The Department of Internal Medicine's research mission focuses on two important objectives:

  • The keen desire to participate in medical discoveries on a significant scale; and
  • The critical need to train the next generation of scientists who will contribute to those breakthroughs.

The department's innovative research program helps to make us unique. Quite simply, we maintain that doctors who teach and conduct research make better physicians, and that the research work we do in the department translates into better patient care.

Specifically, our group has developed the Department of Internal Medicine Research Administration and Support Unit.  The goal of this unit is to assist investigators with creating and maintaining successful research programs.  We focus our efforts on navigating the complex research processes at UC Davis, the department, and extramural funding agencies.  For example, we provide direction and/or training on how to initiate the process the grant application.  Further we provide grant writing and editing resources and guidance with regard to completing forms and tables.  This unit serves as a resource for all research needs and aids in finding available funding sources.

We have an Internal Medicine Research Committee that brings together excellent researchers across many disciplines in order to set the course for research in the department, rate grant and award applications, and developed new research initiatives within the department.

Our unit also prioritizes and distributes a variety of awards at our annual Academic Forum.  These awards include the Faculty Research Award, Career Achievement Research Award, Trainee Research Awards, and Richard C. Woodward Memorial Fund Award. Furthermore, we provide significant networking resources including the Community of Science, Facebook, and School of Medicine shared equipment.

Finally, our unit is committed to enhancing innovative research at UC Davis across the entire translational spectrum, from studies of populations to molecular interactions in cells.  By generating new knowledge about diseases and their treatment, we can not only advance science but also enhance care within the University of California Davis Health System.

Dr. Medici

Valentina Medici, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology