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November 2020

Obesity affects stem cell transplants for cancer, blood disorder treatments

November 25, 2020

Led by a UC Davis Health team, researchers have found that obesity can block the benefits of a stem cell transplant when it is used for treating blood cancers and other related disorders.

School of Medicine team contributes to special issue of Birth Defects Research

November 18, 2020

A UC Davis research team, consisting of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates led by Chengji Zhou, professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has made major contributions to the latest issue of Birth Defects Research. This issue was published online this month.

Breathing problems in teens: COVID-19 or lung injury due to vaping?

November 17, 2020

Lung injury due to e-cigarette use (EVALI) and COVID-19 share many symptoms. Providers need to get the vaping history of teenagers with unexplained breathing problems.

State stem cell agency funds clinical trial for spina bifida treatment

November 12, 2020

California’s stem cell agency awarded funding to UC Davis Health researchers for the first human clinical trial using stem cells to treat spina bifida.

Young survivors of acute myeloid leukemia have long-term complications from treatment

November 9, 2020

Adolescent and young adult patients treated for acute myeloid leukemia have a high risk of developing several long-term health complications after treatment.

Does breastfeeding lower mother’s breast cancer risk?

November 5, 2020

Less than 40% of women in the U.S. know that breastfeeding lowers breast cancer risk.

Jennifer Doudna on CRISPR, coronavirus and curiosity-driven research

November 3, 2020

2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna gave a fascinating talk on CRISPR and its potential to improve diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.

October 2020

The CTSC paves the way for promising medical researchers through KL2 awards

October 27, 2020

CTSC encourages medical researchers to apply now to KL2 Mentored Career Development grants.

Cord blood DNA can hold clues for early ASD diagnosis and intervention

October 22, 2020

Specific regions in cord blood DNA can help identify kids who might develop autism.

For toddlers with autism, more intervention hours are not necessarily better

October 19, 2020

Two prominent early intervention models for toddlers with autism show a very similar impact, whether delivered at 15-hours or 25-hours per week intensities.

2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna guest speaker on CRISPR and coronavirus (Oct. 30)

October 16, 2020

2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna guest speaker at the upcoming Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation.

NICU webcam program positively impacts parents, study finds

October 14, 2020

NICU parents feel more involved in their infant’s care, more likely to provide breastmilk to their baby when they can watch their child in the NICU, thanks to a webcam.

Concerns about violence increase in California amid COVID-19 pandemic

October 14, 2020

Study finds that people in California are more worried about violence during COVID-19 pandemic.

Can an antibody ‘cocktail’ prevent COVID-19 infection?

October 12, 2020

In a new COVID-19 clinical trial, Stuart Cohen at UC Davis Health tests monoclonal antibody combination to prevent COVID-19 in adults exposed to infected patients.

UC Davis School of Medicine and UTHealth get nearly $54 million to study the role of white matter lesions in dementia

October 5, 2020

Brain scientists from UC Davis School of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center have been awarded a six-year, $53.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine the role of incidental white matter lesions, or WMLs, in dementia.

UC Davis to offer free COVID-19 testing for Central Valley farmworkers

October 1, 2020

Four UC Davis research centers will partner with 10 community organizations to offer free COVID-19 testing for Central Valley farmworkers under a new federal grant

September 2020

Complications from diabetes linked to worse memory, IQ in children

September 22, 2020

Diabetic ketoacidosis is linked to lower IQ scores and worse memory in children with type 1 diabetes.

New OSCAR Clinical Trial for potential COVID-19 therapy at UC Davis Health

September 22, 2020

Timothy Albertson leads OSCAR clinical trial at UC Davis Health for patients with COVID-19-related pulmonary complications.

Introducing COVID19questions.org

September 17, 2020

UC Davis Health is part of a a new research consortium inviting clinicians, researchers, patients and the general public to submit questions that could be answered by COVID-19 patient record data. 

New study links combination of fructose, glucose in high fructose corn syrup to heart health risks

September 17, 2020

Consuming high fructose corn syrup appears to be as bad for your health as consuming sugar in the form of fructose alone, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. 

UC Davis applies microneedles to deliver gene therapy inside the eye

September 16, 2020

A novel approach to deliver gene therapy for retinal diseases eliminates the need for complex eye surgery and treats more damaged cells that existing methods, a team of UC Davis physicians and veterinary eye specialists has found.

New dopamine sensors could help unlock the mysteries of brain chemistry

September 14, 2020

New neurotransmitter sensors to detect and monitor different information processing acts in the brain.

New cardiology study tests a device designed to repair leaky tricuspid valves

September 8, 2020

UC Davis Health cardiologists are testing the safety and effectiveness of TriClip, a minimally invasive option for treating tricuspid regurgitation. 

Gun owner perceptions about actual firearm dangers suggest opportunities for improving gun safety

September 8, 2020

Owning a gun or living in a house with a gun linked to a lower perception of risk for gun violence.

August 2020

Gunshot injuries in California drop, but percentage of firearm deaths goes up

August 26, 2020

Despite a significant drop in gun injuries, California has experienced a substantial increase in the state’s overall death rate among those wounded by firearms.

Radiation treatment for childhood or young adult primary cancer linked to worse breast cancer-specific survival

August 26, 2020

A newly published study suggests breast cancer-related survival is decreased among patients who were treated for with radiation therapy for cancers during their youth.

UC Davis Health begins clinical trial in hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine (video)

August 20, 2020

UC Davis Health, in partnership with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE began a global clinical trial for an investigational vaccine against COVID-19.

Surgical and engineering researcher wins national dialysis innovation award

August 17, 2020

Aijun Wang, a UC Davis associate professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create the next generation of vascular grafts for dialysis patients with end-stage kidney disease. 

Strategies for supplementation to breastfed newborns vary widely among U.S. hospitals

August 17, 2020

A study led by UC Davis Health found considerable differences in the management of breastfed infants across U.S. hospitals, especially in terms of criteria for medically-indicated supplementation.

Pregnant mother's immunity tied to behavioral, emotional challenges for kids with autism

August 14, 2020

Children with autism born to mothers who had immune conditions during their pregnancy are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems, a UC Davis Health study has found. Offspring sex may also interact with maternal immune conditions to influence outcomes, particularly in terms of a child's cognition.

New funding for firearm violence research in California

August 14, 2020

The UC Firearm Violence Research Center has awarded more than $250,000 in unique firearm violence research projects to seven teams of investigators.

UC Davis researchers find a way to help stem cells work for the heart

August 13, 2020

Blocking an enzyme — soluble epoxide hydrolase, or sEH — linked with inflammation makes it possible for stem cells to repair damaged heart tissue.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, mothers can still safely breastfeed with appropriate precautions

August 13, 2020

Mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 can safely breastfeed with appropriate precautions and the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh potential risks, according to a review article published in the American Journal of Perinatology.

UC Davis Health to enroll participants for major COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

August 12, 2020

UC Davis Health has been chosen as one of only 120 sites worldwide to enroll participants for a late-stage COVID-19 vaccine study that has already shown promising results.

Brashear named to state stem cell agency’s governing board

August 12, 2020

School of Medicine Dean Allison Brashear is the newest board member of the state’s stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Racial, socioeconomic disparities fuel increased infant mortality rates in California

August 11, 2020

While infant mortality rates (IMR) decreased overall from 2007 to 2015 in California, disparities in infant death rates have increased in some groups, including among obese mothers, those who smoke and African American women, according to a new study published in PLOS One. 

GI symptoms linked to behavioral problems in children, especially those with autism

August 10, 2020

Common gastrointestinal symptoms are linked to troubling sleep problems, self-harm and physical complaints in preschool children. These symptoms are more common and potentially disruptive in young kids with autism.

