UCLA Depression Grand Challenge takes major strides in its first year

December 9, 2016
Through the initiative, UCLA experts are identifying specific mechanisms that put people at risk for depression and creating customized suites of treatments for each patient.
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The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) has come a long way since its initial annoucement last October 2015. The initiative is tackling depression in an unprecedented manner with an aim to better understand and treat this devastating disease. One year later, the DGC has begun a series of studies and set a program in place that will screen and treat UCLA students and staff for depression. At the heart of the UCLA initiative, is the 10-year “100K Study” that will monitor 100,000 people with the goals of identifying the genetic and environmental causes of depression. The study is the largest of its kind to date and will screen for depression by examining participants’ genetics and assessing symptoms through remote monitoring.

Recently, the UCLA initiative has passed the preliminary round of reviews for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition and will move on to the first round of judging to decide semifinalists. The competition provides the opportunity for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant societal problem.

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