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Diagnostic Imaging Methods to Detect Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

UCLA inventors have developed a new method for diagnosing PTSD using radiolabeled ligand targeting AMPA receptor as an imaging agent or tracer.

Biomarkers In Friedreich's Ataxia

UCLA researchers in the Department of Neurology have identified multiple biomarkers for Friedreich's Ataxia.

Anti-Oxidant Response Modifiers as Treatment for HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder

UCLA researchers have identified anti-oxidative response modulators as a potential treatment for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND).

Novel Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal Nanopillared Surface

Medical devices are susceptible to contamination by harmful microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, which form biofilms on device surfaces. These biofilms are often resistant to antibiotics and other current treatments, resulting in over 2 million people per year suffering from diseases related to these contaminating microbes. Death rates for many of these diseases are high, often exceeding 50%. Researchers at UCI have developed a novel anti-bacterial and anti-fungal biocomposite that incorporates a nanopillared surface structure that can be applied as a coating to medical devices.

Peripheral Nerve Repair By Peptide Amphiphile Nanofibers.

UCLA researchers in the Department of Surgery have developed a novel method that promotes directed nerve growth and peripheral nerve regeneration using peptide amphiphile (PA) nanofibers. The combination of conduit and PA nanofiber scaffold offers greater success than currently used methods of bridging with empty conduits. This novel approach may become a substitute for nerve graft for clinical use in the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries.

Sieve Container For Contactless Media Exchange For Cell Growth

Media that contains nutrients and growth factors is necessary to grow all types of cells, a process that is widely used in many fields of research. Such media should be routinely changed either to different media or a fresh batch of the same media. This change currently involves either using a pipette to transfer cells from their current dish of media to a new dish, or aspirating the media out of the dish and replacing it with new media. Both methods have inherent risks to stressing and damaging the cells. Researchers at UCI have developed a unique dish for growing cells that allows for safer aspiration of the old media, which reduces stress and damage to the cells.

Non-Invasive Method For Determination Of Tissue Electrical Conductivity

UCLA researchers in the UCLA Semel Institutes of Neuroscience and Behavior have developed a non-invasive method to locate and estimate electrical currents in organs such as the brain and heart.

Fully Automated Localization Of EEG Electrodes

UCLA researchers have developed an algorithm for precisely locating EEG electrodes with respect to the patient’s brain.

Microbial Mediators Of The Beneficial Effects Of The Ketogenic Diet

UCLA researchers have identified a strategy to manipulate the gut microbiome to mimic the effects of a ketogenic diet, as a treatment for CNS disorders and metabolic diseases.

Retractable Step Cannula For Brain Delivery Of Therapeutics

An adjustable step cannula to minimize therapeutic agent leakage and maximize on-target drug delivery. This new cannula design improves brain drug delivery over current fixed-length step cannulas.

Methods For The Identification And Targeting Of Brain Regions And Structures

A UCLA physician has developed a method to identify regions of the brain using Diffusion Tensor Imaging MRI to locate afferent and efferent neural tracts that lead to and from the specific region of interest. This technique will improve the accuracy and safety of brain treatments, such as electrical brain stimulation and ultrasound imaging.

Increasing Brain Excitability For Recovery After Stroke

Researchers at UCLA have developed an effective treatment that promotes Central Nervous System (CNS) repair in damaged brains following stroke, trauma or neurodegenerative disease.This novel therapeutic approach has shown tremendous promise, and can significantly impact CNS injury treatment.

Apoe4-Targeted Theraputics That Increase Sirt1

UCLA researchers have identified Alaproclate (A03) as a promising drug candidate to treat Mild Cognition Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) through inhibition of the ApoE4 neurotoxicity.

Combination Of Approved Alzheimer's Drugs With Metabolic Enhancement For Neurodegeneration (MEND) To Comprise A Therapeutic System

UCLA researchers in the Department of Neurology have developed a novel therapeutic program for Alzheimer’s disease, based on the combination of existing AD drugs and a program to enhance metabolic activity.

Site Specific, On Demand Deep Brain Stimulation For Enhancement Of Memory

UCLA scientists have developed an advanced surgical procedure to enhance memory formation and learned task completion in humans.  The invention identifies critical brain regions and deep brain stimulation protocols to enhance memory performance. 

Microchambers With Solid-State Phosphorescent Sensor For Measuring Single Mitochondrial Respiration

The invention is a miniaturized device that assays the respiration of a single mitochondrion. Through a novel approach for measuring oxygen consumption rate, the device provides information on cell and tissue mitochondrial functional. This data is relevant for understanding human conditions associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.

A Novel Method to Generate Specific and Permanent Macromolecular Covalent Inhibitors

UCSF researchers have invented a novel method to generate covalent macromolecular inhibitors. This strategy allows a peptide inhibitor to bind to its target protein specifically and irreversibly through proximity-enabled bioreactivity.

Use of mutant Kv7.2 channels for anti-epileptic and pain therapies

During seizures or pain-induced inflammation, excess chemical mediators suppress potassium channels mediating neuronal activity and thereby inactivate new generation anti-epileptic drugs and painkillers acting on those channels. The invention describes a gene therapy using a genetically-engineered potassium channel that reduces adverse effects by silencing neuronal hyperactivity while maintaining normal neuronal activity in the presence of chemical mediators to treat epilepsy and pain.

An Antibody to Phospho T3 of Human Huntingtin

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder caused by abnormal function of mutated Huntingtin protein. The invention uncovers an antibody to a new post-translational modification site that affects human Huntingtin aggregation and pathogenesis of HD.

Structure-Based Peptide Inhibitors Of Alpha-Synuclein Aggregation, A Potential Therapeutic For Parkinson's Disease

UCLA researchers in the Department of Biological Chemistry have designed a novel peptide inhibitor that can be used as a therapeutic for Parkinson’s disease.

Hybridoma Producing Antibodies To C1qRp

Individuals with genetic immunodeficiency, as well as patients with HIV, cancer, and those undergoing chemotherapy or high risk surgery, are at increased risk for infection. C1q, an important component of the immune system, is known to enhance phagocytosis (cell ingestion of harmful bacteria or other materials). Scientists at UCI have developed antibodies to the receptor for C1q, C1qRp, to be used as a target for prophylactic treatments in populations at high risk of infection.

Wireless Implantable System To Restore Memory

UCLA researchers have developed a wireless implantable deep brain stimulation system to restore memory in individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Omnidirectional MRI Catheter Resonator for Interventional Procedures

This invention describes an orientation-independent device that can create bright and highly localized signal enhancement during magnetic resonance imaging.

Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have discovered an association between Alzheimer’s disease and the presence of Gram-negative bacterial molecules in brain tissue.

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