UC Davis research news releases
February 10, 2016
As part of a new multicenter clinical trial, UC Davis Health System researchers will test whether a novel stem cell treatment can reduce the pain and mobility issues caused by degenerative disc disease.
February 1, 2016
Researchers at UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories have created a chemotherapy-resistant line of bladder cancer cells to study how tumors become resistant to chemotherapy and identified molecular changes that could drive that resistance.
January 29, 2016
African American and Hispanic adolescents and young adults fare far worse than their white counterparts when faced with a mostly curable type of cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, a study by a UC Davis epidemiologist has found.
January 19, 2016
An international collaboration between UC Davis and Swedish scientists has resulted in the first comprehensive characterization of a recently discovered cell-to-cell communication system used by stem cells.
January 15, 2016
UC Davis investigators have found that telecommunication systems that provide remote monitoring and access to specialty care in intensive care units (ICUs) are cost-effective in most cases and can even be cost-saving in certain circumstances, making this intervention potentially economically favorable compared with other health-care services.
January 11, 2016
A systematic review of the scientific literature on dense breasts by researchers at UC Davis and other institutions has found that determinations of breast density can be unreliable and that as many as 19 percent of women are re-categorized as dense rather than non-dense or vice versa from one mammogram to the next.
January 11, 2016
In a comprehensive modeling study, researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have found that breast cancer screening with digital mammography poses only a small risk of radiation-induced breast cancer for most women.
December 17, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that isavuconazole, a new treatment for invasive mold diseases such as Aspergillus, has fewer side effects than voriconazole and is just as effective. These results are good news for leukemia and lymphoma patients, who can be vulnerable to these opportunistic infections. The study was published Dec. 9 in The Lancet.
December 9, 2015
Two UC Davis Health System scientists are among the featured speakers at the upcoming World Stem Cell Summit and Regenerative Medicine conference that starts Dec. 10 in Atlanta.
December 3, 2015
In a game-changing study, researchers at UC Davis and other organizations have shown that the enzyme cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1), which plays a key role in DNA repair, also leaves the nucleus to boost cellular energy production. By irradiating normal cells, the team showed that CDK1 turned up production of ATP, cellular energy packets that – in this case – provided the necessary power supply to fix the radiation-damaged DNA.
December 1, 2015
UC Davis Health System research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago helps resolve two persistent questions about knuckle cracking: What causes the “crack” sound, and does it damage the hand?
November 24, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis have shown that the California Tele-Audiology Program (CTP), which provides follow-up diagnostic evaluations for infants who did not pass their initial newborn hearing test, dramatically improves access to audiologists. [en español]
November 18, 2015
If pigeons went to medical school and specialized in pathology or radiology, they’d be pretty good at distinguishing digitized microscope slides and mammograms of normal vs. cancerous breast tissue, a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis and The University of Iowa has found.
November 18, 2015
Kit Lam, professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has been awarded two major, multi-disciplinary U01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the first to investigate use of a new tool to visualize cancer tumor growth and response to nanoparticle drugs, and the other to develop a new 4-D imaging tool to advance the understanding of how the nucleus functions in living cells.
November 17, 2015
Researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown that the microRNA, miR-124, reduced tumor growth and increased cell death in castration-resistant prostate cancer.
November 5, 2015
A new report by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) comparing quality of care and outcomes for breast, colon, rectal, lung and prostate cancers according to source of health insurance coverage has identified substantial disparities in stage of diagnosis, providers’ use of recommended treatment and survival rates.
November 4, 2015
UC Davis researchers have received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a small, wearable sensor that can measure the relationship between environmental exposures and pediatric asthma.
October 29, 2015
Researchers with the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and MIND Institute at UC Davis are seeking adult participants, aged 18 to 38 years and diagnosed with or suspected of having autism or Asperger’s disorder, to participate in a research study, the ACCESS Program (Acquiring Career, Coping, Executive-Function and Social Skills Program).
October 20, 2015
In a study conducted to inform American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines, UC Davis researcher Diana L. Miglioretti reports a screening mammogram once every two years is safe for postmenopausal women at average risk of breast cancer.
October 7, 2015
A new bilingual website sensitive to Hispanic/Latino cultural needs increases knowledge about living kidney donation and transplantation beyond standard education provided by transplant centers, a new study published Oct. 7 in the journal Transplantation has found. [en español]
October 6, 2015
A UC Davis research team has been awarded $15.5 million to build the world’s first total-body positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated and put the university on the nation’s leading edge of molecular imaging.
September 29, 2015
In an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Primo Lara, associate director for Translational Research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and David Quinn, medical director, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, highlight two new drugs that have shown great efficacy against kidney cancer.
