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UC Davis licenses novel compound that helps stem cells regenerate bone to treat bone diseases

April 3, 2017

Hybrid molecule LLP2A-Alendronate could have implications for osteonecrosis, fractures, osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritis.

The University of California, Davis, is pleased to announce a licensing agreement with Regenerative Arthritis and Bone Medicine, Inc. (RABOME) for a class of drugs developed at UC Davis that hold potential for treating diseases associated with bone loss and inflammatory arthritis.

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Singing is powerful medicine at UC Davis

May 31, 2017

UC Davis pulmonary rehabilitation patients performed pieces they learned through singing therapy on May 24 in the lobby of UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis School of Medicine faculty honored for outstanding achievements

May 19, 2017

A pulmonary health researcher and an orthopaedic surgeon have received two of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest faculty honors — the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Kravitz honored by Society of General Internal Medicine

May 15, 2017

The Society of General Internal Medicine has honored Richard Kravitz with its 2017 Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award during their annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


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Second cancers deadlier in young patients

April 25, 2017

Findings may account for relatively poor outcomes

Second cancers in children and adolescents and young adults (AYA) are far deadlier than they are in older adults and may partially account for the relatively poor outcomes of cancer patients ages 15-39 overall, a new study by UC Davis researchers has found.

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Ads for low-testosterone treatments benefit sales but not necessarily health

March 21, 2017

UC Davis physician takes on direct-to-consumer "low-T" campaigns in JAMA editorial

Direct-to-consumer advertising for drugs to treat testosterone deficiency — or “low T” — increases prescriptions to men for hormone-replacement therapies but may not improve their health, UC Davis physician Richard Kravitz said in an editorial published in the March 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

TAVR program reaches a milestone

March 15, 2017

The cardiologists, nurses and technicians of Sacramento’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) team celebrated a milestone on March 6. For five years, they have provided a minimally invasive treatment option to patients with aortic valve stenosis.

UC Davis joins national consortium to find regenerative treatments for dental and craniofacial tissues

March 7, 2017

UC Davis will join other California research institutions in a three-year, $12 million effort to find regenerative treatments for dental, oral and craniofacial deformities and injuries.

Doctors and patients often disagree on pain treatment goals

March 6, 2017

UC Davis researchers recommend communications training to help bridge the divide

Disagreements between doctors and patients over the priorities of pain treatment are common during primary care office visits, new research from UC Davis Health shows. Patients hope to reduce pain intensity and identify the cause, while physicians aim to improve physical function and reduce medication side effects, including dependency.

UC Davis licenses novel compound that helps stem cells regenerate bone

March 3, 2017

Hybrid molecule could have implications for osteonecrosis, fractures, osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritis

The University of California, Davis, has reached a licensing agreement with Regenerative Arthritis and Bone Medicine (RABOME) for a class of drugs developed at the university that hold potential for treating diseases associated with bone loss and inflammatory arthritis.

Forum inspires women to take charge of their heart health

March 1, 2017

The newest member of the UC Davis cardiothoracic surgery team — Paul Perry — was also the newest presenter at this year’s Women’s Heart Care Forum, an annual event designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.


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Leading expert on women and heart disease to speak at free public event

February 14, 2017

Amparo Villablanca, a nationally renowned specialist on heart disease in women, will provide a free lunchtime address on “Heart Disease: What Every Woman Should Know.”

Language barriers may interfere with access to kidney transplantation

February 14, 2017

English language fluency may predict patients' status on the transplant waiting list

Language barriers may hinder U.S. kidney transplant candidates’ access to kidney transplantation, according to a new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Immunotherapy improves survival in late-stage lung cancer patients

December 13, 2016

UC Davis research published in The Lancet

A large trial by UC Davis professor David Gandara has found that the immunotherapy atezolizumab was superior to chemotherapy for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer.


