UC Davis health research encompasses basic-science, translational and clinical studies, with an emphasis on collaboration and on improving health for individuals, communities and populations.

Selected highlights

  • Of the nation's 1,400-plus cancer centers, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 47 designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.
  • The UC Davis MIND Institute includes one of 15 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers funded through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
  • The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has earned 30 years of continuous support from the National Institute on Aging.
  • The UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures has 36 clinical trials using stem cells ongoing, planned or completed as of early 2017.
  • UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center-supported investigators have published 1,300+ papers in 500+ journals that have been cited 34,000 times.
  • Research areas at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis include chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, population health and quality improvement.
  • Units such as the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, Institute for Population Health Improvement and Center for Health and Technology help drive our work to improve health for all.

Studies Underway at UC Davis

Nearly 800 studies are underway at UC Davis in translational and clinical research areas, funded by federal and state governments, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, private foundations and philanthropy. Some clinical research strengths include:

Research Partners

  • The National Institutes of Health
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California
  • VA Northern California Health Care System
  • David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base
  • California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Private industry, venture capitalists and regional entrepreneurs
  • California departments of Public Health and Health Care Services
  • The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and Alameda County Care Alliance
  • Colleges, schools and centers at UC Davis and other UC entities and academic institutions nationwide
  • Philanthropic foundations and individuals