

Ubiquitous engineered nanomaterials cause lung inflammation, study finds

May 6, 2013

A consortium of scientists from across the country has found that breathing ultrafine particles from a large family of materials that increasingly are found in a host of household and commercial products, from sunscreens to the ink in copy machines to super-strong but lightweight sporting equipment, can cause lung inflammation and damage.

UC Davis Medical Center named mother-baby friendly workplace

May 6, 2013

UC Davis Medical Center has been named a recipient of the Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Award from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Greater Sacramento, an affiliate of the California Breastfeeding Coalition. Each year, the coalition presents the award to local organizations that have been nominated by their employees to demonstrate appreciation for businesses that go 'above and beyond' to support their breastfeeding employees. The award will be presented on May 13 at 11 a.m. on the North Steps of the State Capital.

UC Davis faculty awards reception set for May 14

May 3, 2013

The Academic Senate and Academic Federation of UC Davis will come together on May 14 to present their highest faculty honors. Pain medicine specialist Scott Fishman and public health advocate Joy Melnikow of UC Davis Health System will be recognized for distinguished public service.

Lecture by University of Washington bioethics chair set for May 16

May 3, 2013

Wylie Burke, professor and chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, will speak on Thursday, May 16, as part of the UC Davis Bioethics Distinguished Lecture series.

UC Davis recognized as a top school for family medicine

May 3, 2013

The American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) has recognized UC Davis School of Medicine as one of the nation’s top 10 schools for graduating medical students who go on to family medicine residencies.

Mannis recognized for contributions to ophthalmology

May 2, 2013

Mark J. Mannis, director of the UC Davis Eye Center, has been named to the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Wall of Fame.

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Commentary calls for greater transparency in highlighting social value of research

April 29, 2013

In a commentary published in the May issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, UC Davis bioethicist Mark Yarborough proposes that more information about the social value of individual research studies be made available to patients during the informed consent process so they are more aware of the degree to which a study has the potential to improve health for all.

MIND Institute, Yale study finds abnormalities in the placentas of children at risk for autism

April 24, 2013

A study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the Yale University School of Medicine has found that more than 95 percent of the placentas of infants who are among those at the greatest risk for developing autism contained abnormal cells, called trophoblast inclusions, suggesting that the abnormality may hold promise as a very early marker for autism risk.

UC Davis ophthalmology resident receives national fellowship award

April 23, 2013

UC Davis ophthalmology resident Bobeck Modjtahedi has been awarded one of this year’s prestigious Heed Fellowships. A graduate of UC Davis and UC Davis School of Medicine, Modjtahedi will finish his residency training at the UC Davis Eye Center in June and then continue postgraduate training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston.

Calendar announcement: Get your legs ready for summer

April 23, 2013

UC Davis Health System vascular specialists provide the latest cosmetic and therapeutic treatments for varicose and spider veins.

Epidemiologist to give lecture on connections between autism risk factors and health-care claims

April 22, 2013

Epidemiologist Craig Newschaffer of Drexel University will discuss "Autism Outcomes and Risk Factors: What Can We Learn from Health-Care Claims?” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Immunological factors, genes, and the environment in autism

April 18, 2013

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host an update for parents and health-care professionals on research exploring the growing body of evidence suggesting associations between environmental mechanisms, immunological susceptibility and autism on Saturday, June 1.

Farmers market comes to UC Davis Health System

April 16, 2013

UC Davis Health System launches a weekly farmers market on May 16, reflecting a national trend that expands access to fresh, locally grown produce sold directly to consumers.

Mammogram tool improves some breast cancer detection but also increases false alarms

April 15, 2013

A costly and widely used mammography add-on increases detection of noninvasive and early-stage invasive breast cancer but also makes more mistakes than mammography alone, researchers from UC Davis and the University of Washington have found. [en español]

School of Nursing doctoral candidate wins prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation fellowship

April 12, 2013

Sheridan Miyamoto, a doctoral candidate in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded a prestigious Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Miyamoto is one of just 15graduate students nationwide selected for the award this year.

Women with advanced vascular disease have more complications but not common risks

April 12, 2013

Research by UC Davis physicians has found that women with a severe arterial condition that restricts circulation to arms and legs are at greater risk than men of experiencing a heart attack or stroke yet are less likely to have a history of heart disease or diabetes — common risk factors for major cardiovascular events.

Study finds physicians often receive no information about harmful effects of medicines

April 10, 2013

More often than not, family doctors receive little or no information about the harmful effects of medicines during clinic visits by pharmaceutical sales representatives (“sales reps”), according to an international study involving physicians in the United States, Canada and France.

Small molecule unlocks key prostate cancer survival tactic

April 9, 2013

The most recent in a series of studies from a team at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that a single molecule is at the heart of one of the most basic survival tactics of prostate cancer cells. 

Tian receives international investigator award for brain function studies

April 9, 2013

Lin Tian, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, is one of 28 scientists worldwide awarded a 2013 Young Investigator Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to better understand the complex mechanisms of living organisms.

Growing Up Latino and Surviving to 25 slated for April 23

April 9, 2013

“Growing Up Latino and Surviving to 25,” a panel discussion exploring the mental-health challenges faced by Latino youth in the United States, will be held at UC Davis on April 23 and moderated by award-winning journalist and host of the National Public Radio program “Latino USA" Maria Hinojosa. [en español]

Minocycline, an antibiotic, improves behavior for children with fragile X syndrome

April 8, 2013

Minocycline, an older, broad-spectrum antibiotic in the tetracycline family, provides meaningful improvements as a therapeutic for children with fragile X syndrome, a study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The finding is important, the researchers said, because minocycline is readily available by prescription.

UC Davis neurosurgeons launch clinical trial for acute spinal cord injury

April 3, 2013

Spinal surgeons at UC Davis Health System are enrolling individuals immediately following spinal cord injury in a multi-center clinical trial of an investigational compound that is being tested to determine whether it can protect and regenerate the spinal nerves after catastrophic injury.

UC Davis MIND Institute's Rogers receives prestigious Autism Centers of Excellence award from the NIH

April 2, 2013

Autism researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have received a prestigious $13 million award from the National Institutes of Health to establish an Autism Center of Excellence and Treatment Network, making the MIND Institute one of only nine such centers in the United States.

Fatty acid metabolite shows promise against cancer in mice

April 2, 2013

A team of UC Davis scientists has found that a product resulting from a metabolized omega-3 fatty acid helps combat cancer by cutting off the supply of oxygen and nutrients that fuel tumor growth and spread of the disease. 

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UC Davis researchers discover how cells distinguish friend from foe

March 31, 2013

Researchers at UC Davis have shown how the innate immune system distinguishes between dangerous pathogens and friendly microbes. Like burglars entering a house, hostile bacteria give themselves away by breaking into cells. However, sensing proteins instantly detect the invasion, triggering an alarm that mobilizes the innate immune response. This new understanding of immunity could ultimately help researchers find new targets to treat inflammatory disorders. The paper was published in Nature on March 31.

Opposites attract: How cells and fragments move in electric fields

March 28, 2013

Like tiny, crawling compass needles, whole living cells and cell fragments orient and move in response to electric fields — but in opposite directions, scientists at the University of California, Davis, have found.

UC Davis stem cell scientist wins elevator pitch challenge

March 27, 2013

UC Davis stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler has added a unique honor to his curriculum vitae: He is among the winners of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s (CIRM) first-ever Elevator Pitch Challenge, which were announced today.

New insights into how genes turn on and off

March 27, 2013

Researchers at UC Davis and the University of British Columbia have shed new light on methylation, a critical process that helps control how genes are expressed. Working with placentas, the team discovered that 37 percent of the placental genome has regions of lower methylation, called partially methylated domains (PMDs), in which gene expression is turned off. This differs from most human tissues, in which 70 percent of the genome is highly methylated.

Development of the brain's networks topic of next MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture

March 27, 2013

Bradley L. Schlaggar of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will discuss “Development of the Brain’s Functional Networks” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. 

Abbeduto receives grant to study language acquisition in fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome

March 26, 2013

A team of researchers led by UC Davis MIND Institute Director Leonard Abbeduto will investigate the effectiveness of testing procedures to examine the spoken language development of people with fragile X syndrome and people with Down syndrome, through a new five-year, $3 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.

Earl Wolfman, first Department of Surgery chair, dies at 86

March 26, 2013

Earl Frank Wolfman, Jr., the first chair of the UC Davis Department of Surgery, died on March 3 in Elk Grove, Calif., at the age of 86.

Study shows that blocking an inflammation pathway prevents cardiac fibrosis

March 21, 2013

New research from UC Davis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that blocking an enzyme that promotes inflammation can prevent the tissue damage following a heart attack that often leads to heart failure.

UC Davis research advances efforts to prevent dangerous blood clots

March 20, 2013

New research from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, published in the Journal of Surgical Research, may help clinicians determine which patients are at highest risk for post-surgical blood clots in the legs or lungs.

UC Davis Medical Center named one of top hospitals with great oncology programs

March 19, 2013

UC Davis Medical Center has been named one of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national publication geared to hospital and health system leaders.

UC Davis study calls for research on the efficacy and safety of vena cava filters

March 19, 2013

An evaluation of practice patterns in California hospitals showed a large variation in the use of metal devices called inferior vena cava filters, or VCFs, despite little evidence of their safety and effectiveness. Led by UC Davis physicians, the study demonstrated that patients in larger, urban and private hospitals with more than 400 beds were most likely to be treated with one of the metal devices, which are placed intravenously to prevent pulmonary embolism.

Highest percentage of UC Davis School of Medicine graduates in a decade pursue primary-care residencies

March 18, 2013

Nearly half of the 107 medical students graduating from UC Davis in June will enter primary-care medicine residency programs, the highest percentage in more than a decade, demonstrating the school’s ongoing commitment to alleviating the nationwide shortage of providers in the specialty.

UC Davis Medical Center awarded for efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care

March 18, 2013

UC Davis Medical Center’s expansive, highly successful collection of race, ethnicity and language data from its patients has received a “Best Overall Project” award for 2012-13 from the Disparities Leadership Program.

Sleep study reveals how the adolescent brain makes the transition to mature thinking

March 15, 2013

A new study conducted by monitoring the brain waves of sleeping adolescents has found that remarkable changes occur in the brain as it prunes away neuronal connections and makes the major transition from childhood to adulthood.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among nation's best

March 12, 2013

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 2014 guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools.”

Study to examine mental-health effects of Mexican parents' deportation on their American children

March 12, 2013

How the deportation of undocumented Mexican migrants affects their American-born children, who are faced with either going with their parents to Mexico or remaining in the land of their birth without them, is an issue of paramount importance as the nation engages in discussion of comprehensive immigration reform ― and is the subject of groundbreaking new research by The University of Texas, Austin, UC Davis Health System and the National Institute of Psychiatry, Mexico. [en español]

Researchers discover key biochemical step to heart failure, new therapies on horizon

March 12, 2013

Some 5.8 million Americans suffer from heart failure, a currently incurable disease. But scientists at Temple University School of Medicine's Center for Translational Medicine and UC Davis Health System have discovered a key biochemical step underlying the condition that could aid the development of new drugs to treat and possibly prevent it.

“Come Out for Health Week” planned for March 25-28

March 12, 2013

In honor of the 11th annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness Week, UC Davis Health System will host its first "Come Out for Health" week March 25-28, targeting people from diverse backgrounds. This LGBT and diversity health awareness week will feature a lecture and film series, focusing on reducing health disparities and promoting health for all. All events are free of charge.

Gun retailers take a hard line on illegal firearm sales, UC Davis survey finds

March 11, 2013

A scientific survey of more than 1,600 gun retailers in the U.S. has found that gun buyers frequently try to make illegal purchases and that gun retailers take a dim view of fellow sellers who engage in illegal activity — regardless of whether they are actively breaking the law or simply looking the other way.

Large study finds that physician gender does not affect patient-care costs or mortality

March 11, 2013

Female doctors’ patients do not use health-care services more or die less frequently than patients treated by male doctors, a prospective, observational study by researchers at UC Davis Health System has found.

New firearms law and mortality study fails to guide next steps

March 6, 2013

In an invited commentary, Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, discusses important limitations of a new firearms and crime study linking firearms laws with lower firearm-related deaths.

Rogers honored for "Breaking the Glass Ceiling"

March 5, 2013

Sally J. Rogers, UC Davis professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was honored on Monday during the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. The awards celebrate the successes of California women in breaking barriers in the fields of science, technology, the arts, the judiciary and beyond. The ceremony was part of the Assembly’s celebration of Women’s History Month during the Floor Session.

UC Davis MIND Institute holds National Autism Awareness Month activities

March 5, 2013

April is National Autism Awareness Month and the UC Davis MIND Institute, an institute respected internationally for its groundbreaking research into therapies for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, is holding a series of free, inclusive events in recognition of the month-long observance. The events also mark the 15-year anniversary of the MIND Institute, founded in 1998.

UC Davis scientist wins prestigious grant to explore cancer spread and stem cell function

March 1, 2013

Frederic A. Troy, II, professor and chair emeritus of biochemistry and molecular medicine, has received a globally competitive research grant from the Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience to better understand structural changes associated with metastasis of adult cancer cells and stem cells.

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Nurse scientist Nilda Peragallo to speak at annual UC Davis nursing school lecture

February 28, 2013

Nurse scientist Nilda (Nena) Peragallo, one of the nation’s foremost researchers in HIV/AIDS risk reduction and prevention in Latinos, will discuss health disparities and the recruitment and retention of minority scientists as the featured speaker at the 2013 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health from 4 to 5 p.m. March 6 at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

A new role for microglia

February 26, 2013

In a surprise breakthrough, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and their colleagues have found that microglia remove healthy neural progenitor cells (NPCs) through phagocytosis to control neuron production during brain development. This newly discovered mechanism keeps neuron numbers in check, preventing brain overgrowth. The discovery could open up new avenues for brain research and lead to therapies for a variety of neurological conditions.

Sacramento leaders come together as champions of women's heart health

February 26, 2013

Crystal Ching has no family history of heart disease. She is under 50. Her cholesterol is low. She maintains a healthy weight. Yet she has heart disease.

Neurobiologist Paul Patterson to give lecture on gut-brain-immune connections in autism

February 25, 2013

Neurobiologist Paul Patterson, the Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, will discuss “Gut-Brain-Immune Connections: Modeling an Environmental Risk Factor for Autism,” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. 

Carmichael receives $100,000 grant to study vascular brain disease, Alzheimer's

February 21, 2013

Beginning in midlife, heart disease leads to subtle blood-flow problems in the brain that develop insidiously, gradually damaging neurons and contributing to cognitive decline. Knowledge of clinically silent blood-flow problems in the brain has led to the “healthy heart, healthy mind” hypothesis that preventing or treating heart disease also may help prevent age-associated cognitive decline.

Cake marks end of therapy for pediatric cancer patient

February 21, 2013

The UC Davis Pediatric Infusion Center started a new tradition Wednesday with the presentation of a beautifully frosted cake in honor of the end of therapy for one young cancer patient.

Mushroom-supplemented soybean extract shows therapeutic promise for advanced prostate cancer

February 20, 2013

A natural, nontoxic product called genistein-combined polysaccharide, or GCP, which is commercially available in health stores, could help lengthen the life expectancy of certain prostate cancer patients, UC Davis researchers have found.

First-year student wins Virginia Toombs, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

February 20, 2013

Karina Chavez, a first-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is the 2012-13 recipient of the Virginia Toombs, M.D. Memorial Scholarship.

Background checks, permanent records needed for all firearm transfers, not just gun sales by retailers

February 20, 2013

Gun violence in the United States can be substantially reduced if Congress expands requirements for background checks on retail gun sales to cover firearm transfers between private parties, a new report by the director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program concludes.

First-year student wins Julita A. Fong Scholarship

February 19, 2013

A first-year student has been named as the winner of an annual scholarship provided to women medical students at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Pharmacologist to test new therapy for protecting diabetics from heart failure

February 15, 2013

A UC Davis pharmacologist has been awarded a two-year, $95,000 Innovation Award from the American Diabetes Association to find out if blocking the pancreatic hormone amylin can reduce diabetic heart failure.

MIND Institute researchers receive $1 million grant to study cognitive training in children with fragile X

February 13, 2013

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will examine whether children and youth with fragile X syndrome can improve their working memory, cognition and behavior by using an online computer-based cognitive training program, through a new $1 million grant from The John Merck Fund.

Dennis Matthews elected SPIE fellow

February 12, 2013

Dennis Matthews, professor emeritus at UC Davis and director of the NSF Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, was elected a SPIE fellow for achievements in biophotonics innovation and commercialization. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. 

Gershwin honored by international immunology association

February 12, 2013

UC Davis researcher M. Eric Gershwin has been recognized with the first Vasco da Gama Award for Explorations in Autoimmunity by Medinterna Association, an international organization dedicated to improving therapeutic strategies for immune-system diseases.

Gun violence prevention experts call for more physician involvement

February 11, 2013

A new commentary in the Annals of Internal Medicine from researchers with The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and University of California, Davis, calls for more physician engagement in the current gun policy dialogue.

Children's Hospital, Cancer Center get major boost for Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 11, 2013

A program that provides children with support through education, play, music and art received a big boost Friday with the gift of $56,360 from the Spirit of Halloween Superstores.

Vascular brain injury greater risk factor than amyloid plaques in cognitive aging

February 11, 2013

Vascular brain injury from conditions such as high blood pressure and stroke are greater risk factors for cognitive impairment among non-demented older people than is the deposition of the amyloid plaques in the brain that long have been implicated in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, a study by researchers at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UC Davis has found.  

Experimental gene therapy treatment for duchenne muscular dystrophy offers hope for youngster

February 7, 2013

Jacob Rutt is a bright 11-year-old who likes to draw detailed maps in his spare time. But the budding geographer has a hard time with physical skills most children take for granted ― running and climbing trees are beyond him, and even walking can be difficult. He was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy known as Duchenne when he was two years old.  

Scientists find key to growth of "bad" bacteria in inflammatory bowel disease

February 7, 2013

Scientists have long puzzled over why “bad” bacteria such as E. coli can thrive in the guts of those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), causing serious diarrhea. Now UC Davis researchers have discovered the answer—one that may be the first step toward finding new and better treatments for IBD.

UC Davis enhances nurse practitioner, physician assistant program to offer master's degrees

February 6, 2013

Already, a majority of UC Davis nurse practitioner and physician assistant graduates go on to work as primary-care providers in underserved areas and with hopes of further increasing these rates, the program will offer master’s degrees beginning with classes that enroll this summer.

Are deaf and hard of hearing physicians getting the support they need?

February 5, 2013

Deaf and hard of hearing (DHoH) people must overcome significant professional barriers, particularly in health care professions. A number of accommodations are available for physicians and other health providers, such as electronic stethoscopes and closed-captioning technologies, but are these approaches making a difference?

New radiation oncology device reduces treatment times, increases safety

February 1, 2013

With radiation oncology treatments, the goal is to hit the tumor with as much ionizing X-ray energy as possible, while sparing adjacent, healthy tissue.

Second-year student wins Habbas Scholarship

February 1, 2013

Gaber Saleh, a second-year medical student, has won the 2012-13 Amin and Nancy Habbas Scholarship, established to help high-achieving students of Arab origin enrolled at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Saleh has received a $1,000 scholarship.

Generous, hungry donors get an early taste of National Pancake Day

February 1, 2013

Generous – and hungry – donors at UC Davis Children’s Hospital were treated on Feb. 1 to a great breakfast on the run as a preview of IHOP National Pancake Day and to benefit the children's hospital and Children's Miracle Network (CMN).

Needless abdominal CT scans can be avoided in children, study says

February 1, 2013

A study of more than 12,000 children from emergency departments throughout the country in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) has identified seven factors that can help physicians determine the need for a computed tomography (CT) scan following blunt trauma to the abdomen. Because CT scans pose radiation hazards for youngsters, the findings may enable doctors to determine which children do not need to be exposed to such tests after a traumatic injury.

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Catherine Lord, internationally respected autism researcher, to give Distinguished Lecture

January 31, 2013

Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, will discuss “Longitudinal Studies of Autism Spectrum Disorder” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. 

A quilt for life

January 30, 2013

Quilts are often given to celebrate a life change such as a marriage or the birth of a baby. Marilyn Jackson’s latest quilt celebrates much more: a life saved. On January 30, she presented UC Davis cardiothoracic surgeon David Cooke with a quilt she made for his 3½ year old daughter, Audrey.

