Big ideas in health and science for 2016

Big ideas in health and science for 2016

UC San Francisco experts predict areas that will see major advances, and where basic science will be translating into real treatments.

Neurosurgeon Eddie Chang operates on a patient with epilepsy. Chang’s team is mapping the regions of the brain that trigger seizures while also studying the circuits that mediate mood.

Illuminating depression’s circuitry

UC San Francisco neurosurgeon Edward Chang is studying whether flawed brain circuitry causes mood disorders and how to restore neural processing.

A generous donation from Leonard and Wendy Goldberg will provide resources to help UCLA identify better treatments for migraine.

$10 million gift to UCLA is largest to support migraine research

Donation from philanthropists Wendy and Leonard Goldberg could help alleviate suffering for millions worldwide.

Five early signs of autism

Five early signs of autism

Getting a diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder as early as possible is important for early intervention, UCLA professor Connie Kasari says

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$177M gift will found Global Brain Health Institute to fight dementia

Atlantic Philanthropies funds UCSF and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, to stem the precipitous rise in dementia by training and connecting a new generation of leaders worldwide.

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Making a splash: first look at concussions in water polo

UC Irvine physiologist James Hicks, whose three sons played water polo, is leading the first probe of concussions in water polo.

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The Grand Challenge of combating depression

Genetic study of 100,000 people will be the largest ever on a single disorder.

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Discovery could lead to better recovery after stroke

Previously unidentified molecule signals brain tissue to form new connections.

Bennet Omalu, UC Davis

The diagnosis that rocked football

UC Davis pathologist Bennet Omalu was the first to report cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in professional football players; the story of his discovery is the subject of the upcoming movie 'Concussion' starring Will Smith.

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Researchers find neural switch that turns dreams on and off

Neurons appear to play key role in REM sleep, the dream state in mammals accompanied by activation of the cortex and total paralysis of the skeletal muscles.