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CTSI and CTSI partner institutions

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is known internationally for providing high-quality, patient–centered care and developing innovative approaches to healthcare delivery and treatment. Clinical programs range from primary care to specialized treatments for rare, complex and advanced illnesses. Many of our research innovations, such as the potential use of stem cells to cure disease or the replacement of damaged heart valves without open-heart surgery, may dramatically reduce risk to patients while also reducing the cost of care. Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest independent academic medical centers in the United States, serving the diverse Los Angeles community with 886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians in every clinical specialty, 2,800 nurses, and thousands of other healthcare professionals, staff and volunteers. In FY14 Cedars-Sinai had 45,344 admissions, 85,082 emergency visits, with a total of 180,916 patients cared for within the Cedars-Sinai medical network.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a premier mission-driven university dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved communities through health professions education, biomedical research and compassionate patient care. Since the school was incorporated in 1966 out of the ashes of the Watts Riots, it has been serving South Los Angeles and beyond by working to eliminate health disparities and providing unique, quality education and training opportunities. CDU has earned designation as a minority-serving institution by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, and is recognized by the Department of Education under Title III B as a Historically Black Graduate Institution. The University is also a charter member of the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools. As of 2015, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals and leaders ready to provide care in today's workforce with excellence and compassion. CDU is located within the Watts/Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 — one of the most ethnically diverse and socio-economically deprived regions of the country..

Last updated August 1, 2017

Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Investigators at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute routinely conduct between 650 and 1,000 research studies in areas encompassing emerging infections, cancer, women’s health, male reproductive health, pulmonary rehabilitation, neonatology, autoimmune diseases, cardiology, neurosurgery, health services and outcomes as well as genomics/personalized medicine. The 100+ entrepreneurial physician-scientists at Harbor-LA BioMed have made major contributions to the advancement of medicine, through discoveries that have been translated, through LA BioMed’s active technology transfer program, into novel paradigms, diagnostics, devices and therapies. Paradigms include the conception and development of the first training programs for paramedics as well as nurse practitioners. Diagnostics were developed that led to the currently used test for serum cholesterol, the newborn thyroid deficiency screening test now used nationwide for every newborn, and screening procedure for Tay-Sachs disease that dramatically diminished the incidence rates worldwide. Therapies include a genetically engineered enzyme replacement for mucopolysaccharoidosis, injections to dissolve submandibular fat, an inexpensive treatment for sickle cell anemia and a vaccine to combat nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections currently in phase II trials. Pioneering devices include a variety of stents to treat aortic aneurysms and a number of pediatric cardiac monitoring devices including one to give early warning signs to parents of an imminent SIDS event. LA BioMed is organized in an interdisciplinary fashion with specific centers and institutes including Genomics and Molecular Epidemiology, Infection and Immunity, Center for Pulmonary Hypertension Research, and the Male Reproductive Center—both a World Health Organization-collaborating center for research in reproduction as well as an NICHD-funded contraceptive clinical trial network center. LA BioMed operates on its own 11.5-acre research park on the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (HUMC) Campus, and as a result has extensive interactions with HUMC medical staff and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center draws on a catchment area of about 3 million residents, 550,000 of which are below the poverty level. The hospital is the cornerstone of healthcare services for more than 700,000 residents in the greater South Bay providing high quality healthcare to every patient regardless of ability to pay. It has over 300 full-time faculty members (with academic appointments the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) and 500 trainees. HUMC is actively involved in teaching 50% of all UCLA medical students.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UCLA-Westwood

UCLA is the second-oldest campus of the UC system. It offers 422 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an approximate enrollment of 30,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students, UCLA has the largest enrollment in the UC system and received over 119,000 applications resulting in being the most diverse pool of applicants for fall 2016.

The university is organized into six undergraduate colleges, eight professional schools, and four professional health science schools. Fourteen Nobel laureates (seven professors and seven alumni) have been affiliated with the university as faculty, researchers, or alumni. Among the current faculty, 50 are members of the National Academy of Science; 30 are members of the National Academy of Engineering; 37, the Institute of Medicine; and 132, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Three professors have won Pulitzer Prizes for general non-fiction or history.

In 2017, UCLA ranked 14th in overall global rankings and in 2016 UCLA ranked 13th for reputation in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

In U.S. rankings in 2016, US News & World report ranked UCLA 2nd among public universities (tied with the University of Virginia) and 24th among national universities (again tied with University of Virginia). UCLA took the 9th spot among all universities for research spending in the sciences and engineering during the fiscal year 2015, according to a report by the National Science Foundation, the last year for which data is available. In FY16, UCLA ranked 14th in NIH funding, with 836 awards totaling $381,047,599.

In the 2017 edition US News & World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked “Best in the West” for the 28th consecutive year while simultaneously being ranked No. 1 in Los Angeles and No. 2 in California. It was also ranked 7th in the Nation in "Best Hospitals" report based on 16 different disciplines that vary from patient care to “quality, safety, efficiency and reputation.” UCLA Medical Center was also in the top 3% of institutions who were ranked as top in the nation in specialties including 15 adult specialties (Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, and Urology) and 9 pediatric specialties (Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Urology).  

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Last updated August 10, 2017

UCLA CTSI

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Its mission is to bring biomedical innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of Los Angeles—the largest and one of the most ethnically, socially and economically diverse counties in the United States. Its vision is to catalyze research that translates discoveries into tangible improvements in health care, and disease prevention and treatment in Los Angeles County. The UCLA CTSI is one of more than 60 research “hubs” supported by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) program of National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

Last updated August 1, 2017

Clinical and Translational Research Centers

Cedars-Sinai Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

The Cedars-Sinai Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is designed to serve the needs of clinical research in a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient. The CTRC at Cedars provides clinical support services in an outpatient facility located in the Steven Spielberg Building of the Medical Center on Alden Drive in Los Angeles. Additional facilities include a processing lab, a consult room and a DEXA imaging room.

Each of its rooms offers subjects a comfortable reclining lounger or a hospital bed. Each room is equipped with flat screen TVs and DVD players to help subjects relax through long procedures, while receiving excellent care delivered by highly skilled certified research nurses.

One of the unique features is the CTRC's mobility, allowing support of research activity in the field. Such “field” services include providing support in CSMC clinics, surgical units or inpatient units, and assisting with data or specimen collection from patients and their family members. We also have a Research Subject Advocate who oversees research and data safety issues in close collaboration with the clinical investigators who utilize the CTRC.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Charles R. Drew University Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

The Charles R. Drew University Clinical and Translational Research Center (CDU-CTRC) is located in a 5,000 square foot outpatient and administrative unit with seven exam/treatment rooms, a processing laboratory and a dedicated consultation space for study participant interviews. We provide cardiovascular and metabolic assessment resources, a site dedicated pharmacist, negotiated lab fees for assays, and participant transportation. Our site also offers Wi-Fi and a conference room capable of state of the art collaborative meetings for community partners and collaborators. In addition to our CTRC unit, the University offers additional conference room spaces and houses both Morphometry and Core Laboratories. 

The CTRC clinical staff is knowledgeable and skilled in protocol implementation, data collection, phlebotomy, IV insertions, pharmacokinetic studies, administration of investigational drugs, multiple sample collection, Oral Glucose Tolerance Tests, glucose clamp studies, EKGs, and assisting investigators with minor bedside procedures. Pharmacy services include procurement, disposal, packaging, randomization and dispensing. Currently CTRC services seven actively recruiting studies in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Social/ Behavioral and Cardio-metabolic Research.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (CTRC)

The UCLA-Clinical and Translational Research Center (UCLA-CTRC) at LA BioMed is located at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute and provides clinical support services with 9 exam rooms, six of which have beds to accommodate extended or overnight visits, two consult/interview rooms, one sleep lab with monitoring equipment, two multipurpose rooms (includes beds, infusion chairs, a phlebotomy area, retinal eye camera and pQCT), a sample processing lab, research kitchen, nutritional classroom, DXA, indirect calorimeter and small conference room. The CTRC provides support and resources for studies on human research participants. The CTRC also provides consultation and support in biostatistics, study design, data management, and biomedical informatics and supports community engagement and research. In addition the CTRC supports a large number of Translational Research Cores.

