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World renowned neonatologist leads UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

December 12, 2017

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, a world renowned neonatologist, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The department provides state-of-the-art clinical care and conducts research into disease conditions affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Lakshminrusimha also serves as medical director of UC Davis Children's Hospital, the only nationally ranked pediatric hospital in inland Northern California.

UC Davis nursing school hosts pinning ceremony for inaugural master's-entry nursing students

December 11, 2017

Leaders and faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted a pinning ceremony for students in the inaugural class of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing program. The traditional event is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. Members of the inaugural class formally complete their graduate school studies Dec. 15 and are then prepared take the national licensing examination for registered nurses.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 7, 2017

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its winter issue today.

2017 Lazer Radiothon totals exceed previous year

December 7, 2017

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis and Lazer Broadcasting Corporation raised close to $200,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the annual Lazer Radiothon held in October. The $198,746 total reflects a 32 percent increase over 2016.

Once upon a time at the MIND

December 5, 2017

More than 1,250 children and their families gathered at the MIND Institute on Saturday for the 15th annual thank-you party, a celebration of their participation in studies or programs that advance research in neurodevelopmental disorders.

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.

UC Davis researchers collaborate on census of microbial life on the International Space Station

December 5, 2017

Microbiologists at the University of California, Davis who analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with samples from homes on earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project found that the microbial community in this unique habitat was very diverse and more closely resembled that of homes than of humans.

Microscope that uses ultraviolet instead of visible light emerging as powerful diagnostic tool

December 4, 2017

A microscope using ultraviolet light to illuminate samples enables pathologists to assess high-resolution images of biopsies and other fresh tissue samples for disease within minutes, without requiring the time-consuming preparation of conventional slides or destroying the tissue.

Joey Travolta will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Dec. 13

December 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Joey Travolta on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. Travolta, owner of Inclusion Films, will present “Lights, Camera, Independence” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

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Pathology professor receives UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award

November 29, 2017

Robert Cardiff, renowned pathologist who specializes in the diagnosis of breast and mammary cancer in both human and animal models, has been selected to receive the UC Davis Emeriti Association's 2018 UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award.

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.

Votes for UC Davis Children's Hospital could result in $50,000 to help local kids

November 29, 2017

UC Davis Health employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

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.

UC Davis Health collaborating with Marshall Medical Center on electronic health records project

November 21, 2017

A shared project between UC Davis Health and Marshall Medical Center has enabled the Placerville-based community hospital to transition to a new, state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.

UC Davis Health and Sacramento County Reach Settlement Agreement over Payment for Health Care Services to County Indigent and Jail Inmates

November 20, 2017

UC Davis Health and the County of Sacramento have mutually agreed to a resolution of the University’s pending lawsuit against the County. 

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.

NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Award program director visits UC Davis

November 20, 2017

Christopher P. Austin, a neurologist and geneticist who directs the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, spent Wednesday, Nov. 8 touring UC Davis research labs. He gained insights from CTSC program leaders, physicians and scientists on how to improve the movement of observations from the laboratory and clinic into the community with interventions that reach and benefit patients.

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.

Drive-through donations!

November 17, 2017

To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, non-profit organizations and donors, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive up and drop off donations for the holidays.

UC Davis Medical Center spending $215 million on seismic safety upgrades

November 16, 2017

Getting ready for “the big one” – a major earthquake – is a constant focus at UC Davis Medical Center.  Seismic safety planning and construction on the university’s 140-acre Sacramento campus must meet rigorous standards and deadlines.

$2 million grant brings telemedicine to children with disabilities

November 15, 2017

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program for children in remote communities. The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program will provide critical physiatry care for kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. The team believes the program will close gaps in care, improve quality of life for affected children and save money. [En Español]

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.

Preventing pertussis

November 9, 2017

Pertussis, widely known as “whooping cough,” is a contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It’s called “whooping cough” because children infected with it gasp for air between the fierce bouts of coughing that it causes.

CMN hosts Gratitude Golf Tournament 'fore' the kids

November 8, 2017

More than 70 golfers participated in Monday’s Gratitude Golf Tournament, hosted by Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. Located at the Yocha Dehe Golf Club, the event featured a day of golf, gratitude and fellowship in support of children’s health and UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was made possible by a $5,000 golf grant from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

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.

Media advisory: Experts available for interviews during COPD Awareness Month

November 1, 2017

UC Davis Health physicians, surgeons, researchers and educators are available as media resources on COPD. Interviews with patients can be arranged as well. To schedule an interview, please contact Karen Finney at 916-734-9064 or klfinney@ucdavis.edu.

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Trick or treating fun at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 31, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital’s Halloween celebration took place today 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.

Join gamers playing for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 4

October 31, 2017

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table-top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 4: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.

Peers can reduce tobacco use among younger smokers

October 25, 2017

Participating in a brief intervention delivered by their peers in community settings can help reduce smoking among youth and young adults, a new study from a team of tobacco-cessation researchers shows.

National Institute of Mental Health director to speak at the MIND

October 25, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Joshua Gordon on Wednesday, Nov. 8 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. Gordon, director, National Institute of Mental Health, will present “A neural circuit approach to mental illness” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

American College of Surgeons dedicates scientific forum to Farmer

October 24, 2017

The Scientific Forum of this year’s Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), held Oct. 22-26 in San Diego, has been dedicated to Diana Farmer, chair of the UC Davis Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Bullying prevention tips for families

October 24, 2017

More than one out of every five students report being bullied, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. October is national bullying prevention month and UC Davis adolescent medicine physician Laura Kester has prepared some helpful tips for families to help them identify and combat bullying behaviors.

MIND Institute researchers detect reversal of behavioral deficits in a rare genetic disorder

October 23, 2017

Research conducted in mice at the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests that a drug treatment can reverse cognitive deficits and social abnormalities in a rare genetic disorder, 16p11.2 deletion syndrome, which includes symptoms of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, among others. Results of parallel studies conducted at the MIND and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Picower Institute for Learning and Memory appear in the latest issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Pulmonary Function and Exercise Testing Lab helps pediatric congenital heart patients

October 23, 2017

Five-year-old Zoey Kenison slips her feet onto the bike pedals and begins cycling, hands gripping the handle bars. But this is no ordinary bike. It’s a pediatric cycle ergometer, a fixed stationary bike that measures her heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and breath-by-breath respiratory indices, including volumes and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts caregiver workshop Nov. 4

October 23, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will host a caregiver workshop on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

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.

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. 

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.

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.