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The UCLA Center for SMART Health, an interdisciplinary collaborative that looks to the integrated transformation of healthcare through emergent data and technologies, and Hearst Health, a division of Hearst and leader in care guidance, today announced the call for submissions is open for the 2022 Hearst Health Prize, a $100,000 award given in recognition of excellence in data science for managing or improving health in the U.S. In addition, up to two finalists will each receive $25,000.

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A UCLA Health program to enhance physical education throughout Los Angeles schools opened its first new school fitness center since the pandemic put openings on hold in March 2020. 

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UCLA Health has opened another primary and specialty care clinic in the Thousand Oaks area, further expanding the community’s access to its nationally ranked medical care. Thousand Oaks Hampshire Primary & Specialty Care is located at 248 Hampshire Road, just south of the 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks in the former Chase Bank building. 

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After two years during which Match Day ceremonies were held virtually due to the pandemic, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA held the event in person on March 18 — and it was bigger and better than ever. 

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In a new report, researchers say the challenges of treating long COVID are amplified by a critical issue: we do not know what constitutes long COVID or how to formally diagnose it, an issue that is further exacerbated by limited research data of varying quality and consistency.

Dr. Annalien Oosterbaan

Researchers in a multi-institution study led by UCLA Health have identified several overlooked issues affecting women with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and call for more research, customized treatments, education and support to empower women living with this disease and to address their unmet medical needs.

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, a distinguished endocrinologist with a lengthy record as a researcher and clinician and as a mentor to young scientists, has been appointed chair of the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and executive medical director of the UCLA Health System’s Department of Medicine.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical reckoning and new technologies have ushered in an era of seismic change in science and medicine. To help future leaders in health and healthcare navigate these transformations, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has designed DGSOM Heals, a new curriculum capable of adapting to shifting needs and empowering students with the skills in greatest demand by patients, employers and communities.



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Three faculty members of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, among the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.

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A new $13.3 million contract from the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative will enable the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to expand its capacity to process COVID-19 tests.

Melissa Rios and her parents

Summer visits to her grandparents' farm in rural Mexico planted the seed for Melissa Rios' childhood dream of becoming a doctor.

UCLA Health is deploying Microsoft cloud computing services to enable UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine to synthesize vast amounts of clinical and research data to speed medical discoveries and improve patient care

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Anne Coscarelli, the psychologist who directs the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, has been honored by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) for her ongoing contributions in helping patients and their families cope with cancer.

Roshan Bastani, Ph.D.

A Centers for Disease Control grant totaling $4.25 million over five years will allow UCLA researchers to address health disparities related to heart disease, stroke and cancer among African Americans, Latinos and Asians at the local, state and national level. The UCLA School of Public Health will provide technical assistance and training to health and social-service organizations, faith-based groups, schools, and other institutions.

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A $1.16 million grant from the Avon Foundation will fund a program that helps poor, underserved patients being treated for breast cancer at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center navigate their way through the complicated county health care system.

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UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $1 million gift to establish The V Foundation-Gil Nickel Fellowship in Melanoma Research. The fellowship will train a new generation of promising young scientists who will go on to conduct leading-edge melanoma research at UCLA and other top institutions nationwide.

Dr. Patricia Ganz

UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center has been named a LIVESTRONG(tm) Survivorship Center of Excellence by the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) and will join a network of five leading centers nationwide that will work together to address the needs of the growing number of cancer survivors in the United States.

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed, for a second five-year period, a $10-million grant for an innovative molecular imaging center at UCLA, officials announced today. The new funding, bringing UCLA's total support to $20 million, will allow the scientific advances made in the last five years to be translated into the clinic in the next five years to improve the diagnosis and staging of cancer.

Dr. Owen N. Witte

Drawing together experts from fields as diverse as engineering to molecular biology, UCLA officials today announced the formation of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine to conduct embryonic and adult stem cell research that may lead to better treatments for HIV, cancer and neurological disorders.