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Exceptional UC San Diego Faculty to be Honored by Chancellor’s Associates

Fri, 2017-03-24 13:47

Among UC San Diego’s distinguished faculty, they are standouts in their chosen fields. The six winners of the 2017 Faculty Excellence Awards are educators and scholars who are passionate about pushing boundaries as they seek to create new ways of thinking and inspiring the next generation of trailblazers. They will be recognized by the Chancellor's Associates at a ceremony on April 6.

Students Propose Solutions to Critical Health Issues at Annual Hackathon

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:04

From virtual reality to crowdsourcing ideas, participants at UC Health Hack 2017 combined creativity and problem-solving to create projects addressing critical issues in health systems and global health. The 181 participants focused on one of two tracks: health care delivery or refugee health.

‘Lab-on-a-glove’ Could Bring Nerve-agent Detection to a Wearer’s Fingertips

Thu, 2017-03-23 13:49

Researchers have developed a wearable, flexible biosensor glove that can rapidly detect toxic nerve agents with the touch of a finger. The so-called "lab-on-a-glove" could help improve both defense and food security measures. The team, led by nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego, published their work this month in ACS Sensors.

What Does Congenital Zika Syndrome Look Like?

Thu, 2017-03-23 11:55

In a new paper, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, along with colleagues in Brazil and Spain, describe the phenotypic spectrum or set of observable characteristics of congenital Zika (ZIKV) syndrome, based upon clinical evaluations and neuroimaging of 83 Brazilian children with presumed or confirmed ZIKV congenital infections.

How Prenatal Maternal Infections May Affect Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tue, 2017-03-21 14:15

In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, University of Cyprus and Stanford University map the complex biological cascade caused by MIA: the expression of multiple genes involved in autism are turned up or down by MIA, affecting key aspects of prenatal brain development that may increase risk for atypical development later in life.

Genetic Assessment Developed to Determine Risk for Age-Associated Alzheimer’s Disease

Tue, 2017-03-21 11:00

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and University of California San Francisco, has developed a novel genetic score that allows individuals to calculate their age-specific risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), based upon genetic information.

Mouse Study Identifies New Method for Treating Depression

Tue, 2017-03-21 01:00

Standard antidepressant medications don’t work for everyone, and even when they do they are slow to kick in. In an effort to find better depression treatments, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) relieves signs of depression in mice. Moreover, inhibiting GLO1 worked much faster than the conventional antidepressant Prozac.

UC San Diego Rady School’s Research A Platform for Innovative Approach to Museum Ticket Sales

Mon, 2017-03-20 13:58

Faced with a downturn in visitors, the San Diego History Center (SDHC) decided to take an innovative approach to boosting museum attendance – let visitors determine how much they wanted to pay for their visit. The museum’s “Give Forward” admissions program launched in October 2016 and, to date, has given it a significant boost in attendance. This fundamental shift in admissions was inspired by the research of Ayelet Gneezy and Uri Gneezy, faculty at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, and experts in charitable giving. Working with the Rady School professors, the museum determined the best way to increase admissions was to allow visitors to contribute based on their experience in the museum, instead of paying a set admissions fee. In addition, the museum highlights to visitors that admissions donations help pay for other people to visit in the future.

Gene Editing Technique Helps Find Cancer’s Weak Spots

Mon, 2017-03-20 09:50

Genetic mutations that cause cancer also weaken cancer cells, allowing researchers to develop drugs that will selectively kill them. This is called “synthetic lethality” because the drug is only lethal to mutated (synthetic) cells. Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering developed a method to search for synthetic-lethal gene combinations. The technique, published March 20 in Nature Methods, uncovered 120 new opportunities for cancer drug development.

Kyoto University, a UC San Diego Partner, Will Open Office in San Diego

Mon, 2017-03-20 09:13

Kyoto University of Japan, one of the University of California San Diego’s international partners, will open an office in San Diego in early April, both campuses have announced.

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, COMEXUS Launch Mexico Studies Chair at UC San Diego

Thu, 2017-03-16 09:07

To help promote cooperation between educational institutions in the United States and Mexico, the UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies co-launches the Mexico Studies Chair, hosting a Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar to research and teach on campus.

Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute to Repurpose SDSC’s ‘Gordon’ Supercomputer

Tue, 2017-03-14 10:36

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego and the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York have reached an agreement under which the majority of SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer will be used by Simons for ongoing research following completion of the system’s tenure as a National Science Foundation (NSF) resource on March 31.

UC San Diego’s Grad Programs Earn High Marks in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Guidebook Rankings

Tue, 2017-03-14 09:57

UC San Diego graduate programs in engineering, medicine and social sciences are ranked in nation’s top 20 by U.S. News & World Report.

Researchers Create Model of Anorexia Nervosa Using Stem Cells

Tue, 2017-03-14 09:23

An international research team, led by scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adolescent females with the eating disorder.

New Nano-Implant Could One Day Help Restore Sight

Mon, 2017-03-13 11:44

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light. The researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro.

March Matchness 2017

Mon, 2017-03-13 11:23

Each year, at precisely the same moment — 12 p.m. on the East coast, 9 a.m. on the West — thousands of graduating medical school students across the country simultaneously tear open an envelope. The single sheet of paper inside informs each graduate where he or she will do their residencies — in other words, where each will spend the first several years of their careers as working doctors.

New Study Shows Red Tides Can Be Predicted

Mon, 2017-03-13 11:12

A For over a century, scientists have been trying to understand what causes red tides to form in coastal areas seemingly out of nowhere. Using a novel technique developed by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego scientist George Sugihara and colleagues, that mystery is finally being unraveled.

New Faculty Represent Campus’s Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding and Protecting the Planet

Thu, 2017-03-09 07:00

Six new faculty members have joined UC San Diego this academic year in support of the cross-campus research theme of Understanding and Protecting the Planet.

New Laser Option for Treatment of Epilepsy at UC San Diego Health

Wed, 2017-03-08 08:45

Patients with drug-refractory epilepsy have a new treatment option at UC San Diego Health. Instead of traditional surgery, patients may be eligible for a novel technique that allows surgeons to target the abnormal area of brain with laser technology. The MRI-guided laser ablation treatment is a new first-line therapy for patients diagnosed with epilepsy.

Center for Networked Systems Adds New Faculty Members

Tue, 2017-03-07 13:16

The Center for Networked Systems (CNS) at the University of California San Diego now has 22 faculty members following the addition of two new professors to its ranks.  Both newcomers – Deian Stefan and Aaron Schulman – joined the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) faculty as assistant professors recently, with Stefan starting to teach last fall, and Schulman this winter.