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3D virtual reality models help yield better surgical outcomes

A UCLA-led study has found that using three-dimensional virtual reality models to prepare for kidney tumor surgeries resulted in substantial improvements, including shorter operating times, less blood loss during surgery and a shorter stay in the...
16-Sep-2019 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA oncologist Dennis Slamon wins 2019 Lasker Award for clinical medical research

Physician-scientist Dr. Dennis Slamon, has been awarded the 2019 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for the groundbreaking development of breast cancer drug Herceptin (trastuzumab), a life-saving therapy for women with HER2-positive...
10-Sep-2019 12:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA Health Earns Federal Innovation Grant

UCLA has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to create a regional hub for the development of medical technology and digital health tools.
5-Sep-2019 7:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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In Harm’s Way: UCLA Study Finds Child Labor Protections Lacking in Many Countries

Dozens of countries lack important legal protections against children doing work that could be harmful or interfere with their education, according to a study by the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at UCLA.
22-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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How Public Health Practitioners Can Address Racism: New Book Edited by Fielding School Professor

In a new book edited by a professor from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, academicians and community organizers explain how public health practitioners can identify and address racism.
20-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Drug accelerates blood system’s recovery after chemotherapy, radiation

A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem cells after exposure to radiation. If the results can be replicated in humans, the compound could help people recover quicker from...
14-Aug-2019 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

X-Chromosome Gene May Explain Why Women More Prone to Autoimmune Diseases

14-Aug-2019 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Nanocapsule Reaches Cancer That Has Spread to Central Nervous System in Mice

Researchers developed a drug delivery system that can break through the blood-brain barrier in mice.
14-Aug-2019 4:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA experts: psychological trauma, mass shootings

4-Aug-2019 5:05 PM EDT

Researcher looks for ways to detect deadly cancer before it develops

Dr. Beth Karlan, the newly appointed director of cancer population genetics at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is hopeful that her research will not only help women get diagnosed with ovarian cancer at an earlier stage, but also...
28-Jun-2019 12:00 PM EDT

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ACP breast cancer screening guideline update: Breast cancer surgeon/expert available

5-Apr-2019 12:05 PM EDT

UCLA experts available to comment on cancer research at AACR annual meeting

27-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer – pancreatic surgeon/expert available

6-Mar-2019 6:05 PM EST

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Neuroscientists explore use of ketamine to treat depression

6-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST

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UCLA expert available to discuss how social factors affect health

20-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST

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Four myths about colorectal cancer debunked

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women – but it needn’t be. Oncologist Zev Wainberg, MD, debunks four common myths about the disease.
20-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST

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  • Christopher Giza

    Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

    Concussion, concussion and football, traumatic brain injuries, Youth, Neuroplasticity, post-traumatic epilepsy, concussion and sports, Sports-Related Head Injury, Brain Development, helmet studies, Neuroimaging, Genetic Markers
  • Donald Kohn

    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

    Adenosine, X Linked Diseases, Bubble Boy Disease, Sickle Cell Disease, Genetic Disease, Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Stem Cell, Stem Cell Therapy
  • Emmanuel Maidenberg

    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

    Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Relationships
  • Isaac Yang

    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

    Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Brain Tumor, Hearing, Balance, Radiosurgery, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Jeffrey Klausner

    Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectiou

    Sexually Transmitted Disease, STI, HIV, AIDS, Public Health, Global Health, Infectious Disease
  • Larissa Mooney

    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

    Addiction, Opiods, Cannabis, Alcoholism, Psychiatry
  • Zaldy Tan

    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

    Geriatric, Geriatric Care, Alzheimber's Disease, Alzheimer's, Dementia, educational technology, Quality Improvement


Brianna Aldrich
Director of Communications
dentistry, oral health


Duane Bates
Communications Director


Ted Braun
Marketing & Media Relations Director
UCLA / Santa Monica Campus


Stephanie Cajigal
Sr. Public Relations Officer
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health


Tiare Dunlap
Development and Comm Coord


Marrecca Fiore
Senior Media Relations Officer
Psychiatry, Neuroscience

Phil Hampton
Director, Media Relations

Denise Heady
Media Relations Manager


Nick Kazden
Broad Center


Jane Murcia
Media Relations Repressentative/ Analytics
Nutrition/Diet, Dermatology

David Olmos
Director, News Strategy & Editing
UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, autism, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative


Enrique Rivero
Senior Media Relations Officer
Kidney transplant; geriatrics; internal medicine; endocrinology; infectious diseases; AIDS/HIV


Elaine Schmidt
Senior Media Relations Officer
Neurosurgery, concussion, spinal cord injury, genetics, vision, radiology, ENT, medical education


Simi Singer
Media Relations Manager


Mirabai Vogt-James
Communications Manager
Broad Stem Cell Research Center


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