Archive Tag: Research

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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In an article about Sustainable Development Goal #6 (SDG 6), which strives for sanitary water for all, Professor Jessica Cattelino (associate professor in the department of anthropology at UCLA) praises the approach which emphasizes the importance of engaging local communities and women specifically around improving water and sanitation management.  

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According to the California Department of Finance, the number of adults over 65 is expected to rise to 9 million by 2030 in California.  The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research recently published a study led by Janet C. Frank (faculty associate at the center) and co-authored by Kathryn G. Kietzman (research scientist at the center) that shows a gap will emerge between older adults needing behavioral health treatment and a health care workforce adequately trained to treat them.  The report provides policy strategies for policy makers, educators/license agreements, and safety net providers.

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Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) team members met with officials from LA Sanitation and Los Angeles’ Chief Sustainability Office to discuss a framework for the first ever Biodiversity Index for the city of Los Angeles. The meeting follows a year-long collaboration between UCLA researchers and LA Sanitation, coordinated by SLA GC, to develop a tool to monitor the city of Los Angeles’ native biodiversity.

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UCLA climate scientists in collaboration with researchers from the University of Utah and the Colorado School of Mines published a paper adapting urban water systems to manage scarcity in the 21st Century in the journal Environmental Management. The paper argues that it is important for the public to recognize the role played by sociotechnical systems in creating resource availability and scarcity. Recognizing this role of the systems better positions cities/regions to address scarcity issues – particularly important for Los Angeles and Cape Town.

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