All protocols requesting use of CTSI resources are independently reviewed for scientific merit, research participant safety, valid justification for resource utilization by the UCLA-CTSI Scientific Advisory Committee at LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA, the Human Subjects Committee or the Institution Animal Use and Care Committee as appropriate, and the Research Committee. All protocols must be approved at all three levels before use of the UCLA-CTSI resources are possible.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UCLA-Westwood Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

The UCLA-Westwood Clinical and Translational Research Center has 12 exam rooms which include two private procedure suites, one scatter specialty unit, and two infusion rooms with two infusion bays per room and an infusion bed where a subject can lie flat if needed during the infusion process. There are two consultation rooms that are ideal for interviews and questionnaires. Eight rooms are equipped and wired for sleep studies. This unit has the capacity to be open 23 hours per day, Monday to Friday. The outpatient unit is staffed with highly specialized RNs.

The inpatient unit is a 3-bed inpatient unit housed in the state of the art Ronald Reagan Hospital at UCLA. This unit is open 24/7. In this setting, inpatients can be admitted for study and cared for by a staff of highly skilled RN’s while surrounded by the amenities and necessities of a first class, world-renowned research and teaching hospital.

Last updated August 1, 2017

CTSI program areas

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Program

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Program provides integrated services and biostatistical support. Services include contemporary data analysis methodology consultation, implementation, and epidemiology expertise; the best available clinical data management software; study design and grant preparation assistance; and bioinformatics/computational biology data analysis.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Community Engagement in Research Program

The Community Engagement in Research Program develops, implements, and refines models of community engagement and community capacity building, and facilitates research collaborations between academics and community partners. This includes designing and developing new models of engagement with public and private health systems; advancing the use of local health and social data by community stakeholders; and expanding patient and community participation in a broad range of scholarly activities and studying the impact of this enhanced participation on translational research.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Informatics Program

The Informatics Program provides access to electronic health record (EHR) data across multiple institutions, builds computation resources for data management, analysis and sharing and formulates and implements coordinated plans for providing data security. A data consulting service helps researchers access UCLA clinical data, enabling cohort search in two federated networks involving the five UC Medical Centers (University of California Research Exchange) and the six LA-area medical centers Los Angeles Data Resource). The program also provides the following biomedical informatics training: an ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship program, graduate-level training in biomedical informatics, and introductory researcher workshops for instruction in various informatics tools and standards.

Go to the Research Tools category on this page to view boilerplates for all the Informatics Program clinical data request tools. These include: i2b2, LADR, REDCap, UC ReX and xDR.  

Last updated August 1, 2017

Integrating Special Populations

The Integrating Special Populations Program (ISP) focuses on three special groups: children, older adults, and groups affected by health disparities. The program prioritizes these groups because of their poor health status in Los Angeles and nationally, the implications of their health for society including costs of care, and the emerging science of how life develops over the life course. ISP catalyzes and strengthens research in special populations by: attempting to increase the number of investigators studying special populations, by offering advice on study design and intense mentoring to improve the quality of research, and through thoughtful recruitment/retention activities.

Last updated September 1, 2017

Network Resources

The Network Resources Program consists of two units. The Clinical Research Acceleration Unit interacts with the CTSA Network Trial Innovation Centers (TICs) to ensure rapid study start-up of clinical trials and assists investigators with high priority studies that need rapid response with all aspects of pre-launch study management. Additional clinical trial infrastructure includes Reliance Mechanisms for IRB, Contracting, and Coverage Analysis, an integrated clinical research infrastructure platform, and participation in additional activities led by the TICs, such as national stakeholder engagement in driving policy changes to advance research innovation. The Recruitment Unit has also been established to interact with the Research Innovation Centers (RICs) to ensure rapid subject recruitment to clinical trials. The unit specifically supports cohort size estimation and site-level recruitment planning based on EHR data, assists with the design of recruitment messages and recruitment message delivery approaches, recruits potential research participants through outreach and/or point-of-care recruitment, and participates in additional activities led by the RICs, such as trials of alternative recruitment tools or national stakeholder engagement in driving policy changes to advance research recruitment.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Participant and Clinical Interactions

The Participant and Clinical Interactions (PCI) Program plays a critical role in assuring that clinical research at the UCLA CTSI partner institutions—Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and UCLA—is performed safely, efficiently and reliably. The PCI offers a research-friendly environment that provides investigators and research staff with the training and support required to design and successfully complete studies capable of testing well-conceived research hypotheses. PCI certifies the competency and credentialing of research teams, holds rigorous scientific peer reviews and measures and share elements of a study’s successes and failures. 

The PCI program also mentors and oversees role-based clinical education and assists in collecting data analytics in order to assess research staff performance. PCI  maintains an equitable service voucher system and pilot initiatives to streamline, speed and avoid common research roadblocks.

As part of PCI, the Clinical and Translational Research Centers (CTRCs) support and supervise human studies and clinical trials conducted at each partner institution. CTRCs also assist with training junior investigators in the conduct of translational clinical research. Additional CTRC resources and services include: private beds, procedure suites, infusion room and bay, rooms equipped for sleep studies, a spinal cord injury center, interview rooms, inpatient unit, bionutrition services, and skilled RN and medical assistant staff.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Pilot, Translational and Clinical Studies

The Pilot, Translational and Clinical Studies Program provides seed funding for collaborative research, team-building activities and development of novel technologies and approaches. The program administers the following competitive mechanisms: Team Science Awards (up to $200,000) to enable multidisciplinary teams to develop preliminary data for extramural funding for high-impact translational research; Catalyst Grants (up to $5,000) to support team-building activities, including seminars; symposia; meetings related to a specific disease or scientific problem to stimulate team formation; Core Vouchers (up to $10,000 in institutional funds) defray the cost of core services at the CTSI partner sites for feasible, translational and unique research addressing health problems.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Population Health

The Population Health program equips health agencies with the skills that they need to introduce and sustain the practice and application of critical translational science methods. The program focuses on preparing researchers and health agencies to: apply dissemination, implementation and improvement (DII) research methods to the development, scale-up and spread of multi-component, multi-level population health interventions; apply innovative modeling techniques and use large datasets for population health research and improvement; and apply DII sciences to address real-world population health problems. 

Last updated August 1, 2017

Precision Medicine

The Precision Medicine Program develops the necessary processes and infrastructure to bring genomic information into the clinical realm. It mobilizes and integrates genomic data with clinical data for translational research that involves genetics, genomics, patient phenotypes, and biomaterials.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Regulatory Knowledge and Support

The Regulatory Knowledge and Support (Regulatory) Program ensures that research is in full regulatory compliance and meets the highest quality assurance standards. It offers ethics and regulatory compliance guidance and consultation.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Team Science

The Team Science Program augments the translational mission by continuing to develop new theoretical and evidence-based tools to improve, assess, and evaluate the capacity of interdisciplinary and translational science teams to effectively combine team members’ diverse expertise. The program specifically conducts research to understand the characteristics of high-performing teams. The impact of differences among team members in experience, background, culture, and disciplines are being studied. Program leaders adapt their training for academic community teams to provide novel training in communication and collaboration. To facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration, the UCLA CTSI has redesigned the Pilot Translational & Clinical Studies Program to exclusively support team science.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Program houses most of the CTSI education and training activities. It ensures CTSI trainees acquire the core competencies needed to conduct multidisciplinary research and to integrate community priorities and input into research across the T1 to T4 spectrum. The Program emphasizes three key areas: training and consultation in entrepreneurship and the product commercialization process; informatics training for investigators and faculty at all levels of experience; and training and certification in good clinical practices for all research staff.

The program offers the CTSI Training Program in Translational Science (TPTS) to scientists and trainees at all CTSI partner institutions and from multiple professional schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, Education and Informational Science, Public Policy). TPTS provides three levels of training: enrichment seminars that do not lead to a certificate or degree (Track 1); the two-year Translational Science Certificate program (Track 2); and the Master of Science in Clinical Research (Track 3).

The program integrates with the CTSI KL2 training program for junior faculty and the CTSI TL1 training programs for pre- and post-doctoral students and health professional students. This is accomplished through externships in industry, government and the not-for-profit health sectors as well as lectures and coursework offered by the CTSI Training Program in Translational Science.

The Workforce Development Program interacts closely with the CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Program, the CTSI Integrating Special Populations Program, the CTSI Informatics Program, the CTSI Population Health Program, the CTSI Team Science Program, and the CTSI Community Engagement and Research Program, each of which offer separate education and training activities.

