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Released: 3-Nov-2020 1:40 PM EST
UC researchers pioneer more effective method of blocking malaria transmission in mosquitoes
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 3, 2020 — Employing a strategy known as “population modification,” which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites.

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Released: 29-Oct-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Cognitive decline distorts political choices, UCI-led study says
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 29, 2020 — Identification along the liberal/conservative spectrum may last a lifetime, but cognitive decline distorts our political choices, according to the first-of-its-kind study led by the University of California, Irvine. For those who are cognitively impaired, identifying as being liberal or conservative loses its relationship to their political decision-making.

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Released: 28-Oct-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Antibody screening finds COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in O.C. than thought
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 28, 2020 — Testing a representative sample of Orange County residents for a wide range of coronavirus antibodies, University of California, Irvine researchers found that 11.5 percent of them have antibodies for COVID-19, in contrast to previous estimates of less than 2 percent. Latino and low-income residents had the highest prevalence of SARS-CoV-02 antibodies with rates of 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

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Released: 27-Oct-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Cancer Treatment Without Side Effects?
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 27, 2020 – Treating cancer without debilitating side effects has long been the holy grail of oncologists, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Switzerland’s Lausanne University Hospital may have found it. Charles Limoli, professor of radiation oncology at UCI, and Marie-Catherine Vozenin, associate professor of radiation oncology at the Swiss facility, used an ultra-high dose rate of radiation therapy to eliminate brain tumors in mice, bypassing key side effects usually caused by cranial irradiation.

Newswise: Kristen M. Kelly, MD, appointed chair of UCI Department of Dermatology
Released: 23-Oct-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Kristen M. Kelly, MD, appointed chair of UCI Department of Dermatology
University of California, Irvine

Kristen M. Kelly, MD, has been appointed chair for the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, effective September 6, 2020.

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Released: 22-Oct-2020 5:05 PM EDT
National Academy of Medicine elects UCI biomedical engineer Kyriacos A. Athanasiou
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 22, 2020 — University of California, Irvine biomedical engineer Kyriacos A. Athanasiou has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest distinctions awarded to professionals in the medical sciences, healthcare and public health. He is one of 90 new U.S.-based members announced this week, along with 10 new international members.

Released: 22-Oct-2020 4:00 PM EDT
NIH Awards Over $100 Million to Examine Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome
University of California, Irvine

The Alzheimer’s Biomarkers Consortium – Down Syndrome (ABC-DS), a multi-institution research team, co-led by members from the University of California, Irvine, has been awarded an unprecedented five-year, $109 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to expand research on the biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome.

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Released: 22-Oct-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Demographic differences foster social ties in online support groups, UCI-led study finds
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 22, 2020 — Millions of adults in the U.S. join online support groups to help them attain health goals, ranging from weight loss to smoking cessation. In their quest to make connections, members have a tendency to hide demographic differences, concerned about poor social integration that will weaken interpersonal ties.

Released: 21-Oct-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Cunningham tapped as new chair for UCI Pediatrics and Senior Vice President & Pediatrician-in-Chief for CHOC Children’s
University of California, Irvine

Following a national search, the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and CHOC Children’s have jointly announced that Coleen Cunningham, MD, a renowned professor of pediatrics and pathology from Duke University, has accepted a dual appointment position as both the chair for the UCI Department of Pediatrics and as senior vice president and pediatrician-in-chief for CHOC Children’s.

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Released: 21-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
UCI materials scientists discover design secrets of nearly indestructible insect
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 21, 2020 – With one of the more awe-inspiring names in the animal kingdom, the diabolical ironclad beetle is one formidable insect. Birds, lizards and rodents frequently try to make a meal of it but seldom succeed. Run over it with a car, and the critter lives on. The beetle’s survival depends on two key factors: its ability to convincingly play dead and an exoskeleton that’s one of the toughest, most crush-resistant structures known to exist in the biological world.

