May 2022
News Briefs
Research Awards Announced
Long COVID Seed Grant Program
On April 11, interim dean of the School of Medicine, Susan Murin, announced the awardees of the school’s new Long COVID Seed Grant Program to help fund investigations of the clinical and pathophysiological aspects of Long COVID. Award recipients will each receive $30,000 in total costs for a 12-month period beginning May 1, 2022, to support research-related expenses.

The awardees are:
  • Mark Avdalovic, professor and vice chair, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Kim Barrett, vice dean for research at the School of Medicine and distinguished professor in the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology
  • Hiba Hamdan, assistant clinical professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology
  • C. Kent Lloyd, professor in the Department of Surgery and director of the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program
  • Toby Steele, associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology

Cultivating Team Science Awards
The School of Medicine announced the 2022 awardees of its Cultivating Team Science seed grant program. The grants are awarded for collaborative science projects for which the lead principal investigators are School of Medicine faculty, and the team represents at least two different School of Medicine departments.

The awardees are:
  • David Segal, professor of biochemistry and pharmacology and affiliate of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Genome Center
  • Aijun Wang, professor of surgery, vice chair for Translational Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory

The Cultivating Team Science award will provide $100,000 annually per team, totaling $200,000 in two-year seed funds for planning, preparation, and submission of large team-based applications.

UC Davis to Sunset Elsevier Pure 
UC Davis Health is committed to using innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration among all organizational affiliates regardless of their position within the bench-to-bedside-to population spectrum of science. One research tool utilized by UC Davis Health is the expertise portal. It has been a key component of UC Davis’ mission to catalyze the application of new knowledge and techniques to clinical practice and patient care. Elsevier’s expertise portal, Pure, has been the primary repository for faculty profiles and publications for many years. However, effective July 1, 2022, UC Davis Profiles will replace Elsevier Pure.

UC Profiles is sponsored by UC Office of the President (UCOP) and we are transitioning to this portal to align with the UCOP directives.

Hosted and maintained by UC San Francisco Clinical and Translational Science Institute, UC Davis Profiles is part of a collaborative network on an open-source, web-based platform developed from Profiles Research Networking Software by Harvard Catalyst. Pure and UC Davis Profiles have been in concurrent use since 2016 but as of July 1, 2022, UC Davis Profiles will be the only supported platform. Basic information for all faculty from School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Betty Irene School of Nursing has already been migrated to UC Davis Profiles. Once logged in, faculty can add and edit their research and publication profiles and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
To access UC Profiles, go to For additional information and account questions, please email the UC Profiles support team directly at [email protected]
Researcher Recognition
Alicia Agnoli, assistant professor of family and community medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, was honored with a 2022 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award by the Clinical Research Forum (CR Forum). At a ceremony held in Chicago, Agnoli was also presented with the Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award for creativity, innovation and novel approach that demonstrated immediate impact on the health and well-being of patients. These awards are in recognition of her remarkable work studying opioid dose tapering.
UC Davis Health Department of Surgery Distinguished Professor and Chair Diana Farmer is one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards. The awards are given by the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (UH) of Cleveland, Ohio. The scholar awards support a diverse set of drug discovery projects. They include grants of at least $100,000, with the opportunity to qualify for up to $1.1 million.
Amy R. Brooks-Kayal, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology, has been inducted as the inaugural holder of the Andrew John Gabor, M.D., Ph.D. Presidential Chair. It is named for Andrew Gabor, a national leader in epilepsy research and chair of the UC Davis Department of Neurology from 1981 to 1991. The endowed chair was created by Gabor’s wife, Judith Bailey Gabor, along with her family, to support the research and development of breakthrough treatments in epilepsy and other seizure-related disorders
Featured Research Center
Cardiovascular Research Institute
“Cardiovascular (CV) disease remains the leading cause of death and kills more people than any cause (including all cancers combined). There is unprecedented opportunity today for better understanding of the fundamental bases of CV disease and innovative precision medicine therapies via synergistic multidisciplinary research that we are poised to undertake. The goal of the CVRI is to make a difference in CV Disease from bench to bedside and back.” Read More

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Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology
Silva Chair for Cardiovascular Research

Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, M.D., Co-Director
Roger Tatarian Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Associate Chief for Research, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Jody L. Martin, Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology Core Director
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Yi-Je (Jay) Chen, D.V.M., Ph.D. Director, MicroSurgery Core
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

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Featured Program
Mentored Clinical Research Training Program
The challenges of research – especially in the early career stages – can be daunting. Publishing can be hampered by a lack of access to resources, supervisory support, and time. Grant submissions and funding do not come as easily to early-stage investigators when compared to their more established peers. Opportunities for leadership roles are also less abundant.

The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) manages a program, the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP), designed to help overcome these challenges. The program is specifically geared toward junior faculty, clinical and preclinical fellows, and postdoctoral scholars to provide comprehensive training and support to early-stage researchers. Since 2006, 131 alumni have completed the program. Read this story in the January 2022 CTSC Connections newsletter.
Pictured L-R: Enkhmaa Byambaa, Nicholas Kenyon, Amir Zeki, Misty Humphries, Daniel Nishijima
New Funding Opportunity
NSF recently announced their intention to ignite innovation ecosystems through a new $160M funding opportunity, the NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) Program. The program catalyzes innovation ecosystems across the United States to advance critical technologies, address societal challenges, nurture diverse talent, and promote economic growth and job creation.

UC Davis will be allowed to submit one LOI and full proposal as a lead institution, but we are not limited in the number of Concept Outlines allowed. The Office of Research will run a Limited Submission competition on Concept Outlines that receive NSF approval. The final decision on the selected proposal for LOI and full proposal submission will be made by the Office of the Chancellor. We are encouraging interested PIs and teams to attend the NSF Engines events listed below:

• May 17th – NSF Engines Webinar
• May 24th – NSF Engines Q&A Session 1
• June 7th – NSF Engines Roadshow
• June 21st – NSF Engines Q&A Session 2

The Interdisciplinary Research & Strategic Initiatives unit at the Office of Research can assist you in identifying teams with similar or complementary topic areas and research themes, or with a short 30 minute consultation ahead of submitting your concept outline. Please email [email protected] for more information

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13th Annual Lung Day Hosted by Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine

  • Date: June 17, 2022
  • Time: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual and UC Davis Alumni Center
  • Speaker: Serpil Erzurum, M.D., Professor and Chair, Lerner Research Institute, Chief Research & Academic Officer, Cleveland Clinic

This event is sponsored by the UC Davis School of Medicine, The Lung Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and hosted by Drs. Angela Haczku and Elena Goncharova.   

Program Questions: Chue Xiong, [email protected]

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