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UCLA sophomore, Brandon Pham, named National Goldwater Scholar
Sophomore Brandon Pham, has been named a Goldwater Scholar– a national honor bestowed on exceptional undergraduates with outstanding potential to become future leaders in scientific research. As a UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellow and Scholar, he has been studying the chromosomal causes of gender differences in autoimmune diseases, under the guidance of Dr. Ram Singh. Pham is also a research associate on UCLA's Student Stroke Team working with Dr. Sidney Starkman. Outside of research, Pham volunteers at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center and works as a chemistry tutor for UCLA's Academic Advancement Program. Future plans for Mr. Pham include an M.D./Ph.D. with a research focus on neuroscience.
UCLA research suggests lost memories can be restored
Research from the lab of David Glanzman suggests that memories may not be stored in synapses, as previously thought. “Long-term memory is not stored at the synapse,” said Glanzman, senior author of the study. “That’s a radical idea, but that’s where the evidence leads. The nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections. If you can restore the synaptic connections, the memory will come back. It won’t be easy, but I believe it’s possible.”
Early detection of disease possible through saliva tests
Integrative Biology and Physiology associate professor, Grace Xiao, and UCLA Dentistry Professor Dr. David Wong have conducted the most comprehensive analysis of RNA molecules in human saliva, and found that it contains many of the same disease-revealing molecules that are contained in blood. This could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing — at an early stage — diseases such as diabetes and cancer.