Archive Tag: Treatment

Dr. Andrew Leuchter talks with a patient who is about to undergo transcranial magnetic stimulation, which treats depression by sending magnetic pulses to a specific area of the brain.
UCLA Health

Depression is the number one cause of disability worldwide according to the World Health Organization, but common antidepressants work for only 60 percent to 70 percent of people who take them. The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is one of a handful of hospitals and clinics nationwide that offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), an innovative treatment for depression that Read more

In the traveling exhibition “Send Silence Packing,” backpacks represent the more than 1,000 college students who commit suicide each year.
Credit Austin Bachand/Daily News Record, via Associated Press

The New York Times featured the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge in an article highlighting how different colleges are proactively addressing depression on campus. The article mentions Michelle Craske, Depression Grand Challenge Executive Committee member, along with current progress in the iCBT Student Study and plans for the “100K study” – the 10-year study that will monitor 100,000 people with the Read more

Current UCLA Students are invited to Participate in the internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) Study

UCLA is currently recruiting students for an iCBT Study as part of the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) campus initiative. The iCBT Student Study is the first attempt by the DGC to implement a tiered treatment plan for depressed individuals dependent on severity of symptoms of depression or anxiety. Using an initial online screening tool, participants will be Read more

Pediatric neurosurgeon Aria Fallah practices a brain surgery using virtual reality, one of the newest techniques in the field.
(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

UCLA doctors employ several cutting-edge technologies to treat patients with neurological conditions. Pediatric neurosurgeon Aria Fallah reports practicing surgeries utilizing virtual reality, which allows him to become familiar with 3-D scans of each patient’s brain before surgery. Fallah also uses laser technology to prevent collateral damage for surgeries that pose a high risk to the surrounding brain tissue. At Ronald Reagan Hospital, several doctors also utilize deep-brain stimulation to Read more

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.
UCLA Health

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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