An innovative UC Irvine School of Medicine program designed to lessen Latino healthcare disparities in California will produce its first graduates this year. PRIME-LC students will move into jobs as resident physicians and - it is hoped - herald a revolution in healthcare for a third of the state's residents.
Engineer Frank Shi created a novel silicone product. Urologist Ralph Clayman was looking to create a breakthrough device. A serendipitous partnership between the two has the potential to make a serious dent in the multimillion-dollar urologic care marketplace. It also shows that research collaboration, even between faculty members whose offices are miles apart, will be an important part of UC Irvine's continued growth.
UC Irvine health sciences students - tomorrow's doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals - have opened a free clinic in Tustin to provide vital primary and preventive care services and referrals for people without adequate access to healthcare.
The state today tentatively approved $3.3 million over three years to enhance UC Irvine's stem cell training program, which teaches tomorrow's experts the techniques, ethics and clinical knowledge critical to this fast-growing field.
Barack Obama swept into the presidency on a platform of change, one that includes a number of scientific policy and research issues. As a major research university, UC Irvine is deeply involved in some of these key areas - stem cells, global warming and alternative energy, to name a few. Research vice chancellor Susan Bryant discusses how changes made in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, especially during the current economic crisis, will impact research efforts at UCI.