Last updated August 1, 2017

CTSI-supported collaborations and initiatives

Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative

BUILD awards consist of linked grants issued to undergraduate institutions to implement and study innovative approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research, potentially helping them on the pathway to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. BUILD awards differ from other NIH-funded training grants in that they aim to achieve simultaneous impact at the student, faculty and institutional levels. Through implementing a variety of innovative approaches to research skill building and training, mentorship and institutional change, the BUILD-funded institutions address various challenges faced by students, faculty and institutions. In addition, by disseminating effective interventions and strategies to diversify biomedical research, BUILD institutions contribute to broader transformational impact at an institutional level. In FY 2014, 10 5-year BUILD awards were issued to undergraduate institutions across the country. Eligibility for BUILD primary institutions included having fewer than $7.5 million in total NIH research project grant funding, and a student population with at least 25 percent Pell Grant recipients. BUILD institutions serve a geographically and racially diverse population, and include historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-serving institutions, and projects with targeted outreach to special populations. Funded BUILD institutions partner with nearly 100 institutions, both pipeline and research-intensive, to broaden the pool of students participating in biomedical research training and maximize opportunities for faculty/staff development. As part of the Diversity Program Consortium, BUILD is a cooperative agreement, in that NIH project scientists and program officials work with each BUILD institution, and the institutions collaborate with each other on planning and sharing ideas for new, creative ways to address their students’ needs in real time. Each site has a core for administration, institutional development, student training, and research enrichment, which helps ensure programming is targeted to each of the three levels. The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA provides operations and data coordination and support, and conducts longitudinal evaluation, in support of BUILD.

Last updated August 1, 2017

CTSI Online Grant Library

The CTSI Online Grants Library, available through CTSI’s Team Science System, is an online resource for faculty and trainees at the four UCLA CTSI Institutions. Principal investigators of successfully funded grants have contributed their grant proposals to the CTSI for online sharing. This secure web-based platform allows trainees to view the grant proposals online, but also prevents users from copying, downloading or sharing the proposals outside of the platform. Thus, principal investigators can provide their successful grant knowing that their proposal will not be disseminated further without their permission. Still, the online grant library is a fully searchable tool and allows users to quickly access different aspects or sections of a grant proposal. The library was initiated in 2015, currently has 45 grant proposals, and is actively growing. It has 247 active users so far. The successful grants library is an important resource for junior faculty and other trainees in writing their first K or R grant. KL2 Scholars who are successful in obtaining extramural support will be asked to submit their proposals to the successful grants library.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce Program (or NIH Diversity Program Consortium)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce Program (also called the NIH Diversity Program Consortium) was established in FY 2014 in response to recommendations provided in 2012 by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce. The working group explored ways to improve the recruitment of individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research and prepare them for successful biomedical research careers. (These individuals include persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The group provided recommendations, endorsed by the ACD, about how to develop and support individuals from diverse backgrounds across the lifespan of a biomedical research career. In response to these recommendations, the NIH established the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program.

This trans-NIH program is funded by the NIH Common Fund and managed by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The overarching goal of the program is to develop, implement, assess and disseminate innovative and effective approaches to engaging, training and mentoring students; enhancing faculty development; and strengthening institutional research training infrastructure to enhance the participation and persistence of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers. The unique aspects of this program include:  a focus on three levels of impact: student, faculty and institutional; the integration of social science research and psychosocial interventions into the process of training and mentoring students and faculty; rigorous assessment and evaluation of the training and mentoring interventions implemented across the program. Through the implementation and evaluation of effective approaches to improve training and mentoring across the consortium, this program aims to have a significant impact on the participation and persistence of individuals from diverse backgrounds in the biomedical research pipeline, as well as on transforming the culture and efficacy of biomedical research training and mentoring nationwide. The program, also referred to as the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC), consists of three integrated initiatives: Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) at UCLA.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Healthy Elderly Longevity Cohort (Wellderly)

Against the genomic breakthrough of whole genome association studies, the demographics in the United States are quickly changing. The older population (age > 65 years) in 2030 is projected to be twice as large as in 2000 representing nearly 20 percent of the total US population. The first baby boomers turn 65 in 2011 and will challenge all facets of health care in the coming decades. The demographic changes underscore the need to understand the mechanisms that promote health and disease in this cohort. Genomic discoveries will help individuals and may reduce medical costs and benefit society. The objective of this study is to obtain blood and/or saliva samples in order to help model health and disease phenotypes through population genomics. The blood and/or saliva samples may allow for participants' entire genomes to be sequenced if such comprehensive analysis becomes feasible and economical.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Jackson Heart Study

The primary objective of the Jackson Heart Study is to investigate the causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in African Americans to learn how to best prevent this group of diseases in the future. More specific objectives include: identification of factors, which influence the development, and worsening of CVD in African Americans, with an emphasis on manifestations related to high blood pressure (such as remodeling of the left ventricle of the heart, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and disorders affecting the blood vessels of the kidney); building research capabilities in minority institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level by developing partnerships between minority and majority institutions and enhancing participation of minority investigators in large-scale epidemiologic studies; attracting minority students to and preparing them for careers in health sciences.

Last updated August 1, 2017

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

NRMN is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. NRMN’s program models emphasize the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce. The Goal of the National Research Mentoring Network is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce and is one of the component of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Project Students Training in Researching Involving Disparity Elimination (STRIDE)

In response to the critical shortage of minorities in biomedical research and the health professions, the overarching goal of Project STRIDE is to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in the pipeline who are committed to research careers in the health sciences. Increasing the nation’s cadre of minority clinicians and researchers is a crucial component to eliminating health disparities, especially given that minority researchers and physicians are more likely to work in minority communities than their nonminority counterparts. STRIDE aims to increase the diversity and quality of the research workforce specifically in regard to the ongoing nationwide effort to better understand the complex health-related needs of low-income, medically underserved populations and thereby, ultimately, to reduce disparities in health care accessibility, quality, and outcomes. Project STRIDE will also provide an in-depth health science immersion experience to underrepresented high school students, though all program enrollees will be primarily from King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, Health Sciences Academy and other high schools in the Watts community of South Los Angeles. The STRIDE education and training experience will encompass exposure to critical methodologies and principles of biomedical and clinical research in disease areas identified by Healthy People 2020 as disproportionately prevalent among underserved minority and low income communities. This ten week clinical research program will require the student to work full-time with an assigned mentor on a research project of their interest. Students will write an abstract on the project, create a poster and give a presentation at a Research Day. Participants will receive a stipend for their involvement.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

The Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP Program) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program provides an opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to conduct biomedical research for eight (8) to ten (10) weeks in the summer in labs throughout the country. The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. Students receive the following: a summer research stipend, assignment to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience, pairing with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation, encouragement to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence, training in the responsible conduct of research, all-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Team Science Training

Participation in collaborative team science endeavors that can foster translational breakthroughs requires interdisciplinary collaboration. Despite the depth of knowledge that experts from different disciplines possess, difficulties can arise as these individuals seek to work across boundaries to coordinate and integrate their frameworks, perspectives, and ideas. To address these barriers to collaboration, training modalities must be adapted to meet the needs of researchers so that they will be better equipped to work and lead at the interface of disciplines and practice communities. More specifically, researchers will need to be prepared to communicate across disciplinary boundaries, manage teams (i.e. leadership), lead in collaboration with other leaders (i.e. shared leadership) and write research grants that simultaneously address basic, clinical and translational questions. To prepare researchers for success, team science training will help researchers to effectively launch translational research teams. Drawing on National Science Foundation supported research by Salazar & Lant (2012), team science provides investigators with two types of short-term interventions: 1) strategic team mapping to identify how to best assemble a team to foster collaboration around their focal research question, and 2) utilization of four evidence-based communication principles to support cross-boundary knowledge sharing, integration and creation.

