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UC Davis nursing school hosts Academic Symposium

May 22, 2018

From preparing new moms to put their babies to sleep safely and exploring alcohol consumption in Hmong Americans to developing data to support food as a prescription for health and examining nurse leadership through cultural competence, the research topics and scope of inquiry undertaken by graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis takes center stage at the 2018 Academic Symposium June 8 at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers recruiting parent participants for new study

May 22, 2018

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health is seeking participants for a research project that educates parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from under-served communities who have limited access to resources and support.

UC Davis re-verified as level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons

May 18, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been re-verified as a level I trauma center, the highest level possible, by the American College of Surgeons, making it the only level I trauma center for both adults and children in inland Northern California and one of only two in California.

Chancellor May appoints Lubarsky as Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Health

May 18, 2018

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UC Davis Medical Center, and Primary Care Network. Lubarsky is the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center teams up with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

May 18, 2018

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, presents “Live Your Best Life: Advances in Blood Cancer Treatment and Patient Support” on Saturday, June 9. The day-long conference will be held at the Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.). The event is free to the public and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Community-based outreach and care can detect and treat hepatitis B

May 17, 2018

Hepatitis B infection is a leading cause of liver cancer and is preventable with vaccination and treatable with antiviral medications, but many people in the United States are already infected with the virus and don’t know it.

Levenson selected to receive the UC Davis Innovator of the Year award

May 16, 2018

Richard Levenson, professor and vice chair for strategic technologies in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been selected Innovator of the Year for the development of Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation, or MUSE -- a technology that obtains high-resolution images of biological tissue specimens without first requiring the time-consuming preparation of thin sections mounted on glass slides.

UC Davis nursing researchers to develop innovative program for family caregivers of dementia patients transitioning from hospital to home

May 16, 2018

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis received a $224,000 grant from the Archstone Foundation for a one-year project, Development of an Innovative and Evidence-based Program to Advance Support for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia in the Transition from Hospital to Community.

19-month-old's life saved after near drowning accident

May 14, 2018

Feb. 12 was the day that changed life for the Cunha family forever. It started as just another quiet weekday at home. Amber Cunha and her 19-month-old daughter Avery were making Valentine’s Day cards. But while Amber was putting supplies away, Avery made a break for it.

Back to the Future: Quantum Dark Matter presentation, May 23

May 11, 2018

A "Back to the Future: Quantum Dark Matter" lecture will be presented by the UC Davis Department of Physics on Wednesday, May 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Education Building (Lecture Hall 1222) on the university's Sacramento campus, 4610 X Street.

Micro-preemie, pediatric cardiology and eye surgery patient is family's 'miracle'

May 9, 2018

Mark and Melanie Payne’s story started like a storybook romance. They were college sweethearts. Mark was the captain of the UC Davis basketball team. Melanie was the captain of the UC Davis volleyball team. They were engaged after college graduation, married in 2012 and then moved to Europe to pursue Mark’s career as a professional basketball player.

Review by UC Davis researchers informs new prostate cancer screening recommendations

May 9, 2018

An exhaustive review by UC Davis researchers of more than 60 studies is the basis for new national recommendations about prostate cancer screening. The review and the findings were published May 8 in JAMA.

James McCracken will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on May 16

May 4, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host James McCracken on Wednesday, May 16 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Can we improve treatments for ADHD?” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and UC Davis Health announce partnership

May 2, 2018

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is continuing to expand the care available to residents of San Joaquin and Sacramento counties with a first-of-its kind partnership bringing the world-class care of UC Davis Health directly to Lodi.

UC Davis Health among California institutions launching landmark precision medicine research study

May 1, 2018

The All of Us Research Program officially opens for enrollment Sunday, May 6. Led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), All of Us is an unprecedented effort to gather genetic, biological, environmental, health and lifestyle data from 1 million or more volunteer participants living in the U.S. A major component of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative, the program’s ultimate goal is to accelerate research and improve health.

