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Terminally ill cancer patients fare poorly after surgery

October 25, 2016

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

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

October 21, 2016

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

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

October 20, 2016

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

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

October 20, 2016

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

UC Davis surgeon honored for international humanitarian efforts

October 19, 2016

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

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

October 19, 2016

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

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

October 18, 2016

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

Workshop set for young adults with cancer

October 18, 2016

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

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to host Caregivers Workshop

October 17, 2016

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

Diagnostic symposium on renal and transplant pathology, Oct. 21

October 14, 2016

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

NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Expands in California

October 13, 2016

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

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

October 12, 2016

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

DeLemos recognized as a National Magnet Nurse of the Year

October 11, 2016

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

Hibbard Williams' enduring legacy

October 10, 2016

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

Russo honored as Elks alum of the year

October 10, 2016

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

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

October 6, 2016

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

Preserving the power of antibiotics

October 6, 2016

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

Vascular center celebrates 10 years of accomplishments

October 5, 2016

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

30-day hospital readmission is a poor measure of quality

October 4, 2016

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

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

October 4, 2016

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

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

October 3, 2016

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

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

October 3, 2016

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

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

October 3, 2016

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

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches Patient Stories blog

October 3, 2016

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

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Nancy Lane honored by national organization

September 30, 2016

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

Breastfeeding saves mothers' lives, too

September 28, 2016

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

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

September 27, 2016

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

Emily Love Invitational softball tournament is Oct. 22

September 27, 2016

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

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

September 26, 2016

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

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

September 26, 2016

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

Neurosurgeons on the football sidelines

September 26, 2016

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

Alzheimer's Disease Center grant renewed

September 23, 2016

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

Lam obtains major federal grants

September 23, 2016

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

Denise Park lecture canceled for Sept. 22

September 22, 2016

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

Kit Lam appointed to NCI Board of Scientific Counselors

September 20, 2016

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

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2016

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

Interfaith symposium on Resilience Through Connectivity, Oct. 19

September 20, 2016

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

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

September 20, 2016

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

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

September 16, 2016

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

Gut pathogens thrive on body's tissue-repair mechanism

September 16, 2016

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

Essential mouse genes could guide human precision medicine

September 14, 2016

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

NIH renews knockout mouse project

September 12, 2016

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

Voices of patients and oncologists must be heard, study shows

September 9, 2016

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

Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Program wins prestigious national award

September 9, 2016

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

Cancer Center oral therapy adherence program wins Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award

September 7, 2016

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

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

September 7, 2016

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

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

September 6, 2016

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

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

September 6, 2016

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

UC Davis K12 scholars funded for cancer research

September 6, 2016

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

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

September 6, 2016

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

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

September 2, 2016

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

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

September 2, 2016

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

Kizer to chair national committee on housing, health and homelessness

September 2, 2016

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

UC Davis launches comprehensive reflux clinic

September 1, 2016

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

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

August 31, 2016

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

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

August 31, 2016

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

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 30, 2016

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

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

August 29, 2016

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

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

August 26, 2016

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

Lay educators help boost colorectal screening rates in Hmong

August 26, 2016

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

Med student honored with 2016 Armour scholarship

August 25, 2016

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

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

August 25, 2016

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

Nelson lecturer to focus on how storytelling improves patient care

August 23, 2016

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

Specialized test detects bacterial infections in youngest infants with fever

August 23, 2016

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

UC Davis among the top for cancer, again

August 22, 2016

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

Clancy appointed associate vice chancellor for academic personnel

August 19, 2016

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

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

August 18, 2016

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

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

August 16, 2016

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

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

August 16, 2016

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

Med center appoints chief medical information officer

August 12, 2016

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

Greenhalgh to lead study of burn shock treatment

August 12, 2016

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

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

August 11, 2016

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

New grants help move innovative ideas to new discoveries

August 10, 2016

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

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

August 10, 2016

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

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

August 10, 2016

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a $202,309 donation from Kohl’sto support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the ABC10 Give4Kids mediathon on Friday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.4 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives.