How to support clinician engagement in quality improvement?

August 6, 2020

UC Davis Health study details the most significant factors to nurture clinicians’ self-efficacy and effectiveness in leading and engaging in QI activities.

Black patients with advanced cirrhosis are more likely to be hospitalized

August 5, 2020

A new UC Davis Health study shows that Black patients with advanced liver cirrhosis tend to be hospitalized more often and for longer periods of time than patients of other races and ethnicities. 

Two UC Davis Health experts featured in national medical journal

August 4, 2020

Nancy Lane and Garen Wintemute each have featured commentaries in the Aug. 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Lane discusses a promising treatment for osteoarthritis. Wintemute has a call to action for health professionals to address disparities in society that are causing violence and harming health.

Music & Memory reduces dementia medications and aggressive behavior

August 3, 2020

In the most comprehensive study of its kind on the effects of the Music & Memory program, researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis found personalized music reduces the amount of medication taken by nursing home residents and lessens their aggressive behaviors.

July 2020

Daniel T. O’Connor grant recipient aspires to establish clinical lactation center focused on precision medicine

July 31, 2020

This year’s Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant recipient is a student who is passionate about making new research discoveries in breastfeeding medicine and mammary gland biology that will benefit women and children around the world.

Insights about firearm ownership and opinion may help advance gun violence prevention policy

July 31, 2020

Understanding firearm ownership and opinion may help advance gun violence prevention policies, according to UC Davis Health researchers in a new study out today.

UC Davis Health leads in research and coordination of early psychosis programs in California

July 30, 2020

Tara Niendam has received a $2.8 million contract from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in support of EPI-CAL, a network of early psychosis programs in California.

African Americans with early-life cardiovascular disease risks have worse late-life cognitive function

July 30, 2020

Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference shows that African Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks prior to or during mid-life tend to have worse cognition when they age than those with no CVD risks.

Meet MILO, a powerful machine learning AI tool from UC Davis Health

July 29, 2020

Meet MILO, a turnkey software tool that provides a fully automated ML/AI solution to many different research and business needs.

Quitline plus surgery are big motivators for giving up smoking

July 20, 2020

Smokers who had thoracic surgery were much more likely to stop using tobacco if they also completed a quitline intervention, a new UC Davis Health study shows. 

UC Davis Health tests monoclonal antibodies as potential COVID-19 treatment

July 20, 2020

Timothy Albertson leads a new clinical trial at UC Davis Health to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of an antibody cocktail in hospitalized adult patients with COVID-19.

Study finds that special filters in glasses can help the color blind see colors better

July 13, 2020

A new UC Davis Eye Center study found that glasses engineered with spectral notch filters enhance color vision for those with the most common types of red-green color vision deficiency.

Surge in firearm purchasing during pandemic’s onset linked to higher rates of firearm violence in U.S.

July 6, 2020

A surge in firearm purchasing in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic – estimated to be over 2.1 million excess purchases – is linked to a significant increase in firearm violence, a study by UC Davis Violence Prevention Program suggests.

June 2020

Unexpected spectrum of mental illnesses found in patients with rare genetic disorder

June 24, 2020

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers found an unexpected spectrum of mental illnesses in patients with a rare gene mutation. These patients had a “double hit” condition that combined features and symptoms of fragile X syndrome and premutation disorder, in addition to a range of psychiatric symptoms.

Pilot grants open door to better mental health care

June 24, 2020

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis recented awarded seed funding to three projects designed to improve mental health research in California and strengthen collaborations with community, regional and statewide partners.

Defining paths to possible mother to child coronavirus transmission

June 23, 2020

UC Davis Health physicians defined the conditions of viral transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy and delivery.

Male contraception clinical trial launches in Sacramento

June 22, 2020

UC Davis Health is testing a potential new birth control option that could lead to the first male hormonal birth control on the market.

