New study results show compliance with smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college campuses could be more effective with the rollout of a Tobacco Tracker that can also influence behavior and attitudes.
UC Davis Health faculty members Diana Farmer and Edgardo Salcedo were among a group of esteemed surgical educators inducted into the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
A volunteer-driven effort led by the UC Davis School of Medicine to vaccinate people in medically underserved communities against COVID-19 has resulted in hundreds of shots administered across Sacramento County. They’ve been given in grocery stores, apartment complexes and a farmers market.
In a recent interview, Ruth Shim shared her vision for the Office of Student and Resident Diversity, definitions of diversity, equity, and justice, and how society can address microaggressions.
The 7th annual Crush Challenge returned this year to vineyard-lined avenues in the Napa Valley as bicyclists helped raise money for UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and its research into non-toxic treatments for blood cancers.
The owners of Shingle Springs Subaru, inspired by their daughter’s successful cancer treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, donated $82,671 through the Share the Love Event to Lor Randall’s research in sarcoma in adolescents and young adults.
Kurt Schaberg, an assistant professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been named one of the Top Six of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 40 under Forty honorees for 2021. Schaberg’s educational pathology website, Kurt’s Notes, has followers from 147 countries.
In a recent interview, Jorge A. García shared his approach to DEI leadership, his vision for the Office of Student and Resident Diversity and what inspired him to become a professor.
A “mammovan” will be dispatched to rural areas as part of new breast cancer initiatives spearheaded by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is all part of an effort to improve breast health and cancer prevention along with early detection in underserved communities.
The new radiology chair was on a mission to detect breast cancer early in women so it can be found in time, and then suddenly faced her own breast cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, she only had to turn to colleagues for her treatment.
The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center turns 30 this year. Although scientists still do not fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease, much has been learned during the past three decades about the complex factors that can lead to dementia.
UC Davis Health and Sacramento Republic FC worked together during the month of September to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. Their efforts culminated at the Sept. 26 game with the sharing of 13-year-old Riley Blum’s story of how he is overcoming cancer.
The UC Davis School of Medicine is partnering with drug developers and funding agencies to find and test potential therapies and vaccines to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
UC Davis Health is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by offering free mammograms to uninsured women in the community who are 40 and older and have no current symptoms.
UC Davis Health encourages patients to take advantage of the availability of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots after the CDC recommends third doses of the vaccine for certain individuals.
The National Cancer Institute renewed the “comprehensive” designation of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its breadth and depth in cancer research, clinical care, cancer control and population sciences.
UC Davis Health began administering third Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to patients at its area clinics and to employees on the medical campus, following recommendations by the CDC.
The American Cancer Society’s 25th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is on Oct. 17 at the west steps of the California State Capitol. Staff will be on hand at the UC Davis Health “Return to Screening” booth to talk about the importance of breast cancer screenings and why delaying care during the COVID pandemic could put your health at risk.
Martin Cadeiras, Javier E. López and Nipavan Chiamvimonvat are co-principal investigators for a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to take a precision medicine approach to evaluate patients with a poorly understood form of heart failure.
UC President Michael Drake was at the UC Davis Health campus to help induct the new presidential chair in vitreoretinal science. The inaugural appointment of world-renowned physician Paul A. Sieving was held Sept. 17 with recognition of Neil and MJ Kelly and their generous donation that established the Kelly Presidential Chair in Vitreoretinal Science.
Hospitalized Caldor firefighter gets a visit from fellow firefighters before being presented with a check for $1,500 by the Firefighters Burn Institute executive director.
UC Davis School of Medicine will receive funds set aside but no longer needed to settle a class-action lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The award will fund projects focused on women of color and in underserved communities.
For the second year in a row, students have entered the UC Davis School of Medicine during a global pandemic. For many, the decision to be doctors was influenced by inequities they observed first-hand during the pandemic.
The recently adopted California state budget includes $3.4 million for the UC Davis School of Medicine to grow its Rural PRIME program and create a new pathway to train students to address health needs of Native Americans.
Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has been selected as a fellow for the third cohort of the Presidential Leadership Academy by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
The annual student-run Coalition for Health Equity 2021 conference will focus on the role of the pandemic on marginalized communities, including vaccine hesitancy.
A new study proves that breast density can lead to breast cancer in women 75 and older. Strong evidence indicates life expectancy should be included in risk prediction models to help identify women who may benefit most from continued mammography.
Professors David Segal and Deborah Lieu have received Discovery Stage Research Projects awards from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The grants will fund cell gene therapy for Angelman syndrome and building the first biopacemaker
A study from Jennifer Whistler and her team at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience contradicts existing thinking about how opioid drugs cause tolerance and respiratory depression, and suggests a new approach to developing safer analgesics.
Retired NFL linebacker Chris Draft, who lost his wife to lung cancer, presented white ribbon plaques to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of the advancements being made to save lives from the deadliest of cancers.
Alex Villegas didn’t think he had what it takes to get into medical school, but an unexpected conversation with his boss prompted him to think otherwise. Villegas is now a first-year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
The annual Crush Challenge, raising money for research into innovative, cancer treatments, is back for a 7th year and includes a cycling excursion through the Napa Valley along with food and wine events on Oct. 9.
A new UC Davis study shows how using telehealth and technology during the pandemic, together with bilingual/bicultural outreach, increased hepatitis B screenings of underserved populations and will likely save lives.
Poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke can affect lung health, particularly for those with asthma and other respiratory conditions. UC Davis Health experts have some tips for protecting yourself when it’s smoky outside.
UC Davis Health family medicine physician Marcia Faustin was thrust into the global stage at the Olympic Games in Tokyo when she provided care to Simon Biles after the elite gymnast withdrew from competitions citing mental health issues.
UC Davis Health has chosen 60 people to participate in a clinical trial to determine if a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot is necessary, safe and effective. The participants are among 225 who signed up more than a year ago for the clinical trial that led to the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer vaccine.
A new study suggests that eating food rich in saturated fat and choline increases metabolites that build plaques in the arteries. It also points to a possible drug that may block the negative effects of the high-fat diet.
Free sunscreen stations, provided by UC Davis Health, make it easy to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors while protecting skin and preventing cancer.
UC Davis faculty with cancer don’t have to go far to get care. A leading national expert on COVID-19 who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the height of the pandemic is back on the job quickly after robotic surgery is performed by his peer.
New study by School of Medicine faculty members confirms the importance of pre-med Postbaccalaureate programs to better prepare medical school applicants. The programs are also known to increase diversity of applicants from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center teamed up with UCLA Health to launch Learn & Lounge during the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual monthly meetup for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors.
The UC Davis School of Medicine officially welcomed 132 first-year students wearing their white coats and blue face masks to an in-person, pandemic-era induction ceremony that was void of guests but full of tributes to family members.
A theranostics clinic is coming to UC Davis Health that will leverage the next generation in nuclear medicine to attack cancer in ways that traditional options cannot do alone. It combines diagnostics and therapeutics to deliver targeted radiotherapy.
U.S. News & World Report named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's Best Hospitals, the #1 hospital in Sacramento and among the top 10 in California.
Multiple myeloma patient Dara Kara, from Benicia, receives first outpatient stem cell transplant at UC Davis Health. Also referred to as a bone marrow transplant, performing the procedure on an outpatient basis is expected to shorten recovery times and save health care costs.
Travel plans this summer should include staying updated on changing COVID-19 conditions and being ready to change or cancel your trip. Vaccinated travelers have less to worry about but still need to be prepared.
Researchers at UC Davis Health are “toxineering” venom from the Peruvian green velvet tarantula into a non-opioid medication that could help people with chronic pain. Approximately 20 percent of the adults in the U.S., or about 50 million, are affected by chronic pain.
This year’s Deans’ Excellence Awards recognize the exceptional contributions of School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, staff and teams across UC Davis Health that are transforming education, patient care and community health.
Jorge Salazar, an internal medicine resident, is the first recipient of a newly created award to recognize significant contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion in Graduate Medical Education.
