Research and Innovations

Research at UC Davis School of Medicine

Research at the School of Medicine

The UC Davis School of Medicine (SOM) is part of a comprehensive academic health system that excels at translating scientific discoveries and new technology into improved patient care and community-wide health. It boasts an impressive research funding portfolio with approximately 1,326 active awards with more than $367 million of research funds.

Some of the most prominent research centers and programs at the UC Davis SOM include:

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Ranked among the Top 20% NIH-funded schools

In 2018, Blue Ridge Institute ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among the Top 20% NIH-funded schools in the nation with 10 departments ranking in Top 20 in their field.

Research Opportunities

The SOM offers many research opportunities for medical students, graduate students, and faculty. Through its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program, it trains the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care.

Faculty members and students lead a wide range of research projects and research training programs, ranging from translational sciences, to clinical trials of promising new therapies and diagnostics, to studies of health care policy, finance and delivery systems that impact policy and the health of populations and communities.

Researchers at SOM specialize in a wide range of basic and applied research including those related to neuroscience, environmental health, cancer biology, regenerative medicine, and biomedical technology.

Researchers at the SOM are supported in many ways to carry their cutting-edge work.  SOM’s Office of Research provides services to researchers interested in submitting for research and training grants through their Grants Facilitation unit. The office also oversees the allocation and safety of research laboratory space for School of Medicine’s researchers on both Sacramento and Davis campuses.

Research Collaborations and Interdisciplinary Research

School of Medicine researchers are engaged in innovative collaborations within the UC Davis community and with other national and international research entities.

Major research programs at UC Davis involve collaborating scientists across various departments on both Davis and Sacramento campuses.

Other major programs include California National Primate Research Center, human genetics, genomics, pharmacogenomics and membrane biology.

We also collaborate with several affiliated research institutions, such as the Shriner's Hospital for Children, Veterans Affairs (VA) Health System, USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

UC Davis School of Medicine boasts a vibrant national and international research collaborations spanning more than 500 organizations. These collaborations promote greater impact and better understanding of key health issues shaping our world.

research collaborations

Recent research collaborations between UC Davis School of Medicine and researchers around the world.