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Alarming health disparities could be prevented by breastfeeding

November 29, 2016

Black infants had over twice the deaths of whites attributable to lack of optimal breastfeeding, a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows. Black infants also had over three times the rate of necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating disease of preterm infants, attributable to suboptimal rates of feeding with their mother’s own milk.


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NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Expands in California

October 13, 2016

UC Davis will be part of California Precision Medicine Consortium

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named the California Precision Medicine Consortium as a regional medical center group in the national network of health care provider organizations that will implement the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program.

Vascular center celebrates 10 years of accomplishments

October 5, 2016

The UC Davis Vascular Center celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 29 with an event to recognize the surgeons, physicians, nurses, imaging specialists, vascular technologists and clinic staff who provide comprehensive care for patients with blood vessel disease.

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Breastfeeding saves mothers' lives, too

September 29, 2016

New study provides a comprehensive picture of the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding as recommended — for a total of one year and exclusively for six months — could protect moms as well as their babies from premature death and serious diseases and save the U.S. more than $4.3 billion in health care and related costs, according to a new study published online in Maternal & Child Nutrition.

Funding moves UC Davis scholars' research closer to the patient bedside

September 28, 2016

Internal Medicine's Dr. Michael Schivo is one of four former scholars in the CTSC’s mentored research programs to receive a K award from the National Institutes of Health to direct their own independent research studies.

Voices of patients and oncologists must be heard, study shows

September 12, 2016

Communications coaching can help, but challenges persist

Training oncologists and their patients to have high-quality discussions improves communication, but troubling gaps still exist between the two groups, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology.

Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) Program wins prestigious national award

September 9, 2016

UC Davis Health System’s Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Program, led by Dr. Amparo Villablanca, has been awarded the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Leadership Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The program was honored for its role in demonstrating a significant impact on the advancement of women’s careers in academic medicine and science.

UC Davis K12 scholars funded for cancer research

September 8, 2016

The National Cancer Institute has again funded the K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Training Grant to promote and sustain the development of young cancer scientists from diverse fields and from laboratories and clinics across both UC Davis campuses.


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Lay educators help boost colorectal screening rates in Hmong

August 26, 2016

Hmong Americans are more likely to understand the importance of colorectal cancer screening and to get screened when they’re provided information by specially trained Hmong lay health educators, new research from UC Davis has found.

UC Davis among the top for cancer, again

August 22, 2016

Becker’s Hospital Review has named UC Davis Health System one of 100 in the country with “great oncology programs.”


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UC Davis cardiologists are first in Northern California to offer the new disappearing stent

July 25, 2016

Cardiologists at UC Davis Health System have treated the first patient in Northern California with a new bioresorbable stent.

The Absorb vascular scaffold works like a traditional metal stent in opening vessels clogged by fatty deposits. Instead of remaining in the vessel for a lifetime, however, it is made of material similar to dissolving sutures and disappears within three years.

UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 21, 2016

Developing cure for Angelman syndrome brings together talented team

The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today approved a $1.1 million grant to UC Davis for research aimed at developing a treatment for Angelman syndrome,  a rare, neurogenetic autism-spectrum disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births.

New grant further solidifies UC Davis' leadership role in translational research

July 12, 2016

The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and the wide array of services that have supported innovative biomedical research and led to the development of new treatments for diseases during the past 10 years will continue, thanks to a $27.8 million grant from the National Center for Accelerating Translational Science and the ongoing support from the School of Medicine.


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Congratulations Dr. Stephen Henry!

June 24, 2016

Congratulations to Stephen G. Henry, M.D., M.Sc., Division of General Medicine on his recently awarded NIH R21 grant “Harnessing Patient Narratives to Promote Opioid Tapering in Primary Care.”  This study will collect primary care patients' stories about opioid medications and then use them to develop a patient education intervention that encourages responsible opioid tapering.
Funding Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Project Period: 07/01/2016 – 06/30/2018.

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy

June 8, 2016

Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a child with autism combined with intellectual disability, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.

