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October 2018

Intentional mentoring, career development event Oct. 24

October 15, 2018

Those who are beginning their careers in academic medicine as well as faculty who mentor students are invited to attend the Intentional Mentoring event as well as sessions on the merits and promotions process and speed-mentoring rotations with senior faculty and leadership, Oct. 24. Lunch for those who pre-register by Oct. 20

Changing hospital food one menu item at a time

October 8, 2018

First Farm-to-Fork dish for hospitalized patients launched at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis-led statewide tobacco cessation effort launched

October 8, 2018

UC Davis Health tobacco researcher and physician Elisa Tong is leading a statewide effort to help safety-net health care systems guide their patients who use tobacco products to resources to help them quit.

Wounded warrior research to improve traumatic brain injury and burn care

October 1, 2018

Better, more precise care for military personnel and civilians who suffer traumatic brain injury along with burns or other forms of trauma is in the work thanks to a new grant from Department of Defense that's been awarded toresearchers and clinical care specialists at UC Davis Health.

September 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital expands services at Sacramento Native American Health Center

September 28, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s partnership to provide care to children and teens at Sacramento Native American Health Center has new programs and opportunities for residents interested in community-based care.

Simmons named Interim CEO of UC Davis Medical Center

September 25, 2018

Brad Simmons, currently the chief operating officer of UC Davis Medical Center, will become the interim chief executive officer of the medical center, pending approval by UC Regents next month.

A fracture anywhere reduces bone density everywhere

September 19, 2018

New studies from UC Davis Health are among the first to associate fractures with systemic bone loss. They also begin the path to finding treatments that preserve long-term skeletal health and reduce susceptibility to additional fractures and, potentially, osteoporosis.

From top student to top doc

September 14, 2018

Olivia Campa distinguished herself as a UC Davis medical student and resident with her dedication to delivering high-quality, compassionate care to financially disadvantaged patients. Today, she is a physician focused on ensuring that patients with opiate dependence get the care they need.

Applications for KL2 Mentored Career Development Program now being accepted

September 7, 2018

Junior faculty who are interested in pursuing careers as independent clinical researchers are invited to apply for the KL2 Mentored Career Development program.

New Biomarker Panel Could Accelerate Autism Diagnoses

September 6, 2018

Investigators at the UC Davis MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, have identified a group of blood metabolites that could help detect some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Part of the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), the largest metabolomic ASD study ever attempted, these findings are a key step toward developing an ASD biomarker test. The research was published September 6 in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

August 2018

Providing convenient and free health services

August 31, 2018

For more than 45 years, UC Davis School of Medicine students have operated clinics in inner city neighborhoods of Sacramento, providing free and convenient care to uninsured, low-income and other medically underserved populations.

UC Davis research informs new national cervical cancer screening recommendation

August 21, 2018

A comprehensive analysis of eight clinical trials and four cohort studies on cervical cancer screening by researchers from UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente Northwest has found that while Pap smears are still highly effective for detecting pre-cancerous cells and cancer, testing for the virus that causes these cancers also is an excellent screening tool.

Attacking cultural trauma and dementia among Vietnamese immigrants

August 7, 2018

Oanh Meyer’s mother Anh Le, arrived in the United States in 1975 as a Vietnam War refugee just a few days before the fall of Saigon. And while she settled in America and raised a family, the trauma of living in war-torn Vietnam throughout the conflict took a toll on her.

Liquid biopsy could ease the way to immunotherapy for lung cancer

August 6, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis, Genentech and Foundation Medicine are the first to show that a blood-based test to assess tumor mutational burden (TMB) accurately identifies non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who could benefit from immunotherapies called checkpoint inhibitors. The blood test offers a much less invasive and more repeatable alternative to tissue testing. The study was published online today in Nature Medicine.

Sarcoma specialist chosen to lead orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Health

August 1, 2018

UC Davis Health welcomes R. Lor Randall as the new chair of the UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic surgery. Randall is known for his compassion and expertise in treating and studying cancers of connective tissue in children and adults. 

July 2018

All about the virus responsible for the throat cancer surge

July 31, 2018

Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) is now the leading cause of certain types of throat cancer. Dr. Michael Moore, director of head and neck surgery at UC Davis and an HPV-related cancer expert, answers some tough questions about the trend and what can be done about it.

NIH renews UC Davis Health's clinical research work in neurological disorders

July 27, 2018

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced this week that it has renewed  UC Davis Health in Sacramento for another five years as one of just two locations on the West Coast for its NeuroNEXT Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials.

