An update on the stem cell gene therapy clinical trial for ADA-SCID

Orchard Therapeutics has transferred back to UCLA the FDA license to conduct the clinical trial of an experimental blood stem cell gene therapy for children with a rare and deadly inherited disorder that leaves them without an immune system.

  • February 15, 2022

From UCLA Health: Presenting the case of a woman with HIV-1 in remission following specialized stem cell transplantation for leukemia

UCLA researchers presented today the first case of a U.S. woman living with HIV-1 that is in remission after she received a new combination of specialized stem cell transplants for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The oral abstract was presented at CROI 2022, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

DGSOM Professor selected for 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship

Eight young UCLA professors are among 118 scientists and scholars selected today to receive 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships, making UCLA No. 1 among U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities in the number of new fellows.

The fellowships, among the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early-career researchers, are often seen as evidence of the quality of an institution’s science, math and economics faculty. MIT, with seven new faculty fellows, had the second most.

Propelling a culture shift in medicine

The Health Equity Translational Social Science Research Theme at UCLA brings historically siloed groups together to make a lasting impact.

Dr. Helena Hansen and Dr. Rochelle Dicker lead the Health Equity Translational Social Science research theme at UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Historically, health systems have been financially incentivized to treat sick people, as opposed to keeping people healthy, says Helena Hansen, MD, PhD. Financial incentives prioritized volume, not quality.

  • February 14, 2022

Doctors in space: UCLA fellowship prepares new generation of flight surgeons

As the frequency of space travel grows and humans inch ever closer to long-distance, interplanetary missions, the need for specially trained medical personnel who can support the health, safety and well-being of astronauts and other travelers aboard spacecraft and in extraterrestrial environments has become increasingly important. 

Are fitness trackers enough to keep you motivated and turn exercise into a habit?

UCLA Health study finds significant value in combining trackers with personalized feedback for long-term success.

As wearable fitness trackers grow in popularity, UCLA Health researchers have found that pairing them with personalized guidance and encouragement can result in sustained improvements in sleep and exercise.

Past studies have shown that users of wearable devices, ranging from smartwatches to wristbands, may make positive health changes in the short term, but motivation can quickly wane, with one-third of consumers no longer wearing them after six months.

  • February 10, 2022

Black representation in medicine

Dr. Preston Igwe, MD, at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. (Photo by Joshua Sudock | UCLA Health)

'You’re the first Black doctor I’ve ever seen here at the VA.' A viral tweet has the medical community discussing Black representation in medicine

Last month, one of Preston Igwe’s Tweets went viral.

A viral tweet has the medical community discussing Black representation in medicine

'You’re the first Black doctor I’ve ever seen here at the VA.'

Last month, one of Preston Igwe’s Tweets went viral.

An MD and a resident psychiatrist at UCLA, Dr. Igwe described in the Tweet an encounter where he learned he was the first Black physician that his patient, also a Black man, had seen in his 50 years going to Veterans Affairs (VA) for medical care.

Dr. Preston Igwe

  • February 09, 2022

Egg, embryo freezing are options for women who want to delay pregnancy

In general, the process is best when done by the time a woman is in her early to mid-30s, says Dr. Lindsay Kroener

Dr. Lindsay Kroener

For women who want to have children someday, but aren’t ready yet, thinking about how to best approach their fertility is a very individualized process.

  • January 21, 2022

Prostate cancer therapy intensification strategies

International meta-analysis quantifies the impact of three prostate cancer therapy intensification strategies

By David Sampson

A new meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials provides strong support for adding androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to definitive radiotherapy (RT) for the treatment of prostate cancer, projecting that doing so would prevent one cancer from metastasizing for every 10 to 15 men treated.

A doctor’s work on homelessness and societal mental health

'Sometimes people view mental health treatment as a "magic bullet" for homelessness – but we can’t medicalize a social problem.'

By Jocelyn Apodaca Schlossberg

Dr. Enrico Castillo, associate director of residency education at UCLA Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute and public psychiatrist

Enrico Castillo, MD, MSHPM, got into medicine to help people, to understand patients' perspectives and stories and to change people’s ways of thinking about mental illness.

ICYMI: Our most-read stories of 2021

Variants, vaccines, artificial kidney topped the list

2021 was another year dominated by COVID-19 – the roller coaster of a pandemic that continues to have a firm grip on our health and well-being.

And people wanted information.

Whether it was about the virus, the vaccines, the variants, the surges or the safety protocols, there was great interest in staying up to date.

But it wasn’t all coronavirus. Readers also wanted to learn about the flu vaccine, leading-edge medical advancement and generally how to be their healthiest selves.

  • December 28, 2021

DGSOM Community Engagement pipeline partnerships expand

Where to reach underrepresented students for health care professions? In community colleges

By Jocelyn Apodaca Schlossberg

“Initially, I never intended on going to college,” says Christopher Soriano, MD, an internal medicine resident at UCLA. “I was a student who had a 1.9 grade point average in high school and I wasn’t really focused on education. I had no guidance. I was just living day by day.”

Where to reach underrepresented students for health care professions? In community colleges

DGSOM Community Engagement pipeline partnerships expand

“Initially, I never intended on going to college,” says Christopher Soriano, MD, an internal medicine resident at UCLA. “I was a student who had a 1.9 grade point average in high school and I wasn’t really focused on education. I had no guidance. I was just living day by day.”

  • December 21, 2021

Holistic approach to mental health care for people with Parkinson’s

Dr. Indu Subramanian

Dr. Indu Subramanian calls for increasing disease awareness, empowering patients and community-based support

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a heightened awareness of mental health concerns. As many people grapple with the ill effects of unrelenting stress, deep uncertainty and social isolation, structural problems in mental health care are coming to the forefront.

These issues include the stigma surrounding mental health and disparities in access to care.