Muscular dystrophy group awards neuromuscular research grant to UC Davis team

January 28, 2013

A New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), has awarded UC Davis physician Craig McDonald $175,000 to expand ongoing international research into better understanding the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and determine the benefits of current standards of care that have been established by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three UC Davis recipients awarded fellowships from UC innovation center

January 28, 2013

Three UC Davis researchers are among the 10 new recipients of fellowships awarded by the University of California’s Center for Health Quality and Innovation. Representing five UC campuses, the recipients received the fellowships to support projects to improve the quality and value of care delivered by UC Health.

Making policy changes to reduce gun violence

January 28, 2013

Research by Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis, forms the basis for several recommendations put forward earlier this month at the summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America, an event organized by the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health that brought together 20 of the world’s leading gun-policy experts representing the fields of law, medicine, public health, advocacy and public safety to summarize relevant research and its implications for policymakers and concerned citizens.

Enhanced training in primary care thanks to state support

January 25, 2013

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has awarded more than $300,000 to UC Davis training programs to help ensure a robust primary health-care workforce in California.

Biggest weight losers don stylish clothing after doffing pounds

January 25, 2013

When it comes to weight-loss surgery, Rafael Torres is happy to be a role model for others, even when it means becoming a model for the latest in fashion. The 41-year old Sacramento resident plans to proudly show off his new, healthy physique at UC Davis Medical Center’s 10th annual bariatric fashion show.

Oxford immunologist to discuss the potential of HIV vaccines

January 24, 2013

Professor Sir Andrew McMichael of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom will be the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2013 Nelson Scientific Lecturer. He will speak on “T-cell immune responses against HIV-1: Can they be harnessed by vaccines?”on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in Davis and at 5 p.m. in Sacramento.

Media Advisory: UC Davis Medical Center hosts annual weight-loss fashion show

January 23, 2013

Each year, the UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program spotlights bariatric patients as they model fashions for business, leisure and formal occasions. This year’s event features more than a dozen patients who successfully lost significant weight following their operations.

UC Davis nursing school dean appointed to statewide primary care committee

January 18, 2013

Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis and founding dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, joined more than a dozen health-care leaders in San Jose Jan. 15 to launch the California Advanced Primary Care Institute (CAPCI), a multi-pronged effort to improve the appeal of primary care as a career choice for health professionals and also elevate the performance of primary-care teams.

UC Davis scientist receives funding from Shriners Hospitals for Children for juvenile arthritis research

January 18, 2013

Iannis Adamopoulos, a researcher dedicated to studying diseases of the immune and skeletal systems, has received $1 million in grants from Shriners Hospitals for Children to find new treatment targets for juvenile arthritis — the most common cause of orthopaedic disability among children.

UC Davis' CHeQ program awards contract to better manage state's electronic immunization records

January 17, 2013

The California Health eQuality (CHeQ) program, managed by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), has awarded a $417,011 contract to Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC), a population health informatics service company based in Tucson, Ariz.. STC, in collaboration with CHeQ and the California Department of Public Health, will develop an immunization “gateway” that allows health-care providers throughout most of California to electronically submit patient immunization records for routing to state regional immunization registries and ultimately will enable secure access by doctors, schools, day-care centers and parents who need the information.

Low levels of common flame-retardant chemical damages brain cells

January 16, 2013

A common ingredient in flame retardants, BDE-49 accumulates in human blood, fat and breast milk. Despite these concentrations, little research has been done on the chemical’s potential health risks. However, a study by scientists at the UC Davis MIND Institute is shedding new light on BDE-49’s potential danger to brain health. The study showed that even tiny amounts of the compound damage neural mitochondria, the energy plants that power our cells. The chemical, quite literally, reduces brain power.

UC Davis medical student honored with national leadership award

January 16, 2013

Olivia Marie Campa, a third-year medical student at UC Davis, will receive the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Award for outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education at the annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony on February 11, 2013 in Washington, D.C. [en español]

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Joaquin Community Hospital affiliate for cancer care

January 11, 2013

Residents of Kern County, where cancer rates overall are higher than the state average, will now have access to the expertise and experience of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and clinicians through a new hospital affiliation. [en español]

MIND Institute researchers receive grants from Autism Speaks

January 11, 2013

Two internationally respected UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have received grants from Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy and science organization, to study autism from two different perspectives.

Philip Palmer, founding faculty member of UC Davis medical school, internationally known advocate of broad access to radiology, dies at 91

January 11, 2013

Dr. Philip E.S. Palmer, emeritus professor of radiology and the first director of diagnostic radiology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, died on Jan. 3. He was 91 years old.

Media Advisory: UC Davis Cancer Care Network affiliate celebrates cancer center expansion at event today

January 10, 2013

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and VIP Tours/Reception for the newly-expanded Rideout Cancer Center, a partnership of Rideout Health and UC Davis Health System.

Knoepfler Lab names Roman Reed "Stem Cell Person of the Year"

January 10, 2013

UC Davis stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler has named Roman Reed as his first "Stem Cell Person of the Year" awardee.

Students to hold first Davis Dance Marathon

January 10, 2013

A dance craze that is sweeping the nation and will benefit sick children is coming to UC Davis for the first time.

UC Davis study deflates notion that pear-shaped bodies more healthy than apples

January 10, 2013

People who are “apple-shaped” — with fat more concentrated around the abdomen — have long been considered more at risk for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes than those who are “pear shaped” and carry weight more in the buttocks, hips and thighs. But new research conducted at UC Davis Health System published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism provides further evidence that the protective benefits of having a pear body shape may be more myth than reality. [en espanol

Researchers to scale Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for fragile X research

January 10, 2013

UC Davis Professors Paul and Randi Hagerman have devoted their lives to finding cures for a host of disorders that all spring from an inherited defect on the X chromosome that causes lifelong intellectual disability in children, tremors in older men and reproductive problems in women.

School of Nursing hosts leadership event with award-winning journalist Suzanne Gordon

January 10, 2013

Suzanne Gordon, an award-winning journalist and author and a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, spoke to more than 100 students, faculty and community members Wednesday evening at a leadership event at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Next Minds Behind the MIND lecture to focus on Down syndrome

January 7, 2013

Recent estimates place the prevalence of Down syndrome at 1 in 691 births, making it the leading known genetic cause of intellectual disability. During the January UC Davis MIND Institute “Minds Behind the MIND” presentation, researchers will provide an update on what is known about Down syndrome, its impact on the individual and their family, and possible treatments.

MIND Institute lecture explores gap between autism detection and intervention

January 3, 2013

Wendy L. Stone, director and Susan & Richard Fade Endowed Chair at the University of Washington Autism Center in Seattle, will discuss “From Early Detection to Early Intervention: Bridging the Gap in Autism Services” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

UC Davis study links low wages with hypertension, especially for women and younger workers

January 3, 2013

Workers earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers with the highest wages, according to new research from UC Davis. The correlation between wages and hypertension was especially strong among women and persons between the ages of 25 to 44.

Tiny infant has a big impact on his community

January 3, 2013

Though nicknamed “Tiny” by his family, an infant treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in 2011 is having a big effect on the lives of children with congenital heart disease in Sacramento and on his community.

Gary Small, New York Times best-selling author, to speak on Alzheimer's disease

January 2, 2013

New York Times best-selling author Gary Small, professor of psychiatry at UCLA and one of the world's leading physician/scientists in the fields of memory and longevity, will present a special lecture titled "Alzheimer’s Prevention Strategies for Keeping Your Brain Healthy," on Monday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium.

UC Davis Medical Center welcomes area's first baby born in 2013

January 1, 2013

Allison Donecker and her husband Brian rang in the new year in memorable fashion. Their new son, John, was born at 12:20 a.m. at UC Davis Medical Center, making him the Sacramento area’s first baby of 2013.

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UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef discharged from hospital

December 28, 2012

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef was discharged from UC Davis Medical Center today after nearly four weeks of acute rehabilitation for a Dec. 1 ischemic stroke. He will continue to work with specialists as an outpatient to maintain and improve skills.

Broader background checks and denial criteria could help prevent mass-shooting catastrophes

December 27, 2012

Garen Wintemute, a leading authority on gun violence prevention and an emergency medicine physician at UC Davis, believes broader criteria for background checks and denials on gun purchases can help prevent future firearm violence, including mass shooting catastrophes such as those that occurred at Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech and Columbine. Wintemute’s views posted in the Online First section of the New England Journal of Medicine website as a Perspective article, entitled “Tragedy’s Legacy,” on December 26, 2012. It also will appear in the journal's January 31, 2013 print edition.

UC Davis MIND Institute studies among the world's best in 2012

December 21, 2012

Three UC Davis MIND Institute research studies are included in the Top 10 Autism Research Achievements of 2012 as identified by Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy and research organization.

Genetic defect that causes fragile X-related disorders more common than thought

December 21, 2012

A single genetic defect on the X chromosome that can result in a wide array of conditions — from learning and emotional disabilities to primary ovarian insufficiency in women and tremors in middle-aged men — occurs at a much greater frequency than previously thought, research led by the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

Business Journal names UC Davis leaders as two of its "40 Under 40"

December 19, 2012

The Sacramento Business Journal’s most recent list of “40 Under 40” includes UC Davis Health System leaders Joseph Galante and Toby Marsh.

Polls Open for "Stem Cell Person of the Year" Vote

December 18, 2012

UC Davis stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler has finalized the list of nominees for his first-ever "Stem Cell Person of the Year" award.  Now he needs some help deciding on the winner.

New policy brief examines the impact of occupational injuries and illnesses among low-wage workers

December 17, 2012

Low-wage workers, who make up a large and growing share of the U.S. workforce, are especially vulnerable to financial hits that can result from on-the-job injuries and illnesses, according to a policy brief released by researchers at The George Washington University and based on a study conducted at the University of California, Davis.

National nursing association honors MSICU with award of excellence

December 14, 2012

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) at UC Davis Medical Center.

The HER2 paradox: HER2-positive stem cells found in HER2-negative breast cancer

December 14, 2012

A multicenter study led by researchers at UC Davis describes new, paradoxical characteristics of the most common type of breast cancer.

UC Davis expert available to comment on Conn. elementary school shootings

December 14, 2012

Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician and director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, is available to comment about issues related to gun violence prevention in response to the Connecticut elementary school shootings.

Farmer to receive Wellesley's top alumnae recognition

December 14, 2012

Diana Farmer, chair and Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor in the UC Davis Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been selected to receive a 2013 Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for electronic medical records achievements

December 13, 2012

HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has recognized UC Davis Medical Center with its Stage 7 Award.

UC Davis dermatologist receives grant to find new ways of treating chronic skin wounds

December 12, 2012

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell agency, today approved a $3 million research grant for Emanual Maverakis, a UC Davis dermatologist who is exploring the development of a synthetic biomaterial that would enable stem cells to be used as effective therapies for chronic skin ulcers.

UC Davis research is number five in TIME magazine's Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs for 2012

December 11, 2012

Autism research by UC Davis MIND Institute Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Sally Rogers has been named number five among the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2012 by TIME magazine.

Multiple departments collaborating on improvement of hospital discharges

December 11, 2012

To improve the hospital discharge process, three departments at UC Davis Medical Center are collaborating on projects that incorporate central roles for residents

Update on CMS response

December 7, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer provides additional details about the Plan of Correction sent to CMS. A copy of her letter to health system employees also appears here on the health system's public websites.

Nelson lecturer to discuss the potential of HIV vaccines

December 7, 2012

Professor Sir Andrew McMichael of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford will be the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2013 Nelson Scientific Lecturer. There are two opportunities to hear McMichael's address, which is titled "T-cell immune responses against HIV-1: Can they be harnessed by vaccines?” He will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in Davis and at 5 p.m. in Sacramento.

Candyland-themed party set for hundreds of UC Davis pediatric cancer and hematology patients

December 6, 2012

UC Davis pediatric cancer and hematology patients get three hours of fun at the annual holiday party featuring  painting  stations, a Wii gaming area, arts and crafts, musical and magical entertainment, and a visit with Santa.

UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef recovering from stroke

December 6, 2012

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef is making good progress in his recovery from a Dec. 1 stroke, according to his UC Davis Medical Center physicians.

A message from Ann Madden Rice

December 6, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer discusses the on-site CMS survey conducted in late August and the leave of absence of neurosurgeon J. Paul Muizelaar. A copy of her letter to health system employees appears here and on other health system public websites.

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

December 4, 2012

Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd annual Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit at the UC Davis School of Medicine, set for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Education Building on the UC Davis Sacramento campus, 4610 X Street

UC Davis Medical Center named 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital

December 4, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2012, a distinction that places UC Davis among the top 10 percent of hospitals participating in the national survey. The award recognizes hospitals for their exceptional performance in critical areas of patient safety and quality, including mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, established policies and procedures to prevent errors, and measures of efficient use of resources.

Chong Pan wins national investigator leadership award

December 4, 2012

Chong Pan has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) with a Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. Pan, associate professor of medicine and leader of the cancer center’s urothelial carcinoma initiative, was one of 11 award recipients for FY 2011. Formal recognition of the recipients took place recently at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

UC Davis Health System leading the way in reducing LGBT health disparities

December 4, 2012

UC Davis Health System is poised to become the first academic health system in the nation to have its physicians ask sexual orientation and gender identity questions as part of a patient’s routine clinical assessment.

UC Davis study shows statins protect lungs from damage caused by smoking

December 3, 2012

Every four minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD --the incurable pulmonary disorder usually caused by smoking. COPD is the third highest cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer.

UC Davis study shows that treadmill testing can predict heart disease in women

December 3, 2012

Although there is a widespread belief among physicians that the exercise treadmill test (ETT) is not reliable in evaluating the heart health of women, UC Davis researchers have found that the test can accurately predict coronary artery disease in women over the age of 65. They also found that two specific electrocardiogram (EKG) indicators of heart stress during an ETT further enhanced its predictive power.

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Development of language and communication in autism the topic of next MIND Institute Lecture

November 30, 2012

Boston University Professor and President of the International Society for Autism Research Helen Tager-Flusberg will give a presentation titled "On the Origins and Development of Language and Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder" for the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Five health system faculty elected as AAAS fellows

November 29, 2012

Five UC Davis Health System faculty members have been elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are among 702 new fellows -- including a total of 17 at the University of California, Davis -- honored for their scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The AAAS will formally recognize new fellows on Feb. 16 during the association's annual meeting in Boston.

Experts recommend closer scrutiny of radiation exposure from CT scans

November 28, 2012

Amid increasing fear of overexposure to radiation from CT scans, a panel of experts has recommended more research on the health effects of medical imaging and ways to reduce unnecessary CT tests, as well as industry standardization of CT machines.

WeCARE! Peer Navigator Program expands to Central Valley

November 28, 2012

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's WeCARE! Cancer Peer Navigators program is expanding to the Central Valley.

General thoracic surgeons emerge as leading providers of complex, noncardiac thoracic surgery

November 28, 2012

A UC Davis study has found that general thoracic surgeons, especially those at academic health centers, perform the vast majority of complex noncardiac operations, including surgeries of the esophagus and lungs. The authors said their results, published in the October issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, support the designation of general thoracic surgery as a distinct specialty, which will benefit patients when selecting surgeons for specific procedures.

UC Davis Children's Hospital offers holiday gift-giving drive-up and drop-off event

November 26, 2012

To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who would like to make the season brighter for hospitalized infants, children, teens and other pediatric patients, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive-up and drop-off donations for the holidays.

For Thanksgiving, Redding parents are grateful for son's life, care at UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 21, 2012

This Thanksgiving, Erin and Nick Ciapponi are spending their holiday in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) at UC Davis Children's Hospital. The Ciapponis will be seated at the bedside of their beautiful newborn baby boy, Guy, now a little more than two weeks old.

UC Davis physician plans to fast in solidarity with dysphagia patients

November 21, 2012

 A UC Davis physician is calling on colleagues who treat swallowing disorders to join him in a Thanksgiving fast as a way to raise awareness and show solidarity for patients who suffer from dysphagia, a condition that makes swallowing food difficult or impossible.

UC Davis researcher recognized as distinguished scientist by the American Heart Association

November 20, 2012

Donald Bers, the Joseph Silva Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Research and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at UC Davis, was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist at the American Heart Association's 2012 Scientific Sessions, which were held in Los Angeles Nov. 3-7.

Claire Pomeroy to step down in June

November 19, 2012

Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, has announced that she will leave the university on June 30, at the end of the academic year.

International team of investigators discovers likely basis of birth defect causing premature skull closure in infants

November 18, 2012

An international team of geneticists, pediatricians, surgeons, and epidemiologists from 23 institutions across three continents have identified two areas of the human genome associated with the most common form of non-syndromic  craniosynostosis ― premature closure of the bony plates of the skull. [en español]  [中文 Chinese]

Call for nominations: Knoepfler Lab seeking "Stem Cell Person of the Year"

November 16, 2012

Borrowing a thematic page from Time magazine and its annual tradition of identifying an individual or idea that has influenced the events during the year, UC Davis stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler is seeking nominees for what he's dubbed the "Stem Cell Person of the Year" award.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 16, 2012

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a Tweet chat to discuss the latest approaches to lung cancer treatment on Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Twitter users are invited to log in and join the conversation about new medical, surgical and radiation oncology approaches to the disease from cancer center  experts. To join, follow #UCDcancerchat.

UC Davis Medical Center and Dameron Hospital form joint venture

November 16, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Dameron Hospital in Stockton will be forming a joint venture that will allow Dameron Hospital to strengthen its core medical services while delivering more care locally, and advances UC Davis' historic land-grant mission to identify and help meet important societal needs.

Rosie's Toy Drive to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital Child Life program

November 16, 2012

The UC Davis Children's Hospital Child Life Department this year will be the beneficiary of the Rosie Carollo Christmas Lights Toy Drive, an annual toy drive held in memory of Rosie Carollo, who was born at UC Davis Children's Hospital in 2002 and passed away in 2004 from a rare form of childhood epilepsy.

Study finds high exposure to food-borne toxins

November 13, 2012

In a sobering study published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers at UC Davis and UCLA measured food-borne toxin exposure in children and adults by pinpointing foods with high levels of toxic compounds and determining how much of these foods were consumed.

Pathology resident receives national award for leadership

November 8, 2012

Third-year pathology and laboratory medicine resident Rebecca Jung-Hee Sonu received a 2012 Resident Representative Leadership Award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology on Nov. 2 at the society's annual meeting in Boston.

Higher anxiety is associated with poorer functioning in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

November 5, 2012

UC Davis researchers have found that for children with the genetic disorder known as chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome anxiety ― but not intelligence ― is linked to poorer adaptive behaviors that affect daily life. The developmental syndrome, which is associated with a constellation of physical, cognitive and psychiatric problems, usually is apparent at birth or early childhood, and leads to lifelong challenges. [en español] or [中文 Chinese]

Medical student receives national recognition for leadership in tackling health disparities

November 5, 2012

Olivia Marie Campa, a third-year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is one of five students nationwide receiving a 2012 Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship award today at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges in San Francisco.

Media advisory: UC Davis experts available for interviews during COPD Awareness Month

November 2, 2012

November is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Awareness Month and a good time to increase public awareness of symptoms and treatments for the disease along with research that could expand options for patients. Several UC Davis physicians and researchers are available as media resources on COPD. To schedule an interview with a pulmonary specialist, contact Karen Finney at 916-734-9064 or karen.finney@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

DeCarli named to first Victor and Genevieve Orsi Endowed Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research

November 2, 2012

Charles DeCarli, director of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center and an internationally renowned expert on behavioral neurology, degenerative dementias and neuroimaging, is the first Victor and Genevieve Orsi Endowed Chair in Alzheimer's Research at UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis Health System's partnership with ValleyCare concludes

November 1, 2012

UC Davis Health System's Cancer Care Network has concluded its four-year partnership with ValleyCare Health System and Regional Cancer Center.

Free community workshops to help seniors avoid falls

November 1, 2012

UC Davis Health System's Trauma Prevention Program and its Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are seeking participants for a new community health initiative designed to reduce falls among older adults.

"Sharing Knowledge, Improving Lives" conference to address Latino mental-health issues

November 1, 2012

Community and mental-health leaders from across California will participate in a daylong conference to explore effective and culturally and linguistically appropriate solutions to mental illness among the nearly 40 percent of the state's population that identifies as Latino.

UC Davis scientists identify new target for lung cancer treatment

November 1, 2012

A team of UC Davis investigators has discovered a protein on the surface of lung cancer cells that could prove to be an important new target for anti-cancer therapy. A series of experiments in mice with lung cancer showed that specific targeting of the protein with monoclonal antibodies reduced the size of tumors, lowered the occurrence of metastases and substantially lengthened survival time. The findings will be published in the November issue of Cancer Research.