Bowlus now leads the UC Davis Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

June 7, 2016

Christopher Bowlus, a nationally recognized expert in liver diseases, is the new chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UC Davis Health System.

Fancher named Associate Dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement

June 6, 2016

Tonya Fancher, an associate professor of internal medicine who has overseen a variety of student training programs that focus on underserved populations, has been named the associate dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement at the School of Medicine.

De Vere White to step down as long-time UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center director

June 2, 2016

Primo "Lucky" Lara to serve as interim director

Ralph de Vere White, a beloved urologist and acclaimed researcher who led the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer to designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), steps down as its long-time director on June 29.


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Schivo receives grant to expand research on breath test for lung disease

May 31, 2016

UC Davis pulmonary medicine specialist Michael Schivo has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to expand his research on the breath biomarkers of lung disease.

UC Davis approved as a comprehensive care center for pulmonary hypertension

May 25, 2016

UC Davis has been designated as a Center of Comprehensive Care by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) in recognition of its essential infrastructure and experience in managing and improving outcomes for patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Kidney tumors gain survival advantage by reprogramming their metabolism

May 2, 2016

An international team of scientists, led by UC Davis nephrologist Robert Weiss, have used a sophisticated combination of proteomics and metabolomics to show how renal cell carcinoma (RCC) reprograms its metabolism and evades the immune system. In addition, the study found that cancer grade has a major impact on this reprogramming. These results, published online in the journal Cancer Research, point to new therapeutic options for this particularly deadly cancer.


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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center earns new quality certification

April 20, 2016

Award demonstrates commitment to excellence in cancer care and ongoing quality improvement

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Division of Hematology/Oncology has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program for meeting the nation’s highest quality standards for cancer care. The division is the only Northern California QOPI–certified practice also affiliated with an NCI designated cancer center.

Use of clot-blocking device should be rare, UC Davis study finds

April 13, 2016

Vena cava filters benefit a small portion of patients with leg or lung blood clots, but can also increase blood-clot risks

Devices intended to stop potentially deadly blood clots from reaching the lungs can help a small portion of the patients who receive them but can also increase the risk of additional clots, researchers at UC Davis Health System have found.


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State stem cell agency approves research funding for UC Davis scientists

March 21, 2016

Pair of research grants target solid tumor cancer stem cells, Tay-Sachs disease.

Targeted interview technique could help doctors improve patient outcomes

March 21, 2016

Improving healthy behaviors among patients with chronic disease is a priority for physicians, but how best to do so in a meaningful way during brief doctors’ office visits is unclear.

MacMillan featured in KVIE documentary on palliative and hospice care

March 18, 2016

Jack MacMillan, clinical professor of internal medicine and palliative care physician at UC Davis, is featured in the next episode of ViewFinder, a locally produced documentary series that airs on Sacramento’s public television station: KVIE-Channel 6.

School of Medicine again ranked among nation's best

March 16, 2016

Once again, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2017.”

Human stem cells target Huntington's disease

March 15, 2016

Successful approach by UC Davis team shows diminished neuron loss, reduced symptoms and extended life in animal models of Huntington's disease.

Aguilar-Gaxiola named to the California Health Care Foundation board

March 2, 2016

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has elected Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of internal medicine and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, to its board of directors.


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UC Davis reaches a milestone in treating heart valve disease

February 26, 2016

UC Davis cardiologists completed their 100th MitraClip case on Feb. 24, a milestone achieved by just a handful of hospitals nationwide. UC Davis Medical Center is the first to reach this mark in the Sacramento region.


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Researchers decipher stem cell messages in blood vessel formation

January 26, 2016

Findings may lead to novel treatment approaches for peripheral artery disease

An international collaboration between UC Davis and Swedish scientists has resulted in the first comprehensive characterization of a recently discovered cell-to-cell communication system used by stem cells. The findings, posted online today in the journal Stem Cells, will help scientists develop new stem cell-based treatment options for peripheral artery disease, a condition which affects about 12 million people in the United States alone.

