University of California Launches its First Tool for Data Sharing Among Medical Centers with UC Research eXchange

Announcement for UC Investigators

Gary S. Firestein, MD
Chair, University of California Biomedical Research
Acceleration, Integration and Development (UCBRAID)
Professor of Medicine
Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor, Translational Medicine
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Institute
UC San Diego

Dr. Gary Firestein

Dr. Gary Firestein, UC BRAID Chair

The University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development (UC BRAID; is pleased to announce the launch of the UC Research eXchange (UC ReX) and the UC ReX Data Explorer tool. This system enables exploration of a combined population of over 12 million patients from medical center databases at UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UC San Francisco.

UC ReX Data Explorer gives researchers and quality specialists access to cohort counts derived from de-identified clinical data collected at the point of care to improve medical care and advance research.

UC ReX was initiated by UC BRAID in 2011 with a 5-year grant of $5 million from the UC Office of the President (UCOP) and developed through a collaboration of the medical campuses and their Chief Information Officers and CTSAs.

An important part of UC BRAID’s mission is to improve UC collaborative research opportunities. UC ReX is a great example of how UC BRAID facilitates integration of research programs, clinical informatics, technology, and resources across University of California campuses.

To start exploring UC ReX with Data Explorer, please go to for more information.  |  See UC ReX Flier

Access UC-ReX via UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute


UC Medical Campus Consortium Named Designated Center to Translate Innovations into Improved Health

A consortium of the five University of California medical campuses at UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC San Francisco has been designated a Center for Accelerated Innovations by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The designation, among the first of its kind from NHLBI, recognizes the University of California’s potential to translate its leading-edge discoveries into innovative products that benefit patients. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. Gary FiresteinGary S. Firestein, MD, chair of the UC BRAID consortium that will oversee the new UC Center for Accelerated Innovations, is dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at UC San Diego Health Sciences

He led UC San Diego’s successful effort to win a Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2010 and is the founding director of the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Firestein is professor of medicine and former chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at UC San Diego. He served as division chief from 1998 until he stepped down in 2010 to devote full time to his activities as dean of translational medicine.

In 2011, philanthropists Lisa and Steve Altman made a major gift to the planned Clinical and Translational Research building on the La Jolla campus of UC San Diego Health System. Construction started in early 2013 and the building, named the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, is scheduled to open in 2016.

UC San Diego Health System Video: The Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute

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HIV Prevention in a Pill

UC San Diego researchers receive $5.6 million grant to test if they can keep high-risk individuals from becoming infected with virus that causes AIDS

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the first clinical reports of AIDS, a then-mysterious and invariably fatal disease. Patients diagnosed with an HIV infection faced a looming death sentence. Most had just months to live…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

AIDS ribbon
One of three UC campuses in the project, UC San Diego will receive $5.6 million over four years. The lead investigator for UC San Diego is Dr. Richard Haubrich, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Antiviral Research Center.

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Hospitalist Program, Dr. Timothy Morris, and Dr. Davey Smith Honored as 2008 Health Care Champion Finalists

Three Department of Medicine individuals and teams are among UCSD Medical Center’s honorees in the 2008 “Health Care Champions” awards from the San Diego Business Journal.

Pulmonary specialist Dr. Timothy Morris, infectious disease physician-scientist Dr. Davey M. Smith, and the Division of Hospital Medicine were honored August 21 as “Health Care Champion” finalists.In all, 5 individuals and teams from UCSD Medical Center received a Champion award and 20 were selected as finalists.

Dr. Greg MaynardThe Division of Hospital Medicine, headed by Dr. Gregory Maynard (left), has achieved national recognition for its contributions in health care quality improvement.

These include a venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention program that has made the UCSD hospitals a national leader in protecting inpatients from the risk of developing blood clots.

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from UC San Diego
Health Sciences Communications

The program was developed as a joint venture between Dr. Maynard and the Hospitalist Program and Dr. Timothy Morris. A clinical and research specialist in VTE, Dr. Morris helped create the VTE prevention protocols and oversees the follow-up on individual cases.

Dr. Timothy Morris

Dr. Morris, left, is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Service Chief in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is medical director for both the Respiratory Care program and the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.

In July, the California Thoracic Society honored Dr. Morris with the Outstanding Clinician Award for 2008.

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine division was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2008 for the 14th consecutive year as one of the top ten centers in the nation, and #1 in California, for the treatment of respiratory diseases.

Davey M. Smith, M.D., M.A.S., Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine, is a physician-scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Smith is medical director of the Early Intervention Program at the Antiviral Research Center.  A translational research virologist, he specializes in the study of HIV transmission.

Dr. Davey M. SmithEarlier this year, Dr. Smith (left) received an R01 grant award from the National Institute of Mental Health for a 5-year, multi-national study of HIV and the brain.

Dr. Smith directs the Center for AIDS Research Viral Pathogenesis Core on the UCSD campus.

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