Combating depression is UCLA’s second Grand Challenge

October 28, 2015
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, but research spending on the disorder substantially lags that of other illnesses.
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, but research spending on the disorder substantially lags that of other illnesses.
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On October 28, 2015, UCLA announced the official launch of the Depression Grand Challenge. The program is UCLA’s second Grand Challenge, following the ongoing Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. The new grand challenge focused on depression comprises four components: a 100,000-person study to discover the causes of depression, an effort called Discovery Neuroscience that is aimed at understanding how depression arises, an innovative treatment center that will provide state-of-the-art treatment for tens of thousands of study participants, and a focus on understanding and eliminating the stigma associated with depression.

Source: Combating depression is UCLA’s second Grand Challenge UCLA Newsroom, 28 Oct. 2015

Additional coverage on the launch of the Depression Grand Challenge:

UCLA launches ambitious long-term depression initiative KPCC-FM, 28 Oct. 2015

UCLA Grand Challenge aims to tackle depression on global scale Daily Bruin, 28 Oct. 2015