December 2018

19 From UC Davis on Global List of Most-Cited Researchers

Congratulations to Dr. Heike Wulff, Professor for being one among the nineteen researchers from the University of California, Davis, who have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list released by Clarivate Analytics. The list identifies exceptional scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence by publishing multiple papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in a particular field and year, over a 10-year period.

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November 2018

Digitizing interactions between the brain and the heart

UC Davis Health researchers including Dr. Eleonora Grandi, Associate Professor, have been awarded $5.2 million over four years from the National Institutes of Health to develop the first computerized model of the relationship between the nervous system and cardiovascular disease.

The tool is expected to lead to new understanding of conditions such as hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure and stroke, along with how those conditions change in response to treatment.

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July 2018

Dr. Grandi Awarded Precision Medicine Fellowship

We are excited to announce Dr. Eleonora Grandi’s receipt of the Precision Medicine Fellowship! This award will allow Dr. Grandi the opportunity to further her research using mathematical models and statistical approaches to understand the mechanisms of safety and toxicity antiarrhythmic therapies in male and female patients.


January 2018

Manuscript from Dr. Hariharan’s lab published in Stem Cells

We are excited to announce that the manuscript "Short Telomeres Induce p53 and Autophagy and Modulate Age-Associated Changes in Cardiac Progenitor Cell Fate" from Dr. Nirmala Hariharan’s lab, has been accepted for publication in Stem Cells. Collin Matsumoto, Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology graduate student, is first author of the study. This study demonstrates that aged cardiac stem/progenitor cells have a different fate than young cells and establishes a signaling mechanism that causes exhaustion of these aged cardiac stem cells. Congratulations to all that contributed to this important study!

November 2017

Dr. Vikrant Singh's publication of the biosensor journals and recent acknowledgment by the Hindu Business Line

Congratulations to Dr. Vikrant Singh, Assistant Project Scientist, for the publication of his biosensor journals and recent acknowledgment by the Hindu Business Line! His American Chemical Society publication which discusses a biosensor for malaria, was highlighted in one of the most popular and important newspapers in India, The Hindu Business Line.


November 2017

Professor Wulff has accepted the Chief Field Editor position for the Frontiers in Pharmacology Journal

Professor Wulff has accepted the Chief Field Editor position for the Frontiers in Pharmacology Journal, the most-cited open access journal in the field. We congratulate and thank Professor Wulff for her service! Read official journal announcement in the Frontiers Blog.


September 2017

Dr. Navedo named Co-Chair of the organizing committee for the 2020 International Symposium on Resistance Arteries

We are proud to announce that at the recently concluded 2017 International Symposium on Resistance Arteries (ISRA) in Manchester, United Kingdom, Dr. Manuel F. Navedo was selected by his peers as the next co-organizer of the 2020 ISRA meeting. During this meeting, Dr. Navedo delivered a well-received talk on "Purinergic signaling in diabetic vascular complications", and Dr. Madeline Nieves-Cintrón received a Best Poster Presentation Award for her work on "Ion channels in vascular smooth muscle from patients with diabetes".


Summer 2017

Chair forms Executive Advisory Group (EAG) to help guide department

The Department of Pharmacology EAG was formed to advise the Chair on departmental strategic direction, administration and prioritizing initiatives, and was formalized at a faculty meeting in May. Starting July 1, 2017 (for 3-yr terms). The EAG will meet quarterly (or as needs arise) and is comprised of:


July 2017

Pharmacology Faculty at FASEB Ion Channel Meeting

Congratulations to the Pharmacology Department Faculty, Drs. Heike Wulff, Johannes W. Hell and Manuel F. Navedo on their well-received invited presentations at the 2017 Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB) Meeting on Ion Channel Regulation. Representation of our faculty was among the largest for a single Department, we are proud of the strength and influence of our faculty in this field!


January 2017

Hell and Navedo Labs

We are proud to announce the publication of back-to-back papers in Science Signaling from the Hell and Navedo Labs describing how adrenaline activates L-type CaV1.2 channels and how sugar makes arteries constrict. To learn more about their exciting research, listen to this Science Signaling podcast.


January 2017

Yang K. Xiang, Ph.D.

Congratulations and thank you to Professor Xiang and his lab members for their latest findings! Their research results are featured online at UC Davis Health - How insulin harms the heart.

August 2016

Colleen E. Clancy, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Professor Colleen Clancy! She has been appointed to a 5 year term as the associate vice chancellor for academic personnel for UC Davis School of Medicine. We are very proud of her and her accomplishments and know that her skills and enthusiasm will be of great value to the faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine. Select this link to read about Dr. Clancy’s accomplishments and this appointment.


2016

Manuel F. Navedo, Ph.D.

