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Airport screening for viruses misses half of infected travelers but can be improved, says UCLA-led study UCLA Newsroom - February 24, 2015 A team lead by Ecology and Evolutionary Biology post-doc Katelyn Gostic and associate professor James Lloyd-Smith found that airport screening misses at least half of infected travelers.
UCLA biologists take a deep dive into ‘big data’ to research roots of disease Daily News - February 22, 2015 UCLA’s Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences is working to answer biology’s “million-dollar question”: How do genes and the environment interact to ensure health or cause disease?
Two UCLA researchers receive $3.2M in CIRM grants for stem cell therapies Newswise - February 2, 2015 Drs.Hanna Mikkola and James Dunn, of UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, were among 20 scientists nationwide to receive the Tools and Technologies Award from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
Paralyzed Rats Walk Again with Flexible Spinal Implant Scientific American - January 20, 2015 “This work represents a significant advance in the development of biocompatible devices,” says UCLA Life Scientist Reggie Edgerton: In his own work, Edgerton has placed electrodes outside the dura mater and shown they can help paralyzed patients recover limited movement.
$6 million from NIH for new UCLA Center for the Ribonomics of Gene Regulation UCLA Newsroom - January 14, 2015 Alexander Hoffmann and Douglas Black, professors of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics receive a $6 million NIH grant to launch multidisciplinary research across UCLA.
BRITE Center for Science, Research and Policy receives grant to address ACA and mental health UCLA Newsroom - January 7, 2014 UCLA’s BRITE Center for Science, Research and Policy has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Princeton Area Community Foundation, to convene scholars with expertise in mental/behavior health disorders or treatments for racial and ethnic minorities. News archives
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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.”
Vickie Mays reappointed U.S. House representative, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
Psychology professor, Vickie Mays, has been reappointed to a second four-year term as the House representative to the federal advisory committee on Vital and Health Statistics. In this role, she has reported on the use of data collection to reduce health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, and primary language.
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.