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December 2018

Global health leader to speak in Sacramento on emerging diseases

December 6, 2018

Kathrine Tan, an outbreak response expert with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak in Sacramento on “Emerging Diseases: Think Globally, Act Locally.” Her address is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in room 1222 of the Education Building at 4601 X Street on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis, with a reception at 5 p.m.

Beat the holiday blues and know when they're something major

December 6, 2018

Comparing the holiday blues to a depressive disorder is like comparing a cold to pneumonia. Know the common causes of holiday blues and how to recognize the signs of major depression.

Family turns Alzheimer's disease toll into research fund at UC Davis

December 6, 2018

David Higbee’s mother, Dorothy, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008. His sister, Suzzie, who is 69, also has the disease.

Caring for patients' medical, mental and social well-being

December 5, 2018

Read a Q&A with physician Sara Teasdale about her work at the Sacramento County Health Center, where Medi-Cal and uninsured residents go for primary and behavioral health care. The clinic's patients and care teams have been an inspiration to her career. 

EM Pulse, emergency medicine's podcast platform, awarded for its outstanding content

December 5, 2018

The award-winning EM Pulse podcast delves into current topics in emergency medicine, from addressing the challenges of caring for kids in the emergency department to diagnosing acute and chronic silicone syndromes.

Global Winter Wonderland raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital through promo code

December 4, 2018

Global Winter Wonderland and ABC10 have joined forces to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital this holiday season. By purchasing tickets for this magical event using promo code UCDAVISPROUD, UC Davis Children’s Hospital will receive $3.50 for each adult ticket sold and $2.50 from every child ticket. Adult tickets are $19. Children 4-12 years old are $17. Kids ages three and under are free. 

Medical volunteers complete a successful California International Marathon

December 4, 2018

More than 100 UC Davis faculty, staff and students volunteered to be part of the medical team at the 36th annual California International Marathon (CIM) on Sunday.

Kinkajous and lemurs and insects, oh my!

December 4, 2018

On Saturday, the UC Davis MIND Institute became another world – with hanging vines, giant totems and live rain forest critters – to the delight of about 900 children and their families.

Celebrating Magnet® recognition and the best in nursing excellence

December 4, 2018

Two 'thank you' events on Dec. 5 -- at two different times that day -- are now scheduled so that everyone will have an opportunity to share in the celebration of UC Davis Medical Center's renewed Magnet nursing designation.

Five Researchers at UC Davis Health Named in Global Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List

December 3, 2018

Five UC Davis Health researchers were named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers List.

Retail outlets using telehealth pose significant privacy and policy concerns for health care

December 3, 2018

Retail outlets using telehealth have unique advantages and opportunities for delivering convenient care to consumers but policies need to be well-designed, relevant and anticipate future applications of telehealth, UC Davis Health physicians say.

November 2018

Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus will perform at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on Dec. 10

November 30, 2018

Members of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (SGMC) will volunteer their time and talents at a holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in the North Building lobby of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Lunchtime meditation workshop, Dec. 17

November 29, 2018

Attend the Dec. 17 Meditation Workshop to learn how to have more energy and vitality, recharge the body, calm the mind, open the heart, and have positive, cheerful and wholesome attitudes.

Medical volunteers gear up for California International Marathon this weekend

November 28, 2018

More than 100 volunteers from across UC Davis Health will provide medical support at the 36th annual California International Marathon (CIM) on Sunday.

Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Dec. 12

November 28, 2018

Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek from the Temple University will present “High quality language environments create high quality learning environments” at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, Dec. 12 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Caring for vulnerable populations

November 28, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center launches testing at-risk patients for hepatitis C and HIV in the emergency department.

Home-based telemedicine project for children with diabetes awarded at national conference

November 27, 2018

Pediatrics associate professor and CTSC scholar Stephanie Crossen is using technology to help children better manage Type 1 diabetes.

