Health Care Innovation at UCLA
At UCLA, health innovation isn’t an afterthought or an add-on. It’s part of our history — and a key piece of our present and our future.
UCLA has long been a leader in innovative health care delivery. Early research at UCLA was integral to the development of imaging systems such as CT scans and PET scans. These technologies have transformed medical diagnostics, at UCLA Health and around the world. Our researchers continue to lead in neuroimaging and brain mapping.
Our scientists have developed new, life-saving targeted treatments for cancers such as breast cancer and melanoma, as well as a breakthrough treatment for brain aneurysm. The leading-edge research on our campus has been awarded the top prizes in medicine, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.
More recently, our David Geffen School of Medicine is working with the Samueli School of Engineering to develop formal collaborations between the Department of Orthopedics and the Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. These collaborations include work on devices, 3D printing, personalized implants, biomaterials, drug delivery, biological and chemical sensors, and robotics.
Disrupting the Status Quo
Innovation is rarely the easiest path. Innovators must embrace the unknown. They must be willing to be creative and consider new approaches. They must look into the future and anticipate problems, to create tools people don’t know they will need, and solve problems people don’t know they will have.
At UCLA, the drive to innovate comes from the top down and the bottom up. Our clinicians and researchers are driven to push the boundaries of health and patient care. We work to uncover new insights into the human body and create new treatments, tools and technologies in the name of better health. Our leadership equips UCLA innovators with the freedom and resources to allow for creative change. Our administrators also support and value basic research, even when it’s not yet clear how that research might lead to a new therapy or invention.
UCLA Health embraces innovation in three essential areas of focus: Patient care, our role as a learning health system and biomedical technology.