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  • How the Eyes Might Be Windows to the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

    UC San Diego researchers say that measuring how quickly a person’s pupil dilates while they are taking cognitive tests may be a low-cost, low-invasive method to aid in screening individuals at increased genetic risk for AD before cognitive decline begins.

  • Multimillion-Dollar Grant Funds New Vaccine Effort to Prevent Strep Throat Infections

    CARB-X, an international funder of efforts to fight antimicrobial resistance, is awarding up to $15 million to develop a strep throat vaccine based on original research at UC San Diego.

  • Most Patients Willing to Share Medical Records for Research Purposes

    In a survey, UC San Diego researchers report most patients are willing to share medical records for research purposes, with a few caveats.

  • Researchers Identify Specific Genetic Vulnerabilities to PTSD among U.S. Veterans

    A genome-wide association study of more than 165,000 U.S. veterans confirms a genetic vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder, specifically noting abnormalities in stress hormone response and/or functioning of specific brain regions.

  • Researchers Map Protein-Gene Interactions Involved in Alzheimer’s Disease

    UC San Diego researchers have used the transcriptome — the sum of all messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules expressed from genes — to map protein-gene interactions involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Evolutionary Gene Loss May Help Explain Why Only Humans are Prone to Heart Attacks

    University of California San Diego School of Medicine scientists say the loss of a single gene two to three million years ago in our ancestors may have resulted in a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease in all humans as a species, while also setting up a further risk for red meat-eating humans.

  • With Landmark Gift, UC San Diego Will Map Compassion in the Brain, then Prove its Power

    The T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego will investigate the neurological basis of compassion, design a compassion-focused medical curriculum and develop new methods to protect and promote the well-being of current clinicians and their patients.

  • UC San Diego Cancer Scientists Identify New Drug Target for Multiple Tumor Types

    A dysfunctional enzyme involved in building cancer cell membranes helps fuel tumor growth; when it’s disabled or depleted in mouse models, tumors shrank significantly.

  • Snout Dated: Slow-Evolving Elephant Shark Offers New Insights into Human Physiology

    Slow-evolving elephant shark reveals hormonal adaptation and offers new insights into human physiology.