Understanding Immunity to Chlamydia Opens Possibility of Vaccine

May 20, 2021
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. New work from the Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases at UC Davis shows that it may be feasible to create a vaccine against the bacterial infection.

Air Quality Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s

May 17, 2021
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found a link between traffic-related air pollution and an increased risk for age-related dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease in a rodent model study.

One Health Collaboration Spotlights Disparities in Knee and Jaw Joint Treatments

May 06, 2021
There are many similarities between the usage, and consequent injury, in knee joints and the jaw’s temporomandibular joint (TMJ). However, knee orthopedics are better researched and funded, resulting in tissue-engineered products and other ways to improve the lives of those affected. Dr. Boaz Arzi, professor and dentist/maxillofacial surgeon with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, joined biomedical engineers and orthopedic surgeons from UC Irvine, orthopedic surgeons from Harvard University, oral/maxillofacial surgeons from the University of Texas, and oral/maxillofacial radiologists to research the subject further.

Where Coronavirus Variants Emerge, Surges Follow

May 05, 2021
Genomic surveillance programs have let scientists track the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic. By testing patient samples, researchers are able to diagnose COVID-19. But they’re also able to use genetic changes in the virus to recreate its travel routes and identify the emergence of new viral variants.

Ocean Toxin a Heartbreaking Threat for Sea Otters

January 26, 2021
Heart disease is a killer threat for southern sea otters feasting on domoic acid in their food web, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis.

Rhesus Macaques Develop Promising Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2

January 26, 2021
In a promising result for the success of vaccines against COVID-19, rhesus macaque monkeys infected with the human coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 developed protective immune responses that might be reproduced with a vaccine. Results suggest lasting immunity after infection.

Former Resident Wins National Honor Society Research Award

January 07, 2021
Dr. Mary Thurber, DVM, DACZM, a former UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine resident in zoological medicine, was named a recipient of the 2020 Society of Phi Zeta Research Manuscript Award. Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, annually recognizes two research awards in the Basic Science category and the Clinical Science category.

Researchers Identify Cause of Equine Familial Isolated Hypoparathyroidism

October 13, 2020

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a genetic cause for the fatal condition equine familial isolated hypoparathyroidism in Thoroughbreds, marking the first genetic variant for hypoparathyroidism identified in any domestic animal species. Additionally, this is the first widely available genetic test for Thoroughbreds.

Study Links Bone Loss to Proximal Sesamoid Bone Fractures in California Racehorses

July 28, 2020
A recent study by Sarah Shaffer, Dr. Susan Stover and colleagues at the J.D. Wheat Orthopedic Laboratory at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine sought to characterize bone abnormalities that precede proximal sesamoid bone (PSB) fractures and determine if pre-existing abnormalities are associated with these fractures. The group retrospectively studied cases from California Thoroughbred racehorses that died from PSB fractures, and controls that died for other reasons.

Initiatives to Intercept Pandemics Through Genomics

June 16, 2020
Three major initiatives in biodiversity genomics — BIOSCAN, the Earth BioGenome Project and the Global Virome Project — have joined forces to deliver a “pandemic interception system” based upon comprehensive knowledge of pathogens and their hosts.