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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.   

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

UC Davis professor receives award to develop preventive treatment for autism

July 14, 2014

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

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.

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.

UC Davis professor highlighted in Parkinson's Disease documentary

June 19, 2014

UC Davis Assistant Professor of Neurology Norika Mahado-Chang is featured in a new documentary, “ViewFinder: Living with Parkinson’s,” premiering at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 on KVIE. The film offers a look at the lives of individuals in the Sacramento region who are afflicted by the debilitating disease and their caregivers.

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.”

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.

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.

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

June 10, 2014

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

May 14, 2014

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

Tailored intervention has low impact on colorectal cancer screening

May 12, 2014

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

Study confirms mitochondrial deficits in children with autism

May 8, 2014

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

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.

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.

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

April 14, 2014

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

UC Davis personalizing outreach to address Asian cancer health disparities

April 11, 2014

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

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

April 10, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

Potential lung cancer vaccine shows renewed promise

March 20, 2014

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

UC 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]

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

March 14, 2014

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

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

March 14, 2014

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

Microbes in space

March 12, 2014

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

UC Davis 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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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.

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.

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.

Media advisory: Davis Dance Marathon raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 22

February 11, 2014

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 live music, dance acts, food and drink and more. All proceeds benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital.

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.

Holiday toy drive benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 10, 2013

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

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

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]

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.

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.

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]

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]

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.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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 researchers discover a biological link between diabetes and heart disease

September 29, 2013

UC Davis Health System researchers have identified for the first time a biological pathway that is activated when blood sugar levels are abnormally high and causes irregular heartbeats, a condition known as cardiac arrhythmia that is linked with heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

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.

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.   

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]

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.

Children's Hospital patient to appear on Animal Planet series

May 14, 2013

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 Precious Reynolds, the Humboldt County grade-schooler who in 2011 became the third person in the United States known to have survived rabies infection.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Health-care worker visits increase hepatitis B screening rates for Hmong Americans

April 23, 2013

In the first study of its kind, lay health workers increased screening rates for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and knowledge about the disease among a group of Asian Americans, known as the Hmong, UC Davis researchers have found. The study appears online today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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).

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

UC Davis reproductive health leader honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

January 9, 2013

Jeanne Conry, associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an alumna of the UC Davis School of Medicine, today was honored by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson as an environmental health champion for her national leadership to advance understanding of the risk to reproductive health of exposures to environmental toxins.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

More than 115 UC Davis physicians top 'Best Doctors' list

November 19, 2012

More than 115 UC Davis physicians have been included on a list of the Sacramento region's best doctors by an organization that bases its selections on surveys of other physicians. The story is featured in the December 2012 issue of Sacramento Magazine and currently available on news stands.

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 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.

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.

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High blood pressure damages the brain in early middle age

October 31, 2012

Uncontrolled high blood pressure damages the brain's structure and function as early as young middle age, and even the brains of middle-aged people who clinically would not be considered to have hypertension have evidence of silent structural brain damage, a study led by researchers at UC Davis has found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]

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.

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."

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.

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 will establish clinic for parents who decline to vaccinate their children

October 4, 2012

Pediatric infectious disease experts at UC Davis will establish a new clinic where parents who decline to vaccinate their children because of their personal beliefs can receive immunization information, in response to a new state law requiring a signature from a health-care professional before such children enter school. [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.

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]

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]

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.

Pediatric quality-improvement efforts advance resident education, patient care

August 20, 2012

From screening new mothers for post-partum depression to ensuring that children receive regular dental health check-ups, quality-improvement efforts by residents at UC Davis Children's Hospital have been highly effective at improving both resident education and patient outcomes, a study by pediatric medical education faculty has found.

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]

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.

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]

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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).

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]

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.

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 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.  

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.

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]  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

"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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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] 

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.

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.

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] 

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 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 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 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.

UC Davis researchers discover target molecule to repair injured nerve cells

June 14, 2011

A team of investigators at UC Davis and Shriners Hospital have discovered that a factor in the embryonic development of brain cells is an important target for developing new drugs and stem cell therapies to treat patients who have lost function from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke and other “demyelinating” diseases and injuries.

Gun ownership, carrying a gun linked to heavy alcohol use

June 14, 2011

Gun owners who carry concealed weapons or have confronted another person with a gun are more than twice as likely to drink heavily as people who do not own guns, according to a study by UC Davis researchers.

Soaring glass and steel sculpture installed at UC Davis in Sacramento

June 11, 2011

A colorful glass and stainless steel sculpture was put together this week, piece by piece, as its artist readied it for installation high above the courtyard of UC Davis Health System’s Education Building in Sacramento.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patient becomes third person in U.S. to survive rabies

June 11, 2011

Precious Reynolds, an 8-year-old resident of rural Humboldt County, has become the third person in the United States known to have recovered from rabies infection without receiving the rabies vaccine, through the efforts of a team of dedicated physicians, nurses and therapists at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

El reclutamiento comienza en Sacramento para el estudio más grande, e importante en la nación sobre la salud de los niños

June 11, 2011

Al ir a su consulta médica, las mujeres embarazadas del Condado de Sacramento podrían se invitadas a inscribir a sus bebés en un estudio sobre la salud de los niños. [English] 

Recruitment begins in Sacramento for the nation's biggest study of children's health

June 11, 2011

Pregnant women in Sacramento County may now be asked when they visit their doctor's offices if they would like to enroll their new babies in a major study of children's health.  [en español]

NCI partners with Jackson Laboratory, UC Davis to speed cancer clinical trials

June 10, 2011

About nine out of 10 new cancer drugs successfully clear preclinical development hurdles, but then they fail in human clinical testing. A new partnership aims to help change that outcome.

Media Advisory: Soaring glass and steel sculpture installation under way at UC Davis in Sacramento

June 10, 2011

A colorful glass and stainless steel sculpture will be installed high above the courtyard of UC Davis Health System’s Education Building in Sacramento during a day-long process.

Media advisory: Local launch of the National Children's Study to be celebrated at the Sacramento Zoo

June 10, 2011

Families, physicians, researchers and community leaders will join together to announce that recruitment is now under way in Sacramento for the National Children's Study -- the largest and most comprehensive study ever of how the environment affects children's health.

Media Advisory: Delegation of China's national sports-team physicians to visit UC Davis

June 10, 2011

A delegation of physicians from the China’s national sports teams will visit various UC Davis Health System departments and programs to promote the exchange of information, and learn American theories and clinical practices for the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Keltner honored by Ohio Wesleyan University

June 9, 2011

John L. Keltner, professor and chair emeritus of the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, recently was honored by Ohio Wesleyan University for his outstanding achievements in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. Keltner is a 1961 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, a nationally renowned liberal arts college in Ohio.

Internationally respected neuroscientist Edward G. Jones dies at 72

June 9, 2011

Edward G. “Ted” Jones, an internationally respected neuroscientist, authority on the anatomy of the brain and central nervous system and the foundations of psychiatric disorders, and former director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, died suddenly on June 6. He was 72.

UC Davis MIND Institute researcher recognized for outstanding contributions to environmental epidemiology

June 9, 2011

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an international authority on the effects of environmental exposures on perinatal and neurodevelopmental outcomes with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis School of Medicine, received the 2011 John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health at UC Davis School of Medicine and

Golf tournament to benefit prostate cancer patients

June 9, 2011

The region’s first golf tournament to benefit prostate cancer patients will be held Friday, June 17 at Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom.

Chinese genomics giant BGI and UC Davis form partnership

June 8, 2011

The University of California, Davis, and BGI, the world's largest genome sequencing institute, agreed yesterday to form a partnership to conduct large-scale genome sequencing and functional genomics programs, focusing initially on the areas of food security; human and animal health and wellness; and biodiversity and environmental health.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing students present first-ever community research projects

June 6, 2011

The  inaugural Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science class showcased the results of fieldwork projects in a first-ever Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing poster presentation June 3 onthe UC Davis Sacramento campus. The projects are the culmination of the year-long Community Connections course, which partners students and mentors within regional organizations to design and implement a study in which they examine a complex health-care issue. 

Estrogen at the onset of menopause may support heart health

June 6, 2011

Replacing estrogen during the earliest stages of menopause can prevent inflammation and protect cardiac functions, according to new research by a team of UC Davis Health System investigators.

Exemestane significantly reduces risk of invasive breast cancer in high-risk, postmenopausal women

June 5, 2011

An international trial involving nearly 300 UC Davis participants  has shown that in postmenopausal women who are at moderate risk of developing breast cancer, the aromatase inhibitor (AI) exemestane (Aromasin) reduces this risk by 65 percent compared with placebo. 

National Cancer Survivor's Day celebration

June 2, 2011

Each year, cancer survivors around the country celebrate survivorship. UC Davis Cancer Center will celebrate this year with a picnic, entertainment and activities for all ages.

Nationally respected women's health leader to chair UC Davis obstetrics and gynecology

June 2, 2011

Mitchell D. Creinin, a nationally respected and award-winning obstetrician and gynecologist with a passion for improving women’s reproductive health, has been named the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He joins the faculty on July1.

Prostate cancer, chronic fatigue not linked to XMRV virus

June 1, 2011

A study that includes authors at UC Davis has found that a retrovirus associated with prostate cancer tumors and chronic fatigue syndrome that evolved in laboratory mice less than two decades ago is unlikely to be widespread in humans and the cause of either disease.

Latimore named president of the California American College of Physicians Services

June 1, 2011

Darin Latimore, assistant dean for student and resident diversity at UC Davis Health System, has been elected president of California Chapter of the American College of Physicians Services (Cal-ACP). His term as president-elect began in April 2011, and his two-year term as president begins in April 2012.

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UC Davis Medical Center plays key role in new drugs that cure hepatitis C

May 31, 2011

Hepatitis C, the viral liver disease afflicting more than 3.2 million people nationwide, may no longer be a painfully slow death sentence for many of those infected, thanks to two newly approved drugs tested at sites around the country, including UC Davis Medical Center.

Scammers target UC Davis Medical Center, Children's Hospital

May 31, 2011

Door-to-door fundraisers seeking donations to purchase books or other items for patients at UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital are scammers, UC Davis police representatives said Tuesday.

Paul Hagerman receives 2011 School of Medicine Research Award

May 26, 2011

Paul Hagerman, an internationally respected researcher on treatments and cures for fragile X syndrome and related health conditions, has been honored with a 2011 UC Davis School of Medicine Faculty Research Award.

Researchers identify new treatment target for diabetic kidney disease

May 26, 2011

UC Davis investigators have shown that blocking a specific receptor pathway could slow or even prevent diabetic nephropathy — an often fatal complication of diabetes for which there are few good treatment options. Published online today in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, the study is the first to clarify the role of the receptor — toll-like receptor 2, or TLR2 —  in diabetes-associated kidney disease.

Ralph deVere White receives 2011 School of Medicine Research Award

May 26, 2011

Ralph deVere White, director of the UC Davis Cancer Center, a renowned prostate cancer researcher, professor of urology and associate dean for cancer programs at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded a 2011 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award.

Susanna Soon-Chun Park receives 2011 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award

May 26, 2011

Susanna Soon-Chun Park, a professor of ophthalmology in the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, is the recipient of the 2011 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award for her cutting-edge research into the use of radiotherapy as a treatment for ocular melanoma and other eye conditions.

La Mini Escuela de Medicina en Español

May 25, 2011

UC Davis Health System welcomes attendees to its fourth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School on Saturday, June 4.

Las mujeres que comienzan a tomar vitaminas prenatales oportunamente tienen menos probabilidades de tener hijos que sufren de autismo

May 24, 2011

Las mujeres que reportaron que no tomaban una vitamina prenatal a diario, inmediatamente antes y durante el primer mes del embarazo, tenían casi el doble de probabilidades de tener a un hijo que sufría de un trastorno del espectro autista, que las mujeres que sí tomaban los suplementos -- y el riesgo asociado con el mismo aumentó a siete veces más cuando se combinaba con una composición genética de alto riesgo, ha determinado un estudio realizado por los investigadores en el Instituto de MIND de UC Davis.  [English]

Women who start prenatal vitamins early are less likely to have children with autism

May 24, 2011

Women who reported not taking a daily prenatal vitamin immediately before and during the first month of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder as women who did take the supplements -- and the associated risk rose to seven times as great when combined with a high-risk genetic make-up, a study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.  [en español]

Cancer Care Network's Tahoe Forest program a model for rural oncology care

May 18, 2011

Before Tahoe Forest Cancer Center opened five years ago, a cancer diagnosis for someone living in the area meant regular treks out of town to a facility specializing in cancer treatment. Today, thanks to the rural hospital’s affiliation with UC Davis Cancer Center, residents of Truckee and surrounding areas have access to leading cancer experts, tumor boards and clinical trials close to home.

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

May 17, 2011

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is among the nation’s best children’s hospitals, according to a ranking released today by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

UC Davis School of Medicine honors three alumni for contributions to the field of medicine

May 16, 2011

Three distinguished alumni of the UC Davis School of Medicine were honored for their contributions to medicine and service to the university and the community at the 25th Alumni Day Reunion Dinner in Sacramento on May 14.

UC Davis School of Medicine commencement

May 16, 2011

One hundred and one medical students will be placing an M.D. after their names following the commencement ceremony for UC Davis School of Medicine on Saturday, May 21, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Mondavi Center on the UC Davis campus.

UC Davis MIND Institute participates in "22Q at the Zoo"

May 16, 2011

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.

Kenneth W. Kizer receives Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health

May 13, 2011

Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System, received the 2011 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health in April. 

UC Davis Health System reaches 70 percent of fundraising goal for The Campaign for UC Davis

May 13, 2011

UC Davis Health System has reached 70 percent of its $330 million fundraising goal in support of The Campaign for UC Davis, according to an announcement today by Claire Pomeroy, chief executive officer of UC Davis Health System, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis.

Psoriasis linked to more severe hypertension

May 11, 2011

 UC Davis dermatologists have found that people who have high blood pressure as well as psoriasis – a condition that causes patches of irritated, itchy red skin – are more likely to have more severe high blood pressure and require more medications to control it than people without psoriasis. The association between high blood pressure (hypertension) and psoriasis is an active area of investigation, but this is the first study to suggest a link between the dermatological condition and hypertension severity.

Asian-American smokers less likely to get advice about quitting from health-care providers

May 10, 2011

 Research has demonstrated that smokers are far more likely to quit if their doctor or other health-care provider advises them to do so, but new research from UC Davis has found that Asian-Americans are not getting the advice as often as the general population.

11-year-old UC Davis Cancer Center patient named as California Champion, will travel to Washington, D.C. and Orlando, FLA

May 9, 2011

11-year-old Parmina Valentine will be introduced as the California Children's Miracle Network Hospital Champion

Children don't always need CT scans after head injury

May 9, 2011

A multicenter study of more than 40,000 children with minor blunt head trauma, led by Children's Hospital Boston and UC Davis Health System, shows that allowing a period of observation reduces the use of head computed tomography (CT) scans by as much as half without compromising care and without exposing children to the dangers of ionizing radiation.

Leadership Council awards scholarships to five medical students

May 6, 2011

Five UC Davis medical students received scholarships from the UC Davis Health System Leadership Council during the annual scholarship awards banquet. Honorees were Tyronda Elliott, Meena Ghiya, Pamela Pablico, Lindsey Sheffler and Omar Washington.

Leader in women's cardiovascular health honored with Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

May 5, 2011

Amparo Villablanca, a pioneer, leader and recognized expert in women’s cardiovascular medicine, has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award by the Public Service Committee of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

Cardiovascular anesthesiologist and international humanitarian honored for public service

May 5, 2011

Neal Fleming, a UC Davis anesthesiologist who donates time to repair facial deformities in children living in Third-World nations, has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award by the Public Service Committee of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

MIND Institute researcher receives grant to study gastrointestinal ailments in autism

May 4, 2011

A UC Davis MIND Institute researcher has been awarded a grant by Autism Speaks to investigate the digestive and intestinal problems often experienced by children with autism and that affect their ability to learn and communicate.

Children conceived in winter have a greater risk of autism, study finds

May 4, 2011

An examination of the birth records of the more than 7 million children born in the state of California during the 1990s and early 2000s has found a clear link between the month in which a child is conceived and the risk of that child later receiving a diagnosis of autism.

UC Davis School of Medicine student receives Fulbright Award to conduct cardiac stem cell research in Spain

May 4, 2011

Annahita K. Sarcon, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis with extensive experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics research, received a prestigious Fulbright Award to conduct cardiac stem cell research in Pamplona, Spain.

UC Davis Medical Center honored for high patient-satisfaction ratings

May 3, 2011

Four 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.

James honored by global medical volunteer organization

May 3, 2011

Michelle James, an internationally respected orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery, has received a Golden Apple Award from Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), an organization that provides education, mentoring and professional development opportunities to health-care providers through more than 80 programs in 25 countries around the world.

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UC Davis study shows Avastin and Lucentis equally effective in treating age-related macular degeneration

April 29, 2011

UC Davis ophthalmologists are among the group of national researchers reporting results from the first year of a two-year clinical trial that showed Avastin, a drug approved to treat some cancers that is commonly used off-label to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is as effective as the Food and Drug Administration-approved drug Lucentis for treating AMD.

Rare bile duct disease is focus of Sacramento conference

April 28, 2011

Emily Spannagel was a college freshman 12 years ago when she first learned that she had a rare liver disease that could lead to liver failure and eventually require a transplant. 

Komen honors UC Davis Cancer Center dynamo

April 27, 2011

Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, a tireless researcher and champion in the effort to reduce cancer disparities, has won the 2011 Joyce Raley Teel Award for outstanding dedication to breast health in the Sacramento Valley.

UC Davis Medical Center donates $15,000 to support flu vaccinations for school children

April 25, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center has contributed $15,000 to the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services to support the public school flu vaccination program for children. The donation is earmarked to help restore immunization clinics at some of the county's poorest public schools. The Department of Health and Human Services had expected to eliminate the school clinics due to budget cuts legislated last year.

UC Davis recognized for quality stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

April 22, 2011

The UC Davis Stroke Program has received a 2011 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its commitment to and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students earn honors at annual Western Institute of Nursing conference

April 22, 2011

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis received two awards last week at the Western Institute of Nursing Conference in Las Vegas. One award recognized a UC Davis faculty member for her research efforts and the other was a school-wide award for a skit presentation by students, staff and faculty at the conference.

UC Davis Medical Center joins Obama administration's Partnership for Patients

April 21, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center has joined federal government’s Partnership for Patients, a $1 billion patient-safety initiative aimed at saving lives and reducing hospital admissions.

Girls are less likely than boys to be placed on kidney transplant wait list, study finds

April 20, 2011

A large study of children awaiting transplantation conducted by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine has found that girls are significantly less likely than boys to be placed on the waiting list to receive a new kidney.

UC Davis researcher awarded grant to study cellular responses to heart failure

April 20, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has recognized UC Davis researcher Javier E. López with a Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program grant to further study heart muscle cells, research that could lead to new therapies for treating victims of heart failure.

UC Davis patient receives Sacramento's first MRI-safe pacemaker

April 18, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center cardiologists have given the first patient in the Sacramento area a new type of pacemaker that can function during magnetic resonance imaging, or an MRI.

UC Davis Health System launches discussion series on medical technology commercialization opportunities

April 14, 2011

The first in a series of unique quarterly forums that focus on unmet medical needs and medical technology commercialization opportunities in the Sacramento region takes place on April 19 on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

Groundbreaking national Alzheimer's disease study expands, seeks new volunteers

April 11, 2011

A groundbreaking study that will recruit hundreds of new volunteers to help define the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear is enrolling additional volunteers at its UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center site in Martinez, Calif.

HBO documentary features UC Davis emergency room physician

April 11, 2011

Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and public health epidemiologist at UC Davis Medical Center, is among the featured experts in the documentary "Gun Fight," which premieres on HBO on April 13.

UC Davis community forum to focus on stem cells and potential therapies for burn injuries and other skin wounds

April 5, 2011

Three UC Davis Health System experts will give presentations on stem cell research followed by a question-and-answer session during a community forum on Wednesday, April 6, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the university's Education Building, 4610 X Street, in Sacramento.

UC Davis Adult Echocardiography Laboratory earns accreditation

April 5, 2011

The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories has granted accreditation to the Adult Echocardiography Laboratory at UC Davis Medical Center in recognition of the lab’s commitment to patient care and high-quality diagnostic testing. UC Davis is one of only two hospitals in Sacramento to achieve this accreditation.

UC Davis Medical Center names Birk regional affiliations officer

April 5, 2011

Gerald Birk, an innovative administrator with a proven track record in strategic health-care planning and business development, has been selected to fill a leadership role designed to leverage the unique capabilities of UC Davis Medical Center to improve access to care in Northern California by building and strengthening relationships with stand-alone health-care providers.

Mexican migrants to the U.S. risk "clinically significant" mental-health problems, study finds

April 4, 2011

Mexicans who migrate to the United States are far more likely to experience significant depression and anxiety than individuals who do not immigrate, a new study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a JAMA Archives journal, has found.

El estudio muestra que los mexicanos que emigran a EE.UU. corren el riesgo de padecer problemas de salud mental "médicamente importantes"

April 4, 2011

De acuerdo con un nuevo estudio publicado en Archives of General Psychiatry, una publicación de JAMA Archives, los mexicanos que emigran a los Estados Unidos tienen muchas más probabilidades de padecer depresión y ansiedad que las personas que no inmigran.  [English] 

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UC Davis psychologist awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

March 31, 2011

A UC Davis psychologist who uses live monitoring of the brains of neurosurgery patients to study how we memorize locations and directions has found his way to a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship.

Frequent CT scanning for testicular cancer surveillance associated with secondary malignancies

March 30, 2011

UC Davis cancer researchers have found that older men with early-stage testicular cancer who opt for surveillance with regular CT scans over lymph node removal are at greater risk for secondary cancers.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks first among U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals in Sacramento

March 29, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as the top hospital in Sacramento with nine high-performing medical specialties, according to the new "Best Hospitals metro area rankings" published today by U.S. News & World Report.

Renowned surgeon from México to speak at UC Davis Health System

March 24, 2011

Distinguished surgeon José Octavio Ruiz Speare will speak at UC Davis Health System on his efforts to improve health care throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. His address, titled “Reflections on Leadership in Health,” will highlight the need to lead and build humanist competencies among physicians in order to improve health care for underserved populations in the U.S., México and throughout Latin America.

Global Health Conference set for April 9 at UC Davis

March 23, 2011

Because what happens in one part of the world can directly impact health in Northern California, the 13th annual Northern California Global Health Conference at UC Davis will tackle a wide range of topics from poverty, child trafficking and maternal health to migration, emerging diseases and disaster medicine.

Medical student wins prestigious national surgery scholarship

March 23, 2011

First-year UC Davis medical student Jade Shorter has won a $2,500 scholarship from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery for an AATS Summer Intern Scholarship with the UC Davis Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

National Biophotonic Sensors and Systems Center announced

March 22, 2011

The Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) at UC Davis and the Boston University Photonics Center have jointly received the newest National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center award.

Understanding Pulmonary Fibrosis Seminar highlighted promising treatments for a perplexing disease

March 21, 2011

The diagnosis was shocking and confusing: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. "I had never even heard of it before,” said Sandra Rock. “On top of that, my physician said it was possible I would only live another three to five years.”

UC Davis medical school students "match" to residency training programs

March 18, 2011

In a gathering filled with anticipation, excitement and certainly a bit of St. Patrick's Day good luck, ninety-two UC Davis School of Medicine students opened their Match Day letters of placement on March 17, 2011.

U.S. News & World Reports magazine ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among nation's best

March 15, 2011

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools.

Sefton Robert Wellings, pioneer of early breast cancer detection, dies at 83

March 14, 2011

Sefton Robert Wellings, the second chair of the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, died peacefully at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., on March 8 at the age of 83.

UC Davis eye disease specialist honored for contributions to neuro-ophthalmology

March 10, 2011

John L. Keltner, professor and director of Research and Faculty Development at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, has received the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society Distinguished Service Award for 2011. 

UC Davis to provide early mental-health intervention for Sacramento County youth with psychosis

March 10, 2011

A unique, nationally recognized program developed and piloted at UC Davis Health System to treat youth and young adults in the early stages of psychosis for the first time will be offered to Sacramento County Mental Health Services clients through a new $2 million contract.

UC Davis undergraduates win national cancer research awards

March 10, 2011

Two UC Davis undergraduates have won the Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award for Undergraduate Students from the American Association for Cancer Research.

UC Davis launches stem cell study to reduce amputations from vascular disease and diabetes

March 8, 2011

UC Davis Vascular Center researchers have embarked on a highly anticipated study that involves using a patient’s own stem cells to increase blood circulation to the lower leg with the hope of preventing amputation due to severe arterial disease or diabetes.

UC Davis pain research may pave the way to understanding and controlling chronic pain

March 8, 2011

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have discovered a “cross-talk” between two major biological pathways that involve pain — research that may pave the way to new approaches to understanding and controlling chronic pain.

UC Davis Health System names new chief financial officer

March 4, 2011

Timothy Maurice, an executive with a strong background in hospital and health-care finance, has been appointed as chief financial officer of UC Davis Health System.

Sacramento plastic surgeon wins UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award

March 4, 2011

John Osborn, a UC Davis alumnus, has received a Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award for exemplary conduct and achievement.

Observer Media Group names Duruisseau a 'Health Hero'

March 4, 2011

UC Davis Health System Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion, Shelton J. Duruisseau has been named a 2011 Sacramento Community Health Hero by The Observer Media Group. It points to Duruisseau’s “exemplary leadership in external affairs and diversity activities” in naming him one of the 10 health heroes for the region. The Observer singled out the honorees for their exceptional contributions to the health, hope and healing of the community.

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UC Davis presents a seminar on pulmonary fibrosis

February 23, 2011

In collaboration with the medical centers at Stanford University and UC San Francisco, UC Davis Medical Center will present a day of activities for people with pulmonary fibrosis, their families and care givers.

Two knee replacements may be better than one

February 18, 2011

Replacing both knees in one surgery, or simultaneous total knee replacement, was associated with significantly fewer prosthetic joint infections and fewer revision knee operations within one year after surgery, compared with total knee replacements performed in two separate procedures, according to a study presented today at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' annual meeting.

UC Davis, State Telehealth Network announce funding opportunities for Model e-Health Communities

February 14, 2011

UC Davis Health System and the California Telehealth Network (CTN) announced today the availability of nearly $6 million to further advance communications technologies for use in health care around the state.

UC Davis School of Medicine now among top 40 in U.S. for National Institutes of Health funding

February 14, 2011

The UC Davis School of Medicine rose to 37th place among 134 schools of medicine in the United States in an annual ranking based on the amount of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funds received over the course of a year.

UC Davis and Sutter first to share electronic health records in the region

February 11, 2011

The cutting-edge record-sharing collaboration between UC Davis and Sutter Health is the first among health systems in Sacramento and among the first wave of connections between health-care institutions in the state.