UC Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement releases first-of-its-kind buyers' guide for health information exchange

November 1, 2012

The UC Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) today released the first edition of its "HIE Ready Buyers' Guide" to facilitate health information exchange (HIE), especially in California.

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Large, multi-ethnic study finds that adding soy to the diet does not affect onset of menopausal hot flashes

October 31, 2012

A team of investigators led by UC Davis found that eating soy products such as soy milk and tofu did not prevent the onset of hot flashes and night sweats as women entered menopause. [en español]

Controlling depression is associated with improved health for heart-failure patients

October 30, 2012

Controlling depression in patients with heart failure can improve health status, social functioning and quality of life, according to a new study by psychiatrists and cardiologists at the UC Davis and Duke University schools of medicine. [en español]

Anthropological perspectives on autism the topic of the next MIND Institute lecture

October 29, 2012

R. Richard Grinker, professor of anthropology, human sciences and Iiternational affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will discuss "Culture and Autism: Anthropological Perspectives on the U.S., Korea, and South Africa" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

"What's Good for the Body is Good for the Brain" the topic of Alzheimer's Disease Center symposium

October 29, 2012

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center will hold its first annual research symposium and poster session, titled "What's Good for the Body is Good for the Brain," on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in lecture hall 2222 in the Education Building, 4610 X St., Sacramento, Calif.

MIND Institute ADHD program receives $3 million grant from NIMH

October 29, 2012

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects the brain's ability to assert self-control, of particular concern during adolescence when the negative consequences of poor self-control can result in choices that can diminish lifetime possibilities for achievement, such as dropping out of school, substance abuse, driving while under the influence or engaging in unprotected sex.

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

October 26, 2012

An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found. The researchers said that the study is the first to demonstrate that an autism early intervention program can normalize brain activity. [en español]

Immune activation in pregnant mice affects brains of offspring

October 25, 2012

A brief kick to the immune system of a pregnant mouse can cause persistent changes in the brains of the offspring, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience.

UC Davis researchers develop new drug delivery system for bladder cancer using nanoparticles

October 25, 2012

A team of UC Davis scientists has shown in experimental mouse models that a new drug delivery system allows for administration of three times the maximum tolerated dose of a standard drug therapy for advanced bladder cancer, leading to more effective cancer control without increasing toxicity.

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

October 23, 2012

For the 14th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been selected as a Consumer Choice Award winner by the National Research Corporation (NRC). The 2012 award recognizes a single hospital in each of 300 markets nationwide that health-care consumers choose as providing the highest-quality health care.

UC Davis physician honored for distinguished service in medicine

October 19, 2012

Nathan Kuppermann, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and a nationally recognized expert in emergency medical services for children, has been honored with the 2012 Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Emergency Medicine.

UC Davis nursing school opens applications for fall 2013 classes

October 18, 2012

Applications are now open for fall 2013 classes in the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Degree Programs offered through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. All admitted students receive generous financial support to ensure outstanding graduate students who share the vision to transform health care through nursing education and research are prepared as future leaders in health care, health policy, education and research.

"Sharing Knowledge, Improving Lives" conference to address Latino mental-health issues

October 17, 2012

Community and mental-health leaders from across Northern California will converge on UC Davis for a daylong conference to explore effective and culturally and linguistically appropriate solutions to mental illness among the nearly 40 percent of the state's population that identifies as Latino.

UC Davis researchers clarify process controlling night vision

October 17, 2012

On the road at night or on a tennis court at dusk, the eye can be deceived. Vision is not as sharp as in the light of day, and detecting a bicyclist on the road or a careening tennis ball can be tough. New research reveals the key chemical process that corrects for potential visual errors in low-light conditions. Understanding this fundamental step could lead to new treatments for visual deficits, or might one day boost normal night vision to new levels.

Assistant Secretary for Health speaks at Dean's Lecture Series

October 16, 2012

Howard K. Koh, assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak in Sacramento on "Best Practices in Public Health Leadership for a Healthier Nation."

Internationally respected neonatologist to lead UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

October 15, 2012

Robin H. Steinhorn, an internationally recognized neonatologist, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the UC Davis School of Medicine. The department provides state-of-the-art clinical care and conducts research into disease conditions affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults. As chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Steinhorn also serves as director of UC Davis Children's Hospital, the only nationally ranked pediatric hospital in inland Northern California.

People with severe psoriasis have nearly twice the risk of diabetes

October 15, 2012

An analysis of 27 studies linking psoriasis in 314,000 individuals with diabetes has found strong correlation between the scaly skin rash and the blood sugar disorder that predisposes patients to heart disease, say UC Davis researchers who led the review.

Murin selected to lead pulmonary medicine at UC Davis

October 10, 2012

Susan Murin, a nationally recognized expert in pulmonary medicine, has become chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Gordon A. Wong Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis. She replaces Timothy Albertson, who led the division for 23 years and recently became chair of the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine.

Kizer named UCLA medical school's Alumnus of the Year

October 9, 2012

Kenneth W. Kizer, founding director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement and a distinguished professor at the School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the Alumnus of the Year award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on Oct. 6 in Los Angeles.

UC Davis part of Stand Up To Cancer and Prostate Cancer Foundation research dream team

October 9, 2012

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), along with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), SU2C's scientific partner, announced the formation of a second Dream Team project dedicated to prostate cancer research -- "Targeting Adaptive Pathways in Metastatic Treatment-Resistant Prostate Cancer."

Scleral lenses benefit patients with corneal irregularities, severe dry eyes

October 8, 2012

UC Davis Health System Eye Center study found that scleral lenses, which rest beyond the limits of the cornea and cover the white part of the eye (sclera), were a good alternative for patients with corneal abnormalities whose vision could not be corrected with other types of contact lenses or glasses. The study was published in the journal Eye & Contact Lens.

$2.5 million grant boosts scholarships for UC Davis medical students

October 8, 2012

Talented students who dream of becoming physicians but worry about the high cost of attending medical school have a new and promising opportunity at the UC Davis School of Medicine. [en español]

Study promoting sale of healthy foods by catering trucks receives national recognition

October 5, 2012

Desiree Backman, chief prevention officer with the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System, received a 2012 Best Great Educational Material (GEM) award for a study that showed signs, labeling and promotional apparel can increase the sale of healthful entrees offered at catering trucks serving workers in low-income communities. She received the award at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's annual conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this summer. [en español]  

UC Davis bone health expert to lead new research initiative

October 3, 2012

Nancy E. Lane, professor of internal medicine and the endowed chair of Healthy Aging and Geriatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded a $7.2 million federal grant to establish a specialized research center at UC Davis' Sacramento campus to explore the sex differences related to osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, and kyphosis (a condition causing over-curvature of the upper back).

UC Davis establishes prestigious new NIH-funded research center for aging Latinos

October 2, 2012

Assembling a nationally respected team of nurse, physician and mental-health leaders with broad expertise in brain health and minority aging, UC Davis has established the Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC), through a prestigious five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). [en español]

UC Davis graduate nursing student selected for competitive faculty internship program

October 1, 2012

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis graduate student Patricia Gonsalves is one of only 20 students chosen to participate in the Los Rios Community College Faculty Diversity Internship Program, which provides hands-on training and experience working in a classroom setting at the community -college level. The competitive program, within the second largest community college district in California, was created to support the development of a diverse pool of future community-college instructors.

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UC Davis School of Medicine students recognized as outstanding young achievers

September 29, 2012

The Observer Media Group recognized UC Davis School of Medicine students Geneva White and Kevin Mullins today at its annual "30 Under 30" tribute to the region's most outstanding young achievers.

UC Davis researchers find multiple similarities between cancer cells and induced pluripotent stem cells

September 28, 2012

UC Davis investigators have found new evidence that a promising type of stem cell now being considered for a variety of disease therapies is very similar to the type of cells that give rise to cancer.

UC Davis student receives IHS Health Professions scholarship

September 28, 2012

Laura Jordan, a third-year medical student at UC Davis, received a Health Professions scholarship from the Indian Health Service (IHS), a federal health program for American Indians and Alaska natives, last month.

Protein holds promise for drug therapy for central nervous system diseases

September 27, 2012

Researchers at UC Davis have identified previously unrecognized properties of a naturally occurring protein, finding that it enhances brain cell growth and survival and helps regenerate the protective covering around nerve cells, making it a "strong candidate" for drug development for people with neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Kimberly-Clark awards medical center for VAP reduction

September 26, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center has received a Partners in Prevention Award from Kimberly-Clark for its initiative to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP).

Kizer awarded for contributions to occupational and environmental medicine

September 26, 2012

Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, received the Rutherford T. Johnstone Award for outstanding contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine at the Western Occupational Health Conference held in San Francisco last week.

Oropharyngeal cancer patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) have a more robust response to radiation therapy

September 25, 2012

UC Davis cancer researchers have discovered significant differences in radiation-therapy response among patients with oropharyngeal cancer depending on whether they carry the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted virus.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis conducts student information session

September 25, 2012

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will conduct a free information session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, for students interested in the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. 

UC Davis' Institute for Population Improvement launches California Health eQuality

September 25, 2012

UC Davis Health System has established the California Health eQuality (CHeQ) program, leaders at the Institute for Population Health Improvement announced today. CHeQ seeks to improve health-care quality and the coordination of care by using health information exchange (HIE) technology to facilitate the rapid flow of information among physician offices, hospitals and other health-care providers.

UC Davis awarded for work-life balance practices for academic physicians

September 24, 2012

UC Davis School of Medicine received a $25,000 innovator award from the American Council on Education and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support national efforts aimed at increasing career flexibility for faculty at medical schools nationwide. UC Davis is one of seven schools in the U.S. to receive an award at ACE's Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. today.

UC Davis researchers receive grant to test new strategy for advanced prostate cancer treatment

September 21, 2012

A team of UC Davis investigators, led by Christopher P. Evans, professor and chair of the Department of Urology, has received a $660,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study a promising new approach for treating advanced prostate cancer.

Newly admitted classes welcomed to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

September 21, 2012

A nurse researcher who leads the nationwide nursing campaign to improve health care and a Japanese-American nurse who cared for thousands in a World War II internment camp were both honored at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing 2012 Welcoming Ceremony Thursday evening. The school conducted the annual event to recognize the newly admitted graduate nursing students.

MIND Institute 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturer Series begins Oct. 10

September 21, 2012

The UC Davis MIND Institute begins the 11th year of its Distinguished Lecturer Series on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Series presenters include nationally and internationally recognized researchers in autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome, among other neurodevelopmental disorders.

UC Davis Medical Group ranks among top-performing physician organizations

September 20, 2012

The UC Davis Medical Group ranks among the Top Overall Performing Physician Organizations in California for 2012, the Integrated Healthcare Association announced today at its annual Pay for Performance Program meeting in Los Angeles.

New study analyzes smoking trends in Mexico and among Mexican-Americans

September 20, 2012

Led by UC Davis researchers, the first-ever transnational study of Mexico-U.S. migration and smoking has found that U.S.-born Mexican-Americans start smoking at an earlier age but are more likely to quit than their counterparts in Mexico. [en español]

Japanese-American internment camp nurse and national leader honored by UC Davis nursing school

September 19, 2012

A Japanese-American nurse who cared for thousands in a World War II internment camp and a nurse researcher who leads a nationwide nursing campaign to improve health care will both be honored at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing 2012 Welcoming Ceremony Thursday evening. The school conducts the annual event to recognize the newly admitted graduate nursing students.

New targeted drug for treating fragile X syndrome, potentially autism, is effective

September 19, 2012

An investigational compound that targets the core symptoms of fragile X syndrome is effective for addressing the social withdrawal and challenging behaviors characteristic of the condition, making it the first such discovery for fragile X syndrome and, potentially, the first for autism spectrum disorder, a study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, has found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]

New study identifies large gaps in lifetime earnings of specialist and primary-care physicians

September 18, 2012

A national study has found that earnings over the course of the careers of primary-care physicians averaged as much as $2.8 million less than the earnings of their specialist colleagues, potentially making primary care a less attractive choice for medical school graduates and exacerbating the already significant shortage of medical generalists.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to open major new wing

September 17, 2012

After 10 years of planning, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will open its spacious new wing to patients on Sept. 24. [en español]

Carter honored as Mental Health Champion by Sacramento County

September 13, 2012

Cameron Carter, director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, has been honored by the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services as a Mental Health Champion.

UC Davis researcher receives $1.3 million to develop biopacemaker from stem cells

September 12, 2012

Deborah K. Lieu, a stem cell scientist in cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis Health System, has received a $1.3 million research grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to develop stem cells that could serve as a biological alternative to the electronic pacemakers that people now use to regulate heart rhythm.

UC Davis ear, nose and throat specialist honored for service, leadership

September 12, 2012

Travis Tollefson, associate professor of otolaryngology at UC Davis Health System, received an Honors Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery yesterday at the academy's 2012 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

UC Davis physician recognized for bringing lifesaving heart surgery to Russian children

September 11, 2012

UC Davis cardiac surgeon Nilas Young will receive the 2012 World of Children Health Award for his international humanitarian efforts to improve pediatric heart care. The award is given each year to a leader in health, medicine or science who has made significant contributions to improving the lives of children. [Russian]

Telescopic implant restores vision in patient with advanced macular degeneration

September 11, 2012

Surgeons at UC Davis Medical Center have successfully implanted a new telescope implant in the eye of a patient with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most advanced form of the disease and a leading cause of blindness in older Americans. [en español]

School of Medicine alumni honored for service, humanitarian efforts and leadership

September 10, 2012

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the UC Davis School of Medicine, the school's Alumni Association honored three of its distinguished graduates on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

Gun dealers, pawnbrokers say it's too easy for criminals to get guns

September 10, 2012

The majority of U.S. firearms dealers and pawnbrokers believe it is too easy for criminals to get guns in America, results from the UC Davis Firearms Licensee Survey reveal. [en español]

MIND Institute researchers study ADHD and methamphetamine addiction

September 10, 2012

Why people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at greater risk of substance dependence, particularly methamphetamine dependence, and have greater difficulty overcoming their addiction is the subject of a new study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Task force sets new clinical practice guidelines for triglycerides

September 7, 2012

Although treatment strategies for high triglyceride levels in the blood are well established, new clinical practice guidelines from the Endocrine Society released today in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism recommend that more attention should be paid to the ways each person's unique history, physiology and lifestyle interact to affect risk. [en español]

Three international visiting professors join School of Nursing this fall

September 4, 2012

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis welcomes three international visiting professors who will teach, contribute content to courses and serve as a resource for students and faculty beginning this fall.

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2012 Northern California Premium Sake Fest slated for October

August 31, 2012

Sake aficionados may taste the best offerings from Japan's leading sake makers, as well as Japanese beer, shochu (a distilled equivalent of sake), sushi and other specially prepared foods from local Japanese restaurants, at the 2012 Northern California Premium Sake Fest, Wednesday Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

UC Davis eye surgeon brings vision to El Salvador

August 29, 2012

The humanitarian act of cornea donation -- a gift from a donor to recipient -- went worldwide recently, with the help of Mark J. Mannis, Ocular Director for Sierra Donor Services, and its parent company, DCI Donor Services. Mannis is also professor and chair of ophthalmology & vision science and director of the Eye Center at UC Davis Health System. [en español]

Three young UC Davis researchers receive prestigious national grants to study schizophrenia

August 28, 2012

Each addressing the disease from different and unique perspectives, three young UC Davis researchers have received one of the most prestigious mental-health grants in the world to investigate one of the least understood and devastating psychiatric disorders:  schizophrenia.

UC Davis-led conference promotes new collaborations in Brazil

August 28, 2012

An interdisciplinary delegation of researchers and educators, led by UC Davis, met this month at the Integrated Biological Networks Driving Disease Outcomes conference in Uberlândia, Brazil, to explore new opportunities for collaboration with the Brazilian Research Network in the biomedical and translational sciences.

Diagnosis often missed for Hispanic children with developmental delay, autism

August 27, 2012

Hispanic children often have undiagnosed developmental delays and large numbers of Hispanic and non-Hispanic children who first were thought to have developmental delay actually had autism, researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found. [en español]

UC Davis expert available to comment on Empire State Building shootings

August 24, 2012

Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician and director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, is available to comment on the stray-bullet shooting incident that occurred outside the Empire State Building today.

St. Baldrick's Foundation awards $100,000 to UC Davis scientist

August 21, 2012

For the second consecutive year, Paul Knoepfler, associate professor of cell biology and human anatomy at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation to pursue his novel research into the molecular causes of brain tumors in children.

E-health house calls, novel probiotics among new research funded at UC Davis Health System

August 17, 2012

UC Davis Health System faculty are among the principal investigators and collaborators awarded funding from the new Research Investments in Sciences and Engineering (RISE) program to conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research in areas of strategic importance to California, the nation and the world.

UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program receives more than $300,000 donation from Kohl's

August 16, 2012

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $306,381 from Kohl's Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento region.

Aguilar-Gaxiola appointed to lead statewide autism task force

August 16, 2012

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, has been appointed by state Senate Pro-Tempore Darrell Steinberg to co-chair a task force to investigate the equitable distribution of autism services to diverse communities in California. [en español]

Pavilions shopping center hosts Fashion's Night Out to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 14, 2012

Pavilions Shopping Center in Sacramento will host its second Fashion's Night Out, an evening of shopping and a fashion show featuring clothing from Pavilions' specialty stores, on Sept. 6.

UC Davis, Shriners to study using magnets to correct "sunken chest"

August 14, 2012

UC Davis Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California have embarked on a groundbreaking study of a device that uses magnets to correct sunken chest, the most common congenital chest-wall abnormality, in the same way that orthodontic braces correct teeth. [en español]

UC Davis researchers identify cellular basis for how anti-aging cosmetics work

August 13, 2012

 A team of investigators from UC Davis and Peking University have discovered a mechanism that may explain how alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) ― the key ingredient in cosmetic chemical peels and wrinkle-reducing creams ― work to enhance skin appearance. An understanding of the underlying process may lead to better cosmetic formulations as well as have medical applications. [ 中文 (Chinese)] 

Chemical widely used in antibacterial hand soaps may impair muscle function

August 13, 2012

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical widely used in hand soaps and other personal-care products, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado.

Leaders gather to develop competencies for pain management education

August 10, 2012

A team of 30 pain and education experts from throughout North America gathered for an intensive two-day summit at UC Davis Health System last week to develop competencies in pain management education for new clinicians across the health professions.

Research shows gene defect's role in autism-like behavior

August 10, 2012

Scientists affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have discovered how a defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism. The research offers a potential target for drugs to treat the condition.

Ramsey Badawi awarded prestigious "Provocative Questions" grant from NCI

August 9, 2012

Ramsey Badawi, UC Davis associate professor of biomedical engineering, has won a groundbreaking grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to address whether tumors can be detected when they are two to three times smaller than those detectable using current imaging methods.

New, interprofessional course on quality improvement to launch this fall

August 8, 2012

With a focus on the health system's commitment to interprofessional education and the goal of preparing well-qualified health-care professionals for the future, two professors from the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing collaborated to develop a new, interprofessional course that opens this fall.

$17 million grant to fund seizure, neurotoxin research

August 8, 2012

A new $17 million research center dedicated to identifying medical countermeasures for neurotoxic chemicals that cause seizures in humans has been established by the U.S. National Institutes of Health at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis medical student receives 2012 Physicians of Tomorrow award

August 8, 2012

Kabir Matharu, a fourth-year student at UC Davis School of Medicine, received a 2012 Physicians of Tomorrow award from the American Medical Association Foundation for his leadership and strong commitment to promoting social justice through use of the performing arts. Matharu is one of only 18 students in the nation to receive the scholarship, which recognizes academic excellence and provides $10,000 for medical school tuition.

UC Davis osteoporosis specialist recognized for contributions to medicine, science

August 7, 2012

Nancy E. Lane, professor of internal medicine and holder of the endowed chair of Healthy Aging and Geriatrics at UC Davis School of Medicine, received the Remodeling in Bone (RIB) Award from the International Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology group on August 5 in Sun Valley, Idaho. She also delivered a lecture on the "Wnt signaling pathway: the bone and joint connection."

