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New screening method identifies inhibitors of cancer cell metabolism

A new screening system developed by scientists at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center leverages redundancy in an important component of a cell – nucleotide metabolism – to help identify new drugs that specifically and potently block...
18-Nov-2019 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Lung Cancer in Women - UCLA Health Pulmonologist describes the signs & symptoms of this deadly disease

It's Lung Cancer Awareness Month and there are few stories about women who are diagnosed with lung cancer. Here’s one story about a 42-year-old, non-smoking Mom of two who was surprised with a lung cancer diagnosis last Thanksgiving. The story...
15-Nov-2019 1:50 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Scientist receives $3.5 million NIH grant to study pain-relief and cannabis

Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a five-year study assessing the pain-relieving effects of cannabis and cannabinoids, the...
13-Nov-2019 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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$27 million grant will strengthen effort to increase biomedical workforce diversity

UCLA has received $27.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to spearhead the new phase of an initiative to enhance the diversity of the U.S.’s biomedical workforce.
12-Nov-2019 7:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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UCLA physician leads American Board of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Linda Liau, chair of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been appointed chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. She is the first woman to lead the organization in its 80-year history.
8-Nov-2019 2:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Three UCLA scientists receive grants totaling more than $18 million

Three researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received awards totaling more than $18 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state’s stem cell agency.
31-Oct-2019 3:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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National Cancer Institute awards UCLA prostate cancer program with Research of Excellence grant

The prostate cancer program at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA Health has been awarded an $8.7 million Specialized Program of Research Excellence, or SPORE, grant from the National Cancer Institute.
31-Oct-2019 2:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mitochondrial activity in lung tumors predicts response to drug inhibitor

Researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a new biomarker using a noninvasive imaging method that tracks mitochondrial activity in lung tumors.
25-Oct-2019 1:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Q&A: A drug-free option for treating ADHD in children

UCLA researcher Sandra Loo was a principal investigator on the study that led to FDA approval of the first non-drug ADHD treatment. In this Q&A, Loo discusses the device and its potential in ADHD treatment.
7-Nov-2019 5:05 PM EST

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UCLA expert available to discuss the stress, emotional trauma and psychological impact of the California wildfires

30-Oct-2019 5:05 PM EDT

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UCLA expert available for interview on wildfires' impact on air quality

30-Oct-2019 11:40 AM EDT

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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