September 28, 2015
A costly tool used on nearly all mammograms does not increase cancer detection rates and should no longer be covered by Medicare, argues Joshua Fenton, a family physician and comparative effectiveness researcher in an editorial published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.
September 25, 2015
UC Davis Health System researchers have received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use a technology-based approach to help prevent suicide among those most at risk: middle-aged men.
September 21, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis have shown that the protein LRIG1 reduces breast cancer invasion and could potentially help control metastasis. Using aggressive basal-like breast cancer cell lines, the scientists found that restoring LRIG1 expression reduced these cells’ growth and invasiveness.
UC Davis MIND Institute studies the use of sertaline (Zoloft ®) in young children with autism spectrum disorder
September 18, 2015
Whether the language and social development of very young children with ASD can be improved through treatment with sertraline, commonly known by the brand name Zoloft ®, is the subject of a new clinical trial at the UC Davis MIND Institute.
September 15, 2015
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined a unique new collaboration to accelerate the development of precision cancer treatment through the collection and sharing of genomics data
September 14, 2015
Vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly is highly correlated with accelerated cognitive decline and impaired performance, particularly in domains such as memory loss that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Rutgers University have found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]
September 8, 2015
Clostridium difficile is a common cause of infection and diarrhea in hospitalized patients, but a new study by UC Davis pathologists suggests that many patients are mistakenly diagnosed and do not need antibiotic treatment.
UC Davis researchers receive $5.4 million grant to study new tool to evaluate early-stage Alzheimer's
August 31, 2015
Alzheimer’s researchers at UC Davis and UC San Diego have launched a new study which aims to detect the earliest stages of cognitive dysfunction in people with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease by using event-related brain potentials (ERPs).
New York Blood Center partners with UC Davis Health System to produce more viable stem cell therapies
August 20, 2015
New York Blood Center (NYBC) today announced a new collaboration with the University of California, Davis, Health System to manufacture specialized lines of stem cells as potential therapies for repair and regeneration of retina, kidney, lung and liver tissue, as well as for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease.
August 18, 2015
In a discovery that is likely to rewrite immunology text books, researchers at UC Davis have found that early exposure to inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin 2, can “paralyze” CD4 T cells, immune components that help orchestrate the body’s response to pathogens and other invaders.
August 17, 2015
UC Davis clinicians are hoping to greatly advance cancer screenings with the innate olfactory skills of man’s best friend.
August 13, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis, in collaboration with colleagues at Jackson Laboratory, have developed a new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer.
August 12, 2015
A cross-disciplinary center focused on identifying connections between environmental toxins and disease has been established at UC Davis Health System with the ultimate goal of developing preventions and policies that protect communities from unhealthy exposures.
August 11, 2015
mIn findings never before seen in melanoma, a novel combination therapy was found to be highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases, new research from UC Davis has shown.
August 10, 2015
Kidneys transplanted from infants who died of birth-related or other complications are less likely to fail due to a post-surgical vascular complication known as graft arterial stenosis (GAS) than kidneys from deceased adults, resesarchers have found.
UC Davis clinical research scientist wins second Hartwell Foundation award for pediatric cancer research
August 7, 2015
UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher Noriko Satake has been awarded a 2015 Hartwell Biomedical Research Collaboration Award from The Hartwell Foundation, a philanthropy that funds innovative and leading-edge biomedical research with the potential to benefit children of the United States. This is the first time a Hartwell investigator from UC Davis has received the Foundation’s inter-institutional Collaboration Award.
August 6, 2015
Simon Cherry, distinguished professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, and co-leader of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Biomedical Technology Program, has been selected to receive a prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
August 6, 2015
In addition to restricting when and where tobacco is used at work, UC Davis Health System research shows that employers can do something else to reduce the number of employees who smoke: raise wages.
August 5, 2015
Combing data collected on thousands of California ovarian cancer patients, UC Davis researchers have determined that almost one-third survived at least 10 years after diagnosis.
July 30, 2015
Highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) has helped millions survive the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Unfortunately, HIV has a built-in survival mechanism, creating reservoirs of latent, inactive virus that are invisible to both HAART and the immune system.
July 30, 2015
A diet high in refined carbohydrates may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. [en español]
July 29, 2015
Cardiologists at UC Davis are the first in Northern California to treat the major risk of stroke that comes with atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common form of arrhythmia, with a device that blocks blood clots from traveling from the heart to the head.
July 28, 2015
UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available.
July 23, 2015
The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today approved funding a UC Davis Health System research team to conduct a clinical trial using bioengineered stem cells to treat HIV patients suffering from lymphoma, one of the deadly conditions associated with the disease.
