Happenings

The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) completed a successful accelerated fundraising campaign, raising $2 million. The funds will enable the DGC to upgrade the Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) Program (dubbed STAND 2.0), including an enhanced digital treatment platform and the creation of new algorithms and back-end tools. As a result, the DGC is immediately engaging with an outside group to discuss upgrades.

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Nelson Freimer (psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences professor and director of the Depression Grand Challenge) was interviewed in a UCLA Newsroom article about findings from a study published in Nature he co-led with researchers from UCLA, in collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; the University of Michigan and 18 other institutions. Researchers studied the DNA of ~20,000 people from parts of Finland with low genetic variation and were able to show the potential for using genome sequencing (genes within the genome) rather than the entire genome to find variations that influence disease.

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The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) would like to congratulate the 10 winners of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge! UCLA is honored to have been selected as one of the top-10 finalists within the “LIVE” category determined by public vote. Thanks to the Goldhirsh Foundation for this opportunity and to all who voted for UCLA’s proposal UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (UCLA DGC): Humanizing & Destigmatizing Depression.

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