Archive Tag: Treatment

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 it’s 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 student 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.

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A woman receives a swine flu vaccine in the eastern German city of Dresden on November 4, 2009.
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George Slavich is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research at UCLA. Slavich and Rebecca Brachman, neuroscientist at Columbia University, provide commentary on current research projects at Columbia University developing a type of vaccine or long-lasting injection that Read more

Counseling and Psychological Services offers trainings for students who want to learn about mental health and suicide.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers trainings for students who want to learn about mental health and suicide.
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In light of the tragic suicides on UCLA’s campus, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has been reaching out to students directly affected by these suicides. On campus, there are several resources and student groups that aim to support students struggling with mental illness. To combat mental illness at UCLA, the Depression Grand Challenge and CAPS teamed up last spring for Read more

A person undergoes an electroencephalogram in this stock image. UCLA researchers say an electroencephalogram performed in a doctor's office can quickly show whether an individual is responding favorably to an antidepressant.
A person undergoes an electroencephalogram in this stock image. UCLA researchers say an electroencephalogram performed in a doctor’s office can quickly show whether an individual is responding favorably to an antidepressant.
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Researchers at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have discovered a noninvasive way to predict which individuals will respond favorably to antidepressant treatments using brain wave recordings. Frontline antidepressant medications are ineffective for many patients, but it can take weeks for patients to identify symptom improvement. Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Read more

Depression Grand Challenge Worldwide Application Submitted to MacArthur Foundation 100&Change

What would happen if our greatest shared burden were lifted? That’s the vision for Depression Grand Challenge Worldwide. The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge team has partnered with collaborators around the globe to create a solution that provides underserved populations with state-of the-art treatment for depression. The expanded team submitted a proposal to the MacArthur Foundation’s groundbreaking 100&Change competition by the October 3, 2016 deadline. The proposed approach utilizes smartphones and the internet to offer an integrated treatment and technology solution to diagnose, treat and continuously monitor individuals with depression from underserved populations. And importantly the techniques and strategies are customized for each treatment site, taking into account life and cultural experiences.  Keep your fingers crossed that we have a chance to take the DGC Worldwide.

View the DGC Worldwide 100&Change video.