Media Advisory: Insurance Commissioner Jones, Assembly members Dickinson and Feuer highlight critical window for children's health insurance

February 11, 2011

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Assembly Members Roger Dickinson and Mike Feuer, joined by Kelly Hardy of Children Now (representing the 100% Campaign) will hold a news conference Monday in Sacramento to highlight a critical open-enrollment period for kids’ health insurance ending on March 1, 2011.

UC Davis researchers win $3 million grant from U.S. Congress to study fragile X

February 8, 2011

Three internationally respected UC Davis researchers — two expert in fragile X syndrome and one in epilepsy — have joined forces to test the efficacy of an innovative new approach to treating children with fragile X, through a $3 million grant from the U.S. Congress.

Coal used for indoor heating is associated with shorter stature in very young children

February 7, 2011

In a finding of significant worldwide public-health consequence, researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine and in the Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic have found that emissions from the indoor use of coal for heating and cooking may impair early childhood growth and development.

Student-designed red dresses inspire awareness of heart health for all women

February 7, 2011

UC Davis Design Program students unveiled on Friday the red dresses they designed to raise awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. The dresses were displayed and modeled at the sixth annual UC Davis Women's Heart Care Education and Awareness Forum for Community Leaders, which is held each year in Sacramento on National Wear Red Dress Day during American Heart Month.

Pomeroy honored as Chamber's Businesswoman of the Year

February 7, 2011

Claire Pomeroy, CEO of UC Davis Health System, UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, is the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year.

Kenneth W. Kizer named director of new Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System

February 7, 2011

Kenneth W. Kizer, one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on public health and health- care quality improvement, has been named the director of the new Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) at UC Davis Health System, and a Target of Excellence professor at the School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

UC Davis Health System named "Corporate Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year" by Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

February 3, 2011

UC Davis Health System has been named the 2010 Corporate Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for its significant contributions, dedication to and positive impact on the Hispanic business community in the Sacramento region.

Ovarian cancer spread missed when recommended staging biopsies not performed, UC Davis researchers find

February 2, 2011

More than a quarter of women with apparent early ovarian cancer do not receive the lymph node biopsies proven to improve patient survival,  a team of UC Davis Cancer Center and California Cancer Registry researchers have found.

UC Davis Health System Center for Virtual Care recognized by the American College of Surgeons

February 2, 2011

The UC Davis Center for Virtual Care, where patient-simulation and advanced robotics technologies create a virtual hospital environment for health-care learners, has been accredited as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons — an honor bestowed on only a handful of simulation centers worldwide.

UC Davis scientists successfully bioengineer functioning liver tissue

February 2, 2011

UC Davis researchers have announced that they have used a novel technique to transplant human liver cells into an animal model that enabled the cells to function well for a considerably longer period of time than methods used in previous studies.

Explosive- and drug-sniffing dogs' performance is affected by their handlers' beliefs

February 1, 2011

The performance of drug- and explosives-sniffing dog/handler teams is affected by human handlers’ beliefs, possibly in response to subtle, unintentional handler cues, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.

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Pediatric anxiety the subject of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture

January 28, 2011

Daniel S. Pine of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will discuss his research on pediatric anxiety during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address.

UC Davis investigators clarify cellular regulation in the early formation of cartilage and bone

January 27, 2011

 A review article by UC Davis Health System investigators details recent research on a family of cell regulators important to the formation and growth of healthy bones and cartilage.

UC Davis community forum to focus on stem cells and potential HIV therapies

January 25, 2011

Three UC Davis Health System experts will give presentations on stem cell research followed by a question-and-answer session during a community forum on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the university’s Education Building, 4610 X Street, in Sacramento.

Fourth-year student wins Habbas Scholarship

January 21, 2011

Jamal Rahimi, a fourth-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. Habbas has received a $2,000 scholarship.

Second-year student wins Julita A. Fong Scholarship

January 21, 2011

A second-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 Health System an economic engine in Sacramento County, region and Northern California

January 21, 2011

UC Davis Health System is an engine of prosperity fueling the economies of Sacramento County, the Sacramento region and Northern California, generating more than 20,000 jobs and nearly $3.5 billion a year in economic output, a new, independent study of the health system’s economic impact has found.

Medical society honors UC Davis internist Faith Fitzgerald

January 21, 2011

The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society will recognize renowned biomedical ethics leader Faith Fitzgerald, an internist, professor of medicine and assistant dean of Humanities and Bioethics at the UC Davis School of Medicine, with the society’s 2010 Medical Honor Award. It is given to a physician whose achievements have been of great significance to El Dorado, Sacramento or Yolo medicine or community health.

Extraordinary larynx transplant restores voice, sense of taste, smell to California woman

January 20, 2011

In one of the most complex transplant surgeries ever performed, an international team of surgeons at UC Davis Medical Center has restored the voice of a California woman who had been unable to speak for more than a decade.

Media Advisory: Rare and complex larynx transplant restores voice to California woman

January 18, 2011

A Northern California woman, who for the first time in more than a decade is able to speak with her own voice following a highly complex voicebox transplant, will meet with her international team of surgeons during a news conference at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis Cancer Center, California Rural Indian Health Board join forces to reduce cancer health disparities among American Indians

January 12, 2011

UC Davis Cancer Center and the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC) of the California Rural Indian Health Board have signed an agreement to collaborate on various initiatives to strengthen cancer education, outreach and awareness among American Indians.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Priority Application Deadline Approaches

January 11, 2011

The priority application deadline for fall 2011 graduate classes offered through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.

UC Davis Cancer Center to partner with Komen in rural Northern California

January 11, 2011

UC Davis Cancer Center and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Sacramento Valley joined forces Tuesday to identify and respond to the needs of California women living with breast cancer in counties with some of the highest incidence and death rates from the disease.

UC Davis Health System recognized for electronic medical records success

January 11, 2011

HIMSS Analytics has recognized the UC Davis Health System with its EMR Adoption Model Stage 6 Award for having a sophisticated array of digital content and functionality operational in the UC Davis Medical Center.

For non-whites, geography plays key role in colon cancer screening rates

January 10, 2011

New research from UC Davis Cancer Center has found that whether a person gets screened for colon cancer often depends on where they live in addition to their race or ethnicity.

UC Davis offers a new treatment for severe asthma

January 3, 2011

Ariel Noriega remembers her first debilitating asthma attack. She was in elementary school playing basketball. Since then, both asthma and sports have been central in her life. A new treatment now available at UC Davis Health System, however, may allow the 20-year-old college water polo player to concentrate more on sports.

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Two lectures on ADHD slated at UC Davis MIND Institute in January

December 29, 2010

In January, the UC Davis MIND Institute will address attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from every angle — including the latest research developments and therapies — with two public lectures: the UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address and the “Minds Behind the MIND” discussion.

Media advisory: Anonymous kidney donor to meet transplant recipient for the first time

December 20, 2010

A Chico man who recently donated one of his kidneys without knowing who would receive the organ will be introduced tomorrow to the joyful recipient at UC Davis Medical Center.

Giving expectant mothers fluids during delivery could diminish breastfeeding success

December 20, 2010

Giving expectant mothers large amounts of fluids during delivery could affect the success of breastfeeding, a new study by researchers at UC Davis suggests.

Researchers from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USC and UC Davis find proximity to freeway is associated with autism

December 16, 2010

Living near a freeway may be associated with increased risk of autism, according to a study published by a team of researchers from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Two doctoral nursing students receive national scholarships

December 16, 2010

Sheridan Miyamoto and Deborah Greenwood, doctoral students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were recently recognized among 50 nursing doctoral students nationwide by the Jonas Nurse Leaders Program.

Media Advisory: "Untrimming" of tree to benefit cancer research

December 15, 2010

Since 1999 the Giboney family has donated a 15-foot tree decked with ornaments that are sold to raise funds for breast-cancer research at UC Davis.

UC Davis Health System receives Spirit of Excellence Award from Modern Healthcare

December 15, 2010

UC Davis Health System has received the annual Spirit of Excellence Award for Service from Modern Healthcare magazine.

Dialysis should not precede pediatric kidney transplant, UC Davis study finds

December 13, 2010

The longer a child is on a dialysis while awaiting a kidney transplant, the greater the likelihood he or she will experience graft failure and organ rejection following surgery, a comprehensive nationwide study by researchers at UC Davis Children's Hospital has found.

UC Davis offers holiday gift-giving drive-through event

December 10, 2010

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

Study characterizes protein filament's role in cartilage strength

December 10, 2010

Research conducted by UC Davis Health System and the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education at Scripps Clinic shows how the protein filament vimentin provides healthy cartilage with the mechanical strength and flexibility necessary to resist stress. Published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, the study is the first detailed look at the role of vimentin in cartilage in both healthy and osteoarthritic joints.

Media Advisory: Holiday party for young UC Davis cancer patients

December 8, 2010

The annual holiday party for children with cancer, sponsored by the Active 20/30 Club Sacramento No. 1, will serve up nearly three hours of entertainment, arts activities, gifts and chats with Santa.

UC Davis chaplain resident awarded by AARP for addressing end-of-life issues among Chinese-Americans

December 8, 2010

In recognition of her efforts to address end-of-life issues in the Chinese-American population, Sandy Chen Stokes, a chaplain resident at UC Davis Medical Center, has been selected to receive one of AARP The Magazine's Inspire Awards for 2011.

UC Davis awarded $1.4 million to study pediatric emergency department care

December 7, 2010

Researchers at UC Davis Health System will study the quality of health care delivered to children in emergency departments throughout the United States through a new, three-year $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis recognizes Yolo County official with first-ever leadership award

December 7, 2010

Yolo County Supervisor Helen Thomson was recently awarded the first-ever Excellence in Leadership Award from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis as part of the school's Dedication and Inaugural Welcoming Ceremony.

Rice appointed to California Health Facilities Financing Authority

December 6, 2010

Ann Madden Rice, Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Medical Center, has been appointed to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority.

New skin aging study seeking healthy non-smoking adult white women

December 2, 2010

The UC Davis Department of Dermatology is seeking healthy, adult white women for a study of which genes, genetic pathways and networks are associated with the skin-aging process. The study does not involve any investigational drug.

"Early Developmental Trajectories in Autism Spectrum Disorders" the topic of MIND Institute lecture

December 1, 2010

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, a developmental pediatrician and clinical research scientist at the University of Alberta, Canada, will discuss “Early Developmental Trajectories in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Insights from Studies of High-Risk Infants” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

UC Davis Medical Center named Leapfrog Group top hospital for 2010

December 1, 2010

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the Leapfrog Group’s top hospitals for 2010, a distinction that recognizes hospital performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality, including mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices and measures of efficiency. UC Davis is one of 65 top hospitals and one of 53 urban hospitals recognized at the Leapfrog Group’s annual meeting in Washington, D. C., on Nov. 30. 

UC Davis medical students honored by Bay Area physicians group

December 1, 2010

A San Francisco Bay Area physicians’ organization, well known for its dedication to supporting the medical education of African-American students, has awarded scholarships to two students at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Study finds Hmong, Iu-Mein families face barriers to services

December 1, 2010

A new community-based study by UC Davis researchers has found that children with developmental disabilities in Southeast-Asian-American families face significant obstacles to receiving intervention services. Barriers include lack of accurate information, language difficulties, lack of trust and limited outreach.

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Region's leaders work to improve health through nursing

November 30, 2010

More than 100 key health and community leaders will gather today at UC Davis Health System to advance recommendations to transform the nursing profession—and much of the health-care system—to improve the quality of care throughout California. Their work is part of a national initiative launched in the wake of a landmark report from the Institute of Medicine.

UC Davis surgeons test innovative device in patient with swallowing disorder

November 30, 2010

In what might be one of the world’s first medicinal body piercings, UC Davis Health System surgeons announced today that they have successfully implanted an experimental device in the throat of a man that will enable him to manually control his ability to swallow. The device, which could offer an effective treatment option for people suffering from severe swallowing problems, is controlled by pulling on a tiny metal pin that extends through the skin in the neck. The post, when pulled forward, manually opens the esophagus and allows food and water to pass.

UC Davis study finds children with autism have mitochondrial dysfunction, are less able to produce cellular energy

November 30, 2010

Children with autism are far more likely to have deficits in their ability to produce cellular energy than are typically developing children, a new study by researchers at UC Davis has found. The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that cumulative damage and oxidative stress in mitochondria could influence both the onset and severity of autism, suggesting a strong link between autism and mitochondrial defects.

Study links hip fractures in older men with subtle forms of thyroid disease

November 29, 2010

New research from UC Davis Health System finds that older men with subclinical thyroid dysfunction have an increased risk of suffering hip fractures and suggests that screening and treatment for thyroid dysfunction in its most subtle forms could reduce the incidence of this common injury.

Heather M. Young named to Initiative on the Future of Nursing Regional Action Committee

November 29, 2010

Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was appointed to the California Regional Action Coalition of the Institute of Medicine’s Initiative on the Future of Nursing. She is one of eight members of the California coalition.

American College of Physicians recognizes UC Davis gynecologist

November 29, 2010

Shagufta Yasmeen, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine, has won the prestigious Award for Diversity and Access to Care from the American College of Physicians, an international organization of internists, who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

UC Davis study finds low vitamin-D levels in Northern California residents with metabolic syndrome

November 25, 2010

Researchers from the UC Davis Health System have found that compared with healthy controls, blood levels of vitamin D are significantly reduced in patients in the Sacramento area with metabolic syndrome, a constellation of disease risk factors that affects about one in three U.S. adults and predisposes them to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

UC Davis Health System CEO joins AAMC board of directors

November 24, 2010

Claire Pomeroy, chief executive officer of UC Davis Health System, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, has been named to the 2010-11 board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The association announced its new members during their 121st Annual Meeting in November. Pomeroy will serve a two-year term.

UC Davis recognized for organ donation and transplant outcomes

November 22, 2010

UC Davis Health System's commitment to organ donation and transplant outcomes has been recognized with a 2010 silver Medal of Honor and a bronze Transplant Program Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration.

Yvonne Bennett: New ED's First Patient Gets a Surprise Diagnosis

November 17, 2010

It’s an all-too-familiar story: The caretaker suddenly finds herself needing care. But when Corning, Calif., resident Yvonne Bennett, 63, unexpectedly needed emergency care last October while tending to her granddaughter, who was undergoing surgery for a birth defect at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, there was an unusual twist.

Never-smokers fare far better than smokers after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer

November 16, 2010

Patients with head and neck cancer who have never smoked have much better survival rates after radiation therapy than patients with a history of smoking, new research from  UC Davis Cancer Center has found.

Silent vascular disease accompanies cognitive decline in healthy aging

November 8, 2010

Older people who are leading active, healthy lifestyles often have silent vascular disease that can be seen on brain scans that affect their ability to think, according to a new study led by UC Davis researchers and published online today in the Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA Archives journals.

Targeted treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders the topic of next MIND Institute lecture

November 5, 2010

Mark F. Bear, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will discuss “Fulfilling the Promise of Molecular Medicine in a Developmental Brain Disorder” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

CT screening in smokers saves more lives than chest X-rays

November 4, 2010

Low-dose CT screening significantly reduces the death rate from lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death in the world, the National Cancer Institute announced Thursday.

UC Davis medical student receives national health-care advocacy honor

November 3, 2010

Kara Toles, a student in the School of Medicine at UC Davis, is a recipient of a coveted health-care advocacy scholarship from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) for her commitment to reducing health disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and in communities of color.

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Cancer center nurse wins state quality award for improvements in chemotherapy care process

October 29, 2010

Patti Palmer, a clinical nurse specialist in oncology and stem cell transplantation, has won top honors from the California Association of Public Hospitals (CAPH) and the California Health Care Safety Net Institute for a quality improvement project she developed for the care of UC Davis Cancer Center patients.

UC Davis Alzheimer's researcher wins prestigious international neuroscience award

October 27, 2010

Charles DeCarli, a UC Davis researcher whose groundbreaking neuroimaging investigations are at the forefront of advancing our understanding of the relationship between the structure and function of the healthy aging brain and changes in the brain associated with vascular and Alzheimer’s dementias, has been awarded the prestigious J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine by the Robarts Research Institute of the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Green addresses health-care disparities in pain medicine

October 27, 2010

Carmen R. Green, an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician from the University of Michigan Health System, will speak on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. Green is an expert on improving quality and equality in health care and in addressing the undertreatment of pain among minorities, women and the elderly. Her lecture — “The Unequal Burden and Unheard Voices of Pain: Creating a Health-care System With Justice for All” — takes place Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Advancing California's health through innovation

October 25, 2010

The University of California announced today (Oct. 25) that it has launched a Center for Health Quality and Innovation.

UC Davis study identifies large wage differences for specialists and primary-care physicians

October 25, 2010

A national study of physician wages conducted by UC Davis Health System has found that specialists are paid as much as 52 percent more than primary-care doctors, even though primary-care doctors see far more patients. As efforts to implement health-care reform evolve, the study is important because it quantifies wage disparities and explores the need for wage reform to help assure a strong primary-care workforce.

UC Davis community forum to focus on stem cell treatment for cardiovascular disease

October 22, 2010

Three UC Davis Health System experts will give presentations on stem cell research followed by a question-and-answer session during a community forum on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the university’s Education Building, 4610 X Street, in Sacramento. The evening’s discussion will highlight the latest research into the use of regenerative medicine for exploring and treating cardiovascular disease and conditions.

Conventional, annual Pap smear cost-effective follow-up after cervical lesion treatment

October 21, 2010

A study of the options for reducing cancer incidence and mortality among women who have been treated for precancerous cervical lesions found that an annual conventional Pap smear is a cost-effective strategy.

New five-day breast cancer treatment now available at UC Davis Cancer Center

October 21, 2010

UC Davis Cancer Center now offers a new generation of radiation therapy that transforms a woman’s breast cancer radiation treatment experience. The method is the newest and most sophisticated form of “accelerated partial-breast irradiation,” in which a conformal catheter is implanted temporarily into the cavity where the tumor has been surgically removed. The treatment, which takes just five days, is applied directly to the tumor site and minimizes radiation exposure to the heart, lung, ribs and skin. Accelerated partial-breast irradiation also focuses radiation on the area where 90 percent of breast tumors recur, close to the tumor bed.

UC Davis launches $1 billion fundraising campaign

October 21, 2010

The University of California, Davis, today announced plans to raise $1 billion in philanthropic support from 100,000 donors to advance the university's mission and vision.

Media advisory: Former patient comes back to UC Davis Medical Center to say "thank you"

October 21, 2010

Former UC Davis Medical Center patient Abelina Magana is returning to the hospital to say “thank you” to the health-care providers who supported her recovery.

UC Davis physicians awarded state stem cell grants

October 21, 2010

California's stem cell agency voted today to fund two new grants to UC Davis School of Medicine physicians for their work in regenerative medicine research. Roslyn Rivkah Isseroff, professor of dermatology, and Mark Zern, professor of internal medicine, were among the scientists from around the state whose Early Translational study proposals were approved by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s governing board in Los Angeles.

Consumers again rate UC Davis Medical Center among nation's best

October 19, 2010

For the 12th 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.

Applications now open for fall 2011 graduate classes at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

October 18, 2010

Applications are now open for fall 2011 graduate classes offered through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. To encourage the best and brightest students to pursue graduate education, for the second year the school is offering generous financial support to each student admitted to the program, which is made possible by the founding $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrates Spirit of Halloween

October 18, 2010

Patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital will transform into little pirates, princesses, ninjas and superheroes on Tuesday, Oct. 19, during the Spirit of Children Halloween celebration, designed to allow pediatric patients to experience the fun of the holiday despite being hospitalized for serious illnesses.

UC Davis pathology leader appointed to head FDA panel

October 15, 2010

Lydia Pleotis Howell, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the Hematology and Pathology Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee.

Schenker receives award for excellence in scientific writing

October 15, 2010

Marc B. Schenker, professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and director of the UC Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, has received the Jean Spencer Felton Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing from the Western Occupational Medical Association.

UC Davis physician appointed president of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

October 14, 2010

Jonathan Sykes, professor of otolaryngology in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been appointed president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

UC Davis dedicates new nursing school to Betty Irene Moore

October 13, 2010

University of CaliforniaUC Davis and UC Davis Health System leaders on Oct. 8 formally dedicated the university’s newest professional school, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, to philanthropist Betty Irene Moore during a ceremony that also welcomed the inaugural classes. Conducted at The California Museum, the Dedication and Inaugural Welcoming event also included a surprise from the students themselves: the announcement of a $43,000 endowed scholarship fund for future scholars.

DNA and the 'magic rings' trick

October 11, 2010

A new study from UC Davis shows how, like a conjuring trick with interlocking rings, two interlocked pieces of DNA are separated after DNA is copied or repaired.

UC Davis emergency medicine physician elected to the Institute of Medicine

October 11, 2010

Nathan Kuppermann, professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an achievement that is among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

UC Davis researchers to define connections between vascular and Alzheimer's diseases

October 8, 2010

A team of UC Davis investigators has received a $2.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the links between vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

UC Davis launches new Men's Health Program

October 7, 2010

UC Davis Health System has launched a new program aimed at helping men take charge of their health by addressing their unique medical needs and concerns.

New UC Davis Nursing School to be Dedicated to Betty Irene Moore

October 7, 2010

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will host a Dedication and Inaugural Welcoming Ceremony to honor the historic founding $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and to welcome the arrival of the inaugural classes.

Li named one of Southwest Oncology Group's "outstanding young investigators"

October 7, 2010

Tina Li, assistant professor of medicine at UC Davis Cancer Center, has been named one of five "outstanding young investigators" by the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG).

UC Davis School of Medicine student receives national scholarship award

October 7, 2010

Oliva Campa, a first-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded a 2010 Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship from the National Hispanic Health Foundation.

UC Davis MIND Institute announces 2010-2011 Distinguished Lecturer Series schedule

October 6, 2010

The UC Davis MIND Institute begins the ninth year of its Distinguished Lecturer Series on Oct. 13. Series presenters include nationally and internationally recognized researchers in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders who specialize in autism, fragile X syndrome, Tourette syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related disorders. 

Media Advisory: New Michael W. Chapman Emergency and Trauma Center at UC Davis opens to walk-in, ambulance traffic

October 5, 2010

Brief ceremony marking the opening of the new Michael W. Chapman Emergency and Trauma Center to walk-in patient and ambulance traffic, and unprecedented access to interior of the UC Davis emergency department.

New era dawns in emergency and trauma care at UC Davis Medical Center with opening of new state-of-the-art emergency department

October 4, 2010

A new era in emergency and trauma care dawns at UC Davis Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 6, when the expanded, state-of-the-art emergency department opens to the public for both walk-in patient and ambulance traffic.

Asian-American center to reduce disparities in cancer launched

October 4, 2010

UC Davis Cancer Center is now home to the National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities, the only such national center for Asian-Americans designated by the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities to research populations disproportionately affected by the disease. 

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Performance, community events planned for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2010

UC Davis will host “Jonna’s Body: Please Hold,” an acclaimed one-woman show about fighting cancer and winning at life, in a free performance in the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 13 . The event is among several activities planned as part of the cancer center’s recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Phase II study finds tanezumab reduces osteoarthritis knee pain

September 29, 2010

Just months after a pharmaceutical company halted studies of tanezumab, a drug used in reducing pain and improving function in people with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis of the knee, the results of a small, phase II clinical trial found only a few minor side effects and substantial improvement in patient conditions.

Can we eliminate malaria?

September 24, 2010

Dominic Kwiatkowski, a geneticist and clinical researcher with Oxford University in England, will speak on new genomics approaches and the promise they hold for improved malaria treatments, including a vaccine.

UC Davis medical students honor those who have donated their bodies to science

September 23, 2010

UC Davis School of Medicine students from the Class of 2013 have organized a special ceremony to recognize the individuals who have donated their bodies to support medical research and education at the school. Students, faculty and staff, along with the friends and family of body donors, will gather on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus to commemorate the important contributions that each donor makes to science and medicine.

Medical students offer free skin-cancer screening Sept. 25

September 23, 2010

UC Davis School of Medicine students, working with the specialists from the UC Davis Department of Dermatology, are hosting a free skin-cancer screening on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shifa Clinic, 419 V Street, in downtown Sacramento. The site is at one of the school’s community health-care clinics and the screening is open to anyone 18 years or older who can make their own health-care decisions.

UC Davis surgical oncologist appointed to AAMC Council of Academic Society

September 23, 2010

Renowned UC Davis surgical oncologist Vijay Khatri has been appointed to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Council of Academic Society, one of the organization’s three governing councils.

UC Davis investigators find that Salmonella creates environment in human intestines to foster its own growth

September 22, 2010

A study led by researchers at UC Davis has found how the bacteria Salmonella enterica — a common cause of food poisoning — exploits immune response in the human gut to enhance its own reproductive and transmission success. The strategy gives Salmonella a growth advantage over the beneficial bacteria that are normally present in the intestinal tract and promotes the severe diarrhea that spreads the bacteria to other people. The findings are published in the Sept. 23 issue of the journal Nature.

UC Davis School of Medicine names Lydia Pleotis Howell chair of pathology and laboratory medicine

September 22, 2010

Lydia Pleotis Howell, an anatomic and clinical pathologist well known for her work to improve protocols for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast and cervical cancer, has been named chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She has served as acting chair since 2008.

Towering waterfall mural installation under way this week at UC Davis Medical Center

September 21, 2010

The crown jewel in UC Davis Medical Center's Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion construction project is being installed this week, piece by hand-made piece, in the hospital's new main lobby.

Lu to chair statewide University of California academic diversity committee

September 21, 2010

Francis G. Lu, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis, has been appointed to be chair of the Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity of the systemwide University of California Academic Senate.

UC Davis research finds inconsistent use of common cancer screening tool

September 17, 2010

Inconsistent use of a simple, reliable test to screen for early colorectal cancer may be compromising the tool's effectiveness in reducing death rates from the disease, UC Davis researchers have found. The study by Joshua Fenton, assistant professor of family and community medicine at UC Davis, and colleagues at UC Davis and at the University of Washington, found that many patients who initiate fecal occult blood testing, or stool blood testing, do not complete subsequent screenings as recommended by screening guidelines.

Duruisseau appointed to new associate vice chancellor position at UC Davis Health System

September 16, 2010

Shelton J. Duruisseau has been appointed as associate vice chancellor, diversity and inclusion, and chief external affairs officer at UC Davis Health System. The associate vice chancellor position is part of a comprehensive restructuring and streamlining initiative to strengthen the health system’s culture of inclusion by integrating diversity and external-relations activities. The new role will provide unified leadership in external affairs and diversity activities across all health-system operations, including the schools of medicine and nursing, the medical center and the physician practice group.

UC Davis researcher wins national award for role in breast cancer research innovation

September 15, 2010

Mike Hogarth, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis, and collaborators from UC San Francisco have received national recognition for groundbreaking work to develop a paperless information system to help speed discovery of new breast cancer therapies.