Last updated September 1, 2016

Incubators, licensing and entrepreneurship

Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Working closely with its board of advisors, the Price Center fosters the study and practice of entrepreneurship and business innovation by providing the foundation on which creativity can flourish and individuals can succeed.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Price Center work together to provide a challenging, interdisciplinary curriculum for students who intend to embrace global and integrationist thinking, work across boundaries, and muster an uncommon amount of courage to pursue their entrepreneurial vision. First-hand experience in an entrepreneurial environment is vital to the success of our curriculum. The Price Center funds numerous fellowships designed to afford students real-world business experiences. To encourage entrepreneurial research, the Price Center has established programs such as the Galef Symposium in Business Innovation, which supports the research of Ph.D. students, academic researchers and faculty whose projects demand an openness to flexibility and new ideas, a predisposition to study innovative methods, and a capacity to see beyond existing paradigms. The Price Center also maintains a strong commitment to serving the nonprofit and small business communities through management development programs and topical seminars. All of these efforts aim to foster the study and practice of entrepreneurship and business innovation. Join us and make true impact

Last updated August 1, 2017

The Knapp Venture Competition at UCLA

Now in its 36th year, the Knapp Venture Competition has evolved into one of the premier academic business plan competitions in Southern California. It encourages UCLA Anderson students to showcase their talents and learn from insights of successful entrepreneurs and business executives. The Knapp Competition has given more than 1,800 UCLA Anderson students a unique venture creation experience that has been instrumental in launching numerous businesses. Over the course of the academic year, UCLA Anderson students refine business concepts, build management teams, and develop business plans to submit to the Knapp Venture Competition. A select group of business plans are chosen for competition in the semifinals, with the top submissions advancing to the finals in May. The judging panels, which are comprised of entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and senior executives, play a critical role in shaping the outcome and educational experience of the competition. Our judges ask questions to evaluate each entry's viability, and also provide students with constructive feedback and suggestions for going forward with their ventures. After a closed deliberation, the Knapp finalists are announced at a reception.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG)

UCLA Technology Development Group (formerly Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research) serves as a campus-wide gateway to Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship. Our mission is to:

  • Promote UCLA innovation, research, teaching and entrepreneurship to benefit society
  • Create economic value to support UCLA’s scholarly and educational missions and the State of California
  • Lead UCLA’s research community to bring innovation to market
The scope of activities include:
  • Commercially evaluating new technologies
  • Determining patentability and commercial value
  • Prosecuting patents
  • Marketing and licensing inventions
  • Facilitating UCLA faculty startups
  • Engaging industry to facilitate research collaboration
  • Negotiating license agreements and Material Transfer Agreements
  • Receiving and distributing royalties and other income to the inventors, UCLA Campus and its Departments

Last updated August 1, 2017

UCLA Venture Capital Fund

UCLA Venture Capital Fund is a community-built venture capital fund that supports UCLA's entrepreneurial ecosystem. They are a dynamic community of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, faculty, students, and friends. Its members have founded more than 100 venture-backed companies in a wide-variety of sectors. Using a unique pledge mechanism, the Fund has built a portfolio of leading UCLA-backed startups. As a community, they support these companies, as well as the entrepreneurs behind them. With the returns from the portfolio, the Fund fosters UCLA’s entrepreneurial ecosystems through programming, volunteerism, and financial distributions to key initiatives on campus.

Last updated August 1, 2017

CTSA Consortia

California Consortiums & Related Activities

Western CTSA Education Consortium (WCEC)

The Western CTSA Education Consortium is comprised of the directors of the training and workforce development programs of California institutions that are presently recipients of Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSA), and whose intent is to collaborate on common key interests related to education and training in California and the resulting diversity of the populations involved in our research. The collaborating CTSA institutions include Scripps Research Institute, University of Southern California, Stanford University, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Oregon Health and Science University, University of Washington, and University of New Mexico. The Consortium has a common goal of advancing the health of residents of California through our activities and has developed an agenda of shared activities considered to be highly relevant for all of their institutions and also nationally.

Activities underway or in development are:

  • Webinar on research in diverse populations – the Consortium will host a webinar every two months to cover core issues in research on diverse populations, addressing topics such as health disparities, research methods, and cultural competency. Each institute will contribute a session, drawing on institutional leaders.
  • Education and training related to research in diverse populations – the Consortium will have a working group charged with developing a foundation course, core and more advanced educational competencies, and reviewing existing curricular materials for the subject of diverse populations. The goal is to develop curricula materials that will be shared with Hubs nationally.

Future collaborative efforts include:

  • UC San Diego’s VirBELA Clinical Trial Video Game: This 5-minute video game based on scenario of a multi-site clinical trial was created to enhance effectiveness in team skills. UCSD was interested in receiving feedback on the game as well as avenues of dissemination. Game access and instructions are provided in detailed meeting minutes.
  • Generating and sharing future training data tables or list of K scholars from each CTSA hub.
  • Topics for education material development include: responsible conduct of research, rigors of reproducibility, and team science.
  • Recruitment strategies of under-represented minorities

Last updated August 1, 2017

UCSF CTSI Mentor Development Program

The UCSF CTSI Mentor Training Program (MTP) is a comprehensive program with both online and in person components designed to train mid-career and early senior faculty to become the next generation of confident and effective clinical and translational research mentors. Faculty dedicated to clinical and translational research can apply for participation in the MTP offered annually. MTP has created an integrated environment for senior mentors and mentors-in-training, encouraging creative and innovative networking, discussing a range of mentoring challenges and a myriad of solutions, developing a toolbox of strategies, and using discussions and collective experiences to build a community of mentoring excellence. The six core modules through web-based and face-to-face meetings provide an overview of the core competencies needed by mentors using learning objectives, readings (required and suggested), short lectures, videos of mentors and mentees, and exercises. Seminar topics include: mentorship from the beginning, mentoring models and mentor selection, aligning goals and expectations, communicating effectively with mentees, dealing with mentoring challenges, and mentoring across differences.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Los Angeles Consortiums

Greater Los Angeles Consortium

The UCLA CTSI participates in the Greater Los Angeles Consortium to co-design and develop education and training curricula. There are three CTSA hubs in the Greater Los Angeles CTSA Consortium: University of California, Irvine, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California. The consortium offers a great opportunity to work together in activities that leverage our local talents and benefit both our local communities and our approaches to clinical research. Our collective goal is to collaborate to develop curricula and online courses that can ultimately be shared with the national consortia online while supporting collaborative efforts across the Greater Los Angeles area through onsite, in-person programs and seminars.

Curricula underway or in development include:

    UCLA
    • Biomedical Informatics for Clinicians - 2-week course familiarizes participants with the basic principles of biomedical informatics demonstrated by ongoing projects and services across the Greater Los Angeles Consortium. It will describe the use of data standards for representation and exchange of clinical information and the increasing use of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to annotate content. 
    • Therapeutic Discovery and Development - hosted by the UC Center for Accelerated Innovation through CTSI’s Training Program in Translational Science seminar series, this program provides an introduction to strategic and tactical planning for small molecule and antibody therapeutics. The course supports the CTSA’s objective to transform educational and career development programs to build the translational science workforce. 
    UC Irvine
    • The Science of Team Science Boot Camp - This one-day training will equip trainees, investigators, and community partners with best practices for leading and participating in effective team science endeavors. It will include evidence-based training modules on topics such as communication across boundaries, managing virtual teams, strategic planning and team design for clinical and translational research projects and best practices for developing translational grant proposals.
    • Introduction to Systems Biology for Clinical Translational Scientists - The Center for Complex Biological Systems (CCBS) will host this program designed as a preparatory workshop either in Biology or Mathematical/Computational Methods. The course will combine didactic lectures with hands-on laboratory experimentation or tutorials in mathematical/computational modeling. 
    USC
    • Regulatory Science for Clinical Research - The twice yearly boot camp will provide training directed primarily at study coordinators to expand their knowledge of and capacity for auditing and monitoring of clinical trials. The expanded skills will create a workforce that can cross-monitor trials, filling a common void in this expertise in academic settings. 
    • Engaging Diverse Communities in Clinical Research - This twice yearly boot camp will be hosted by USC's Workforce Development group and include didactic material on fundamental principles of successful engagement of diverse communities,supplemented by case examples of real-life challenges. The CTSI will share community engagement experiences working with diverse and underrepresented populations, including best practices in participant recruitment, outreach in diverse communities, community health workers as team members, and research with diverse, low-income, pediatric and aging populations.
    • Regulatory Science Boot Camp - This one-day training will equip trainees, investigators, and community partners with best practices for monitoring and auditing for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and FDA inspections. It will include training modules on topics such as preparation and readiness for GCP and FDA inspection--with a focus on TMF, Source Data Verification (SDV), and Risk Based Monitoring (RBM), auditing of GCP systems for data integrity, sponsor audits and GCP audit processes and checklists for a hospital site audit for a Phase 1 study.

