2022 - UCLA Technology and Development Group (TDG) Innovation Fellowship: Sponsored by Startup UCLA, TDG, and the VCR, to help selected fellows at advancing entrepreneurial excellence and startup culture (PIs: Arpana Gupta, PhD/ Tien S. Dong, MD, PhD). We hope to use this opportunity to start our company ABioME, a company based on using select microbiome mixtures to develop supplements targeting the brain gut to help with specific disorders, behaviors and conditions.
2021 - Researchers from the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience awarded a grant from Danone Nutricia Research to investigate the effect of perceived stress on cognitive, emotional, and autonomic responses, and the potential involvement of the gut microbiome in a study entitled, “Cognitive and biological responses in stress.”
The study aims to determine differences in cognitive and biological responses in individuals with higher or lower levels of perceived stress. The investigators will characterize people’s stress responses to laboratory-based stress tasks in three domains (attention/executive function, emotional, and performance stress). In addition, autonomic nervous system measures, circulating metabolite levels, and subjective measures such as mood and affect will also be acquired.
2021 - Daily Bruin highlights our study on how childhood adversity can alter someone's biological makeup through interactions of the brain and gut microbiome, to increase vulnerability towards increased anxiety and depression
2021 - Michelle Guan, medical student, and Rachel Sarnoff, MD (PGY2), had Digestive Disease Week® abstract accepted for oral research sessions - Independent Effects of Race and Diet on the Brain-Gut Microbiome Axis in Obesity
2021 - Rachel Sarnoff, MD (PGY2), had Digestive Disease Week® abstract accepted for oral research sessions - Brain-Gut-Microbiome Differences Between Constipation-Predominant vs. Non-Constipation-Predominant IBS
2021 - Arpana Gupta, PhD, receives R01 MD015904 NIH/NIMHD grant - Social Isolation and Discrimination as Stressors Influencing Brain-Gut Microbiome Alterations Among Filipino and Mexican Americans
2020 - Arpana Gupta, PhD, receives Danone grant - Pilot Study to Determine the Optimal Design for the UCLA/Danone Probiotic Study Related to Stress. The goal of this pilot study is to identify the optimal population and methodology for the planned probiotic intervention study in Phase II of the collaboration.
2018 - "What Drives us to Eat for Pleasure" - UCLA’s Daily Bruin published a story on the new finding that establishes a connection between indole metabolite levels and increased reward signals, and therefore hedonic eating and food addiction with obesity.
2018 - “How Obesity Affects the Brain” - Story carried by HealthDay, WebMD, U.S. News & World Report, ScienceDaily, MedicalXpress, News-Medical Net and 122 other outlets
2016 - American Psychosomatic Society Annual Conference, Denver CO. “Morphological and Resting Brain Alterations in Localized Provoked Vulvodynia (LPVD) are Associated with Early Adversity.” Selected for Press Release
2012 - Invited press release at 2012 national Society of Neuroscience (SfN) conference. “Discrimination and the effects on the brain”
U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/885,010. Compositions and methods for treating metabolic disease. UCH-20560 (32246.20560)
U.S. Provisional Application No. 63/107,998. Compositions and methods for diagnosing and treating patients with a history of early life adversity UCH-25860
2019 - International Foundation for Functional Gastroenterological Disorders: Research Award
2019 - Abstract of Distinction “Machine Learning Approaches Applied to the Prediction of Obesity Based on Brain Signatures and Diet”, Obesity Week, Las Vegas, NV
2018 - Abstract of Distinction “Early Life Adversity Is Associated With Increased Susceptibility to Brain-Gut Alterations in Obesity”, Obesity Week, Nashville, TN
2018 - Early Career Travel Award, Obesity Week, Nashville, TN
2017 - Digestive Diseases Week (DDW), Chicago, IL. Winner of TWO AGA Poster Judging Competition: “An Investigation of BMI and Sex-Related Alterations in Intrinsic Brain Connectivity of the Reward and Interoceptive Brain Regions” AND “Bariatric Surgery is Associated With Changes in the Brain’s Reward System Architecture and Eating Behaviors. Gastroenterology”
2016 - Division of Digestive Diseases Young Investigator Presentation Competition Winner (Poster of Distinction), San Diego, CA
2016 - Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award Finalist (Obesity Week, annual national conference for The Obesity Society [TOS]), New Orleans, LA
2015 - UCLA CURE Annual Research Meeting Poster Award (3rd prize)
2015 - Gastroenterology Research Group (GRG) and American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) Fellow Travel Award for Digestive Diseases Week
2015 - American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Trainee Award, Hollywood, FL
2014 - Gastroenterology Research Group (GRG) and American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) Fellow Travel Award for Digestive Diseases Week
2014 - UCLA Chancellor Postdoctoral Research award
2014 - American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) Young Investigator Forum Award Bethesda, MD
2014 - International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) -15th World Congress, Postdoctoral Research Award, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 - American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Trainee Award, Phoenix, AZ