UC Davis study details use of extreme risk protection orders in California over first four years

June 18, 2020

The population-based study is one of the first to detail the early use of ERPOs in California. The policies help fill a gap in violence prevention efforts by allowing individuals to intervene when someone who is not prohibited from owning a firearm poses an immediate risk of violence to themselves or others.

UC Davis Health researchers win 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards

June 15, 2020

Recipients of the UC Davis 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards include four UC Davis Health researchers. 

NIH grant funds a new study of infants at higher risk for ADHD and ASD

June 11, 2020

A $3.65 million grant from NIH to fund Meghan Miller’s study of autism and ADHD markers in babies.

Izumiya, Tuscano, and Siefkes receive grants to advance innovative solutions with commercial potential

June 10, 2020

Three UC Davis Health researchers will receive grants to advance research and innovations with commercial potential.

Duchenne clinical trial offers promising results using unique therapy

June 9, 2020

UC Davis Health researchers say there is promising news about a potential stem cell-related treatment for people with the progressive genetic disorder known as Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Pilot grants boost COVID-19 research

June 8, 2020

The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, Center for Health and Technology and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis have collaborated to fund projects that explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, breast cancer screening, NICU care, children with disabilities and post-surgery therapies. 

May 2020

Autism severity can change substantially during early childhood

May 28, 2020

Kids with autism may have a change in their symptom severity during childhood. Around 30% of them have less symptoms by age 6.

The virtual museum experience: Can it help reduce social isolation and chronic pain?

May 28, 2020

Can participating in virtual, online museum programs help people with chronic pain feel more socially connected?  UC Davis Health is seeking volunteers to find out.

CTSC is a quiet hero of UC Davis COVID-19 research

May 26, 2020

The Clinical and Translational Science Center is an unsung hero of both UC Davis's COVID-19 research and its ongoing clinical trials.

Pilot study to assess intranasal compound for prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection

May 20, 2020

Can an antiviral compound found in shellfish be effective against the novel coronavirus? The Covid Catalyst Fund awarded a grant to conduct a rule-out study.

Depression symptoms linked to reduced cognitive control in people with autism

May 19, 2020

Symptoms of depression in young adults with autism were linked to less proactive cognitive control, a new UC Davis MIND Institute study has found.

UC Davis Health identifies biomarker for early blood vessel damage due to sickle cell anemia

May 15, 2020

Unique computer-assisted microscope offers non-invasive, real-time approach to assess blood vessels

UC Davis researchers get $3 million FAST grant to find treatment for Angelman syndrome

May 14, 2020

Two UC Davis researchers receive $3 million grant to find an effective treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder.

Can a drug developed for sickle cell anemia mitigate lung damage in patients with COVID-19?

May 12, 2020

UC Davis scientists provide senicapoc for COVID-19 clinical trial in Denmark.

Access to primary care differs by county for Medi-Cal patients

May 11, 2020

New research from UC Davis Health policy experts shows that Medi-Cal patients in Yolo County have better access to primary care than patients in nearby counties. Primary care access was worse in Sacramento, San Joaquin and Solano counties. 

New insight on maternal infections and neurodevelopmental disorders

May 5, 2020

The immune responses of a female mouse before pregnancy can predict how likely her offspring are to have behavioral deficits if the immune system is activated during pregnancy, according to researchers from the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis. The findings, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, could help resolve what role serious infections during pregnancy play in the later development of conditions such as autism and schizophrenia in offspring.

April 2020

UC Davis engineers, clinician develop low-cost, portable ventilator

April 29, 2020

UC Davis engineers and clinicians are working to create a simple, inexpensive ventilator. They have developed a prototype and plan to make plans freely available online. Versions could be inclinical use in about six months.

UC Davis expert panel weighs in on COVID-19 research, response and readiness in the U.S.

April 29, 2020

Experts in immunology, infectious diseases, pathology and emergency medicine presented the latest research and insights on COVID-19 in an online symposium.