Last updated August 1, 2017

National CTSA Consortia

NCATS Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT)

NCATS’ Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program supports efforts to solve system-wide translational research problems in part by developing and implementing ways to improve the success of U.S. clinical trials. One initiative, CTSA Accrual to Clinical Trials (CTSA ACT), was launched recently to do just that by developing a nationwide network of sites that share EHR data. Building on existing platforms and operating models to create a “federated” network with common standards, data terminology and shared resources, CTSA ACT investigators are focused on data harmonization (using the same term for the same type of data) across EHR platforms; technical needs assessment and implementation; regulatory approaches to ensure compliance with protocols for data access and participant contact; and governance development to establish proper agreements among institutions. NCATS ACT provides infrastructure for streamlined informatics solutions across the CTSA Consortium.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Child Health Research Acceleration Through Multisite Planning (CHAMP)

As recently as 2016, UC BRAID Child Health has been viewed as a California-based template for the national network of CTSI-based child health researchers called CHAMP. CHAMP is designed as an incubator for multisite, investigator-initiated child health translational research. The CHAMP concept was selected for presentation at the July 2014 CTSA Principal Investigators Meeting. The idea was vetted by a group of nationally recognized leaders in child health research. Both UC BRAID Child Health and CHAMP are responses to the Institute of Medicine’s 2013 report recognizing the seminal role that the CTSAs and NCATS could play in promoting child health clinical research.

Last updated August 1, 2017

NCATS-CTSA Integration Across the Lifespan Domain Task Force (DTF)

Dr. Peter Szilagyi from the UCLA CTSI is a co-leader of the national steering committee of the Lifespan DTF. The goal of the Lifespan DTF is to integrate translational science across the entire lifespan to improve health for all populations, to launch studies on special populations to prevent and better treat disease, and to develop a seamless integrated approach to translational science across all phases of research. The Lifespan DTF has 65 members (as of August 2017 on the CTSA Central website) including the six national steering committee members.

Last updated August 1, 2017

CTSA Good Clinical Practices (GCP) Program

In response to the NIH Clinical Trial Working Group recommendation to standardize training, NCATS led a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA)-wide initiative to promote Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for clinical trial personnel. GCP is a process that incorporates established ethical and scientific quality standards for the design, conduct, recording and reporting of clinical research involving the participation of human subjects. The project was supported through supplemental grant funding to a CTSA Program network project entitled, “Enhancing Clinical Research Professionals’ Training and Qualifications” (3UL1TR000433-08S1). The goals of the supplement were to (1) develop and implement standardized GCP training and (2) develop and implement a competency-based education curriculum for study teams across the CTSA consortium that equips a highly-qualified workforce with the necessary competencies to effectively, efficiently, and safely execute clinical trials.

Last updated August 1, 2017

SMART IRB (formerly IRBrely)

SMART IRB, the Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials IRB Reliance platform, is designed to harmonize and streamline the IRB review process for multisite studies, while ensuring a high level of protection for research participants. SMART IRB is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and intended to serve as a roadmap for institutions to implement The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multisite Research.

SMART IRB began as a project called IRBrely, which was led by Dartmouth Synergy and funded by NCATS from September 2014 through April 2016. This collaborative effort built upon existing regional networks for IRB reliance to develop a master IRB reliance agreement and standard operating procedures (SOPs) suitable for use across the nation.

In July 2016, NCATS funded the next phase of work to enable IRB reliance on a national scale. This project is led by Harvard Catalyst, University of Wisconsin-Madison ICTR, and Dartmouth Synergy. SMART IRB is funded by the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program through grant number UL1TR001102-04S1.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Trial Innovation Network

The Trial Innovation Network is a new collaborative initiative within the CTSA Program and is composed of three key organizational partners – the CTSA Program Hubs, the Trial Innovation Centers (TICs), and the Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC). All are key partners of the Trial Innovation Network and make unique and essential contributions. Other important partners include NIH Institutes, other federal and non-federal stakeholders, researchers, patients, providers, and the public. NCATS’ vision for the Trial Innovation Network is to address critical roadblocks in clinical trials and to accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The network will focus on operational innovation, operational excellence and collaboration while leveraging the expertise, diversity and broad reach of the CTSA Program. Features will include a single institutional review board system, master contracting agreements, quality-by-design approaches, and a focus on evidence-based strategies to recruitment and patient engagement. The goal is not only to execute trials better, faster and more cost-efficiently, but also to be a national laboratory to study, understand and innovate the process of conducting clinical trials.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID)

UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID)

UC BRAID is a consortium of the five UC medical campuses at UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, and UC Los Angeles in collaboration with the UC Office of the President. Since its inception in 2010, the University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration & Development (UC BRAID) has been a resource for identifying clinical and translational needs and enabling partnerships across the 5 UC health campuses and UC Office of the President. In only a few years, UC BRAID has developed a strong governance and versatile infrastructure to enhance clinical and translational research. UC BRAID catalyzes research to improve health through several initiatives, including state-of-the-art informatics implemented by the UC Research eXchange (ReX) team, providing eligible researchers secure access to 14+ million patient records across the UC health system. UC BRAID aims to establish the UC system as the premier national network for innovative translational research, and broaden UC BRAID's reach and impact beyond our five UC health campuses.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Alpha Stem Cell Clinic

The UCLA-UCI Alpha Stem Cell Clinic (ASCC) accelerates the implementation of clinical trials and delivery of stem cell therapies by providing world-class, state-of-the-art infrastructure to support clinical research. UCLA-UCI ASCC is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the University of California, Los Angeles, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and University of California, Irvine Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. It is one of three clinics (alongside City of Hope and UC San Diego) funded through a five year $8M grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell agency. These three Alpha Clinics comprise the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Network.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Drug, Device Discovery, and Development (D4)

The Drug, Device Discovery, and Development workgroup is a UC BRAID committee focused on the early translation of academic discovery research into valuable and impactful therapies. D4 is leveraging the combined strengths and resources of the five campuses to accelerate this translation process. D4 is developing initiatives across 4 areas that are critical to accelerating drug and device development. These include: academic-private partnerships; training and mentorship; translational resource sharing; collaborations and grant opportunities. D4 works to improve competitiveness of UC researchers for translational funding opportunities; develop cross-campus collaborations for early translational projects; facilitate access to translational resources and infrastructure on each campus; and share successful programs and services that support translational researchers.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC BRAID Biobanking Initiative

Lead by UCLA’s Dr. Sarah Dry, the UC BRAID Biobanking Initiative was established in order for biobanks to meet emerging federal standards and help accelerate the pace of translational research. It aims to aid in the creation of best practice documentation and a governance model for high-quality biospecimens banks. Through an inclusive governance model and standard processes for “UC-recognized” biobanks, this initiative hopes to ensure biosamples are the highest possible quality and that biobanks are operating ethically and meet professional accredited standards. It also aims to develop biobanking educational programs. Biobanking resources include standard operating procedures for distribution, procurement and storage as well as shared resources on developing efficient and ethical approaches to biobanking research within the UC, governance of biobanks, and outlining best practices for establishing biobanks at UC facilities.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC BRAID Center for Accelerated Innovation (UC CAI)

The mission of the UC CAI, a collaboration of the five UC medical campuses, is to translate NHLBI- and NIDA-funded discoveries to improve health and healthcare and address unmet medical needs. The transition is accelerated by applying business and product-development practices from the biomedical industry to advance the most promising technologies toward commercialization. Based at UCLA, the UC CAI has four goals: engage University of California research innovators in entrepreneurism through a comprehensive education, training and mentorship program; solicit and select technologies with high commercial potential that align with the NIH Institute’s mission and address unmet medical needs or significant scientific opportunity; incubate our most promising technologies in accordance with industry requirements to facilitate their translation to commercial products that improve patient care and enhance health; and create a high-performing, sustainable infrastructure that will serve as a model to academic research centers. The UC CAI provides the support for CTSI courses such as Therapeutic Discovery & Development which will help support workforce aims in developing online training and education efforts. UC CAI will also work with the CTSI on developing an experiential learning opportunity in industry and venture capital.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC BRAID Child Health

UC BRAID Child Health (BRAID-CH) is the child health component of UC BRAID, the consortium of UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, and UC Los Angeles, who have partnered to enhance multi-site research and dissemination of research. This initiative was created in part in response to the 2013 IOM review of national CTSA objectives which clearly singled out expertise in pediatric clinical research as a major focus for the future of awardees. UC BRAID sees this as a major opportunity to develop collaborative grant applications that as time goes on will be highly competitive in multiple areas of pediatric clinical research. The mission of UC BRAID-Child Health (BRAID-CH) is to integrate resources and talent across the University of California to accelerate research that improves child health. Their vision is to create a model environment for cutting edge research. This environment will reduce barriers, leverage and combine resources, enable teams, and serve as a model for collaborative child-health and lifespan research consortia. As an example of multi-site work, in August 2014, UC BRAID Child Health held an Autism Translational Research Summit to develop and implement a strategic plan for clinical research on autism. As a second example, each of the 5 institutions committed $50,000 to support two pilot UC BRAID Child Health projects that involved multi-site research. The RFA was released in March 2015, and two grants were awarded in July 2015.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC BRAID Contracting Initiative

Contracting offices face increasing internal and external pressure to improve turnaround times for clinical trial contract execution. At the same time, the proliferation of multisite studies provides opportunities for institutions to align contract negotiations and leverage one another’s resources. To address these challenges, UC BRAID convened a workgroup of campus contracting leadership to: measure and improve clinical trial contracting performance, share best practices and lessons learned, increase collaboration for multisite clinical trial agreement (CTA) negotiations and mitigate redundant effort and conserve resources.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC BRAID Participant Recruitment Initiative

Participant recruitment is a significant challenge in many studies involving human subjects. Recruiting an adequate sample and retaining participants through study completion is frequently more difficult than expected. The 5 campuses of UC BRAID, UC Riverside, and Stanford have partnered to build a portfolio of tools and services to improve the participant recruitment processes.