July 22, 2015
As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis’ devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a UC Davis study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember. [en español]
July 20, 2015
Iannis Adamopoulos, a researcher dedicated to studying diseases of the immune and skeletal systems, has received a $200,000 grant from the National Psoriasis Foundation to improve treatments for psoriatic arthritis.
July 9, 2015
Michael Rogawski, professor of neurology at UC Davis, recently was awarded the 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award at the 67th Annual American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, D.C.
July 8, 2015
Under-represented minorities fare as well as others in an increasingly popular method of selecting medical school students known as the Multiple Mini Interview, or MMI, according to new research from the UC Davis School of Medicine.
July 7, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis have reviewed a successful telemedicine intervention against pediatric obesity to better understand what worked (or didn’t) and how similar programs can be improved.
July 6, 2015
Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have identified a key mechanism in neuropathic pain. The discovery could eventually benefit millions of patients with chronic pain from trauma, diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that cause nerve damage.
June 30, 2015
Soldiers injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have the highest survival rates in history, thanks to the availability of surgeons skilled in combat care.
June 26, 2015
Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to poor outcomes for pediatric asthma in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat Shaikh and Robert Byrd, who have published an extensive study describing the challenges faced by children with asthma in California. [en español]
June 25, 2015
UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler has been awarded $250,000 for glioma research from an organization begun 15 years ago by a 5-year-old girl with a deadly form of childhood cancer.
June 11, 2015
Researchers have identified 44 proteins in the blood of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy that occur at significantly different concentrations in comparison to healthy individuals of the same age.
June 10, 2015
The constant movement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be distracting -- but the fidgeting also may improve their cognitive performance, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The take-away message: The hyperactivity seen in ADHD may help children think. [en español]
June 9, 2015
UC Davis researchers have identified the molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body’s primary receptor for sensing heat and pain, paving the way for the design of more selective and effective drugs to relieve pain. Their work appeared online June 8 in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.
May 28, 2015
Restricting access to firearms for people who misuse alcohol could prevent firearm violence, but policies that more clearly define alcohol misuse should be developed to facilitate enforcement, according to a review of existing research and public policies by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.
May 27, 2015
Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists in Project MERCCURI indicate that most behave similarly in both places.
May 26, 2015
A drug prescribed to prevent or stall the progress of heart disease may also relieve symptoms of asthma, according to a new study from pulmonary medicine specialists at UC Davis Health System.
UC Davis study finds significant cost savings in pediatric telemedicine consults compared to phone consults
May 21, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis have conducted a comprehensive study to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone consults. The answer is a resounding yes. While telemedicine systems are expensive to install and maintain, they more than pay their way, saving an average $4,662 per use. The study was published in the journal Medical Decision Making. [en español]
May 19, 2015
Many of those who should get it, don’t. And many of those who shouldn’t, do. That’s the story of a common screening test for osteoporosis, according to new research from UC Davis Health System.
May 14, 2015
An international team of scientists, led by UC Davis nephrologist Robert Weiss, have used a sophisticated combination of proteomics and metabolomics to show how renal cell carcinoma (RCC) reprograms its metabolism and evades the immune system. In addition, the study found that cancer grade has a major impact on this reprogramming. These results, published in the journal Cancer Research, point to new therapeutic options for this particularly deadly cancer.
May 13, 2015
California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to UC Davis’ Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training programs to boost primary health-care workforce training in California.
May 12, 2015
Surgeons at UC Davis Health System are testing an innovative method of limiting cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The treatment — deep brain stimulation, or DBS — involves delivering low levels of electrical stimulation to a part of the brain that controls the abilities to think, plan and remember.
May 11, 2015
On April 15, 2015, three UC Davis leaders in research joined more than forty scientists from across the University of California (UC) system and representatives from the biomedical industry to discuss plans for strengthening UC’s position in drug, device and diagnostics development.
May 4, 2015
The University of California, Davis and The Permanente Medical Group today launched a new initiative at UC Davis School of Medicine dedicated to building the next generation of physicians committed to advancing Latino health. [en español]
May 1, 2015
The number of surgeries performed on terminally ill cancer patients has not dropped in recent years , despite more attention to the importance of less invasive care for these patients to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. But new research from UC Davis also finds that the morbidity and mortality among patients with terminal cancer has declined because surgeons are selecting to operate on healthier patients.
April 29, 2015
John M. Boone, a UC Davis medical physicist and professor of radiology, has been awarded a $2.88 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to further develop and research computed tomography (CT) to detect breast cancer.
April 28, 2015
It’s a paradox: Diabetics with above-normal weight use health care less and report overall better physical health than their diabetic counterparts with normal weight, according to two new studies from UC Davis Health System.