UC Davis Scientists Find Link Between Arthritis Pain Reliever and Cardiovascular Events

September 13, 2010

DAVIS, Calif.) A research team from the University of California, Davis and Peking University, China, has discovered a novel mechanism as to why the long-term, high-dosage use of the well-known arthritis pain medication, Vioxx, led to heart attacks and strokes. Their groundbreaking research may pave the way for a safer drug for millions of arthritis patients who suffer acute and chronic pain.

Federal grant, additional funding boost state's new telehealth network

September 13, 2010

The new California Telehealth Network, a statewide, medical-grade broadband system for improving health-care access and emergency services, will receive a $9 million federal grant and additional $5 million in matching funds for the network from three prominent California organizations — the National Coalition for Health Integration, United HealthCare and the California HealthCare Foundation — and from the University of California. The grant award announced today by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will fund telehealth and eHealth equipment and training for health-care providers implementing broadband-based technologies designed to improve care and expand access to services.

Demolition of canopy, sign marks transition to new entrance

September 8, 2010

The canopy and “University of California, Davis, Medical Center” sign over the Stockton Boulevard entrance to the medical center will be demolished and removed as part of the transition to the medical center’s new Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion.

UC Davis School of Medicine investigators discover a new hot spot for the genesis of signaling neurons in the adult brain

September 8, 2010

In an unanticipated finding, researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine have discovered that, during early adulthood, the brain produces new excitatory neurons, and that these neurons arise from non-neuronal support cells in an area of the brain that processes smell.

Study finds low liver cancer survival rates among Laotian/Hmong-Americans

September 8, 2010

Among Asian-Americans living in California, Laotian/Hmong-Americans have the lowest survival rates — between one and two times lower than other Asian groups — for the most common type of liver cancer, a new study by researchers with the UC Davis School of Medicine has found.

Nez Henderson to address Native American health issues

September 8, 2010

Patricia Nez Henderson, the first American Indian woman to graduate from Yale School of Medicine, will speak on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

Innovative interview process at UC Davis School of Medicine aims to identify the best future physicians

September 3, 2010

Prospective medical students hoping to attend UC Davis School of Medicine won’t have to sweat through the traditional one-on-one interview process this year.

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Radiation after surgery improves survival for rare type of breast cancer

August 31, 2010

Radiation therapy following surgery for a rare type of breast cancer improves patient survival, according to a study by a team of surgical oncologists at UC Davis Cancer Center.

Parents report a widely prescribed antibiotic is effective for treating their children with fragile X syndrome

August 31, 2010

One of the antibiotics most commonly prescribed to treat adolescent acne can increase attention spans and communication and decrease anxiety in patients with fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental impairment, according to a new survey study that is the first published on parents' reports of their children's responses to treatment with the medication. 

UC Davis study finds asking about pregnancy coercion and intimate-partner violence can reduce their incidence

August 30, 2010

Specifically asking young women during visits to family planning clinics whether their partners had attempted to force them to become pregnant — a type of intimate-partner violence called reproductive coercion — dramatically reduced the likelihood that the women would continue to experience such pressures, according to a new pilot study led by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis researcher to study novel technologies for distinguishing bacterial infections from viral infections in infants

August 25, 2010

Nathan Kuppermann, professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at UC Davis School of Medicine, is one of three principal investigators who will share in a five-year, $3.4 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Regional firefighters preview new Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center

August 25, 2010

About 250 regional firefighters along with Mayor Kevin Johnson, Councilmember Lauren Hammond, and leaders from UC Davis Medical Center and the FireFighters Burn Institute will get a preview of the capabilities of the new Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California and UC Davis Health System to celebrate burn research leadership

August 23, 2010

Shriners Hospitals for Children–Northern California and UC Davis Health System will celebrate the leadership of burn research and treatment specialist Tina Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM during a reception at Shriners Hospitals for Children–Northern California.

New hope for advanced melanoma?

August 23, 2010

On the new Showtime program “The Big C,” actress Laura Linney plays a character diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. With less than a year to live, she embarks on a new lifestyle embracing each day as if it were her last. Indeed, advanced melanoma is a disease for which no effective treatment has been found.  Unfortunately, diagnosis is usually considered a death sentence.

Protein made by breast cancer gene purified

August 22, 2010

A key step in understanding the origins of familial breast cancer has been made by two teams of scientists at the University of California, Davis.

Putting the squeeze on Alzheimers

August 19, 2010

Brain cells exposed to a form of the amyloid beta protein, the molecule linked to Alzheimer's disease, become stiffer and bend less under pressure, researchers at UC Davis have found.

UC Davis gets NIH funding boost for prostate cancer research

August 17, 2010

UC Davis researchers have received a new, 4-year federal grant to investigate molecular pathways involved in the failure of drugs aimed at slowing prostate cancer.

UC Davis professor tapped for statewide insurance and public-health policy leadership post

August 13, 2010

A UC Davis public-health policy expert has been appointed to a leadership position with the statewide task force charged with providing California lawmakers objective legislative analysis of the potential effects of proposed changes to mandated health insurance coverage.

Venturelli receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

August 11, 2010

UC Davis medical student Angela Venturelli has been selected to receive the 2010-11 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student pursuing primary care medicine.

UC Davis ophthalmology researchers part of team selected for award celebrating top high-technology products

August 10, 2010

John Werner and Robert Zawadzki, researchers in the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, have received an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine for developing a non-invasive system for producing compact, ultra-high resolution, three-dimensional retinal imaging at the cellular level in real-time.

Native American health expert to speak in Sacramento

August 10, 2010

Patricia Nez Henderson, the first American Indian woman to graduate from Yale School of Medicine, will speak on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. The granddaughter of a Navajo medicine man, Nez Henderson is now vice president of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health in South Dakota, where she blends her expertise in public health, medicine, culture and advocacy to improve chronic-disease outcomes among American Indian tribes.

New cafeteria opens at UC Davis Medical Center

August 9, 2010

After operating for more than half a century in a hard-to-find basement location, the cafeteria at UC Davis Medical Center has moved into a larger, brand-new facility in the medical center's Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion. Today marks the start of its first full week of operations in its new space.

"Asynchronous telepsychiatry" found effective for assessing patients' mental health

August 5, 2010

A new study by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine has found that psychiatrists can accurately assess a patient's mental health by viewing videotaped interviews that are sent to them for consultation and treatment recommendations.

Cardiovascular expert joins School of Nursing faculty team

August 5, 2010

Holli DeVon, a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular care, joined the founding faculty at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as an associate professor in July.

UC Davis Health Informatics program, nursing school offer interprofessional seminar

August 3, 2010

The UC Davis Health Informatics Program and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will feature a nursing informatics theme at the August 2010 Seminar Series Lecture entitled “Care Management Plus: A Hands-On, High-Tech Approach to Complex Care” by David Dorr, an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University. The lecture will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1p.m. Aug. 11 in Room 1222 in the Education Building at 4610 X St.

Fluorescent probe for oral cancer

August 3, 2010

UC Davis researchers have developed a laser probe for the early detection of oral cancer. A trial with human subjects shows that the device could also be used during surgery to locate the edges of a tumor.

Hospital cyberterrorism seminar

August 2, 2010

UC Davis is hosting the Northern California Hospital Cyberterrorism Seminar, a daylong program designed to provide hospital leaders with the information they need for strategic planning and policy decisions to address the increasing threat of cyberterrorism in the health care arena.

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UC Davis Medical Center recognized for implementing quality stroke care

July 30, 2010

UC Davis Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Announces Inaugural Classes

July 29, 2010

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis selected 33 students to make up the inaugural Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate classes. The first cohort is comprised of eight Doctor of Philosophy students and 25 Master of Science students. The doctoral program is the first doctoral nursing program in the inland Northern California and Central Valley regions.

UC Davis study finds worse mental health associated with worse pain in osteoarthritis

July 29, 2010

How much pain osteoarthritis sufferers feel is directly related to their mental health, a new study by researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine has found. In the study, people with better mental health felt less pain, and people with worse mental health felt more. 

High patient-satisfaction ratings earn national awards

July 28, 2010

Four UC Davis Health System units have been honored 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 Health System welcomes the community to a free and fun outdoor concert Aug. 11

July 27, 2010

UC Davis Health System and its Community Advisory Board will host the dance band Pop Fiction at its fourth annual outdoor concert on Wednesday, 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.

ADHD, conduct disorder and smoking most strongly related to dropping out of high school

July 26, 2010

Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — the most common childhood psychiatric condition in the United States — are less likely to finish high school on time than students with other mental-health disorders that often are considered more serious, a large national study by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine has found. The study found that nearly one third of students with ADHD, twice the proportion as students with no psychiatric disorder, either drop out or delay high school graduation.

When I Grow Up event to encourage children with heart conditions to dream about their futures

July 23, 2010

When I Grow Up, an event that encourages children with heart conditions to dream about jobs they will have when they become adults, will be held on Saturday, July 24 at the UC Davis Cancer Center on UC Davis' Sacramento campus, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. About 150 children and their families are expected to attend.

New Youth and Young Adult Clinic targets reproductive health

July 23, 2010

Teens and young adults in the Sacramento region have a new place to turn for confidential reproductive health-care services, including contraception, pregnancy testing and diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

Community forum to focus on stem cells, hearing and vision impairment

July 23, 2010

Three UC Davis Health System experts will give presentations on stem cell research followed by a question-and-answer session during a community forum on Wednesday, July 28, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the university’s Education Building, 4610 X Street, in Sacramento.

Study recommends that parents, physicians share decisions in sex development disorder surgery

July 22, 2010

A shared decision-making process would assist doctors and parents who are facing the extraordinarily complex, challenging and controversial choices presented when infants are born with genetic or anatomical anomalies in sexual development and are being considered for elective corrective surgery, a new research paper suggests.

Pomeroy named to NIH advisory committee on women's health research

July 21, 2010

Claire Pomeroy, chief executive officer at UC Davis Health System, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis, was appointed a member of the Advisory Committee of the Office of Research on Women’s Health. She is one of five new members to serve on the prestigious National Institutes of Health committee.

UC Davis study reveals potential for toxic doses of acetaminophen

July 20, 2010

MediCal patients may be taking dangerous amounts of acetaminophen, according to new research from UC Davis. Published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the study showed that the analgesic, generally considered safe at four grams a day or less, is prescribed to some patients in quantities far exceeding that guideline.

UC Davis Health System selected for information technology award

July 19, 2010

Cohort Discovery, a powerful new computer program developed at UC Davis Health System, has been selected by the UC Office of the President to receive a 2010 Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for Innovation in Information Technology. The award was presented today at the UC Computing Services Conference in Los Angeles.

UC Davis School of Medicine names Craig McDonald chair of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department

July 15, 2010

Craig McDonald, a physician with extensive experience in the treatment of neuromuscular diseases and the rehabilitation of pediatric spinal cord dysfunction, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among top 50 hospitals in America

July 14, 2010

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the top 50 hospitals in America, according an annual survey to be published July 15 online and in the August print issue of U.S. News and World Report. Out of more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide, UC Davis Medical Center was ranked 35th for orthopaedics and 50th for cancer.

Judge rules in favor of UC Davis Health System's request that Sacramento County meet legal obligations to indigent residents

July 13, 2010

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of UC Davis Health System's request that the County of Sacramento fulfill its legal obligations and bear responsibility for medical care UC Davis provides to eligible indigent County residents.

Raymond Dougherty appointed chair of the Department of Radiology

July 9, 2010

Raymond Dougherty, a clinical professor of radiology who served as acting chair in the department for more than two years, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology.

New UC Davis study finds early Alzheimer's identification method

July 9, 2010

Abnormal brain images combined with examination of the composition of the fluid that surrounds the spine may offer the earliest signs identifying healthy older adults at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, well before cognitive problems emerge, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.

Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders slated

July 9, 2010

The 2010 MIND Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders will be held Friday, Aug. 6, at Sacramento State University. The conference is for health-care professionals, educators and caregivers of children, teens and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Pre- and post-conference skill-based workshops are available Aug. 5 and 7.  

Dance to the music with UC Davis Health System

July 9, 2010

The fourth annual UC Davis Health System outdoor concert features Pop Fiction, an energetic band that plays dance favorites from the '70s through today.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks near-completion of UC Davis Medical Center's Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion

July 9, 2010

A ribbon-cutting ceremony with UC Davis Health System leaders, U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, donors and others will celebrate UC Davis Medical Center's new Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion.

Miller receives C. John Tupper Prize in Teaching

July 8, 2010

Mary K. Miller, clinical professor and clinic medical director for UC Davis Health System’s obstetrics and gynecology clinics, has been awarded the C. John Tupper Prize in Teaching, the award named for the founding dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, which recognizes quality teaching.

Chen receives the Oettinger Memorial Award

July 8, 2010

Hongwu Chen, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis Health System and the co-leader of the molecular oncology research program at UC Davis Cancer Center at UC Davis Health System, has received the Oettinger Memorial Award for his outstanding research in breast and prostate cancer.

Condition update on Sacramento firefighters injured in Oak Park house explosion

July 7, 2010

Three Sacramento firefighters injured in a house explosion in Oak Park on Monday are in good condition.

Med tech innovations program to launch at UC Davis Health System

July 7, 2010

From developing health-care applications for smartphones and stem cell-based “bandages” to creating other medical devices and biological products for treating injury and disease, UC Davis Health System’s Medical Technology Commercialization Clinic promises to be the launch pad for local innovation and economic growth in Sacramento.

Update on injured Sacramento firefighters

July 6, 2010

Update for media on status of Sacramento firefighters injured by explosion.

UC Davis Vascular Center collaboration expands access to care for fibromuscular dysplasia

July 2, 2010

The Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America has recognized the UC Davis Vascular Center as an evaluation and treatment site for patients with fibromuscular dysplasia, an underdiagnosed and potentially serious vascular disease that alters arterial development and function.

Berglund to chair NIH scientific review committee

July 2, 2010

Lars Berglund, associate dean for research at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve as chair of the AIDS Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Study Section for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Scientific Review.

UC Davis physician awarded grant for smoking cessation study

July 2, 2010

Elisa Tong, assistant professor of general internal medicine, has been awarded an $890,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to conduct a novel smoking-cessation study focused on Chinese-American smokers and nonsmokers who live in the same residence.

UC Davis physician calls for stronger screening, record-keeping on gun sales

July 1, 2010

In a perspective published online in The New England Journal of Medicine, Garen Wintemute, UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program director, urges Congress to pursue making all private-party gun sales subject to the same screening and record-keeping requirements that apply to sales by licensed gun retailers.

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A condition too often undiagnosed: 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

June 30, 2010

An article published in the June issue of the journal Nature Reviews: Neuroscience provides one of the first comprehensive overviews of the genetic, neural and cognitive bases of a frequently undiagnosed congenital disorder with an array of complex genetic, medical, neurological, behavioral and psychiatric features: the often baffling chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2 DS).

Maselli receives $1.6 million grant to study complex neuromuscular disorder

June 30, 2010

UC Davis School of Medicine Professor of Neurology Ricardo Maselli has received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS). These inherited disorders, which result from impaired transmission of electrical signals through the neuromuscular junction, can cause profound and sometimes life-threatening muscle weakness.

UC Davis and Shriners Hospitals for Children® establish burn fellowship

June 30, 2010

Recognizing the need to increase the number of burn specialists in Mexico, the Mexican Health Ministry has partnered with Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California and the UC Davis Health System to establish a burn fellowship program for physicians from Mexico.

UC Davis study eliminates a possible culprit in heart arrhythmia

June 25, 2010

A protein thought to play a role in heart rhythm irregularities actually has no significant effect on heart function, according to new research from UC Davis Health System. The outcome puts to rest an ongoing controversy about the effects of the protein in cardiac arrhythmia — abnormally timed heart beats that can indicate heart disease and, in some instances, lead to cardiac arrest.

Rice honored by Sacramento Business Journal as one of area's "Women Who Mean Business"

June 25, 2010

Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center, was honored today at the Sacramento Business Journal’s "Women Who Mean Business" awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. The awards, now in their 15th year, honor women who make a difference in the community.

Tong receives Christine and Helen Landgraf Award

June 25, 2010

Elisa Tong, UC Davis assistant professor of general medicine, was honored last week with the Christine and Helen Landgraf Award, a research grant for her revolutionary work with tobacco control policy and cessation issues.

Amsterdam receives 2010 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award

June 24, 2010

Ezra Amdsterdam, associate director of chest pain emergency services and associate director of the coronary care unit, has received the 2010 School of Medicine Research Award.

Zeki and Yuen honored for outstanding research

June 24, 2010

Two UC Davis Health System investigators have received Richard C. Woodard Awards to support their continued discoveries in the pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes mellitus and metabolic disorders.

State stem cell agency awards grant to UC Davis researcher to improve transplant success

June 22, 2010

William Murphy, professor of dermatology at UC Davis and an expert in the immunology of stem cell transplants, was awarded $1.3 million tonight from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund his research to improve the safety and efficacy of stem cell transplantation, an investigation that also could benefit solid organ transplantations by eliminating the need for immunosuppressive drugs.

Court issues injunction barring nurses' union strike against UC medical centers; second time court blocks union's strike against UC

June 18, 2010

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch today (June 18) issued a preliminary injunction barring the California Nurses Association from striking University of California medical centers, holding that there is "reasonable cause" for the Public Employment Relations Board to believe that a strike would violate state labor laws.

UC Davis medical student wins radiology research fellowship

June 18, 2010

Yao Yu, a first-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been honored with a research fellowship from the Radiological Society of North America's Research and Education Foundation.

Elmo and Cookie Monster to bring "sunny days" to patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 17, 2010

Sesame Street characters Elmo and Cookie Monster bring 'sunny days' to inpatients at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

UC Davis researchers explain the potential role of fat-carrying lipids in diabetic kidney disease

June 17, 2010

In a review article published this month in Nature Reviews: Nephrology, UC Davis cardiovascular specialists elucidate the role of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins -- carriers of fats in the blood -- in the initiation and progression of diabetic nephropathy, the leading cause of premature death in patients with diabetes and the most common cause of long-term kidney failure in the United States.

Medical center receives national honors for promoting diversity

June 17, 2010

UC Davis Medical Center last week received multiple honors for promoting diversity at the 2010 National Leadership and Education Conference in Chicago.

Health professionals fail to follow guidelines to help patients quit smoking

June 15, 2010

Many health-care providers are quick to advise patients to quit smoking, but few follow up with programs, plans or prescriptions to help them break the habit, new research from UC Davis has found.

Yellowlees appointed to California health information exchange board Cal eConnect

June 15, 2010

Peter Yellowlees, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the UC Davis School of Medicine and one of the world’s leading experts on the use of telemedicine and psychiatry, has been appointed to the board of directors of Cal eConnect, a new non-profit entity established by the state of California to provide leadership and direction for the development of a statewide health-care information exchange process.

New study investigates positioning for lumbar puncture in children

June 15, 2010

Wriggling and squirming go hand-in-hand with babies and children, so it’s particularly challenging when a child must remain motionless for a medical procedure like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

UC Davis medical student named Point Foundation Scholar

June 15, 2010

Kara Toles, a second-year student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been honored with a Point Scholarship from The Point Foundation. She is one of 25 students, out of 1,600 applicants, to receive this national scholarship award

Use of unproven mammography tool soars with Medicare coverage

June 14, 2010

In a study illustrating the potentially powerful influence of political pressure on medical practice, a UC Davis physician-researcher has found that use of a largely unproven mammography screening device has surged since Medicare began covering its cost.

UC Davis physician recognized with prestigious awards from two national emergency medicine organizations

June 9, 2010

Nathan Kuppermann, professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has received two national awards for his groundbreaking research to improve the care of acutely ill children.

Two UC Davis medical students receive Kaiser Permanente scholarships

June 8, 2010

Two UC Davis medical students, Lawrence Lipana and Brooke Vuong, are among a dozen who have been awarded the 2010 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Oliver Goldsmith, M.D., Scholarship in recognition of their commitment to providing high-quality and culturally-responsive care to Southern California’s diverse patient population.

Cancer Center Expansion project launched

June 7, 2010

Nearly 350 people were on hand at the UC Davis Cancer Center Saturday morning to mark the launch of a major expansion project to improve the delivery of care for cancer patients.

Online games new marketing tool for unhealthy foods

June 3, 2010

UC Davis public health researchers have found that children, who are already saturated with television messages about unhealthy food choices, are the targets of a new medium used to sell high-fat, high-sugar foods: advergames.

Scott nominated president-elect of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

June 3, 2010

Charles L. Scott, UC Davis professor of clinical psychiatry, has been nominated President-Elect of The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) for 2010-2011 and will serve as president in 2011-2012.

Metabolism and autism the topic of June Distinguished Lecturer Address

June 2, 2010

A relatively unexplored area of autism research, metabolic pathology and autism, will be the topic of the June UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, June 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the MIND Institute at 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Five medical students receive scholarships from Leadership Council

June 2, 2010

 Five students from the UC Davis School of Medicine on May 5 received scholarships awarded annually by UC Davis Health System’s Leadership Council.

Cancer survivors celebrate and UC Davis breaks ground on major cancer center expansion

June 1, 2010

National Cancer Survivors Day is celebrated throughout the nation to remind the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be productive and full.

UC Davis medical student named a 2010 AMA Foundation Minority Scholar

June 1, 2010

Omar Washington, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been honored with a prestigious 2010 Minority Scholars Award by the American Medical Association Foundation.

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Delegation of China's national sports-team physicians to visit UC Davis

May 27, 2010

A delegation of physicians from China’s national sports teams will visit various UC Davis Health System departments and programs to promote the exchange of information, and to learn American theories and clinical practices for the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Meyers named fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

May 27, 2010

Frederick Meyers, executive associate dean of UC Davis Heath System, has been named as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, in London.

Health system selected as "Star Performer" by Faculty Practice Solutions Center

May 25, 2010

UC Davis Health System has been selected to receive a “Star Performer Award” from the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). The award will be presented during a luncheon on Thursday, June 10, in Chicago.

Awards banquet recognizes outstanding medical students and instructors

May 25, 2010

Celebrating the end of medical school included a festive event recently as the Class of 2010, family members, friends and faculty gathered for UC Davis School of Medicine’s annual awards banquet to honor graduating seniors and their instructors.

New radiation oncology suite designed to ease patient anxiety

May 24, 2010

A diagnosis of cancer and its anticipated treatment typically create extraordinary emotional strain for patients and their families.

Pomeroy honored with Trailblazer Award

May 24, 2010

Claire Pomeroy, UC Davis vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, received an inaugural Trailblazer Award from Leadership California for her leadership in improving access for underserved communities and her support for women seeking careers in health.

UC Davis Health System manager named Staff Advisor-designate to University of California Regents

May 19, 2010

Penelope Herbert, manager in the Department of Clinical Operations at UC Davis Health System, has been selected as the 2010-2012 Staff Advisor-designate to the University of California Regents, UC President Mark G. Yudof announced today (May 19).

Chief resident in radiation oncology wins prestigious essay award

May 19, 2010

Baoqing Li, chief resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UC Davis Cancer Center, was honored with the prestigious Young Oncologist Essay Award and gave an oral presentation at the 92nd Annual Meeting of American Radium Society earlier this month in Cancun, Mexico.

Rice receives Outstanding Alumnus Award from University of Iowa

May 19, 2010

Ann Madden Rice, Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Medical Center, has received the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Iowa's Department of Accounting.

UC Davis study finds new predictor of heart disease in African-Americans

May 19, 2010

UC Davis researchers have discovered that a blood component linked with inflammation can predict coronary artery disease in African-Americans.

Yellowlees appointed to national telemedicine leadership post

May 18, 2010

 Peter Yellowlees, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the UC Davis School of Medicine and one of the world’s leading experts on the use of telemedicine and psychiatry, on May 18 was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). The appointment was announced during the ATA’s 15th Annual International Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio.

UC Davis study finds prior criminal record a risk of future criminal activity among handgun buyers

May 18, 2010

A new UC Davis Health System study finds that handgun buyers, if they have any prior criminal record, go on to commit felonies and violent misdemeanor crimes at much higher rates than law-abiding gun owners do. Identifying individuals who legally purchased guns and likely still own them after being convicted of subsequent crimes that prohibit gun ownership could be a valuable violence prevention measure, according to the study.

Marcin receives national pediatric telemedicine award

May 17, 2010

James Marcin, professor of pediatric critical care medicine and director of the UC Davis Health System Pediatric Telemedicine Program, received the 2010 Special Interest Group and Chapter Achievement Award on May 16 from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) during its 15th Annual International Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio.

UC Davis physician leader awarded top telehealth honor

May 17, 2010

Thomas Nesbitt, associate vice chancellor for strategic technologies and alliances for UC Davis Health System, has received the 2010 Leadership Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association in recognition of his vigorous efforts to expand health-care access and education through the use of telecommunications technology.

UC Davis researchers receive $3.3 million grant to study diabetic crisis in children

May 14, 2010

A husband-and-wife research team at the UC Davis School of Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to lead the first prospective, nationwide, multi-site clinical study of how to prevent the neurological injuries and, in rare cases, death caused by brain swelling in children in diabetic crisis.

UC Davis School of Medicine honors three alumni for contributions to the field of medicine

May 14, 2010

Bryna Kane has helped nearly 5,000 former gang members and at-risk youths in the Los Angeles area erase their past and go forward with their lives through a free tattoo removal program she founded. Dennis Bourdette has spent his career trying to unlock the mysteries of the brain, benefiting thousands of people suffering from neurological disorders, especially those with multiple sclerosis. And Kathleen Taylor, executive director of Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer, is screening and treating poor women with cervical cancer in developing countries.

UC Davis study links obesity with lowest earnings

May 10, 2010

A new UC Davis study has found that minimum-wage employees are more likely to be obese than those who earn higher wages, adding to growing evidence that being poor is a risk factor for unhealthy weight.

Girls and boys needed for study of achilles tendon growth in youth

May 7, 2010

Volunteers are needed for a UC Davis study that will assess how the Achilles tendon and calf muscles develop as youth grow. Sponsored by the UC Davis Human Performance Laboratory, the study is seeking girls from the ages of 10 to 12, and boys from the ages of 12 to 14.

National Institute of Mental Health brain-imaging expert to speak at MIND Institute

May 6, 2010

The chief of brain imaging in the child psychiatry branch of the National Institute of Mental Health will discuss his nearly 20-year-long study of children’s brain development using magnetic resonance imaging during the May 12 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the institute auditorium at 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Honors bestowed at annual Nursing Recognition Ceremony

May 6, 2010

Patient Care Services recognized the achievements of nurses, physicians, other staff and departments at its annual Nursing Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday.

UC Davis surgeon and veterinarian team up to help young dog with swallowing disorder

May 3, 2010

A little dog, named Mojito, appears to have a healthy life ahead of it thanks to doctors from the UC Davis schools of medicine and veterinary medicine who collaborated on a unique surgical procedure to treat the canine's near-fatal swallowing disorder.

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MIND Institute researcher appointed to prestigious federal autism committee

April 30, 2010

Marjorie Solomon, a nationally known autism researcher with the UC Davis MIND Institute, today was appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the department related to autism spectrum disorders.