UC Davis opens centralized medical clinic in midtown Sacramento

August 9, 2016

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

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

August 5, 2016

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

Lecture on new diagnostic tools for Alzheimer's disease

August 4, 2016

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

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

August 2, 2016

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

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

August 2, 2016

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

One of America's top hospitals

August 1, 2016

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

MIND Institute-INALLIANCE partnership a recipe for success

August 1, 2016

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

Telepathology program to improve cancer diagnosis in developing world

August 1, 2016

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

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

July 29, 2016

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

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

July 28, 2016

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

Hybrid treatment hunts down and kills leukemia cells

July 28, 2016

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

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

July 27, 2016

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

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

July 27, 2016

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

UC Davis MIND Institute hosts summer camp

July 27, 2016

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

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

July 27, 2016

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

UC Davis environmental center funds innovative research on toxics and health

July 26, 2016

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

De Vere White to serve on prestigious NIH panel

July 26, 2016

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

Med student awarded O'Connor Memorial Research Grant

July 26, 2016

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

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

July 26, 2016

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

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

July 22, 2016

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

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

July 21, 2016

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

UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 21, 2016

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

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

July 20, 2016

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

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

July 19, 2016

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

MIND Institute awarded key federal training grant

July 18, 2016

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

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

July 14, 2016

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

Oncologists and cancer patients often differ in prognosis perceptions

July 14, 2016

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

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

July 12, 2016

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

Increasing the minimum wage can improve health

July 12, 2016

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

School of Medicine student honored by AMA

July 11, 2016

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

UC Davis offers fluorescence cystoscopy for bladder cancer

July 11, 2016

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

Myth of cognitive decline talk kicks off community lecture series

July 8, 2016

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

UC Davis Medical Center awarded 'Most Wired 2016' designation

July 6, 2016

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

UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 5, 2016

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

The experts agree: Environmental toxins hurt brain development

July 1, 2016

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

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

July 1, 2016

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

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Beware of unapproved stem cell procedures

June 30, 2016

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

Endowment for promising students honors de Vere White

June 29, 2016

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

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities 5-year grant renewed

June 28, 2016

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

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

June 24, 2016

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

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

June 23, 2016

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

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

June 22, 2016

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

Nearly 10 million U.S. adults severely nearsighted

June 22, 2016

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

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

June 22, 2016

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

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

June 21, 2016

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

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

June 17, 2016

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

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

June 16, 2016

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

Glaser appointed to National Advisory Eye Council

June 16, 2016

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

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

June 15, 2016

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

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

June 15, 2016

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

Pelech named interim division head of pediatric cardiology

June 15, 2016

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

New East 7 pediatrics unit now open

June 14, 2016

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

Tempkin honored by Huntington's Disease Society of America

June 13, 2016

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

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

June 13, 2016

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

UC Davis establishes research center to tackle pain epidemic

June 13, 2016

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

UC Davis nursing school hosts fifth graduation celebration

June 10, 2016

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

NIH funding for dermatology research trending downward for women and MDs

June 9, 2016

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

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

June 8, 2016

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

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

June 8, 2016

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

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

June 7, 2016

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

Lung cancer patients who have surgery live longer

June 7, 2016

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

UC Davis offers fusion-guided prostate biopsies

June 7, 2016

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

Developing drugs to treat autism topic of next MIND Distinguished Lecture

June 7, 2016

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

Critical Care Transport Team gets a new ride

June 6, 2016

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

Bowlus now leads the UC Davis Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

June 6, 2016

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

Fancher named Associate Dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement

June 3, 2016

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

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

June 2, 2016

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

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at Academic Symposium

June 2, 2016

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

Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association

June 1, 2016

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

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

May 31, 2016

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

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

May 31, 2016

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

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

May 27, 2016

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

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

May 27, 2016

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

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

May 26, 2016

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

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for quality care for stroke patients

May 26, 2016

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

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

May 26, 2016

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

Miglioretti awarded $7.5 million to evaluate supplemental breast imaging

May 25, 2016

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

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

May 25, 2016

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

Project ADAM Sacramento hosted Oak Park Has Heart

May 25, 2016

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

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

May 24, 2016

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

Yellowlees voted president-elect of national telemedicine group

May 24, 2016

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

2015 Eli Gold Prize awardee delivers Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture

May 24, 2016

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

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

May 23, 2016

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

Depression in Alzheimer's disease: Cause or consequence?