A new study confirms the low likelihood that coronavirus contamination on hospital surfaces is infectious. The study is the original report on recovering near-complete SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences directly from surface swabs.
Two School of Medicine faculty received UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. David E. Olson received an Innovator of the Year Award and Richard W. Michelmore received an Innovative Community Partner Award.
A groundbreaking study found that stem cells reduce the amount of virus causing AIDS, boost the body’s antiviral immunity, and restore the gut’s lymphoid follicles damaged by HIV. It provided a roadmap for multi-pronged HIV eradication strategies.
Diet rich in sugar and fat leads to disruption in the gut’s microbial culture and contributes to inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis. Research shows that switching to a more balanced diet restores the gut’s health and suppresses inflammation.
UC Davis' Behavioral Health Center of Excellence has awarded three seed grants to help support new research efforts aimed at improving mental health in California.
The second annual edition of Cancer Health magazine’s Change Makers recognizes 25 individuals working to break down barriers to the best cancer care for all Americans. The list includes David Tom Cooke, chief of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health.
Bennett Penn, assistant professor of infectious diseases and of medical microbiology and immunology, has been named a 2021 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. He will receive funding over the next four years to investigate how bacteria causing tuberculosis build resistance to antibiotics.
The National Cancer Institute is providing another $3.98 million federal grant to increase the number of cancer researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
2021 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award will help further recipient Janai Carr-Ascher’s work studying sarcomas and testing new therapies.
Three friends connected to UC Davis wanted to help underserved families in Knights Landing during the pandemic, so they've set up a table each Sunday filled with groceries, baby supplies, pet food and other items - all free for the community.
Professor Ralph Green has been inducted into the American Society for Nutrition's Class of 2021 fellows. He is an expert in diagnosing and treating diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies. Green’s research has focused on the role of micronutrients, including iron, B12 and folate.
More than 100 students, residents, faculty and a staff member were honored for their exceptional contributions as part of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s annual awards. Some of the awards were announced at the recent commencement ceremony.
Older people with type 1 diabetes who have been to the hospital at some point for both low and high blood sugar levels may be six times more likely to develop dementia later, according to a new study from UC Davis Health.
The UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs’ holistic approach to treating mental illness is featured in a moving new documentary short about Chris Ferrari, who received life-changing help from the clinic. The release is from One Mind, a leading brain health nonprofit.
The UC Davis School of Medicine celebrated its 50th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday. School leaders conferred 104 Doctor of Medicine degrees during a virtual ceremony that honored the students’ diversity, commitment, and resilience.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra came to Sacramento to learn first-hand how UC Davis Health and its community partners are helping people from underserved communities get the COVID-19 vaccine in neighborhood clinics.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra made a visit UC Davis Medical Center on Wednesday to tour the Early Psychosis Programs and meet with campus leadership and faculty. The programs are nationally recognized as a leading provider of early psychosis care.
Race-based reference ranges will no longer be part of a test routinely used to check a patient’s kidney health. UC Davis Health is one of the first in the nation to make the change to the estimated glomerular filtration rate or eGFR.
Bisrat Woldemichael, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, is one of two students who helped inspire the elimination of race-based reference ranges from a test routinely used to check how well a patient’s kidneys are functioning.
Megan Byrne, who graduated from the School of Medicine in 2020, is one of two students who helped inspire the elimination of race-based reference ranges from a test routinely used to check how well a patient’s kidneys are functioning.
The UC Davis School of Medicine has launched a new initiative, the Center for Diagnostic Innovation, to bring together industry partners, clinicians, researchers and educators to develop innovative new testing methods to improve patient health.
When essential workers lacked access to the COVID-19 shot, the student-run Shifa Community Clinic decided to set up a vaccination site. The effort by UC Davis undergraduates and medical students has delivered more than 7,000 vaccine doses at a downtown Sacramento mosque.
UC Davis researchers develop PsychLight, a sensor that could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that targeting androgen receptors - a type of protein specific to men - may destroy cancer cells. Focusing on this male protein variant common in malignant bladder tumor cells may serve as a new avenue for treating bladder cancer in men.
General thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke becomes the first African American to be elected president-elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.
UC Davis Health staff and The California Endowment team up to create multilingual public service announcements to encourage underrepresented communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dozens of volunteers from UC Davis Health helped vaccinate vulnerable populations against COVID-19 over the weekend at a drive-thru clinic organized by the Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento.
A partnership between UC Davis and Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company, has led to a 20-minute COVID-19 test. The method pairs a mass spectrometer with a powerful machine-learning platform to detect SARS-CoV-2 in nasal swabs. A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports shows the test to be 98.3% accurate for positive COVID-19 tests and 96% for negative tests.
During its 16th annual CTSC Scholar Symposium, UC Davis celebrated the graduation of its newest cohort of scholars who conduct innovative applied health research.
A new study, conducted by three UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, studies young adult smoking trends three years after the start of California’s law raising the sales age of tobacco to 21.
Diana Farmer tapped to lead the oldest surgical association in the U.S.
April is esophageal cancer awareness month and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is using robotic surgery technology to change the odds of surviving this rare cancer.
In March 2020, UC Davis was in a race to create something that didn’t exist yet: a home-grown COVID-19 test. How the campus pulled together to help Pathology and Laboratory Medicine launch the first of over 100,000 COVID-19 tests this past year.
The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at UC Davis Health has a new tool to treat patients receiving neuromodulation therapy for movement disorders. Abbott’s NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic is a first-of-its-kind remote patient care system. UC Davis Health is the first hospital in Northern California and among the first 10 in the United States to offer it to patients.
UC Davis Health seeks volunteers for a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of a COVID-19 booster shot and protection against the South African virus variant.
Framed portraits of distinguished alums in the Education Building have been replaced by a digital kiosk. Users can click their way through screens to view pictures and read bios of notable graduates.
Discovering how infections during pregnancy can lead to psychiatric illness and developmental disorders in offspring years later is the subject of a $15.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the Conte Center at the University of California, Davis.
UC Davis Health now has three locations where residents of underserved neighborhoods can get their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to partnerships with churches and a community organization that serve vulnerable populations.
The UC Davis School of Medicine is ranked No. 4 in diversity nationwide, thanks to a number of innovative programs over the past decade that draw underrepresented minority groups.
The UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing continue to distinguish themselves as national leaders in training the next generation of health care providers and research innovator.
A team of UC Davis Health doctors volunteered their time to immunize people experiencing homelessness near downtown Sacramento, the latest effort to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.
After months of waiting, graduating medical students finally learned which training programs they will attend for the next three to seven years on their path to becoming specialists.
UC Davis Health is leading the way in making sure that every day, every older adult receives age-friendly health care.
UC Davis Health has started a weekly community vaccination clinic in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships that have resulted in more than 10,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the underserved, essential workers and others.
Join a fascinating March 12 event featuring mRNA pioneer Katalin Karikó, senior vice president at BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals, as part of the UC Davis Lung Center Seminar Series co-hosted by the School of Medicine and Office of Research.
In 2020, the UC Davis School of Medicine secured its highest-ever level of National Institutes of Health research funding at more than $181 million.
UC Davis Health has joined with several of the nation’s top health systems to help launch a NIH-sponsored initiative for an new digital therapeutics toolkit targeting inflammatory bowel disease.
Surgical resident Jennifer Geiger has received a $30,000 research grant to devise a new curriculum that teaches residents how to better communicate with patients facing end-of-life decisions.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. helped author a clinical trial testing the best treatment for metastatic papillary kidney cancer. The promising results are published in The Lancet.
There is a sixfold increase in patients getting tobacco treatment thanks, in part, to training medical staff to proactively reach out to patients who could benefit, especially during the pandemic when smoking can lead to COVID-19 complications.
Addressing health disparities is key to raising awareness on World Cancer Day and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is asking women of color to help by participating in an important breast cancer study.
