Explore Research Innovation at the David Geffen School of Medicine
The biomedical challenges of the 21st Century will be solved by scientific communities – networks of scientists with common interests but diverse skills and expertise.
In order to align our research enterprise with this scientific landscape, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has established six Unified Research Themes to stimulate interaction between UCLA’s top scientists and clinicians. These outstanding researchers are dedicating their careers to the same problems but have historically had little interaction due to relics of 20th century University organizational structure.
Under the umbrella of the Unified Research Themes, UCLA scientists and clinicians are doing pioneering research for the benefit of humanity.
The UCLA scientists and clinicians in these themes are expanding the boundaries of human knowledge and developing the next generation of treatments and cures in order to alleviate human suffering.
Kenneth Dorshkind, PhD Cancer Theme Interim Chair
Kenneth Dorshkind, Ph.D., was appointed as Interim Director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center on October 1, 2015. He is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and also serves as academic associate director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center. Learn More >
Theme Contact Information: Phone: (310) 825-5268 Contact via email
The UCLA Cancer Research Theme through the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) includes over 400 members who conduct basic and translational cancer research and clinicians who provide state of the art cancer care. The JCCC has a 20 year history of successfully translating research into new cancer treatments. Work led by JCCC members has resulted in 6 new FDA approv ed drugs over the course of the past two years. Adult cancer care at UCLA was ranked 5th in the nation in the most recent US News & World Report survey.
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Yibin Wang, PhD Cardiovascular Theme Chair
Dr. Yibin Wang is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Physiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the Chair of Cardiovascular Theme, the Vice Chair for Research and Director of the Division of Molecular Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. Learn More >
Theme Contact Information: Phone: (310) 206-9153 Contact via email
The UCLA Cardiovascular Research Theme's mission is to pioneer innovation and discovery to prevent, detect and cure cardiovascular diseases. Driven by a visionary team of research scientists and physicians, the Cardiovascular Research Theme will revolutionize treatments through precision medicine—one person at a time.
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Steven Bensinger, VMD, PhD Immunity, Inflammation, Infection, & Transplantation (I3T) Theme Chair
Steven J. Bensinger, VMD, PhD, is the leader of the Immunity, Inflammation, Infection, and Transplantation (I3T) Theme in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Bensinger is an Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, and of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. Learn More >
Theme Contact Information: Phone: (310) 825-9744 Contact via email
The UCLA I3T Research Theme's' goal is to promote interactions between researchers in fundamental immunology, cancer immunology, immuno-metabolism, transplant immunology, infectious diseases, and inflammatory/autoimmune diseases. With 70+ faculty members spanning basic, translational, and clinical applications, I3T focuses on the core mission of expanding our knowledge of immune regulation and developing novel disease therapies.
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Orian Shirihai, MD, PhD Metabolism Theme Chair
Dr. Orian Shirihai, MD, PhD, chair of UCLA’s Metabolism Theme, leads a large and growing group of investigators whose work explores the challenges of decoding the intricacies of human metabolism. Problems with metabolic processes can be a factor in diseases of aging, diabetes, and cancer. UCLA’s Metabolic Research Theme brings together researchers, clinicians and resources to understand how the body’s tiniest workings affect health and disease. With these efforts, researchers aim to gain greater understanding of how metabolism contributes to human disease, and how best to use that understanding to develop treatments for, and possilby cure, diseases like diabetes and cancer.
Theme Contact Information: Phone: (310) 825-9163 Contact via email
The UCLA Metabolism Theme is an initiative that aims to facilitate campus wide interdisciplinary research in the field of metabolism involving basic, clinical and industry collaborations. The far reaching implications this work could have has the translational potential to change lives.
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Larry Zipursky, PhD Neuroscience Theme Chair
S. Lawrence Zipursky, PhD, chair of UCLA’s Neuroscience Theme, has made fundamental contributions to understanding brain development. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Theme Contact Information: Phone: (310) 825-2834 Contact via email
The UCLA Neuroscience Theme is well-situated in both clinical and basic science departments to maximize interdisciplinary approaches to studying the brain. More than 500 neuroscience faculty reside in the clinical departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience or in the basic sciences in the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, and the College. The central goals of the Neuroscience Theme are to understand how the brain develops, functions and ages, to apply this knowledge to uncovering mechanisms of brain disease and to translate findings into new and effective therapies.
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Tom Carmichael, MD, PhD Regenerative Medicine Theme Co-Chair
Tom Carmichael, MD, PhD is a Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology. Learn More >
Owen Witte, MD Regenerative Medicine Theme Co-Chair
Owen Witte, MD is the founding director of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center. Learn More >
The UCLA Regenerative Medicine Theme is committed to a multi-disciplinary, campus-wide, integrated, collaboration of scientific, academic, and medical disciplines to understand the links between human development, aging, and repair. By characterizing the natural processes of cell turnover and replacement, we can better understand resulting diseases. The Broad Stem Cell Research Center (BSCRC) serves as a catalyst for research activity in this space. Our faculty have a strong history of translational research, bringing research from the laboratory to the bedside.
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