Inaugurating a collaboration between the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel, the DGC and WIS hosted A Conversation: The Basic Science of Depression on September 5, 2018. Six scientists visited UCLA from WIS to discuss research partnerships to study the science of depression. Dr. Nelson Freimer, director of the DGC and Maggie G. Gilbert Endowed Chair in Bipolar Disorders, provided opening remarks. Dr. Jonathan Flint, Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Neuroscience, led a discussion about depression with four scientists. Drs. Rony Paz and Meital Oren-Suissa from the Department of Neurobiology at WIS, alongside UCLA’s Dr. Baljit Khakh and Dr. David Krantz (MD ’91, PhD ’91, RES ’95), discussed their backgrounds and research. Dr. John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor for UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, and Dr. Kelsey C. Martin, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Gerald S. Levey, M.D., Endowed Chair, also attended the event. The UCLA DGC is committed to reducing by half the global burden of depression by 2050 and eradicating it by 2100. The four main components of the DGC include basic science research, innovative treatment, a 100,000-person study and understanding and eliminating the stigma of depression.
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