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Moonshot grant advances immune therapy for dogs - and one day people - with cancer

October 20, 2017

UC Davis has received its first National Cancer Institute (NCI) Moonshot grant  ̶  $2.5 million over five years  ̶  to explore immunotherapy treatments for dogs who develop melanoma and osteosarcoma and that may one day benefit humans, as well.

Cancer Center hosts lung cancer research conference

October 19, 2017

Members of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center lung cancer treatment team will present at WCLC 2017, a one-day conference on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in San Francisco. Presenters will share the latest lung cancer and other thoracic malignancy advances highlighted at the recent 18th Annual World Conference on Lung Cancer in Japan.

In memoriam: James A. Fischer

October 17, 2017

James A. “Jim” Fischer, a highly regarded UC Davis cardiologist and beloved mentor, died Sept. 8, 2017, in Sacramento.

Kohl's to donate $450,000 to UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 17, 2017

Kohl’s Cares will donate $450,000 over two years to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital's Kohl’s Injury Prevention program. The program will support three strategies in the Sacramento community: to educate teen drivers on safe driving, educate families on childhood safety in and around cars, and educate violently injured and at-risk youth, identified through the UC Davis trauma program, on violence avoidance strategies.

Fernandez y Garcia receives best poster award at International Conference on Communication in Healthcare

October 17, 2017

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been awarded the best poster presentation at the 2017 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare and Health Literacy Annual Research Conference in Baltimore this month.

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis partners with Lazer Broadcasting Group for radiothon Oct. 25-27

October 17, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its radiothon with Lazer Broadcasting Group Oct. 25-27 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Medical Center recognized for employing workers with developmental disabilities

October 16, 2017

The California Disability Services Association has recognized UC Davis Medical Center with one of its annual Employer of the Year awards for its excellence (in the large employer category) in hiring persons with developmental disabilities.

Hundreds turn out for Betty Irene Moore Hall grand opening celebration

October 16, 2017

More than 500 people gathered Friday to celebrate the grand opening of Betty Irene Moore Hall at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

What physicians can do to stop mass shootings and firearm violence

October 16, 2017

In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, many ask what can be done to prevent these tragedies. In an editorial and article published Oct. 16, Annals of Internal Medicine editors along with Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and authority on gun violence prevention, urge physicians and health-care providers to make public commitments to ask patients about firearms, counsel them on safe firearm behaviors and take further action when an imminent hazard is present.

Lecture highlights the need for truth in biomedical research

October 12, 2017

John P.A. Ioannidis, a leader in encouraging fresh and effective approaches in evidence-based research and clinical investigations, will speak on “Biomedical Research: The False and the True, the Waste and the Useful” as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Build-a-Bear brings smiles to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

October 12, 2017

Sometimes a bear hug is just what the doctor ordered. And today was a day of bear hugs (and bat hugs, cat hugs and monkey hugs). Build-a-Bear Workshop in Roseville brought all of these stuffed animals, as well as plenty of clothes, beating hearts and stuffed animal-sized backpacks, to the pediatric patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

In Memoriam: Richard W. Katzberg

October 10, 2017

Department of Radiology faculty and staff are mourning the passing of Richard Katzberg, a former professor and department chair who passed away in South Carolina last month at the age of 71.

Noncompliance thwarts comprehensive background check policy for private-party sales, study finds

October 9, 2017

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

"Smart" immune cells: Emerging cancer therapy research at UC Davis receives a boost with NIH award

October 6, 2017

Assistant Professor Sean Collins, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has received a $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of “smart” immune cells for therapies to treat cancer and other diseases. The five-year NIH Director’s New Innovator Award aims to provide new insight into how to engineer immune cells to control their recruitment and response to tumors.

Meyers appointed to governor's precision medicine committee

October 6, 2017

Fred Meyers has been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine, a new group of experts that will contribute to the state’s continuing efforts to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat and prevent disease.

UC Davis, CIRM host free patient-advocate event on stem cell therapies, Oct. 10

October 6, 2017

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and UC Davis are hosting a free patient advocate event about how stem cell therapies are helping patients with unmet medical needs. The event is open to the public.

Public lecture: Psychotherapist shares his family's journey with mental illness

October 6, 2017

Stephen Hindshaw shares his family’s journey with mental illness — and his vision to remove the stigma — at a free public lecture sponsored by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

UC Davis, NEC Society launch major project to examine the use of probiotics in vulnerable preemies

October 5, 2017

Thanks to the leadership of Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children's Hospital, and the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council, the NEC Society is launching a Multi-NICU Probiotic Quality Improvement (QI) Project. It is the first project of its kind to capture data from NICUs that are ready to start routine administration of probiotics to very low birthweight infants (VLBWs) at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis.