Three UC Davis School of Medicine students – Annica Stull-Lane, Erica Lin and Christina Lowry – are finalists in an international competition aimed at finding solutions to health inequities in low-resource settings.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is joining the American Cancer Society and the nation’s leading oncology organizations to urge people to schedule cancer screenings as soon as possible in order to prevent unnecessary deaths.
The first report in the state to track tobacco-related cancers looks at the nexus between tobacco use and cancer risk by examining regional data based on ethnicity, gender and age.
Winter 2021 Synthesis magazine is now available online. The issue spotlights cancer care in the era of COVID-19 as well as lessons learned during the pandemic that will help UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center combat health inequities through outreach to rural communities.
Thanks to a new National Cancer Institute grant, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is expanding its study into why certain populations are more hesitant than others to get the HPV vaccine. The new study, called UC HPV, starts this week and runs through June 30, 2021.
The 41st annual Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Benefit, which raises funds for the School of Medicine’s student-run clinics, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Organizers have begun an online donation drive to collect much-needed funding.
Associate Professor Jann Murray-García receives top award from City of Davis for her sustained volunteer work to promote platforms for positive discussion of race and social justice in our community.
Dr. Elizabeth Morris was appointed chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Radiology, assuming the post January 18, 2021.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a peer-reviewed paper on the newly available Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It includes clinical trial data collected from UC Davis Health, the only academic medical center on the West Coast to take part in the study.
UC Davis’ Angela John Thurman has received the Early Career Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The honor recognizes her considerable research contributions in the development of language, cognition and behavior.
UC Davis researchers developed and used an innovative sensor to track serotonin in the brains of mice during social interactions, fearful situations and sleep/wake conditions. Sensor can help in developing better neuropsychological drugs for depression and other conditions.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is collaborating with 17 other cancer centers to study the impact COVID-19 is having on cancer prevention, control and survival, thanks to a grant from the National Cancer Institute. The UC Davis work will focus on diverse communities.
When the pandemic prompted the closure of student-run clinics, volunteers with Imani Clinic made the most of the unfortunate situation: They created a mentorship program to provide tutoring for K-12 students in and around Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood.
Participants are needed for a new clinical trial at UC Davis Health to test another experimental COVID-19 vaccine that could help address the global pandemic.
Knights Landing One Health addresses the health needs of a farmworker community.
UC Davis has received the first federal grant in the country to fund a comparative oncology training program, which was launched on August 1, 2020. The comparative oncology training partnership is a collaboration between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A record number of medical students are applying to UC Davis, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which has inspired a new generation of future doctors who admire well known physicians such as Anthony Fauci.
With an allotment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to arrive as early as Monday, UC Davis Health is preparing its storage space and its employees for one of the most significant inoculation efforts in recent history.
An enzyme in the colon lining releases hydrogen peroxide – a known disinfecting compound- to protect the body from gut microbial communities. The new study points to the need for a different approach to treating gut inflammation and bacterial imbalance in the colon.
Michael Rogawski has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction given to academic inventors, for his inventions in drug discovery and development.
UC Davis Health experts have identified factors that make children with diabetic ketoacidosis more likely to experience acute kidney injury. The results may eventually lead to new options and better treatments for the dangerous condition.
Led by a UC Davis Health team, researchers have found that obesity can block the benefits of a stem cell transplant when it is used for treating blood cancers and other related disorders.
A group of students from UC Davis and Sacramento State set up a drive-through flu shot clinic on Sunday to connect with a Hmong population that has been reluctant to seek health care from western medicine.
A UC Davis research team, consisting of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates led by Chengji Zhou, professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has made major contributions to the latest issue of Birth Defects Research. This issue was published online this month.
UC Davis Health expands the fight against the coronavirus by encouraging students, staff and faculty to use the California COVID Notify exposure notification system.
The Paul Hom Asian Clinic has been delivering personalized, compassionate and free health care for nearly 50 years in Sacramento.
National Medical Fellowships has selected second-year School of Medicine student Zena Simmons for its inaugural Dr. Prentiss Taylor Scholarship.
2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna gave a fascinating talk on CRISPR and its potential to improve diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.