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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.

Lecture focuses on how precision medicine will change Alzheimer's disease treatment

August 15, 2016

Sudha Seshadri, a Boston University neurologist who specializes in identifying the genomic and environmental risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease, will give a presentation titled “How Will Precision Medicine Influence the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.” The lecture is Thursday, Aug. 25, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, located at 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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.

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.

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.