2017-2018 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture Series begins Oct. 11

October 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2017-2018 Distinguished Lecturer Series this month with Urs Meyer, pharmacology professor at the University of Zurich. Meyer’s presentation, “Maternal Infection and Immunity in Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public and no reservations are required.

2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series starts Oct. 4

October 3, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UC Davis Genome Center are hosting the 2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series, a monthly series focusing on genomic medicine topics, led by UC Davis faculty. Seminars will be held the first Wednesday of every month at noon at the Center for Health and Technology, room 1341.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives the 2018 Women's Choice Award

October 2, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital  and Best Children’s Hospital for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in health care.

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

September 29, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the next two years. 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. UC Davis Children's Hospital remains the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn this distinction.

"Exercise in the Fight Against Alzheimer's" lecture Oct. 5

September 29, 2017

Jeff Burns of the Kansas University Alzheimer’s Disease Center will present “Exercise in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s” on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X St. in Sacramento. This is last of the 2017 Community Engagement lecture series hosted by the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living, Aegis of Carmichael, Revere Court and Norwood Pines Alzheimer’s Care Center. 

UC Davis receives $8 million to expand access to stem cell clinical trials

September 28, 2017

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine today awarded a nearly $8 million grant to University of California, Davis, stem cell researchers to launch a special clinical trials program in Sacramento to accelerate the therapeutic development and delivery of stem cell therapies in human patients.

2017-2018 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series announced

September 28, 2017

Beginning in October, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host Minds Behind the MIND, a lecture series featuring leading researchers and clinicians who will present their current research and new treatment findings. Lectures will be held Wednesday evenings in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento beginning Oct. 4.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 27, 2017

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

$3.3 million grant funds early detection of pancreatic cancer

September 27, 2017

UC Davis researchers, led by Julie Sutcliffe, have received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance efforts to diagnose pancreatic cancer before it spreads.

UC Davis hosts grand opening celebration for Betty Irene Moore Hall

September 26, 2017

Leaders of UC Davis, along with leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis Health and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, plan a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for Betty Irene Moore Hall at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Special Education Rights and Assessments presented in Spanish September 30

September 25, 2017

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), part of the UC Davis MIND Institute, will host “Sus Derechos de Educación Especial” (Special Education Rights and Assessments) on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The lecture will be given by multicultural affairs advocate Vanessa Ochoa and client rights advocate Brittnee Gillespie, both of Disability Rights California.  

Too little is known about the compounds in wildfire smoke

September 25, 2017

How do fire-suppression chemicals and pesticides affect wildfire smoke and the health of those who breathe it? UC Davis graduate students discovered that this question cannot be answered based on current scientific evidence and, in a review published in Current Topics in Toxicology, they recommend more studies on the compounds in wildfire smoke.

Children's Hospital patient meets Marvel superhero stars

September 22, 2017

Four-year-old Jonathan Hunt has proven that he has the stuff that superheroes are made of. The Fair Oaks resident experienced a stroke in January, after a freak accident on a trampoline left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. After six weeks of hospitalization and daily physical, speech and occupational therapy at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Johnathan was able to walk out the front doors of the hospital on his own and he continues with outpatient therapy.

Walmart and Sam's Club kick off CMN fundraising campaign for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2017

Sam's Club and Walmart are kicking off their annual Miracle Balloon campaign by asking customers to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its local hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29. Customers can donate $1 or more when they check out at the register.

Fall prevention documentary includes UC Davis Health experts

September 15, 2017

Public television station KVIE begins airing the documentary “Before the Fall” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The documentary includes strategies for treating and reducing the risks of falls from UC Davis Health experts Mark Lee, professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Christy Adams, trauma prevention coordinator and co-founder of the StopFalls Coalition.

University of California Cancer Consortium takes on California's $14 billion killer

September 11, 2017

The University of California’s five academic cancer centers, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, have formed a consortium to better address California’s most pressing cancer-related problems and opportunities, UC President Janet Napolitano and Dr. John Stobo, executive vice president of UC Health, announced Sept. 11.

Entravision Radiothon raises $182,960 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 11, 2017

Entravision and Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announced that $182,960 was raised for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during its 72-hour Radiothon last month.

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

September 8, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk.

UC Davis MIND Institute wins coveted ACE grant

September 7, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been awarded a 5-year, $12 million Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) grant, one of five in the nation, to create a “Center for the Development of Phenotype-based Treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

"Doctor PE" deepens K-6 students' connections with health

September 6, 2017

When Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Carrie Norris was viewing her students’ Valentine’s Day art honoring what they love most, among the tributes to parents, friends and pets was one for “Doctor PE.” That student was referring to a unique and popular program that brings UC Davis family and community medicine residents to her school twice each week to teach physical education.