Goals – Identify services that may be shared across campuses; find common solutions for how we engage potential research participants; and address ethical, regulatory and operational issues, including:

  • Improve the cost, efficiency, and effectiveness of recruitment approaches 
  • Position member institutions to be attractive for research grant dollars, both locally and with multi-center studies and trials
  • Develop capabilities to forge and respond to new public/private partnerships

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC Reliance Services (Single IRB Review for Multisite Studies)

The regulatory landscape is changing faster than it has in decades. Upcoming revisions to the "Common Rule" will mandate single IRB review and UC must be prepared. Fortunately, UC BRAID and campus IRBs have a years-long partnership: UC Reliance Services (UCRS). UCRS leverages IRB Reliance, streamlines regulatory approval, and most importantly, speeds clinical trial activation. UC BRAID’s Regulatory initiative identifies policy changes, new infrastructure, or processes that will reduce the barriers to Regulatory approval and speed clinical trial activation. UCRS goals include: establishing infrastructure and processes to expand use of the system-wide IRB Reliance mechanism (aka: “UC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Multi-Campus Research"); promoting IRB reliances through outreach to researchers, staff and industry partners; and assessing current Regulatory processes, determine potential causes of variability and delay, and develop methods for improvement.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC Research eXchange (UC ReX)

The University of California Research eXchange (UC ReX) is a joint activity of the 5 University of California (UC) CTSAs, charged with fostering multi-site clinical research by providing access to harmonized clinical data from the 5 health systems. The UC Rex Data Explorer is a secure online system designed to enable UC clinical investigators to identify potential research study cohorts spanning the five UC medical centers. The Data Explorer allows investigators to conduct interactive searches of data derived from patient care activities at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Search criteria can include demographics, diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-9, ICD-10 and CPT), labs, medications, visit details, vital signs and vital status. The output of each query from the UC ReX Data Explorer is a numeric count of patients by site that match the criteria identified in the query. The numeric count helps investigators assess the feasibility of their study idea by identifying whether there are sufficient numbers of prospective subjects within the UC system.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UC TrialQuest

UC TrialQuest is the first UC-wide clinical trials search tool. It allows groups involved in the research process to search clinical trials across the five UC Health campuses in real time using a simple web-based search. UC TrialQuest was built in conjunction with UC San Francisco’s CTSI Virtual Home team, the UC Institutional Review Board (IRB) Directors, and the UC Office of the President. Benefits include: IRB staff can find trials to be opened at multiple sites using a single IRB review, reducing redundant effort between the campuses and accelerating trial activation; contract negotiators can identify common studies or sponsors, then share the clinical trial agreement (CTA) terms, budgets, and contractual language; and researchers can discover collaboration opportunities or multicenter clinical trials in which to participate, and/or rely upon existing IRB approvals, helping to accelerate clinical research within the CTSI.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Moblie health institutes and centers

UCLA Wireless Health Institute (WHI)

The Wireless Health Institute at UCLA believes that tiny sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, force transducers, and visual and sound recorders worn on the body and in clothing, will become essential components for the delivery of health care and health maintenance. Sensors created by micro- and nanotechnologies will simplify communications with health providers seamlessly over Internet and WIFI transmission via phones and other convenient devices. To pursue these applications, the institute's collaboration includes the highly ranked UCLA Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Business, the Clinical Translational Science Institute for medical research, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and faculty from many departments on campus.

The aim of the institute is to promote research, development, and rapid evaluation of systems that monitor aspects of health, inform clinical decisions, and deliver therapies in real-time with minimal intrusion and cost. To date, WHI collaborations with other universities, federal and state government entities, and industry have aimed for the most effective applications of home-based and mobile technologies to increase adherence to rehabilitation and medical instructions, enable skills and exercise practice with feedback about performance, reduce the incidence and warn of impending post-acute medical complications, reduce muscle wasting in ill inpatients, and improve self-care management of chronic conditions. Applications for everyday care in the community monitor the type, quantity and aspects of the quality of daily movements and physical activities, incorporate vital signs, blood oxygenation and energy cost, and inexpensively instrument assistive devices. These systems, such as WHI's Medical Daily Activity Wireless Network, collect, integrate, process, analyze, communicate, and present information so that individuals become engaged and empowered in their own health care to improve their quality of life and reduce burdens on caregivers. Physicians, nurses, therapists, other providers, and families can apply these technologies in hospital and community practices. Academic and industry groups can leverage the organization of the WHI to quickly test mobile health ideas and products in real-world settings.

Last updated August 1, 2017

NIH MD2K (Mobile Data to Knowledge) Center of Excellence (part of the Big Data to Knowledge [BD2K] initiative)

NIH MD2K (Mobile Data to Knowledge) Center of Excellence, or MD2K, is one of 11 national Big Data Centers of Excellence awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its Big Data-to-Knowledge initiative. The MD2K Center brings together leaders in computer science, engineering, medicine, behavioral science, and statistics from 13 universities (Cornell Tech, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rice, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Memphis, the University of Michigan and West Virginia University), and Open mHealth (a non-profit organization). The MD2K Team is developing innovative tools to make it easier to gather, analyze and interpret health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors. MD2K’s goal is to develop big data solutions that reliably quantify physical, biological, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease risk. The MD2K Team aims to lay the scientific foundations for turning the wealth of mobile sensor data available through new and rapidly evolving wearable sensors into reliable and actionable health information, and contribute to the vision of predictive, preventive, personalized, participatory, and precision (P5) medicine.

Last updated August 1, 2017

The Los Angeles (LA) PRISMS Center

The Los Angeles Pediatric Research Integrating Sensor Monitoring Systems (LA PRISMS) Center is fostering the development and application of mobile health (mHealth) technologies that deepen our scientific understanding and clinical management of pediatric conditions. Bringing together leading experts from UCLA and USC in biomedical informatics, computer science, wireless health, environmental science and health, and pediatrics, this Center focuses on the creation of innovative end-to-end software infrastructure for pediatric sensor-based health monitoring. A part of the NIH's Pediatric Research Integrating Sensor Monitoring Systems (PRISMS) community, this collaborative effort focuses on pediatric asthma. Our Center's vision and proposed research is motivated by the following question: what if you could predict ahead of time, for a specific asthma patient, the potential for exacerbation and thus mitigate–if not prevent–the event? Any system with this ability must integrate the growing array of available physiologic and environmental data from sensors, and place such data into context to elucidate the patient's state and specific situation. The system must be able to act sufficiently quickly on sensed data to make timely recommendations, and end user compliance with system usage must be high to effect change. Our solution, the Biomedical REAl-Time Health Evaluation for Pediatric Asthma (BREATHE) platform, provides an extensible framework for the deployment of data collection protocols; secure data collection from sensors to a mobile device; integration of additional contextual information; and real-time analysis.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Regulatory

Data Safety Monitoring Plan

Next Steps

Contact: Terra Hughes
Regulatory Compliance
tnhughes@mednet.ucla.edu

Data and safety monitoring is required for clinical trials and may be required for other types of clinical research studies.