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) program highlighted in KVIE digital short video

November 27, 2018

The UC Davis Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) program was recently highlighted in a KVIE digital short. The three-minute video provides a detailed glimpse into this test, which helps doctors gauge whether a pediatric patient with congenital heart disease requires surgical intervention.  

Votes for UC Davis Children's Hospital could result in $50,000 to help local kids

November 27, 2018

UC Davis Health employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

UC Davis nursing school announces fellows program in honor of founding dean

November 27, 2018

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announces the Heather M. Young Fellowship Program, which establishes multiyear grants designed to advance the field of gerontological nursing and care for older adults by emerging scholars from various disciplines.

Digitizing interactions between the brain and the heart

November 26, 2018

UC Davis Health researchers 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.

School of Medicine invites staff, students and faculty to envision the future

November 26, 2018

Your ideas on what the School of Medicine will look like in 50 years can win you an iPad or gift card

Noncompliance thwarts comprehensive background check policy for private-party sales, study finds

November 26, 2018

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

Promising approach to curing spina bifida gets $5.6 million

November 21, 2018

California's state stem cell agency has awarded a $5.66 million grant to UC Davis Health researchers who are pursuing a promising approach to repairing the birth defect that causes spina bifida.

Olson named associate dean for Curriculum and Medical Education

November 21, 2018

Kristin Olson, associate professor of pathology, has been named Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education at UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis Health volunteers respond to Camp Fire evacuees' urgent need for medical care

November 21, 2018

Physicians, nurses and students from UC Davis Health are providing urgently needed medical care to survivors of the Camp Fire in Butte County.

UC Davis Children's Hospital hosts toy drive Dec. 19-23

November 20, 2018

To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, non-profit organizations and donors, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive up and drop off donations for the holidays.

Last call: Medical volunteers needed at California International Marathon on Dec. 2

November 20, 2018

Medical volunteers are needed at this year's California International Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 and will be sponsored by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. UC Davis Health will provide medical care for the runners, both on course at medical stations from Folsom to Sacramento and at the finish line medical tent at the State Capitol. Volunteers are needed to be part of the medical team that will assess/triage runners who need medical assistance. 

UC Davis scientist and surgeon team take on pancreatic cancer with SU2C grant

November 20, 2018

UC Davis scientist Julie Sutcliffe and surgical oncologist Richard Bold have been awarded a $1 million “New Therapies Challenge” grant from the Pancreatic Cancer Collective in an effort to improve survival for people with the disease.

Man legally blind for 10 years thankful for sight restored

November 19, 2018

Last year, Dazell Mallory could only see shadows and vague movements of objects placed inches from his face. Today, his vision is near normal and he can drive and play tennis, thanks to UC Davis Eye Center surgeon Jeffrey Caspar.

Study does not find population-level changes in firearm homicide or suicide rates in California 10 years after comprehensive background check and violent misdemeanor policies enacted

November 19, 2018

Incomplete background-check records, absence of permit-to-purchase provision, and compliance among possible explanations for findings.

Human images from the world's first total-body medical scanner unveiled

November 19, 2018

EXPLORER, the world’s first medical imaging scanner that can capture a 3-D picture of the whole human body at once, has produced its first scans.

Aguilar-Gaxiola honored as 2018 California Champion of Mental Health

November 16, 2018

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of internal medicine and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, was honored this week in Sacramento as a 2018 California Champion of Mental Health.

New UC Davis Children's Surgery Center now open

November 15, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital opened its new Children’s Surgery Center, a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art pediatric facility this week.

Young and Harvath named Gerontological Society of America fellows

November 15, 2018

Leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis are among the 89 fellows of the Gerontological Society of America.

Physician volunteers needed in Butte County

November 15, 2018

UC Davis Health physicians are needed to volunteer at Butte County shelters to provide medical care to Camp Fire evacuees.

UC Davis Athletics expands Sports Medicine partnership with UC Davis Health

November 15, 2018

UC Davis' announcement today about building a student-athlete performance center will mean an expansion of the university's Sports Medicine partnership with UC Davis Health.