UC Davis pediatric urology expert awarded stem cell grant

April 30, 2010

Eric Kurzrock, associate professor of urology and pediatrics at UC Davis, has received an $885,000 grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for stem cell research that could lead the way to bioengineering replacement organs such as bladders.

Morrow awarded as Interpreter Trainer of the Year

April 30, 2010

Elena Morrow, a supervisor in Medical Interpreting Services, has been selected as the Interpreter Trainer of the Year by the California Healthcare Interpreter Association.

UC Davis research team documents benefits of endovascular stent repair for traumatic aortic injury

April 29, 2010

 A UC Davis team of cardiovascular specialists has demonstrated the effectiveness of using stents — as compared to traditional open-chest surgery — to repair aortas that are torn as the result of accidents. The researchers will present their findings at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Aortic Symposium 2010, which takes place April 29-30 in New York City.

Sacramento Business Journal names Martinez one of Sacramento's "40 Under 40"

April 28, 2010

Steve Martinez, professor and surgical oncologist at the UC Davis Cancer Center, has been named one of Sacramento's "40 Under 40" by the Sacramento Business Journal.

Business Journal names Martinez one of Sacramento's "40 Under 40"

April 28, 2010

Steve Martinez, professor and surgical oncologist at the UC Davis Cancer Center, has been named one of Sacramento's "40 Under 40" by the Sacramento Business Journal.

UC Davis Health Informatics program, nursing school offer interprofessional seminar

April 26, 2010

The UC Davis Health Informatics Program and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will feature a nursing informatics theme at the May 2010 Seminar Series Lecture entitled “Interprofessional Education and Practice with a Focus on Communication” by Brenda Zierler, an associate dean of Technology Innovations in Education and Research at the University of Washington School of Nursing. The lecture will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. May 5 in Room 1222 in the Education Building at 4610 X St. in Sacramento.

FitzGerald to chair UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

April 23, 2010

Paul Gillespie FitzGerald, a nationally renowned molecular biologist and award-winning medical-education scholar, has been named the chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Lam appointed chair of biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis

April 23, 2010

 Kit S. Lam, an international leader in cancer therapeutics and a founder of the field of combinatorial chemistry, has been appointed chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.

Community forum on stem cell research and organ regeneration

April 22, 2010

Three UC Davis Health System experts will give presentations on stem cell research followed by a question-and-answer session during a community forum on Friday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the UC Davis Education Building, 4610 X Street, in Sacramento.

Faculty selected for Dean's Awards

April 22, 2010

Six faculty members and two faculty teams have been selected to receive three awards from the Office of Faculty Development: the Dean’s Award for Excellence, the Dean’s Team Award for Excellence, and the Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award.

UC Davis researcher chosen to serve on national cancer health disparities panels

April 21, 2010

Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, assistant professor of hematology and oncology and director of the UC Davis Cancer Center's Outreach Research and Education Program, is being recognized nationally for her innovative work to reduce cancer health disparities.

Von Friederichs-Fitzwater recognized for work to reduce cancer health disparities

April 21, 2010

Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, assistant professor of hematology and oncology and director of the cancer center's Outreach Research and Education Program, is being recognized nationally for her innovative work to reduce cancer health disparities.

California state Sen. Hollingsworth hosts observance of 5th Annual Fragile X Awareness Day at state Capitol

April 20, 2010

California state Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, (R-Murrieta), will host an observance of California Fragile X Awareness Day in an event at 11 a.m. today in the Governor's Press Room on the first floor of the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Study finds that public reporting of heart bypass surgery outcomes in California has not reduced access to care

April 20, 2010

New UC Davis research has found that patients scheduled to undergo coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in California were just as ill in 2003 — when public reporting of performance data for this particular surgery began — as in 2006, evidence that “report cards” did not cause doctors or hospitals to turn away sicker patients.

Community clinics enlisted to help reduce cancer health disparities

April 20, 2010

Each year, seven UC Davis community clinics staffed by medical students and volunteer physicians provide free primary care to more than 6,000 underserved Sacramento-area residents – patients who also face a higher burden from cancer.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among nation's best

April 15, 2010

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools.

Amsterdam awarded by American Society for Preventive Cardiology

April 15, 2010

Ezra A. Amsterdam, UC Davis professor of cardiovascular medicine, has received the Joseph Stokes III Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology in recognition of Amsterdam’s research and education concerning the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Medical resident FICA/Medicare tax refund claims

April 14, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that it will refund the employer and employee portion of FICA taxes paid for medical residents prior to April 1, 2005, so long as the employer previously filed a timely refund claim with the IRS. The University of California has already made the requisite filing on behalf of all of its medical schools and medical centers for tax periods dating back to January 1, 1995.

Statewide consortium awards contract for innovative telehealth project

April 13, 2010

A telehealth consortium led by the University of California Office of the President and UC Davis Health System – formed to create a statewide broadband system for health care – has selected AT&T to build a secure, medical-grade telecommunications system as part of the California Telehealth Network.

UC Davis Cancer Center partners with The Jackson Laboratory to make tumors available for research

April 13, 2010

UC Davis Cancer Center and The Jackson Laboratory have teamed up to improve development of new therapies against cancer.

Lecture to focus on teaching social skills to high-functioning teens with autism

April 13, 2010

Marjorie Solomon, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and an expert in teaching social skills to high-functioning teens with autism spectrum disorders, will discuss her work during the April Minds Behind the MIND lecture. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, at 2825 50th St., Sacramento. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

Health system advertisement awarded by Sacramento Ad Club

April 13, 2010

An advertisement featuring a description of a premature infant's care at UC Davis Children's Hospital has received a 2009 Gold ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation Sacramento Ad Club.

UC Davis Pain Medicine Program recognized with national Clinical Centers of Excellence Award

April 12, 2010

UC Davis Health System’s Division of Pain Medicine has been designated as a Clinical Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society.

Holcroft honored by Golden State Donor Services

April 9, 2010

James Holcroft, UC Davis professor of surgery, recently was honored for his compassionate care of organ and tissue donor patients and their families by Golden State Donor Services, which presented Holcroft with its Shining Star Award.

Helping primary care providers handle increase in patients with psychiatric problems to be explored at conference

April 8, 2010

Helping primary care providers handle the increasing numbers of patients they are seeing with psychiatric problems due to the dwindling availability of psychiatry care from traditional sources is among the topics to be addressed at the Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2010 conference, set for April 9-11 at the Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, Calif.

UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture to address inheritance of autistic symptoms in families

April 7, 2010

John N. Constantino, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., during the next UC MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address, on the inheritance of autistic symptoms in families.

Participants sought for UC Davis spirulina study

April 6, 2010

Nutrition immunologists at UC Davis Health System are conducting a study to determine whether the dietary supplement spirulina can improve anemia symptoms and reduce immune-system decline in those over 50 years of age.

Disparities persist in outcomes for African-American women with advanced breast cancer

April 6, 2010

African-American women have poorer survival rates than their white and Hispanic counterparts regardless of whether they receive radiation therapy following lumpectomy or mastectomy, UC Davis researchers have found.

Psychiatry department recognized for "Model Curriculum on Cultural Psychiatry"

April 2, 2010

A curriculum from the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has been selected as a Model Curriculum on Cultural Psychiatry by the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT).

Chair of UC Davis ophthalmology department receives prestigious honor from University of San Marco

April 2, 2010

Mark Mannis, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and the UC Davis Eye Center, recently was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the National University of San Marcos (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos) in Lima, Peru.

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Third Spanish Mini Medical School set for April 17

March 30, 2010

UC Davis Health System welcomes a Spanish-speaking audience for its third Mini Medical School on April 17. The event is sponsored by the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Clinical Translational Science Center.

Free public forum highlights progress and promise in mental-health research April 10

March 29, 2010

UC Davis is among more than 40 institutions across the United States and Canada that will take part in a series of public-education forums that highlight the latest breakthroughs in mental-health research with a symposium on Saturday, April 10, from 1-4 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Participants in four-way kidney transplant to meet on March 31 for first time

March 29, 2010

Three of the four patients who received live-donor kidney transplants through the UC Davis Kidney Transplant Program’s recent “paired exchange” will meet their respective donors for the first time on March 31.

UC Davis wins grant to launch Medical Technology Commercialization Clinic

March 25, 2010

UC Davis Health System has received a two-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation grant (No. 0917945) to develop a Medical Technology Commercialization Clinic to train students to translate innovative technologies developed in university laboratories into useful, marketable products to advance patients' health.

South Americans learn to help health, environment and industry back home

March 24, 2010

UC Davis scientists are helping rice farmers in Uruguay stop polluting their waterways — including drinking-water sources and a globally valuable nature reserve.

National "EMPaCT" grant aims to boost clinical trial recruitment of minorities

March 24, 2010

In its ongoing commitment to reduce the cancer burden on underserved groups, UC Davis Cancer Center will help lead a national effort to increase minority recruitment in cancer clinical trials.

New study may explain how weight-loss surgery reverses type 2 diabetes

March 23, 2010

A team of researchers, led by a UC Davis veterinary endocrinologist, has shown for the first time that a surgical procedure in rats that is similar to bariatric surgery in humans can delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The researchers also have identified biochemical changes caused by the surgeries that may be responsible for that delay.

Walnuts slow prostate tumors in mice

March 22, 2010

Walnut consumption slows the growth of prostate cancer in mice and has beneficial effects on multiple genes related to the control of tumor growth and metabolism, UC Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Western Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif. have found.

UC Davis to host 7th annual sickle cell disease symposium

March 19, 2010

UC Davis will welcome sickle cell disease experts, consumers and their families for a two-day symposium on March 26 and 27.

New FNP/PA faculty member wins publishing award

March 19, 2010

Kristine Himmerick, who recently joined the faculty of the Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has won the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA) National Physician Assistant Publishing Award.

National Down syndrome expert to speak at UC Davis

March 18, 2010

George Capone, a nationally known expert in the care of individuals with Down syndrome, on April 22 and 23 will give two free lectures, one for families and caregivers, the other for health-care professionals, in a collaboration between the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and the Down Syndrome Information Alliance, a Sacramento-based advocacy organization for people with Down syndrome and their families.

UC Davis Medical School graduates accepted into residency programs on national 'Match Day'

March 18, 2010

Eighty-nine UC Davis School of Medicine students learned today where in the United States they will be continuing their medical education over the next several years as they train to become licensed physicians.

Folsom philanthropy to make large delivery of needed toys, equipment for children hospitalized with cancer, other illnesses

March 17, 2010

Lori Scheel will never forget watching children undergoing cancer treatment in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital playroom where she sensed there were not enough toys to go around.

Mannis awarded for contributions to ophthalmic education and eye banking in Latin America

March 16, 2010

Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, has received the Moacyr Alvaro Gold Medal from the Federal University of Sao Paulo for his contributions to Latin American ophthalmic education and eye banking.

A defining moment for UC Davis medical students: Residency Match Day

March 16, 2010

"Match Day" is a defining moment for graduating medical students at the UC Davis School of Medicine and other schools throughout the nation.

Study uncovers cost-effective alternative to eye drops for those at risk for developing glaucoma

March 12, 2010

Most people at risk for developing glaucoma due to high eye pressure do not need treatment, according to a large, multi-center study, in which the UC Davis Health System Eye Center played a central role.

UC Davis Medical Center completes four kidney transplants in two days using paired exchange

March 12, 2010

Using the revolutionary new approach to kidney transplants known as paired exchange, four patients have received live-donor kidney transplants through the UC Davis Kidney Transplant Program.

UC Davis researchers demonstrate link between brain chemical, cognitive decline in schizophrenia

March 10, 2010

In one of the first such studies involving human patients with schizophrenia, researchers at UC Davis have provided evidence that deficits in a brain chemical may be responsible for some of the debilitating cognitive deficits — poor attention, memory and problem-solving abilities — that accompany the delusions and hallucinations that are the hallmarks of the disorder.

New UC Davis nursing school receives first research awards

March 10, 2010

Before students take their first course at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis’ newest professional school is already conducting research to advance health and improve health care. Nursing researchers Heather M. Young and Deborah Ward were recently awarded grants for two different nursing research studies.

Study suggests need for broader use of individualized learning plans for physicians

March 9, 2010

Physicians would be better prepared for the accelerating rate of scientific discovery — and more in step with the latest in patient care — if they added an important tool to their medical bags: a plan for how to keep pace with emerging health-care advances.

UC Davis to open stem cell research facility

March 9, 2010

The new, $62 million UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, a facility supported by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), officially opens Wednesday, March 10, on the university's Sacramento campus.

Study suggests higher level of naturally occurring estrogen is an indicator of higher stroke risk in older women

March 8, 2010

Postmenopausal women who have higher estrogen levels but are not taking menopausal hormone therapy have a higher risk of stroke, according to new research published in the Archives of Neurology. 

Meyers awarded for legacy of compassionate care for cancer patients

March 8, 2010

Frederick J. Meyers, executive associate dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society, which recognizes excellence in the provision “of compassionate care and support to individuals with cancer.”

Fresh Country 101.9 FM The Wolf to air 10th Annual Children's Miracle Network Radiothon

March 5, 2010

The 10th Annual Radiothon, an on-air fund drive to raise money for education, treatment and equipment for sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, will air from Wednesday, March 17 through Friday, March 19, 2010 on Fresh Country 101.9 FM The Wolf, in collaboration with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

Media Advisory: UC Davis to open stem cell research facility

March 5, 2010

More than 200 invited guests are expected to attend the grand opening of the new $62 million UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, a facility supported by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Baumler elected to Fellowship in American Academy of Microbiology

March 4, 2010

Andreas J. Baumler, professor and vice chair of the UC Davis Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunity, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

New assistant professor appointed to School of Nursing founding faculty

March 3, 2010

Elena Siegel, a nursing researcher with a first career as a certified public accountant and controller, has been appointed assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She began her appointment on March 1, 2010.

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UC Davis MIND Institute's SENSE Theatre to present The Wizard of Oz

February 26, 2010

SENSE Theatre: A Stage of Hope for Children with Autism, joins with actors from the Magic Circle Theater's Master Class for a special production of The Wizard of Oz. SENSE Theatre is a unique intervention research program combining established behavioral science approaches alongside creative theatrical techniques to improve the social and emotional abilities of children with autism. Magic Circle Theater is located in Roseville. 

Servis appointed Associate Dean for Curriculum and Competency Development at UC Davis School of Medicine

February 26, 2010

Mark E. Servis, a national leader in medical education and a member of the UC Davis School of Medicine faculty for more than 20 years, has been appointed as the school's Associate Dean for Curriculum and Competency Development.

MIND Institute lecturer to discuss how mouse models can aid in search for autism treatment

February 26, 2010

Jacqueline Crawley, chief of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience of the Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, will discuss the use of mice to model potential causes and treatments for autism during the next UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the institute auditorium, at 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Radiation exposure/therapy experts at UC Davis

February 23, 2010

Recent media stories about excessive radiation exposure have generated widespread concern about the potential risks of radiation used for diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Strategies Help Clinicians Say "No" to Inappropriate Treatment Requests

February 22, 2010

When patients request an inappropriate treatment, clinicians can turn them down while preserving the physician-patient relationship by doing so in a way that addresses the patient’s concerns, according to a report in the Feb. 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Applications now open for first-ever graduate classes at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

February 22, 2010

Applications are now open for the first-ever graduate classes of the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. To encourage the best and brightest students to pursue graduate education, the school is offering generous financial support to each student admitted to the inaugural classes, which is made possible by the founding $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

UC Davis laboratory offers rapid, highly accurate test for multiple respiratory viruses

February 19, 2010

UC Davis Health System’s clinical laboratory now offers a test for respiratory viruses that its laboratory directors believe is more rapid, sensitive and comprehensive than any other test methods currently available in the Sacramento region.

Robert J. Waste appointed assistant director of Government and Community Relations for UC Davis Health System

February 19, 2010

Robert J. Waste, a longtime owner of a public-policy consulting firm and a former professor of public policy and administration at Sacramento State University, has been appointed as the assistant director of Government and Community Relations for UC Davis Health System.

Heroes honored: Police recognize others who protected, served community

February 17, 2010

The UC Davis Police Department recently recognized some heroic role reversals.

UC Davis Kidney Transplant Program among top-rated in nation

February 17, 2010

UC Davis Medical Center was rated among the top hospitals in the United States for kidney transplantation by a leading, independent health-care ratings organization.

UC Davis surgical team performs state's first robotic-assisted, multi-vessel cardiac bypass procedure

February 17, 2010

Two cardiothoracic surgeons at UC Davis Medical Center have performed the first robotic-assisted, multi-arterial, cardiac bypass procedure in California.

Autism's earliest symptoms not evident in children under 6 months

February 16, 2010

A study of the development of autism in infants, comparing the behavior of the siblings of children diagnosed with autism to that of babies developing normally, has found that the nascent symptoms of the condition — a lack of shared eye contact, smiling and communicative babbling — are not present at 6 months, but emerge gradually and only become apparent during the latter part of the first year of life.

UC Davis School of Medicine students present award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues"

February 12, 2010

Female medical students at UC Davis School of Medicine will present the award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Fishman receives distinguished service award from American Academy of Pain Medicine

February 12, 2010

Scott Fishman, professor and chief of the UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Interventional nephrology training program receives accreditation

February 9, 2010

The American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology recently accredited UC Davis Health System’s training program in diagnostic interventional nephrology, making it only the second program in California and the 10th in the U.S. to receive such a distinction.

Second-year student wins Julita A. Fong Scholarship

February 8, 2010

A second-year student has been named as the winner of an annual scholarship provided to women medical students at the UC Davis School of Medicine

School of Nursing uses text message campaign to deliver news

February 5, 2010

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is using mobile text messages to share timely information about applying for its inaugural graduate classes in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership.

DeVere's Irish Pub is new venue for annual St. Baldrick's event

February 4, 2010

The annual St. Baldrick’s Day event to raise money for childhood cancer research has moved from the UC Davis Cancer Center to the always-festive deVere’s Irish Pub, 15th and L streets in Sacramento.

Dresses with heart

February 4, 2010

A gladiator’s strength, the tradition of quilting and a mother’s struggle with cardiomyopathy are some of the inspirations for nine red dresses designed by UC Davis students in honor of National Heart Month. Commissioned by the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program, the spirited collection aims to raise awareness for women’s heart health across generations.

DAISY Awards bestowed upon six UC Davis Medical Center nurses

February 2, 2010

Six nurses at UC Davis Medical Center recently received the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the extraordinary efforts nurses perform everyday.

Antidepressants linked to breastfeeding problems in new mothers

February 1, 2010

New mothers who take common antidepressant drugs may not just be suppressing depression. They also may be suppressing their milk production in the early postpartum period, according to a new study.

Formalin spill in Glassrock Building at UC Davis Medical Center

February 1, 2010

An employee and a patient at one of UC Davis’ outpatient clinics were evaluated and released from UC Davis Medical Center’s emergency department today after the spill of approximately 20 milliliters — about a half an ounce — of formalin occurred in an exam room. Formalin is a liquid commonly used to preserve tissue biopsies.

New partnership aims to develop the Sacramento Asian Pacific Islander Dementia Care Network

February 1, 2010

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center is a partner in the creation of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Islander Dementia Care Network, which is intended to address barriers to service for Alzheimer’s disease within the Asian and Pacific Islander population.

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UC Davis researchers identify brain protein for synapse development

January 29, 2010

A new study from UC Davis Health System identifies for the first time a brain protein called SynDIG1 that plays a critical role in creating and sustaining synapses, the complex chemical signaling system responsible for communication between neurons. The research, published in the Jan.14 issue of the journal Neuron, fills a major gap in understanding the molecular foundations of higher cognitive abilities as well as some brain disorders.

The Biggest Winners: Fashion show showcases UC Davis weight-loss surgery patients

January 28, 2010

Lisa Humble isn't normally a fashion model. But this Friday night, the Sacramento resident will showcase her renewed health and improved figure as she glides past a supportive audience of friends and family at a UC Davis Medical Center event celebrating weight-loss surgery success stories.

Research shows HIV vaccine strategies need to focus on identifying new virus-suppressive T-cell functions

January 28, 2010

Researchers at UC Davis and UC San Francisco have determined that focusing only on the direct-killing effect of CD8+ T-cells fails to capture their full potential in fighting HIV.

Smith and Chapman to be honored by Cal Aggie Alumni Association

January 28, 2010

Terrence Smith, a UC Davis School of Medicine alumnus who treats Myanmar refugees in Thailand, and Michael W. Chapman, professor emeritus and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, are among the UC Davis alumni honored with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association's 2010 Alumni Awards.

Young cancer patient visits the president, inspires others to share his optimism

January 26, 2010

Jabril Malik Debrow could have had a Play Station 3, or taken a ride on a private airplane or shaken hands with a movie star. When given a chance for a wish come true, however, the 10-year-old Fairfield boy had a better idea.

UC Davis researcher receives grant to study how cells sense electric fields

January 26, 2010

Learning how living cells can detect and respond to electric fields is the aim of a $570,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to Min Zhao, professor of dermatology and ophthalmology at the UC Davis Health System and Center for Neuroscience.

Reproductive coercion often is accompanied by physical or sexual violence, study finds

January 25, 2010

Young women and teenage girls often face efforts by male partners to sabotage birth control or coerce pregnancy — including damaging condoms and destroying contraceptives — and these efforts, defined as “reproductive coercion,” frequently are associated with physical or sexual violence, a study by a team of researchers led by UC Davis has found.

Hansen to address fostering community partnerships at next Minds Behind the MIND lecture

January 22, 2010

Robin Hansen, a professor of pediatrics at the UC Davis MIND Institute and an advocate for full inclusion for people with developmental disorders, will discuss the activities of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) and its role in fostering community partnerships during the next Minds Behind the MIND lecture.

Lecture looks at stress in the lives of mothers of adolescents and adults with autism

January 21, 2010

Marsha Mallick Seltzer, a leading expert on the effects of caregiving on the family, will discuss the stresses of mothering an adolescent or adult with an autism spectrum disorder during the Feb. 10 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the MIND Institute Auditorium at 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

UC Davis pediatrician to receive 2010 Physician Humanitarian Award

January 21, 2010

Richard J.D. Pan, an associate clinical professor of pediatrics in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2010 Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California, the state government agency that licenses and regulates physicians.

Common stomach pathogen may protect against tuberculosis

January 19, 2010

It's been implicated as the bacterium that causes ulcers and the majority of stomach cancers, but studies by researchers at Stanford University, UC Davis and the University of Pittsburgh have found that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) also may play a protective role against the worldwide killer, tuberculosis (TB).

Artificial muscles restore ability to blink, save eyesight

January 18, 2010

Surgeons from UC Davis Medical Center have demonstrated that artificial muscles can restore the ability of patients with facial paralysis to blink, a development that could benefit the thousands of people each year who no longer are able to close their eyelids due to combat-related injuries, stroke, nerve injury or facial surgery.

UC Davis to study drug therapy to minimize death and disability from traumatic brain injury

January 15, 2010

A clinical trial of a new neuroprotective drug for people with traumatic brain injuries will be offered to patients seen in UC Davis Medical Center’s level-1 trauma center, through an $8 million grant funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the U.S. Department of Defense.

UC Davis research confirms benefits of calcium and vitamin D in preventing fractures

January 14, 2010

Taking both calcium and vitamin D supplements on a daily basis reduces the risk of bone fractures, regardless of whether a person is young or old, male or female, or has had fractures in the past, a large study of nearly 70,000 patients from throughout the United States and Europe has found.

Minear among first in nation to receive credential as Certified Healthcare CIO

January 13, 2010

Michael Minear, chief information officer for UC Davis Health System, is among the first group of health-care executives in the country to be credentialed as a Certified HealthCare CIO by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Corbacho selected for Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community

January 12, 2010

Ana Corbacho, a champion of aspiring young scientists, has been awarded the Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community.

UC Davis to break ground for new Telehealth Resource Center

January 11, 2010

UC Davis physicians, nurses and administrative leaders will gather to mark the official groundbreaking for the new California Telehealth Resource Center facility on the university’s Sacramento campus.

Serious lung infections in children jump after introduction of pneumococcus vaccine

January 11, 2010

A comprehensive national study by UC Davis researchers has found that the introduction of an early childhood vaccine for bacterial pneumonia nearly a decade ago has decreased the incidence of pneumonia but the drop was accompanied by a dramatic increase in the incidence of a serious and sometimes life-threatening complication.  

Visiting speaker to highlight the genetics of Tourette syndrome

January 11, 2010

Matthew State — an expert on the unique genetic variations linked to childhood neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders — will be at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute on Jan. 13, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss new insights into Tourette syndrome.

UC Davis Health Informatics Program, nursing school offer interprofessional seminar

January 6, 2010

The UC Davis Health Informatics Program and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will feature a nursing informatics theme at the January 2010 Seminar Series Lecture entitled “Comparative Effectiveness Research Using Practice-Based Evidence: How Nursing Can Lead the Interdisciplinary Team” by Susan D. Horn, an adjunct professor at Utah School of Medicine Department of Medical Informatics. The lecture will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 1222 in the Education Building at 4610 X St. in Sacramento.

Hales honored by California Hospital Association

January 5, 2010

Robert E. Hales, chair of the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been recognized by the California Hospital Association with the Simanek Distinguished Service Award for lifetime achievement in the area of behavioral mental health services.

UC Davis lung cancer specialist wins prestigious award

January 5, 2010

David Gandara, professor of medicine, director of clinical research and director of the UC Davis Cancer Center's thoracic oncology program, has been awarded the 2010 Addario Lectureship Award for his innovative lung cancer research and his championship for personalized cancer therapy through predictive biomarkers.

UC Davis researchers identify autism clusters in California

January 4, 2010

Researchers at UC Davis have identified 10 locations in California where the incidence of autism is higher than surrounding areas in the same region. Most of the areas, or clusters, are in locations where parents have higher-than-average levels of educational attainment. The other clusters are located close to major autism treatment centers.

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Cancer Center radiation oncologist wins Young Investigator Award

December 23, 2009

UC Davis radiation oncologist Allen Chen has been honored with the prestigious Simon Kramer New Investigator Award from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG).

Eight elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows

December 17, 2009

Eight UC Davis faculty members are among 531 new fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year for their efforts to advance science or its applications.

Office of Continuing Medical Education achieves elite status

December 11, 2009

UC Davis Health System’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) achieved a considerable distinction this month when the department was awarded reaccreditation “with commendation” for the quality and organization of its educational programs for physicians and other health-care professionals.

UC Davis professor addresses presidential panel on cancer

December 9, 2009

As the population of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders surges in the United States, so too will the incidence of cancer — and the associated disparities that make cancer the leading cause of death in these groups.

UC Davis Cancer Center and Active 20/30 Club throw holiday bash for young cancer patients

December 9, 2009

Annual holiday party for the UC Davis pediatric cancer patients.   Event features holiday arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, magicians, sing-alongs, and other musical entertainment, food, drinks, hand massages, Henna tattoos, goodie bags and gifts for the children, family photos and a special visit from Santa.