Cancer Center to help patients tackle nicotine addiction

July 18, 2018

Steven Berkstresser has chewed tobacco for most of the past 40 years, and he’s always wanted to kick the habit. But it was a cancer diagnosis that prompted him to join a UC Davis program to help him quit.

UC Davis among first to use highly sensitive test to quickly identify heart attacks

July 12, 2018

The new cardiac test is enabling UC Davis emergency medicine physicians to more quickly identify heart attack patients who come to the medical center with chest pain

Community colleges can boost physician diversity and access to primary care

July 10, 2018

New UC Davis Health research shows that medical school graduates who attended community college are more likely to select family medicine for their residency training and to be from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine. “If we want to expand the primary care workforce together with culturally competent care, we need to focus more on community college as an important pathway to medical school,” said lead author Efrain Talamantes.

June 2018

UC Davis lung physiology student gets the chance of a lifetime: Attending a meeting with 43 Nobel Laureates

June 29, 2018

Cameron Flayer, a doctoral student in physiology and toxicology at UC Davis Health, gets tips from Laureates about being successful in science.

Treating AFib with ablation reduces mortality and stroke

June 28, 2018

Using catheter-based ablation instead of medications alone reduces the risks of death and stroke in patients with the common form of heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib, new research from UC Davis physicians shows.

Neurology residents enjoy a "puppy party"

June 27, 2018

Resident physicians, faculty and staff from the Neurology Department enjoy cuteness and cuddles between meetings. 

New model could illuminate autism subtype

June 27, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have created a mouse model for maternal antibody-related (MAR) autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that closely mimics the physiology and behaviors seen in people with this form of ASD. People with MAR ASD have been exposed to maternal autoantibodies, which can react with fetal brain tissue.

Electric bus service to connect UC Davis with Sacramento

June 20, 2018

Bus service is going electric for people shuttling between the Davis and Sacramento campuses, including the forthcoming Aggie Square innovation and technology hub.

Vascular surgery residents win conference competition

June 19, 2018

A team of UC Davis vascular surgery residents won first place in a contest of skills and knowledge at the June 15 Pacific Northwest Endovascular Conference in Seattle.

UC Davis among first to use highly sensitive test to quickly identify heart attacks

June 15, 2018

Emergency medicine physicians at UC Davis Health will begin using the latest-generation cardiac troponin (cTn) test next week to more quickly identify heart attack patients who come to the medical center with chest pain.

Do excess fluids cause brain injuries in children with diabetic ketoacidosis?

June 13, 2018

For decades, clinicians have worried that giving too much intravenous fluid to children with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) may contribute to brain swelling and injury, and even death. Now, after a national study that examined more than a thousand patients with DKA, UC Davis researchers and their colleagues from around the country have shown that fluid infusion does not cause  brain injury in children with DKA.

Can watching pro sports on TV prevent crime?

June 12, 2018

The entertainment provided by televised sporting events has a significant effect on crime in Chicago, reducing the number of violent, property and drug crime reports by as much as 25 percent during the hours of a given game, according to a study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. The study published in the Journal of Sports Economics in May.

Taste of the Mediterranean menu at the Pavilion Cafe and ACC, June 20

June 12, 2018

Get a taste of the Mediterranean on Wednesday, June 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion
Cafe and the cafeteria in the Larry J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center!

Nationally prominent brain tumor specialist to lead neurological surgery at UC Davis

June 12, 2018

Renowned surgeon, scientist and educator Griffith R. Harsh IV has been selected as chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Julian R. Youmans Chair in Neurological Surgery at UC Davis Health. He begins his new position July 1.

Stem cell transplants extend life for multiple myeloma patients

June 11, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis have confirmed that autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant improves survival for people suffering from multiple myeloma, yet many potentially eligible patients never undergo the procedure.

A Cinderella story 16 years in the making

June 8, 2018

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo describes the challenges she overcame and her drive to become a physician, which became a reality when she graduated this May from the UC Davis School of Medicine.

EMRAP: Undergrads on the front lines of emergency medicine

June 5, 2018

As a freshman, Sid Ganesh had just finished a class and found herself late to an internship and career fair on campus. At the fair, Ganesh hurried from table to table, collecting flyers for each program and opportunity. She then saw the EMRAP display.

Cancer Center joins clinics to improve cancer screening and care in underserved Sacramento communities

June 1, 2018

A unique collaboration spearheaded by UC Davis cancer specialists was launched June 1 to enhance cancer prevention, screening, detection and specialty oncology care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Sacramento.