Public health researcher honored for pediatric head trauma study

November 15, 2018

Miriam Nuño, associate professor of biostatistics with the Department of Public Health Sciences, was recognized last week with the Joseph J. Tepas, M.D., Award at the Pediatric Trauma Society annual meeting in Houston for her presentation on “Age-Related Mortality in Abusive Head Trauma.”

Face transplant patient's story to be told by ABC's 20/20

November 14, 2018

ABC’s news magazine program 20/20 recently filmed interviews at UC Davis Medical Center about a face transplant patient whose story — and new look — will be revealed Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 p.m. on KXTV channel 10.

School of Medicine student receives scholarship for work with underserved communities

November 14, 2018

A Southern California foundation awards scholarship to medical student Christine Nguyen.

Obesity both feeds tumors and helps immunotherapy kill cancer

November 12, 2018

A groundbreaking new study by UC Davis researchers has uncovered why obesity both fuels cancer growth and allows blockbuster new immunotherapies to work better against those same tumors.

2018 California Safety and Wellbeing Survey details firearm ownership in the state

November 11, 2018

Fourteen percent of California adults, or roughly 4.2 million individuals, personally own firearms. There is more in this comprehensive survey of more than 2,500 Californians.

Safety for all

November 9, 2018

Car seats protect kids from injuries, however they are not always easy to use, especially for families new to our country. For lower-resource families, they also might not be easy to buy. The UC Davis Health Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program is making sure that’s not the case in our community.

Goodnight feted at Cancer Center auditorium dedication

November 9, 2018

James E. Goodnight, Jr. a UC Davis cancer surgeon, the first cancer center director and later associate dean for clinical affairs and Practice Management Board executive director, was honored Thursday evening at an event dedicating the renovated Cancer Center Auditorium in his name.

UC Davis nursing professor named UC Davis CAMPOS Scholar

November 9, 2018

Fawn Cothran, an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is named a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar at UC Davis. This distinction recognizes Cothran’s transformative thinking and unique perspective, as well as the potential of her research to contribute to the public good.

Nominations sought for Children's Miracle Achievement Award

November 8, 2018

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis is currently accepting nominations for the Children's Miracle Achievement Award. This award honors a caregiver who has significantly elevated the care of children and has specifically been impacted by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' (CMN) funds. The deadline is Nov. 26.

Swiss filmmaker visits MIND Institute to produce documentary

November 7, 2018

Kurt Widmer, a freelance filmmaker from Munich, Switzerland, spent two days at the UC Davis MIND Institute this week interviewing researchers and families about autism spectrum disorder.

New Josie King Hero Award presented to Lift Team's Johnny Vera

November 7, 2018

UC Davis Health has instituted a new award to honor employees, who have contributed to a culture of patient safety at UC Davis Medical Center, the Josie King Hero Award. Developed by the Quality and Safety Counsel, this award was presented for the first time last Thursday at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Symposium. 

High-tech pill bottle cap sends electronic reminders

November 6, 2018

Some kidney transplant patients will soon participate in a pilot project to see if "smart" pill bottle tops that alarm, text and call when they've missed a dose helps them adhere to their complex prescription protocols.

Continuing to breastfeed when returning to work or school workshop, Nov. 15

November 6, 2018

WorkLife and Wellness offering a "Continuing to Breastfeed when Returning to Work or School" workshop, Nov. 15.

Kales selected as chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences department

November 6, 2018

Helen C. Kales, a specialist in geriatric psychiatry, mood disorders and the neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, has been selected as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis School of Medicine and the Joe Tupin Endowed Chair in Psychiatry. Her appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2019 pending final review and approval according to University of California procedures.

Science Café talk: Accessing quality care and services for autism, Nov. 15

November 6, 2018

Join UC Davis Health’s Aubyn Stahmer and Elizabeth Morgan for a conversation about autism research on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Old Soul @ 40 Acres in Sacramento.

