Research and Programs

Research at UC Davis School of Medicine

Research at the School of Medicine

The UC Davis School of Medicine 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. In this way, the three entities that comprise UC Davis Health —the medical school, the medical center and the medical group—share a common commitment to discovering and sharing knowledge to improve human health. Our focus on academic excellence and social responsibility supports our institutional commitment to transform healthcare and improve health for all.

At any one time, more than 500 active research programs supported by over $200 million in outside funding are underway in the School of Medicine, either on the Davis campus, or at the Medical Center in Sacramento. In 2010, the American Association of Medical Colleges ranked UC Davis School of Medicine as the fastest growing research program in the nation.

The faculty and staff of the School of Medicine lead a wide range of research 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 large populations and communities.

Faculty in the School of Medicine specialize in a wide range of basic and applied research including those related to cancer biology, vascular biology, genetic diseases and functional genomics, health services, infectious diseases, neuroscience, nutrition, telemedicine, and vision science. In addition, School of Medicine faculty are engaged in innovative collaborations within the UC Davis community — with the California Regional Primate Research Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, Division of Biological Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Engineering.

A number of major research programs at UC Davis involve collaborating scientists from multiple parts of the campus. These include the Cancer Center, the Center for Neuroscience, the MIND Institute, the Center for Comparative Medicine, the Center for Tissue Regeneration and Repair, the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, the Telehealth Center, and the California Regional Primate Center. Other major programs exist in 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.

The School of Medicine offers research opportunities for medical studentsgraduate students, and faculty alike.