UC Davis Cancer Center to host annual Giboney Tree of Hope sale

December 8, 2009

Annual Giboney Tree of Hope sale to benefit breast cancer research at UC Davis. Tree will be “untrimmed,” and all ornaments will be on sale, in addition to linens, jewelry, holiday décor, stationery, reading glasses and other items.

Bers honored by American Heart Association

December 3, 2009

Donald Bers — the Joseph Silva Chair for Cardiovascular Research, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at UC Davis — has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for his work in basic cardiovascular sciences.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among top 45 hospitals in the nation on new list measuring quality and efficiency

December 3, 2009

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the top 45 hospitals on The Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key variables such as mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices and measures of efficiency.

Area universities pull together for hepatitis C awareness campaign

December 1, 2009

More than 40 percent of college students falsely believe that tattooing and body piercing are unlikely to pose health risks, researchers from UC Davis and Sacramento State University have found.

Wilson to speak on eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities

December 1, 2009

 M. Roy Wilson, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, a leading ophthalmologist and champion for eliminating inequalities in access to health care, will speak in Sacramento on “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Historical, Institutional and Personal Views.” His address takes place on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. The event is free and open to the public.

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UC Davis Cancer Center and Sacramento State University partnership launch "Be Smart With Body Art"

November 30, 2009

Press conference to launch “Be Smart With Body Art,” a multi-media public health campaign to help young people understand the risk of hepatitis C virus transmission when tattoos and piercings are done improperly.

New generation of brachytherapy now offered at UC Davis Cancer Center

November 25, 2009

In the fight against prostate cancer, accuracy is key to effective treatment. Especially when radiation therapy is used to kill tumor cells, a precisely delivered dose can improve cure rates — and lessen the chances for unwanted side effects.

New study of investigational Alzheimer's disease treatment enrolling patients in Martinez

November 24, 2009

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center is enrolling patients with Alzheimer's disease in the Concert study, a new multi-site clinical trial that will test the efficacy of a unique investigational drug called Dimebon, in patients currently taking Aricept, the leading Alzheimer's disease medication worldwide.

Wilson to highlight racial and ethnic health disparities

November 23, 2009

M. Roy Wilson, a leading ophthalmologist and chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, will speak on “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Historical, Institutional and Personal Views” on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at 5 p.m. in Sacramento.

Media advisory: African-American physicians unite to support African-American newcomers to medicine

November 20, 2009

Sacramento region physicians welcome new doctors to the profession and provide encouragement to students and residents just beginning their medical careers at the African-American Physician Welcome Dinner. The event seeks to foster mentoring relationships between established doctors and newcomers to the field and promote volunteerism in community clinics that serve uninsured and underinsured patients.

Aguilar-Gaxiola receives National Award of Excellence

November 20, 2009

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of internal medicine and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, has been awarded the 2009 National Award of Excellence in Blending Research and Practice from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse.

Excess folic acid may pose health risks for the elderly, UC Davis study suggests

November 19, 2009

A new UC Davis study found that elevated levels of folic acid may aggravate metabolic complications associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency — a serious health concern that can lead to anemia and neurological damage. The results, which are online now and will be published in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that it is wise to avoid taking folic-acid supplements unless specifically advised by a physician.

UC Davis sues Sacramento County for more than $100 million in unpaid claims and to protect rights of indigent residents

November 19, 2009

UC Davis Medical Center is suing the County of Sacramento and responsible public officials for their failure to process and pay more than $100 million in claims for medical care.

Simon Baron-Cohen to discuss the androgen theory of autism

November 18, 2009

Simon Baron-Cohen, an internationally renowned autism researcher and author of several acclaimed books on autism, including "Mindblindness" and "The Essential Difference," will present a lecture on "The Androgen Theory of Autism," on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as part of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.

University of Athens confers doctor honoris causa title on Gershwin

November 17, 2009

The National and Capodistrian University of Athens in Greece has conferred the honorary title of doctor honoris causa on Eric Gershwin — professor and chief of the UC Davis Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology — in recognition of his lifetime achievement in immunology and medicine and for contributions to mankind in the spirit of Hippocrates, the first great physician

UC Davis Medical Center receives American Stroke Association's "Get With the Guidelines Bronze Performance Achievement Award"

November 16, 2009

UC Davis Medical Center has received the American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM-Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award.

Text message reminders can encourage healthy action

November 16, 2009

People who received daily text messages reminding them to apply sunscreen were nearly twice as likely to use it as those who did not receive such messages, a new study led by a UC Davis Health System dermatologist has found.

$4 million grant marks milestone for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

November 12, 2009

With the renewal of a $4 million grant, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has reached an impressive milestone. The grant — renewed for more than 26 years — is the longest continuously funded grant within the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education.

UC Davis to create community-based bike and car seat safety programs

November 12, 2009

Sacramento County communities with high rates of bicycle and motor vehicle deaths and injuries among children will be the beneficiaries of a new UC Davis program designed to save lives by promoting bike and car seat safety.

Live auction and wine tasting event will benefit UC Davis School of Medicine's student-run clinics

November 10, 2009

Tickets are now on sale for the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 30th annual Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit, set for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

New Associate Dean Appointed to Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

November 10, 2009

Deborah Ward, a nationally recognized expert in health policy and a nursing educator for more than 30 years, has been appointed associate dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Ward, who was appointed as the school’s first faculty in September 2008, began her appointment on Oct. 22, 2009.

UC Davis researchers discover new source of brain cells

November 9, 2009

Twenty-six years after scientists first suspected their existence, UC Davis researchers provide definitive evidence that certain neural progenitor cells, which can be identified by their expression of a myelin gene promoter, are present throughout the adult brain and spinal cord, and that these cells are capable of differentiating into neurons.

New UC Global Health Institute aims to prepare students to be world leaders

November 9, 2009

The University of California today launched a new Global Health Institute with nearly $4 million in start-up funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Villablanca and Howell receive grant to examine women's careers in medicine

November 6, 2009

UC Davis physician researchers Amparo Villablanca and Lydia Howell have received a $1.27 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for research on family-friendly policies for women with careers in medicine.

Hansen appointed to state Council on Developmental Disabilities

November 4, 2009

Robin Hansen, a professor of pediatrics at UC Davis and founding director of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has been appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Community forum on stem cell research and cancer

November 3, 2009

Four UC Davis stem cell experts will give brief presentations on stem cell research followed by a question-and-answer session during a community forum on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street, in Sacramento.

UC Davis MIND Institute to receive nearly $12 million in stimulus funds

November 2, 2009

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will receive nearly $12 million over two years to study causes and treatments for autism and other disorders, in funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the federal economic stimulus.

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UC Davis study finds distinctions in physician satisfaction by medical specialty

October 29, 2009

Results of a UC Davis study of more than 6,500 physicians has found significant distinctions in job satisfaction based on medical specialty. Physicians who treat the elderly and children top the satisfaction list, while gynecologists and some surgeons had lower satisfaction levels.

M.I.N.D. Institute lecture to address lupus, autoimmunity and autism

October 29, 2009

Betty A. Diamond, one of the nation’s leading lupus researchers, will discuss what is known about the autoimmune disease and how this knowledge can broaden understanding of the effects of autoimmunity found in some families of children with autism during the Nov. 9 UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecture Series address.

Capitol Family Fun Day slated for Sunday, Oct. 25

October 23, 2009

Capitol Family Fun Day, a free, Halloween themed-event for pre-school through pre-teen age children, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and come and learn about good health practices, nutrition, safety and fitness. The activity is organized by UC Davis Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.

UC Davis study finds mercury levels in children with autism and those developing typically are the same

October 19, 2009

In a large population-based study published online today, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute report that after adjusting for a number of factors, typically developing children and children with autism have similar levels of mercury in their blood streams. Mercury is a heavy metal found in other studies to adversely affect the developing nervous system.

Undergrad biology student wows judges at cancer center research symposium

October 19, 2009

When UC Davis undergraduate Tem Woldeyesus presented his scientific poster at the UC Davis Cancer Center research symposium recently, he didn't know his project was being scrutinized by a panel of three judges.

UC Davis scientists show how the brain changes minds

October 15, 2009

When you rationalize driving your SUV with the world growing ever warmer or smoking with the threat of lung cancer looming, a distinct area in the middle of the frontal lobes of your brain allows you to adjust your attitudes to justify your behavior, research conducted at UC Davis has found.

Garcia chosen as 2009 Central Service Technician of the Year

October 15, 2009

Ezequiel Garcia, a hospital operating room assistant III at the UC Davis Same Day Surgery Center, has been selected as the 2009 Central Service Technician of the Year by the Golden West Central Service and Health Care Chapter.

Consumers rate UC Davis Medical Center among nation's best — again

October 15, 2009

For the 11th 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.

Leshner to speak on the critical need to link science with the public

October 14, 2009

Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the prestigious journal Science, will speak in Sacramento on "The Evolving Context for Science and Society: Creating Strong Dialogues and a Collaborative Approach Between Scientists and the Public."

UC Davis medical students join Del Paso Heights residents to plant new community garden

October 14, 2009

Over the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity, so dramatic in fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has christened the term “obesogenic” to describe American Society.  Obesity effects lower income people at much higher rates than the well-to-do. So the students of the honors society at the UC Davis School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, have joined together with the Health Education Council to promote healthy eating in disadvantaged communities in Sacramento.

UC Davis study profiles "bad-guy magnet" gun dealers

October 13, 2009

A new UC Davis study finds that licensed handgun retailers who sell crime guns more frequently than expected have distinguishing characteristics that can be identified using existing records collected at the federal level. The study, published in the October issue of the journal Injury Prevention, suggests that screening and focused law enforcement could help disrupt illegal gun commerce without unduly affecting the legitimate gun market.

UC Davis seeks nursing education input from rural residents, health professionals

October 13, 2009

Residents and health-care professionals from around the Yuba-Sutter area are invited to provide input into the development of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis at a town-hall style meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Conference Center at 989 Plumas St., across from the Fremont Medical Center.

UC Davis researchers receive prestigious stimulus grant for stem-cell research on FXTAS

October 13, 2009

UC Davis researchers are among a handful of scientists nationwide to receive a highly coveted challenge grant from the National Institutes of Health, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The award is one of only 200 selected from among 22,000 challenge grant applications.

Capitol Family Fun Day to promote safe, healthy Halloween

October 13, 2009

Little ghosts, ghouls and goblins are invited to attend the second annual Capitol Family Fun Day, a free, Halloween-themed health fair hosted by UC Davis Children’s Hospital, on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the west steps of the state Capitol.

AAMC awards UC Davis' Elizabeth Miller prestigious Nickens Fellowship

October 8, 2009

Elizabeth Miller, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2009 Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the nation’s leading medical education organization. Miller will receive the award during the AAMC’s annual meeting Nov. 6 through 11 in Boston. 

MIND Institute's Robin Hansen honored for her role in fostering inclusion for the disabled

October 8, 2009

Robin Hansen, director of clinical programs at the UC Davis MIND Institute, was honored at the 16th Annual Supported Life Institute’s (SLI) Inclusion Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 7, as an outstanding role model in supporting community inclusion of all people, including people with developmental disabilities.

UC Davis Cancer Center peer navigator events mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 7, 2009

Safeway shoppers throughout the month of October will have a chance to learn more about a remarkable program that serves breast cancer patients throughout the region.

UC Davis Health System adopts stringent flu-prevention policy

October 7, 2009

UC Davis Health System faculty, staff, students, and vendors and contractors will be required to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu by Dec. 1 or wear masks covering their mouths and noses while at work or school to prevent the spread of infection. The new, more stringent policy affects all health system clinics and facilities, including UC Davis Medical Center and facilities located both on and off the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Media advisory: UC Davis Health System vaccine rally launches heightened efforts to fight flu

October 5, 2009

UC Davis Health System leaders will be among the first in line to get flu shots at the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Rally at UC Davis Medical Center. The event also highlights the health system’s strengthened flu-prevention efforts.

Leshner to discuss collaboration between scientists and the public on Oct. 22

October 2, 2009

Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive editor of the prestigious journal Science, will speak on "The Evolving Context for Science and Society: Creating Strong Dialogues and a Collaborative Approach Between Scientists and the Public."

UC Davis Health Informatics Program, nursing school offer October Seminar on Nursing Informatics

October 2, 2009

The UC Davis Health Informatics Program and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will feature a nursing informatics theme at the October 2009 Seminar Series Lecture entitled “Using Technology to Manage Chronic Illness in Older Adults at Home” by Bonnie Wakefield, a nursing associate professor for the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. The lecture will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the M.I.N.D. Institute auditorium at 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

"LENA" and early language learning in young children with autism

October 1, 2009

Research on a new device — a version of which is now available to consumers — that measures young children’s language-learning environment and holds promise for use in the screening, assessment and treatment of  young children with autism, will be the topic of the first 2009-2010 UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer address on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Revolutionary statewide UC collaboration targets breast cancer

September 30, 2009

UC Davis Cancer Center will take part in an unprecedented statewide collaboration for breast cancer patients with the goal of revolutionizing the course of their care by designing and testing new approaches to research, technology and health-care delivery.

UC Davis investigators to receive NIH New Innovator funding

September 28, 2009

The National Institutes of Health has announced that two UC Davis Health System researchers will receive NIH Director's New Innovator Awards to support their work on pediatric brain cancer and tuberculosis.

UC Davis medical students honoring those who have donated their bodies to science

September 25, 2009

UC Davis School of Medicine students from the Class of 2011 have planned what will likely be the largest memorial service in the school’s history to honor individuals who have donated their bodies to support medical research and education.

Subjects needed for study of drug for severe hand eczema

September 23, 2009

Researchers from the UC Davis Department of Dermatology are seeking subjects for a study of an oral experimental drug for treating severe hand eczema, a condition characterized by chronic dryness, itchiness and fissuring.

Spanish-language "mini medical school" on aging set for Sept. 26

September 23, 2009

A Spanish-language Mini Medical School devoted to teaching about health conditions and improving health while aging will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 1222.

Teen homeless organizations, UC Davis Children's Hospital collaborate to create "HealthShack"

September 22, 2009

For homeless youth, finding a way to keep track of your health records can be as challenging as finding a place to lay your head. Whether your inoculations are up-to-date and what kind of birth control pill you’re taking can get lost in the shuffle.

Three postdoctoral fellows join Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

September 21, 2009

Three postdoctoral fellows join the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing team this month. The scholars — along with fellow Tara Sharpp, who came to the school in fall 2008 — will develop as independent researchers and bring fresh ideas and energy as the school develops its interdisciplinary research environment.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels donates $30,000 to UC Davis Cancer Center

September 18, 2009

UC Davis Cancer will receive a $30,000 donation for pediatric cancer research Wednesday from Hyundai Hope on Wheels™, a philanthropy of Hyundai Motor America and its dealers.  The 2009 Hope on Wheels Tour is traveling nationwide to donate more than $1.3 million to childhood cancer research institutions and will be making a stop at UC Davis Cancer Center Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. to present the check at a ceremonial event.

UC Davis research confirms need for new statewide tracking system to combat prescription drug abuse

September 18, 2009

At a news conference this week in Los Angeles, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. unveiled a Web-based prescription-drug database that tracks all controlled substances (Schedule II, III and IV) prescribed in the state and gives doctors and law enforcement a powerful tool to combat prescription-drug abuse. Brown was joined at the event by Scott Fishman, professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and chief of the UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine, who led a UC Davis study that demonstrated the benefits of the new database.

David Kilmer, UC Davis chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation, dies at 52

September 18, 2009

David D. Kilmer, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at UC Davis Health System, died at his home in Sacramento on Tuesday, Sept. 15, of lymphoma at the age of 52.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels donates $30,000 to UC Davis Health System to support childhood cancer research

September 17, 2009

Childhood cancer patients and their families who have received treatment at UC Davis Cancer Center will join Hyundai and its dealers to present Noriko Satake, M.D. with a check for $30,000.

UC Davis and Sutter Amador Hospital partner to train rural physicians

September 17, 2009

Rural-PRIME, an innovative UC Davis School of Medicine program designed to increase access to health care in rural areas of California, entered a new phase this month with the launch of a medical-training partnership in Amador County.

Innovative, collaborative projects recognized with 2009 CTSC pilot grants

September 17, 2009

Seven UC Davis researchers received pilot grant awards from the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) to conduct innovative and collaborative research. The awards support studies ranging from work on a more effective epilepsy drug to an improved computer interface for controlling a wheelchair, room lights and a computer mouse.

"Sake Fest" to support pediatric heart care

September 17, 2009

It was 28 years ago and Harley and Judy Inaba had welcomed their second child, a little boy, into the world. But their joy would soon be tempered by anguish on learning that the infant had a serious congenital heart defect that would require surgery if he was to survive.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute schedules 2009-2010 season of Distinguished Lecturer Series presentations

September 16, 2009

For the eighth year, the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute will present monthly lectures by nationally and internationally recognized researchers in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders, like autism and Tourette syndrome, in the Distinguished Lecturer Series. The first lecture in the series will be held on Oct. 14.

Difficulties with daily activities associated with progression to dementia

September 15, 2009

Among individuals with mild cognitive impairment — often considered a transitional state between normal cognitive function and Alzheimer’s dementia — those who have more difficulties performing routine activities appear more likely to progress quickly to dementia, according to a report published online in the September issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

UC Davis seeks nursing education input from rural residents, health professionals

September 14, 2009

Residents and health-care professionals from around the Lake Tahoe area are invited to provide input into the development of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis at a town-hall style meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Eskridge Lobby Conference Room at the Tahoe Forest Hospital at 10121 Pine Ave. in Truckee.

Study identifies which children do not need CT scans after head trauma

September 14, 2009

A substantial percentage of children who get CT scans after apparently minor head trauma do not need them, and as a result are put at increased risk of cancer due to radiation exposure. After analyzing more than 42,000 children with head trauma, a national research team led by two UC Davis emergency department physicians has developed guidelines for doctors who care for children with head trauma aimed at reducing those risks.

National Child Passenger Safety Week seeks to reduce child motor vehicle fatalities

September 10, 2009

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged 3 to 6 and 8 to 14 years in the United States. In 2007, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 6,532 passenger vehicle occupants aged 14 and younger were involved in fatal crashes nationwide.

Painting for Miracles art auction slated

September 9, 2009

The fifth annual Painting for Miracles silent auction of art based on the touching stories of children who have been patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals throughout the country will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Creative Group, Inc., 304 N. 12th St., Sacramento. Admission to Painting for Miracles will be $5.

Residents receive Sarah C. Armstrong Award for Compassionate Care

September 9, 2009

Five residents at UC Davis Health System are the initial recipients of the Sarah C. Armstrong Award for Compassionate Care, intended to recognize residents and fellows who have demonstrated exemplary patience and compassion in the care of patients.

Medical management of sleep problems topic of presentation Sept. 22

September 4, 2009

The latest information on the medical and surgical management of sleep problems, including sleepiness, snoring and sleep apnea, will discussed at a presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y St., Sacramento, Room 3015B.

Volunteer, eat barbecue, support UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 3, 2009

On Sunday, Sept. 6, Tex Wasabi’s Rock-N-Roll Sushi-BBQ restaurant will team up with the Children’s Miracle Network to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital at the 10th Annual Country in the Park concert at Gibson Ranch County Park in Elverta, Calif. The restaurant is seeking up to 40 volunteers to staff the festival’s beer garden, and will donate $75 per volunteer to the hospital, up to a total of $3,000.

Szabo is president-elect of American Society for Surgery of the Hand

September 3, 2009

Robert Szabo, UC Davis professor of orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery, is the president-elect of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Some Asian-American women affected differently by non-smoking rules and policies, new research shows

September 3, 2009

Smoke-free policies and non-smoking rules are not always effective among Asian American women, a majority of which don’t smoke but may be at risk for second-hand smoke exposure, a recent study has found.

UC Davis physician, patient to be featured on Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon

September 3, 2009

Four-year-old UC Davis patient Kayla Vittek, and her physician, Craig McDonald, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation who specializes in the treatment of children and adults with muscular dystrophy, will be featured during a segment of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon.

UC Davis report finds gun shows as leading source of guns used in crimes

September 2, 2009

On September 2, the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program will announce the results of a comprehensive, undercover study entitled Inside Gun Shows: What Goes on When Everybody Thinks Nobody’s Looking. This unique report includes hundreds of hidden-camera photographs and video taken from 78 gun shows in 19 states, detailing how American gun shows have become leading sources of crime guns for Northern California, the United States, Mexico and Canada.

PET plus CT accurately visualizes suspected breast cancer tumors in 3-D, UC Davis researchers report

September 2, 2009

An innovative collaboration among UC Davis engineers, physicists and radiologists has resulted in the first-ever fully 3-D breast imaging technique that uses both high-resolution PET and CT scanning.

UC Davis report exposes loopholes in gun-control laws

September 2, 2009

Gun shows and the lack of uniform gun-control laws provide easy access to guns that can be used for criminal purposes, according to a new report released today from the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

UC Davis Health System presents public forum on stem cell treatment opportunities

September 1, 2009

Four UC Davis stem cell experts will give brief presentations on stem cell research followed by question-and-answer sessions during a community forum on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Education Building, 4610 X Street, in Sacramento.

Girls and boys needed for study of wearable activity monitor

September 1, 2009

Volunteers are needed for a UC Davis study to assess how an activity monitor, a small device similar to a pedometer worn on the hip, can measure how hard the subjects land on the ground while walking and running.

Prenatal exposure to dioxin-like PCBs interferes with brain development

September 1, 2009

A study by researchers with the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has found that prenatal exposure to a particular category of the persistent environmental pollutants PCBs is associated with the strongest detrimental effects on fetal neurodevelopment.

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City of Sacramento Resolution honors life, philanthropic efforts of Joseph Sullivan

August 28, 2009

Mayor Kevin Johnson recognized the philanthropy of Joseph Sullivan, a grandson of a former slave who was born in Georgia and realized the American dream of home ownership in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood of Sacramento, at a gathering at City Hall on August 25. Twenty-one UC Davis faculty and friends of Mr. Sullivan attended to show their support.

Cancer patient's memory lives on in annual Fair Oaks fundraiser

August 27, 2009

It has been almost 12 years since Sandra (Sandi) Schwedler lost her valiant fight against non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Girls and boys needed for study of wearable activity monitor

August 26, 2009

Volunteers are needed for a UC Davis study to assess how an activity monitor, a small device similar to a pedometer worn on the hip, can measure how hard the subjects land on the ground while walking and running.

Dixon girls make jewelry, raise funds for melanoma research

August 21, 2009

Sometimes, as they say, the greatest gifts come in the smallest packages. That is certainly the case of Ireland and Maren McGuire, who have given deeply of themselves in an effort to combat the disease that has taken hold of their grandmother.

UC Davis stem cell researcher awarded funding for novel approach to wound repair

August 21, 2009

Min Zhao, professor of dermatology and an expert in cell migration, has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

UC Davis Children's Hospital endocrinologists featured on Discovery Channel series

August 19, 2009

UC Davis Children’s Hospital endocrinologists Dennis Styne and Andrew Bremer will be featured on the Saturday, Aug. 22, episode of the Discovery Channel series “Extreme Bodies.”

Roseville civic leader "tireless crusader" for UC Davis Cancer Center

August 14, 2009

Carol Garcia's roots reach deep into the city of Roseville — five generations worth. That might explain why, after getting her college degree at Sacramento State, she returned home to raise her family and launch her career.

Free community concert on Aug. 13 at UC Davis Health System

August 12, 2009

Take advantage of the great weather and come out to the UC Davis Sacramento campus Thursday, Aug. 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a free outdoor concert featuring The Cheeseballs, a party band  that plays dance and pop classics, R&B, funk and hip hop hits.

UC Davis researcher receives funding for schizophrenia research

August 11, 2009

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has selected Michael Minzenberg of UC Davis as a recipient of a 2009 Clinical Scientist Development Award for his pioneering work in treating schizophrenia.

International nursing leaders to speak at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

August 11, 2009

Two international nursing leaders, one from Switzerland and one from Israel, will share their insights into nursing education and research during a breakfast lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

UC Davis to close primary-care practice in Colusa

August 10, 2009

UC Davis Health System will close its primary-care physician office in Colusa, Calif. on Nov. 1, 2009.

Tahoe Forest Health System Named Rural Center of Excellence

August 7, 2009

UC Davis Health System has named Tahoe Forest Health System as its first Rural Center of Excellence, a special designation that recognizes the Truckee-based organization for becoming a training site for medical students and for its willingness to embrace new approaches to rural health-care services.

Chronic disease self-management program is not more effective than typical care after one year

August 4, 2009

A peer-led health education and counseling program designed to help patients manage their chronic illnesses initially had some positive outcomes but did not improve patient health after one year, according to new research from UC Davis.

Free outdoor concert on August 13 at UC Davis Health System fosters community spirit, teamwork

August 4, 2009

UC Davis Health System and their Community Advisory Board will host the Sacramento Metropolitan Youth Choir and the dance band, The Cheeseballs, at its third annual free outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Health system awarded for educational efforts for 2008's Children's Hospital Bond Act

August 4, 2009

UC Davis Health System recently received recognition from the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems for its public-education campaign about Proposition 3, a California bond initiative that was approved by voters in November 2008.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute to hold day-long conference on autism, neurodevelopmental disorders on Aug. 7

August 3, 2009

State-of-the-art research and best practices for interventions to support children and adults with autism, Asperger syndrome, fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders will be presented by leaders in the field during a one-day conference for families, educators and other professionals on Friday, August 7, 2009.

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UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes new students

July 31, 2009

UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes its newest group of medical students at its annual Induction Ceremony.

Subjects needed for study of minimally invasive treatment for severe emphysema

July 30, 2009

UC Davis Medical Center is among several sites across the United States that is now recruiting patients with acute and chronic conditions of the lung for a study of a minimally invasive treatment for severe emphysema.

UC Davis Medical Center certified as advanced primary stroke center

July 30, 2009

UC Davis Medical Center has been certified as an advanced primary stroke center by the Joint Commission, signifying that the medical center’s services have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Becker receives Vice Chancellor and Hospital CEO award

July 28, 2009

Rhonda Becker, a senior supervisory clinical laboratory scientist, has received the 2008-09 Vice Chancellor and Hospital CEO Award in recognition of her improvements to laboratory operations and leadership in planning for its transition to the Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion.

Young investigator wins prestigous award for cancer cell research

July 23, 2009

Soichiro Yamada, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is the recipient of a coveted 2009 Beckman Young Investigators Award for his research on the molecules responsible for propelling cancer cells to move and invade other tissue.

Alzheimer's-causing amyloid and bacteria trigger same immune response in the brain

July 22, 2009

In a new study published today in the July issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe, UC Davis researchers report that amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and structures made by some gut bacteria both likely elicit the same response by human immune cells.

Poor health care access not to blame for high death rates among American Indian women with breast cancer

July 20, 2009

Low breast cancer screening and survival rates for American Indian and Alaska native women have more to do with cultural beliefs than with barriers such as access to health care, a new UC Davis study has found.