Fructose consumption may impact development of metabolic syndrome

August 7, 2012

Prolonged fructose consumption may contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical disorders that, when occurring together, increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. [en español]

UC Davis launches new program to help students navigate medical school

August 7, 2012

UC Davis has launched an innovative new effort to help its students navigate the rocky shoals of medical education by engaging some of their biggest and most ardent and important supporters: their families and friends. [en español]

White children more likely to receive CT scans than Hispanic or African-American children

August 6, 2012

White children are more likely to receive cranial (head) CT scans in an emergency department following minor head trauma, compared with African-American or Hispanic children, a study published by researchers at UC Davis has found. [en español]

UC Davis Health System's Research Volunteer Registry receives 2012 Sautter Golden Award

August 6, 2012

UC Davis Health System's Research Volunteer Registry project received the 2012 Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for Innovation in Information Technology. The project is one of nine -- and the only one from UC Davis -- to receive a Sautter Award, and it is one of only three to be recognized with a Golden Award within the entire UC system.

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Graduate student wins top research fellowship

July 31, 2012

Andrea Ferrero, a UC Davis PhD candidate in biomedical engineering, has been awarded a 2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship for his work on use of PET/CT scanning to monitor the effects of breast cancer treatment.

New class of UC Davis medical students noted for leadership, diversity

July 31, 2012

Six years ago, Leopoldine Matialeu didn't speak English that well and was living in a shelter with her younger sister after her mother had lost her job. Today, she is one of 109 UC Davis medical students dedicated to improving health who will begin classes on Aug. 6. [en español]

When I Grow Up event to encourage children with heart conditions to dream about their futures

July 30, 2012

When I Grow Up, an event that encourages children with heart conditions to dream about jobs they may have when they become adults, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the UC Davis MIND Institute on UC Davis' Sacramento campus, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. About 150 children and their families are expected to attend.

Increasingly popular medical school applicant interview process favors extroverts

July 27, 2012

Although conscientiousness is the personality factor that predicts better performance in medical school and physician practice, a new UC Davis study has found that extroversion is the only personality type associated with better performance in the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) process, an increasingly popular method for interviewing and selecting medical students.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the nation's Most Connected Hospitals

July 27, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among U.S. News & Worlds Report's 2012-13 list of Most Connected Hospitals, a distinction that only 156 of the 5,300 American hospitals included in the survey qualified for as of July 2012. Only 16 California hospitals met Most Connected criteria, and UC San Diego was the only other UC medical center campus to receive the designation.

Huntington's disease research fueled by $19 million from stem cell agency

July 26, 2012

In what scientists and patients advocates say is an exciting development in the area of Huntington's disease (HD) research, California's stem cell agency today approved a grant proposal worth nearly $20 million that is designed to propel researchers at UC Davis Health System toward preparing for the first FDA-approved cellular therapy for HD patients.

Stem cell grant to UC Davis targets osteoporosis

July 26, 2012

Researchers at UC Davis Health System in Sacramento have received approval for a $20 million grant proposal to refine a stem cell therapy for osteoporosis patients and test its effectiveness in clinical trials over the next four years.

$14 million to UC Davis for stem cell research in vascular disease

July 26, 2012

UC Davis Health System researchers working to speed therapies to patients suffering from critical limb ischemia (CLI) received approval today for a $14.1 million grant from the state's stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Media advisory: Induction ceremony officially welcomes class of 2016 to UC Davis School of Medicine

July 26, 2012

The UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes its newest group of medical students during its annual induction ceremony. The event marks the first step for 109 medical students in the class of 2016 as they begin their studies to become physicians.

UC Davis stem cell researchers awarded $53 million

July 26, 2012

UC Davis Health System researchers who are working to speed therapies to patients suffering from critical limb ischemia, osteoporosis and Huntington's disease received approval today for three separate research grants from the state's stem cell agency totaling more than $53 million. [en español]

UC Davis dermatologist among scientists honored with Presidential award

July 23, 2012

Emanual Maverakis, assistant professor of dermatology at UC Davis School of Medicine, joins a highly select group later this month in a White House ceremony honoring recipients of this year's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.  

Chong Porter appointed to new Associate Vice Chancellor position at UC Davis Health System

July 23, 2012

Chong Porter has joined UC Davis Health System as the institution's first associate vice chancellor for Health Sciences Development and Alumni Relations.

UC Davis researcher seeks to improve the self-care skills of patients with depression and diabetes

July 20, 2012

With a $700,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a UC Davis researcher will determine if primary-care physicians can use specific interviewing techniques to improve the self-care skills of patients with depression and diabetes.

Blood condition is highly predictive of graft failure in pediatric kidney transplant

July 19, 2012

For children receiving kidney transplants, a potentially correctable blood condition present in about one in four recipients is associated with a moderately increased risk of the graft's later failure, suggesting that clinicians should weigh whether transplant is advisable when the condition is present, according to UC Davis research presented today at the 24th International Congress of the Transplantation Society in Berlin.

UC Davis School of Medicine student receives ThinkSwiss scholarship

July 19, 2012

Annahita Sarcon, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis, received a 2012 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship to study takotsubo cardiomyopathy at the University Hospital Zurich, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. 

Two new endowments support violence prevention research at UC Davis Health System

July 18, 2012

Two new endowments established with anonymous gifts to UC Davis Health System will further advance the innovative work of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

UC Davis Health System welcomes the community to a free outdoor concert Aug. 16

July 18, 2012

UC Davis Health System and its Community Advisory Board will host the popular dance band Mercy Me! (Band) at their sixth annual outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized as Top 10 Hospital in America for Service Excellence

July 17, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center has been designated as a Top 10 Hospital in America for Service Excellence by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP), signifying it as one of America's most customer-friendly hospitals.

Gorin named to chair UC Davis Department of Neurology

July 17, 2012

Internationally respected neuroscientist Fredric A. Gorin, whose investigations of novel therapies for brain cancer, traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease and stroke have resulted in four U.S. patents, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology in the UC Davis School of Medicine. Gorin's appointment became effective July 1.

Institute of Medicine report recommends improving access to care and outcomes tracking for PTSD

July 16, 2012

 An Institute of Medicine report released Friday examining U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA) programs for preventing, identifying and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recommends that service members and veterans receive more timely access to evidence-based care, including PTSD screening at least once a year.

New study reveals racial disparities in voice box-preserving cancer treatment

July 16, 2012

A new epidemiological study led by UC Davis researchers reveals significant racial disparities in the use of non-surgical larynx-preservation therapy for locally advanced laryngeal cancer.

Health system signs agreement for collaborative projects, exchanges with Swedish medical school

July 13, 2012

UC Davis Health System and the Lund University School of Medicine in Sweden have entered into an agreement to pursue collaborative projects in research, medical education and clinical care.

School of Nursing doctoral student awarded prestigious predoctoral fellowship

July 12, 2012

Lori Kennedy Madden, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received a prestigious fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research to hone her skills as a nurse scientist as she conducts doctoral research on traumatic brain injury. Madden, a member of the school's inaugural class of doctoral students, is the first School of Nursing student to receive this competitive award.

UC Davis and Yoursphere.com launch online community for kids with cancer

July 12, 2012

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and Yoursphere.com have teamed up to create the first of its kind interactive web community that allows young cancer patients and survivors to connect with peers all over the world. [en español]  

New parking structure at UC Davis Medical Center promotes ease of use, environmental sustainability

July 11, 2012

A new parking structure set to open at UC Davis Medical Center will provide much-needed spaces near the hospital, and features elements that will make it easier for patrons to use and promote environmental sustainability.

UC Davis scientist receives a $1.5 million grant for rheumatoid arthritis research

July 11, 2012

UC Davis researcher Iannis Adamopoulos has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study the causes of rheumatoid arthritis -- a chronic disease that affects people of all ages and leads to permanent bone and joint damage.

UC Davis researchers demonstrate usefulness of a novel PET/CT device in inflammatory arthritis

July 10, 2012

UC Davis researchers have shown that their specially constructed PET/CT scanner enables better monitoring of the course of inflammatory arthritis - a costly and painful disease.

Precautions urged during heat wave

July 10, 2012

Soaring temperatures can be extremely dangerous, particularly for seniors or for anyone who works or exercises outdoors. UC Davis physicians offer several suggestions to prevent heat stroke and severe dehydration, which can lead to hospitalization and even death on scorching summer days.

Kawatu to lead pediatric gastroenterology at UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 10, 2012

David Kawatu, a specialist in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in children, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology in the Department of Pediatrics.

UC Davis Health System among the nation's most wired

July 10, 2012

For the second consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has been designated as one of the nation's information technology leaders, according to the 2012 "Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study" that appears in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Renowned endocrinologist and sugar expert to speak at UC Davis Health System

July 9, 2012

Robert Lustig, the physician whose lecture titled "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" went viral on YouTube with more than 2.5 million hits, will speak on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis as part of the Pioneers in Integrative Medicine speaker series.

UC Davis study finds stray-bullet shootings frequently harm women and children

July 9, 2012

Most people killed or wounded in stray-bullet shootings were unaware of events leading to the gunfire that caused their injuries, and nearly one-third of the victims were children and nearly half were female, according to a new nationwide study examining an often-overlooked form of gun violence

UC Davis study finds that above-normal weight alone does not increase the short-term risk of death

July 6, 2012

An evaluation of national data by UC Davis researchers has found that extra weight is not necessarily linked with a higher risk of death.

Patients trust doctors but consult the Internet

July 6, 2012

Patients look up their illnesses online to become better informed and prepared to play an active role in their care -- not because they mistrust their doctors, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests.  

UC Davis program addresses California's need for diverse physician workforce

July 5, 2012

An innovative physician education program that combines psychiatry with either family practice or internal medicine training has received $1.2 million in additional funding from the California Department of Mental Health to extend the program through 2014. [español]

Health system's advertising campaign honored by Telly Awards

July 3, 2012

UC Davis Health System's television advertising campaign won a Commercial Silver award in the 2012 Telly Awards.

New vice chair of research joins the pathology and laboratory medicine department

July 3, 2012

Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, a national leader in the study of liver diseases whose work focuses on the role of retinoids and their receptors in control of liver function, joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as professor and vice chair of research on July 1.

UC Davis researchers find biomarker that predicts response to chemotherapy for osteosarcoma

July 2, 2012

Knowing whether a patient's tumor has this protein biomarker could help doctors determine if a patient should undergo standard treatment or if a more aggressive or alternative therapy may be more effective. [en español]

National neuroscience research project now under way at UC Davis

July 2, 2012

UC Davis Health System researchers who want to investigate new approaches to treating neurological diseases now have an unprecedented set of tools for making clinical trials more efficient, getting results more rapidly and, ultimately, enabling them to bring innovative and effective treatments to people with debilitating disorders.

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Staying safe while celebrating Fourth of July

June 29, 2012

Fireworks and food are a central part of Americans' celebration of the Fourth of July holiday, but they also can be health hazards without proper precautions.

New "ROAD" program provides path to breathing easier

June 29, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center has launched a new program to reduce symptoms and hospital stays for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD -- a common cause of hospitalization and the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. [en español]

Internationally renowned neuroscientist joins UC Davis MIND Institute

June 29, 2012

Jacqueline N. Crawley, one of the world's foremost researchers in behavioral neuroscience and a leading investigator using mouse models to develop novel, targeted treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, joins the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine and UC Davis MIND Institute in July as the Robert E. Chason Chair in Translational Research.

Study finds career flexibility important among male and female physicians across generations

June 29, 2012

With increasing expectations from younger generations that careers be more family-friendly and to help address the predicted physician shortage in coming decades, academic medical centers nationwide are looking for ways to strengthen faculty workplace policies to attract and retain physicians. 

Brown receives awards from International Parking Institute

June 27, 2012

Wanda Brown, assistant manager of Parking and Transportation Services, was honored earlier this month by the International Parking Institute at its annual Parking and Transportation Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

UC Davis emergency medicine leader named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow

June 27, 2012

Peter E. Sokolove, professor and vice chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, was selected as a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. His one-year term runs from September 2012 through August 2013.

UC Davis researchers win three of 11 California breast cancer research grants

June 27, 2012

Three multidisciplinary teams of UC Davis researchers have been awarded IDEA grants from the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

UC Davis nursing, medicine scholars participate in first multi-institution collaborative policy program in the nation's capitol

June 27, 2012

Nursing, medicine and health-care scholars from UC Davis, the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University participated last week in a first-of-its-kind multi-institution program in Washington, D.C., to develop health-care professionals' leadership skills and policy expertise.

Duplicate spending on veterans' care costs billions

June 26, 2012

A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the federal government made about $13 billion in duplicative payments to provide health-care services to veterans who were simultaneously enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans from 2004-2009.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student wins research abstract award from AcademyHealth

June 26, 2012

A research abstract by Katherine Kim, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was selected by AcademyHealth as one of the top abstracts of the organization's 2012 Annual Research Meeting in Orlando June 24.

UC Davis Health System partners with state to direct world-renowned California Cancer Registry

June 26, 2012

The University of California Davis Health System announced today that it will partner with the California Department of Public Health to run the day-to-day operations of the California Cancer Registry, one of the world's leading resources for population-based data on cancer.

UC Davis releases "blueprint" for improving mental health programs for Latinos in California

June 25, 2012

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities announced today the results of a comprehensive, two-year study that details barriers to access and utilization of mental health services among Latinos in California and offers their solutions for reducing mental health-care disparities. [en español]

Media advisory: UC Davis announces "blueprint" for improving Latino mental health services

June 22, 2012

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities will announce the results of a first-of-its-kind study commissioned by the State of California that details barriers to access and utilization of mental-health services among Latinos in California and offers solutions for reducing those disparities.

Immune system weaves cobweb-like nanonets to snag Salmonella, other intestinal microbes

June 21, 2012

A team of researchers led by UC Davis Health System has found that human alpha-defensin 6 (HD6) - a key component of the body's innate defense system - binds to microbial surfaces and forms "nanonets" that surround, entangle and disable microbes, preventing bacteria from attaching to or invading intestinal cells.

Media advisory: One of the world's fastest race car drivers leaves the track to lift the spirits of sick and injured children

June 20, 2012

As part of the "Racing for a Miracle" program, Marcos Ambrose and the stock car he drives are stopping at UC Davis Children's Hospital to bring smiles to the faces of patients and their families.

UC Davis researcher receives funding to improve physicians' counseling skills

June 20, 2012

Joshua Fenton, a leader in research to improve the quality of primary health-care services, has been selected to receive nearly $700,000 from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to identify ways to reduce unneeded medical care.

UC Davis experts to host discussion on leukemia, lymphoma and the promise of stem cell therapies

June 19, 2012

Experts from UC Davis Health System will share their latest research about regenerative medicine, with a focus on leukemia and lymphoma, during a community forum on the university's Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Medical Center honored for second year as LGBT 'Leader in Healthcare Equality'

June 19, 2012

For the second year in a row, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization today has recognized UC Davis Medical Center as a "Leader in Healthcare Equality" for creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBT patients and employees.

Stowell lectureship focuses on aggressive skin cancer virus discovery, June 27

June 18, 2012

Virologist and pathologist Yuan Chang, who co-discovered two of the seven known human cancer viruses, will discuss "Merkel Cell Polyomavirus: From Pathology to Therapy" as a guest speaker for the 2012 Robert E. Stowell Lectureship at UC Davis.

New study explores novel autism treatments for very young children

June 15, 2012

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the University of Washington have received grants from Autism Speaks to extend their groundbreaking research into novel, high-impact treatments for very young children.

Inaugural nursing program graduates participate in UC Davis commencement exercises

June 15, 2012

For the first time, 25 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis students received Master of Science Degrees in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership at the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony on June 14.

Survey aims to improve cancer screening and care for LGBT population

June 15, 2012

Afraid that she would be misunderstood or treated poorly, Margie Wells put off seeing a gynecologist until she had no choice because of a growth that required treatment. She was 24 years old. [en español]

Pathology researcher awarded for study of glucose measurements in burn patients

June 15, 2012

Zachary Godwin, a junior specialist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been selected to receive the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry Distinguished Abstract Award for a study assessing the impact of accurate glucose measurements on severely burned patients.

UC Davis Medical Center honored for high patient-satisfaction ratings

June 14, 2012

Three UC Davis Medical Center units have been awarded for their high patient-satisfaction ratings by a company that conducts patient-satisfaction studies for more than 300 hospitals and health systems around the country.

UC Davis plastic surgeon earns honors for recent clinical trial

June 14, 2012

Work presented by Michael Wong, associate professor of surgery at UC Davis Health System, was honored for Best Overall Paper at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, which was held recently in San Diego.

UC Davis nursing M.S. program receives 5-year accreditation

June 13, 2012

The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science program for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis received accreditation for five years - the maximum possible for a new program -- from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The organization assesses and identifies nursing programs that engage in effective educational practices.

Folic acid intake during early pregnancy associated with reduced risk of autism in offspring

June 13, 2012

A new study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests that women who consume the recommended daily dosage of folic acid, the synthetic form of folate or vitamin B-9, during the first month of pregnancy may have a reduced risk of having a child with autism.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center receives $75,000 to support pediatric cancer research from Hyundai Hope on Wheels

June 12, 2012

UC Davis radiation oncologist Ruben Fragoso was awarded a $75,000 grant today from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to support his pediatric brain tumor research. The Hyundai Scholar Grant was presented during the Hope on Wheels handprint ceremony outside the UC Davis Health System's Administrative Support Building.

MEDIA ADVISORY: New UC Davis nursing school celebrates first graduating class

June 12, 2012

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis celebrates the graduation of its inaugural class

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher awarded national recognition

June 11, 2012

Karen Kelly, associate director for clinical research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as a 2012 fellow with the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

UC Davis Medical Center receives national honors for promoting diversity

June 11, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center last week was honored for achievements in promoting diversity at the 2012 National Leadership and Education Conference in Nashville.

Media Advisory: Hyundai Hope on Wheels to award $75,000 for pediatric cancer research

June 8, 2012

Pediatric cancer patients will be invited to leave their handprints in bright paint on a white Hyundai Tucson, the official vehicle of Hope on Wheels, which will have has donated more than $57 million to support childhood cancer research by the end of 2012.  

UC Davis MIND Institute lecture explores trends in classifying autism types by genetics

June 7, 2012

Autism genetics researcher Judith H. Miles will discuss "Delineation of Etiological Subgroups within the Autism Diagnosis" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Panacek receives national award in emergency medical education

June 6, 2012

Ed Panacek, UC Davis professor of emergency medicine, has received the 2012 Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Panacek received the award at SAEM's annual meeting last month in Chicago.

UC Davis scientists find new role for P53 genetic mutation -- initiation of prostate cancer

June 6, 2012

A team of UC Davis investigators has found that a genetic mutation may play an important role in the development of prostate cancer. The mutation of the so-called p53 (or Tp53) gene was previously implicated in late disease progression, but until now has never been shown to act as an initiating factor. The findings may open new avenues for diagnosing and treating the disease.

UC Davis Health System health policy leaders named to "Let's Get Healthy California" Task Force

June 5, 2012

Joy Melinikow and Kenneth W. Kizer, physicians at UC Davis Health System and national leaders in health policy and research, have been appointed to the Let's Get Healthy California Task Force, a group established in response to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.'s executive order of May 3 to develop a 10-year plan to make Californians healthier. California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley announced the Task Force members and panel of Expert Advisors on June 4.

Timothy Albertson named chair of internal medicine at UC Davis

June 5, 2012

Timothy E. Albertson, a pulmonary, critical care and toxicology specialist, has been named chair of the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine.

KVIE autism documentary features UC Davis MIND Institute founding families and experts

June 1, 2012

"Autism: Emerging from the Maze," a new documentary produced by KVIE-TV that explores the daily journeys of families as they seek to understand autism, includes UC Davis MIND Institute experts who are changing the way the disorder is defined and treated.

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Researchers identify promising biomarkers and new therapeutic targets for kidney cancer

May 31, 2012

Using blood, urine and tissue analysis of a unique mouse model, a team led by UC Davis researchers has identified several proteins as diagnostic biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets for kidney cancer. Subject to follow-up validation testing, inhibition of these proteins and several related pathways holds promise as a form of therapy to slow the growth of kidney tumors. 

UC Davis nursing postdoctoral scholar joins Hopkins nursing faculty

May 31, 2012

Casey Shillam, a recent Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, was appointed to The  Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty on May 29. The Hopkins Nursing graduate programs are ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report.

Participants sought for UC Davis study of physical activity and heart health

May 31, 2012

A UC Davis research team is seeking participants for a study that will help determine if a personalized or standard exercise plan works better for improving exercise capacity.

