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Decolonization and the Settler-Indigenous Relationship

Fri, 2019-03-22 11:00

In new work by UC San Diego assistant professor Julie Burelle, the relationship between two groups of people in Quebec, Canada come into play in an important conversation about settler-indigenous relationships and decolonization, deeply adding to the growing field of Indigenous studies.

Supercomputer Simulations Help Combat Tuberculosis (TB) Granulomas

Wed, 2019-03-20 09:35

Researchers from the University of Michigan relied on supercomputers at UC San Diego and elsewhere to help them develop detailed models to better understand how TB spreads throughout the lungs.

Balance of Two Enzymes Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Survival

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:00

UC San Diego School of Medicine research sets the stage for clinicians to potentially one day use levels of a pancreatic cancer patient’s PHLPP1 and PKC enzymes as a prognostic, and for researchers to develop new therapeutic drugs that inhibit PHLPP1 and boost PKC as a means to treat the disease.

A Deeper Look at Global Icons

Thu, 2019-03-14 10:29

Why do people around the world come to see some figures as so important, and how have their meanings changed over time? These questions lie at the heart of the new book “Icons of Dissent: The Global Resonance of Che, Marley, Tupac, and Bin Laden.” Author Jeremy Prestholdt explains more in this Q&A.

UC San Diego Study Points to Virus-Related Acceleration in Some Cancers

Thu, 2019-03-14 10:17

A new paper by UC San Diego researchers hypothesizes a possible link between cancer-causing viruses.

Preclinical Data Shows Combination Immunotherapy Could Stop Liver Cancer Growth

Wed, 2019-03-13 10:53

New preclinical data from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center offers proof-of-principle for a combination immunotherapy that suppresses tumor growth in the liver. Current therapies for liver cancer are largely ineffective, resulting in poor outcomes.

Soccer Matches, Then a Doctor Does Too

Tue, 2019-03-12 13:05

Every year, at precisely 9 a.m., medical school graduates nationwide find out where they will spend their residencies. On Friday, the 117 members of the 2019 UC San Diego School of Medicine graduating class will be among them.

Scientists Find Mystery Killer Whales off Cape Horn, Chile

Thu, 2019-03-07 10:00

In January 2019, an international team of scientists working off the tip of southern Chile got their first live look at what might be a new species of killer whale. Called Type D, the whales were previously known only from a strandings, fisherman stories, and tourist photos.

Researchers Discover a New Mechanism Used by Bacteria to Evade Antibiotics

Thu, 2019-03-07 08:00

UC San Diego researchers have discovered an unexpected mechanism that allows bacteria to defend themselves against antibiotics, a finding that could lead to retooled drugs to treat infectious diseases.

Proof of Pimple: Mouse Model Validates How “Good” and “Bad” Bacteria Affect Acne

Thu, 2019-03-07 06:00

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine generated a new mouse model that mimics human acne for the first time, and used it to validate the concept of “good” and “bad” acne bacteria and introduce new possibilities for targeted treatments and vaccines.

Study to Investigate How Sexual Trauma Increases HIV Susceptibility in Women

Tue, 2019-03-05 08:40

Novel study to investigate how sexual trauma increases HIV susceptibility in women.

Engineers Developing Education Kit to Teach Students Practical Skills in Integrated Photonics

Mon, 2019-03-04 13:02

Engineers are developing an educational toolkit to bring integrated photonics into the college engineering and science curriculum. The kit is designed to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics and equip them to meet the growing demand for technicians and engineers in the industry.

Tech Tips: Four Top Health Systems Share Novel Approaches to Improve Patient Engagement

Mon, 2019-03-04 13:00

Health organizations across the U.S. are seeking ways to better engage patients with a variety of technologies to improve patient experience. Learn how UC San Diego Health and three U.S. hospitals have created diverse models of care that are changing patient care for the better.

Machinery Used in Basic Cell Division Does Double Duty as Builder of Neurons

Thu, 2019-02-28 08:00

Researchers at the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at University of California San Diego have identified an entirely new mechanism underlying the development and structure of the nervous system during embryogenesis.

By Blocking Protein, Researchers Keep Brain Tumors from Repairing Themselves

Thu, 2019-02-28 08:00

Researchers at the San Diego Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at UC San Diego report inhibiting activity of a specific protein in glioblastomas boosts their sensitivity to radiation, improving treatment prospects for one of the most common and aggressive forms of brain cancer.

Study Identifies Predictors of Psychiatric Events During Drug-Assisted Smoking Cessation

Wed, 2019-02-27 16:00

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have identified a clear group of characteristics that predict heightened risk for experiencing increased anxiety or worsening of mood that interferes with daily activities when using a smoking cessation drug.

Diedrick Brackens Selected as Second Longenecker Roth Distinguished Artist in Residence

Mon, 2019-02-25 09:45

The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts announces textile artist Diedrick Brackens as the 2019 – 2020 Martha Longenecker Roth Distinguished Artist in Residence, the department’s second residency supported by the estate of the late artist and educator Martha W. Longenecker Roth.

Cross-Wired Brings International Percussionists to UC San Diego for One Dynamic Week

Mon, 2019-02-25 09:10

The Department of Music's Cross-Wired is a week-long set of mini-concerts, master classes and large-scale performances for seven up-and-coming percussionists, each who will be studying new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and University Professor Roger Reynolds.

Foreign Bees Monopolize Prize Resources in Biodiversity Hotspot

Wed, 2019-02-20 10:55

New research reveals that foreign honey bees often account for more than 90 percent of pollinators observed visiting flowers in San Diego, a global biodiversity hotspot. The monopoly may strongly affect species that are foundational to the stability of the region’s plant-pollinator interactions.

UC San Diego Makes a Commitment to Open Access by Signing the OA2020 Expression of Interest

Wed, 2019-02-20 10:28

UC San Diego has signed an Expression of Interest to adopt the principles of Open Access 2020, an international effort to make all scholarly publications freely and immediately available to everyone by replacing the current costly subscription-based approach with sustainable funding models.