Researchers from UC San Diego, the University of California Los Angeles and Indiana University report having found, for the first time, that atrial fibrillation or irregular heart rhythms is caused by small electrical sources within the heart, in the form of electrical spinning tops (“rotors”) or focal beats. Importantly, they found a way of detecting these key sources, then precisely targeting them for therapy that can shut them down in minutes with long lasting results.
Penrose Albright, an eminent authority on U.S. national security, will discuss the role of national laboratories in defense and technological innovation as part of the 2nd annual Herb York Memorial Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.
This year, for the first time, external funding for sponsored research by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego exceeds $150 million (excluding ARRA* funding). Such funding arises from innovations and ideas of Scripps scientists and researchers who perform initial exploration of the concepts and compete in rigorous external competitive processes for funding.
Using a two-photon microscope capable of peering deep within living tissue, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found new evidence that alpha-synuclein protein build-up inside neurons causes them to not only become “leaky,” but also to misfire due to calcium fluxes.
A new interdisciplinary collaboration at UC San Diego will study some of society’s most perplexing and enduring problems. The Center for Investigations of Health and Educational Disparities will investigate the cultural, environmental, physical, behavioral, and biological causes of these disparities in the United States.