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Microbiome

New UCLA-led research suggests certain gut bacteria -- including one that is essential for a healthy gut microbiome – differ between people who go on to acquire HIV infection compared to those who have not become infected.

Lab worker looks at sample

The National Cancer Institute has renewed funding for two collaborative programs through which UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are developing new biomarkers for earlier detection and more effective treatment of cancers. The grants are part of the NCI's Early Detection Research Network.

Dr. Patricia Ganz

Dr. Patricia Ganz has been awarded the 2022 Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care.

Immunotherapy attaching to cancer cells

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year, $13.3 million grant to a collaborative study on sequential combinations of inhibitors and immunotherapies targeting cancer.

COVID vaccine vial and needle

Women with COVID in pregnancy who are subsequently vaccinated after recovery, but prior to delivery, are more likely to pass antibodies on to the child than similarly infected but unvaccinated mothers are.

Fluorescent imaging of diverse cell types in a human brain section.

The research projects, funded through the NIH's BRAIN Initiative, aim to shed light on the developing brain’s cellular infrastructure to better understand brain disorders.   

Heroin needle in the street

An automated process that combines natural language processing and machine learning identified people who inject drugs (PWID) in electronic health records more quickly and accurately than current methods that rely on manual record reviews.

Photo of Dr. Daniel Geschwind

Dr. Daniel Geschwind was awarded the National Academy of Medicine’s 2022 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health in recognition of his pioneering research and leadership in autism genetics.

COVID vaccine vial and needle

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has been awarded a $13.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue to study the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and the long-term impact of infection among U.S. health care workers.

Illustration of human surrounded by digital information

UCLA is one of three sites chosen to oversee a new ‘computable knowledge’ program that will develop strategies, standards and tools to transform the way data is collected and prepared. The NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program will unlock the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and propel biomedical and behavioral research forward, addressing current and future challenges.

A photo of Dr. Timothy Miller with an Operation Mend patient.

Dr. Timothy Miller was honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Distinguished Citizen Award for his work reconstructing the faces of veterans severely disfigured during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Dr. Ribas

Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, has received a renewal of an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute. The $4.2 million grant over the next seven years will allow Ribas and his team to continue their innovative research on metastatic melanoma.

Tax Form

UCLA research finds that a refundable State-level Earned Income Tax Credit (SEITC) of 10% or above the Federal EITC was associated with a 21% relative risk reduction in reported behavior that could put single mothers at high risk for becoming infected with HIV during the previous year. Also, a 10 percentage-point increase in SEITC was linked to a 38% relative reduction in the same reported high-risk behavior the previous year. 

Fentanyl

An automated process based on computer algorithms that can read text from medical examiners’ death certificates can substantially speed up data collection of overdose deaths – which in turn can ensure a more rapid public health response time than the system currently used, new UCLA research finds.

Microscope and slide

How independent are second opinions when information is shared between physicians? To find out, a UCLA-led team of researchers examined how pathologists tasked with offering a second opinion for a patient might be influenced by being informed of the first physician’s initial diagnosis. The results were eye-opening. While pathologists and most physicians may prefer to have information from a first diagnosis, this information can sway their evaluations and even make them less accurate.

A current version of the “miniscope” developed by UCLA researchers.

The four-year award, part of the NIH's BRAIN Initiative, will support the design, manufacturing and distribution of two types of new miniscopes that will allow scientists to peer much deeper into the brain.

Doctors performing Transplant

The Dumont–UCLA Transplant Center has received two grants totaling $11.5 million from the federal government for research aimed at making donated organs last longer and helping transplant recipients live longer, healthier lives.

COVID Image

Emergency department health care workers’ risk of infection in the early stages of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic was largely related to household and other community exposures and not from providing direct patient care while using recommended personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Photos of Katie Campbell and Gabriel Abril Rodriguez

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers Katie Campbell, PhD, and Gabriel Abril Rodriguez, PhD, have been named early career researcher awardees by the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI). Awardees pursue bold research through support from PICI’s world-class network of immunotherapy experts and research institutions, including UCLA, as well as access to leading-edge technology, informatics and clinical data.

Illustration of DNA

A team led by Paul C Boutros, PhD, MBA and co-led by Huihui Ye, MD, MS, has been awarded over $2.7 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to support two projects that will use computational models and DNA sequencing to improve prostate cancer treatment outcomes.