Happenings

Jonathan Flint (UCLA behavioral geneticist, expert in the genetic determinants of depression and Depression Grand Challenge Executive Committee team member) shared background about the theory of the “warrior gene” in a blog post written for the Oxford University Press. Since the 1990s criminal defense lawyers have tried to argue that a mutation in the “warrior gene” mitigates responsibility for aggressive behavior. Flint highlights a 2021 New Mexico Supreme Court case which definitively ended the argument that a single gene mutation determines overall behavior.

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UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Co-Director Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor) joined Cleveland Cavaliers star and former UCLA standout Kevin Love for a discussion with UCLA student-athletes about mental health. The conversation was hosted by the Players Tribune. The student-athlete attendees included:

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