Explore Research Innovation at the David Geffen School of Medicine
An unstoppable spirit of discovery pervades all David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA initiatives and activities—from the formative lines of scholarly inquiry to a project's implementation in the community. The insights sparked in our classrooms, labs, and meetings develop into life-changing biomedical breakthroughs. Collaborating across disciplines, our researchers lead the evolution of medical knowledge, developing novel treatments and tools to improve health and save lives.
Every piece of the research enterprise at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA works in concert to generate discoveries that lead to healthier patients and healthier communities. DGSOM researchers have improved countless lives with their innovations, from a prototype for the computerized tomography (CT scan) to a cure for “Bubble Baby” disease.
Dr. Donald Kohn’s gene therapy has cured nearly 50 babies suffering from adenosine deaminase deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID).
Dr. Antoni Ribas’s groundbreaking immunotherapies have helped many patients fight cancer when nothing else worked.
Dr. Elaine Reed patented a biomarker panel that allows physicians to determine if a patient is suffering from transplant rejection without taking biopsies.
Dr. Michael Yeaman's discovery of a universal structure in antimicrobial molecules illuminated a new world of disease-fighting possibilities.
The DGSOM leverages innovative research to improve the health of communities. Our research generates solutions that address social, cultural, and biological needs and initiate health care models that serve everyone, promoting social justice. From helping older adults stay healthy as long as possible to decreasing wellness disparities, community-centric activities are deeply integrated in DGSOM's research mission.
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Our researchers translate breakthroughs into life-saving innovations in patient care, starting with UCLA's advanced system of primary-care and specialty-care offices comprised of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, and the UCLA Medical Group.
DGSOM research engenders life-saving interventions across a diverse array of health concerns, including HIV/AIDS, antibiotic resistance, genetic disorders, heart disease, and cancer.
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