California Telehealth Network becomes independent nonprofit

May 30, 2012

The California Telehealth Network (CTN), a groundbreaking initiative of broadband-connected health-care sites launched in large part by the University of California Office of the President and UC Davis Health System, has formally become an independent, not-for-profit organization.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized as one of America's "100 most customer-friendly hospitals"

May 25, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center has received a Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP), signifying it as one of America's 100 most customer-friendly hospitals.

Most occupational injury and illness costs are paid by the government and private payers rather than workers' compensation insurance, UC Davis study shows

May 25, 2012

UC Davis researchers have found that workers' compensation insurance is not used nearly as much as it should be to cover the nation's multi-billion dollar price tag for workplace illnesses and injuries. Instead, almost 80 percent of these costs are paid by employer-provided health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other disability funds, employees and other payers.

Six UC Davis faculty named Health Care Heroes

May 25, 2012

Six UC Davis faculty were named Health Care Heroes today by the Sacramento Business Journal for their outstanding achievements in health care in the Sacramento region.   

State awards stem cell grants to UC Davis researchers

May 24, 2012

California's stem cell agency today approved two grants to UC Davis Health System researchers for their innovative work in regenerative medicine.

UC Davis MIND Institute study shows that fever during pregnancy more than doubles the risk of autism or developmental delay in children

May 23, 2012

A team of UC Davis researchers has found that mothers who had a fever during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay than mothers who did not have a fever or who took medication to counter its effect. [en español]

Ralph de Vere White to give key lecture at national urology conference

May 22, 2012

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center director Ralph de Vere White will give a plenary speech at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in Atlanta today.

Young and Butani recognized for outstanding achievement and teaching

May 21, 2012

Two UC Davis Health System faculty were recognized with the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the School of Medicine commencement ceremony on May 19, 2012.

UC Davis School of Medicine celebrates commencement

May 19, 2012

One hundred and eight medical students can officially enjoy being addressed as "doctor" following the commencement ceremony at UC Davis School of Medicine this morning. 

Talented UC Davis School of Medicine student receives scholarship

May 18, 2012

Annahita Sarcon, a 4th year student in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded a Ruth G. White Scholarship from the California chapter of the national Philanthropic Education Organization.

UC Davis School of Medicine announces students and faculty awarded for excellence

May 18, 2012

More than 80 graduating UC Davis medical students were honored yesterday at the UC Davis School of Medicine's annual awards banquet recognizing graduating seniors and their faculty.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates survivors

May 17, 2012

Each year, cancer survivors around the country celebrate National Cancer Survivor's Day with events to honor their journeys through the disease and their survivorship. UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will mark the occasion with a week of free activities for survivors and their families. [en español]

School of nursing graduate students elected to Honor Society of Nursing

May 16, 2012

Several Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis were elected to membership in the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International at a special induction ceremony May 10.

Cancer vaccine combination therapy shows survival benefit in breast cancer

May 15, 2012

A vaccine that targets cancer cells in combination with the drug letrozole, a standard hormonal therapy against breast cancer, significantly increased survival when tested in mice, a team of UC Davis investigators has found.

Cancer Center's golf tourney to benefit prostate cancer peer navigator program

May 15, 2012

The second annual Navigating Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament, sponsored by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be held Friday, June 22  from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom.

Keeping an eye on solar eclipse safety

May 15, 2012

Northern Californians are in for a solar treat as the moon's shadow sweeps across the Earth to create an annular eclipse of the sun on, appropriately, Sunday, May 20. [en español]

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center physician and research director selected as leadership fellow

May 14, 2012

Karen Kelly, associate director for clinical research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as a fellow of the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Annual Spaghetti Western tickets on sale now

May 14, 2012

The 5th Annual Spaghetti Western presented by the Amador Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) will be held on June 16 at 6 p.m. at Cooper Vineyards in Plymouth. Guests can ride the tram through the vineyards, dance to music provided by Dick Cooper's Country-Western band, and enjoy an authentic chuck-wagon/tri-tip barbecue with specially prepared spaghetti, salad, rolls and dessert.

UC Davis student receives Alpha Omega Alpha student research award

May 10, 2012

A first-year UC Davis medical student has been named recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn Kuckein Student Research Award.

UC Davis researcher receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for groundbreaking malaria research

May 9, 2012

UC Davis functional genomics expert David Segal will receive a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant to advance his work in identifying pharmaceuticals that target the genetics of malaria and overcome antimalarial drug resistance.

Physician-advocate to speak about equalizing access to quality health care

May 9, 2012

Anthony Iton -- a primary-care physician, lawyer and public-health advocate dedicated to improving the health outcomes of disadvantaged populations -- will speak in Sacramento as part of UC Davis Health System's Snively Visiting Professorship in Family and Community Medicine.

Kuppermann receives award for best research abstract at national conference

May 8, 2012

Nathan Kuppermann, professor and chair of emergency medicine at UC Davis Health System, has been honored with an award for his research into finding a better way to distinguish bacterial infections from viral infections in young, febrile infants.

Global health training opportunities announced

May 7, 2012

The deadline is fast approaching for researchers and aspiring investigators interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries to submit their applications for a University of California Global Health Institute Fellowship. Applications for the new program, which supports an 11-month, mentored research project at one of the training sites around the world, are due May 21.

UC Davis offers robotic-assisted gallbladder surgery

May 4, 2012

Minimally invasive robotic-assisted gallbladder surgery procedure reduces scarring, recovery time.

Villablanca to deliver keynote address at "Battle Heart Disease" event

May 3, 2012

Amparo Villablanca, professor and director of the Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program at UC Davis, will be the keynote speaker at "Battle Heart Disease 2012," a community event to encourage Latinos to adopt heart-healthy lifestyles. [en español]

Advertising campaign wins national awards

May 2, 2012

UC Davis Health System's advertising campaign and the 2011 Vice Chancellor's Annual Report are among the winners of the 2012 Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind. The awards are hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc.

Health system wins national Partner for Change award for sustainability efforts

May 2, 2012

UC Davis Health System has been selected to receive a 2012 "Partner for Change" Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's premier membership organization for health-care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award is one of the organization's Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health-care sector.

Srinivasan awarded Clinician Educator of the Year

May 1, 2012

Malathi Srinivasan, associate professor of internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has won the "Clinician Educator of the Year" award from the Society of General Internal Medicine for the California/Hawaii region.

New virtual reality study and book series help advance educational opportunities for children with autism

May 1, 2012

UC Davis autism researcher and education specialist Peter Mundy has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to apply virtual-reality technology to evaluate social attention and its relation to academic achievement among school children with autism.

Biomedical researchers receive Hartwell Foundation Awards

May 1, 2012

Two faculty members from the University of California, Davis, are among 12 scientists selected to receive Individual Biomedical Research Awards from The Hartwell Foundation this year.

Flash-heating breastmilk to inactivate HIV is feasible for women in resource-poor countries, UC Davis study finds

May 1, 2012

An international team led by UC Davis researchers has found that mothers in sub-Saharan Africa could successfully follow a protocol for flash-heating breastmilk to reduce transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) -- the virus that causes AIDS -- to their infants. [en español]

Study using stem cell therapy shows promise in fight against HIV

May 1, 2012

UC Davis Health System researchers are a step closer to launching human clinical trials involving the use of an innovative stem cell therapy to fight the virus that causes AIDS.

Fishman gives keynote at Federation of State Medical Boards meeting

May 1, 2012

Scott Fishman, chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and professor of anesthesiology at UC Davis Health System, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on Saturday, April 28, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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African-American breast cancer survivors report inadequate information, options, support services

April 30, 2012

African-American breast cancer survivors were satisfied with their cancer treatment, but most were never offered clinical trials opportunities or support services during or after their treatment, according to a study by a UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher and her community partner, Rev. Tammie Dynse.

UC Davis researchers create molecule that blocks pathway leading to Alzheimer's disease

April 30, 2012

UC Davis researchers have found novel compounds that disrupt the formation of amyloid, the clumps of protein in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease believed to be important in causing the disease's characteristic mental decline.

UC Davis to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

April 30, 2012

The annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan, one of the nation's premier gatherings of educators, health professionals and families interested in advances in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders, will be held Friday, Aug.3 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University Union Ballroom, Sacramento State University, 6000 J Street in Sacramento.

Pathology professor recognized for nutrition research

April 27, 2012

Ishwarlal Jialal, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, was selected to receive the 2012 Garry Labbe Award from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry for his outstanding work in the field of nutrition.

UC Davis School of Medicine scientist awarded for excellence in research

April 26, 2012

Wei Yao, a bone biologist who is conducting leading-edge stem cell research to treat osteoporosis, will receive the 2012 UC Davis Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research at a ceremony on May 2 on the UC Davis campus.

Free lecture on "What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack"

April 25, 2012

The community is invited to a special lecture by UC Davis physicians Javier López and Ehrin Armstrong  on "What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack" on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at Underground Books, located at 2814 35th Street in Sacramento.

MIND Institute lecture explores impact of inflammation on the brain

April 25, 2012

Stephen Maier of the University of Colorado will discuss "The Role of Hippocampal Microglia in Age-Related Cognitive Decline" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Renowned health and RealAge expert to speak in Pioneers in Integrative Medicine lecture series

April 24, 2012

Renowned wellness expert Michael F. Roizen, also known as "The Enforcer," will speak as part of the Pioneers in Integrative Medicine lecture series on Tuesday, May 1 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Education Building, Lecture Hall 1222.

UC Davis ophthalmologist recognized for establishing eye-banking and tissue-donation services

April 24, 2012

Mark J. Mannis, an international authority on corneal transplantation and external diseases of the eye, will receive the 2011-12 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate at a reception on May 2. [en español]

Research shows how PCBs promote dendrite growth, may increase autism risk

April 24, 2012

New research from UC Davis and Washington State University shows that PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, launch a cellular chain of events that leads to an overabundance of dendrites -- the filament-like projections that conduct electrochemical signals between neurons -- and disrupts normal patterns of neuronal connections in the brain.

UC Davis cellular and molecular biologist to receive distinguished teaching award

April 23, 2012

Richard Tucker, professor of cellular biology and human anatomy at the UC Davis School of Medicine, will receive the 2011-12 Distinguished Scholarly Teaching Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate at a reception on May 2. The award is bestowed annually to a handful of faculty campus-wide who demonstrate excellence in a broad range of teaching activities, including mentoring.

Health system's advertising campaign wins in national Healthcare Advertising Awards

April 20, 2012

UC Davis Health System's advertising campaign is among the winners in the 29th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report.

UC Davis MIND Institute hosts "22Q at the Zoo"

April 20, 2012

The UC Davis MIND Institute is partnering with the Sacramento Zoo to raise awareness about chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a condition caused by the deletion of a small piece of chromosome 22.

Esophageal cancer rates high in Northern California, yet survival rates are improving

April 20, 2012

Esophageal cancer doesn't get as much attention as more common malignancies such as breast or prostate cancer, but rates of the deadly disease in Northern California, including the Sacramento and Central regions, are among the highest in the state. [en español]

UC Davis medical student wins pediatric cancer research grant

April 19, 2012

First year UC Davis School of Medicine student Marin Nishimura has been awarded a $6,000 grant from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, a Pennsylvania-based philanthropy that supports pediatric cancer awareness and research nationally.

Gershwin selected as medical honoree for the Arthritis Walk

April 19, 2012

M. Eric Gershwin, professor and chief of rheumatology, allergy and clinical immunology at UC Davis, will be the 2012 medical honoree at the Greater Sacramento Valley Arthritis Walk on May 5 at the State Capitol, where he will be recognized for his dedication to treating arthritis and arthritis-related diseases.

Muizelaar to hold first Julian R. Youmans Endowed Chair in Neurological Surgery

April 19, 2012

The first holder of the Julian R. Youmans Endowed Chair in the Department of Neurological Surgery in the UC Davis School of Medicine is J. Paul Muizelaar, professor, chair and training program director. The chair was established through a significant gift from Julian R. Youmans, the department's founding chair.

Dean Heather M. Young honored with mentorship award by Western Institute of Nursing

April 19, 2012

UC Davis Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Founding Dean Heather M. Young was awarded the Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award at the 45th Annual Western Institute of Nursing Communicating Nursing Research Conference today in Portland.

UC Davis residents named Residents of the Year by the California Academy of Family Physicians

April 19, 2012

Two UC Davis physicians-in-training have been named 2012 Residents of the Year by the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). The award honors new physicians who represent the finest characteristics of family medicine.

Postdoctoral scholar receives dissertation award, fellowship

April 18, 2012

The Midwest Nursing Research Society honored Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle M. Fennessy with a 2012 Acute Care Research Section Dissertation Award during the organization's annual conference on April 14.

Nursing school dean tapped for national Future of Nursing Strategic Advisory Committee

April 16, 2012

Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was selected to serve on The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Strategic Advisory Committee to guide the national Campaign for Action, an initiative to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality, person-centered health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.

Schenker appointed Associate Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

April 16, 2012

Marc B. Schenker, UC Davis professor of public health sciences, has been appointed the Associate Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement in the office of University Outreach and International Programs, effective July 1, 2012.

Nesbitt awarded by American Hospital Association for advancing telemedicine

April 13, 2012

Thomas Nesbitt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances, and director, Center for Health and Technology, has received the Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award from the American Hospital Association. Nesbitt also is a professor of family and community medicine.

Wine tasting, food featured at annual benefit for UC Davis Hospice Program

April 9, 2012

"Celebrate Life!", an annual event featuring wine tasting, food and a silent auction benefiting the UC Davis Hospice Program, will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 5-8 p.m. at the Sierra II Center, 2791 24th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis Children's Hospital to benefit from Care-a-Thon fundraiser

April 6, 2012

The "Care-a-Thon," a three-day-long media event that raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital, will be held April 11 through 13, on television station KTXL Fox 40 and radio station KTNY 101.9 "The Wolf." The Care-a-Thon is organized the Children's Miracle Network. UC Davis Children's Hospital is a Children's Miracle Network hospital.

Concert performance at Mondavi to benefit Medicos: The Kenya Project

April 5, 2012

Classical pianist Tien Hsieh will perform a concert benefiting an exchange program between medical students at UC Davis and the University of Nairobi on Saturday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m., at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis.

MIND Institute holds Family Open House for Autism Awareness Month

April 4, 2012

On Saturday, April 28, the UC Davis MIND Institute will hold a Family Open House, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. The event will feature fun activities for the entire family, including food, live entertainment, discussion of MIND Institute research and demonstrations. More than 1,000 people attended last year's open house, and more attendees are anticipated this year.

Imaging and the brain the focus of the next MIND Institute distinguished lecture

April 2, 2012

F. Xavier Castellanos, director and vice-chair for research at the New York University Child Study Center's Phyllis Green and Randolph Cōwen Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience, will discuss "The Restless Brain: Spontaneous Brain Fluctuations and Increased Variability in ADHD," during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

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Teen sleep study shows link between timing of brain and sexual maturation

March 29, 2012

In the largest longitudinal study to date of electrical activity in the brains of sleeping adolescents, UC Davis scientists have discovered that the timing of brain maturation is associated with the timing of puberty. [en español] 

Participants needed for UC Davis MIND Institute brain-imaging study on motivation in autism

March 28, 2012

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are seeking children and young adults to participate in a groundbreaking brain-imaging study aimed at understanding one of the most critical aspects of autism spectrum disorders: motivation in learning.

UC Davis medical student receives award to study broken-heart syndrome

March 27, 2012

Annahita  Sarcon, a fourth-year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, was awarded a $2,500 grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation's Seed Grant Research Program to support investigations on broken-heart syndrome, a temporary condition that mimics a heart attack brought on by stressful situations.  [en español

Supporting efforts to transform health care in China

March 27, 2012

Chinese officials have begun a massive strategic planning process to update the health-care delivery system. Last month, Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System, was invited o deliver the keynote address and discuss reform strategies in Beijing, China, at the first international conference on restructuring China's public hospital system.

"Coaching Boys into Men" an effective tool for stopping teen dating violence

March 25, 2012

Male high school athletes' ability to recognize and intervene to stop dating violence -- the physical, sexual and emotional aggression prevalent in adolescent romantic relationships -- is improved with the intervention of some of the most important role models in young men's lives: their coaches. [en español] 

UC Davis Health System receives grant for teen internships in stem cell research

March 23, 2012

The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), has awarded a $264,000 grant to UC Davis Health System to support summer internships for high school students over the next three years.

UC Davis pulmonologist selected for award from American Federation for Medical Research

March 21, 2012

Amir A. Zeki, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has been selected as a 2012 winner of the Henry Christian Award from the American Federation for Medical Research.

Research identifies the beginnings of COPD

March 21, 2012

The third most deadly disease in the U.S., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), appears to be partly driven by the action of immune cells circulating in the blood entering into the tissues of the lungs. UC Davis scientists have discovered that this key process begins in the blood vessels around the large airways in the center of the lung. The discovery helps clarify how smoking can bring about this severe respiratory condition.  [en español] 

New UC Davis physician training programs help meet demand for heart, lung and vascular specialists

March 20, 2012

UC Davis School of Medicine offers two new integrated residency programs and a new fellowship program to train physicians for careers in vascular and thoracic surgery and meet the national need for highly trained surgical specialists who can treat diseases of the blood vessels, heart and lungs -- leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.

UC Davis medical students celebrate Match Day

March 16, 2012

In a room filled with excitement and joy, 106 graduating students from UC Davis School of Medicine today learned where in the United States they will be continuing their medical education over the next several years as they train to become licensed physicians. [en español]

Second-year student wins Virginia Toombs, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

March 15, 2012

Brittany Lewis, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is the 2011-12 recipient of the Virginia Toombs, M.D. Memorial Scholarship.

AMA Foundation honors UC Davis medical student with Leadership Award

March 14, 2012

Adam Dougherty, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine recently received the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation's 2012 Leadership Award (www.amafoundation.org). This award provides medical students, residents, fellows and early career physicians from around the country with special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine and community affairs.

UC Davis Cancer Center earns "comprehensive" status from National Cancer Institute

March 14, 2012

UC Davis Cancer Center has earned the world's most prestigious honor in oncology: a "comprehensive" designation from the National Cancer Institute, and will now be known as the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. [en español]

Lung doctors expect respiratory diseases will worsen with global climate change

March 14, 2012

Worldwide increases in the incidences of asthma, allergies, infectious and cardiovascular diseases will result from a variety of impacts of global climate change, including rising temperatures, worsening ozone levels in urban areas, the spread of desertification, and expansions of the ranges of communicable diseases as the planet heats up, the professional organization representing respiratory and airway physicians stated in a new position paper released today.  [en español] 

Match Day celebration

March 13, 2012

Match Day is an annual event taking place simultaneously at medical schools throughout the nation.

-- Media advisory -- UC Davis Health System announces major milestone in cancer center's 20-year history

March 12, 2012

U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui will make an important announcement about a major national achievement by the UC Davis Cancer Center and its impact on Sacramento and the region.

Potential role of parents' work exposures in autism risk examined

March 11, 2012

Could parental exposure to solvents in the workplace be linked to autism spectrum disorder in their children? An exploratory study, led by Erin McCanlies, a research epidemiologist from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), suggests that such exposures could play a role, but further research would be needed to confirm such an association. Their pilot study is published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, a Springer journal.

Health system's ad campaign wins in second award competition

March 9, 2012

UC Davis Health System's multimedia "What Do You See?" clinical marketing campaign has earned another award for excellence, taking the silver award for local, consumer mixed/multiple media advertising campaigns at the Sacramento Ad Club's annual "ADDYs" awards event on March 8.

UC Davis School of Medicine recognized for strong conflict-of-interest policies

March 9, 2012

The UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools on the 2012 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) PharmFree Scorecard, a national assessment of medical school policies governing how the pharmaceutical industry interacts with faculty and students. [en español]

Alzheimer's Disease Center offers 5th annual Mini-Medical School in Spanish

March 7, 2012

UC Davis Health System will host the 5th annual Spanish Mini-Medical School on Saturday, April 7, on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. The event is sponsored by the health system's Alzheimer's Disease Center, the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Postdoctoral student Fan Yang awarded UC Davis Loren D. Carlson Prize in Physiology

March 7, 2012

Fan Yang, a doctoral student in the molecular, cellular and integrative physiology program (MCIP), received the 2011-12 Loren D. Carlson Prize in Physiology for his work on the molecular mechanisms underlying temperature-dependent activation of thermo-TRP channels. Yang will be recognized at the graduate studies commencement in June 2012.

UC Davis Professor Emeritus Robert R. Traut dies at 77

March 6, 2012

Dr. Robert R. Traut, professor emeritus in the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, died on Feb. 29 in Davis, Calif., following a brief illness. He was 77.

