UCLA scientists find H1N1 flu virus prevalent in animals in Africa

Thomas B. Smith, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and colleagues, recently discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa. In one village in northern Cameroon, a staggering 89 percent of the pigs studied had been exposed to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu.

UCLA Life Sciences’ cancer researcher wins NIH award for leading-edge science

Utpal Banerjee, the Irving and Jean Stone Professor and chairman of the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department received the National Institutes of Heath’s Pioneer Award, which recognizes leading-edge, innovative research.

UCLA psychologists discover a gene’s link to optimism, self-esteem

Shelley E. Taylor, distinguished professor in the department of Psychology, is senior author of new research that has identified for the first time, a particular gene's link to optimism, self-esteem, and "mastery," the belief that one has control over one's own life— three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression.

Cells derived from pluripotent stem cells may pose challenges for clinical use

UCLA research studying the nature of human pluripotent stem cells featured William Lowry, assistant professor of molecular, cell and development biology and a researcher with the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, led the study. The findings could have implications both clinically, in terms of transplantation, and for disease modeling.

How to Close the Race Gap in H.I.V.?

Vickie Mays, UCLA professor of psychology, professor of health services in the School of Public Health, and director of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities, addressed how sex education and intervention programs can potentially lower the incidence of HIV among young gay African-American men.

Study of abalone yields new insights into sexual reproduction

Richard Zimmer, a UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and his team, recently published new research on sperm and egg interactions in red abalone, an ocean-dwelling snail. Implications of this research could improve the treatment of human infertility.

School Dangers and Cyber-bullying

A column in today's Los Angeles Times about the dangers kids face at school cites a study led by UCLA psychology professor Jaana Juvonen that found that nearly three in four teenagers had been bullied online during a 12-month period.

Recent NIH grant funds UCLA HIV research

Jerome Zack, director of the UCLA Center for Aids Research and UCLA professor in the department microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, and his research team were recently awarded an NIH grant to develop medication that, in a limited number of treatments, could completely rid infected individuals of HIV.

Waging war against the superbug

UCLA Today profiles Jeffrey H. Miller, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, cutting-edge scientist and educator, who has been working on what has become a major public health crisis in the United States– the steep rise in drug-resistant infections.

Life scientists use novel technique to produce genetic map for African Americans

John Novembre, UCLA assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a member of UCLA's Interdepartmental Program in Bioinformatics, is senior author of a recent paper that published one of the first genetic maps pinpointing where DNA is likely to be reshuffled in the genomes of African Americans — a tool that could help scientists find genes that cause disease.