COVID-19 vaccine with patch delivery technology enters preclinical testing at UC Davis

April 29, 2020

A biopharmaceutical company will begin preclinical testing, in collaboration with UC Davis, to evaluate the potential for COVID-19 vaccine delivered through an innovative skin patch.

Arteries respond in opposite ways for males and females

April 23, 2020

A protein known to expand blood vessels — key to controlling conditions like high blood pressure — actually has different functions in males and females. 

Behavioral intervention, not lovastatin, improves language skills in youth with fragile X

April 22, 2020

A UC Davis Health study found more evidence for the efficacy of behavioral intervention in treating language problems in youth with fragile X syndrome (FXS), but not for lovastatin as a treatment for FXS.

Diana Miglioretti honored with national award for her translational work on breast cancer screening

April 17, 2020

Biostatistics professor receives Distinguished Investigator Award for her work on improving breast cancer screening.

Remdesivir improved majority of patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Preliminary results of the first 53 patients who received the promising antiviral remdesivir on a compassionate-use basis were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. UC Davis Health was among the select group of hospitals that participated in the unprecedented international study.

‘Sick posts’ on social media help early tracking of COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Tracking social media “sick posts” could give public health officials a head start on identifying and responding to emerging disease outbreaks, researchers at the University of California, Davis, suggest in a new working paper.

Computer model predicts how drugs affect heart rhythm

April 10, 2020

UC Davis Health researchers have developed a computer model to screen drugs for unintended cardiac side effects, especially arrhythmia risk.

California Smokers’ Helpline offers free nicotine patches

April 9, 2020

Callers to the California Smokers’ Helpline can now get an additional tool to help them quit using tobacco: nicotine patches.

Mind-body medicine experts urge full integration of stress reduction into care and research

April 8, 2020

In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and UC Davis Health call for broader use of mind-body practices. 

New surgical technique prevents stoma complications after appendicostomy

April 7, 2020

The risk of stoma complications after appendicostomy can be significantly lowered by a new surgical procedure.

Award supports cutting-edge biomedical research to benefit children with cerebral palsy

April 6, 2020

Lucas Smith receives prestigious 2019 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award for his innovative cutting-edge biomedical research benefiting children with cerebral palsy.

How important is speech in transmitting coronavirus?

April 2, 2020

Normal speech by individuals who are asymptomatic but infected with coronavirus may produce enough aerosolized particles to transmit the infection, according to aerosol scientists at the University of California, Davis. 

March 2020

What the blood tests of a COVID-19 patient can tell us

March 31, 2020

A blood test result typically seen in bone marrow diseases was found in a patient with COVID-19.

Solving a medical mystery and changing CDC screenings for COVID-19

March 30, 2020

UC Davis Health physicians and medical staff detail the diagnosis and treatment for first known case of community transmission of COVID-19 in the U.S.

UC Davis launches two clinical studies to treat COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 infection may be enrolled in clinical studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of two drugs — the investigational antiviral remdesivir, and sarilumab, a drug that blocks the body’s acute inflammatory response.

Coronavirus in children: Observations from Wuhan, China

March 26, 2020

New research from Wuhan, China provide insights on the manifestations of coronavirus infection in children.

Five language outcome measures evaluated for intellectual disabilities studies

March 25, 2020

Expressive language sampling addresses urgent need in fragile X syndrome research and therapy.

Home-based video visits improve glycemic control among pediatric type 1 diabetes patients

March 23, 2020

Can remote video visits help improve glycemic control and clinic attendance for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes?

UC Davis researchers race to develop coronavirus solutions

March 20, 2020

UC Davis clinical pathologists, infectious disease physicians and scientists are collaborating on new reagents, diagnostic tests and a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Wearable device assists people with loss of bladder function

March 13, 2020

Researchers at UC Davis are designing a wearable device to help patients with spinal cord injury recognize bladder fullness.

