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Index of Spotlights

Ralph V. Clayman, M.D. dean, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine

Message from the Dean

Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the School of Medicine, explains the institution's goals and mission.

Student explains why he chose UC Irvine School of Medicine

A shared vision

Yale grad Sam Vesuna is pursuing his medical degree at UC Irvine because of its approach to the future of healthcare.

Getting in tune with music

Getting in tune with music

A program launched by UC Irvine medical students brings the therapeutic sound of music into hospital rooms.

Mindfulness relaxation classes help reduce stress

Mindfulness relaxation classes help reduce stress

UC Irvine's Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine classes show how to lessen stress and foster well-being.

Research by neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota could help identify ways to keep cancer patients from experiencing problems with concentration, thinking and memory after chemotherapy treatments.

Dr. Daniela Bota's research could help eliminate "chemo brain."

Research by neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota could help eliminate the debilitating fog-like phenomenon sometimes called "chemo brain"


Summer research program exposes community college students to emerging field

Summer research program exposes community college students to emerging field

Program opens emerging field of bioinformatics to students

Stroke center delivers life-saving care

Stroke Center Delivers Life-Saving Care

Timing. It often determines whether a stroke victim will resume a normal life – or even survive.

Dr. Shuichi Suzuki is skilled in intricate stroke treatment techniques

Treating Stroke with Micro Devices

Dr. Shuichi Suzuki treats stroke with micro devices

Safer, faster cheaper method for medical imaging devised

Safer, faster cheaper method for medical imaging devised

UC Irvine scientist Hongkai Zhao and former doctoral student devise way to speed MRI, CT and PET imaging and reduce exposure to harmful radiation.

Fats in some foods make them nearly irresistible

The potato chip predicament

Fats in foods trigger chemical responses in our body that drive us to eat more, UC Irvine study finds

UC Irvine's Multiple Sclerosis Center advances treatment

UC Irvine's Multiple Sclerosis Center advances treatment

UC Irvine's new Multiple Sclerosis Research Center extends the university's long history of distinction in advancing research into the chronic neurologic disease.

More than 90 UC Irvine physicians named 'Best Doctors in America.'

More than 90 UC Irvine physicians named "Best Doctors in America."

Ninety-four UC Irvine Healthcare physicians have been named Best Doctors in America for 2011-12 in the latest peer-reviewed list compiled by Best Doctors Inc. UC Irvine has more physicians and specialties represented than any other medical group in Orange County.

Former UC Irvine neuroscientist Edward G. Jones remembered

Former UC Irvine neuroscientist Edward G. Jones dies at 72

Internationally respected neuroscientist Edward G. "Ted" Jones, former chair of UC Irvine's Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, died on June 6.

Robotic thyroid surgery spares patient from a neck scar

Robotic thyroid surgery spares patient from a neck scar

Shannon Dargenzio chose robotic surgery at UC Irvine to remove a large growth on her thyroid gland because it wouldn't leave a telltale scar on her neck.

UC Irvine cardiovascular surgeon saves Tom Tiffany's foot from amputation

UC Irvine cardiovascular surgeon saves Tom Tiffany's foot from amputation

Cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Roy Fujitani was able to remove extensive blood clots that threatened Tom Tiffany's foot and life.

UC Irvine geriatrics expert honored for elder abuse prevention effort

UC Irvine geriatrics expert honored for elder abuse prevention effort

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder praises Dr. Laura Mosqueda, director of UC Irvine's Program in Geriatrics, for her efforts to prevent elder abuse, including the foundation of the university's Elder Abuse Forensic Center.

UC Irvine stroke team saves teen patient

UC Irvine stroke team saves teen patient

Swift action by UC Irvine’s acute stroke team saves a Diamond Bar teenager from severe brain injury.

The mummy study returns

The mummy study returns

A 3,600-year-old Egyptian princess is the first known human to have heart disease, a research team led by a UC Irvine cardiologist finds.

Doctoring in a diverse society

Doctoring in a diverse society

UC Irvine course empowers students to tackle culturally based healthcare disparities

UC Irvine biomedical researcher studies role of dopamine in sleep disorders and addiction

UC Irvine biomedical researcher studies role of dopamine in sleep disorders and addiction

Emiliana Borrelli, UC Irvine professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, has built a collaboration with the leading French scientific agency to help understand the nature of addiction and sleep disorders and find new treatments for brain diseases.

Hospital benefactor M.A. Douglas honored

Hospital benefactor M.A. Douglas honored

UC Irvine Medical Center building was officially renamed for M.A. Douglas, whose estate donated $21 million

Visualizing victory over breast cancer

Visualizing victory over breast cancer

Dual-energy mammography is the latest imaging technique pioneered by UCI researchers to battle breast cancer

An African perspective on medical care

An African perspective on medical care

New medical student Folu Ani’s experiences from his native Nigeria fuel his passion to help others

Dr. Behnoosh Afghani, medical mentor

Dr. Behnoosh Afghani, medical mentor

Dr. Behnoosh Afghani leads UC Irvine  efforts to expose local high school students to careers in healthcare

UC Irvine cancer unit earns high-quality-care designation

UC Irvine cancer unit earns high-quality-care designation

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is first in California to win certification from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Noted UC Irvine virologist Rozanne Sandri-Goldin influences research in and out of the lab.