UC Davis study highlights work-life issues of female surgeons

July 20, 2009

Even with the demands of surgical careers, most surgeons would still choose their profession again. Women surgeons, however, are far more likely to postpone having children or to not have children at all and would prefer more flexibility in their work schedules, a national survey conducted by UC Davis researchers has found. The survey findings are reported today in the Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

New UC Davis sleep medicine physician counsels on getting a good night's sleep

July 17, 2009

We all need a good night’s sleep to be successful during the day. But millions of Americans — an estimated 70 million — have trouble sleeping.

Lane to help lead international conference on musculoskeletal disorders

July 14, 2009

Nancy Lane, professor of internal medicine and rheumatology and director of the UC Davis Center for Healthy Aging, has been named co-chair of the 2009 Bone and Joint Decade World Network Conference, scheduled for October in Washington, D.C.

Interactions between biology and environment crucial in treating ADHD

July 13, 2009

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 3 to 5 percent of children and adolescents and is the most commonly diagnosed child psychiatric disorder worldwide. It is also highly prevalent in adults with approximately 4 percent of the adult population thought to have ADHD. On July 16 Julie Schweitzer, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and an expert on ADHD, will discuss what her research reveals about how best to help people with the condition.

Cultural psychiatry expert joins UC Davis faculty, holds new endowed professorship

July 10, 2009

Francis Lu, a leading figure in cultural psychiatry, and the intersection of psychiatry and religion and spirituality, joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis on July 1. A former professor of clinical psychiatry at UC San Francisco, Lu holds the Luke and Grace Kim Professorship in Cultural Psychiatry and serves as Director of Cultural Psychiatry for the department.

Native of Maine wins Armour Scholarship at UC Davis School of Medicine

July 8, 2009

UC Davis medical student Heidi Corwin Collins has been selected to receive the 2009-10 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 and one of only a few female graduates at the time.

Dance to the music at UC Davis Health System!

July 6, 2009

UC Davis Health System and their Community Advisory Board will host the Sacramento Metropolitan Youth Choir and the dance band, The Cheeseballs, at the health system’s third annual outdoor concert on Thursday, August 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Nesbitt to lead technology advancement and partnership development for UC Davis Health System

July 1, 2009

Thomas Nesbitt, executive associate dean for administration and clinical outreach and director of the Center for Health and Technology, has accepted a new position at UC Davis Health System as associate vice chancellor for strategic technologies and alliances.

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"Vision" grants awarded to faculty by UC Davis Health System National Board of Advisors

June 30, 2009

Four UC Davis School of Medicine faculty members have been selected by UC Davis Health System’s National Board of Advisors to receive “Vision” grants, awarded for innovative, interdisciplinary and translational research projects that combine academic excellence with a commitment to social responsibility to transform health care and health.

Lee among first in nation certified as point-of-care specialist

June 30, 2009

Judith Lee, a clinical lab scientist specialist for UC Davis Health System, is among the first individuals in the United States to receive certification as a point-of-care specialist from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.

College students take giant step toward cancer science careers

June 29, 2009

Nine area college students are taking a giant step toward cancer science careers this summer — and helping to address a shortage of under-represented groups in cancer research — by working as interns in one of four UC Davis cancer research laboratories.

Opportunities abound for UC Davis Health System volunteers

June 29, 2009

The downturn in the nation's economy may be the reason for an uptick in the numbers of people volunteering at UC Davis Health System.

Meyers appointed executive associate dean at UC Davis School of Medicine

June 26, 2009

Frederick J. Meyers, a national leader in the hospice movement and the delivery of compassionate, end-of-life care, has been appointed Executive Associate Dean at the School of Medicine. Meyers, who has served as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine since 1997, began his appointment on May 1, 2009.

Brain functions that can prevent relapse improve after a year of methamphetamine abstinence

June 25, 2009

In a study published online by the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, UC Davis researchers report that it takes at least a year for former methamphetamine users to regain impulse control. The results tell recovering substance abusers, their families and drug-treatment specialists that it can take an extended period of time for the brain functions critical to recovery to improve.

UC Davis researchers develop new test for fragile X syndrome

June 25, 2009

Researchers at UC Davis have developed a new test that will measure the protein deficit responsible for fragile X syndrome — the single-most common cause of intellectual impairment and the most-commonly inherited cause of autism.

UC Davis students receive scholarships from biotech industry leader Genentech

June 23, 2009

Two UC Davis students — Mary Saunders, a Ph.D. candidate in comparative pathology with designated emphases in biotechnology and translational research, and Wenhui Zhou, an undergraduate studying biochemistry and molecular biology — received scholarships at a luncheon held yesterday at Genentech headquarters in South San Francisco.

UC Davis medical school again receives top grade for policies on drug companies

June 23, 2009

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the top-ranked medical schools on the 2009 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) PharmFree Scorecard, a national assessment of medical schools’ policies governing how the pharmaceutical industry interacts with faculty and students.

Electronic records project wins UC Davis Health System top UC tech award

June 19, 2009

UC Davis Health System has been honored with the Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for its efforts to develop a new system for physicians and pharmacists to use when ordering everything from medications and diagnostic tests to medical procedures and hospital discharges.

UC Davis researchers visualize formation of a new synapse

June 17, 2009

A protein called neuroligin that is implicated in some forms of autism is critical to the construction of a working synapse, locking neurons together like "molecular Velcro," a study lead by a team of UC Davis researchers has found.

Smartphone adds expertise to emergency room

June 16, 2009

Lester Mundel's leg infection came on with such pain and suddenness that a short trip to pick up his daughter from the airport in San Francisco ended up becoming a two-week stay in the hospital. If it hadn't been for the quick thinking of a pair of physicians using their smartphones, the 64-year-old Roseville resident might have lost more than just time. He could have lost his leg or perhaps even his life.

Sacramento Working Professional MBA Program to relocate, celebrate

June 12, 2009

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management announced today that it is moving its nationally ranked Sacramento Working Professional MBA Program from leased office space near the Tower Bridge in downtown Sacramento to the UC Davis Sacramento campus. The first classes will be held in the new facility in March 2010.

Health system severs ties with KRXQ

June 10, 2009

Due to recent comments made by announcers on KRXQ about transgender children, and the lack of a public response from KRXQ management about those comments, UC Davis Health System has canceled its advertising on the radio station and ended its partnership with the station for Children's Miracle Network fundraising.

UC Davis researcher to participate in media teleconference on launch of nation's most comprehensive study of autism

June 9, 2009

Leading autism researchers nationwide will hold a media teleconference to launch one of the largest research studies of its kind to investigate early risk factors for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The research network, called the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI), will follow a cohort of up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have a child with autism. The study is considered one of the best-equipped to discover biological markers and environmental risk factors for autism. The researchers will be joined on the call by the study's funders, the National Institutes of Health and Autism Speaks.

Hypertension among employees with lower-status jobs lingers well into retirement

June 9, 2009

Retirement from some occupations may not provide relief from the potentially devastating health effects of work-related hypertension, according to a new study from UC Davis. Published in the June issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the study is the first to show that retirement-aged Americans who held higher-status jobs — such as chief executives, financial managers and management analysts — tend to have the lowest rates of hypertension, while those who had lower-status jobs tend to have the highest rates.

UC Davis to collaborate on nation's most comprehensive study of autism early risk factors

June 9, 2009

A network of leading autism researchers from three regions across the country today launched one of the largest research studies of its kind to investigate early risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

UC Davis graduate, cancer survivor inspired to study medicine

June 8, 2009

For many people who have endured a cancer diagnosis, then arduous and sometimes devastating treatments, the best way forward is to put the entire experience behind them.

UC Davis medical student named AMA Foundation minority scholar

June 8, 2009

Manuel Tapia, a second-year student in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been selected by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation as one of only a handful of national 2009 Minority Scholars Award recipients. The awards promote diversity in the medical profession and commitment to improving minority health.

UC Davis Children's Hospital institutes hypothermia therapy for infants at risk of neurological damage

June 5, 2009

UC Davis Children's Hospital has instituted an innovative new treatment for infants born at risk of neurological damage that utilizes induced whole-body hypothermia  — or cooling  — in an effort to reduce the incidence of birth-related brain injury and  including cerebral palsy and cognitive delays.

UC Davis Trauma Center receives level I verification for both adults and pediatrics

June 5, 2009

UC Davis Medical Center has been verified as a level I trauma center and a level I pediatric trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma centers' dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Study shows link between depression and cognitive decline in older Latino couples

June 3, 2009

Researchers studying older Latino married couples found that a husband’s level of depression negatively impacts not only his cognitive abilities but can also negatively affect his wife’s depression and mental faculties over time. The reverse situation, however, does not hold true. These are some of the findings from an eight-year National Institute of Aging-funded study published online in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.

UC Davis Cancer Center bone marrow drive provides leukemia patients chance for cure

June 3, 2009

Sacramento area residents can help provide hope to patients with leukemia at the Marrowthon Drive with BloodSource on June 9 at UC Davis Cancer Center.

Scherer is new chief of UC Davis Trauma Program

June 3, 2009

UC Davis trauma surgeon Lynette Scherer has been named as the new chief of the UC Davis Trauma Program for UC Davis Medical Center.

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to host Act Early Summit

June 2, 2009

Leaders in early identification of autism from the western United States and beyond will hold a summit in Sacramento to strategize how to better identify children at risk of the disorder for the earliest possible interventions. The timing of the summit is especially significant given looming state and federal budget cuts that threaten health and education programs for young children.

UC Davis medical students shine in national testing

June 1, 2009

In their first big test toward becoming physicians, second-year medical students at UC Davis outpaced students from other schools in the United States and Canada in their initial medical licensing examination.

Fourth Annual Cops for Kids Fly-in Charity Event to be held June 3

June 1, 2009

On Wednesday, June 3, dozens of representatives of law enforcement agencies from throughout the Sacramento region, organized by representatives of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Air Operations Bureau, will arrive in a convoy to deliver toys to children who are sick or injured and are inpatients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, in the Fourth Annual Cops for Kids Fly-In Charity Event.

New nursing school seeks visionary founding faculty

June 1, 2009

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks visionary nurse educators and researchers to join the founding faculty and help establish the new nursing school at UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Cancer survivors celebrate at Annual Survivorship Picnic

June 1, 2009

If there was a theme at Saturday’s annual Cancer Center Survivorship Picnic, it must have been hope.

UC Davis Health Informatics Program, nursing school offer June seminar on nursing informatics

June 1, 2009

The UC Davis Health Informatics Program and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will feature a nursing informatics theme at the June 2009 Seminar Series Lecture “Knowledge Translation at the Point of Care: Nursing Informatics” by Suzanne Bakken, a nursing professor for Columbia University’s School of Nursing. The lecture will be from noon to 1:15 in Room 1222 of the Education Building at the UC Davis Health System.

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UC Davis School of Medicine Honors Class of 2009

May 29, 2009

Eighty-five medical students finally will have that coveted "M.D." attached to their names tomorrow following the commencement of the UC Davis School of Medicine's Class of 2009, set for Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Mondavi Center on the Davis campus.

UC Davis School of Medicine honors three alumni for contributions to the field of medicine

May 29, 2009

Terrence E. Smith has dedicated thousands of hours to refugees of Burma who enter Thailand's Mae Tao Clinic with burns, missing limbs, AIDS, malaria and other injuries and diseases. Saul Schaefer is committed to finding ways to limit damage to heart muscle during heart attacks and major surgery. And Thomas S. Nesbitt has worked tirelessly to improve health by using technology to link rural physicians with medical specialists. These three distinguished alumni of the UC Davis School of Medicine were honored for their contributions to medicine and service to UC Davis and the community at the school's 23rd Alumni Day Reunion Dinner in Sacramento on May 16.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute to hold day-long conference on autism, neurodevelopmental disorders

May 28, 2009

State-of-the-art research and best practices for interventions to support children and adults with autism, Asperger syndrome, fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders will be presented by leaders in the field during a one-day conference for families, educators and other professionals on Friday, August 7, 2009.

Leader in cognitive neuroscience to speak at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

May 28, 2009

Adele Diamond, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, will present a lecture on ways to improve attention, impulse control and learning in young children in the final address of this year's UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series on Wednesday, June 10 at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, at 2825 50th St., in Sacramento. No reservations are required and parking is available.

Villablanca receives prestigious women's health award

May 27, 2009

Amparo Villablanca, director of the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program, has been chosen to receive the annual Helen Rodriguez-Trias Award for Excellence in Community-Based Women’s Health Leadership.

Health system advertisements win national awards

May 27, 2009

Advertisements for UC Davis Health System recently won awards from national firms that assess marketing and advertising materials from health-care organizations.

Poor attention in kindergarten predicts lower high school test scores, UC Davis researchers find

May 26, 2009

As thousands of students nationwide prepare to leave high school, a UC Davis study appearing online today in the June issue of the medical journal Pediatrics shows a clear link between attention problems early in school — as early as kindergarten — and lower high school test scores.

Researchers induce formation of new blood vessels using stem cells from bone marrow

May 22, 2009

Researchers have successfully induced the formation of new blood vessels in mice with reduced blood flow (ischemia) to their limbs using adult human stem cells. The breakthrough treatment resulted in fully functioning limbs that showed both increased blood flow to previously damaged areas and an increase in the number of blood vessels.

Robert Hales named acting director of UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

May 21, 2009

Robert E. Hales, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine, will assume the role of acting director of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute while a search is conducted for a permanent director. His appointment is effective on July 1.

UC Davis Cancer Center welcomes the community to National Cancer Survivors Week, May 25 through 30

May 20, 2009

Special events open to the public and honoring cancer survivors highlight the 2009 National Cancer Survivors Week celebration at UC Davis Cancer Center. Survivors along with their families, friends, caregivers and health-care providers are welcome to participate and experience a few of the many programs and resources the cancer center and community offer.

Projected surge in liver cancer among Asian American and Pacific Islanders

May 19, 2009

Liver cancer among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is expected to soar in coming years, in part as a result of chronic hepatitis B, a leading cause of the disease.

Second annual Literature and Pathology Conference set for May 22-24

May 19, 2009

Images of illness in literature and drama will be the focus of the second annual Literature and Pathology Conference, set for May 22 through May 24 at the Education Building on UC Davis' Sacramento campus, 4610 X St.

UC Davis biochemist Jue is editor of new book, "Fundamental Concepts in Biophysics"

May 15, 2009

Thomas Jue, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, is the editor of a newly published book, “Fundamental Concepts in Biophysics.”

Pomeroy named Humanitarian of the Year by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento

May 15, 2009

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento last night presented its 2009 Humanitarian of the Year award to Claire Pomeroy, Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences at UC Davis and dean of UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis research highlighted on "Faculty of 1000 Biology" Web site

May 14, 2009

A study by UC Davis researchers has been highlighted as one of  "the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences,” based on the recommendations of some of the world’s top researchers in the field.

UC Davis Children's Hospital "survivors" to celebrate their triumph over childhood illnesses, injuries on "Miracle Island"

May 14, 2009

Nearly 1,000 former UC Davis Childrens Hospital patients, who outwitted and outlasted serious childhood illnesses to become survivors as well as the doctors, nurses, therapists and other caregivers who treated them will come together to "outplay" during a celebratory reunion on children's hospital “Miracle Island."

Pediatrician Lau receives 2009 Dr. Eli Gold Award

May 13, 2009

Keith Lau, a UC Davis assistant professor of pediatric nephrology, has received the 2009 Dr. Eli Gold Award, which honors the memory of the second chair of the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics.

Women previously diagnosed with abnormal cervical cell growth at higher risk for recurrence and invasive cancer

May 12, 2009

New research from the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research has found that women who have been treated for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (abnormal cervical cell growth), are at higher risk for a recurrence of the disease or invasive cervical cancer.

UC Davis dietitians to teach students about healthy eating, nutrition-related careers

May 11, 2009

About 100 ninth-grade biology students at Sacramento High School will learn about healthy eating, local produce and nutrition-related careers from UC Davis Health System’s Food and Nutrition Services on Thursday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the school, located at 2315 34th St., Sacramento.

International researcher on autism and sleep to speak at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

May 6, 2009

One of the most challenging aspects of having a child with autism is that most don’t sleep normally.

Making cancer doable

May 5, 2009

UC Davis Cancer Center is offering a free orientation and training session for breast-cancer survivors who want to help those recently diagnosed with the disease. Offered as part of the WeCARE Peer Navigator Program, the training begins the process of becoming a "cancer coach," which involves supporting breast-cancer patients with problem-solving skills, psychosocial needs, community resources and appointments with physicians.

UC Davis Health System researchers awarded new stem cell grants

May 1, 2009

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency, has approved two multimillion dollar, multi-year grants to UC Davis Health System researchers to develop a novel stem cell therapy for neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington's disease and to support the development of treatments for young patients suffering from sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and other inherited blood and metabolic disorders.

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Top community honors for UC Davis Health System

April 27, 2009

The Community Services Planning Council in Sacramento presented UC Davis Health System with its prestigious Sustained Community Support award last week at its annual People Helping People Awards luncheon.

Burn Brigade 2009 to celebrate 35-year partnership with UC Davis Medical Center, Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center

April 24, 2009

The Firefighters Burn Institute is hosting Burn Brigade 2009 to celebrate its 35-year partnership with UC Davis Medical Center and the establishment of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among nation's best

April 23, 2009

In its annual ranking of the nation's best graduate schools, U.S. News & World Report magazine has again ranked the UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools.

Burns selected for award from Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

April 23, 2009

Marie Burns, associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and a member of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, is the 2009 recipient of the Cogan Award. The award, bestowed by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, recognizes a researcher 40 years or younger who has made important contributions to research in ophthalmology or visual science that are directly related to disorders of the human eye or visual system, and who shows substantial promise for future research.

Prostate cancer expert to lead UC Davis Radiation Oncology

April 17, 2009

Richard K. Valicenti has joined UC Davis Health System as professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, where he will lead the department’s clinical, research, education and administrative operations.

UC Davis physician wins prestigious award from the national Academic Pediatric Association

April 17, 2009

Nathan Kuppermann, a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded the Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award by the national Academic Pediatric Association (APA).

Expert available: Gun dealers, gun shows, crime guns and public health

April 15, 2009

News about the escalating and deadly violence among the drug cartels based in Mexico has highlighted the flow of firearms easily obtained in the United States and used in killings across the border.

Training program for hospice volunteers starts April 27

April 15, 2009

A yearly training program for people interested in becoming volunteers for the UC Davis Hospice Program will begin at the end of April.

Madden awarded by American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

April 14, 2009

Lori Madden, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurological Surgery, is the recipient of the 2009 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

UC Davis Cancer Center operations return to normal

April 13, 2009

UC Davis Police issued an all clear today at UC Davis Cancer Center after a search of facilities did not uncover an alleged bomb.

Researchers identify how PCBs may alter in utero, neonatal brain development

April 13, 2009

In three new studies — including one appearing online today in the Public Library of Science - Biology (PLoS - Biology) — UC Davis researchers provide compelling evidence of how low levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) alter the way brain cells develop.

New funding allows UC Davis researchers to develop simple diagnostic test for kidney cancer

April 9, 2009

UC Davis researchers have received a $1.25 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to identify the biomarkers of kidney cancer. The funding makes possible a five-year project that will find early indicators and a diagnostic test for the disease.

"Minds Behind the M.I.N.D." lectures slated for April 16

April 9, 2009

"The Immunobiology of Autism" and "Models of Neurodevelopmental Susceptibility in Autism" will be the topics of the Thursday, April 16, Minds Behind the M.I.N.D. lectures.

Stone honored by Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology

April 8, 2009

Anthony Stone, professor and vice chair of the Department of Urology, has received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology.

Stem cell dialogues: "Opportunities for treating vascular disorders"

April 6, 2009

UC Davis vascular specialists and stem cell experts will present the latest results of studies and discuss upcoming clinical trials on the use of stem cells to treat vascular disorders such as peripheral artery disease and stroke.

UC Davis researcher receives $2.6 million grant to study most common human genetic deletion

April 2, 2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Tony J. Simon, pediatric cognitive neuroscientist with the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, a five-year, $2.6 million grant to study the syndrome associated with the single most common genetic deletion in humans — chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute to be featured in national documentary on autism

April 2, 2009

An hour-long documentary on autism featuring the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute will be broadcast on the Discovery Health cable channel on Monday, April 6 at 8 p.m.

UC Davis researchers identify a protein that may help breast cancer spread, beat cancer drugs

April 1, 2009

New research from UC Davis Cancer Center shows that a protein called Muc4 may be the essential ingredient that allows breast cancer to spread to other organs and resist therapeutic treatment. The study, which appears in the April 1 issue of Cancer Research, is one of the first to characterize the role of Muc4 in this disease.

UC Davis, Tahoe Forest health systems establish medical education partnership

April 1, 2009

An innovative UC Davis program, designed to help increase health-care access in rural areas of the state, enters a new phase this week with the formal announcement of its first clerkship training site.

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Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis offers nursing practice lecture

March 31, 2009

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis visiting professor Eileen Sullivan-Marx will present a lecture entitled “Collaborative Circles: The Case for Academic-Owned Nursing Practice,” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the UC Davis Health System Education Building in Sacramento. The lecture will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Reducing traffic deaths from impaired driving via increased DUI convictions is aim of UC Davis project

March 30, 2009

Hospital emergency rooms have long been a place where lives are saved on the spot. A new program being developed by the UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program will extend that lifesaving work by making sure law enforcement agencies know the blood-alcohol content of patients admitted after alcohol-related vehicle crashes.

UC Davis researchers find personality test can predict whether medical study participants will stay or go

March 26, 2009

A study by researchers at UC Davis has found that giving clinical trial participants a simple personality test can predict which ones are more likely to drop out of a study or miss data collection appointments and potentially "wreak havoc" with study outcomes.

First-ever video reveals how HIV spreads between immune cells

March 26, 2009

For the first time, scientists at UC Davis and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have captured video footage showing the transfer of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from an infected T-cell to an uninfected one through an adhesive structure called a virological synapse.

Inconsistent performance speed among children with ADHD may underlie how well they use memory

March 24, 2009

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show more variable or inconsistent responses during ‘working’ or short-term memory tasks when compared with typically developing peers, a study by UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researcher Julie Schweitzer has found.

"The fever effect" in autism subject of April 2009 M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecture

March 24, 2009

More often than children with other neurodevelopmental disorders, children with autism are observed to experience periods of improved behavior and language use during fevers and illness. Studies of this behavioral anomaly, known as “the fever effect,” will be the topic of the April 2009 UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Statewide sickle cell disease symposium to explore the diverse faces of sickle cell

March 20, 2009

The image that comes to mind for most people when they think of sickle cell disease is that of an African American. But, due to immigration and a variety of other factors, in California the face of sickle cell disease has become decidedly more diverse.

UC Davis researcher receives funding to develop diagnostic test for ovarian cancer

March 19, 2009

UC Davis researcher Gary Leiserowitz has received $900,000 from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to support his efforts in finding an early diagnostic marker for ovarian cancer.

UC Davis Medical School graduates accepted into residency programs on "Match Day"

March 19, 2009

Eighty-three UC Davis School of Medicine students learned today where in the United States they will be continuing their medical education over the next several years as they train to become licensed physicians.

UC Regents approve Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

March 19, 2009

The University of California Board of Regents today approved establishment of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. The school is so named in honor of the historic $100 million philanthropic grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

"Residency Match Day" event a defining moment for UC Davis medical students

March 17, 2009

 “Match Day” is an emotional and defining moment for graduating medical students at UC Davis and other schools throughout the nation. 

UC Davis physician honored for cross-cultural communication effort

March 17, 2009

Tonya Fancher, an assistant professor of internal medicine and associate program director for the department's residency training program, has been selected as the first recipient of the Putnam Scholars Program, sponsored by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare.

Sacramento State and UC Davis awarded stem cell grant for graduate student research training

March 13, 2009

Sacramento State graduate students will soon be working in UC Davis stem cell laboratories thanks to a grant approved Thursday, March 12 by the governing board of the state’s stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

New MRI scanner at UC Davis Medical Center provides greater ease, comfort

March 12, 2009

A routine medical test that is uncomfortable for many people now promises to be much easier for Sacramento-area patients, thanks to new MRI technology now in use at UC Davis Medical Center.

Second-year student wins Habbas Scholarship

March 11, 2009

Jamal Rahimi, a second-year medical student, has won the $1,750 Amin and Nancy Habbas Scholarship, established to help high-achieving students of Arab origin enrolled at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Media advisory: Going bald for the seventh time

March 10, 2009

The Luigi boys — Tino, 13, and Jake, 15 — have something to celebrate: They are going bald for the seventh year in a row. As part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation head-shaving event hosted by the Keaton Raphael Memorial at UC Davis Cancer Center, they will go hair-free to honor Tino being cancer-free for seven years.

UC Davis researchers coax brain cells to mimic inner ear sensory cells

March 9, 2009

Deafness caused by the death of the thousands of minute hair cells that line the inner ear and vibrate to create the sense of hearing may be reversible using stem cells from another part of the brain that can be coaxed into replicating the sound-sensing functions needed for hearing, according to research now being done by UC Davis Health System scientists.

Shahrokh receives Karen Eilers Award for Staff Excellence

March 5, 2009

Narriman Shahrokh, chief administrative officer of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the Karen Eilers Award for Staff Excellence.

Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat to be performed in a free concert at UC Davis Cancer Center

March 4, 2009

The exceptional young artists of Philadelphia's renowned Curtis Institute of Music will offer a performance featuring Igor Stravinsky's modernist masterwork L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) at the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium.

California School Nurses Organization selects UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatrician for award

March 4, 2009

Richard Pan, associate professor of pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been chosen to receive the Lydia Smiley Award from the California School Nurses Organization.

Second-year student wins Julita A. Fong Scholarship

March 3, 2009

A second-year student has been named as the winner of an annual scholarship provided to women medical students at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

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UC Davis researchers find no differences in survival or neonatal outcomes in pregnancy-associated colorectal cancer

February 26, 2009

In one of the first studies to examine maternal and newborn health risks and colorectal cancer, UC Davis researchers have found that women diagnosed with the disease during or shortly after their pregnancies have the same survival as women who have the disease and are not pregnant. The study also found that, while there is an increased chance of preterm labor, the outcomes for the babies is the same for women with colorectal cancer as for those without the disease.

UC Davis Children's Hospital to observe Dr. Seuss' birthday, serve green eggs and ham

February 26, 2009

Will they like green eggs and ham? Will they eat them, Sam-I-Am?

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis offers cancer screening discussion

February 24, 2009

The proposed Irene Moore School of Nursing will host “Uniting Communities and Health-Care Providers to Improve Cancer Screening,” a guest lecture by Patricia A. Carney from noon to 1 p.m. March 3 in room 1204 of the UC Davis Health System Education Building. Participants are invited to bring their lunch to this brown-bag discussion.