May 2018

UC Davis cancer survivors - and survivors everywhere - to be honored at Sacramento Republic FC game

May 29, 2018

National Cancer Survivors Day will be celebrated Saturday, June 2 during the Sacramento Republic FC game at Papa Murphy’s Park against Orange County SC starting at 8 p.m.

Chancellor May appoints Lubarsky as Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Health

May 18, 2018

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UC Davis Medical Center, and Primary Care Network. Lubarsky is the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012.

Review by UC Davis researchers informs new prostate cancer screening recommendations

May 9, 2018

An exhaustive review by UC Davis researchers of more than 60 studies is the basis for new national recommendations about prostate cancer screening. The review and the findings were published May 8 in JAMA.

James McCracken will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on May 16

May 4, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host James McCracken on Wednesday, May 16 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Can we improve treatments for ADHD?” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Michael Chapman, John and Lois Crowe, and Gurdev Khush to be honored with UC Davis Medal

May 1, 2018

Michael Chapman, a founder of modern trauma surgery and professor emeritus at UC Davis Health, will be a recipient of this year's UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals. Chapman is the first medical doctor to be honored with the medal.

High-efficiency filters reduce indoor air pollution but not asthma symptoms

May 1, 2018

A new study focused on households with asthmatic children finds that the use of high-efficiency filtration, either as part of a central air system or standalone air cleaner, improves indoor air quality. The study also found that while participants did not report reduced asthma symptoms, they did have fewer visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals for asthma care.

April 2018

What has changed since 'Unequal Treatment' was published?

April 27, 2018

Alicia Fernandez, a UC San Francisco physician and expert on reducing health care disparities, will speak in Sacramento on “Health Care Disparities 15 Years After ‘Unequal Treatment.’” Her address is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, with a reception at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Study of firearm deaths over 16-year period in California finds shift in firearm homicides and suicides

April 23, 2018

A study of firearm deaths in California from 2000-2015 by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) has found that firearm homicides were largely an urban problem at the start of the study period, however, falling rates in urban counties resulted in more rural areas in the central part of the state having the highest rates of firearm homicide by 2015. It also found firearm suicides in California increased slightly since the mid-2000s, were three times higher in rural counties and were highest among whites.

Immune system and gastrointestinal deregulation linked with autism

April 17, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have reduced immune system regulation, as well as shifts in their gut microbiota. The immune deregulation appears to facilitate increased inflammation and may be linked to the gastrointestinal issues so often experienced by children with ASD. The research was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Abdominal aortic disease specialist to lead UC Davis vascular services

April 10, 2018

Matthew Mell, a national leader in defining health policy for managing and treating aortic disease, has joined UC Davis Health as director of the UC Davis Vascular Center and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

Ralph Adolphs will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on April 11

April 6, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Ralph Adolphs on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Predicting who you are from looking at your brain” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, but seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Primo "Lucky" Lara named UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

April 3, 2018

Primo Nery Lara, Jr. has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, leading a team of more than 300 scientists with an estimated $90 million in annual research funding and a clinical enterprise that serves more than 10,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the region every year.

March 2018

Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults - except in autism

March 20, 2018

In a striking new finding, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults. This phenomenon does not happen in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Instead, children with ASD have too many neurons early on and then appear to lose those neurons as they become adults. The findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Soon-to-be physicians celebrate Match Day 2018

March 16, 2018

Today’s annual Match Day ceremony at UC Davis School of Medicine gave more than 100 future physicians an exciting glimpse of what the future holds for them in medicine.

Going strong at 20: MIND Institute hits a milestone

March 14, 2018

Twenty years ago a small group of frustrated but determined Sacramento-area parents of children with autism decided it was time to fill a glaring hole in medical research: understanding and treating autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Primo Lara to become new deputy chair of SWOG

March 9, 2018

Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. will become the new deputy chair of SWOG, a research organization of more than 12,000 people at over 1,000 hospitals and clinics that designs and conducts publicly funded cancer clinical trials and that represents a major force cancer advances worldwide.  

Acute myeloid leukemia patients have reduced early mortality at NCI-designated cancer centers

March 8, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who received their care at a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center in California had a dramatically reduced risk of early mortality. Using data from the California Cancer Registry and the Patient Discharge Dataset, the team determined that the risk was reduced by 53 percent. These findings were reported in February in the journal Cancer.

Can high doses of vitamin D help prevent memory loss?