Noted UC Irvine virologist Rozanne Sandri-Goldin influences research in and out of the lab.

UC Irvine virologist Rozanne Sandri-Goldin chairs a federal review panel that allocates up to $30 million a year for virology research.

Gloria Guzman, on the monitor, translates for nurse Danielle Lawson (right) and a patient.

UC Irvine Medical Center is bringing translators to patients via video.

UC Irvine Medical Center is testing medical interpretation by video for patients with limited English proficiency

Stopping cancer before it starts

Stopping cancer before it starts

UC Irvine's Melanoma Center has launched a new pigmented lesion program to monitor people at high risk for dermatological cancer.

Getting back in focus

Getting back in focus

Refractive surgeons Marjan Farid and Sumit Garg at UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute use advanced laser technology and superior skill to restore good sight to aging eyes.

Helping Haiti

Helping Haiti

First-year medical student Tommy Hand is founder and president of the UCI chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, which in January hosted a campus arm-wrestling competition that raised $3,000 for earthquake relief in Haiti

Bringing hope and health to Duroville

Bringing hope and health to Duroville

UC Irvine medical students bring hope and health to the impoverished Coachella Valley trailer park community of Duroville.

Could stem cells reverse MS?

Could stem cells reverse MS?

UC Irvine molecular biologist and biochemist Tom Lane heads a campuswide effort exploring the use of stem cells to repair nerve damage from multiple sclerosis.

The choice physicians

The choice physicians

More than 85 UC Irvine Healthcare physicians have earned the distinction of being named Best Doctors in America® in the latest peer-reviewed list compiled by Best Doctors, Inc.

Standing up to autism

Standing up to autism

For OC Kids, a collaboration between UC Irvine's Department of Pediatrics and CHOC, is Orange County's leading medical resource for young children with autism.

Improving the radiation therapy experience

Improving the radiation therapy experience

Advances in radiotherapy technology give UC Irvine patients more targeted therapy, lessen their treatment time and improve the treatment experience.

New hope for chronic pain sufferers

New hope for chronic pain sufferers

UC Irvine's new Center for Pain Management uses a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to alleviating chronic pain, says center director Dr. Jason Hata.

Alzheimer's lesions found in the retina

Alzheimer's lesions found in the retina

UC Irvine neuroscientist Zhiqun Tan and fellow researchers have discovered that retinas may mirror brain cells ravaged by Alzheimer's disease, making eyes a potential gateway to quicker diagnosis and treatment.

Groundbreaking UC Irvine researcher honored for advances in mitochondrial medicine

Groundbreaking UC Irvine researcher honored for advances in mitochondrial medicine

Pioneering UC Irvine genetics researcher Douglas C. Wallace, whose achievements in mitochondrial medicine are leading to new treatments for chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

New research center tackles matters of the heart

New research center tackles matters of the heart

The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology opens its new cardiovascular research and training facility.

Improving patient care for mature adults

Improving patient care for mature adults

Armed with a $2-million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Dr. Laura Mosqueda and her team in UC Irvine's respected geriatrics program will teach physicians and other caregivers how to better serve older patients.

Astronauts lose bone strength

Astronauts' bone loss alarming

UC Irvine bioengineer Joyce Keyak finds that International Space Station astronauts lose alarming amounts of hipbone strength, some at rates comparable to older women with osteoporosis.

Halting herpes eye disease

Halting herpes eye disease

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute researchers have created a novel vaccine they believe can prevent the herpes virus from harming the eye.

Joining forces against breast cancer

Joining forces against breast cancer

Physicians and researchers at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center are joining forces with colleagues at four other UC campuses to launch the Athena Breast Health Network, a decades-long breast cancer screening and tracking study of as many as 400,000 women.

The triumph of teamwork

The triumph of teamwork

UC Irvine trauma chief Dr. Michael Lekawa and orthopaedic spine surgeon Dr. Nitin Bahtia describe car crash survivor Jon Wilhite's life-threatening injuries on Angels Radio AM 830.

PRIME-LC

The first PRIME-LC graduates are determined to become physician-leaders for the underserved

Four medical students, including Sarah Lopez, graduate from the PRIME-LC program that is designed to meet the needs of the Latino community.

Influential dean dies

Influential dean dies

Multiple sclerosis pioneer Dr. Stanley van den Noort, former dean of UC Irvine's School of Medicine, dies at 79.

Dr. Thomas Alhering, Urologist

Dr. Thomas Alhering, Urologist

Ahlering uses hypothermia to boost quality of life for prostate surgery patients.

Standing up for seniors

Standing up for seniors

Dr. Laura Mosqueda of the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect is determined to reduce the incidence of elder abuse.
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