Autism in the U.S. and around the world the topic of March M.I.N.D. Institute distinguished lecture

February 23, 2009

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researcher and developmental pediatrician Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp will provide a global perspective on autism and discuss surveillance and early identification efforts in the United States on Wednesday, March 11, as part of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.

UC Davis stem cell researcher among winners of statewide photo contest

February 23, 2009

Can a research scientist who typically spends his days focused on microscopes, petri dishes and assorted beakers also be an Ansel Adams of stem cell photography?

Gaps in colorectal cancer screening persist between whites and non-whites

February 18, 2009

Colorectal cancer screening among patients with Medicare coverage is increasing, but a persistent gap remains between whites — who are screened most frequently — and all other racial and ethnic groups, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis and the University of Washington. They study also showed that the biggest gap is between whites and Hispanics.

Sacramento Radiothon to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 16, 2009

During a three-day-long event from Feb. 19 through Feb. 21 radio listeners throughout Northern California will be invited to hear the stories of patients treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital — some of the most compelling radio you’ll every hear — during the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Sacramento Radiothon.

Drive through, eat pancakes, support a worthy cause

February 13, 2009

On Thursday, Feb. 19 , pancake lovers — and those who want to support care for sick children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital — will be able to eat their fill of pancakes and support the worthy cause, without even having to leave their cars.

National Hispanic Health Foundation honors Pomeroy, awards scholarship to medical student

February 13, 2009

In recognition of her efforts to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations, the National Hispanic Health Foundation on Wednesday honored Claire Pomeroy, UC Davis vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis offers chronic illness discussion

February 12, 2009

The proposed Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will host "Fractures in the System: The Consumer Experience with Chronic Illness," a guest lecture by Susan C. Reinhard at 9 a.m. Feb. 20 in room 1204 of the UC Davis Health System Education Building.

Huntington's Disease Society of America to honor two health system employees

February 11, 2009

The Northern California Chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America will honor Rosy Chow, lead physical therapist and a neuro-clinical specialist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Scott Olson, a postdoctoral scholar in the UC Davis Stem Cell Program.

Web portal project for drug research information gets data boost

February 10, 2009

Scientists know there are drugs that have been developed, tested and found lacking for one disease that might help patients with a completely different condition.

UC Davis presents popular nutrition workshop in Spanish

February 6, 2009

UC Davis Cancer Center has for years offered free monthly noontime education programs for cancer patients throughout the region, regardless of where they receive their treatments. One of the most popular sessions on nutrition issues and cancer will now also be offered in Spanish.

Study shows that primary care doctors miss opportunities to recommend colon cancer screening

February 3, 2009

While it is known that patients with few primary care doctor's office visits are less likely to receive colorectal cancer screening, new research indicates that even patients who see their physicians regularly also do not receive screening. The study, which appears in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, was conducted by a team of researchers at UC Davis, the University of Washington and Group Health Cooperative in Seattle.

Free writing and gentle movement courses from UC Davis Cancer Center begin in February

February 2, 2009

UC Davis Cancer Center offers two free courses beginning in February for cancer patients and their friends, family members, caregivers and health-care providers.

UC Davis study finds vitamin use is highest in kids who don't need them

February 2, 2009

A study by UC Davis Children's Hospital researchers published in the February 2009 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, has found that most of the healthy children and teenagers in the United States who are taking daily vitamin and mineral supplements probably don't need them.

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Eight faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine selected for Dean's Awards

January 30, 2009

Eight faculty members have been selected to receive two awards from the Office of Faculty Development: the Dean’s Award for Excellence and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

"Insights into the Developmental Mechanisms That Contribute to Neuropsychiatric Disorders" is February Distinguished Lecturer Address

January 30, 2009

John L.R. Rubenstein, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Insights into the Developmental Mechanisms That Contribute to Neuropsychiatric Disorders” during the Feb. 11 UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished lecture.

UC Davis Health System part of national information project to aid researchers

January 26, 2009

UC Davis has been named part of a pilot project supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is designed to improve informatics support for researchers conducting small- to medium-sized clinical studies.

Telemedicine can dramatically improve child sexual assault examinations in rural areas, UC Davis study finds

January 23, 2009

The use of telemedicine can dramatically improve the quality of child sexual assault examinations in rural communities where rates of abuse and neglect are highest — sometimes more than double the statewide rate  — a study published in the January issue of the medical journal Pediatrics has found.

$1.35 million grant provides residents with expanded psychiatry, internal/family medicine training

January 22, 2009

UC Davis medical school residents will benefit from a recently awarded grant providing increased opportunities to combine psychiatry with family medicine or internal medicine training, with an emphasis on care of underserved populations.

UC Davis study links smoking with most male cancer deaths

January 21, 2009

The association between tobacco smoke and cancer deaths — beyond lung cancer deaths — has been strengthened by a recent study from a UC Davis researcher, suggesting that increased tobacco control efforts could save more lives than previously estimated.

UC Davis physician named co-editor of national medical journal

January 21, 2009

Richard L. Kravitz, professor of internal medicine and a long-time researcher in the area of health-care services, has been appointed co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

"What we learn about autism from studying fragile X syndrome" the topic of January "Minds Behind the M.I.N.D." lecture

January 16, 2009

Individuals with autism and fragile X syndrome share many symptoms, and there may be common neurobiological abnormalities underlying these symptoms. David Hessl, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a researcher at the MIND Institute, will share recent findings from his laboratory and others focusing on this topic in the Jan. 22, 2009, Minds Behind the MIND lecture.

UC Davis researchers seek to map the brain patterns of Alzheimer's disease

January 16, 2009

Researchers at UC Davis have launched an innovative study to determine whether closer examination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can detect the onset of Alzheimer's disease even before patients begin to show the symptoms of cognitive decline that are the hallmarks of the condition.

Mix Downtown and deVere's Irish Pub present "A Grand Opening for a Grand Cause" benefiting UC Davis Cancer Center

January 12, 2009

On January 21 from 6 until 9 p.m., the newly renovated Firestone Building at 16th and L streets comes alive for cancer patients throughout Northern and Central California. The Sacramento landmark and historic structure is the new home of Mix Downtown and deVere's Irish Pub, and both establishments will open their doors for "A Grand Opening for a Grand Cause" to benefit UC Davis Cancer Center.

UC Davis researchers to study novel treatment for emphysema

January 12, 2009

Pulmonary and critical care specialists at UC Davis Health System are participating in a clinical trial of a minimally invasive device for the treatment of severe emphysema.

Luciw, Stern elected fellows of AAAS

January 12, 2009

Two faculty members from the UC Davis School of Medicine are among the six faculty from UC Davis who are newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute study shows California's autism increase not due to better counting, diagnosis

January 7, 2009

A study by researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has found that the seven- to eight-fold increase in the number children born with autism in California  since 1990 cannot be explained by either changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted — and the trend shows no sign of abating.

"Update on Genetics and Neurosciences Advances" January M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer address

January 6, 2009

On Jan. 14 Pat Levitt, the new director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and previous director of the Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, will be the fourth presenter of the 2008-2009 UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.  

New drug shows promise for treatment of adults with fragile X syndrome

January 6, 2009

A study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has found that an oral drug therapy, called fenobam, shows promising results and could be an effective new treatment for adults with fragile X syndrome.

Werner receives prestigious Pisart Vision Award

January 5, 2009

John S. Werner, professor in the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, has received the Lighthouse International Pisart Vision Award, a major U.S. prize honoring people who have made an extraordinary contribution to the prevention, cure or treatment of severe vision impairment or blindness.

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UC Davis Children's Hospital image to be included in national children's hospital photo exhibit

December 30, 2008

A photograph taken at UC Davis Children's Hospital has been selected for the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institution's (NACHRI) 2009 Children's Hospital Photo Exhibit, which will debut at the organization's "Creating Connections" conference in Nashville, TN.

Free January courses from UC Davis Cancer Center

December 30, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center is offering two free courses in January: an art course for children dealing with cancer and a fitness course for adults seeking to recover physical strength following cancer treatment.

AANCART receives national recognition for health disparities leadership

December 30, 2008

The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training (AANCART) has been honored by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities with its Health Disparities Leadership Award. The recognition was announced during an awards banquet in National Harbor, Md., on Dec. 17, held in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities.

$5 million grant extends research partnership to image the living eye at UC Davis

December 29, 2008

The National Eye Institute has awarded a $5 million research grant to UC Davis ophthalmologist John S. Werner and researchers at three other universities to continue the development of technology for three-dimensional imaging of cells in the living eye.

UC Davis researchers find molecule that targets brain tumors

December 26, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center researchers report today the discovery of a molecule that targets glioblastoma, a highly deadly form of cancer. The finding, which is published in the January 2009 issue of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, provides hope for effectively treating an incurable cancer.

AMSA Live Auction and Wine Tasting event will benefit student-run clinics

December 23, 2008

 The UC Davis Chapter of the American Medical Student Association will hold its 29th annual Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

UC Davis discovery offers hope for treating kidney cancer

December 23, 2008

In one of the first discoveries of its kind, UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have identified ways to block a cancer gene's own repair mechanism and, in so doing, help make chemotherapy for kidney cancer more effective and better tolerated. The outcome is published in the current issue of Cancer Biology and Therapy.

Community groups provide a holiday party for kids with cancer

December 16, 2008

It's difficult being a child and having cancer, especially during the holiday season. In addition to coping with the illness, children also struggle with feeling different from their peers. This holiday party — designed specifically for children with cancer and their families — will help them usher in the season in a supportive environment.

Area nursing groups team up to host health-care community forum

December 16, 2008

UC Davis Health System along with two nursing schools and a statewide nursing organization are teaming up to host a Health Care Community Discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the UC Davis Health System Education Building, 4610 X St. The discussion is one of several similar community forums under way nationwide in response to President-elect Barack Obama’s continuing efforts to reach out and involve the American people in government.

UC Davis team refines cancer treatments to reduce potential nerve damage

December 15, 2008

Radiation treatments are effective in stopping cancer cells from spreading or shrinking tumors, however oncologists have become increasingly concerned about inadvertent exposures during head and neck cancer treatments to nerves responsible for upper body mobility. To reduce the possibility of permanent nerve damage, UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have established new guidelines for physicians nationwide.

New method of scoring IQ tests benefits children with intellectual disabilities

December 15, 2008

Parents of children with intellectual disabilities have long been frustrated by intelligence quotient (IQ) testing that tells them little to nothing about the long-term learning potential of their children.

A diet high in vegetables, fruit and fiber may cut risk of breast cancer recurrence in women without hot flashes

December 15, 2008

A secondary analysis of a large, multicenter clinical trial has shown that a diet loaded with fruits, vegetables and fiber and somewhat lower in fat compared to standard federal dietary recommendations cuts the risk of recurrence in a subgroup of early-stage breast cancer survivors – women who didn’t have hot flashes – by approximately 31 percent.

Statewide center for telehealth established

December 15, 2008

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) announced today (Dec. 15) the establishment of the California Center for Connected Health (CCCH), a strategy and planning body to lead and coordinate telehealth adoption throughout the state.

Area nursing groups team up to host health-care community forum

December 15, 2008

UC Davis Health System along with two nursing schools and a statewide nursing organization are teaming up to host a Health Care Community Discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the UC Davis Health System Education Building, 4610 X St. The discussion is one of several similar community forums under way nationwide in response to President-elect Barack Obama's continuing efforts to reach out and involve the American people in government.

Safeway Foundation funds new peer navigator program for breast-cancer patients

December 12, 2008

The first few months after diagnosis can be one of the most traumatic periods in a cancer survivor's life. To help breast-cancer patients during this difficult time, UC Davis Cancer Center is pleased to announce it has received $128,000 from the Safeway Foundation to create the WeCARE Community-Based Breast Cancer Peer Navigator Project.

State continues longstanding support of FNP/PA program with $107,000 grant

December 12, 2008

 The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development's (OSHPD) Song-Brown program has awarded a $107,000 grant to UC Davis' Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Program.

UC Davis researchers discover new mechanism for attentional control in the human brain

December 12, 2008

A study by UC Davis researchers appearing today in the journal Science reports the discovery of a new mechanism of attention in the human brain. Previous studies in animals implicated changes in the state of a portion of the brainstem, called the locus ceruleus (LC), in shifts from distractible to attentive states.

UC Davis Liver Transplant Program to close

December 12, 2008

UC Davis Medical Center leaders announced today plans to close the UC Davis Liver Transplant Program.

Two UC Davis scientists receive state funding for innovative stem cell research

December 12, 2008

Two UC Davis School of Medicine stem cell researchers were among the nearly two dozen scientists who received research funding this week from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state's stem cell agency.

New UC Davis Telemedicine Program advances community-based health care

December 11, 2008

Community hospitals and primary care clinics that want to establish telemedicine programs or improve existing infrastructure are invited to apply for videoconferencing and related telehealth equipment through a new program just launched by UC Davis Health System in Sacramento.

UC Davis Children's Hospital CAARE Center cautions economy, holiday stress can lead to abuse

December 11, 2008

For many families this year there is an unwelcome gift in their holiday stocking — the lump of coal that is the recession, joblessness, home foreclosures and the looming fear that the economy will get worse before it gets better.

Neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet — nor fog — will stop the Kayakers 4 Kids Decorated Christmas Parade

December 11, 2008

Kayakers 4 Kids, a group of outdoors enthusiasts including Children’s Hospital nurses who have come together to hold a toy drive for children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Holiday celebration planned for children with sickle-cell disease and thalassemia

December 10, 2008

Dozens of children who suffer from two incurable blood disorders, sickle-cell disease and thalassemia, will celebrate the holidays in a special party sponsored by the UC Davis Children's Hospital Department of Pediatric Hematology in cooperation with the Children's Miracle Network (CMN). The event will include a special visit from Santa.

Help sought in finding man with schizophrenia

December 10, 2008

UC Davis Health System is seeking the public’s help in locating a 59-year-old man with schizophrenia who was last seen at UC Davis Medical Center during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 10.

CAARE Center video wins best educational video for health-care professionals of 2008

December 9, 2008

After garnering the top prize for patient-care video at the FREDDIE International Health Care Media Awards, the UC Davis Children's Hospital CAARE (Child and Adolescent Abuse Resources and Evaluation Diagnostic and Treatment) Center was also honored with a prestigious Surgeon General's Award as 2008's Best Educational Video for Health-Care Professionals. Both awards were presented at the FREDDIE ceremonies in November.

UC Davis Children's Hospital offers holiday gift-giving drive-through event

December 8, 2008

UC Davis Children's Hospital is holding a holiday gift giving drive-through event on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 23, to make donations a little easier for the many generous businesses, charities and individuals who would like to help make the season brighter for infants, children and teens at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

UC Davis researchers exploring gene therapy to fight AIDS

December 5, 2008

 The apparent success of a case in which German doctors cured a man of AIDS using a bone marrow transplant comes as no surprise to Gerhard Bauer, a UC Davis stem cell researcher. Bauer has been working for more than 10 years on a similar cure for AIDS based on replacing the devastated immune system of an HIV-infected patient with stem cells that have been engineered to resist human immunodeficiency syndrome.

Leaders of the proposed Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis host town-hall meeting

December 3, 2008

Nurses from around the Sacramento region are invited to participate in a town-hall meeting regarding the proposed Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 at the M.I.N.D. Institute Auditorium on the UC Davis Health System campus at 2825 50th St.

Liven up your Christmas tree and support breast-cancer research

December 3, 2008

The beautiful "Giboney Tree of Hope" and its hundreds of holiday ornaments have been brightening the lobby and bringing smiles to the faces of patients and staff of UC Davis Cancer Center. The tree will soon provide hope to all breast-cancer patients, when it is "untrimmed" and its ornaments are sold to benefit breast-cancer research.

UC Davis Cancer Center to study breast-cancer vaccine

December 1, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center researchers are launching a study of a new, experimental vaccine to determine if it can arrest or prevent breast cancer when used in conjunction with standard hormonal therapies.

How do you get reindeer antlers on a kayak?

December 1, 2008

How do you get reindeer antlers on a kayak?

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M.I.N.D. Institute researchers call for fragile X testing throughout the lifespan

November 25, 2008

Writing in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researchers urge physicians to test for mutations of the fragile X gene in patients of all ages. That's because, after decades of research, it is clear that mutations in this gene cause a range of diseases, including neurodevelopmental delays and autism in children, infertility in women and neurodegenerative disease in older adults.

Note cards featuring artwork by children dealing with cancer are now for sale

November 21, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center launched art therapy classes this year to help children use creativity to express the emotions of dealing with cancer. Printed note cards featuring artwork from participants in the first class are now for sale with proceeds benefiting the center's Healing and Performing Arts Program.

Complementary, alternative treatments for autism the topic of December M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecture

November 19, 2008

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researcher and developmental pediatrician Susan Levy will discuss complementary and alternative medical treatments for autism, including dietary, high-dose vitamin and off-label use of prescription drug treatments, during the Wednesday, Dec. 10, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentations.

Ginkgo biloba study shows no memory improvement

November 19, 2008

 Does the herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba help improve memory and reduce the risk of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

Antibiotic use can mask diagnosis of deadly brain infection in children

November 19, 2008

In another indication that overuse of antibiotics has far-reaching consequences, a study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that accurate diagnosis of a deadly childhood brain infection can be deterred by the prior use of antibiotics.

Decreasing winter fires and burn injuries

November 18, 2008

The UC Davis Regional Burn Center and Sacramento County Metropolitan Fire District (SacMetro Fire) are partnering with the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and the California State Firefighter's Association to urge people throughout the state and region to take precautions to prevent house fires and burns associated with the winter months.

Drops in blood oxygen levels may be key to sudden death in some epilepsy patients

November 17, 2008

A new study by researchers at UC Davis Medical Center suggests that the sudden unexplained deaths of some epilepsy patients may be a result of their brains not telling their bodies to breathe during seizures.

Sacramento emergency rooms to become first in state to counsel kids on underage drinking

November 14, 2008

In response to a dramatic increase in the number of underage patients who are under the influence, emergency departments in the Sacramento region, led by UC Davis Medical Center, will establish the first program in California to offer counseling aimed at curbing alcohol abuse to children, teens and their families while they're in the ER.

Pediatrics resident Fatema Lakhani receives American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health Grant

November 13, 2008

Fatema Lakhani, a third-year resident in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The resident grants, of $3,000 each, are awarded twice each year on a competitive basis to pediatric residents to address the needs of children in their communities.

Lecture slated on new autism research from the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

November 12, 2008

Robert Hendren, a professor of psychiatry and executive director of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, will discuss new research into the causes of autism spectrum disorders during a two-hour seminar "What Causes Autism: New Research from the M.I.N.D. Institute," at the San Rafael Community Center, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from noon to 2 p.m.

Unusual use of toys in infancy a clue to later autism

November 6, 2008

Researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute have found that children with autism exhibited unusual exploration of objects long before being diagnosed. Studying a group of children at high risk for developing autism, the researchers found that those eventually diagnosed with the disorder were more likely to spin, repetitively rotate, stare at and look out of the corners of their eyes at simple objects, including a baby bottle and a rattle, as early as 12 months of age.

UC Davis researchers discover Achilles' heel in pancreatic cancer

November 6, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have discovered a metabolic deficiency in pancreatic cancer cells that can be used to slow the progress of the deadliest of all cancers.

UC Davis Stem Cell and Aldagen form research collaboration related to neural diseases

November 6, 2008

 UC Davis Health System and Aldagen, a North Carolina biopharmaceutical company developing proprietary regenerative cell therapies, will collaborate to explore the activity of Aldagen’s unique adult stem cell population in a preclinical model of ischemic stroke.

Solnick receives Gates Foundation grant to explore latent tuberculosis

November 4, 2008

Jay Solnick, UC Davis professor of medicine and medical microbiology at the Center for Comparative Medicine, has been selected to receive a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore the basis for latency in tuberculosis.

Dager receives 2008 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Practice Award

November 3, 2008

William Dager, a clinical pharmacist at UC Davis Health System, has received the 2008 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Practice Award.

December events benefit lymphoma research

November 3, 2008

ZD Wines in Napa is hosting a wine-tasting and research update to kick off its commitment to donate 50 percent of December tasting room retail proceeds to The deLeuze Family Endowment for a Non-toxic Cure for Lymphoma.

Hospitalized patients also will cast ballots on Nov. 4

November 3, 2008

Following special provisions outlined by state law and Sacramento County’s Voter Registration and Elections division, the medical center’s Volunteer Services department plans to deliver vote-by-mail ballots to the patients on Election Day.

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Maret Marcin: As smart as a whip

October 31, 2008

As smart as a whip Even before you learn she's at the head of her class and a G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) student, it's obvious that Maret Marcin is as smart as a whip.

Spreading hope and help for fragile X

October 31, 2008

A home run by the home team is usually a thing of joy, not a source of panic. But that's just what seven-year-old Justin Silver felt two years ago after a blast from a Yankee bat brought a roar from the crowd at Yankee Stadium.

Latino medical students promoting careers in health

October 31, 2008

UC Davis chapter of the Latino Medical Students Association and the UC Davis chapter of Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education are hosting at least 100 college and high school students from around the state for a day of hands-on activities and detailed information about careers in medicine and other health-related fields.

UC Davis researchers discover a key to aggressive breast cancer

October 30, 2008

In trying to find out why HER2-positive breast cancer can be more aggressive than other forms of the disease, UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have surprisingly discovered that HER2 itself is the culprit.

Survivors kick off Breast Cancer Research Symposium

October 29, 2008

In addition to progress and initiatives in breast cancer research, the perspectives of three breast cancer survivors will be shared at the UC Davis Cancer Center Second Annual Breast Cancer Research Symposium.

UC Davis Children's Hospital to roll out new Pediatric Critical Care Ambulance

October 24, 2008

UC Davis Children's Hospital has a new, lifesaving tool to transport sick and injured children from throughout the Sacramento region and beyond: A state-of-the-art, Pediatric Critical Care Transport Ambulance.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute lecture to examine oxytocin to treat autism

October 23, 2008

Eric Hollander, a psychiatrist and former director of the Seaver and New York Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, will discuss his research into the use of oxytocin and various pharmaceuticals to treat symptoms of autism in two public lectures to be held as part of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series on Nov. 12.

Jialal receives Award for Outstanding Research from American Society for Clinical Pathology

October 23, 2008

Ishwarlal “Kenny” Jialal, UC Davis professor of internal medicine, last week received the 2008 Philip Levine Award for Outstanding Research from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Capitol Family Fun Day to focus on Halloween-healthy lifestyles

October 22, 2008

Ghouls, goblins, super heroes and Disney princesses from throughout the Sacramento region are invited to attend a day of free and healthy Halloween fun at the first annual Capitol Family Fun Day, hosted by UC Davis Children's Hospital, on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West Steps of the California State Capitol.

Leigh awarded by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

October 21, 2008

Paul Leigh, a professor of health economics in the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and the Department of Public Health at UC Davis, has been selected to receive the Director’s Award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Media advisory: Tahoe Forest and UC Davis cancer centers celebrate new partnership

October 21, 2008

Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee, Calif., is hosting a community celebration and champagne toast to honor its new affiliation with the UC Davis Cancer Care Network. Launched this month, the network is a collaboration of five hospital-based cancer centers in Northern and Central California dedicated to providing first-rate care to patients close to home.

Placer Center for Health grand opening

October 17, 2008

UC Davis Health System and Mercy Medical Group physicians and staff invite the public to participate in the grand opening festivities for the new state-of-the-art Placer Center for Health.

UC Davis launches network of community cancer centers

October 16, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center announced today the launch of a new organization formalizing its collaborations with cancer centers throughout Northern and Central California.

Study looks at the lives of boys who commit dating violence

October 14, 2008

A new study sheds light on the lives of teenage boys who abuse their girlfriends. In their own words, the young men often describe facing challenges such as growing up with troubled family lives, having little or no support when they began to fail at school, and witnessing violence in their own homes and communities. The study advocates broadening the view of abusive behaviors within dating relationships to explore the myriad environments -- school, home and community -- that affect boys'lives and actions.

M.I.N.D. Institute researchers find important clue to learning deficit in children with autism

October 7, 2008

A study by researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has discovered an important clue to why children with autism spectrum disorders have trouble imitating others: They spend less time looking at the faces of people who are modeling new skills.

Experts Available: Gun Shows, Crime Guns and Public Health

October 3, 2008

Gun laws and firearm policies are key topics for debate and discussion. A study, recently posted online at http://www.nber.org/papers/w14371, suggests that gun shows have little effect on crime or suicide rates in nearby communities immediately following the shows.

Second lumpectomy for breast cancer reduces survival rates

October 1, 2008

A majority of women with breast cancer today are candidates for lumpectomy, allowing for conservation of most of their breast tissue. Results of a UC Davis study, however, show that a number of women whose cancer recurs in the same breast are treated with a second lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy, defying current treatment recommendations and cutting the number of years those women survive in half.

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UC Davis Health System expands presence in Placer County

September 30, 2008

UC Davis Health System began operations this week at the Placer Center for Health, a new 66,000-square-foot outpatient facility in Rocklin that will be jointly operated with Mercy/Catholic Healthcare West.

UC Davis researchers find new clues to workings of promising prostate cancer drug

September 30, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have shed light on how a promising prostate cancer drug works, revealing additional potential drug targets. The researchers, who are also among those conducting clinical trials of the drug, say the findings are an important step in the search for treatment options for what is now an incurable form of prostate cancer, called castration-resistant prostate cancer.

UC Davis launches new stem cell institute

September 25, 2008

UC Davis formally breaks ground for a $62 million research facility that is designed to house the university's expanding stem cell research program on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 on its campus in Sacramento.

American Cancer Society leaders address access, screening issues

September 24, 2008

Current leaders of the American Cancer Society will provide keynote addresses at this week's UC Davis Cancer Center Research Symposium.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute announces 2008-2009 Distinguished Lecturer Series

September 23, 2008

The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series will present its sixth season of lectures by noted researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders from throughout the nation and the world starting on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with lectures by Ann M. Graybiel, the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass.

Observe Child Passenger Safety Week by checking your child's vehicular restraints

September 23, 2008

Vehicular accidents are the leading cause of death and injury among children 18 years and younger, but caregivers can greatly reduce the risk of a child being killed in a crash — by up to 71 percent for infants and over 50 percent for kids ages 1 through 7 — by using child safety restraints properly.

UC Davis researchers discover new drug target for inflammatory disease

September 22, 2008

UC Davis researchers have defined a cellular process that promotes inflammation and, at the same time, found an important starting point for identifying and testing new drugs for diseases such as sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

MEDIA ADVISORY: UC DAVIS HEALTH SYSTEM EYE CENTER CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF LANDMARK GLAUCOMA STUDY

September 19, 2008

Nearly half of the 116 study participants from Sacramento and as far away as Portland, Ore., will attend the event.