How behavior influences cognitive health topic of Community Engagement Series lecture

September 5, 2017

Robert Wilson, professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences and Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, will speak about “Behavioral Contributions to Cognitive Health” on Thursday, Sept. 14 the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers Announce New Affiliation

August 31, 2017

UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers have established a new affiliation agreement that will provide high quality, affordable health care to thousands of people in the Sacramento-area community.

Gun safety recommendations for parents

August 31, 2017

In the United States, one in three homes with young children have guns, many which are unlocked and unloaded. To protect children, UC Davis Children’s Hospital reminds parents to keep firearms out of children’s reach and offers these recommendations.

Knoepfler awarded second Alex's Lemonade Stand research grant

August 30, 2017

UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler has been awarded a second $250,000 grant for glioma research from an organization begun 15 years ago by a 5-year-old girl with a deadly form of childhood cancer.

The understudied consequences of peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy

August 29, 2017

In two papers published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers from UC Davis, UCLA and other institutions have found that peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling in hands and/or feet, can bother early-stage breast cancer patients years after completing chemotherapy. In addition, a systematic literature review found only a handful of studies that tracked long-term peripheral neuropathy, leaving little data for patients and clinicians to make informed decisions.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 28, 2017

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.

Stem cell treatment for children with spina bifida helps dogs first

August 24, 2017

A pair of English bulldog puppies are the first patients to be successfully treated with a unique therapy — a combination of surgery and stem cells — developed at the University of California, Davis, to help preserve lower-limb function in children with spina bifida.

UC Davis Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium set for Oct. 23-24

August 23, 2017

UC Davis Health will host the Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium on Oct. 23-24 at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis.

CMN Mediathon on ABC10 raises $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 21, 2017

After a 19-hour Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Mediathon on ABC10 KXTV, the final totals revealed that Mediathon viewers and partners raised $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Before sarcoma surgery - radiation

August 18, 2017

UC Davis researchers have shown that radiation therapy before surgery improves overall survival for patients with soft tissue sarcomas. This pre-surgical, or neoadjuvant, radiotherapy allows surgeons to get better margins around tumors and remove even microscopic cancer tissue more often. The study was published recently  in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Study of California kidney cancer shows declining incidence, end of a trend

August 18, 2017

A review of kidney cancer in California from 1988 through 2013 by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has concluded that the high incidence of small tumors and early-stage disease observed in California from 1988 until about 2009 has declined and stabilized in recent years, signaling the end of a trend.

Healthy living for healthy aging talk in Vietnamese set for Sept. 11

August 16, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, in conjunction with Asian Resources, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an event on research exploring the connections between brain and body at a free event Monday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Excellence in Life Support Award

August 15, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults.

UC Davis programs to focus on pain management

August 11, 2017

Three educational programs are now open to primary care providers with an interest in strengthening their skills in pain management and responsible opioid prescribing:

Papa Murphy's pizzas to support UC Davis Children's Hospital -- Aug. 18-19

August 11, 2017

Get ready for $5 Take ‘N’ Bake pizzas next Friday morning, Aug. 18, in parking lot #3 (near the corner of 45th and X streets) at the medical center.

Impulsivity in teens, young adults subject of $3.7 million UC Davis grant

August 11, 2017

Julie Schweitzer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute researcher, has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to track impulsivity and self-control in teens and young adults over time.

UC Davis Medical Center now offers moms nitrous oxide during labor

August 10, 2017

Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is not just for the dentist’s office. UC Davis Medical Center is now offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option for mothers during labor. Mothers can breathe in this colorless, odorless nitrous oxide gas -- a blend of nitrous and oxygen -- using a mask that they hold over their mouth and nose to help them relax during contractions.

Children's Miracle Network partners with Entravision for Radiothon Aug. 17-19

August 9, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its Radiothon with Entravision Aug. 17-19 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Lecture explores whether health and wellness classes can improve brain function

August 9, 2017

Juliana Baldo, associate director of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at the Northern California Veterans Administration, will speak about alternative medicine approaches to brain health at a free public lecture on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

One of America's top hospitals

August 8, 2017

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.

For one couple, giving life extends beyond family

August 7, 2017

Kidney donor Missy Ewing had the chance to meet her organ recipient for the first time at a recent UC Davis Transplant Center celebration. It was the second lifesaving act of generosity for the Ewing family. Her husband, Chris, became a kidney donor three years ago and launched a series of organ swaps between unmatched donor-recipient pairs that led to four people getting transplants.