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Paralyzed Rats Walk Again with Flexible Spinal Implant Scientific American - January 20, 2015 “This work represents a significant advance in the development of biocompatible devices,” says UCLA Life Scientist Reggie Edgerton: In his own work, Edgerton has placed electrodes outside the dura mater and shown they can help paralyzed patients recover limited movement.
Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Makes Temperature Connection National Geographic - January 14, 2015 UCLA biologist Brenda Larison and colleagues visited zebra populations throughout Africa and studied stripe patterns. The most important factors affecting stripes: temperature.
$6 million from NIH for new UCLA Center for the Ribonomics of Gene Regulation UCLA Newsroom - January 14, 2015 Alexander Hoffmann and Douglas Black, professors of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics receive a $6 million NIH grant to launch multidisciplinary research across UCLA.
BRITE Center for Science, Research and Policy receives grant to address ACA and mental health UCLA Newsroom - January 7, 2014 UCLA’s BRITE Center for Science, Research and Policy has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Princeton Area Community Foundation, to convene scholars with expertise in mental/behavior health disorders or treatments for racial and ethnic minorities.
Researchers shed light on how 'microbial dark matter' might cause disease EurekAlert - December 23, 2014 Breakthrough by scientists from UCLA, J. Craig Venter Institute, and U of Washington pioneer studies of difficult to cultivate, elusive bacteria in our bodies.
UCLA ecologists save endangered turtles weakened by the drought UCLA Newsroom - December 12, 2014 Biologists from UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science help to save and rehabilitate endangered turtles in Southern California. News archives
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UCLA research suggests lost memories can be restored
Research from the lab of David Glanzman suggests that memories may not be stored in synapses, as previously thought. “Long-term memory is not stored at the synapse,” said Glanzman, senior author of the study. “That’s a radical idea, but that’s where the evidence leads. The nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections. If you can restore the synaptic connections, the memory will come back. It won’t be easy, but I believe it’s possible.”
Vickie Mays reappointed U.S. House representative, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
Psychology professor, Vickie Mays, has been reappointed to a second four-year term as the House representative to the federal advisory committee on Vital and Health Statistics. In this role, she has reported on the use of data collection to reduce health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, and primary language.
Early detection of disease possible through saliva tests
Integrative Biology and Physiology associate professor, Grace Xiao, and UCLA Dentistry Professor Dr. David Wong have conducted the most comprehensive analysis of RNA molecules in human saliva, and found that it contains many of the same disease-revealing molecules that are contained in blood. This could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing — at an early stage — diseases such as diabetes and cancer.