LETTER FROM THE DEAN AND THE DIRECTOR
UC Davis Medicine, our publication for alumni, faculty and supporters, gives us an opportunity to share with you our progress, accomplishments
and plans for the future, but it also is designed to keep you up-to-date on some of the most compelling research going on in medical science today.
In this issue, you will learn about research at the smallest scale yet – about one billionth of a meter. In fact, it is spawning an entirely new vocabulary – from nanotherapy to nanofabrication.
Another new technology we are embracing in a big way is biophotonics
– the use of light to understand the inner workings of cells. You can read about how we are applying this innovative technology at our new $52 million Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, funded by a National Science Foundation grant.
We also expect our cancer research to accelerate significantly with our recent National Cancer Institute designation. This issue talks about one of the new programs at our cancer center that the prestigious recognition
has helped to launch.
Community support continues to play an important role. The recently
announced $1 million pledge from the Rumsey Indian Tribe will support the work in our children's hospital to prevent childhood obesity
and type 2 diabetes. A $25,000 gift from ex-Raiders football player and cancer survivor Jim Otto is funding additional cancer research. You can learn more in this issue about these community members and how their gifts are benefiting others in our communities.
Also in this issue, we introduce to you the newest addition to our core leadership team – Claire Pomeroy. An expert in infectious disease and medical informatics, Dr. Pomeroy joins us as executive associate dean. You will be hearing from her in the future.
As we progress through the academic year, we are already well on our way to addressing the ongoing challenges brought on by the state budget crisis. In addition, proposed changes in federal health policy and financing also require our attention. However, these efforts are not distracting us from continuing with our plans to be a major force in the region and in the world of science. We are proud of what we are accomplishing
and look forward to further success in the coming year. We hope you will remain supportive of our efforts.