Experts answer parents' questions on COVID-19 vaccine for kids

The CDC has recommended low dose shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 and the rollout for the 28 million U.S. children in this age group is underway. Two experts from UC Davis Health share answers to questions many parents have as they consider the vaccine for their children.

Research Highlights

Viral Loads Similar Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated People

New research shows no significant difference in viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated people who tested positive for the delta variant of COVID-19; nor between infected people with or without symptoms.

Natural Exposure to Wildfire Smoke Increased Pregnancy Loss in Rhesus Macaques

Rhesus macaques naturally exposed to wildfire smoke early in pregnancy had an increased rate of miscarriage. Previous studies have associated poor air quality with reduced birth weight in human babies but not with increased risk of miscarriage.

Public School Closures Increasing in Cities, but Affected Neighborhoods Differ Regionally

A common criticism of public elementary school closures is that they disproportionately affect the poor and underrepresented, widening racial and socioeconomic gaps - new research presents a more complex picture.

Coastal Grape Growers Can Use Less Water During Drought

California grape growers in coastal areas can use less water during times of drought and cut irrigation levels without affecting crop yields or quality, shedding new light on how vineyards can mitigate drought effects.

Preventing Child Malnutrition and Promoting Healthy Development

A small sachet of a fortified food-based supplement added to young children’s daily diets in low- and middle-income countries has shown remarkable results in preventing child mortality and malnutrition, while also promoting healthy development.

Both Sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Increased Health Risks

Consuming sucrose, the more “natural form of sugar,” may be as bad for your health as consuming high fructose corn syrup. New research shows consumers should be equally concerned about both added sugars in our food supply.

UC Davis School of Medicine Tests Potential COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

The studies provide critical insight into the effective

Innovation News

UC Davis-Enabled Startup Delix Therapeutics Secures $70 Million in Series A Funding

UC Davis-enabled neuroscience startup Delix Therapeutics recently closed a $70 million Series A funding round. The preclinical startup is focused on developing safe, non-hallucinogenic, take-home medications for patients suffering from neuropsychiatric illnesses.

New Startups Built From UC Davis Research and Innovation Emerge With Solutions in Health, Energy and Agriculture

This past fiscal year, nine startups executed agreements to commercialize new technologies developed at the UC Davis. “It is always exciting to see innovations from UC Davis translated into commercial applications that benefit our regional economy and society at large,” said Prasant Mohapatra, vice chancellor for research at UC Davis.

Pioneering 3D Minimally Invasive Surgery 

Louie, a Boston terrier with Cushing’s disease, was cured after undergoing the world’s first laparoscopic adrenalectomy on an animal utilizing 3D technology at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. This was made possible by generous CCAH donors who enabled the purchase of a three-dimensional scope used for minimally-invasive surgical procedures. 

Engineers Invent Machine to Shake Up UC Davis’ COVID-19 Testing

UC Davis engineers have invented shaking and inversion machines that are a critical part of the UC Davis Genome Center’s award-winning asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. These machines, designed and built in just six weeks, help treat saliva samples so they can be tested for the virus.

Fighting California Wildfires

This episode of UC Davis LIVE explores how professional firefighters responding to wildfires and what’s new in wildland firefighting.

‘The Backdrop’ Podcast Features UC Davis Economist on Supply Chain Bottlenecks and Inflation

In this episode of The Backdrop, Kadee Russ, professor of economics at UC Davis, discusses how supply chains got backed up, and how these critical systems that produce and deliver products to consumers can be made more resilient. 

A Conversation with Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer for the White House COVID-19 Response Team

Upcoming Events

Migration and Borders in the 2020s - Law and Enforcement

In a joint presentation with Alianza UCMX, the UC Davis Global Migration Center will identify key issues in contemporary border security and migration in both the United States and Mexico, with regard to both longer term undocumented and other immigrants who may be subject to deportation, and also to newly arriving migrants including asylum seekers. There will also be a discussion of the short and long term implications of recent revisions to government policies including collaborations between the two governments, as well as recent judicial interventions on issues of migration and border control.

November 18

Team Research Forum: Long COVID

Join the UC Davis Office of Research and the UC Davis School of Medicine in a discussion about Long COVID research at UC Davis. UC Davis researchers will present research they are currently working on in this area following an overview of funding opportunities and resources for research teams working on COVID-19 research.

December 3

International Aerosol Modeling Algorithms Conference

Hosted by the UC Davis Air Quality Research Center, the International Aerosol Modeling Algorithms Conference brings together research scientists from around the world to share their research findings and discuss new approaches and methods to improve on our ever-developing understanding of how the chemical constituents of our atmosphere, impact the earth's climate and the air upon which all life depends.

December 7-10
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Notable Grants

$16 Million NIH Award Marks 30 Years of Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care
Do Early Life Experiences Shape the Risk for Dementia?
NCI Renews Prestigious ‘Comprehensive’ Designation for Cancer Center
C-STEM Center Receives $2.4M to Introduce African American Girls to Engineering and Robotics
UC Davis to Lead Groundwater and Irrigated Agriculture Sustainability Study
USAID Awards UC Davis $15 Million for Global Horticulture Research Program
NIH Director’s Award to Develop Framework to Pinpoint Disease-Causing Genetic Mutations

UC Davis Still Shines at No. 5 Among Top Public Universities in WSJ/THE Rankings
Epidemiologist Elected to National Academy of Medicine
UC Davis Ecologist Awarded Packard Fellowship
15 Join Society of Hellman Fellows
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