American Academy of Neurology recognizes UC Davis Huntington's disease researcher

January 13, 2016

UC Davis’ leadership in Huntington’s disease research received another boost recently when Kyle Fink, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Regenerative Cures, was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for the cutting-edge research findings in gene editing that he presented at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

More research needed on evaluation of dense breasts

January 11, 2016

A systematic review of the scientific literature on dense breasts by researchers at UC Davis and other institutions has found that determinations of breast density can be unreliable and that as many as 19 percent of women are re-categorized as dense rather than non-dense or vice versa from one mammogram to the next. The study also found that supplemental diagnostic screenings for women with dense breasts find additional breast cancers but also greatly increase false positive results.

Left ventricular assist device program at UC Davis receives certification

January 7, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has earned certification from The Joint Commission for its left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program, which offers a technological approach to treating advanced heart failure.

The LVAD is a mechanical pump that takes over some of the work of the heart, restoring blood flow and oxygen levels. The device is surgically implanted below the diaphragm and attached to the left ventricle and aorta, and then powered by two external batteries carried in underarm holsters or waist packs.

It takes a UC village: Smoking cessation push goes high tech

January 4, 2015

The program aims to simplify and streamline what should be routine preventive health care, but too often is neglected by providers. It began as a pilot project at UC Davis through a grant from the UC’s Center for Health Quality and Innovation and led by UC Davis internal medicine physician and tobacco control researcher Elisa Tong. The university later expanded the program across the entire system.


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Two UC Davis experts among speakers at World Stem Cell Summit

December 9, 2015

Two UC Davis Health System scientists are among the featured speakers at the upcoming World Stem Cell Summit and Regenerative Medicine conference that starts Dec. 10 in Atlanta.

Jan Nolta and Paul Knoepfler will be joining more than 1,200 other stem cell experts, including bioethicists, government regulators, patient advocates and investors from 40 countries, as they gather to discuss the discoveries and latest developments in regenerative medicine.


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UC Davis Medical Center recognized for leadership in pulmonary rehabilitation

November 18, 2015

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at UC Davis Medical Center has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for leadership in improving health and quality of life for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases.

New technology will help define the environmental triggers of childhood asthma

November 5, 2015

UC Davis researchers have received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a small, wearable sensor that can measure the relationship between environmental exposures and pediatric asthma.

Kelly takes the reins of prestigious SWOG Lung Committee

November 4, 2015

Karen Kelly, associate director for clinical research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named chair of the Lung Committee of SWOG, one of the nation’s leading cooperative cancer research organizations.


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October 7, 2015

Nicholas Kenyon, a nationally recognized expert in obstructive airway disease, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Gordon A. Wong Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Health System.


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September 29, 2015

In an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Primo Lara, associate director for Translational Research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and David Quinn, medical director, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, highlight two new drugs that have shown great efficacy against kidney cancer.


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 August 20, 2015 

New York Blood Center (NYBC) [has] announced a new collaboration with the University of California, Davis, Health System to manufacture specialized lines of stem cells as potential therapies for repair and regeneration of retina, kidney, lung and liver tissue, as well as for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease.

 August 13, 2015

Two UC Davis School of Medicine faculty members and a dean emeritus of the school have been recognized with the 2015 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching. 

 August 13, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis, in collaboration with colleagues at Jackson Laboratory, have developed a new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer. In early proof-of-concept research, the team took bladder tumors from individual patients, identified actionable mutations and grafted the tumors into mice. From there, the researchers simultaneously tested multiple therapies in the tumor models. Treatments that were effective in the models could then be given to patients. The research was published today in the journal PLoS One. 


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May 26, 2015

A drug often prescribed to prevent or stall the progress of heart disease may also relieve symptoms of asthma, according to a new study from pulmonary medicine specialists at UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis UC Davis 6th Annual Lung Research Day pdf

May 5, 2015

Save the Date for the UC Davis 6th Annual Lung Research Day

Friday, June 19, 2015

"Asthma: Signals for the Future"  pdf



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 Congratulations Dr. Carroll Cross, recipient of the Internal Medicine Career Achievement Award!