No boilerplate is available because the data and safety monitoring plan must be commensurate with the risk, size, and complexity of the study.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Data Sharing

Next Steps

Contact: Bethany Myers
Research Informationist
UCLA Biomedical Library
310-794-2030
bethanymyers@library.ucla.edu

As of October 2003, all investigators who are requesting more than $500,000 per year in annual direct costs* are required to submit a data sharing plan with their grant proposal. Data sharing plans should explain how investigators will make their final research data available, or explain why sharing of the data would not be feasible. Investigators may also request grant funding in their budget section to cover the costs of their proposed sharing mechanism. In writing a plan, investigators should address:

  • mechanism for sharing. Will data be made publically available in a repository, or will they be made available only upon request?
  • timeliness of data sharing. Investigators should plan to make their final research data available at the time of publication of their results.
  • subject confidentiality and data security. Will be datasets be de-identified to prevent subject identification? How will data be protected from unauthorized access?
  • data sharing agreements. Such agreements outline the rights and responsibilities of users who request use of the data.

A number of resources are available to assist with writing a data sharing plan, including extensive documentation at the NIH’s Data Sharing Policy site. The DMPTool is a free, interactive web tool for writing data management and data sharing plans, including assistance for writing plans that meet NIH’s requirements.

*This policy may be broadened to include additional types of grant proposals in response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s memo regarding the sharing of research results.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Human Subjects Protection

Next Steps

Contact: Terra Hughes
Regulatory Compliance
(310) 794-7504
tnhughes@mednet.ucla.edu

NIH requires compliance with federal policy for the protection of human subjects in clinical research. NIH defines clinical research as:

A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.

Last updated November 15, 2017

Responsible Conduct of Research

Next Steps

Contact: Terra Hughes
Regulatory Compliance
(310) 794-7504
tnhughes@mednet.ucla.edu

The following boilerplate is intended for people who are applying for grants as trainees or as new investigators and have taken or plan to take UCLA's M261 course on the Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Humans.

As a __(insert)__ trainee, I plan to take a course in the responsible conduct of research. The main UCLA course, entitled “Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Humans” (M261), is a didactic course of 20 hours taught over one quarter with expert faculty members leading discussions in a particular topic area. Students are expected to read course materials and actively participate in classroom discussions of relevant case scenarios. Topics covered include Responsible Conduct of Research, Professionalism and the Ethical Imperatives of Clinical Research, Protection of Research Subjects-- the IRB process, Managing the Practice of Research, Conflicts of Interest, Genetics and Stem Cell Research, Community and International Research, Misconduct, and Conflicts of Interest.

To build upon the above training, I will continue my responsible conduct of research training with my mentor, __(insert)__, while actively conducting my research project. My mentor will meet with me on a __(insert)__ basis and there will be additional collaborative meetings with colleagues to address specific related research topics. Some of those topics will include authorship, sharing of data, and data management.

The UCLA CTSI is strongly committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in research endeavors and ensures all investigators, research staff, and students are educated and remain current in “best practices” in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. The comprehensive mentoring and training activities in this area will thoroughly prepare me to accomplish the proposed research and educational training activities during the period of this award and into the future as I renew such training every four years.

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Other formats include both on-line and in-person opportunities for education. The Collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI) training platform for the Responsible Conduct of Research includes both a UCLA-specific RCR course as well as the CITI-provided course. Through an on-line training environment, University constituents self-identify for most of their required research training needs. The UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the Health System Office of Compliance offer seminar series, covering topics such as “Protecting Encryption Research Data” and “Obtaining and Documenting Informed Consent” to which all trainees are invited.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Research cores

Animal Cores – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Biobehavioral Research Core

Biobehavioral Research Core

The Biobehavioral Research Core offers behavioral testing in rodents that ranges from the assessment of general health and neurological function (e.g., sensory and motor function) to the measurement of complex behaviors such as social interaction, memory, and learning. Assessments can be utilized to: (1) study animal models of human diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and drug abuse, in addition to disease-specific behavioral effects of treatment/therapies, (2) uncover neurobehavioral deficits in transgenic animals, and (3) define the possible undesirable behavioral effects of drugs and biologics (gene, vaccine, and stem cell therapies).

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Mouse Genetics Core

Mouse Genetics Core

The Mouse Genetics Core offers a high-quality service to efficiently provide pathogen-free transgenic and knockout/knockin mice carrying genes of specific interest for biomedical research projects. The core not only produces genetically modified mice but also helps design the DNA constructs for pronuclear microinjection or gene targeting with the most up-to-date genetic technologies. The core also offers assisted fertilization services followed by embryo transfer to save mutant mouse lines that suffer from poor breeding, or to help rederive the line disease-free, as well as cryopreservation of embryos and sperm for conservation of valuable genetic resources.

Last updated September 1, 2016

Animal Cores – LA BioMed

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Large Animal Core

Large Animal Core

The LA BioMed Animal Care and Use Program is uniquely designed to accommodate large animal models, and is equipped with several large animal surgical suites containing anesthesia machines, monitoring equipment, fluoroscopes, and a CT Scanner. The major types of studies center around perinatal lung development, the effect of the fetal environment on development, antibody production, vascular implant surgery, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Services include: (1) protocol development, (2) animal procurement, (3) animal care procedures, (4) animal health programs, (5) special services, and (6) training programs.

Last updated September 1, 2016

Animal Cores – UCLA-Westwood

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Behavioral Testing Core

Behavioral Testing Core

The Behavioral Testing Core (BTC) brings researchers together in a collaborative effort to link genes, disorders, and treatments with behavior. It is available to investigators interested in the determination of behavioral phenotypes in different mouse and rat strains, and the effects that various treatment options have on these phenotypic characteristics. In addition to providing training and guidance in experimental design, proposal preparation, and statistical analyses, the core offers BTC staff-performed experiments.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Center for Aids Research Humanized Mouse Core

Center for Aids Research Humanized Mouse Core

The overall goal of the Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Humanized Mouse Core is to provide the infrastructure, materials, animals, technical expertise, and support that will facilitate the use of humanized immunodeficient mice in studies examining the pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-induced disease and cancer. Services include: (1) procuring immunodeficient mice at a reduced cost, (2) providing specialized animal laboratories for the construction, housing, and maintenance of immunodeficient mice, (3) constructing humanized mice, (4) developing and optimizing new humanized mouse models, (5) providing technical expertise and consultation on humanized mouse models. The core also provides consultation in flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, PCR, and other assays.

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Mouse Physiology Lab

Mouse Physiology Lab

The Mouse Physiology Core Laboratory facility is dedicated to the phenotypic assessment of mouse and rat models of disease using a wide variety of integrative approaches. Our aim is to provide a cost effective means for investigators to reveal important functional aspects of their mouse and rat models without having to individually invest in hiring skilled personnel and in the purchase of expensive instrumentation. We specialize in ultrasound (echo) & telemetric assessments, survival and non-survival surgeries, acute and chronic evaluations of cardiac and neuro-regulatory function as well as basic metabolic and exercise assessments. The lab is also capable of certification testing of new drugs or substances intended for human use by performing FDA approved (GLP certified 21 CFR part 58 including part 11 compliance) studies on rodent models.

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Zebrafish Core

Zebrafish Core

The Zebrafish Core facilitates the use and quick access of common mutation, genetically-engineered transgenic zebrafish, and routine techniques of zebrafish manipulation by investigators. Services include: (1) providing space to house zebrafish and perform large-scale genetic screens, (2) providing embryos for experiments, (3) generation of transgenic zebrafish, and (4) cryostorage of zebrafish sperm and re-derivation of live fish. Training is available for select techniques and zebrafish husbandry.

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Biobank & Translational Research Core

Biobank & Translational Research Core

The Biobank & Translational Research Core is a state-of-the-art biorepository that provides biospecimens for research, a pipeline of assays, and digital image analysis tools to perform quantitative measurements in tissue. Pathology services include histopathology services and the development of protocols for new antibodies and in-situ hybridization probes. Image analysis services include: (1) imaging of human and animal cells and tissues on glass slides, (2) tissue sections or tissue microarrays, (3) analysis of digital images generated with single or multiple probes in visible light or fluorescent wavelength ranges, and (4) web-based interface for access to images.

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Flow Cytometry Core

Flow Cytometry Core

The Flow Cytometry Core is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for cell analysis and sorting, utilizing fluorescent probes targeted to specific cell-associated molecules to characterize the diversity and function of complex cell populations. Fluorescence-activated cell sorters can also individually identify and isolate live cells with a defined phenotype that can later be expanded and/or further studied.