Medical student awarded Nickens scholarship

November 5, 2018

An exemplary student at the School of Medicine today was awarded a prestigious scholarship for his effort to eliminate healthcare inequities from the Oak Park neighborhood to the Central Valley

New Chief Wellness Officer Latest in Industry-Leading Wellness Efforts

November 5, 2018

UC Davis Health took another industry-leading step to connect outstanding patient care with the health and wellness of physicians, nurses and other health care workers by appointing a Chief Wellness Officer for all of the employees of the health system.

Sally Ozonoff will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Nov. 14

November 5, 2018

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear MIND Institute faculty member Sally Ozonoff as the MIND Institute's Distinguished Lecturer on Nov. 14.

Trauma chief selected as an inaugural member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

November 2, 2018

Joseph Galante, chief of trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care at UC Davis Health, has been selected as an associate member of the new Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Galante is the only member from the Sacramento region.

Professor lauds UC Davis faculty diversity in overseas presentation

November 2, 2018

Colleen E. Clancy, associate vice chancellor for academic personnel, traveled to Switzerland in mid-September to deliver a talk titled, “Advancing women and other underrepresented groups in medicine: Lessons and successes at the University of California.”

UC Davis nursing research dean named fellow in American Academy of Nursing

November 1, 2018

Janice F. Bell is among the 195 highly distinguished nurse leaders inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.

Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides

November 1, 2018

Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

October 2018

University of California drug discovery incubator now led from UC Davis

October 31, 2018

UC Davis neurologist Michael Rogawski has assumed the role of principal investigator of the University of California Drug Discovery Consortium, a group of researchers across five UC campuses working to translate basic science discoveries into new therapies that could benefit people worldwide.

Nominations sought for Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community

October 26, 2018

Nominations are now open for individuals whom you think are deserving of special recognition through the Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 30.

Pumpkin carving contest = scary fun and prizes!

October 26, 2018

Free pumpkins will be available for the 2018 pumpkin carving contest sponsored by Food and Nutrition Services.

Holiday emancipation basket collection gears up for another successful season

October 23, 2018

Join UC Davis Health employees for this year's emancipation basket collection. The baskets, which contain basic items for the home in addition to cash-gift cards, help young adults transition from dependence on institutional support to independent living.

Music therapy helps UC Davis Children's Hospital patient through pain, fear of hospitalization

October 22, 2018

When Genesis Oliva contracted a dangerous cellulitis infection which required multiple, painful surgeries, she was terrified. But music helped to ease her fear.

No tricks, only treats at MIND Institute 2nd annual Fall Festival

October 22, 2018

More than 185 people gathered at the UC Davis MIND Institute’s 2nd annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 19 as part of the Family Time at the MIND series of events.

UC Davis Health experts and patients featured in KVIE program on sleep

October 22, 2018

A documentary exploring the frustrations and health consequences of sleep disorders along with the perspectives of UC Davis Health sleep experts and their patients airs October 24 at 7 p.m. on KVIE, the region’s public television station.

Twin pregnancies symposium scheduled for Nov. 2

October 22, 2018

UC Davis Health faculty will be speaking at the "Meet the Experts: Current Challenges in the Evaluation and Management of Twin Pregnancies," hosted by Natera, on Friday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel.

Interview with Vice Chancellor Lubarsky featured in California Society of Anesthesiologists column

October 22, 2018

Lubarsky, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and CEO of UC Davis Health, is interviewed for CSA’s blog in a new column called “Head of the Table.”

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center again receives national recognition

October 19, 2018

This week, the American Nurses Credentialing Center announced that it has renewed the hospital’s Magnet® designation for another four-year term.

Connecting patients with community health care resources

October 19, 2018

One of the benefits of being a Sacramento Covered partner is a program that places navigators in hospital emergency rooms to help patients enroll in health insurance and access primary care providers. Meet the new navigator in the UC Davis Medical Center emergency department.

