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New UC San Diego Chapter Sends LGBT+ Delegates to oSTEM Conference

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:25

For the first time, a delegation of faculty and students from the University of California San Diego attended the annual Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) National Conference to promote greater involvement of LGBT+ community in STEM fields.

Less Than Skin Deep: Humans Can Feel Molecular Differences Between Nearly Identical Surfaces

Wed, 2017-12-13 10:34

How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has shown.

UC San Diego Health Honored for Providing High-Quality Care to Medicare Advantage Patients

Wed, 2017-12-13 10:01

UC San Diego Health recognized with top scores for providing high-quality care to Medicare Advantage patients by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a statewide nonprofit group committed to high-value, integrated care that improves quality and affordability for patients across California and the nation.

Researchers Find Common Psychological Traits in Group of Italians Aged 90 to 101

Mon, 2017-12-11 21:01

In remote Italian villages nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains lives a group of several hundred citizens over the age of 90. Researchers at the University of Rome La Sapienza and University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified common psychological traits in members of this group.

Updated Brain Cell Map Connects Various Brain Diseases to Specific Cell Types

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:00

Researchers have developed new single-cell sequencing methods that could be used to map the cell origins of various brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By analyzing individual nuclei of cells from adult human brains, researchers have identified 35 different subtypes of neurons and glial cells and discovered which of these subtypes are most susceptible to common risk factors for different brain diseases.

Scientists Identify Promising New Approach for Immune System Defense against Cancer

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:00

Researchers have identified a promising new strategy to fight infections and cancer. They uncovered a novel function for a protein known as “Runx3” that is key to the development of killer T cells—immune cells important for fighting infections and cancer. The researchers believe Runx3, if properly directed, could be combined with other approaches to help T cells recognize and destroy tumor cells and enhance vaccine efficacy.

One in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush? Tendency to Undervalue Future Rewards Linked to ADHD, Obesity

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:00

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found a genetic signature for delay discounting — the tendency to undervalue future rewards — that overlaps with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), smoking and weight.

Forbes 30 Under 30 Honors Four with Ties to UC San Diego

Thu, 2017-12-07 07:00

UC San Diego is a hotbed for talented young innovators and thinkers. Just ask Forbes. The global media company and business magazine recently named four UC San Diego affiliates to its 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, an annual “encyclopedia of creative disruption” featuring 30 young leaders in each of 20 featured industries ranging from music and media to education and finance.

32 UC San Diego Professors Named Most Influential in Their Fields

Wed, 2017-12-06 14:49

Thirty two faculty members at the University of California San Diego are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, based on their publications over the past decade.

In Multiple Myeloma, High Levels of Enzyme ADAR1 are Associated with Reduced Survival

Tue, 2017-12-05 10:51

Using a database of multiple myeloma patient samples and information, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that high ADAR1 levels correlate with reduced survival rates. They also determined that blocking the enzyme reduces multiple myeloma regeneration in experimental models derived from patient cancer cells.

Experimental Drug Blocks Toxic Ion Flow Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Tue, 2017-12-05 03:00

A new small-molecule drug can restore brain function and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. The molecule, called anle138b, works by stopping toxic ion flow in the brain that is known to trigger nerve cell death. Scientists envision that this drug could be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and ALS.

Three UC San Diego Professors Named Recipients of 2018 Breakthrough Prize

Sun, 2017-12-03 17:00

Two full-time University of California San Diego faculty members — Don Cleveland, who studies fundamental cellular mechanisms in the search for new treatments for diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and James McKernan, a mathematician who investigates algebraic geometry and multivariate polynomials — are recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize, along with Joanne Chory, a plant biologist at Salk Institute for Biological Studies and adjunct professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego.

State’s Stem Cell Agency Awards Nearly $8 Million for New Leukemia Therapies

Fri, 2017-12-01 10:51

The Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) unanimously approved yesterday two grants worth a total of almost $8 million to University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers investigating novel stem cell-based treatments for acute myeloid leukemia or AML.

Vulnerability Identified for Subtypes of Glioblastoma

Thu, 2017-11-30 11:01

Glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, typically fails to respond to treatment or rapidly becomes drug resistant. In a paper published online in the journal Cancer Cell on November 30, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identified a strategy that pinpoints a genetically distinct subpopulation of patients with glioblastoma that is particularly sensitive to drugs like cilengitide that target a cell adhesion receptor known as integrin αvβ3.

6 Ways the Internet Is Shaping the ‘New Civil Wars’

Tue, 2017-11-28 15:12

A UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy political scientist links online communication to the “third wave” of civil wars playing out in the world today.

UC San Diego to Honor World AIDS Day Dec. 1 with Memorial Quilt Display

Mon, 2017-11-27 12:06

The University of California San Diego will recognize World AIDS Day on Friday, Dec. 1 to draw attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS has on the San Diego community, the nation and the globe. In honor of the international event, which was established in 1988, the campus will sponsor a number of free activities open to the public including a display of three sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest ongoing arts project in the world.

Immunotherapy Research for Head and Neck Cancers Gets Boost from V Foundation Grant

Mon, 2017-11-27 08:57

A team of University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center researchers studying new drugs designed to break resistance to cancer immunotherapy has been awarded a V Foundation for Cancer Research translational grant of $600,000 over three years.

Watching Atoms Move in Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Reveals Clues to Improving Solar Cells

Tue, 2017-11-21 09:01

The discovery of nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskites could shed light on developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, a team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego discovered how the movement of ions in hybrid perovskites causes certain regions within the material to become better solar cells than other parts.

UC San Diego Health Named Medical Provider of the Year

Mon, 2017-11-20 09:29

The UC San Diego Health International Patient Program was recognized as the 2017 Medical Provider of the Year by the International Travel & Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ). ITIJ recognizes leading health systems from around the globe for their ability to provide comprehensive, culturally-sensitive care to patients from international destinations.

Cross Off That “To Do” List, Study Shows All Daily Activity Can Prolong Life

Thu, 2017-11-16 13:40

That “to do” list of chores and errands could actually provide a variety of health benefits, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found women over age 65 who engaged in regular light physical activity had a reduction in the risk of mortality.