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MicroRNA Specifically Kills Cancer Cells with Common Mutation

Study reveals new information about cancers driven by KRAS gene mutation, suggests new therapeutic approach

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Leading expert on microbiome Rob Knight wins a 2015 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Rob Knight was named winner of a Creative Promise Prize in Biomedical Science for his groundbreaking research on microbial communities and the development of computational tools that honed the analysis of microbial data.  Dr. Knight is a professor of pediatrics and computer science & engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

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UC San Diego Research Collaborations Prompt Selection of South Africa for International Lactation Conference

In a country burdened by myriad infectious diseases and widespread poverty, the value of breastfeeding to improve infant health cannot be overstated.

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Friedmann wins Japan Prize for gene therapy

Friedmann shares the prize in "medical science and medicinal science" with Dr. Alain Fischer of the Necker Hospital in Paris, France. Fischer helped demonstrate gene therapy's clinical ability to treat a genetic immune deficiency that makes patients extremely vulnerable to infections.

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Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GradWISE) will host an Open House featuring a keynote address by the UCSD Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Sandra A. Brown:"Career Development – Creating Your Own Trajectory". Event Date and Time: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 4:00-5:30. Event Location: Price Center East - Forum Room (Level 4). Join us to share the stimulating content, enjoy delightful refreshments, and network with colleagues.
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UC San Diego School of Medicine Named One of Nation’s Top Residency Programs

UC San Diego School of Medicine was today named one of the nation’s top residency training programs in 10 specialties by Doximity. The Doximity report included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified US physicians, and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties

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UCSD hires star biologist Rob Knight

UC San Diego has successfully recruited Rob Knight, a world leader in the study of the microbiome — the immense collection of good and bad microbes that live on people’s skin and in their mouths and guts.

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Under Construction: Molecular Atlas of Lung Development

ATS members are beginning to map and annotate the 40-plus cell types in the normal developing lung as part of LungMAP, an ambitious program launched by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The five-year, $30 million project involves 11 research centers and organizations, with expertise ranging from human tissue collection and molecular analysis to high-throughput assay development and bioinformatics.

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Tijuana City Council Promotes Binational Alliance to Fight Childhood Obesity

In the meeting with medical institutions and health associations, Mayor Jorge Astiazarán ratified the actions of the city government to address the problem of overweight students in municipal schools.

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Robert N. Hamburger MD (January 26, 1923 – October 6, 2014)

Robert N. Hamburger, Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine, UC San Diego, passed away on October 6, 2014, at the age of 91. One of the founding fathers of UCSD School of Medicine, he will also be remembered as an American hero, astute clinician, an innovative scientist, a dedicated educator, a committed activist, devoted philanthropist, and caring husband and father.

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FDA awards grants to stimulate drug, device development for rare diseases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it has awarded 15 grants totaling more than $19 million to boost the development of medical device, drug, and biological products for patients with rare diseases, with at least a quarter of the funding going to studies focused solely on pediatrics. 

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Target Identified For Rare Inherited Neurological Disease In Men

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the mechanism by which a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disease causes often crippling muscle weakness in men, in addition to reduced fertility. 

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Dr. Brookie Best Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Brookie Best has been selected by the Committee on Senate Awards as a recipient of the 2013/14 Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate Members. The selection of awardees will be confirmed by the Representative Assembly on April 29, 2014.The Committee considered a group of highly meritorious candidates. Dr. Best’s selection as a Distinguished Teaching Award recipient is a tribute to the extraordinary excellence of her teaching. Congratulations Dr. Best!

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UCSD Neonatologists Help to Birth Baby Gorilla

The baby gorilla born at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park remained under 24-hour care Monday as she battles pneumonia. The baby, born Wednesday by cesarean section, is being treated by the park's veterinary staff and neonatal specialists from UC San Diego Health.

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Cancer Metastasis Regulators found to work with Cellular Network

A new study published in April, 2014 in the journal PLoS One by researchers in the Department of Pediatrics and UCSD School of Medicine has identified a new group of proteins within the macrophage which regulate cancer metastasis suggesting a new avenue for potential treatment of metastatic disease.​​

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Childhood Cancer Research Grant awarded to UCSD Pediatrics

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to grant a $123,149 St. Baldrick’s Fellow award, for a period of two years, to Sun Choo, M.D., pediatric fellow at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

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UC San Diego Research Funded By CIRM to Identify Potential Autism Drug Targets

Dr. Allyson Muotri, researcher at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is among principal investigators at 10 California institutions receiving Early Translational IV Research grants, totaling $40.6 million, approved today by the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) at its meeting in San Diego.

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Mountain High: Genetic Adaptation for High Altitudes Identified

Research led by scientists from the University of California, San Diego has decoded the genetic basis of chronic mountain sickness (CMS) or Monge’s disease. Their study provides important information that validates the genetic basis of adaptation to high altitudes, and provides potential targets for CMS treatment. It will be published online August 15 in advance of print in the September 5 issue of American Journal of Human Genetics.