April 27, 2015
UC Davis investigators have settled a long-standing controversy surrounding the molecular basis of an inherited disorder that historically affected Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe but now also arises in other populations of Semitic descent, particularly families from Saudi Arabia.
April 23, 2015
Researchers at the University of Michigan and UC Davis have solved a genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families, and possibly others, for generations. These families have been plagued by a variety of congenital eye malformations, including small eyes with poor vision and the complete absence of eyes. But until now, no one could figure out the genetic basis for these conditions. [en español]
April 20, 2015
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have entered into a collaboration with Foundation Medicine, a leading molecular information company. The collaboration brings comprehensive genomic profiling into standard of care at UC Davis, allowing physicians to prescribe the most effective, targeted cancer treatments to patients based on the genomic information specific to each individual’s cancer.
April 20, 2015
Public health specialists need to look beyond traditional solutions — such as expanding access to health insurance and primary care — to increase flu vaccination rates among older African Americans and Hispanics, according to a new study from UC Davis Health System and UCLA Health System.
April 15, 2015
Two UC Davis researchers will help run a major national study to improve surveillance practices for patients with small lung nodules identified on CT imaging and extremely low risk for lung cancer.
April 9, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis have found that a gene, which is not active in some mothers, produces a breast milk sugar that influences the development of the community of gut bacteria in thier infants. The sugars produced by these mothers, called "secretors," are not digested by the infant, but instead nourish specific bacteria that colonize their babies' guts soon after birth.
April 7, 2015
Regardless of their racial, ethnic, educational or socioeconomic background, women seek help for a frustrating — and ubiquitous — feature of becoming "a woman of a certain age:" the need be close to the women's room.
April 7, 2015
A brain-imaging technique may enable the early detection of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
April 6, 2015
As part of national Meaningful Use initiative, which aims to improve the coordination of care and electronic exchange of patient information among hospitals, labs, physicians and other health care organizations, providers must be able to receive and incorporate structured lab results from clinical laboratories using universal code systems for identifying laboratory and clinical observations, specifically LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms).
April 2, 2015
The micro RNA miR-22 has long been known for its ability to suppress cancer. However, questions remain about how it achieves this feat. For example, which molecules are regulating miR-22, and which are miR22 targets?
International team of researchers led by UC Davis receives $4 million NIH grant to study skull disorder in infants
March 31, 2015
Simeon Boyd, UC Davis professor of genetics and pediatrics, has received a nearly $4 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to lead a team of physicians and scientists from more than 10 centers in the United States and seven international sites, including Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom, to study craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of the bony plates of the skull in infants.
March 31, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis have illuminated an important distinction between mice and humans: how human livers heal. The difference centers on a protein called PPARα, which activates liver regeneration. Normally, mouse PPARα is far more active and efficient than the human form, allowing mice to quickly regenerate damaged livers. However, the research shows that protein fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) can boost the regenerative effects of human PPARα.
March 26, 2015
UC Davis will establish a prestigious, leading-edge center to advance innovative research into the origins of schizophrenia: A Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic or Translational Mental-Health Research, one of only 15 such centers in the United States.
Nation's first conference on career flexibility for biomedical faculty features insights from Howell
March 19, 2015
In what was the first-ever convening of its kind, medical school leaders from across the nation met in Boston last week to discuss how academic physicians and scientists can have thriving careers with better work-life flexibility in an era of austere academic budget cuts.
March 19, 2015
While the overall death rate from firearm violence has remained unchanged for more than a decade, the patterns for suicide and homicide have changed dramatically, a UC Davis study on the epidemiology of gun violence from 2003 to 2012 has found. The study was published today in the Annual Review of Public Health.
March 18, 2015
Randi Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received the prestigious International Sisley-Jerome Lejeune Award 2014 from the Paris-based Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, for her groundbreaking work developing targeted treatments for individuals with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.
Commentary says study affirms that varied factors contribute to cognitive decline throughout adulthood
March 16, 2015
A study published online today in JAMA Neurology that finds associations between reduced hippocampal volume (HVa) and being male, but not the gene APOE ɛ4, suggests that there are multiple factors contributing to cognitive decline throughout adulthood, according to an accompanying commentary by UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli.
March 10, 2015
U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook “Best Graduate Schools 2016.”
March 6, 2015
Russell Lim, director of Diversity Education and Training for the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2015 Kun-Po Soo Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation, for his contributions to understanding the importance of addressing culture in mental-health issues.
March 3, 2015
Researchers at UC Davis have developed and characterized a molecule that interferes with the internal regulation of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct. This novel mechanism was found to be effective against glioma cells – responsible for a usually fatal type of brain cancer – and could be applicable to other highly aggressive cancers.