May 23, 2016

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

UC Davis approved as a comprehensive care center for pulmonary hypertension

May 20, 2016

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

Calcium channels team up to activate excitable cells

May 18, 2016

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

Ng named director of UC Davis Stroke Center

May 18, 2016

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

California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Ericson condition

May 17, 2016

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

National Cancer Institute re-designates the cancer center

May 17, 2016

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

Physicians can counsel patients to prevent gun violence, experts say

May 17, 2016

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

UC Davis researchers identify new metabolic disorder

May 12, 2016

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

More research needed to identify and measure quality of autism interventions

May 10, 2016

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

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

May 9, 2016

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

General surgery resident receives Fulbright grant

May 6, 2016

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

Device worn on eyeglasses offers hope for people with low vision

May 5, 2016

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

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

May 4, 2016

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

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

May 3, 2016

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

High school artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

May 3, 2016

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

Antibiotics allow gut pathogens to breathe

May 2, 2016

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

Common supplement boosts kidney cancer therapy

May 2, 2016

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

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

May 2, 2016

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

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

April 29, 2016

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

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

April 28, 2016

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

Stem cell research reveals myelin repair capacity

April 28, 2016

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

Simmons appointed Chief Operating Officer of UC Davis Medical Center

April 28, 2016

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

Distance language intervention helps adolescents with disabilities communicate

April 27, 2016

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

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

April 27, 2016

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

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

April 26, 2016

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

SU2C awards Albeck Innovative Research Grant

April 26, 2016

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

Weighing the pros and cons of mental-health apps

April 26, 2016

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

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

April 25, 2016

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

Miss California visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

April 25, 2016

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

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

April 21, 2016

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

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center earns new quality certification

April 20, 2016

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

UC Davis expands surgical care for lower GI diseases

April 20, 2016

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

International Cancer Genome Consortium for Medicine launch announced

April 17, 2016

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

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

April 14, 2016

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

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

April 13, 2016

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

Radiation improves survival in older patients with soft tissue sarcomas

April 11, 2016

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

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

April 7, 2016

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

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

April 7, 2016

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

UC Davis nursing faculty, student research showcased at regional conference

April 6, 2016

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

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

April 4, 2016

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

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

April 1, 2016

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

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

March 30, 2016

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

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

March 30, 2016

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

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

March 29, 2016

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

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

March 29, 2016

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

School of Medicine joins national effort to improve prescriber education

March 29, 2016

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

Distracted driving prevention day event scheduled for Friday, April 1

March 29, 2016

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

Vascular brain injury is evident in people in their 40s

March 28, 2016

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

New target makes end run against therapy-resistant prostate cancer

March 28, 2016

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

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

March 24, 2016

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

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

March 24, 2016

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

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

March 23, 2016

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

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

March 23, 2016

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

Hales receives prestigious educator award from the American Psychiatric Association

March 23, 2016

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

Lavjay Butani named a 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient

March 22, 2016

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

Targeted interview technique could help doctors improve patient outcomes

March 21, 2016

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

State stem cell agency approves research funding for UC Davis scientists

March 21, 2016

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

MacMillan featured in KVIE documentary on palliative and hospice care

March 18, 2016

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

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

March 16, 2016

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

School of Medicine again ranked among nation's best

March 16, 2016

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

Human stem cells target Huntington's disease

March 15, 2016

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

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

March 11, 2016

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

Bold Vision, Bright Future depicted in murals at the MIND

March 11, 2016

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

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

March 10, 2016

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

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

March 9, 2016

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

UC Davis environmental health researcher receives grant for DDT study

March 4, 2016

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

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

March 4, 2016

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

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

March 3, 2016

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

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

March 3, 2016

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

Aguilar-Gaxiola named to the California Health Care Foundation board

March 2, 2016

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

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

February 29, 2016

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

UC Davis reaches a milestone in treating heart valve disease

February 26, 2016

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

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

February 26, 2016

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

How the brain handles teleportation

February 25, 2016

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

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

February 25, 2016

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

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

February 24, 2016

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

"Coloring therapy" helps ease patients' stress

February 24, 2016

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

Patient coordinator to go bald to help kids with cancer

February 24, 2016

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

This is your brain on exercise

February 23, 2016

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

New VECTA machine at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 23, 2016