UC Davis physician named to national panel evaluating how physicians are paid

March 5, 2012

Richard Kravitz, UC Davis professor of internal medicine, has been named to a newly formed independent commission that will assess how physicians are paid.

UC Davis performs Sacramento's first minimally invasive heart valve replacements

March 2, 2012

For James Carleton, tennis is a second career. He took up the sport in his late 50s and became a regular on the senior circuit. But when he collapsed on a court last year at age 91, he feared that second career might be over.

UC Davis research shows how the body senses a range of hot temperatures

March 2, 2012

The winter sun feels welcome, but not so a summer sunburn. Research over the past 20 years has shown that proteins on the surface of nerve cells enable the body to sense several different temperatures.   [en español] 

UC Davis study shows that the increase in obesity among California school children has slowed

March 1, 2012

After years of increases in the rates of childhood obesity, a new UC Davis study shows that the increase slowed from 2003 to 2008 among California school children. While encouraged by the results, the authors expressed concern about a group of youngsters currently driving the increase in obesity: children under age 10. [en español] 

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Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student wins health information technology scholarship

February 29, 2012

Katherine Kim, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis doctoral student, was awarded the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2011 Northern California Chapter scholarship for academic excellence. The society annually awards eight scholarships at its national conference to student members who possess the potential to be future leaders in the health-care information and management-systems industry.

MIND Institute lecture to focus on causes and mechanisms of ADHD

February 27, 2012

Joel T. Nigg, professor and director of the Division of Psychology at Oregon Health and Sciences University, will discuss "ADHD Causes and Mechanisms" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Abbeduto receives $2.6 million grant from NIH to study language learning in fragile X

February 27, 2012

Leonard Abbeduto, director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received a more than $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct an examination of the development of language among individuals with fragile X syndrome, the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.

Media Advisory: Eat pancakes, help sick and injured patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 24, 2012

Pancake lovers can drive through and eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to  support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, in recognition of  the International House of Pancakes' (IHOP) National Pancake Day.

"Promise of Personalized Medicine" topic of 2012 Highman Lecture

February 24, 2012

Jeffrey Saffitz, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, will deliver the 2012 Benjamin Highman Lecture on Thursday, March 15, at 5 p.m. in the UC Davis Cancer Center auditorium.

PM&R's Davis headed to London Olympic Games as volunteer physician

February 23, 2012

Brian Davis, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will be serving as a consultant volunteer physician at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games and Paralympic Games in London.

Nurse Residency Program's inaugural cohort gets under way

February 23, 2012

UC Davis Health System's newly established New Graduate Nurse Residency Program began in late January with an inaugural cohort of 39 nurse residents.

UC Davis Cancer Center, deVere's Irish Pub and the Sacramento Kings team up to support pediatric cancer research

February 23, 2012

As a member of the clinical trials team at UC Davis Cancer Center, Leslie Garcia understands the value of cancer research and often donates to cancer charities.

UC Davis professor named American Academy of Microbiology fellow

February 23, 2012

Jonathan A. Eisen, professor of medical microbiology and immunology at UC Davis Health System, has been elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology, which is the world's oldest and largest life-science organization.

Assessing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health care for veterans

February 22, 2012

While the Affordable Care Act will expand health insurance coverage for low-income persons through Medicaid and state health-insurance exchanges, including much-needed care for 1.8 million uninsured veterans in the U.S., the new insurance coverage option also may have a number of unintended negative effects on health care for veterans, said Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System.

Scientists discover likely new trigger for epidemic of metabolic syndrome, a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

February 22, 2012

UC Davis scientists have uncovered a key suspect in the destructive inflammation that underlies heart disease and diabetes. [en español] 

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to present on autism at AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver

February 18, 2012

Two UC Davis MIND Institute researchers will lead a symposium on relationships between genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on the development of autism in children during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Feb. 16 -18 in Vancouver, Canada.

UC Davis ophthalmology professor to deliver keynote lecture at glaucoma society meeting

February 17, 2012

James D. Brandt, professor of ophthalmology and vision science and director of the Glaucoma Service at the UC Davis Eye Center, will deliver the Clinician-Scientist Lecture at the 22nd annual meeting of the American Glaucoma Society on March 3 in New York.

UC Davis to collaborate with RTI International to refine point-of-care technologies

February 17, 2012

The UC Davis Point-of-Care Technologies Center plans to collaborate with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, to ensure the accuracy and efficacy of point-of-care (POC) technologies used in emergency and disaster settings. [en español]

Chicago physician and author to speak about reducing gaps in medical care and coverage

February 17, 2012

David Ansell will speak in Sacramento on his experiences at Cook County Hospital in Chicago - the inspiration for the crisis-driven hospital portrayed on the hit TV show "ER" - and how it shaped his career as a physician and activist dedicated to expanding access to quality health care for the poor.

Common flame retardant linked to social, behavioral and learning deficits

February 16, 2012

Mice genetically engineered to be susceptible to autism-like behaviors that were exposed to a common flame retardant were less fertile and their offspring were smaller, less sociable and demonstrated marked deficits in learning and long-term memory when compared with the offspring of normal unexposed mice, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found. [en español] 

Pancreatic hormone linked with severe heart disease in obese and diabetic patients

February 16, 2012

Severe heart damage in people who are obese and diabetic is linked with a pancreatic hormone called amylin, UC Davis researchers have found.

UC Davis Cancer Center selected as part of national effort to increase minority participation in cancer clinical trials

February 15, 2012

Researchers from the UC Davis Cancer Center are part of a national effort that has just received a five-year round of funding to better understand and address barriers that limit the participation of minority populations in cancer therapeutic trials. [en español] 

UC Davis psychiatrist wins prestigious award

February 13, 2012

Robert E. Hales, the Joe P. Tupin Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine, was recently named the 2012 recipient of the Judd Marmor Award, one of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) most prestigious awards. The APA is the 36,000-member specialty society for psychiatrists.

SIV infection may increase T cells

February 13, 2012

Tissue in monkeys infected with a close relative of HIV can ramp up production of a type of T cell that actually weakens the body's attack against the invading virus. The discovery, in lymph nodes draining the intestinal tract, could help explain how the HIV virus evades the body's immune defenses. [en español]

Patient satisfaction linked to higher health-care expenses and mortality

February 13, 2012

A team of UC Davis researchers found that people who are the most satisfied with their doctors are more likely to be hospitalized, accumulate more health-care and drug expenditures, and have higher death rates than patients who are less satisfied with their care. [en español]

UC Davis Health System and California Department of Health Care Services partner to establish statewide Medi-Cal quality improvement program

February 9, 2012

 The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that it has established a partnership with the Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) at UC Davis Health System to improve the quality of care provided by the state's $46 billion a year Medi-Cal program.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty member receives Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community

February 9, 2012

Jann Murray-Garcia, an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is a 2011-12 recipient of the Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community.

Association of California Nurse Leaders honor School of Nursing dean for contributions to education

February 8, 2012

Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was honored with the 2012 Best Practice Education Award by the Association of California Nurse Leaders.

Two UC Davis pediatricians lauded for contributions to child health

February 7, 2012

Two UC Davis pediatricians have received the 2012 Eli Gold Faculty Achievement Prize for their contributions to UC Davis Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics.

Mexico daycare fire caused by multiple fire safety, building code violations, study finds

February 7, 2012

The massive conflagration in a daycare center in Mexico in 2009 that resulted in the deaths of 49 young children was the result of a panoply of safety and building code violations and an inadequate number of supervising adults to lead the children to safety, a study by researchers at UC Davis and Shriners Hospitals for Children has found.  [en español]

UC Davis investigators develop method of directing stem cells to increase bone formation and bone strength

February 6, 2012

A research team led by UC Davis Health System scientists has developed a novel technique to enhance bone growth by using a molecule which, when injected into the bloodstream, directs the body's stem cells to travel to the surface of bones.

Health system's ad campaign wins national advertising awards

February 3, 2012

UC Davis Health System's advertising campaign has won both a Gold Award and Best of Show in the Ninth Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards.

Cal Aggie Alumni Association recognizes three distinguished alumni and faculty

February 3, 2012

Distinguished alumni and faculty at the UC Davis School of Medicine are among the recipients who will receive awards from the Cal Aggie Alumni Association for their contributions to medicine and service to the university and the community at the 2012 Alumni Awards Gala on Saturday at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma.

UC Davis fashion design students use their talents to advocate for women's heart health

February 3, 2012

UC Davis Department of Design students today unveiled eight red dresses they created to raise awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. [en español]  

UC Davis experts to host discussion on chronic pain and the promise of stem cell therapies

February 2, 2012

Experts from UC Davis Health System will share the latest research about regenerative medicine, with a focus on chronic pain and the promise of stem cell therapies, during a community forum on the university's Sacramento campus.

Former UC Davis biochemistry chair E. Morton Bradbury dies at 78

February 2, 2012

E. Morton Bradbury, former chair and professor emeritus of the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, died after a short illness on Jan. 5 at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M. He was in the presence of his family.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing launches lecture series

February 1, 2012

Nationally recognized nurse researcher and gerontology professor Mary D. Naylor on Tuesday launched the inaugural Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health with a presentation on her development of the Transitional Care Model.

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Parents bereavement support group begins Feb. 27

January 31, 2012

A support group for parents who have lost a pediatric-aged child will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice, starting in February.

UC Davis research helps radiation clinics increase safety

January 31, 2012

In the first paper of its kind for lung cancer treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a team of UC Davis researchers has published a precedent-setting study outlining methods for clinics to analyze their processes in order to minimize human or computer errors.

UC Davis Children's Hospital infant cooling program reaches a milestone

January 31, 2012

 Owen Palmquist was a really cool baby -- in fact he was the very first.

First-year student wins Habbas Scholarship

January 31, 2012

Gaber Saleh, a first-year medical student, has won the Amin and Nancy Habbas Scholarship, established to help high-achieving students of Arab origin enrolled at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Saleh has received a $2,000 scholarship.

Doctoral students, faculty from UC Davis nursing school publish first article in nursing literature regarding the e-patient phenomenon

January 30, 2012

A team of scholars from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the University of Maryland School of Nursing published the first article in academic nursing literature about the electronic-savvy patient, or e-patient. The article is also the first published by a group of doctoral students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Fourth-year student wins Julita A. Fong Scholarship

January 27, 2012

A fourth-year student has been named as the winner of an annual scholarship provided to women medical students at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis research finds newer radiation therapy technology improves patients' quality of life

January 26, 2012

Patients with head and neck cancers who have been treated with newer, more sophisticated radiation therapy technology enjoy a better quality of life than those treated with older radiation therapy equipment, a study by UC Davis researchers has found.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student wins Humanitarian Award in Marin County

January 26, 2012

The Marin County Human Rights Commission named Rocio Hernandez, a doctoral-degree student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, the recipient of one of four 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards.

UC Davis researcher receives prestigious grant to study improvement of cognition in stable schizophrenia patients

January 25, 2012

Michael Minzenberg, a UC Davis psychiatry researcher, has been awarded a prestigious three-year, $200,000 seed grant from the Dana Foundation to study the brains of patients being treated for schizophrenia to determine how additional treatment to improve cognition interacts with antipsychotic medication.

Using iPS Cells and mouse models to study autism the topic of February MIND lecture

January 25, 2012

Ricardo Dolmetsch, a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, will discuss "Using iPS Cells and Mouse Models to Study Autism" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Family and Community Medicine Residency Program at UC Davis receives five-year accreditation and a commendation

January 24, 2012

The residency program for the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine has received accreditation for five years -- the maximum possible -- and a commendation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The organization evaluates and ensures excellence in post-graduate medical training programs in the United States using a rigorous peer-review process.

Walnut diet delivers promising results in mice with prostate cancer

January 24, 2012

Mice genetically programmed to develop prostate cancer had smaller, slower growing tumors if they consumed a diet containing walnuts, UC Davis researchers report in the current issue of the British Journal of Nutrition.

Media advisory: UC Davis bariatric surgery patients celebrate weight-loss successes with fashion show

January 23, 2012

The 9th annual UC Davis Bariatric Fashion Show. Each year, the UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program spotlights gastric bypass patients as they model fashions for business, leisure and formal occasions.

Media advisory: UC Davis medical students open health clinic in rural Yolo County town

January 23, 2012

A town hall meeting and health fair to celebrate the opening of a new health clinic in the Yolo County community of Knights Landing. The clinic will be open every third Sunday of the month and staffed by UC Davis medical students and undergraduates, as well as volunteer physicians and nurses.

UC Davis investigators achieve important step toward treating Huntington's disease

January 19, 2012

A team of researchers at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures has developed a technique for using stem cells to deliver therapy that specifically targets the genetic abnormality found in Huntington's disease, a hereditary brain disorder that causes progressive uncontrolled movements, dementia and death.

UC Davis researchers refine nanoparticles for more accurate delivery of cancer drugs

January 18, 2012

A new class of nanoparticles, synthesized by a UC Davis research team to prevent premature drug release, holds promise for greater accuracy and effectiveness in delivering cancer drugs to tumors. The work is published in the online edition of Angewandte Chemie, a leading international chemistry journal.

Innovative education program for end-of-life care now online

January 18, 2012

A comprehensive, web-based learning tool that features a series of interactive video vignettes to help health-care professionals better understand end-of-life care and prepare them for difficult conversations with patients and families is now available online.

UC Davis Health System response to ProPublica article on Fishman ties with pharmaceutical industry

January 17, 2012

 UC Davis Health System responds to an inaccurate and misleading representation of Scott Fishman, professor and cheif of the Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, in a recent ProPublica news story.

UC Davis Cancer Center innovations featured on PBS Newshour

January 17, 2012

The acclaimed national news program PBS Newshour highlighted UC Davis Cancer Center Friday on Public Broadcasting System stations, including in the Sacramento area on KVIE Channel 6.

UC Davis dermatologists find telemedicine effective for patient care

January 17, 2012

UC Davis Health System dermatologists, using videoconferencing technology known as telemedicine, have determined that live interactive consultations can improve clinical outcomes for patients because they usually involve beneficial changes in medical diagnosis and disease management that otherwise might not occur.

Job-related injuries and illnesses estimated to cost nation $250 billion per year

January 17, 2012

In the first comprehensive review of its kind since 1992, a UC Davis researcher has estimated the national annual price tag of occupational injuries and illnesses at $250 billion, much higher than generally assumed.  [en español] 

UC Davis School of Medicine participating in national initiative to support military members and their families

January 12, 2012

The UC Davis School of Medicine participated yesterday in the kickoff of academic medicine's formal involvement in First Lady Michelle Obama' Joining Forces initiative, which aims to bring attention to the needs of America's military families in the areas of employment, education and wellness.

ORBIS CEO to speak on treating blindness in the developing world

January 11, 2012

UC Davis Health System and the UC Davis Eye Center welcome guest speaker Barbara Ann DeBuono, president and CEO of ORBIS International, the global health organization that works to prevent and treat blindness in the developing world.

Grief support group for young adults will begin Feb. 1

January 11, 2012

 The Young Adult Bereavement Art Group will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice and the UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program, starting in February.

UC Davis transplant surgeon uses minimally invasive technique for kidney donors

January 10, 2012

Angela Whalen didn't seek out a single-incision nephrectomy surgeon. She simply wanted to save her father's life. [en español] 

Lower risk of death linked with access to key attributes of primary care, UC Davis study shows

January 9, 2012

Greater access to features of high-quality primary care -- comprehensiveness, patient-centeredness and extended office hours -- is associated with lower mortality, according to a new national UC Davis study. Published in the January-February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, the research is the first to link the availability of three specific attributes of primary care with reduced risk of death.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis launches lecture series

January 6, 2012

Nationally recognized nurse researcher and gerontology professor Mary D. Naylor will launch the inaugural Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium.

Two MIND Institute studies recognized by the NIEHS

January 6, 2012

The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has named two autism investigations led by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to its top 10 extramurally funded studies of 2011.  [en español] 

UC fellowships to support projects to strengthen response to adverse medical events, improve dispensing of specialty pharmaceuticals

January 5, 2012

Fellowship awards from the University of California will allow UC Davis Health System researchers to pursue projects to strengthen medical teams' responses to adverse clinical incidents and medical errors, and to enable pharmacies at UC medical centers to dispense a larger proportion of their patients' specialty pharmaceuticals.

Nolta named editor of the journal STEM CELLS

January 4, 2012

STEM CELLS, the premier peer-reviewed journal in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine, has promoted Jan A. Nolta to editor.

Parents, physicians, disagree on what the doctor ordered for childhood weight management

January 3, 2012

Parents of overweight children and their pediatricians agree that doctors routinely provide weight-management counseling -- but they disagree on just what the doctor actually ordered, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.

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UC Davis physician named a master by the American College of Physicians

December 29, 2011

Nancy E. Lane, endowed professor of medicine and rheumatology at UC Davis and an internationally known expert on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, has been elected to Mastership by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

UC Davis Health System signs agreement, partners to advance health in Sinaloa, Mexico

December 29, 2011

UC Davis Health System has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, to partner to improve the health and well-being of its residents through the exchange of ideas, data and research on telehealth, scientific and technical development, and neurodevelopmental disorders. [en español]

Mexican health officials honor UC Davis physician for contributions to improving health

December 22, 2011

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, an internationally renowned expert on mental health in ethnic populations, was named Favorite Son of Sinaloa for his significant contributions to improving the health of the people of Sinaloa, Mexico. [en español]

W. M. Keck Foundation awards $2 million to UC Davis

December 21, 2011

The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded $2 million in grants to the University of California, Davis, for research on cell mechanics and the genetics of common diseases.

New teleaudiology program to improve follow-up for newborns who did not pass hearing screening

December 21, 2011

Babies who do not pass newborn hearing screening tests require immediate diagnosis and intervention, but that can be a challenge for families living in the vast expanse of rural Northern California, where a dearth of pediatric hearing specialists, geographic isolation and the topography all conspire to create obstacles.  [en español]

UC Davis MIND Institute autism studies among the world's best in 2011

December 20, 2011

Three UC Davis MIND Institute research studies are among the Top 10 Research Achievements of 2011 identified by the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization.   [en español] 

Developmental delay the topic of next MIND Institute lecture

December 19, 2011

Evan E. Eichler, a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, will discuss "Developmental Delay and Human Copy Number Variation" during the January UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.  [en español] 

UC Davis researchers discover cartilage-stabilizing protein also drives cartilage growth

December 16, 2011

UC Davis researchers have discovered that the protein responsible for the structural integrity of cartilage has a major role in creating it as well. The protein -- known as COMP for cartilage oligomeric matrix protein -- binds to growth-promoting molecules and links them with the cellular framework that forms cartilage.

UC Davis Cancer Center receives donation for ovarian cancer research

December 16, 2011

In a brief ceremony this week, the Jags Solanki Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer presented a check for $35,001 to the UC Davis Cancer Center for ovarian cancer research.

Pathology resident provides health care to Kenyans

December 16, 2011

Third-year pathology resident Kali Tu is focused on making a difference to improve health. She recently returned from a two-week elective residency training rotation in Malindi, Kenya, where she provided medical care to approximately 400 rural residents with little or no access to health-care services.

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

December 15, 2011

Tickets are now on sale for the 32nd annual Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit at the UC Davis School of Medicine, set for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6-10 p.m. in the Education Building on the UC Davis Sacramento campus, 4610 X Street.

UC Davis Health System Hospice Program celebrates 30th anniversary

December 14, 2011

This year marks the 30th anniversary of UC Davis Health System's Hospice Program, which provides care for terminally ill patients who wish to remain at home or in a home-like setting.

UC Davis School of Medicine researcher develops model to foster new drug development to treat pain and epilepsy

December 12, 2011

Drawing on X-ray crystallography and experimental data, as well as a software suite for predicting and designing protein structures, a UC Davis School of Medicine researcher has developed an algorithm that predicts what has been impossible to generate in the laboratory: the conformational changes in voltage-gated sodium channels when they are at rest or actively transmitting a signal in muscle and nerve cells. Structural modeling of the voltage-sensing mechanism is important because it allows researchers to generate testable hypotheses and design new, highly specific drugs to treat a wide range of disorders, from chronic pain to epilepsy.

Study finds environmental factors a primary cause of conduct disorder among Mexican families that migrate to the U.S.