Michael Chapman, John and Lois Crowe, and Gurdev Khush to be honored with UC Davis Medal

May 1, 2018

Michael Chapman, a founder of modern trauma surgery and professor emeritus at UC Davis Health, will be a recipient of this year's UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals. Chapman is the first medical doctor to be honored with the medal.

High-efficiency filters reduce indoor air pollution but not asthma symptoms

May 1, 2018

A new study focused on households with asthmatic children finds that the use of high-efficiency filtration, either as part of a central air system or standalone air cleaner, improves indoor air quality. The study also found that while participants did not report reduced asthma symptoms, they did have fewer visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals for asthma care.

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UC Davis Department of Urology now UC Davis Department of Urologic Surgery

April 30, 2018

Christopher Evans, chair of the Department of Urology, announced the department has a new name, effective immediately. The new name, Urologic Surgery, will provide clarity to the public and referring physicians.

UC Davis researchers discover how antiepileptic drugs induce birth defects

April 30, 2018

A common drug for treating epileptic seizures can lead to birth defects if used during pregnancy by interfering with glutamate signaling in earliest stages of nervous system development, a study by UC Davis School of Medicine researchers has found.

What has changed since 'Unequal Treatment' was published?

April 27, 2018

Alicia Fernandez, a UC San Francisco physician and expert on reducing health care disparities, will speak in Sacramento on “Health Care Disparities 15 Years After ‘Unequal Treatment.’” Her address is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, with a reception at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sleep disturbances, genetic alterations and Prader-Willi syndrome

April 24, 2018

Research byJanine LaSalle, professor in the Department  of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, the UC Davis Genome Center and MIND Institute, was published today in Nature Communications. LaSalle describes her work and the importance of the research below: 

UC Davis Medical Center Receives an 'A' for Patient Safety

April 24, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The award comes from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based nonprofit that promotes health care quality and safety. Leapfrog announced today that UC Davis Medical Center was one of just 750 hospitals across the nation to earn an ‘A’ grade for the Spring 2018 rating period. The rating is based on hospitals’ performance in preventing medical errors, infections and injuries among patients.

Study of firearm deaths over 16-year period in California finds shift in firearm homicides and suicides

April 23, 2018

A study of firearm deaths in California from 2000-2015 by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) has found that firearm homicides were largely an urban problem at the start of the study period, however, falling rates in urban counties resulted in more rural areas in the central part of the state having the highest rates of firearm homicide by 2015. It also found firearm suicides in California increased slightly since the mid-2000s, were three times higher in rural counties and were highest among whites.

UC Davis Health wins national award for sustainability and waste reduction

April 20, 2018

In recognition for achievements in sustainability and waste reduction, UC Davis Health has received a Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

UC Davis names interim dean for Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

April 20, 2018

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May has appointed Deborah Ward interim dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Ward, a clinical professor and former associate dean for academics at the school, will assume the school’s top leadership position Aug. 1, when Founding Dean Heather M. Young steps down after 10 years of service.

Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders the topic of April 25 series

April 20, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders” Wednesday, April 25 as part of the Minds Behind the MIND lecture series. The event runs from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with panelists will follow the presentation.

Support UC Davis programs on Give Day, April 20-21, 2018!

April 18, 2018

On UC Davis Give Day, employees, students, alumni, friends, parents, patients and clients are invited to support an area of UC Davis or UC Davis Health that is meaningful to them.

Immune system and gastrointestinal deregulation linked with autism

April 17, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have reduced immune system regulation, as well as shifts in their gut microbiota. The immune deregulation appears to facilitate increased inflammation and may be linked to the gastrointestinal issues so often experienced by children with ASD. The research was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

African Americans and Alzheimer's disease

April 17, 2018

In an ongoing effort to address the disproportionate needs of the African American community coping with Alzheimer’s disease, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Alzheimer’s Association are hosting a free day-long forum on Saturday, April 21.