April 20, 2015

Dr. Cross is an outstanding mentor to many faculty in the division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine even after year 40 as faculty.  He has been our translational research leader for decades, long before the term was defined. Dr. Cross’ career long expertise has been in the fields of cystic fibrosis (CF), alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency, and the generation and function of reactive oxygen species in the lung.

Congratulations Dr. Cross!

 Congratulations Dr. Valentina Medici, recipient of the 2015 Internal Medicine Faculty Research Award!

April 20, 2015

After her graduation summa cum laude with the MD degree from the prestigious University of Padova in 2000 and subsequent fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Germany, Dr. Medici returned to the University of Padova where she began her research on the pathogenesis and management of Wilson disease (WD). This resulted in 8 publications of which she was first author on 5, that were clinical except for 3 that involved rat models of hepatic copper overload. Subsequently she moved to our institution in 2006 to become a visiting Assistant Professor and K30 scholar in our Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award. Her subsequent research has focused on two areas of alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and WD.

Congratulations Dr. Medici!


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Congratulations Dr. Tonya Fancher

March 6, 2015

Congratulations Dr. Tonya Fancher!  Dr. Fancher is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community.


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Congratulations Dr. Sanket Dhruva!

August 6, 2014

Sanket Dhruva, M.D. (PGY-6, cardiology) was recently accepted to become a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University from 2015-2017. During medical school and internal medicine residency training at UCSF, he studied FDA regulation and Medicare coverage of medical devices. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the British Medical Journal. During his cardiology fellowship at UC Davis, he has gained a better understanding of how devices are used to better the health of patients with cardiovascular disease and hopes to use the two-year clinical scholars program as a transition to an academic career.


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Congratulations to the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

July 24, 2014

  • Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, M.D. received a VA Merit Review Award, "Regulation of ion channels in the heart." Project Period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2018; Amount: $650,000
  • Javier Lopez, M.D. received a K12 award, “Predicting cardiac recovery after myocardial infarction: building a new quantitative EMR-based and microRNA expression prediction model” funded through CTSC. Project Period: 07/01/14 - 06/30/16; Amount: $200,000
  • Ye Chen-Izu, Ph.D. is the recipient of the Grant-in-Aid “Mechano-chemotransduction underlying mechanical stress induced arrhythmias,” from the American Heart Association (AHA) Project Period: 07/01/14 - 06/30/16 $140,000
  • Xiaodong Zhang, Ph.D. was awarded the Beginning Grant in Aid “Novel mechanisms for the regulation of acid –base balance in cardiac myocytesin" from the American Heart Association (AHA). Project Period: 01/01/14 - 12/31/15; Amount: $140,000
  • John Rutledge, M.D. received an Opportunity Grant “Assessment of cognitive function in mouse metabolic models” through the NIH-sponsored National Mouse Metabolic Phenotypic Center (MMPC). Project Period: 2014 - 2015; Amount: $162,000
  • The NIH T32 grant "Training Program in Basic and Translational Cardiovascular Sciences" has been renewed for another five years. Co-Program Directors: Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, M.D. and Ann Knowlton, M.D.  Project Period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2018; Amount: $2,050,000
  • Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, M.D. was the recipient of a NIH S10 Shared Equipment Grant "In vivo ultrasound imaging system," (VisualSonics Vevo2100).  Amount: $400,000
  • Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, M.D. published a paper "Functional interaction with filamin A and intracellular Ca2+ enhance the surface membrane expression of a small-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SK2) channel" in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Click on the link to view the article http://www.pnas.org/content/111/27/9989.full.pdf+html
  • Ann Knowlton, M.D. received the 2013 Albrecht Fleckenstein Memorial Award for her distinguished work in the field of basic research from the International Academy of Cardiology.  Click on the link to view press release http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/awards/aboutus/8081/?p=index.html