Florida health-care executive named chief operating officer of UC Davis Medical Center

September 19, 2008

Vincent L. Johnson Jr., a health-care executive with nearly 20 years of experience in hospital administration, is the new chief operating officer of UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis nurse practitioner to receive the national 2008 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award

September 18, 2008

Laurie Roselli, coordinator of the UC Davis Children's Hospital neonatal nurse practitioner service, has been selected to receive the 2008 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award for exemplary practice, leadership, service and education from the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. The award will be presented on Sept. 25 during the organization's annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Participants in UC Davis' landmark glaucoma study celebrate study's completion and findings

September 18, 2008

Michael Gallagher, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, is among the 116 UC Davis patients with glaucoma who participated in the landmark Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study and will attend a special event to celebrate the completion of the 15-year study. Started in 1994, the national study included 1,636 people 40 to 80 years of age. UC Davis had the largest patient base of the 22 centers that participated.

Ophthalmology department renamed UC Davis Health System Eye Center

September 18, 2008

To reflect its unique value to patients more accurately, as well as the stature of its patient-care and research activities, the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science is now the UC Davis Health System Eye Center.

UC Davis researchers find decrease in hysterectomy complications

September 17, 2008

UC Davis researchers who studied hospital discharge records for nearly 650,000 California women over a 13-year period have found that complications from hysterectomies have significantly declined.

Thousands to attend first "Walk Now for Autism" at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Sept. 28

September 12, 2008

Thousands of walkers will come together at the first Sacramento "Walk Now for Autism" starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, 2825 50th St. Sponsored by Autism Speaks, the event will raise funds for autism research and promote awareness of what is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States.

UC Davis doctors use multimedia to increase colorectal cancer screening among Hispanics

September 12, 2008

UC Davis physicians have received a $2.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to find out if an interactive multimedia computer program increases the number of Hispanic patients who receive colorectal cancer screening.

Meyers selected to receive Excellence in Palliative Medicine award

September 10, 2008

Frederick Meyers, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Palliative Medicine award from the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

Media Advisory: Andy Baldwin of "The Bachelor" helps raise funds for Lions Pediatric Trauma Unit at UC Davis Medical Center

September 8, 2008

Lions International is hosting its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to raise money for the development of the Lions Pediatric Trauma Unit, to be part of the new Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion now under construction at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis Medical Center exceeds statewide average exclusive breastfeeding rate

September 8, 2008

UC Davis Medical Center exceeds both state and countywide average rates of mothers who are discharged from the hospital who exclusively breast-feed their babies, according to a report released recently.

Painting for Miracles art auction slated

September 5, 2008

The fourth-annual Painting for Miracles silent auction of art based on the touching stories of children who have been patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Zap Creative Group, Inc., 304 N. 12th St., Sacramento. Admission to Painting for Miracles will be $5.

Amaral appointed to National Advisory Mental Health Council

September 5, 2008

David G. Amaral, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of research at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. The appointment begins on October 1.

Free public forum on progress and promise in mental health research set for Sept. 14

September 5, 2008

UC Davis is among nearly 50 institutions across the United States and Canada that will be participating in a program to broaden public awareness of the achievements and potential of mental health research on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis researchers to study pre- and probiotic use in premature infants at risk for a deadly intestinal disease

September 5, 2008

Scientists at UC Davis will launch a groundbreaking study to determine the best cocktail of pre- and probiotic supplements to give to premature infants to prevent a deadly intestinal disease.

"What's up, docs?" Bugs and Daffy help celebrate new partnership with Cure Kids Cancer

September 3, 2008

Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny help lift the spirits of children receiving cancer treatments and welcome UC Davis Cancer Center to Cure Kids Cancer, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and saving the lives of children with cancer.

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UC Davis School of Medicine ranked in top 10 medical schools for Hispanic students by Hispanic Business magazine

August 29, 2008

The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine has been ranked number 10 among all medical schools in the United States in the annual survey of best graduate schools for Latino students conducted by Hispanic Business magazine. 

Sacramento region families invited to Capitol Family Fun Day

August 25, 2008

Families from throughout the Sacramento Region and beyond are invited to attend the first annual Capitol Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grounds of the California state Capitol. The event is sponsored by UC Davis Children's Hospital in cooperation with Kohl's Cares for Kids and the Children's Miracle Network.

UC Davis researchers define characteristics, treatment options for XXYY syndrome

August 22, 2008

Researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and Children's Hospital in Denver have conducted the largest study to date describing the medical and psychological characteristics of a rare genetic disorder in which males have two "X" and two "Y" chromosomes, rather than the normal one of each.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researchers to begin widespread newborn screening for fragile X syndrome

August 19, 2008

Researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute will launch the first widespread newborn screening for the genetic mutation that results in fragile X syndrome, the single most common inherited cause of mental retardation.

UC Davis Plastic Surgery Clinic presents seminar on facial rejuvenation

August 15, 2008

Lee L. Q. Pu, professor of surgery, will offer an informational seminar on facial rejuvenation on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Plastic Surgery Clinic, 3301 C Street, Suite 1100, in Sacramento. The seminar is free and open to the public.

One of the world's fastest race cars comes off the track to delight children with cancer

August 13, 2008

Carl Edwards' stock car — Aflac Ford Fusion #99 — makes a special stop to bring smiles to the faces of children undergoing treatments at UC Davis Cancer Center.

State's stem cell agency approves funding for UC Davis researcher

August 13, 2008

The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded a grant of more than $2 million over the next five years to UC Davis Health System researcher Paul S. Knoepfler, who is exploring ways to ensure that certain types of stem cells can be safely used in medical treatments.

Firefighters injured in Northern California helicopter crash discharged

August 9, 2008

The two firefighters injured in the Aug. 5 helicopter crash near Redding, were discharged from UC Davis Medical Center today.

Firefighters injured in Northern California helicopter crash discharged (copy)

August 9, 2008

The two firefighters injured in the Aug. 5 helicopter crash near Redding, were discharged from UC Davis Medical Center today.

News briefing on injuries of patients who survived helicopter crash

August 7, 2008

The director of the UC Davis Regional Burn Center will brief the news media on the extent of injuries of three patients who survived the crash of a helicopter near Redding Tuesday.

UC Davis doctors provide details on Northern California helicopter crash survivors

August 7, 2008

UC Davis physicians overseeing the care of three survivors of the Aug. 5 Trinity County helicopter crash talked about the trio's overall injuries, treatment and recovery periods.

Exposure to Agent Orange linked to prostate cancer in Vietnam veterans

August 5, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center physicians today released results of research showing that Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange have greatly increased risks of prostate cancer and even greater risks of getting the most aggressive form of the disease as compared to those who were not exposed.

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Models of Success

July 31, 2008

Carrie Davis isn't normally a fashion model. But this Friday night, the Colfax resident will own the walkway with her svelte and healthy figure as she strides around a supportive audience of friends and family at a UC Davis Medical Center event celebrating weight-loss surgery successes.

Jialal receives lifetime achievement award for work in immunology

July 29, 2008

Ishwarlal Jialal, UC Davis professor of endocrinology, clinical nutrition and vascular medicine, is the 2008 recipient of the Carl R. Joliff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Clinical or Diagnostic Immunology. The award is bestowed by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology Division.

UC Davis Health System to host 2nd annual free summer concert

July 29, 2008

UC Davis Health System will host its 2nd annual summer concert with popular, local dance band Hip Service on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the back lawn of the UC Davis Education Building at 45th and X Streets in Sacramento.

Stevenson elected president of International Association of Medical Science Educators

July 29, 2008

UC Davis nephrologist Frazier Stevenson has been elected president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, an association of several Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M. and other educators whose mission is to build the skills of medical-science educators.

Prenatal alcohol exposure found to affect key developmental brain proteins

July 23, 2008

Prenatal alcohol exposure may be particularly destructive for neurotrophins, a family of peptides that influence the growth, development and functional plasticity of the fetal brain.

Reunion for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients with Sacramento Monarchs slated for Arco Arena

July 22, 2008

Hundreds of UC Davis Children's Hospital patients and their families will participate in a celebratory reunion at Arco Area on Thursday, July 24, featuring members of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Sacramento Monarchs.

Thumbelina, the world's smallest horse, to visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 17, 2008

Thumbelina, the world's smallest horse, will visit inpatients at UC Davis Children's Hospital on Friday, July 18.Though she is smaller than many dogs, the smiles that she brings to children's faces are huge.

UC Davis researchers find increased diabetes risk in HIV-positive children

July 15, 2008

UC Davis researchers have found that, despite results to the contrary in adults, average cholesterol profiles in young children with HIV do not worsen when they are put on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART)--but only when certain combinations of drugs are used. The researchers also found that children beginning or switching to HAART also showed an increase in insulin resistance, potentially raising their risk of developing diabetes later in life.

UC Davis Medical Center ranked among the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine

July 14, 2008

For the 16th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked UC Davis Medical Center among the nation's top 50 hospitals in its annual survey of more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide. 

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researchers find chromosomal anomaly in carriers of Fragile X gene

July 14, 2008

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researchers have found that, when compared to men their own age, male carriers of fragile X syndrome have chromosomes shortened at the tips.

Mothers with high blood levels of PCBs are less likely to give birth to males

July 13, 2008

A new study by researchers at UC Davis has found that women exposed to high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are significantly less likely to give birth to male children than women exposed to lower levels of the banned environmental pollutants.

State labor board issues bad faith bargaining complaint against AFSCME; agrees to seek injunction against strike

July 11, 2008

University of California officials announced Thursday (July 10) that the Public Employment Relations Board, the state agency responsible for overseeing collective bargaining for public sector employers, has issued a complaint against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, for bad-faith bargaining in its negotiations with UC for new contracts for patient care and service employees, for failing to give adequate notice of a planned strike, and for encouraging employees to participate in a strike against UC facilities even though their absence from work would clearly endanger the public's safety.

Court issues restraining order against AFSCME strike; UC calls on union to settle negotiations

July 11, 2008

University of California officials announced Friday (July 11) that the Superior Court of San Francisco has issued a restraining order against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union prohibiting its announced strike at UC facilities throughout the state scheduled for July 14-18.

Anti-bacterial personal hygiene products may not be worth potential risks

July 11, 2008

A new study by UC Davis researchers calls into question the widespread use of two active ingredients — triclocarban and triclosan — in personal hygiene products, including anti-bacterial bar and liquid soaps. Using human and animal cell lines, researchers found that triclocarban disrupts reproductive hormone activity and triclosan interferes with a type of cell signaling that occurs in brain, heart and other cells.

UC Davis Children's Hospital to offer on-site cardiothoracic surgery for very young infants

July 10, 2008

UC Davis Children's Hospital in July will begin to offer families of newborns and very young infants on-site surgery to treat some of the most complex congenital cardiac defects, as well as follow up care for those procedures.

"Second Saturday — With A Cause" raises funds for UC Davis leukemia-lymphoma research

July 3, 2008

Enjoy refreshments, live music, raffle prizes (including an Amish quilt) and a silent auction at "Second Saturday — With a Cause." Proceeds from this benefit support the research of Joseph Tuscano, a UC Davis physician and researcher who specializes in developing new and alternative treatments for lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.

Imani Clinic expands health offerings at 10th annual Ulezi Health Fair

July 3, 2008

UC Davis School of Medicine's student-run clinics, led by the Imani Clinic in Oak Park, have partnered with community leaders and health organizations to provide free health screenings and education at the Oak Park Summer Concert in McClatchy Park on July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Health system awarded for fostering health-care careers

July 1, 2008

In recognition of its efforts to expose students to opportunities in the health-care professions, UC Davis Health System recently received an award from Linking Education to Economic Development.

Method of treating neonatal diabetes with oral medication developed by UC Davis Children's Hospital Physician

July 1, 2008

Neonatal diabetes is an extremely rare condition, and infants who suffer from it typically require insulin injections to survive. Treating these infants with an oral medication — which dramatically improves their quality of life — has been successful in only a handful of children worldwide.

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UC Davis Health System launches smoke-free policy

June 30, 2008

The health system is adopting a new policy that creates a smoke-free zone throughout the entire 140-acre site that makes up its clinical and research campus in Sacramento.

Readily available, rapid diagnostic techniques could eliminate some breast cancer surgeries

June 30, 2008

Simple and quick diagnostic techniques used during breast cancer surgery can spare most women from a second surgery to remove affected lymph nodes, according to research from UC Davis Cancer Center.

UC Davis School of Medicine appoints Director of Student Diversity

June 30, 2008

As part of its continuing effort to ensure a student body and physician workforce that better reflects the demographics of California, UC Davis School of Medicine has named Darin Latimore as its first director of student diversity.

Media Advisory: The Sacramento campus of UC Davis is going smoke free beginning Tuesday, July 1

June 27, 2008

The new policy prohibits all smoking both inside and outside on UC Davis 140 acres of property that surround the medical center (an area bordered to the west by Stockton Blvd. and to the south by Broadway).

James Goodnight appointed director of Practice Management Group and associate dean, clinical affairs

June 27, 2008

James Goodnight, a physician leader at UC Davis Health System for nearly 30 years, has been appointed as director of the UC Davis Practice Management Group and associate dean, Clinical Affairs.

UC Davis study finds blacks, Hispanics and Asians less likely to get lifesaving colorectal cancer screening

June 23, 2008

A national study conducted by UC Davis researchers reveals that blacks, Asians and Hispanics are less likely to undergo colorectal cancer screening than whites. Among blacks and Hispanics, the disparity in screening appears to be primarily due to socioeconomic, health-care access and language barriers. However, these same barriers do not fully explain screening disparities of Asians.

UC Davis appoints renowned cardiovascular researcher as pharmacology department chair

June 20, 2008

Donald M. Bers, an internationally renowned expert in the cellular and molecular pathways involved in cardiac muscle contraction and how alterations contribute to heart failure and arrhythmias, has joined the UC Davis School of Medicine as Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology.

M.I.N.D. Institute Responds to Reports Linking Autism and Triclosan

June 20, 2008

Recent media reports have attributed a causal link between autism and a common antibacterial and anti-fungal agent called triclosan to researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute. There is no evidence that triclosan is implicated in promoting autism and neither the M.I.N.D. Institute nor any researchers associated with the M.I.N.D. Institute have made this assertion.

$2.67 million grant continues UC Davis participation in pediatric emergency medicine research network

June 19, 2008

The UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine has received a $2.67 million dollar grant to continue its participation in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the first federally funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the United States.

Ketones may be culprits in some diabetics' heart problems

June 18, 2008

A new study by researchers at UC Davis suggests that the rare but potentially life-threatening irregular heartbeat that sometimes occurs in children with diabetes may be caused by high levels of ketones in the blood that are the byproduct of the body burning its own fat stores for energy instead of food. The study is published in the June issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.

From hopelessness to wholeness: UC Davis neonatologist infuses spirituality into his own brand of care

June 18, 2008

UC Davis Children's Hospital physician Jay Milstein writes in a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that, in the face of catastrophic medical events, forging a spiritual connection among patients and their significant others can restore a sense of control, meaning and the ability to cope, "allowing patients and families to shift from a state of hopelessness to wholeness."

UC Davis appoints Heather Young as Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing

June 17, 2008

The University of California Board of Regents recently approved the appointment of Heather Young, a nurse leader, educator and scientist from Portland, Ore., as Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing at UC Davis.

Seminar on facial rejuvenation

June 11, 2008

Thomas Stevenson, professor and chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, will offer an informational seminar on facial rejuvenation on Wednesday, June 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Plastic Surgery Clinic, 3301 C Street, Suite 1100, in Sacramento. The seminar is free and open to the public.

2008 Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders to be held August 7, 8

June 11, 2008

Leading researchers into neurodevelopmental disorders from around the country in August will present state-of-the-art therapies for children and adults with autism, Asperger syndrome and other developmental disabilities during a two-day conference for treatment professionals: the 2008 Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Cortisol: A Clue to the Rhythms and Reactions of Children with Autism featured in "Minds Behind the M.I.N.D." lecture

June 10, 2008

Cortisol is often referred to as the stress hormone because it is secreted during the fight-or-flight response and is involved in various stress-related changes in the body. The affect of cortisol as a biological marker of stress and dysregulation in children with autism will be the topic of the July "Minds Behind the M.I.N.D." lecture.

UC Davis installs world's most powerful commercial wide-field light microscope

June 9, 2008

Scientists at the UC Davis Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology have installed the first commercial version of the world's highest resolution wide-field light microscope. The microscope - called OMX for Optical Microscopy eXperimental - allows cellular processes to be viewed at the smallest possible levels and as they occur, providing significant advantages to researchers seeking to understand and treat disease.

Medical school receives "A" grade for conflict-of-interest policies

June 6, 2008

The UC Davis School of Medicine is one of only seven medical schools in the United States to receive a grade of "A" from the American Medical Student Association for having one of the nation's best conflict-of-interest policies.

Calpo named "community hero" by Rotary Club of Sacramento

June 2, 2008

Aida Calpo, a nurse manager at UC Davis Health System for more than 25 years, has been chosen as a "community hero" by the Rotary Club of Sacramento in recognition of her many efforts to promote equal opportunity and diversity.

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"Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders: State of the Science" the Topic of June M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecture

May 30, 2008

University of Connecticut Distinguished Professor Deborah Fein will discuss the latest research on the early detection of autism, including ethical and clinical issues, accuracy of screening methods and reliability of early diagnosis, during the June UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Containing the High Cost of Drug Therapies for Chronic Disease

May 28, 2008

An alternative method for determining the best drug therapy for managing chronic disease could reduce treatment costs or give patients more immediate relief than other common approaches typically approved for use by managed care and health insurance companies, a study by researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine has concluded.

Sacramento ovarian cancer group funds biomarker research at UC Davis

May 27, 2008

The Sacramento Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) gave a check today for $14,000 to UC Davis Cancer Center physician Gary Leiserowitz and the team of scientists and clinicians working to identify a reliable diagnostic biomarker for ovarian cancer. The donation is the chapter's first for a research endeavor. An additional matching grant of $14,000 was provided by UC Davis Cancer Center to promote this promising research.

Campus Compact honors UC Davis physician for innovative partnership to promote community health

May 23, 2008

UC Davis School of Medicine Professor Richard Pan has been awarded the 2008 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning by Campus Compact, an organization of over 1,000 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education by promoting service learning.

Free special events honor cancer survivors

May 21, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center recognizes those who have been diagnosed with cancer with a week of free special events during National Cancer Survivors Week, May 27 through 31. Survivors along with their families, friends, caregivers and health-care providers are all welcome.

150 Middle-school students to visit UC Davis School of Medicine

May 20, 2008

Spending the day shepherding 150 lively seventh graders around a medical school and acute care hospital might be a daunting task for some people, but for UC Davis Health System, generating interest in health careers can make such efforts truly worthwhile.

Hidden heart condition increases the risk of death in patients waiting for kidney transplants

May 15, 2008

An often asymptomatic condition -- systolic dysfunction, or decreased pumping of the heart -- poses an increased risk of death for patients on kidney transplant waiting lists, according to a study appearing in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

UC Davis Children's Hospital researchers identify candidate adult bladder stem cells

May 14, 2008

Researchers at UC Davis Children's Hospital have identified the potential stem cells that become the bladder, adding to the body of research that already has identified stem cells that can regenerate many of the body's other organs.

California stem cell agency awards $20 million grant to UC Davis

May 7, 2008

The UC Davis stem cell program will benefit from $20 million in state funding for its $62 million specialized research facility in Sacramento following approval today from the governing board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The grant is the largest UC Davis has received to date for stem cell research.

UC Davis stem cell researchers demonstrate safety of gene therapy using adult stem cells

May 6, 2008

A new study by UC Davis researchers provides evidence that methods using human bone marrow-derived stem cells to deliver gene therapy to cure diseases of the blood, bone marrow and certain types of cancer do not cause the development of tumors or leukemia.

"Understanding Chemotherapy" seminar now offered in Spanish

May 6, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center offers a series of free monthly noontime seminars for cancer patients. One of the most popular - Understanding Chemotherapy - will be offered in Spanish for the first time.

UC Davis Cancer Center hosts "Thanks Mom" bone-marrow donor registry drive

May 6, 2008

Bone-marrow donation is proof that the kindness of strangers can save a life. Megan Livesey knows this firsthand.

Nursing units, clinics honored for high patient-satisfaction ratings

May 5, 2008

Several UC Davis Health System nursing units and clinics are being honored for their high patient satisfaction ratings this week at Professional Research Consultant's (PRC) annual client education conference in Baltimore, Md.

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UC Davis study suggests sick children should be transferred to specialty hospitals sooner

April 30, 2008

Critically ill children admitted to the pediatric intensive care units of regional medical centers from smaller hospitals are sicker than those admitted directly from those centers' own emergency rooms, a study by pediatric critical care physicians at UC Davis Children's Hospital has found.

Governor Schwarzenegger appoints Tharratt director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority

April 25, 2008

Steven Tharratt, professor of medicine and anesthesiology at UC Davis Health System, has been appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

Parents, families and health care providers invited to attend autism research town hall meeting

April 25, 2008

Parents and caregivers of children, teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders are among those invited to participate in a daylong town hall meeting on May 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UC Davis Cancer Center, 4501 "Y" Street in Sacramento, to discuss priorities for current and future autism research.

UC Davis Mini Medical School offered for the first time in Spanish

April 18, 2008

UC Davis School of Medicine begins a unique, weekly healthy living course for Latinos on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. — noon at its medical school facilities in Sacramento, at 45th and X streets.

Subjects needed for study of oral medication for multiple sclerosis

April 17, 2008

Subjects are needed for a new UC Davis study that will investigate an oral medication for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, the most common form of the disease.

Jialal to receive Linus Pauling Award for achievements in Integrative Medicine

April 9, 2008

Ishwarlal Jialal, UC Davis professor of internal medicine, has been selected by the American College for Advancement in Medicine to receive the Linus Pauling Award for notable achievement in the field of Integrative Medicine.

Majority of studies of high-fat diets in mice inaccurately portrayed

April 8, 2008

Studies in mice provide the foundation for much of the belief that high-fat diets are detrimental to human health. However, the majority of studies on the health effects of high-fat diets in mice published in five respected scientific journals in 2007 were not accurately portrayed, a survey by researchers at UC Davis has found.

Older corneas suitable for transplantation, study shows

April 1, 2008

The age pool of corneas for transplant should be expanded to include donors up to 75 years of age, based on findings from a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the National Institutes of Health. Corneal transplants using tissue from older donors have similar rates of survival to those using tissue from younger donors.

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Free music and art therapy for children dealing with cancer

March 31, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center announces new eight-week Music and Art Therapy courses for children ages 5-to-16 with cancer and their siblings, as well as for children who have parents with cancer.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among best for primary care, research

March 28, 2008

For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named the UC Davis School of Medicine as among the best in the country for primary care and research in the magazine's annual list of America's best graduate schools.

UC Davis researchers discover how HIV turns food-poisoning into lethal infection

March 23, 2008

Nearly half of all HIV-positive African adults who become infected with Salmonella die from what otherwise would be a seven-day bout of diarrhea.

UC Davis researchers find that higher gas prices may save lives

March 21, 2008

Tired of bad news about rising gas prices? Higher prices at the fuel pumps may lead to significant reductions in deaths related to vehicle crashes and air pollution, suggests a study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Study identifies ancestral European genetic groups

March 20, 2008

An international team of scientists lead by UC Davis researchers has found genetic markers in European Americans that distinguish among different ethnic groups. The results of the study were published in the Public Library of Science Genetics.

All UC Davis medical school graduates accepted into residency programs on "Match Day"

March 20, 2008

Ninety-two UC Davis School of Medicine students learned Thursday where in the United States they will be continuing their medical training over the next several years to become licensed to practice medicine in a particular specialty.

UC Davis researchers awarded $2 million to study diabetes, aging and memory loss

March 19, 2008

A $2 million grant to UC Davis researchers will fund one of the first studies investigating how diabetes may contribute to memory loss and possibly Alzheimer's disease in older people, aided by advanced imaging techniques that show the functioning brain.

UC Davis Cancer Center seeks volunteer cancer coaches

March 19, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center has a new WeCARE Peer Navigator Program for cancer survivors who are two or more years beyond treatments and who want to volunteer to help newly diagnosed cancer patients. Peer navigators will be trained as "cancer coaches" and matched with newly diagnosed cancer patients.

UC Davis research shows why tumor cells resist popular breast cancer drug

March 6, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have discovered a likely reason why some tumor cells are inherently resistant — or become resistant over time — to the popular breast cancer drug trastuzumab, commonly referred to by the brand name Herceptin. One in four women with breast cancer are candidates for treatment with Herceptin, which decreases the risk of relapse and prolongs patient survival. For 30 to 50 percent of patients, however, the drug does not work.

Going bald helps local kids fighting cancer

March 5, 2008

2006 was tough for Sharon Raimondo. It was the year that the Mather, Calif., mom of three learned that her son, Joey, who was 3 years old at the time, had leukemia. While Joey is now in remission, Sharon doesn't want to rest easy. She wants to do something to put the time her son spent in treatment behind her. She also wants to recognize what he went through in a meaningful way and honor the physicians who helped. For Sharon, the way to do all of that is simple: She'll shave her head.

UC Davis welcomes expert in high-functioning autism and education

March 4, 2008

Developmental and clinical psychologist Peter Mundy has been appointed professor in the UC Davis School of Education and director of educational research at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, where he will also occupy the Lisa Capps Endowed Chair in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education.

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UC Davis to develop metrics to assess emergency preparedness at health-care facilities

February 27, 2008

Physicians and researchers from UC Davis Health System, along with Stanford University and the Battelle Memorial Institute, have received a $674,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to develop indicators of emergency preparedness for the nation's hospitals and health-care facilities.

UC Davis points new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing curricula to meet needs of 21st century careers

February 25, 2008

UC Davis leadership is setting the stage for master's and doctoral programs at the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing that will enable graduates to transcend the boundaries of traditional nursing career paths.

Del Oro High School Senior Raises $2,530 for UC Davis Cancer Center

February 25, 2008

High school student Sean Federwitz focuses his senior government studies class project to benefit his stepfather, 36-year-old Chris Hendrickson, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in May and underwent surgery at UC Davis Medical Center in June.

UC Davis offers free seminar on options for infertility

February 22, 2008

UC Davis Fertility Clinic will offer a free seminar on options for infertility on March 5, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Some cases of autism may be traced to the immune systems of mothers during pregnancy

February 11, 2008

New research from the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and Center for Children's Environmental Health has found that antibodies in the blood of mothers of children with autism bind to fetal brain cells, potentially interrupting healthy brain development.

Prenatal exposure to maternal antibodies linked to autistic behaviors in offspring

February 11, 2008

New research from the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute shows that an interaction between fetal brain cells and maternal antibodies could be linked with the repetitive behavior -- also called stereotypies -- that is characteristic of autism.

Researcher pinpoints barrier to maintaining training programs among middle-aged non-exercisers

February 4, 2008

Middle-aged non-exercisers enjoy far lower levels of mood enhancement from aerobic exercise than do their counterparts who exercise regularly, according to a new study by a researcher from the Department of Veterans Affairs and UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis Cancer Center announces new volunteer opportunities and orientation

February 1, 2008

UC Davis Cancer Center is expanding volunteer opportunities for cancer su