Lbachir BenMohamed and Dr. Anthony Nesburn with The Gavin S. Herbert Eye Institute of UC Irvine's ophthalmology department have developed a promising vaccine to prevent ocular herpes, a leading cause of blindness. The vaccine works against the virus that also causes genital warts and may help in the battle against the spread of AIDS.
Professional sports have their annual drafts; medical education has Match Day. That's when thousands of medical school graduates nationwide learn where they will begin their careers as doctors. A story and photo essay capture the 76 UCI students who learned where they matched in a festive, emotional March 19 event.
While Dr. Sheldon Greenfield's not quite a household name, he is making a significant impact. He's helping run a thriving campus research center, and he's engaged in high-level decision making in California and Washington, D.C., with international implications for biomedical research and healthcare.
Just two months after Chancellor Michael Drake kicked off Free Wheelchair Mission's 2008 national tour at UC Irvine, engineering students here were hard at work on a wheelchair prototype that would soon help people worldwide get around more easily.