Summer 2023


Why Exercise Intensity Matters More For Your Health Than Steps

Physical inactivity has a huge effect on our body and mind. It causes approximately 16% of deaths in the U.S. annually. Exercise also protects us from toxic chemicals that can destroy nerve tissues and drive depression and dementia.

But what type of exercise is best? How long? How often?

To help us better understand how to get the most out of our efforts, we enlisted an expert, Keith Baar, a professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at UC Davis.

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Research Highlights

Promising New Approach Finds Cancer and Delivers Therapy All at Once

The marriage between therapeutics and diagnostics begins with a PET scan using targeted molecular imaging agents honing in on cancer receptors. Professor Julie Sutcliffe and her team identified one radioactive drug to diagnose the cancer and another to deliver therapy to cancer cells.

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New UC Davis Research Using DNA Changes Origin of Human Species, Researchers Suggest

In testing the genetic material of current populations in Africa and comparing against existing fossil evidence of early Homo sapiens populations there, researchers have uncovered a new model of human evolution.

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Lab-Grown Meat's Carbon Footprint Potentially Worse Than Retail Beef

Researchers conducted a life-cycle assessment of the energy needed and greenhouse gases emitted in all stages of production and compared that with beef. They found that scaling up production using existing processes is highly energy-intensive.

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To Combat Life's Stress, People Seek Negative Entertainment

When the day is filled with news of mass shootings, police malfeasance and "me too" courtroom escapades, people turn to entertainment media, where they watch - as it turns out - more negativity, a new study suggests.

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Clarity, Changing Food Web Detailed in Annual Lake Tahoe Report

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center's annual Tahoe: State of the Lake Report, describes the past year as one of rapid biological change.

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COVID-19 Can Cause Inflammation That Results in Bone Loss, Higher Fracture Risk

A new study involving mice suggests that patients with COVID‐19 may experience long‐term orthopedic issues, such as decreased bone mass, increased fracture risk and other musculoskeletal complications.

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Study Reveals Potential Breakthrough in Grapevine Disease Resistance

UC Davis and UC Irvine scientists identify genes that could be introduced into grapevines to enhance resistance to Pierce's Disease.

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Skin Disease in Endangered Killer Whales Concerns Scientists

Scientists studying endangered southern resident killer whales have observed a strong increase in the prevalence of skin disease in this population.

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Innovation News

UC Davis Innovation Awards for 2023 Honor Contributions That Benefit Society

UC Davis presented the 2023 Innovation Awards, recognizing faculty, community partners and industry leaders who are developing innovative solutions to improve the lives of others and address important needs in our global society.

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UC Davis Professor Developing New Bioplastic Technology from Dairy Byproducts and Food Waste to Address Plastic Pollution

Professor Ruihong Zhang's recent research on biodegradable plastics using dairy byproducts and food waste may reduce the global level of plastic pollution. Zhang considers the use of biodegradable plastics as part of the answer. She is developing an environmentally friendly technology that may reduce the harmful effects of plastic use in the world.

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New Technology to Improve Digestibility of Dietary Protein Aims to Meet Global Demands and Advance Health Outcomes

Led by researchers from UC Davis, Digestiva is developing a cutting-edge solution of specialized enzymes to enhance the nutritional efficacy of dietary proteins. Their goal is to make proteins more easily digestible in order to obtain the associated health benefits.

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Capsule Captures First Look Inside Digestion in Healthy People

Using a specially designed capsule, researchers can now voyage through the digestive system, collecting new data about digestion and microorganisms.

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The Backdrop Podcast: The Nature of Memory and Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Scientists at UC Davis are working to identify early indicators to identify people with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease. The hope is that earlier detection — before the brain is significantly damaged — would allow for more successful interventions and better outcomes.

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Notable Grants

NIH Awards Priya Shah $2.8 Million to Research How Zika Virus Causes Brain-Related Birth Defects

A $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will support the investigation of the relationship between human protein ANKLE2 and the Zika virus protein NS4A to shed new light on the cause of microcephaly in some developing infants.

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Professors Gomez-Diaz, Gu Receive National Science Foundation Funding for Infrared Spectroscopy System Research

Professors of Electrical and Computer Engineering J. Sebastian Gomez-Diaz and Q. Jane Gu are co-principal investigators on one of six projects to receive funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Science and Technology Council of Taiwan.

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Landmark NCI Grant Bolsters UC Davis Cancer Health Equity Research

UC Davis researchers join colleagues at Stanford and UCSF to study how helping people rise above persistent poverty may help prevent cancer.

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Prestigious NCI Grant to Help Advance Immunotherapy in Head and Neck Cancers

A promising new research initiative at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center could lead to a new and far more effective standard of care for head and neck cancers. The research is being funded by the cancer center's first-ever Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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UC Davis and Sandia National Laboratory Partner to Advance Research for National Security

By advancing the synergies between the institutions, this new partnership will create engagement at multiple levels and share strategic objectives that foster mutually beneficial research, develop a sustainable workforce and accelerate technology adoption.

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Researcher Spotlight

Innovation Through Interconnectivity

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Q. Jane Gu is leading collaborative, high-speed integrated circuit research as a female leader in STEM.

Interconnectivity is not only the topic of Professor Q. Jane Gu's research though. It also describes the approach she takes to her collaborative work both at the University of California, Davis and on a national level as a female leader in STEM.

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Awards and Rankings

UC Davis Ranked Among Top Universities Worldwide

UC Davis ranks in the top 8% of universities worldwide in the 2024 edition of the QS World University Ranking. The campus ranks fifth in the nation and 16th in the world in the new sustainability indicator evaluating the university’s social and environmental impact.

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U.S. News & World Report Names UC Davis Children's Hospital Among Nation's Best

UC Davis Children's Hospital has been recognized as a Best Children's Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in three pediatric specialty areas: diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology and orthopedics.

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