LETTER FROM THE LEADERSHIP
Davis' new Genome and Biomedical Sciences Building, next to the School of Medicine's Tupper Hall, marks
the beginning of a new era in cross-discipline, life-sciences research. In this issue of UC Davis Medicine,
we take a look at the impact this facility will have in enhancing the university's ability to advance
The facility brings together biologists, engineers, computer scientists and medical researchers in human
health, agriculture and the environment to promote interactions among the different basic life-sciences
areas and provide core facilities in genomics and bioinformatics to researchers across the campus.
In this issue of the magazine, you will read about remarkable research under way in the new facility
by members of the Department of Medical Pharmacology and Toxicology that promises new approaches to treating
diseases, such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. A related story features the new director of the Genome
Center and how his expertise in plant genetics is benefiting cancer research.
We also are emphasizing our clinical research through our new nationally designated General Clinical
Research Center. Highlighted in this issue, the joint one-stop shop for clinical research for the UC Davis
School of Medicine and the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center is now home to some 63 approved
You will also read about a new application of telemedicine telerounds. One of our physicians,
urologist Lars Ellison, is testing a 51/2-foot-tall robot that he can steer into a hospital room while
he talks to post-operative patients from his office several blocks away.
Perhaps most significant in this issue is your introduction to our new vice chancellor for human health
sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, Claire Pomeroy. Dr. Pomeroy officially takes the reins on
February 1, 2005 and is clearly ready for the challenges that await her. We think you will find her, as
we do, to be an engaging, dedicated and articulate leader who is well positioned to take UC Davis Health
System to the next level.