Report highlights the need for integrated services for the chronically homeless

March 11, 2020

Recommendations for meeting the needs of Sacramento's unsheltered population are presented in “Integrating Care for People Experiencing Homelessness.” 

Felons have high gun ownership rates despite prohibitions

March 10, 2020

There is a substantial population of firearm owners in California and likely across the U.S. who have retained their guns even after being involved in events that prohibited them from ownership, a UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program study has found.

24 UC Davis School of Medicine researchers ranked in top 10% for NIH funding

March 9, 2020

24 researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine ranked in the top 10% in their fields for 2019 NIH funding, according to Blue Ridge rankings. Nine departments ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Poster Day featured more than 100 studies by medical school students

March 5, 2020

Record number of participants at Poster Day

New study aims to reduce osteoarthritis after injury

March 3, 2020

Researcher Blaine Christiansen will receive $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to determine the ideal balance of exercise and rest for injured joints.

February 2020

UC Davis, Santa Cruz collaborate to speed wound healing with a novel smart bandage

February 28, 2020

With up to $16 million in funding from DARPA, UC Santa Cruz engineers will work with doctors and scientists at UC Davis and Tufts University to develop bioelectronic intelligent control of wound regeneration

Study questions quality and timeliness of care for military vets with skin cancers

February 25, 2020

A new UC Davis Health study raises questions about benefits of privatizing care for veterans. The findings also call into question the levels of expertise veterans are actually getting when they are referred outside of the VA system for a specialized dermatology procedure for skin cancer called Mohs.

Validating NIH Toolbox to help evaluate cognitive processing in people with intellectual disability

February 24, 2020

Cognitive processing in people with intellectual disability can now be accurately assessed thanks to UC Davis Health researchers who updated and validated series of tests, part of the NIH Toolbox Cognitive Battery.

First UC Davis Health Data Science Day forges collaborations among research partners from across California

February 21, 2020

Aimed at promoting data science literacy among researchers, the Feb. 10 event showcased UC Davis resources, tools and centers, while highlighting the possibilities and unique challenges of working with health data.

Team sets a path to getting more patients into cardiac rehabilitation

February 21, 2020

A team from the UC Davis Division of Cardiovascular Medicine hoping to increase participation in cardiac rehabilitation has won a poster competition at a regional American College of Physicians scientific meeting. The team will next present their work at the upcoming national ACP meeting.

Three of the Top 10 Autism Studies of 2019 come from UC Davis MIND Institute

February 18, 2020

Autism Speaks announced its top 10 autism studies of 2019 with three of these studies from the MIND Institute’s Collaborative START Lab.

Another record year of research funding for UC Davis School of Medicine

February 5, 2020

UC Davis School of Medicine marked another record-breaking year for research funding.

January 2020

UC Firearm Violence Research Center is accepting proposals for firearm research in California

January 30, 2020

The grant program reflects California’s leadership role in supporting efforts to generate new knowledge. It also comes at a time of historic change in national support for gun safety research, with $25 million in funding approved in the 2020 budget.

Keck Foundation grant will help scientists see small proteins

January 21, 2020

UC Davis pharmacology scientists are using a revolutionary technology that tags and illuminates tiny proteins to better understand processes in the brain related to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Community Conversations Science Café to explore early detection of lung cancer

January 13, 2020

In an open community event, Dr. David Cooke will discuss the importance of early detection of lung cancer and the current disparities in screening for it. 

Medicaid expansion associated with fewer total opioid overdose deaths across the U.S.

January 10, 2020

Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act may have saved as many as 8,132 people from fatal opioid overdoses, virtually all involving heroin and fentanyl, a study by UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program and NYU School of Medicine shows.

Survey finds public support for two California firearm policy proposals

January 8, 2020

The results of a new survey, published Jan. 8 as a research letter in JAMA Network Open, suggest firearm owners and non-owners generally agree on policies aimed at preventing firearm injury and death.