March 6, 2018

Vitamin D has long been known to be important for healthy bone growth, but new evidence suggests it also may help keep the brain sharp as people age. The problem is that most older people don’t get enough of it.

February 2018

Leader in creating a national blueprint to repair health care to speak in Sacramento

February 27, 2018

Ted Epperly, a nationally regarded family physician and leader in creating models of integrated, accessible and cost-effective health care, will speak in Sacramento as part of the UC Davis Health George G. Snively Lectureship in Family Medicine. Epperly’s address is Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m.  in lecture hall 1222 of the Education Building located at 4610 X Street in Sacramento. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

UC Davis School of Medicine research funding ranks among the top 26 institutions in the U.S.

February 16, 2018

For the first time, UC Davis School of Medicine has ranked in the top 20 percent of institutions in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

Introducing EM Pulse, a podcast from UC Davis emergency medicine physicians about life in the ER

February 14, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being an emergency medicine physician and how the team works to address some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges? To find out more, consider listening and subscribing to EM Pulse, a new podcast series launched by UC Davis emergency medicine physicians.

Young cancer survivors' risk of heart disease related to race and socioeconomic factors

February 9, 2018

Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors who are African American, poor or have public or no health insurance are far more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke later in life than non-Hispanic white cancer survivors.

Traveling hands-on exhibit visits UC Davis Medical Center, Feb. 6 and 9

February 6, 2018

UC Davis Health is hosting the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit to raise awareness about precision medicine and the All of Us research program.

New research suggests your own immune system can protect against MRSA infections

February 5, 2018

After years of investigation, researchers at UC Davis, Johns Hopkins, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have discovered how the immune system might protect a person from recurrent bacterial skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph). The findings, publishing online this week in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, open new doors to someday developing vaccines to prevent staph skin infections, which account for 14 million outpatient visits, nearly 500,000 hospital admissions and $3 billion to $4 billion in inpatient health care costs in the U.S. per year.

January 2018

National study finds substantial unmet needs for mental health care among veterans of recent wars

January 31, 2018

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released today has concluded that there is a substantial unmet need for mental health services among veterans of the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Talamantes honored as an Emerging Scholar

January 25, 2018

Efrain Talamantes, an assistant professor of internal medicine and an expert in advancing equity and diversity in the field of medicine, has been named an Emerging Scholar for 2018 by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Researchers say medical licensing test should include more prescription drug safety, misuse questions

January 24, 2018

Research led by experts from the UC Davis schools of medicine and nursing has identified gaps in pain-related education for health care providers that leave out important aspects of safe and effective pain management competencies, including those specific to opioid safety. These findings, said the researchers, may help explain one reason for the current public health crisis of inappropriate pain management and prescription drug abuse.

UC Davis Medical Center flu response facts

January 23, 2018

With peak flu season still to come, UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to handle a surge of flu-related cases if the need arises. It is prepping an unused area within the hospital where patients with the flu can be isolated and treated should other options within the hospital reach capacity.

Testing Sonoma ash and air for fire-formed pollutants

January 23, 2018

When fires ripped through suburban subdivisions in Santa Rosa last October, they may have done more than reduce homes to ashes. By incinerating all kinds of materials — insulation, electronics, furniture, cleaning products, pesticides — at very high temperatures, they could have created unknown or previously unrecognized health hazards in the smoke and ash. Researchers from the University of California, Davis, are trying to figure out just what is in that ash and air.

UC Davis to provide primary care services at One Community Health

January 19, 2018

UC Davis Family and Community Medicine physicians will soon expand the availability of primary health care services at the One Community Health clinic in midtown Sacramento.

Lecture to focus on the importance of mindfulness in medicine

January 18, 2018

Ron Epstein, a primary and palliative care physician and director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research at the University of Rochester, will speak in Sacramento on "Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity." His address is Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X Street in Sacramento. A reception is at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

UC Davis researcher urges caution on engineered stem cells

January 3, 2018

In a commentary published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, UC Davis researcher William Murphy expressed cautious optimism about efforts to genetically engineer hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to temporarily resist cell death during transplantation. While these gene therapy approaches could dramatically improve patient outcomes, Murphy argues that their risks must be carefully studied in diverse animal models.

December 2017

New grant funds study of immune cell activity in stem cell transplantation

December 21, 2017

A team of UC Davis investigators has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to examine a common virus and its effects on immune system function after stem cell transplantation.