Film festival highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital patients-turned-filmmakers

April 17, 2018

UC Davis pediatric patients-turned filmmakers screened their movies for the first time in front of a large audience last Friday at the BayKids Film Festival held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Teen artists use their talents to share the 'donate life' message

April 13, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized and received prize money at a special event held in their honor Wednesday on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

Credit unions raise $235,300 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals

April 13, 2018

The 8th annual Credit Union SACTOWN Run generated more than $235,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across California and Nevada. A portion of the funds raised will support UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

The latest in cardiology research highlighted at Heart Research Day

April 13, 2018

The inauigural Heart Research Day is Wednesday, April 18, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Education Building lecture hall 1222. Register online at https://goo.gl/W2Tj71

UC Davis nursing dean, faculty, students research showcased at regional conference

April 12, 2018

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty, researchers and students will present their scholarly work focusing on the health care experiences of cancer patients, data-driven nursing and interprofessional approaches to collaborative teamwork at the Western Institute of Nursing 51ST Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Spokane, Washington, today through Saturday.

Spina bifida patient healthy, happy after fetal surgery

April 10, 2018

When Esparto resident Chloe MacCullough was pregnant at 25 weeks, her baby was flagged for increased risk of a neural tube defect in a routine screening. A private specialist in Sacramento confirmed by ultrasound that her son had spina bifida low on his back.

Abdominal aortic disease specialist to lead UC Davis vascular services

April 10, 2018

Matthew Mell, a national leader in defining health policy for managing and treating aortic disease, has joined UC Davis Health as director of the UC Davis Vascular Center and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient is youngest Impella patient in the U.S.

April 9, 2018

Sergio Ledesma thought it was a cold. His son Adolfo had the usual symptoms. It was going around. But when he began to turn pale and could hardly breathe, his dad took him to the emergency room at their local hospital. By this point, Adolfo’s health had declined so much he was airlifted to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. He needed to be in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) and UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the Central Valley's only level I pediatric trauma center and emergency department that includes state-of-the-art neonatal, pediatric and pediatric cardiac intensive care units.

Media advisory: Teen artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

April 9, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest will share their entries and be recognized with a total of $4,100 in prize money at a ceremony in their honor. The event is one of the ways UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services engage the community in Donate Life Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Violence Prevention Research Program releases #WhatYouCanDo to help reduce gun violence

April 6, 2018

A new website shows doctors, nurses and other health care providers what they can do to stop gun violence.

Ralph Adolphs will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on April 11

April 6, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Ralph Adolphs on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Predicting who you are from looking at your brain” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, but seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Study does not find change in firearm homicide or suicide rates through 2008 after repeal of comprehensive background check laws in two states

April 4, 2018

A study of firearm homicide and suicide rates in the 10 years after two states repealed their comprehensive background check laws in 1998 found no change in the rates of either cause of death from firearms through 2008. The repeals eliminated background check requirements for private-party transfers, but not for firearm transfers from licensed dealers.

Primo "Lucky" Lara named UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

April 3, 2018

Primo Nery Lara, Jr. has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, leading a team of more than 300 scientists with an estimated $90 million in annual research funding and a clinical enterprise that serves more than 10,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the region every year.

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Brandt receives humanitarian award from the American Glaucoma Society

March 29, 2018

James D. Brandt, a renown glaucoma specialist and professor of ophthalmology and vision science, received the humanitarian award from American Glaucoma Society earlier this month in New York City. The award recognizes his longstanding commitment and efforts to preserve vision and to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Parking made easier

March 28, 2018

Get ready for some new technologies in parking areas around the Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Medical Center again named LGBTQ healthcare leader

March 27, 2018

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization, has named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in its 2018 Healthcare Equality Index report.

Register now for cardiovascular nurse/technologist symposium

March 26, 2018

Registration is now open for the 8th annual UC Davis Cardiovascular Nurse/Technologist Symposium, a one-day education event on advances in diagnosing, treating and improving outcomes for patients with heart and vascular disease.

Family Caregiving Institute at UC Davis hosts summit to map out research priorities, advance family-centered care

March 26, 2018

The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis brought together more than 50 national and international experts in family caregiving at a two-day summit designed to map out research priorities.

Wraparound program helps steer youths away from cycle of violence

March 21, 2018

Young victims of violence who are hospitalized for traumatic injuries no longer need to feel isolated and vulnerable in the months following their medical discharge. A new UC Davis Health program called Wraparound is designed to aid emotional recovery and help prevent recurrence of violent injuries among adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 26, in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento.

