Translational research is at the heart of the Department of Internal Medicine research program. We believe in taking an interdisciplinary, collaborative team approach in order to share resources and knowledge. Our research activities occur across a broad spectrum beginning with basic laboratory research into the mechanisms of disease and extending into correlative research that examines laboratory observations alongside clinical observations, clinical trials of new therapies, and research looking at the health of populations. Meanwhile, physician scientists orchestrate effective collaboration between researchers and clinicians by translating information and findings to and from the bedside and out into the community.
UC Davis is the only regional institution to place significant emphasis on translational research, modeling our program on the best practices in medical science nationwide. Our success clearly demonstrates that better patient outcomes can be produced from collaboration between clinicians and researchers who are receptive to the idea of integrating their activities to enhance results.