December 9, 2011

The prevalence of nonaggressive symptoms of conduct disorder increases dramatically across generations of Mexican-origin populations after migration to the United States, according to a study by an international team of researchers at the UC Davis Health System, RAND Corporation and National Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico City. [en español]

Environmental risks for breast cancer report released

December 8, 2011

A national panel chaired by Irva Hertz-Picciotto of UC Davis has determined that there is consistent scientific evidence that breast cancer risk can be reduced if women avoid unnecessary medical radiation and use of hormone therapy and if they maintain healthy lifestyles.

Pediatric burn research leadership highlights the risk of scalds from instant cup of soup

December 8, 2011

Scrutiny this week of the burn risk from consuming instant cup of soup has focused new interest on forward-looking research led by David G. Greenhalgh, professor and chief of the division of burn surgery in the Department of Surgery in the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis pediatric cancer patients celebrate the holidays with entertainment, games, crafts, treats and a visit with Santa

December 7, 2011

UC Davis pediatric cancer patients and their families get the opportunity to put illness aside and have a fun time with support from members of the Active 20/30 Club of Sacramento, Children's Miracle Network, Keaton Raphael Memorial and UC Davis Cancer Center.

UC Davis Medical Center receives 2012 Kidney Transplant Excellence Award

December 6, 2011

For the third year in a row, a leading, independent health-care ratings organization has recognized UC Davis Medical Center as one of the top hospitals in the nation for kidney transplantation.

UC Davis researcher awarded $720,000 to improve promising cancer treatments

December 6, 2011

The American Cancer Society has awarded UC Davis researcher Lifeng Xu a four-year, $720,000 grant to conduct research aimed at better understanding how some cancer cells manage to remain immortal.

Preoperative aspirin therapy can benefit cardiac surgery patients, find Jefferson and UC Davis anesthesiologists and surgeons

December 5, 2011

Aspirin taken wtihin five days of cardiac surgery is associated with a significant decrease in the risk of major postoperative complications, including renal failure, a lengthy intensive care unit stay and even early death (30-day mortality), according to a study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and UC Davis Medical Center set to appear in the journal Annals of Surgery. 

UC Davis Department of Neurology chair to receive national epilepsy award

December 2, 2011

Michael A. Rogawski, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the American Epilepsy Society's 2011 Service Award. The award honors Rogawski for his many contributions to the field of epilepsy and for his long record of service to the epilepsy society and its members. Among his leadership activities, Rogawski has for the past 10 years served as the co-editor of Epilepsy Currents, the society's official journal.

Students honored by American College of Physicians for research work

December 2, 2011

Two UC Davis medical students garnered honors at a recent poster competition sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Media Advisory: Study to announce findings between breast cancer and the environment

December 2, 2011

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee will release a report on breast cancer and the environment Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

UC Davis MIND Institute to host holiday "Thank You" party

December 1, 2011

The UC Davis MIND Institute honors the children and families who have participated in the institute's research studies during the past year with an annual Thank You Party event.

Food at UC Davis Children's Hospital healthiest among pediatric hospitals statewide, study finds

December 1, 2011

A study of the healthiness of food offered to patients, staff and visitors at California's children's hospitals has found that the cafeteria for UC Davis Children's Hospital scored highest among all of the food venues at the 14 major pediatric hospitals in the state.

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Role of immune proteins in brain cells the topic of MIND Institute lecture

November 30, 2011

Carla Shatz, director of Bio-X, Stanford's pioneering biosciences program, will discuss "Releasing the Brake on Synaptic Plasticity: Immune Genes Moonlighting in Neurons" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Nurse leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis present at premier gerontology conference

November 29, 2011

Several nurse leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis recently led meetings and symposiums at two national conferences related to aging and gerontology.

Long-time professor and hemophilia expert receives national honor

November 28, 2011

Jerry Powell, professor of hematology and oncology and director of the UC Davis Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center, has been awarded "Physician of the Year" by the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing associate professor wins award for clinical article of the year

November 28, 2011

The American Heart Association named Holli DeVon, associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, the recipient of the 2011 Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Article of the Year Award.

Boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than age-matched healthy counterparts, study finds

November 28, 2011

In the largest study of brain development in preschoolers with autism to date, a study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has found that 3-year-old boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than their healthy counterparts.  [en español] 

Dr. Robert Stowell, founding chair of UC Davis pathology department, dies at 96

November 23, 2011

Dr. Robert E. Stowell, the founding chair of the Department of Pathology at the UC Davis School of Medicine and an internationally renowned pathologist and educator, died on Nov. 20 of a cerebral vascular accident at his home in El Macero, Calif.

New associate dean, professor join founding team at Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

November 17, 2011

Two nationally recognized experts joined the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis founding faculty team in October. Jill G. Joseph, a physician scientist and collaborator with a distinguished commitment to interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research, was appointed associate dean of research. Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary efforts to prepare health professionals for leadership and policy, and internationally respected for her research in migrant health, was appointed professor.

UC Davis to open new, state-of-the-art pediatric and cardiac intensive care unit

November 15, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center and Children's Hospital enters a new era in pediatric critical-care medicine with the grand opening of a state-of-the-art, family-centered pediatric intensive care unit /pediatric cardiac intensive care unit dedicated to advancing health and saving the lives of critically ill and injured children throughout greater Northern California.

Chaudhari wins two awards for medical imaging

November 14, 2011

Abhijit J. Chaudhari, assistant professor of radiology, recently received two honors recognizing his contributions to medical imaging.

Updates on neurodevelopmental research the subject of MIND Institute lecture

November 10, 2011

The UC Davis Minds Behind the MIND Lecture series will feature a panel discussion among some of the world's leading experts in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, fragile X syndrome, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, who will discuss recent research discoveries.

Health system lauded for efforts to help smokers quit

November 10, 2011

UC Davis Health System was recognized on Wednesday, Nov. 9 for its leadership in a program that provides free nicotine patches to smokers who call a state helpline to enroll in programs aimed at helping them quit. Click here to view this release in Spanish.

Howell inducted as president of American Society of Cytopathology

November 8, 2011

Lydia Pleotis Howell, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was inducted as the president of the American Society of Cytopathology at the ASC's annual scientific meeting on Nov. 6 in Baltimore, Md.

UC Davis malaria investigator receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding

November 7, 2011

UC Davis molecular biologist Shirley Luckhart, an internationally recognized malaria expert, will receive $100,000 from Grand Challenges Explorations to advance her work in developing nutritional supplements to reverse the malaria-induced intestinal damage that contributes to the development of non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) bacteremia in malaria-infected children.

Subjects needed for study of medication for rheumatoid arthritis

November 7, 2011

Researchers in the UC Davis Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology are seeking male and female participants for a study that will assess the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication for rheumatoid arthritis.

UC Davis School of Medicine student receives national scholarship for commitment to eliminating inequities in education and health care

November 7, 2011

Monique Chambers, a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, is one of five students nationwide receiving a $5,000 Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship today (Nov. 7) at the annual meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges in Denver, Colo.

Biochemistry scientist at UC Davis receives Gates Foundation funding

November 7, 2011

UC Davis Health System announced today that it will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges.

World renowned UC Davis immunologist named Master of the American College of Rheumatology

November 4, 2011

M. Eric Gershwin, chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the Jack and Donald Chi Professor of Medicine at UC Davis Health System, was named a Master of the American College of Rheumatology today at the 2011 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.

UC Davis cardiothoracic surgeon named to national esophageal cancer board

November 4, 2011

David Tom Cooke, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UC Davis Health System and Cancer Center, has been named to the Medical Advisory Committee of the nonprofit Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation (ECEF).

More UC Davis School of Medicine graduates chose psychiatry residencies than any other U.S. medical school

November 4, 2011

A greater percentage of students graduating from the UC Davis School of Medicine chose residencies in psychiatry than graduates of any other medical school in the United States, data from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) shows.

Historic UC Davis larynx transplant patient featured on national television show

November 1, 2011

A Modesto woman whose historic larynx transplant at UC Davis Medical Center grabbed headlines around the world earlier this year will be the center of attention again when a daytime television program features her story tomorrow.

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Dr. Erich Loewy, first UC Davis bioethics chair, dies at 83

October 31, 2011

Dr. Erich H. Loewy, the first UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association Endowed Chair of Bioethics, died in his sleep on Wednesday, Oct, 26, at his home in Sacramento. He was 83.

Role of dopamine in ADHD the topic of the next MIND Institute lecture

October 27, 2011

Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will discuss "ADHD: Attention and Motivation Deficit Disorder" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

UC Davis study shows that fast-food dining is most popular for those with middle incomes, rather than those with lowest incomes

October 27, 2011

A new national study of eating out and income shows that fast-food dining becomes more common as earnings increase from low to middle incomes, weakening the popular notion that fast food should be blamed for higher rates of obesity among the poor. View this press release in Spanish.

Role of dopamine in ADHD the topic of the next MIND Institute lecture (copy)

October 27, 2011

Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will discuss "ADHD: Attention and Motivation Deficit Disorder" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

WHITE CHILDREN MORE LIKELY TO RECEIVE CT SCANS THAN HISPANIC OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN

October 27, 2011

White children are more likely to receive cranial (head) CT scans in an emergency department following minor head trauma, compared with African-American or Hispanic children, a study published by researchers at UC Davis has found.

Renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon chosen to lead UC Davis Department of Surgery

October 26, 2011

Diana L. Farmer, an internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis researchers discover complexities of DNA repair

October 23, 2011

An international team of scientists led by UC Davis researchers has discovered that DNA repair in cancer cells is not a one-way street as previously believed. Their findings show instead that recombination, an important DNA repair process, has a self-correcting mechanism that allows DNA to make a virtual u-turn and start over.

UC Davis Children's Hospital to hold fourth-annual Capitol Family Fun Day

October 20, 2011

Families from throughout Northern California are invited to attend the fourth-annual Capitol Family Fun Day, a free, fun, Halloween-themed health fair hosted by UC Davis Children's Hospital, on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west steps of the state Capitol.

UC Davis medical school hosts conference on sustaining pipeline programs for increasing diversity in health-care workforce

October 20, 2011

More than 100 participants from around California convened at the UC Davis School of Medicine for a conference focused on supporting "pipeline" programs that work to increase diversity in the health professions.

American College of Emergency Physicians honors UC Davis physician for research excellence

October 19, 2011

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has recognized Nathan Kuppermann, professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and chair of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine, with its 2011 Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, the only research-related honor awarded by ACEP this year.

Genetic variant and autoantibodies linked to having a child with autism

October 18, 2011

A study by researchers at UC Davis has found that pregnant women with a particular gene variation are more likely to produce autoantibodies to the brains of their developing fetuses and that the children of these mothers are at greater risk of later being diagnosed with autism.

UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrates Halloween

October 18, 2011

Halloween party at UC Davis Children's Hospital to lift spirits of young patients

Asian-American cancer network launches new website

October 17, 2011

The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training (AANCART): The National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities is thrilled to announce the launch of a completely redesigned website, www.AANCART.org.

Medical school dean, veterinary parasitologist elected to prestigious Institute of Medicine

October 17, 2011

Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, and Patricia Conrad, a professor and veterinary parasitologist in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in health and medicine.

Consumers again rate UC Davis Medical Center among nation's best

October 17, 2011

 For the 13th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center appears on a list of the nation's top hospitals compiled by a major health-care industry survey research firm.

White children far more likely to receive CT scans than Hispanic, African-American children

October 16, 2011

White children are far more likely to receive cranial computed tomography (CT) scans in an emergency department following minor head trauma than are African-American or Hispanic children, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.

New partnership to create research and commercial manufacturing hub at UC Davis in Sacramento

October 10, 2011

UC Davis Health System, PETNET Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., and Northern California PET Imaging Center (NCPIC) announced today that they will partner to establish a facility on the university's Sacramento campus for research and training in radiochemistry and for the commercial production of radiopharmaceutical products used in positron emission tomography (PET) scans -- an imaging technique that provides molecular information important for diagnosing disease and conducting clinical research.

UC Davis hosts largest pre-medical student event in the country

October 7, 2011

More than 4,000 pre-medical students from diverse backgrounds from throughout the United States and representatives of 50 of the nation's top medical schools will converge on UC Davis Oct. 8 and 9 for the largest pre-medical student conference in the nation, organized by the American River College/UC Davis chapters of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the country's oldest and largest medical and pre-medical student association.

$6.3 million center at UCSF and UC Davis seeks ways to diagnose and prevent osteoarthritis

October 6, 2011

How people walk, jump and run and how their knees look in an MRI scanner may hold the secret to predicting years or even decades in advance whether they will develop osteoarthritis, the common degenerative joint disease that strikes half of all Americans by the time they reach the age of 70.

UC Davis Health System designated a national neuroscience clinical trials site

October 6, 2011

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has selected UC Davis Health System to be one of 25 clinical sites in the United States, and one of just four on the West Coast, in its newly created NeuroNEXT Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials.

Greider to speak in Davis and Sacramento about her Nobel Prize-winning discovery

October 6, 2011

Carol Greider, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize for discovering the DNA-protective enzyme telomerase, will speak in Davis and Sacramento as the 2011 UC Davis School of Medicine Nelson Lecturer.

UC Davis study shows that systemic inflammation increases with age in patients at risk for heart disease

October 6, 2011

Systemic inflammation, the immune system's defense against disease or injury that can contribute to problems like cancer and diabetes over time, increases with age in people with heart-disease symptoms, while inflammation specific to vascular disease does not, a UC Davis study has found.

Media advisory: UC Davis celebrates expanded services for ALS patients in Sacramento

October 6, 2011

UC Davis Health System is celebrating the grand opening of its expanded clinic dedicated to multidisciplinary care for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Expert on medical utilization to speak at UC Davis Health System

October 6, 2011

Richard A. Deyo -- a primary-care physician, influential back-pain researcher and advocate for the sensible use of medical resources -- will speak in Sacramento on the overuse of technology in health care and its effects on costs and patient care.

MIND Institute 2011-2012 Distinguished Lecturer Series begins Oct. 12

October 4, 2011

The UC Davis MIND Institute begins the 10th year of its Distinguished Lecturer Series on Oct. 12. Series presenters include nationally and internationally recognized researchers in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders specializing in autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), brain cell plasticity and developmental delay.

UC Davis researchers discover key protein responsible for fat storage

October 4, 2011

UC Davis Health System researchers have discovered that a protein called galectin-12 plays a key role in fat storage, a finding that could lead to improvements in treating obesity and diabetes.

UC Davis Health System awarded grant to boost muscular dystrophy rehabilitation training

October 3, 2011

After a highly competitive selection process, UC Davis has been awarded a five-year, $750,000 federal grant to train 10 specialists in research related to the rehabilitation of patients with neuromuscular and neurodevelopmental disorders.

UC Davis researchers receive $1.8 million grant to study cellular changes in age-related macular degeneration

October 3, 2011

UC Davis researchers have been awarded a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Eye Institute to study the cellular changes that cause age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision impairment among older Americans.

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Two UC Davis medical students receive "30 under 30" Awards

September 30, 2011

Two UC Davis medical students recently received The OBSERVER Media Group's 2011 "30 Under 30" Awards, intended to recognize individuals under the age of 30 who "exemplify accomplishment, leadership, dedication and commitment in academic, business, community and professional areas."

Shifa Community Clinic offers free pediatric clinic

September 30, 2011

Shifa Community Clinic has launched a new, free pediatric clinic for children and youth, to be held on the third Saturday of every month. The clinic will be held on Oct. 15, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  [en español] 

Court says Sacramento County must pay UC Davis Medical Center for services provided to indigent residents

September 29, 2011

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled on Sept. 26 that Sacramento County must pay UC Davis Medical Center for care provided to eligible indigent county residents.

UC Davis MIND Institute MARBLES Study receives $10 million NIH grant

September 29, 2011

UC Davis researchers have received a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to expand a landmark study assessing the role of environmental and genetic risk factors in the development of autism among young children.  [en español] 

Drug companies must report clinical trial results, even when they won't lead to a product

September 28, 2011

Drug companies sponsoring human trials of possible new medications have ethical responsibilities to study participants and to science to disclose the results of their clinical research -- even when product development is no longer being pursued, says a commentary co-authored by a leading UC Davis drug researcher published online today in Science Translational Medicine.

UC Davis advocates for new approaches to biomedical research

September 28, 2011

Two deans from the UC Davis School of Medicine have outlined several approaches to biomedical research workforce development, a topic that is currently under scrutiny by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

$3.8 million grant to establish international resource for mouse-based health studies

September 26, 2011

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.8 million to the University of California, Davis, to fund a new mouse-based research center devoted to studies of the physiology and genetics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular health. A major focus for the new Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center will be cardiovascular disease, which affects more than 82 million Americans, costs an estimated $444 billion annually and is the nation's leading cause of death.

Abbeduto address to launch 2011-2012 Minds Behind the MIND series

September 26, 2011

Leonard Abbeduto, the new director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, will launch the annual Minds Behind the MIND Lecture series with a presentation about his vision for the future of the institute on Thursday, Oct. 20. The evening will begin with a "meet the director" reception at 4:30 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by his presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.  [en español] 

UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program receives $325,000 donation from Kohl's for injury prevention

September 23, 2011

The UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program has received a nearly $325,000 grant from Kohl's Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento region.  [en español]

Media Advisory: 11-year-old cancer patient will represent California as Children's Miracle Network champion

September 20, 2011

Anthony Philipps and Craig Franklin will honor Parmina Valentine as the California Champion in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program.

UC Davis researchers successfully test new tool for imaging live cells

September 20, 2011

As exclusive beta testers of the world's most powerful wide-field fluorescence imaging platform, researchers at the UC Davis-based Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) have for the first time successfully imaged the movement of fluorescently labeled nanoscale compartments inside live tumor cells.  [en español] 

Three UC Davis researchers win prestigious NIH awards

September 20, 2011

The National Institutes of Health on Tuesday named three UC Davis researchers recipients of highly competitive awards designed to encourage innovative, high-risk research and accelerate the translation of science into improved health.

Workers' compensation premium hikes linked with stock losses, rather than claims

September 19, 2011

Skyrocketing workers' compensation claims are often blamed for rising premiums, but a UC Davis study has found that the number of claims has dropped during the past two decades. Published in the September-October issue of Public Health Reports, the study shows that higher premiums are instead associated with decreases in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and interest rates on U.S. Treasury bonds. View this press release in Spanish.

Young pediatric cancer investigator gets major donation

September 15, 2011

UC Davis research into ways to better target therapy to childhood cancers has received a major boost, thanks to a $100,000 surprise gift from the Keaton Raphael Memorial.

Urquiza honored for leadership in child-abuse treatment

September 15, 2011

Anthony Urquiza, Director of Mental Health Services for the UC Davis Children's Hospital CAARE (Child and Adolescent Abuse Resources and Evaluation) Center, has received the William Friedrich Memorial Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

MIND Institute researcher receives grant to study sertraline use for fragile X syndrome

September 14, 2011

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a pilot study of whether sertraline, also known by the brand name Zoloft, can be useful in relieving anxiety in very young children diagnosed with fragile X syndrome.

Founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility to speak Oct. 3 at MIND Institute

September 9, 2011

"War and Public Health: The Role of Medical Students in Working for Peace" is the title of a presentation to be delivered by Vic Sidel, a founder and former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, on Monday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

加州大学戴维斯分校的神经外科专家利用成人干细胞培养出颈椎骨

September 6, 2011

 加州大学戴维斯分校健康系统的神经外科研究人员在移除颈椎间盘,即颈骨间的软骨组织后,成功通过利用一种新的、领先的干细胞治疗方法帮助促进骨组织生长,以减少长期的、伤害性的疼痛。

UC Davis researcher receives grant for groundbreaking arthritis research

September 6, 2011

Iannis Adamopoulos, a UC Davis researcher who specializes in skeletal and immune-system diseases, has been selected as an Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) Scholar and Sontag Foundation Fellow.

Siegel named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar

September 1, 2011

Elena O. Siegel, an assistant professor and founding faculty member at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is one of only 12 nurse educators around the country named a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar.

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UC Davis researchers develop computer model for testing heart-disease drugs

August 31, 2011

UC Davis researchers have developed an accurate computer model to test the effects of medications for arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, before they are used in patients.

Kinnevey receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

August 29, 2011

UC Davis medical student Christina Kinnevey has been selected to receive the 2011-12 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student pursuing primary care medicine. The award, established in 1997, honors Janet Gordon Armour, a 1978 graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

"Rethinking the Ethics of Organ Transplantation" topic of Sept. 8 lecture

August 29, 2011

"Rethinking the Ethics of Organ Transplantation" is the title of a lecture to be delivered by Robert Truog, professor of medical ethics and anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the MIND Institute.