Enhanced natural killer cells attack solid tumors

December 19, 2017

Human and veterinary researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that enhanced natural killer (NK) immune cells, combined with radiation therapy, can be effective against spontaneous osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs. The research showed these NK cells homed in on cancer and reduced metastasis in the treated dogs, offering a potential immunotherapy against solid tumors. The study was published today in the Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer

Integrity in medicine: Former New England Journal of Medicine editor to speak in Sacramento

December 15, 2017

Jerome Kassirer, an influential physician and advocate for separating commerce and medicine, will speak in Sacramento on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Impact of medical marijuana laws on teen substance use differs by grade

December 14, 2017

A study assessing the impact of medical marijuana laws (MML) on adolescent substance use  has found decreased use of all substances among 8th graders, no change among 10th graders and increased non-medical use of prescription opioids and cigarette use among 12th graders, following MML enactment.

UC Davis physician honored as one of the nation's top cardiologists

December 5, 2017

UC Davis physician and nationally recognized heart disease expert Ezra A. Amsterdam has made Forbes' list of top cardiologists in the U.S.

November 2017

Statewide survey finds physicians, pharmacists comply with prescription drug monitoring registration. Next step: increase use

November 29, 2017

A state law that funded upgrades to California’s prescription drug monitoring program and mandated physicians, pharmacists and controlled substance prescribers to register by July 2016 significantly increased registration rates, a new survey of 1,904 California physicians and pharmacists conducted by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Program has found.

Denying patient requests lowers physician ratings

November 27, 2017

Patients who ask for specialist referrals, laboratory tests or certain medications and don’t get them tend to be less satisfied with their doctors than those whose requests are fulfilled, new research from UC Davis Health shows. Based on the results, the study authors recommend communications training for physicians that fosters positive experiences for patients without agreeing to all requests for particular diagnostics or treatments.

New county mental health urgent care clinic provides alternative to emergency department

November 27, 2017

Sacramento County is opening a Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic Nov. 29 for adults and children with less acute psychiatric crises or for those requiring an urgent psychiatric evaluation. Located on the county’s Mental Health Treatment Center campus on Stockton Blvd., the walk-in clinic provides an important alternative to UC Davis Medical Center's busy emergency department.

Study shows long-term benefits of steroid hormone medications in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

November 27, 2017

A large, multi-center, international study to assess the long-term benefits of glucocorticoid treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) concludes that it does preserve muscle strength and function as well as reduce the risk of death for patients.

Three UC Davis Health faculty named AAAS fellows

November 21, 2017

Three UC Davis Health faulty members have been elected to the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They are among 15 UC Davis faculty to receive the honor, announced today.

UC study finds performance on med school interviews linked to demographics

November 21, 2017

The medical school interview – a key determinant in the admissions process and, ultimately, in the physician workforce – appears to skew for or against applicants depending on their age, gender and self-identified disadvantaged socioeconomic status.

Maternal immune response affects genes in microglia, neural development

November 20, 2017

UC Davis MIND Institute esearchers have shown in a mouse model that an elevated maternal immune response changes the epigenetic landscape in offspring’s microglia, immune cells found in the brain and spinal cord. These changes affect genes associated with immune signaling and neural development, some of which have been implicated in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was published online in the journal Glia.

In cancer, talking about bad news can be good

November 17, 2017

Giving bad news is never easy, especially when it’s life or death. But when an oncologist delivers a poor prognosis to a cancer patient, does it harm their relationship?  Some research studies have suggested it can.

Med student honored with prestigious scholarship

November 13, 2017

Nancy Rodriguez, 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.

Unlocking the genetics of cancer

November 7, 2017

For many, breast cancer is more than just a disease – it’s personal. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. But through new discoveries at the genetic level, the personal nature of cancer will eventually be what helps to beat it.

Jerant selected to lead Department of Family and Community Medicine

November 6, 2017

Anthony Jerant, a physician-leader known for his commitment to patient- and family-centered care, has become chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis.

Startup Cognivive plans games as digital therapies

November 6, 2017

 A startup company founded by a University of California, Davis, neuroscientist is developing video games that act as “digital medicine” to treat children with cognitive impairments, as well as people with cognitive limitations resulting from brain injury or aging. The company, Cognivive, is built on research by co-founder Tony Simon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UC Davis, and others showing that playing action video games can enhance players’ spatiotemporal cognitive abilities.

Minds Behind the Mind Spanish Series: The Importance of Family Context on November 16

November 6, 2017

The 2017-2018 Spanish Minds Behind the MIND lecture series kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.