Cinder the golden retriever sits with children

Different breed of therapist

Cinder, a golden retriever with a sweet face and slow gait, reclines on a dog bed at the UC Irvine Child Development Center as, one by one, half a dozen 8- and 9-year-olds deliver pats and hugs. One boy puts his arms around her in a warm embrace; another gently curls up at her side. From behind […]

Jessica Vaughan

Cross-country captain goes the distance for pediatric research

Jessica Vaughan is using the dedication needed in being the UC Irvine cross-country team’s captain to succeed a much longer and more difficult race: curbing the epidemic of childhood obesity in the U.S.

Connie Parido draws blood from a Long Beach middle school student

A healthy plan for lowering diabetes risks

A school-based diet and exercise program UCI researchers helped create shows significant impact in lowering diabetes risks.

A mother and child

TLC boosts baby’s brain

UCI child neurologist and neuroscientist Dr. Tallie Z. Baram has found that maternal care and other sensory input triggers activity in a baby’s developing brain that improves cognitive function and builds resilience to stress.