Archive Tag: Discovery Neuroscience

Daniel Geschwind, professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Xinshu (Grace) Xiao, UCLA’s Maria R. Ross professor of integrative biology and physiology, published research results revealing new clues about differences in the brain cells between people with autism and a control group. The focus of the study was RNA editing. Although difficult to know if it is causation or a result, the study found that people with autism had reduced editing.

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At right, a close-up of mouse brain tissue shows an engineered protein (stained green) being expressed by astrocytes, but no other cells. UCLA scientists used this technique to selectively silence astrocytes to explore their roles in mouse behavior.
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In studying astrocytes – understudied brain support cells that make up about 40 percent of our brain – UCLA researchers led by Baljit Khakh, a UCLA professor of physiology and neurobiology, found a connection that opens the door for new therapies for psychiatric disorders like OCD. Read more

DGC Newsletter – Issue #5
Timing: Spring 2018
Topic: How smartphones are being leveraged to tackle depression for both diagnosis and treatment purposes

Beginning in spring 2017, UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) started publishing a subscriber-based newsletter. Issue #5 showcased how smartphones are being leveraged across the DGC to tackle depression for both diagnosis and treatment purposes.

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