Was selected to VCMB Study Section

We are proud to announce that Associate Professor Manuel F. Navedo was selected as a permanent member of the Vascular, Cellular and Molecular Biology (VCMB) Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review. This represents a major recognition of Dr. Navedo’s scientific accomplishments and standing in the field. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievements in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publication in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, accomplishments and honors. His contributions to VCMB and Center for Scientific Review will be of great value to medical and allied research in the country. Congratulations to Dr. Navedo for this honor!


April 2016

Donald M. Bers, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce that Professor Donald Bers was awarded the 2016 Peter Harris Distinguished Scientist Award of the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR)! This award recognizes an established investigator with lifetime contributions of major discoveries in cardiovascular science. As the recipient of the honor, he presented an Award Lecture on his research (“Calmodulin and CaMKII in heart failure and arrhythmias”) at the ISHR XXII World Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 18-21, 2016. The mission of the ISHR is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in the cardiovascular sciences on a world-wide basis. To learn more about this organization, go to: www.ishrworld.org


April 2016

Johannes Hell, Ph.D.

F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award 2015 for the Neuroscience Faculty

Professor Johannes Hell has received the F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2015 for Neuroscience Faculty. This is the third year in a row that he’s received this award. This award recognizes Faculty Members who have made a significant contribution to the F1000Prime Article Recommendation service over the past year, as judged by the F1000 editorial team and on the popularity of their recommendations with users of the service. Congratulations to Dr. Hell for this honor!


Spring 2016

Richard Horuk, Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Veteran Richard Horuk Teaches Insights About Drug Development

Spring 2016 UCD Faculty Newsletter article showcasing Professor Horuk’s experience and perspective on drug development, as well as his work with Professors Rogawski, and Wulff on the Pharmacology course: Drug Discovery and Development (PHA 207). Learn More... (PDF).


February 2016

Eleonora Grandi, Ph.D.

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring at Early to Mid-Career Level

We are proud to announce that Assistant Professor, Eleonora Grandi, has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in recognition of her contributions in the UC Davis Health’s core mission areas of research, education, clinical care and community engagement. This is to reward her for her outstanding performance and to acknowledge her contribution as a transformative leader. Awardees will be honored at a recognition reception on March 16. Learn more about this award (PDF).

June 2015

Colleen Clancy, Ph.D.

Accepted as fellow in national executive leadership program

We are proud to announce that Professor Clancy has been accepted as a fellow into the 2015-16 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. Learn more about this news article (PDF).


March 2015

Colleen Clancy, Ph.D.

2014 Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award

We are proud to announce that Dr. Colleen Clancy, Professor, was selected for the 2014 Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award in the Research area. She was recognized for this honor at the Dean’s Recognition Reception on March 18, 2015. Multi-departmental Junior faculty nominated her for this award for the special role that she has played in their academic, research, and career development. We congratulate her for her outstanding efforts at improving her faculty colleagues’ professional development!


March 2015

Johannes Hell, Ph.D.

F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2014

Professor Johannes Hell, has received the F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2014 for the Neuroscience Faculty. This is the second year in a row that he’s received this award. The award recognizes Faculty Members who have made the most significant contribution to the F1000 Recommendation service over the past year. The recipient of the award is selected based on the viewing figures for all F1000 evaluations of the faculty member and quality of the evaluations as judged by the editorial office. We congratulate Dr. Hell for this honor!


February 2015

Crystal Ripplinger, Ph.D.

Nerve regeneration therapy has potential to prevent arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death after heart attack

Drs. Crystal Ripplinger and Lianguo Wang are co-authors on a new study, Targeting protein tyrosine phosphatase σ after myocardial infarction restores cardiac sympathetic innervation and prevents arrhythmias, published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Case Western Reserve University and UC Davis. The study investigates a therapy developed for spinal cord injuries on nerve regeneration in the heart and found that this novel treatment provides resistance to arrhythmias following a heart attack, and may lead to further development of therapeutics for post-heart attack care. To read more about their groundbreaking research methods and this study, see the UCDHS Newsroom.


August 2014

Elva Diaz, Ph.D.

Farmworkers’ son active in UC Davis research wins prestigious NIH scholarship

Dr. Elva Diaz, Associate Professor, received notification that one of her undergraduate students, Abraham Corrales, received the competitive and prestigious NIH Undergraduate Scholarship. To learn more about Abraham and this honor, go to UC Davis News and Information: http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=11004


June 2014

Angie Gelli, Ph.D.

Invasion of the central nervous system by Cryptococcus neoformans requires a secreted fungal metalloprotease

Dr. Angie Gelli, Associate Professor, lead UC Davis investigators (Kiem Vu, Juhn Uhrig, Sarisa Na Pombejra, Mantana Jamklang, George Thompson III, Jennifer Bautos, and Rick Tham) in a remarkable series of experiments on Cryptococcus neoformans – the cause of a deadly meningitis -- to isolate a metalloprotease that appears to be responsible for the fungus’ ability to cross from the bloodstream into the brain. The findings were published in the journal mBio, issued by the American Society for Microbiology, in an article titled "Invasion of the central nervous system by Cryptococcus neoformans requires a secreted fungal metalloprotease". The discovery has important implications for developing a more effective treatment for C. neoformans and other brain infections, as well as for brain cancers that are difficult to treat with conventional medications. To read more about this exciting discovery, go to News from UC Davis Health newsroom.


