August 2022

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Extramural Funding Update

Fiscal Year 2022 ended with remarkable news for research at the School of Medicine and for the entire UC Davis campus. In a record-breaking year for research funding, UC Davis has received more than $1 billion in extramural funding for the first time in its history; the School of Medicine was the largest contributor to university research funding, adding over $396 million.

As Kim E. Barrett, School of Medicine vice dean for research, points out, “Central to this accomplishment is our School of Medicine, which received a record-breaking $396 million – that’s almost 40 percent of the UC Davis total! This comes from federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), state agencies like California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and funders from industry and other private sector sources.”

The School of Medicine’s $396 million in extramural research funding is an overall increase of approximately $29 million (~ 8%) over FY 2021.

*This preliminary report is based on unvetted numbers. The final report will be released in October.

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Research Resources

Are you new to UC Davis School of Medicine, or just need a refresher on the many resources that support research at UC Davis? SOMOR and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Center (CTSC) have created one-stop overviews of their research assets, with descriptions of SOMOR and CTSC unit services as well as links to helpful resources such as the Clinical Trials Office, UC Davis Profiles, SciVal and much more.


UC Davis Profiles

Now that UC Davis Profiles is here, you should edit your profile to enhance its searchability for potential collaborators.

Using your kerberos credentials, login to edit your profile (add a photo, awards, links to other websites, etc.). Your name, degrees and contact information are imported from campus systems, as well as NIH research activities and funding and PubMed articles. Other activities and funding, along with optional information such as your photo, CV information, and video, website or news links may be added by you or by a designated proxy.

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Impactful Publications

Post-doctoral scholar Jee-Yon Lee (pictured) and medical microbiology professors Renee Tsolis and Andreas Baumler have published a review on microbiome and gut homeostasis for the July 1 issue of Science.

The review explores whether homeostasis and dysbiosis can be better defined by looking at the host environment that governs gut microbiota composition and function. Currently, limited information on the ecological causes of dysbiosis and the causative effects of dysbiosis on disease makes it difficult to translate research into medical interventions.

Kristen Aiemjoy, assistant professor of epidemiology, is the first author of a study published in The Lancet called “Estimating typhoid incidence from community-based serosurveys: a multicohort study.” This study evaluates the use of serosurvelliance on catching incidences of enteric fever, an invasive infection, in populations that may be difficult to reach through traditional facility surveillance.

Serosurveillance provides estimates of antibody levels against infectious diseases and is considered the gold standard for measuring population immunity due to past infection or vaccination.


An interdisciplinary team led by Cristina Davis, associate vice chancellor of Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Nicholas Kenyon, professor of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, has been awarded a 5-year, $5.9m grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their work on innovative, non-intrusive diagnostic technology that aims to shorten the time it takes to diagnose a broad range of medical conditions.

The project is a collaborative effort by faculty in the College of Engineering and School of Medicine. Davis will lead a team of engineers to construct miniature, hand-held units that can measure for traces of diseases on the skin. Kenyon’s team in the School of Medicine, comprising faculty from the internal medicine, dermatology and psychiatry departments, will test the devices for their ability to diagnose conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, asthma, arthritis, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism. The project has just received its first year of funding and the clinical work will begin fall 2023.

Congratulations to Kim E. Barrett, vice dean for research at UC Davis School of Medicine! Barrett has been selected as one of six honorary fellows for the Physiological Society. The Physiological Society is the largest network of physiologists in Europe, with academic journals of global reach. The society brings together over 4,000 scientists from over 60 countries, promotes physiology and supports those working in the field. The society’s leading scientific journals include The Journal of Physiology, Experimental Physiology and Physiological Reports.

Honorary Fellowship is the highest honor that the Physiological Society presents to an individual. It is awarded to those individuals who are ‘persons of distinction in science who have contributed to the advancement of physiology.’ Barrett is a Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Membrane Biology at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She joined UC Davis Health in 2021 with more than 30 years of notable scientific research and institutional leadership experience.

Featured Research Center

UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) focuses on the intersection of research and policy. CHPR supports interdisciplinary, innovative research on healthcare outcomes, access, quality and costs. It synthesizes research and disseminates analyses directed to improving clinical care and health policy. It also educates trainees in health services research methods. Center-affiliated faculty researchers represent a broad spectrum of disciplines from across the University.

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Featured Program

Works in Progress: a peer mentorship program for pediatric researchers

In 2018, then-assistant professors Jennifer Rosenthal, Laura Kair, and others in the Department of Pediatrics were considering ways to best support early career investigators in the department.

They proposed to implement a program entitled “Works in Progress” that could serve as a regular mentoring group for early career faculty, particularly for those learning the process of grant writing and submitting grant applications.

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2022 Research Opportunities Expo for Medical Students

Faculty participation needed! The Research Opportunities Expo is returning in person for the first time since the COVID pandemic.

This is your chance to talk directly to students about your research and how they can become involved with it.

When: October 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: Education Building; tables will be provided to participating faculty.

How: Fill out this survey to let us know you are interested in participating!

For additional information, contact Holly Ly, [email protected]

Climate change is a health risk multiplier, disproportionately impacting communities made vulnerable by racism and poverty. As healthcare providers, our role in safeguarding the health of the communities we serve has never been more important.

For the third year, an alliance of faculty, students and staff from UC Davis, UCSF and Stanford are bringing together leaders in climate and health equity. The 2022 symposium, hosted by UC Davis this year, will include sessions on important issues of our day and will focus on how to advocate for our patients and communities.

Come learn from leaders in the field how communities are preparing to meet these challenges and what role health professionals can play in effective partnership. Join us virtually on Friday, September 23rd. Registration will be open soon and all are welcome.

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