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

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

February 22, 2016

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

Center for Virtual Care earns reaccreditation from American College of Surgeons

February 22, 2016

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

Pain Medicine Fellowship Program honored for excellence

February 22, 2016

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

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

February 17, 2016

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

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

February 16, 2016

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

Hwang named chair of UC Davis Department of Dermatology

February 12, 2016

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

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

February 11, 2016

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

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

February 10, 2016

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

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

February 10, 2016

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

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

February 8, 2016

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

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

February 8, 2016

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

CME program earns national reaccreditation

February 5, 2016

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

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

February 4, 2016

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

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

February 3, 2016

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

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

February 3, 2016

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

Discounted tickets to February Sacramento Republic FC soccer games

February 2, 2016

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

Finding new targets to battle drug resistance

February 1, 2016

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

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

February 1, 2016

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

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

January 29, 2016

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

Medical students awarded for increasing awareness of cervical cancer

January 22, 2016

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

Burn center team recognized as local heroes by the Red Cross

January 22, 2016

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

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

January 22, 2016

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

Researchers decipher stem cell messages in blood vessel formation

January 19, 2016

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

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

January 15, 2016

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

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

January 13, 2016

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

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

January 11, 2016

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

More research needed on evaluation of dense breasts

January 11, 2016

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

Making a safe procedure even safer

January 11, 2016

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

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

January 8, 2016

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

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

December 30, 2015

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

UC Davis nursing school opens program to prepare new nurses

December 23, 2015

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

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

December 23, 2015

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

UC Davis receives 4.5 Star Award for Medicare Advantage quality achievement

December 22, 2015

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

Left ventricular assist device program at UC Davis receives certification

December 22, 2015

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

Support Project ADAM Sacramento at Feb. 3 Sacramento Kings game

December 22, 2015

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

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

December 22, 2015

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

A better way to treat deadly Aspergillus mold infection

December 17, 2015

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

UC Davis selected for National Professional Development Program

December 17, 2015

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

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

December 10, 2015

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

Two UC Davis experts among speakers at World Stem Cell Summit

December 9, 2015

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

Project ADAM Sacramento joins 'CPR Saves Lives March'

December 9, 2015

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

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

December 4, 2015

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

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

December 3, 2015

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

Medical volunteers gear up for California International Marathon

December 3, 2015

More than 100 volunteers from across UC Davis Health System will provide medical support at the 33rd annual California International Marathon (CIM) on Sunday.

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

December 3, 2015

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

UC Davis Medical Center named 2015 Leapfrog Top Urban Hospital

December 2, 2015

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

Med student awarded prestigious AAMC scholarship

December 1, 2015

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

Knuckle cracking looks explosive, but causes no detectable harm

December 1, 2015

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

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UC Davis researchers find success in tele-audiology program

November 24, 2015

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

Pediatric patients celebrate the season in Fall Festival

November 19, 2015

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

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

November 18, 2015

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

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

November 18, 2015

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

Forum on Diversity and Inclusion Initiative set for Dec. 2

November 18, 2015

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

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for leadership in pulmonary rehabilitation

November 17, 2015

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

Small RNA has big impact on prostate cancer

November 17, 2015

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

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

November 12, 2015

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

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

November 12, 2015

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

UC Davis breaks ground on Betty Irene Moore Hall

November 12, 2015

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

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

November 12, 2015

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

UC Davis Medical Center named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

November 5, 2015

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

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

November 5, 2015

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

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

November 5, 2015

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

New technology will help define the environmental triggers of childhood asthma

November 4, 2015

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

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

November 4, 2015

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

Medical center awarded for reduction of pressure ulcers

November 4, 2015

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

Kelly takes the reins of prestigious SWOG Lung Committee

November 4, 2015

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

UC Davis conducts groundbreaking for Betty Irene Moore Hall

November 2, 2015

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