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Elimination of synapses in the brain the topic of MIND Institute's next distinguished lecture

October 26, 2016

One of the major unsolved mysteries in neuroscience is how synapses are eliminated in the brain during normal development. This pruning process is required for precise brain wiring, but what drives the elimination of specific synapses remains unclear. Neuroscientist Beth Stevens will explore her recent research, which revealed a key role for microglia in synaptic pruning in a free public lecture at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Nov. 9. at 4:30 p.m.

Terminally ill cancer patients fare poorly after surgery

October 25, 2016

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

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

October 21, 2016

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

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

October 20, 2016

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

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

October 20, 2016

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

UC Davis surgeon honored for international humanitarian efforts

October 19, 2016

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

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

October 19, 2016

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

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

October 18, 2016

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

Workshop set for young adults with cancer

October 18, 2016

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

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to host Caregivers Workshop

October 17, 2016

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

Diagnostic symposium on renal and transplant pathology, Oct. 21

October 14, 2016

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

NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Expands in California

October 13, 2016

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

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

October 12, 2016

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

DeLemos recognized as a National Magnet Nurse of the Year

October 11, 2016

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

Hibbard Williams' enduring legacy

October 10, 2016

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

Russo honored as Elks alum of the year

October 10, 2016

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

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

October 6, 2016

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

Preserving the power of antibiotics

October 6, 2016

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

Vascular center celebrates 10 years of accomplishments

October 5, 2016

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

30-day hospital readmission is a poor measure of quality

October 4, 2016

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

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

October 4, 2016

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

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

October 3, 2016

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

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

October 3, 2016

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

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

October 3, 2016

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

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches Patient Stories blog

October 3, 2016

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

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Nancy Lane honored by national organization

September 30, 2016

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

Breastfeeding saves mothers' lives, too

September 28, 2016

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

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

September 27, 2016

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

Emily Love Invitational softball tournament is Oct. 22

September 27, 2016

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

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

September 26, 2016

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

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

September 26, 2016

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

Neurosurgeons on the football sidelines

September 26, 2016

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

Alzheimer's Disease Center grant renewed

September 23, 2016

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

Lam obtains major federal grants

September 23, 2016

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

Denise Park lecture canceled for Sept. 22

September 22, 2016

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

Kit Lam appointed to NCI Board of Scientific Counselors

September 20, 2016

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

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2016

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

Interfaith symposium on Resilience Through Connectivity, Oct. 19

September 20, 2016

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

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

September 20, 2016

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

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

September 16, 2016

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

Gut pathogens thrive on body's tissue-repair mechanism

September 16, 2016

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

Essential mouse genes could guide human precision medicine

September 14, 2016

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

NIH renews knockout mouse project

September 12, 2016

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

Voices of patients and oncologists must be heard, study shows

September 9, 2016

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

Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Program wins prestigious national award

September 9, 2016

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

Cancer Center oral therapy adherence program wins Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award

September 7, 2016

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

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

September 7, 2016

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

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

September 6, 2016

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

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

September 6, 2016

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

UC Davis K12 scholars funded for cancer research

September 6, 2016

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

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

September 6, 2016

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

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

September 2, 2016

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

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

September 2, 2016

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

Kizer to chair national committee on housing, health and homelessness

September 2, 2016

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

UC Davis launches comprehensive reflux clinic

September 1, 2016

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

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

August 31, 2016

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

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

August 31, 2016

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

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 30, 2016

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

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

August 29, 2016

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

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

August 26, 2016

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

Lay educators help boost colorectal screening rates in Hmong

August 26, 2016

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

Med student honored with 2016 Armour scholarship

August 25, 2016

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

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

August 25, 2016

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

Nelson lecturer to focus on how storytelling improves patient care

August 23, 2016

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

Specialized test detects bacterial infections in youngest infants with fever

August 23, 2016

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

UC Davis among the top for cancer, again

August 22, 2016

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

Clancy appointed associate vice chancellor for academic personnel

August 19, 2016

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

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

August 18, 2016

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

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

August 16, 2016

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

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

August 16, 2016

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

Med center appoints chief medical information officer

August 12, 2016

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

Greenhalgh to lead study of burn shock treatment

August 12, 2016

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

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

August 11, 2016

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

New grants help move innovative ideas to new discoveries

August 10, 2016

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

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

August 10, 2016

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

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

August 10, 2016

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

UC Davis opens centralized medical clinic in midtown Sacramento

August 9, 2016

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

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

August 5, 2016

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

Lecture on new diagnostic tools for Alzheimer's disease

August 4, 2016

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

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

August 2, 2016

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

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

August 2, 2016

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