Spring 2021

Dear Friends,

Spring has brought encouraging news in the battle against COVID-19 in the United States, and basic discoveries and innovations in care led by our colleagues across UCI Health Affairs have played an important role. This Innovation Report shares just a few representative touch points of success from UCI Health and the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, as well as examples of the generous support we enjoy from our champions, such as:

We are trailblazers, always striving to find new and better ways to prevent illness and provide care. These accomplishments attest to the top-tier talent working throughout UCI. In a recent Stanford University-led study, 445 UCI faculty were recognized as among the top two percent of scientists in the world, while in March, all of our graduating medical students (over 100) matched for residency – more than half in the UC system, and a third at UCI – reflecting the desirability of UCI students and our residency programs.

UCI Health Affairs is built for people who think in new ways and seek to improve the world. We collaborate across disciplines, combining our strengths, expertise and passions. This unique team approach to innovation brings to life what were once only dreams, advancing health and well-being in Orange County and far beyond our splendid region.

Steve A. N. Goldstein

Steve A. N. Goldstein, M.A., M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P.
Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Physiology & Biophysics, and Pharmaceutical Sciences



Structural model showing the tea flavonoid epicatechin gallate binding to the base of the voltage sensor of KCNQ5, a type of potassium channel found in human blood vessels
The UCI School of Medicine uncovers an important benefit of green and black tea that may lead to new medications.


photo of UCI professor Leslie Thompson
UCI School of Medicine Professor Leslie Thompson forges an innovative path to better understand Huntington’s Disease.


photo of a diverse group of infants
UCI-led team awarded $2.3 million as part of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine.


photo of dean Bernadette Boden-Albala
Life-long lessons learned from the year of COVID will protect us now and in the future, says Bernadette Boden-Albala, Founding Dean of Public Health.

UCI Health

image of a highway with RECOVERY written on it
Understanding prolonged symptoms of COVID-19 in order to help long haulers.


a smiling nurse at the bedside of an elderly patient
New machine learning driven tool identifies patients at risk for blood clots.

“We recognize the importance of whole-person health for patients who are undergoing cardiovascular treatment journeys and, more importantly, the need for a science-based approach to this aspect of their care. We are proud to support the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute as their team pursues patient education, innovative studies and data collection for whole-person health.”

— Linda and Mike Mussallem
about their gift to the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute

We are so proud of our graduating medical students! Watch a moving Match Day 2021 video here.

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