Newswise: UCI-led study reveals significant restoration of retinal and visual function following gene therapy
Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:45 PM EDT
UCI-led study reveals significant restoration of retinal and visual function following gene therapy
University of California, Irvine

A breakthrough study, led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, results in the restoration of retinal and visual functions of mice models suffering from inherited retinal disease.

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Released: 14-Oct-2020 5:55 PM EDT
Pandemic lockdowns caused steep and lasting carbon dioxide decline
University of California, Irvine

An international team of climate experts, including Earth system scientists at the University of California, Irvine, today released an assessment of carbon dioxide emissions by industry, transportation and other sectors from January through June, showing that this year’s pandemic lockdowns resulted in a 9 percent decline from 2019 levels.

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Released: 8-Oct-2020 2:40 PM EDT
UCI, others see agriculture as major source of increase in atmospheric nitrous oxide
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 8, 2020­ – An international team of researchers – including Earth system scientists at the University of California, Irvine – recently completed the most thorough review yet of nitrous oxide from emission to destruction in the planet’s atmosphere. In addition to confirming that the 20 percent increase in the amount of the greenhouse gas since the start of the Industrial Revolution can be totally attributed to humans, the team expressed doubt about the ability to reduce emissions or mitigate their future impacts.

Newswise: Simple sugar found in human breast milk possible therapy for repairing myelin in multiple sclerosis
Released: 7-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Simple sugar found in human breast milk possible therapy for repairing myelin in multiple sclerosis
University of California, Irvine

N-acetylglucosamine, a simple sugar found in human breast milk and sold as an over-the-counter dietary supplement in the United States, promotes myelin repair in mouse models and correlates with myelination levels in multiple sclerosis patients according to a new University of California, Irvine-led study.

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Released: 7-Oct-2020 11:30 AM EDT
UCI biochip innovation combines AI and nanoparticle printing for cancer cell analysis
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 7, 2020 – Electrical engineers, computer scientists and biomedical engineers at the University of California, Irvine have created a new lab-on-a-chip that can help study tumor heterogeneity to reduce resistance to cancer therapies. In a paper published today in Advanced Biosystems, the researchers describe how they combined artificial intelligence, microfluidics and nanoparticle inkjet printing in a device that enables the examination and differentiation of cancers and healthy tissues at the single-cell level.

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Released: 6-Oct-2020 11:45 AM EDT
UCI researcher receives NIH Transformational Research Award
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 6, 2020 — University of California, Irvine biomedical engineer Chang Liu is the recipient of one of nine Director’s Transformative Research Awards this year from the National Institutes of Health under its High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, the agency announced today. Liu’s five-year, $8.4 million grant will support a project to develop a system for making antibody generation a routine and widely accessible process.

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Released: 1-Oct-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Population distribution can greatly impact COVID-19 spread, UCI-led study finds
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 1, 2020 — Uneven population distribution can significantly impact the severity and timing of COVID-19 infections within a city or county, leading individual communities to have vastly different experiences with the pandemic, according to a recent study led by the University of California, Irvine. Findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that the heterogeneous spatial features of interpersonal connections may produce dramatic local variations in exposures to those with the illness.

Newswise: New study finds antidepressant drug effective in treating “lazy eye” in adults
Released: 30-Sep-2020 12:25 PM EDT
New study finds antidepressant drug effective in treating “lazy eye” in adults
University of California, Irvine

In a new study, published in Current Biology, researchers from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine reveal how subanesthetic ketamine, which is used for pain management and as an antidepressant in humans, is effective in treating adult amblyopia, a brain disorder commonly known as “lazy eye.”

Released: 28-Sep-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Early study results point to heating element in vaping and e-cig devices as cause for serious lung injuries
University of California, Irvine

Early results of an experimental vaping study have shown significant lung injury from E-cigarette (eC) devices with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements. The findings were consistent, with or without the use of nicotine, vitamin E oil or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which have previously been thought to contribute to the life-threatening respiratory problem.