Las hospitalizaciones por infecciones de piel y tejido blando en niños se han duplicado en los últimos 10 años

August 29, 2011

Un estudio realizado por investigadores de UC Davis y otros centros reveló que el número de niños hospitalizados por infecciones de piel y tejido blando, la mayoría causadas por Staphylococcus aureus resistente a la meticilina (MRSA, por sus siglas en inglés) adquirido en la comunidad, es más del doble desde 2000.  [English] 

UC Davis Medical Center recertified as an advanced primary stroke center

August 26, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center has been recertified as an advanced primary stroke center by the Joint Commission, recognizing the medical center's exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes in stroke care.

Lower socioeconomic status linked with heart disease despite improvements in other risk factors

August 26, 2011

People with lower socioeconomic status are much more likely to develop heart disease than those who are wealthier or better educated, according to a recent UC Davis study. Published online in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, the outcomes also show that this risk persists even with long-term progress in addressing traditional risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.

UC Davis medical student receives TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship

August 26, 2011

Omar Washington, a fourth-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has received a TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship, awarded annually to help students who have chosen careers in health care and excel in leadership, academic performance and community involvement.

UC Davis awarded five therapy development stem cell grants

August 25, 2011

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency, today approved research planning grants for five UC Davis Health System teams that are working to develop human clinical trials to treat illnesses such as Huntington's disease, vascular disease, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS and airway disease in children.

UC Davis team seeks participants for Sept. 17 Sacramento Heart Walk

August 25, 2011

UC Davis Health System is again sponsoring and participating in the 21st Annual Sacramento Heart Walk, set for Sept. 17 at William Land Park.

UC Davis researchers find disease-causing fat cells in those with metabolic syndrome

August 24, 2011

UC Davis Health System researchers have discovered biological indicators that help explain why some obese people develop chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and others do not.  [en español] 

Investigadores de UC Davis encuentran células adiposas que causan enfermedades en pacientes con síndrome metabólico

August 24, 2011

Investigadores de UC Davis Health System han descubierto indicadores biológicos que explican por qué algunas personas obesas desarrollan enfermedades crónicas como diabetes y cardiopatía, y otras no.  [English] 

Anuncian Premios de Comunidades Modelo de eHealth (Salud electrónica) de California

August 24, 2011

El Sistema de Salud de UC Davis (UC Davis Health System) y la Red de Telesalud de California (California Telehealth Network - CTN) anunciaron más de $5 millones en premios para 15 grupos comunitarios de California para promover la salud usando tecnologías de telecomunicaciones y dar ejemplos de actividades de eHealth que otras comunidades puedan seguir.  [English] 

UC Davis researchers solve multiple sclerosis brain-cell mystery

August 22, 2011

Researchers at UC Davis have discovered the source of cells involved in a phenomenon called reactive astrogliosis, characterized by a large number of enlarged star-shaped cells in the brains and spinal cords of people with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and multiple episodes of minor head trauma. In multiple sclerosis, these abnormal cells are found in plaques that damage the myelin sheath that surrounds neurons, impairing their signaling function.

Mann named Master of American College of Gastroenterology

August 19, 2011

Nirmal S. Mann, professor in the UC Davis Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, recently achieved the distinction of being named a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Health system to host CMS presentation on fraud protection

August 18, 2011

One of five programs to be presented in California by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on protecting practices from medical-identity theft and other fraud-related topics will be hosted by UC Davis Health System on Thursday, Sept. 8.

California Model e-Health Community Awards announced

August 18, 2011

UC Davis Health System and the California Telehealth Network (CTN) today announced more than $5 million in awards to 15 community groups across California to advance health using telecommunications technologies and help provide examples of eHealth activity for other communities to follow.  [en español] 

Media Advisory: Childhood cancer patients to leave handprints on the "Hope on Wheels"

August 16, 2011

Hyundai's Young Scholar Award in the amount of $50,000 will be presented to Joyce Lee, clinical pharmacist and cancer researcher, for her work in neuroblastoma.

Hospitalizations due to skin and soft-tissue infections among children have doubled in the past 10 years

August 16, 2011

The number of children hospitalized for skin and soft-tissue infections, mostly due to community-acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), has more than doubled since 2000, a study by researchers at UC Davis and elsewhere has found.   [en español]

School of Medicine student receives Physicians of Tomorrow scholarship

August 15, 2011

Preethika Ekanayake, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has won a Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. Ekanayake is one of 18 students from across the United States who received the $10,000 award, which recognizes academic excellence and community involvement.

Hope on Wheels rolls into Sacramento on Wednesday

August 15, 2011

When the "Hope on Wheels" tour stops in Sacramento on Aug. 17, the SUV's white metal canvas will be ready for dozens of handprints, each bearing the name and age of a pediatric patient at UC Davis Cancer Center.

家中排行较小的孩子重复患上孤独症的风险高于预期

August 14, 2011

之前的科学测算表示,若家中有胞兄或胞姐患有孤独症,那么较年幼的这个孩子有3%至10%的可能也会患上这一疾病。但是最新一项由美国加州大学戴维斯分校神经发育障碍医学研究所(UC Davis MIND Institute )牵头完成的大型多国多地研究发现,这一风险概率远远高于预期,几乎达到19%。研究结果称,所有参与者的综合预测风险值接近19%,且男性幼儿重复患上这一疾病的风险高至26%。如果家中不止一位胞兄或胞姐患有孤独症,那么较年幼的孩子得病的几率会提高到32%以上。

El riesgo de reaparición del autismo en hermanos menores es más alto de lo que se pensaba

August 14, 2011

 El riesgo de que un bebé que tenga un hermano mayor que sufra de autismo también desarrolle el trastorno, que anteriormente se calculaba que era entre el 3 y el 10 por ciento, es substancialmente más alto, aproximadamente del 19 por ciento, según lo ha determinado un estudio a gran escala, internacional, en varios centros, llevado a cabo por investigadores en el Instituto de MIND de UC Davis. Aunque el estudio encontró un riesgo calculado combinado para todos los participantes de casi el 19 por ciento, éste encontró un riesgo aún más elevado de reaparición de más del 26 por ciento para los bebés hombres, y de más del 32 por ciento para los bebés con más de un hermano mayor que sufra de autismo.  [English] 

High school students shine in UC Davis stem cell labs

August 10, 2011

Summer vacation for high school students doesn't typically consist of working inside the world's most advanced scientific laboratories. But for a group of talented California teens, that's exactly what this summer entailed. An innovative program sponsored by the state's stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), encouraged several dozen high school students from around the state to work with stem cell scientists at major universities like UC Davis.

Center for Biophotonics wins grant to develop "Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation"

August 8, 2011

The Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) has received a $1 million, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop an “Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation” and to accelerate commercialization of biomedical technologies developed by CBST researchers. The grant will be matched with third-party investments from CBST partners.

A patient's own skin cells may one day treat multiple diseases

August 4, 2011

The possibility of developing stem cells from a patient’s own skin and using them to treat conditions as diverse as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer has generated tremendous excitement in the stem cell research community in recent years.

UC Davis Health System and Fremont-Rideout Health Group break ground on cancer center expansion

August 3, 2011

A new era in cancer care will be celebrated in Marysville today with the groundbreaking of a major expansion of the Fremont-Rideout Cancer Center.

High blood pressure, other vascular disease in middle age, damage cognition later in life

August 3, 2011

High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking in middle age can cause vascular damage, decrease brain volume and cause cognitive decline later in life, a study led by researchers at UC Davis has found.

Thanking organ donor families for the gift of life

August 2, 2011

Dr. Richard V. Perez, chief of the kidney transplant program at UC Davis Medical Center, is working each day to honor and recognize the generous gift of life that organ donor families make with a seemingly simple gesture: a face-to-face thank you.

New grants foster development of innovative tools, best practices for research

August 2, 2011

Investigators with the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) received two $300,000 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop innovative tools and share best practices among NIH-designated Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) research institutions to speed discovery and advance science to improve the nation’s health.

Stray-bullet shootings most often harm women and individuals at low-risk for violence

August 2, 2011

In the first nationwide study of stray-bullet shootings, Garen Wintemute, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center, quantifies mortality and injury among victims of these unexpected events. His research is published as a letter in the August 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Induction ceremony officially welcomes class of 2015 to UC Davis School of Medicine

July 29, 2011

UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes its newest group of medical students with its annual induction ceremony. The event marks the first step for 100 medical students in the class of 2015 as they begin their studies to become physicians.

UC Davis Health System welcomes the community to a free outdoor concert Aug. 11

July 28, 2011

UC Davis Health System and its Community Advisory Board will host the popular dance band Wonderbread 5 at its fifth annual outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Held on the lawn behind Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California at 45th and X streets on the UC Davis Sacramento campus, the concert is free and open to the public.

UC Davis stem-cell researcher writes of his blogging in Nature

July 27, 2011

An editorial by UC Davis stem-cell researcher and associate professor Paul Knoepfler appears in the July 28 issue of the science journal Nature.

Popular mammography tool not effective for finding invasive breast cancer

July 27, 2011

Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology is ineffective in finding breast tumors, and appears to increase a woman's risk of being called back needlessly for additional testing following mammography, a large UC Davis study has found.  [en español] 

Herramienta popular para la mamografías no es efectiva para detectar el cáncer de mama

July 27, 2011

La tecnología asistida computarizada (o tecnología CAD, por sus siglas en inglés) no es efectiva para detectar el cáncer de mama, y pareciera aumentar el riesgo de que a una mujer se la llame de nuevo e innecesariamente después de una mamografía para realizarle exámenes adicionales, según lo indica un estudio de envergadura de UC Davis.  [English] 

Desenredando los Cambios del Cerebro en la Encefalopatía Traumática Crónica (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy - CTE)

July 25, 2011

Un investigador del Centro Médico de UC Davis y sus colegas han descrito en detalle el daño cerebral que se detecta en un gran número de jugadores profesionales de fútbol americano, en el ejemplar de julio de la publicación titulada en inglés Neurosurgery (Neurocirugía).  [English] 

Autopsies of athletes reveal characteristic brain changes in chronic traumatic encephalopathy

July 25, 2011

The brain damage found in a growing number of professional football players has been described in detail by a UC Davis Medical Center researcher and colleagues in the July issue of Neurosurgery.  [en español] 

Glaser named to Dean's Professorship in Childhood Diabetes Research

July 22, 2011

Nicole Glaser, an internationally respected researcher on the effects of diabetes on children and youth, has been named to the Dean’s Professorship in Childhood Diabetes Research at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis researchers identify new drug target for atherosclerosis

July 22, 2011

UC Davis researchers have made a significant step forward in the search for ways to reduce heart attack and stroke risk. Their study shows that a protein known as nonmuscle myosin light chain kinase — or nmMLCK — causes cells that normally seal the inner surface of blood vessels to contract, creating gaps that allow fats and cell debris to leak through tissue barriers and form plaques inside arterial walls. Eventually, the plaques harden and narrow blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis and greatly increasing the likelihood of coronary and neurovascular events.

Glaser named to Dean's Professorship in Childhood Diabetes Research (copy)

July 22, 2011

Nicole Glaser, an internationally respected researcher on the effects of diabetes on children and youth, has been named to the Dean’s Professorship in Childhood Diabetes Research at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Blacks less likely to survive advanced breast cancer regardless of radiation therapy

July 22, 2011

UC Davis researchers have found that blacks are more likely than patients from other racial and ethnic groups to die from advanced breast cancer and that the disparity cannot be explained by the fact that blacks are less likely to receive radiation therapy, a standard treatment for advanced disease.  [en español] 

El cáncer de mama avanzado es más mortal en las Afroamericanas, con o sin radioterapia

July 22, 2011

Investigadores de UC Davis han descubierto que las afroamericanas son más propensas que otros grupos étnicos y raciales a morir de cáncer de mama avanzado y que la desigualdad no se puede explicar por el hecho de que las afroamericanas sean menos proclives a recibir radioterapia, que es un tratamiento estándar para enfermedades en estado avanzado.  [English] 

The St. Baldrick's Foundation Awards $100,000 to UC Davis Stem Cell Researcher

July 20, 2011

Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor of cell biology and human anatomy at UC Davis School of Medicine, has received a $100,000 grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to investigate the molecular causes of brain tumors in children.

Major research grant awarded UC Davis Cancer Center to foster patient-oriented research

July 20, 2011

UC Davis Cancer Center has received a $3.5 million grant to help foster development of the next generation of cancer physician-scientists.

Sperm coat protein may be key to male infertility

July 20, 2011

The loss of a protein that coats sperm may explain a significant proportion of infertility in men worldwide, according to a study by an international team of researchers led by UC Davis.

UC Merced and UC Davis announce first class of medical students in the UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education

July 19, 2011

The University of California, Merced, and UC Davis School of Medicine announced today the first cohort of students who are expected to enroll this fall in the UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (PRIME).

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among top 50 U.S. hospitals, first in Sacramento area

July 19, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the top 50 hospitals in the nation in cancer and orthopaedics and number one in the Sacramento region with nine high-performing specialty areas, according to the results of U.S. News & World Report's 2011-2012  best hospitals survey, published online today. In addition,  26 UC Davis physicians are included on the list of U.S. News Top Doctors. 

Abbeduto to lead UC Davis MIND Institute

July 18, 2011

Leonard Abbeduto, an internationally respected neurodevelopmental researcher, will lead the UC Davis MIND Institute as director

UC Davis researchers find work hours vary widely by physician specialty, could expand gap in access to primary care

July 15, 2011

The amount of time physicians spend on the job can vary widely based on specialty, according to UC Davis research published July 11 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. More than 25 work hours per week separated the most time-consuming specialty of vascular surgery and the least time consuming of pediatric emergency medicine.

UC Davis receives grant to develop pain management curriculum

July 14, 2011

An interprofessional team of UC Davis Health System faculty was recently awarded a $290,000 grant from the Mayday Fund to research and develop an innovative pain-management curriculum for both nursing and medical students as well as current practitioners.

UC Davis joins effort to find HIV cures

July 14, 2011

 UC Davis researchers are taking part in a consortium led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that aims to find ways to eradicate HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from the body. The five-year project is being funded by a $32 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and includes nine universities and one company, Merck Research Laboratories of Whitehouse Station, N.J.

UC Davis Health System named among the nation's most wired

July 12, 2011

UC Davis Health System has been designated one of Health Care’s Most Wired institutions for 2011 according to the results of this year’s Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study that appear in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

UC Davis medical technology forum set for July 21

July 8, 2011

The second in a series of unique forums that focus on unmet medical needs and medical technology commercialization opportunities takes place on July 21 on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

Health System offers first Summer Institute on Race and Health

July 7, 2011

With a growing need for more health professionals to pursue careers in community clinics in diverse and underserved communities, UC Davis Health System launched the 2011 Summer Institute on Race and Health for first-year School of Medicine students in June to help students better understand culturally appropriate approaches to care.

Component of common cough medicine may help treat multiple sclerosis

July 7, 2011

A drug widely used in over-the-counter cough medicines appears to protect against symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a finding that could offer a new and inexpensive therapy for a condition with few effective treatment options, a study by UC Davis researchers has found.

Sokolove elected president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter

July 6, 2011

Peter E. Sokolove, professor and vice chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, was elected president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (California ACEP) on June 22. His term is for one year.

UC Davis y Sacramento State ofrecen conferencia sobre Trastornos Neurológicos

July 6, 2011

El Instituto Summer sobre Trastornos de Desarrollo Neurológico, que es una conferencia anual sobre investigación actual y mejores prácticas para profesionales clínicos, educadores, estudiantes, padres, cuidadores y terapeutas de niños y adultos con discapacidades neurológicas que incluyen el autismo, se realizará el 5 de agosto en Sacramento State University. [English] 

AAMC leader to address transforming health care

July 5, 2011

Darrell G. Kirch, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), will speak on the remarkable opportunities the current climate of change has created to reinvent health-care delivery and achieve true health-care reform.

UC Davis researchers receive $3.3 million to train emergency medicine researchers

July 5, 2011

Emergency medicine research leaders at UC Davis will train the next generation of investigators in the field through a new, $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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UC Davis Medical Center lauded as LGBT health-care leader

June 30, 2011

The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization today recognized UC Davis Medical Center as a Leader in Healthcare Equality for creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBT patients and employees.

UC Davis MIND Institute to participate in clinical trial of targeted treatment for fragile X syndrome

June 30, 2011

The UC Davis MIND Institute is participating in a nationwide, multicenter clinical trial of an investigational medication that has shown clinically meaningful improvements in social functioning in adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome.

UC Davis Cancer Center finding suggests way to make bladder cancer cells more susceptible to chemotherapy

June 29, 2011

Researchers at the UC Davis Cancer Center have discovered a way of sensitizing muscle-invasive bladder cancer cells so that they succumb to the toxic effects of chemotherapy.

UC Davis researchers win lung cancer research grant

June 29, 2011

Three UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have won a $600,000 grant over two years to continue their work to study promising biomarkers for early detection of lung cancer.

UC Davis, Sacramento State to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

June 29, 2011

The Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, an annual conference on current research and best practices for clinicians, educators, students, parents, caregivers and therapists for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism, will be held Aug. 5 at Sacramento State University.  [en español] 

Point Foundation awards scholarship to UC Davis medical student

June 28, 2011

Siddarth Puri, a second-year student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been named a Point Foundation Scholar. He was one of 34 students nationwide with exemplary academic records and leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to be awarded a scholarship this year out of nearly 2,000 applicants.

Alzheimer's Disease Center grant renewed

June 27, 2011

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, which investigates the causes and trajectories of cognitive aging and risk for late-life dementia, has received renewed grant funding of $6.9 million from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. 

UC Davis study finds that "patient-centered care" lowers health-care costs

June 24, 2011

Physicians who have more personalized discussions with patients and encourage them to take a more active role in their own health care can help lower medical costs and reduce the need for some health-care services, according to new research from UC Davis Health System.

Third-year student wins Virginia Toombs, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

June 23, 2011

Liz Fierro, a third-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is the 2010-11 recipient of the Virginia Toombs, M.D. Memorial Scholarship.

UC Davis community forum to focus on the promise of cord blood for stem cell therapies and research

June 22, 2011

Experts from UC Davis Health System will share the latest insights about stem cell research, with a particular focus on the lifesaving attributes of umbilical cord blood, during a community forum at the university’s Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center receives renewed grant funding

June 20, 2011

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), which has advanced research and provided critical training to UC Davis scholars and students during the past five years, received renewed grant funding of $20 million from the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Investigadores de UC Davis crean técnica para evaluar riesgo quirúrgico en pacientes con cáncer terminal

June 17, 2011

Los médicos y sus pacientes con estado avanzado de cáncer tienen ahora una técnica que les ayudará a decidir si la cirugía es la mejor opción.  [English]

UC Davis testing alternative approach to treating non-healing bone fractures

June 16, 2011

A method for producing a type of natural stem-cell grout that can be used to treat patients whose fractured bones fail to fully heal is being tested as part of a clinical trial by UC Davis orthopaedic surgeons.

Paciente del El Hospital Infantil de UC Davis es el tercero en EE.UU. que sobrevive a infección de rabia

June 16, 2011

Precious Reynolds, una niña de 8 años de la zona rural del condado de Humboldt, es la tercera persona de la que se sabe en Estados Unidos que se recuperó después de una infección de rabia sin haber recibido la vacuna correspondiente, gracias al esfuerzo de un equipo de dedicados médicos, enfermeros y terapeutas en el Hospital Infantil de UC Davis.  [English] 

UC Davis researchers develop tool to help assess surgical risk in terminally ill cancer patients

June 16, 2011

Physicians and their patients with late-stage cancer now have a tool to help them decide if surgery is the best choice.  [en español] 

Internar a niños con resultados normales de TC después de traumatismo de cráneo no es necesario

June 16, 2011

Un estudio nacional extenso de miles de niños transportados a salas de emergencia con traumatismo de cráneo contundente menor ha demostrado que la mayoría de pacientes con tomografías computarizadas (TC) normales no requieren más hospitalización para mayor observación.  [English]

Hospitalizing children with normal CT scans after blunt head trauma is not necessary

June 16, 2011

A large, national multi-center study of thousands of children taken to emergency departments with minor blunt head trauma has found that most of those with normal computed tomography (CT) scans do not require hospitalization for further observation.  [en español]

Sealant gel is effective in closing spinal wounds following surgery, study finds

June 15, 2011

A gel that creates a watertight seal to close surgical wounds provides a significant advance in the treatment of patients following spinal procedures, effectively sealing spinal wounds 100 percent of the time, a national multicenter randomized study led by researchers at UC Davis has found.