First 5 LA Helps to Expand Dental Care in LA County
The School of Dentistry was awarded funding of more than $11 million from the Los Angeles–based child advocacy and grant-making organization, First 5 LA, to expand access to dental care in Los Angeles.
The funding established the UCLA–First 5 LA Children's Dental Care Program, which will support the delivery of care to children, from birth to age 5, and pregnant women over the next five years. The new funding came eight months after First 5 LA awarded the dental school $9.23 million, bringing the total amount the School has received from the organization to nearly $21 million over the past 12 months. For more details, please read the entire press release here.
Researchers discover possible trigger for spread of head and neck cancer cells
Dr. Cun-Yu Wang, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, is the lead author of a research paper, published online April 30 in Science Signaling. The paper details his team’s discovery toward understanding the process that activates head and neck cancer cells known as squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer is known for being one of the most deadly and debilitating types and their findings may lead to better therapies. For more details, please read the entire research alert here.
Nanodiamonds Prove Effective in Cancer Treatment
A research team, led by Dr. Dean Ho, Professor and Co-Chair of the Weintraub Center, developed a new drug delivery system using nanodiamonds. In mice models with triple negative breast cancer, the nanodiamonds were able to precisely deliver cancer drugs to tumors, significantly improving the drugs' desired effect. Findings from the study were published online April 15 in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Materials. For more details, please read the entire press release here.
Photo: Nanodiamonds bound to a chemotherapy drug.
Dean's Seed Grants
The following faculty members received a Dean’s Seed Grant of $21,000 each:
|Xuesong He||Dean Ho||Christine Hong|
|Shen Hu||Reuben Kim||Yong Kim|
|Min Lee||Yi-Ling Lin||Renate Lux|
|Sanjay Mallya||Won Moon||Ichiro Nishimura|
|Flavia Pirih||Ki-Hyuk Shin||Sotirios Tetradis|
|Fang Wei||Zhong Zheng|