Chile Life Science Innovation Center

UC Davis will establish a new research center in Chile during 2014. The UC Davis Life Sciences Innovation Center (UC LINC) will link the educational and capacity-building programs at UC Davis with those in Chile to accelerate the transfer of pooled academic research into commercial products in the agricultural field, among others. The establishment of UC LINC continues Chile’s development goals. “[The initiative will] allow us to expand the knowledge and skills in applied research and technology in the agricultural field”, explains Chile’s Minister of Agriculture Luis Mayol. “There is no doubt that the efforts in funding this project will bring enormous rewards in order to expand commercial competitiveness in an area as important as the food industry.” The center is financially supported by the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture and is part of the CORFO initiative Attraction of International R&D Centers of Excellence that seeks to establish Chile as a research and development hub.

Madrid Research and Innovation Workshops

UC Davis faculty and staff recently joined Spanish business leaders and researchers for a workshop on renewable energy, the first “showcase” of the kind envisioned by the university and the Madrid regional government. The UC Davis School of Education and Office of Research organized the workshop in partnership with the Madrid Network, comprising more than 750 large and small businesses, research centers and universities. The innovation-focused network represents the Madrid regional government, Comunidad de Madrid, in the agreement with UC Davis.

Dean Harold Levine of the School of Education leads the UC Davis side of the agreement, which aims to increase intellectual, academic, scientific, business and cultural relations between UC Davis and Comunidad de Madrid. “The development of new international research partnerships is a key element in growing UC Davis’ global profile,” noted Paul Dodd, associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, upon his return. “Renewable energy research is a recognized strength at Davis, and this first workshop has highlighted a number of opportunities to partner with Madrid-based academic and commercial research groups.”

The workshops comprised five themed sessions, ranging from renewable energy research topics to international funding opportunities.

Dr. Andrew Burton discusses veterinary procedures with Chinese veterinarians during a recent continuing education symposium held at Nanjing Agricultural University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in China.

Dr. Andrew Burton discusses veterinary procedures with Chinese veterinarians during a recent continuing education symposium held at Nanjing Agricultural University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in China.

UC Davis Veterinarians Conduct Continuing Education Seminar in China

Four veterinarians from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recently traveled to China to launch the inaugural International Small Animal Practice Symposium at Nanjing Agricultural University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Andrew Burton, Gina Davis, Jonathan Dear and Karl Jandrey presented the four-day continuing education seminar for a capacity crowd of 50 Chinese veterinarians. The UC Davis veterinarians discussed topics routinely encountered at the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

With about 80 percent of China’s approximately one million veterinarians focused on food animal medicine and working in the food industry, small animal educational opportunities are not as plentiful for Chinese veterinary students as they are at American and other Western veterinary schools. While small animal private practices in China are growing modern facilities, the government does not invest as much in that 20 percent of academic training. Therefore, continuing education events like this are extremely important for Chinese veterinarians to learn the latest techniques and pass that knowledge along to their colleagues who want to pursue small animal careers.

With the success of this symposium and the need for more continuing education in underserved and developing regions of the world, the faculty plans to address these global animal health needs by producing more of these events.