Burn center nurses recognized for excellence

March 20, 2018

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the nurses of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults - except in autism

March 20, 2018

In a striking new finding, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults. This phenomenon does not happen in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Instead, children with ASD have too many neurons early on and then appear to lose those neurons as they become adults. The findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing rise in U.S. News rankings

March 20, 2018

The medical and nursing schools at UC Davis Health are ranked among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 graduate school rankings, released today (March 20). The list reveals new rankings for medical and nursing programs, as well as business, law, education, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences.

Soon-to-be physicians celebrate Match Day 2018

March 16, 2018

Today’s annual Match Day ceremony at UC Davis School of Medicine gave more than 100 future physicians an exciting glimpse of what the future holds for them in medicine.

Wild Bill does it again, donating thousands to UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 16, 2018

Colorful is one way to describe him. From his past to his ink, there’s a vibrant story to be told about Wild Bill Hill. One of hell-raising, Harleys and Ed Hardy, but most of all … heart.

Spanish questionnaire expected to reduce disparities in speech treatment for cleft-palate patients

March 15, 2018

The Spanish version of a questionnaire used to assess the speech and quality-of- life of children and young adults following cleft-palate surgery has been developed by craniofacial disorder specialists at UC Davis Health and the University of Utah.

UC Davis founding nursing dean steps down, plans to strengthen research role with school

March 15, 2018

Heather M. Young, the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, today announced her plans to step down from her leadership position to assume the roles of dean emerita and professor at the school.

Christopher Evans awarded top honor by the European Association of Urology

March 13, 2018

Christopher Evans, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Urology and president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, will receive the Platinum Award at the International Friendship Dinner on Sunday, March 18 during the 33rd annual European Association of Urology (EAU) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The role of contraception in women's health disparities

March 12, 2018

Join us on Thursday, March 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Old Soul @ 40 Acres in Sacramento for a conversation with UC Davis Health’s Melissa Joy Chen, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology who focuses on family planning.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center sponsors Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium

March 12, 2018

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its second annual Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium. The symposium will take place April 14, 2018 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento; from 7:50 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m.

Primo Lara to become new deputy chair of SWOG

March 9, 2018

Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. will become the new deputy chair of SWOG, a research organization of more than 12,000 people at over 1,000 hospitals and clinics that designs and conducts publicly funded cancer clinical trials and that represents a major force cancer advances worldwide.  

Acute myeloid leukemia patients have reduced early mortality at NCI-designated cancer centers

March 8, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who received their care at a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center in California had a dramatically reduced risk of early mortality. Using data from the California Cancer Registry and the Patient Discharge Dataset, the team determined that the risk was reduced by 53 percent. These findings were reported in February in the journal Cancer.

UC Davis researchers find new way to defeat HIV latency

March 7, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health, together with colleagues at UC San Francisco and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have found a mechanism for making HIV come out of hiding and become susceptible to anti-HIV drugs. Their study is now published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Geraldine Dawson will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Mar. 14

March 7, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host autism researcher Geraldine Dawson on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present “Early intervention and brain plasticity” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

New molecular target could help ease asthma

March 6, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health and Albany Medical College have shown that the protein vascular endothelial growth factor A — or VEGFA — plays a major role in the inflammation and airway obstruction associated with asthma. The finding may eventually lead to new asthma treatments targeting VEGFA.

Can high doses of vitamin D help prevent memory loss?

March 6, 2018

Vitamin D has long been known to be important for healthy bone growth, but new evidence suggests it also may help keep the brain sharp as people age. The problem is that most older people don’t get enough of it.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $73,878 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

March 5, 2018

As part of a nationwide corporate program by Spirit Halloween Superstores, local store operators Kirk and Shanda Pierce presented a check for $73,878 to the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis. Members of their in-store teams were also on hand to celebrate this 2017 campaign fundraising total and be acknowledged for their tremendous dedication to help make hospitals less scary for kids.