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Released: 28-Sep-2020 12:05 PM EDT
UCI is No. 1 in Sierra magazine’s 2020 ‘Cool Schools’ ranking of sustainability leaders
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 28, 2020 — The green streak continues! Sierra magazine has named the University of California, Irvine No. 1 overall in its annual “Cool Schools” ranking of sustainability leaders among U.S. and Canadian universities and colleges, marking the fourth time in the last seven years that UCI has topped the widely acclaimed list.

Newswise: Regulatory T cells could lead to new immunotherapies aimed at treating multiple sclerosis
Released: 21-Sep-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Regulatory T cells could lead to new immunotherapies aimed at treating multiple sclerosis
University of California, Irvine

In a new University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers have discovered how regulatory T cells (Treg) are instrumental in limiting the damage caused to the spinal cord in diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Study links rising stress, depression in U.S. to pandemic-related losses, media consumption
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020 – Experiencing multiple stressors triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic – such as unemployment – and COVID-19-related media consumption are directly linked to rising acute stress and depressive symptoms across the U.S., according to a groundbreaking University of California, Irvine study. The report appears in Science Advances, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Released: 15-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
UCI statisticians release new online Orange County COVID-19 information resource
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 15, 2020 – A months-long collaboration between the University of California, Irvine, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Orange County Health Care Agency has resulted in a new Orange County COVID-19 website that tracks the spread of the disease and forecasts future trends. By feeding county data into a coronavirus transmission model, the site estimates “current and future numbers of infectious individuals in Orange County, which is important for understanding risks of getting infected,” said Vladimir Minin, UCI professor of statistics and associate director of the UCI Infectious Disease Science Initiative.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Study finds new #MDsToo curriculum sensitizes faculty members and residents to mistreatment
University of California, Irvine

In a new University of California, Irvine-led study, the #MDsToo curriculum, recently introduced by UCI’s School of Medicine, was successful in helping medical students recognize mistreatment that may have occurred during medical training, a problem that is pervasive nationwide.

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Released: 14-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
UCI is ranked among nation’s top 10 public universities for sixth year in a row
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 14, 2020 — The University of California, Irvine has been ranked eighth among the nation’s public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of “Best Colleges,” released today. This is the sixth consecutive year in which UCI has placed in the top 10. UCI placed 35th among all American universities – public and private – and rose to second in the subcategory of social mobility, which takes into account the graduation rate of students awarded Pell Grants.

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Released: 10-Sep-2020 2:00 PM EDT
China’s ecological restoration projects deplete terrestrial water stores
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 10, 2020 – Through concerted, policy-driven efforts, China has converted large swaths of desert into grassland over the past few decades, but this success has come at a cost. In a study published recently in Nature Sustainability, scientists at the University of California, Irvine report that the Asian nation’s environmental reclamation programs have substantially diminished terrestrially stored water.

Released: 26-Aug-2020 2:15 PM EDT
UCI-led study rules out dark matter destruction as origin of extra radiation in galaxy center
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 26, 2020 – The detection more than a decade ago by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope of an excess of high-energy radiation in the center of the Milky Way convinced some physicists that they were seeing evidence of the annihilation of dark matter particles, but a team led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine has ruled out that interpretation.

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Released: 25-Aug-2020 10:35 AM EDT
UCI launches Black Thriving Initiative
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 25, 2020 — Changing the culture, leveraging the mission and engaging communities are the key components of a far-reaching new initiative at the University of California, Irvine to create a campus culture in which Black people thrive. The initiative recognizes and responds to systemic anti-Blackness as an existential threat to the mission of the university and calls on all members of the campus community to confront anti-Blackness.

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Released: 24-Aug-2020 3:25 PM EDT
UCI provides consultation services for Monarch Beach Resort coronavirus mitigation plan
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 24, 2020 – With the right practices and procedures, businesses that are reopening can reduce the threat of coronavirus infections, benefiting workers, patrons and everyone they come in contact with. However, companies seeking knowledgeable guidance on this have few options. The University of California, Irvine, is now providing expert advice to Monarch Beach Resort.