March 2014

Science Signaling Journal

Ye Chen-Izu, Ph.D.

UC Davis researchers discover how high blood pressure damages the heart

Dr. Ye Chen-Izu, Assistant Professor in Pharmacology, pulled together an interdisciplinary team of biophysicists, chemists, engineers, physiologists and cardiologists for a study of the biological system that controls contractility of the heart under mechanical stress such as that caused by high blood pressure. Read about their recent study — "Mechanochemotransduction During Cardiomyocyte Contraction is Mediated by Localized Nitric Oxide Signaling" — published in the March 18 issue of the journal Science Signaling and available at http://stke.sciencemag.org/


December 2013

Pharmacology Holiday Party

Made possible by the generous support of our departmental faculty!


December 2013

Donald Bers, Ph.D.

Debrecen Award for Molecular Medicine

Dr. Donald Bers, the Department’s Distinguished Professor and Chair, was awarded the “2013 Debrecen Award for Molecular Medicine” from The Medical and Health Science Center of the University of Debrecen, Hungary. This international annual prize is offered to encourage and recognize extraordinary and sustained contributions to biomedical research. This prestigious prize is awarded to a scientist, or group, whose work has lead to significant advances in the fields of molecular medicine with demonstrated benefits applied to improved patient care. For more information about this award, please visit the Debrecen Award for Molecular Medicine’s website.


November 2013

Donald Bers, Ph.D.

34 from UC elected fellows of AAAS

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Don Bers, was elected as fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is 1 of 10 elected fellows for AAAS from the University of California at Davis. This honor is bestowed for scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Bers is being recognized for his innovative approaches in calcium signaling and integrative quantitative analysis that have built the modern framework of regulation of cardiac contractions and electrical activity. To read the full article, please go to UCDMC’s Spotlight, or view AAAS’ News.


September 2013

Donald Bers, Ph.D.

UC Davis researchers discover a biological link between diabetes and heart disease

Dr. Don Bers (Professor and Chair) and colleagues identified a novel molecular pathway between diabetic hyperglycemia and cardiac arrhythmias (online publication in Nature (PDF)). Hyperglycemia chronically activates the key signaling kinase CaMKII by direct attachment of a sugar, causing CaMKII-dependent ion channel effects and arrhythmias (and potential effects on many systems.


June 2013

Florin Despa, Ph.D.

A second amyloid may play a role in Alzheimer's disease, UC Davis researchers find

Dr. Florin Despa and colleagues found that amylin accumulates in the blood vessels and and brain of patients with diabetes and dementia. Additional study authors are Kaleena Jackson, Gustavo A. Barisone, Elva Diaz and Lee-Way Jin, all of UC Davis.


May 2013

Johannes Hell, Ph.D.

And colleagues discovered that the structural protein α-actinin anchors CaV1.2 at the plasma membrane and especially in spines in neurons.

Professor Johannes Hell and colleagues discovered that the structural protein α-actinin anchors CaV1.2 at the plasma membrane and especially in spines in neurons. Read about this groundbreaking research in the journal Neuron.


2013

Heike Wulff, Ph.D.

Was awarded the 2013 Basic Sciences Kaiser Teaching Award

Dr. Heike Wulff, Associate Professor, was awarded the 2013 Basic Sciences Kaiser Teaching Award. The three recipients of this award were selected following requested nominations from students, residents and regular faculty of the School of Medicine and meet specified criteria, one of which is having a record of sustained excellence for at least three years.


April 2013

Angela Gelli, Ph.D.

Was awarded the 2012 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award and designation as a Hartwell Investigator

Dr. Angela Gelli, Associate Professor, was awarded the 2012 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award and designation as a Hartwell Investigator. Dr. Gelli’s winning research proposal represents innovative and cutting edge research that aims to develop a novel drug delivery system targeting the blood-brain barrier for the treatment of childhood brain tumors. To learn more about this honor, Please go to the Hartwell Foundation's website.


November 2012

Donald Bers, Ph.D.

UC Davis researcher recognized as distinguished scientist by the American Heart Association

Dr. Donald M. Bers, the Department’s Distinguished Professor and Chair, was awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Distinguished Scientist designation in November 2012, for his contribution to cardiovascular research. To learn more about this honor, please view the American Heart Association’s website.


February 2012

Florin Despa, Ph.D.

Pancreatic hormone linked with severe heart disease in obese and diabetic patients


June 2010

Donald M. Bers, Ph.D.

UC Davis study eliminates a possible culprit in heart arrhythmia


January 2010

Elva Diaz, Ph.D.

UC Davis researchers identify brain protein for synapse development: Discovery could expand understanding of autism and schizophrenia