New therapies to treat naturally occurring eye diseases focus of $6 million grant from the National Eye Institute

October 17, 2018

Grant supports leading-edge research to better understand and develop novel regenerative therapies for vision loss and blindness

UC Davis Health's clinical trials directory recognized among most innovative at global clinical research summit

October 16, 2018

The Clinical Studies website is a resource for those who may be interested in participating in research studies at UC Davis Health. Easy-to-understand language, sharing options and online sign ups among the popular features.

Intentional mentoring, career development event Oct. 24

October 15, 2018

Those who are beginning their careers in academic medicine as well as faculty who mentor students are invited to attend the Intentional Mentoring event as well as sessions on the merits and promotions process and speed-mentoring rotations with senior faculty and leadership, Oct. 24. Lunch for those who pre-register by Oct. 20

Update: New location for 'Invisible no more!' Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Series event, Oct. 18

October 15, 2018

New location for the UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Series discussion on unseen disabilities. Event to be held in the Education Building, Room 2222 (not the Cancer Center Auditorium as originally planned)

Open Enrollment 2019: Good news and new options

October 12, 2018

Learn more about health plan and other options for employees during this Open Enrollment season.

UC Davis pediatric cancer patient has wish granted to be a Sacramento Republic FC player

October 10, 2018

Wishes do come true. If in doubt, ask pediatric cancer patient Matthew Harding. The 15-year-old boy from Elverta received the surprise of a lifetime on Wednesday when he became the youngest soccer player in Sacramento Republic FC history to be signed to a contract, as part of his Make-a-Wish wish.

Mobile health clinic makes its first stop at Street Soccer USA championships

October 10, 2018

There were two important firsts last weekend in Old Sacramento, where Street Soccer USA held its annual championship games and a new mobile clinic from UC Davis Health and Elica Health provided care to players and fans.

UC Davis Police Accountability Board to hold public meetings

October 10, 2018

The UC Davis Police Accountability Board will hold its fall quarter public meetings Wednesday, Oct. 17, one on the Davis campus and one on the Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Child Life Internship program receives ACLP accreditation

October 9, 2018

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department's internship program was just granted clinical internship accreditation by the Association of Child Life Professionals(ACLP). This designation has been given to only three children’s hospitals in the state. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the only ACLP-accredited child life internship program in Northern California.

Changing hospital food one menu item at a time

October 8, 2018

First Farm-to-Fork dish for hospitalized patients launched at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis-led statewide tobacco cessation effort launched

October 8, 2018

UC Davis Health tobacco researcher and physician Elisa Tong is leading a statewide effort to help safety-net health care systems guide their patients who use tobacco products to resources to help them quit.

UC Davis Health and Health Net Sign Medi-Cal Primary Care Contract

October 4, 2018

UC Davis Health announces an agreement with Health Net Community Solutions for Medi-Cal managed primary care services.

Street soccer comes to Sacramento with support from UC Davis Health

October 4, 2018

Soccer has become a vehicle for social change through Street Soccer USA, the organization that brings free pop-up stadiums to low-income neighborhoods for pickup games. UC Davis Health is a sponsor of the 2018 championship games, which brings 14 teams to Old Sacramento this weekend to compete for trophies and a chance to compete in the world cup games.

Stem cell research and updates event on Oct. 10

October 4, 2018

Join the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and UC Davis Health to celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day and learn about the latest in regenerative medicine research that could help patients with unmet medical needs.

First UC Davis fetal surgery patient turns 2

October 3, 2018

Matthew Saetern-Angeles, the first fetal intervention at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center, turned 2 years old last week.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center starts new adult infusion clinic on Oct. 6

October 2, 2018

Beginning Oct. 6, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will offer Saturday infusion services to adult oncology and non-oncology patients.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center earns echocardiography reaccreditation by IAC

October 2, 2018

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center's Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography. This latest accreditation demonstrates the facility's ongoing commitment to providing high-quality patient care.

Young UC Davis scientist receives major NIH grant for genetics research

October 2, 2018

Megan Dennis of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Genome Center is the recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to study genes unique to humans that may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders including autism.