Newswise: UCI study finds women with diabetes and high levels of coronary artery calcium at greater risk of death than men
Released: 21-Aug-2020 2:05 PM EDT
UCI study finds women with diabetes and high levels of coronary artery calcium at greater risk of death than men
University of California, Irvine

A new study finds women with diabetes and significant levels of calcium in their coronary arteries have higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease and all causes than their male counterparts.

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Released: 21-Aug-2020 10:20 AM EDT
UCI and international institutions link Southeast Asia megadrought to drying in Africa
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 21, 2020 – Physical evidence found in caves in Laos helps tell a story about a connection between the end of the Green Sahara – when once heavily vegetated Northern Africa became a hyper-arid landscape – and a previously unknown megadrought that crippled Southeast Asia 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. In a paper published today in Nature Communications, scientists at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Pennsylvania, William Paterson University of New Jersey and other international institutions explain how this major climate transformation led to a shift in human settlement patterns in Southeast Asia, which is now inhabited by more than 600 million people.

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Released: 19-Aug-2020 3:50 PM EDT
UCI develops low-cost, accurate COVID-19 antibody detection platform
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 19, 2020 — A robust, low-cost imaging platform utilizing lab-on-a-chip technology created by University of California, Irvine scientists may be available for rapid coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testing throughout the nation by the end of the year. The UCI system can go a long way toward the deployment of a vaccine for COVID-19 and toward reopening the economy, as both require widespread testing for the virus and its antibodies.

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Released: 18-Aug-2020 11:40 AM EDT
UCI cyber-physical security researchers highlight vulnerability of solar inverters
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 18, 2020 – Cyber-physical systems security researchers at the University of California, Irvine can disrupt the functioning of a power grid using about $50 worth of equipment tucked inside a disposable coffee cup. In a presentation delivered at the recent Usenix Security 2020 conference, Mohammad Al Faruque, UCI associate professor of electrical engineering & computer science, and his team revealed that the spoofing mechanism can generate a 32 percent change in output voltage, a 200 percent increase in low-frequency harmonics power and a 250 percent boost in real power from a solar inverter.

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Released: 17-Aug-2020 11:05 AM EDT
UCI materials scientists study a sea creature that packs a powerful punch
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 17, 2020 – University of California, Irvine materials scientists are learning about resilience from the mantis shrimp. The ancient crustaceans are armed with two hammerlike raptorial appendages called dactyl clubs that they use to bludgeon and smash their prey. These fists, able to accelerate from the body at over 50 mph, deliver powerful blows yet appear undamaged afterward.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 2:45 PM EDT
New UCI Health Center for Advanced Care to provide greater access to world-class care
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 13, 2020 — The University of California, Irvine is bringing world-class healthcare services to coastal and southern Orange County with plans to build the UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, which will be home to the Center for Children’s Health, adult specialty care, urgent care and other services needed in the region for the entire family.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Group is established to connect, inspire and empower UCI women in technology
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 12, 2020 — To connect, inspire and empower women working, researching and teaching in technology-related fields across campus, the University of California, Irvine has established a new diversity affinity group, Women in Technology at UCI. Through strategic partnerships, career development, educational events and networking activities, Women in Technology at UCI will strengthen the community of women in technology on campus.

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Released: 10-Aug-2020 1:30 PM EDT
UCI researchers launch first-of-its-kind coronavirus statistics portal
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 10, 2020 — Scientists at the University of California, Irvine have unveiled a public website that provides up-to-date statistics on coronavirus infections in Orange County, with comparisons to neighboring and other California counties. The site displays information collected from the California Open Data Portal in an easily comprehended format, giving visitors quick access to the most relevant data on hospitalized patients with COVID-19, intensive care unit patients, new daily cases and new daily deaths caused by the disease.

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Released: 5-Aug-2020 12:50 PM EDT
UCI scientists get ‘initial hit’ in developing drug to treat COVID-19
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 5, 2020 – When the coronavirus pandemic hit, almost everyone at the University of California, Irvine – and colleges across the nation – had to abandon campus. But James Nowick, professor of chemistry, was not a part of that exodus. That’s because his lab, which designs and constructs chemical molecules, had the right equipment to help in the global push to find treatments for COVID-19.

