HONORS AND AWARDS
Cherry innovation in top 10 for 2008
A prototype of a small-animal imaging system developed by Simon Cherry, professor and acting chair of the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named as one of the "Top 10 Innovations of 2008" by The Scientist magazine. His PET/MRI combined imaging system placed number six on The Scientist's list. One of the panel experts praised Cherry's imaging system as "revolutionary and very clever – for the first time, it is reasonable to believe that such hybrid approaches will find their way into the research and clinical labs."
Cherry, who is also director of the UC Davis Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, is addressing areas such as cancer biomarkers with the prototype.
Prestigious grant award
Eleanor Lee Ormsby, chief radiology resident and a 2004 UC Davis School of Medicine graduate, has been named a recipient of a 2008 Research Resident Grant from the Radiological Society of North America's Research and Education Foundation. The awards are designed to provide young investigators in radiologic sciences with an opportunity to gain further insight into scientific investigation and to develop competence in research techniques and methods. Ormsby plans to focus her research in the coming year on exploring ultrasound-enhanced benefits in cases involving prostate cancer.
Chronic Disease Management award
UC Davis Health System's Chronic Disease Management received honorable mention in the California Association of Public Hospitals and the Safety Net Institution's 2008 Quality Leader Awards competition. Since 1987, the awards competition has showcased more than 300 innovative strategies and creative programs. At UC Davis, the Chronic Disease Management team connects resources within the health system to provide quality, patient-centered care.
Specialty recognition in swallowing disorders
Sheila Majesky, a speech pathologist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been awarded specialty recognition by the Board of Specialization in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is the only individual in California thus far who has this specialty recognition that acknowledge advanced knowledge, skills and experience.
Best educational video of 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. The video, "Compassionate Care: An Overview of the Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Exam," was produced for the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center, operated by UC Davis. It presents a complete overview of the forensic medical evidentiary examination for a sexual assault victim, conducted according to State of California protocols. The exam video was developed as a curriculum tool for the center's sexual assault forensic examiner training, a five-day instruction program for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants and registered nurses.
Reducing cancer disparities honor
Moon Chen, professor of hematology and oncology with UC Davis Cancer Center, has been honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with its Health Disparities Leadership Award. Chen leads the largest project ever undertaken to curb cancer in Asian Americans. Known as the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Treatment (AANCART), the national program is based at UC Davis Cancer Center and funded by the National Cancer Institute as part of an effort to reduce ethnic disparities in cancer.
Incoming association president
Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, will serve as president of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology from 2011 to 2013. The nonprofit organization focuses on continuing education for ophthalmologists, the prevention of blindness, and the promotion of scientific and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists.
Society honors pathologist
Ishwarlal "Kenny" Jialal, UC Davis professor of internal medicine, received the 2008 Philip Levine Award for Outstanding Research from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The Levine Award recognizes researchers who have made a significant contribution to molecular pathology, immunotherapy and immunopathology. At UC Davis, Jialal is the Robert E. Stowell Endowed Chair in Experimental Pathology and director of the Laboratory for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research. His major research interest is in the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in atherosclerosis, understanding the cellular dysfunction and the role of inflammation in metabolic syndrome, and understanding the pathobiology of diabetic vasculopathies.
NIH director's award
Paul Leigh, a professor of health economics in the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis, has received the Director's Award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for his work on developing estimates of the national costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and his efforts to promote the use of these estimates to improve worker safety and health. Leigh generated a scientific estimate of the national costs of occupational injuries and illnesses for civilian workplaces across the nation as well as for 19 separate occupational illnesses, and will be forecasting costs for 2010 through 2015. His estimate from the 1990s indicated that costs of occupational injuries and illnesses were on a par with the costs of cancer. The same estimate showed injuries comprised roughly 85 percent, while illnesses comprised 15 percent of total costs.
New journal editors
Lavjay Butani, professor and chief of pediatric nephrology for UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the editorial board of Pediatric Nephrology, the official journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association.
Peter Yellowlees, professor of psychiatry and director of the UC Davis Health Informatics Graduate Program, was named deputy editor of The Medscape Journal of Medicine. The journal, founded in 1999 as Medscape General Medicine, formerly known as MedLine, is an online, open access, primary source, peer-reviewed general medical journal.
Michelle A. James, chief of pediatric orthopaedics in the UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been appointed deputy scientific editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery. James, who also is chief of orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, has served as a reviewer for the journal for 12 years and became an associate editor in 2004.
Richard L. Kravitz, professor of internal medicine and a long-time researcher in the area of healthcare services, has been appointed co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Kravitz is a general internist whose studies have centered on physician-patient relationships, physician behavior and social influences on quality of care. He has examined the influence of advertising of prescription drugs on physician decision-making, the participation of physicians and nurses in strikes and work actions, and the effect of managed care on health services utilization and quality.
NIH's Center for Scientific Review member
David Fyhrie, UC Davis professor of orthopaedic surgery, has been appointed as a member of the Skeletal Biology Structure and Regeneration Study Section through June 2012 for the National Institutes of Health's Center for Scientific Review. Fyhrie is the director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory and holds the David Linn Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.