Newswise: UCI researchers publish new guide for viral tracers in neural circuit mapping
Released: 4-Aug-2020 1:35 PM EDT
UCI researchers publish new guide for viral tracers in neural circuit mapping
University of California, Irvine

Researchers from the newly-established Center for Neural Circuit Mapping at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine evaluate the properties of anterograde and retrograde viral tracers, comparing their strengths and limitations for use in neural circuit mapping. Results were published today as a primer in Neuron.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
UCI to launch innovative School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 4, 2020 — As part of a prescription to reshape 21st-century healthcare, the University of California, Irvine is announcing the establishment of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the first public pharmacy school in the Los Angeles-Orange County region and a pillar of UCI’s expanding Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 3:25 PM EDT
UCI engineers evaluate snow drought in different parts of the world
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 3, 2020 — Environmental engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a new framework for characterizing snow droughts around the world. Using this tool to analyze conditions from 1980 to 2018, the researchers found a 28-percent increase in the length of intensified snow-water deficits in the Western United States during the second half of the study period.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Plastics, pathogens and baby formula: What’s in your shellfish?
University of California, Irvine

The first landmark study using next-generation technology to comprehensively examine contaminants in oysters in Myanmar reveals alarming findings: the widespread presence of human bacterial pathogens and human-derived microdebris materials, including plastics, kerosene, paint, talc and milk supplement powders.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Massiah Foundation challenge gift to fund UCI chair in Zoroastrian studies
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., July 29, 2020 – The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million challenge commitment from the Massiah Foundation to establish the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies – the first of its kind in the United States. Additionally, the University of California will support the chair with up to $500,000.

Newswise: New study reveals how day- and night-biting mosquitoes respond differently to colors of light and time of day
Released: 27-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
New study reveals how day- and night-biting mosquitoes respond differently to colors of light and time of day
University of California, Irvine

In a new study, researchers found that night- versus day-biting species of mosquitoes are behaviorally attracted and repelled by different colors of light at different times of day. Mosquitoes are among major disease vectors impacting humans and animals around the world and the findings have important implications for using light to control them.

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:15 PM EDT
UCI to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing workshop series
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., July 22, 2020 — To help track and slow the spread of COVID-19, the University of California, Irvine is launching a health equity contact tracing workshop for Orange County Health Care Agency staff, UCI students and community members. The four-week series of remote training sessions will help meet the growing need for contact tracers who can do the detective-like work of figuring out how COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge goes virtual for 2020
University of California, Irvine

UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, a movement to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, is going virtual for 2020 in order to maintain social distancing and safeguard participant health. The reimagined Anti-Cancer Challenge now includes an eight-week virtual fundraising and wellness program that connects people around the local community and across the nation.

Newswise: New discovery reveals brain network mechanism that causes spatial memory impairment in Alzheimer’s disease
Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
New discovery reveals brain network mechanism that causes spatial memory impairment in Alzheimer’s disease
University of California, Irvine

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease frequently suffer from spatial memory loss, such as no recognition of where they are, and forgetting where they put their belongings. They often show a wandering symptom, which is also a feature of spatial memory impairment. Until now, the brain network mechanism that causes spatial memory impairment had been unclear.

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Released: 21-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
American Philosophical Society honors Elizabeth Loftus with Suppes Prize
University of California, Irvine

Elizabeth F. Loftus, a University of California, Irvine distinguished professor of psychological science and criminology, law and society, has been named this year’s recipient of the Suppes Prize by the American Philosophical Society. And, she is donating the $20,000 award to UCI’s School of Social Ecology, where she has been employed for 18 years.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 11:10 AM EDT
UCI receives record $529 million in research funding for fiscal 2019-20
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., July 20, 2020 — From cutting-edge research and clinical trials focused on cancer care to creating a new center devoted to protecting personal data privacy, University of California, Irvine scholars, scientists and physicians are blazing new paths to help change the world. And their impact keeps growing. In fiscal 2019-20, which ended June 30, UCI researchers received the most funding in campus history: $529 million in grants and contracts.


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