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Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core

Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core

The Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core provides comprehensive services for analysis of metabolism and mitochondrial function in the research setting, with plans to expand to provide clinical services. For in-depth mitochondrial characterization, services may include seahorse respirometry, seahorse XFp, mitochondrial isolation from tissue, seahorse data analysis, keyence microscope, indirect calorimetry (CLAMS), CLAMS data analysis, body composition (NMR), citrate synthase, complex 1, Amplex Red, Swelling Assay, and mtDNA/nucDNA. In-depth mitochondrial characterization may include mitochondrial morphometry, turnover rates, respirometry, membrane potential, mPTP susceptibility, cytochrome c release, free radical production, mtDNA sequencing and 8-oxo-dG analysis.

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core

The Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core at the Regenerative Medicine Institute uses the latest techniques to reprogram, expand, and characterize human iPSCs from human skin or blood tissues of healthy subjects and diseased patients. iPSCs are then turned into specific cells of the human body including components of the nervous system, eyes, blood, bones, heart, gut, liver, and pancreas, for use by researchers. Applications of this technology include human disease modeling-in-a-dish, developing human reporter cell lines via genetic modification, drug screening on pathological human cell types, and potentially developing cell replacement or regenerative therapies. The iPSC Core offers: (1) PSC quality control and characterization services, (2) bio-banking and PSC thawing, (3) imaging services, (4) cell lines, (5) custom MEF generation, and (6) training.

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Tissue Culture Core

Tissue Culture Core

The Tissue Culture Core is utilized by investigators for establishing and storing permanent cell lines. Special expertise in the area of human tissue/cell handling is available, including the critical function of developing immortalized B-cell lines (lymphoblastoid cell lines) from participants in large-scale genetics studies. Other procedures include: (1) plasma and serum separation, aliquotting, and storage, (2) sterile and viable lymphocyte separation and storage, (3) separation and storage of buffy coat pellets, and (4) establishment and long-term culture of chondrocyte and fibroblast cell lines.

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High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry Core

High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry Core

The High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry (HRTR) Core supports investigators in mitochondrial physiology and pathophysiology studies. The core provides consultation, training, and services for assessment of oxidative phosphorylation in isolated mitochondria, permeabilized cells, or tissue preparations. The HRTR Core uses Oroboros Oxygraph-2k High Resolution Respirometry equipment. Applications of HRTR include: (1) diagnosis of acquired and genetic mitochondrial diseases, myopathies, and neuromuscular pathologies, (2) study of pathologies with reduced cellular respiration, (3) studies on cell function and cell death, (4) aging and senescence, (5) oxidative stress and antioxidant systems, (6) ischemia-reperfusion injury, (7) cancer research / pharmacological tests, (8) environmental stress, and (9) metabolic substrate balance.

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Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core

Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core

l time, and detection of signals from tissue, petri dishes, and microtiter plates; (3) a Luminex multiplex analyzer that utilizes xMAP microsphere technology and has the capability of performing up to 100 assays simultaneously in a single well of a microtiter plate; and (4) a Biotek Synergy 2 multi-mode microplate reader, a combination luminometer-fluorometer-absorbance detector capable of reading 96-well and larger plates that utilizes both filter-based and monochromatic-based light-detection technology.

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Cellular Bioenergetics Core

Cellular Bioenergetics Core

The Cellular Bioenergetics Core provides access to the XF24-3, a unique instrument that quantifies the activity of two major cellular energetic pathways, mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis, in cultured cells. The XF Technology: (1) measures O2 consumption rate, extracellular acidification rate, and CO2 production rate of living cells simultaneously in real time, (2) does not require the addition of dyes, labels, or reporters, (3) is capable of assaying cell lines, primary cells, isolated mitochondria, and small tissue pieces, (4) typically requires only 30,000 to 80,000 cells/well in 24-well plates, (5) measures adherent cells without requiring trypsinization, (6) does not affect cells and plates, which can then be used for an additional assay, (7) allows measurements to be repeated multiple times to measure kinetic responses, and (8) accommodates the addition of up to four test compounds (drugs or substrates) to each well, with measurements performed before and after the addition of each compound.

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Center for Aids Research Virology Core Laboratory

Center for Aids Research Virology Core Laboratory

The Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Virology Core Laboratory provides a wide array of services for both HIV/AIDS and other researchers. It offers testing services (p24 ELISA, real time and digital droplet PCR for the detection of HIV cDNA, HIV viral load), blood and blood cell products. In addition, the core maintains a fully equipped and stocked BSL2+ facility for scientists that do not have wet lab space, new investigators joining UCLA or investigators that do not have such lab space. The UCLA/CFAR Virology Core Laboratory also maintains real time PCR instrumentation and a QX200 Bio Rad Digital Droplet PCR System. Finally,the core is able to assist individual researchers with special projects related to, but not limited, HIV detection.

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Embryonic Stem Cell / Transgenic Mice Shared Resource

Embryonic Stem Cell / Transgenic Mice Shared Resource

The Embryonic Stem (ES) Cell / Transgenic Mice Shared Resource provides a multi-tiered service to produce: (1) transgenic mice using pronuclear injection, (2) targeted genetic alterations in ES cells, and (3) murine strains derived from ES cells with targeted mutations. The core provides advice to investigators on the design and assembly of DNA constructs, the availability of transgenic animal models, and evaluating and implementing new methodologies as they arise. In addition to providing consulting services, the ES Cell / Transgenic Mice Shared Resource provides materials (expression vectors, quality-assured ES cells, batch-tested sera and reagents) to investigators opting to undertake these projects in their own laboratories.

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Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory

Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory

The core laboratory provides instrumentation and technical and professional assistance for performing laser-based flow cytometric analysis and cell sorting. The facility also offers training in basic flow cytometry principles and in the operation of analytic cytometers. A second course teaches nucleic acid analysis and measurement of proliferation by flow cytometry as well as hands-on instrument set-up and use of the specialized DNA analysis software.

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Molecular Screening Shared Resource

Molecular Screening Shared Resource

The MSSR is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute. 

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Vector Core

Vector Core

The Vector Core promotes and facilitates basic and translational research by providing investigators with access to vector technologies that enable efficient gene transfer to mammalian cells in culture and in vivo. Services include: (1) lentiviral, retroviral and adenoviral vector construction, (2) backbone vectors for cDNA expression, (3) small-scale virus production for gene transfer into cell lines, (4) high-titer virus production for gene transfer into primary cells and in vivo, (5) and consultation for vector modalities, troubleshooting, support documentation for grants.

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Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core

The Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core is a resource for biostatistical and bioinformatics consulting and related methodological research, and serves as a focal point from which investigators may draw statistical expertise for planning, management, and analysis of their studies. Faculty and staff at the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core: (1) coordinate and manage statistical activities at Cedars-Sinai to ensure that investigators have ready access to statistical consultation and support, (2) provide statistical expertise in the design of experiments and studies, including research proposal development, sample size determination, randomization procedures and plans for interim reviews and final analysis, (3) assist with the writing of statistical components of manuscripts, (4) review the integrity and statistical soundness of all studies involving human subjects, (5) provide statistical analysis for projects using appropriate statistical and computing methodologies and assist in the interpretation and presentation of results, (6) interact and collaborate with the Clinical Research Office in the development of protocols and the monitoring and reporting of clinical data, (7) maintain a computing facility with up-to-date software for statistical analysis to support program project investigators, and (8) conduct biostatistical and bioinformatics methodology research on practical problems arising in basic science populational and clinical studies.

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Computing Technologies Research Laboratory

Computing Technologies Research Laboratory

The Computing Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL) specializes in research and clinical data collection, management, and reporting solutions. They develop Internet-accessible, web-based database applications that enable and enhance clinical & basic research and education, in the biomedical community. Services include: (1) web application development, (2) mobile app programming, (3) database design and hosting, and (4) digital video production / telemedicine for conferencing and the classroom.

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Department of Medicine Statistics Core

Department of Medicine Statistics Core

The primary objective of DOMStat is to provide study design and statistical analysis collaboration to investigators in the Department of Medicine. DOMStat offers faculty and staff level statistical collaboration for grant proposals, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and other research activities requiring statistical input.

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Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics

Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics

The Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics (ICNN) provides CNN faculty experts in statistical genetics, gene expression analysis, and bioinformatics will oversee the activities of highly-trained staff members who will accomplish three goals: 1) provide expert consultation and analyses for neurogenetics and neurogenomics projects; 2) develop and maintain a shared computing resource that will include a computational cluster for computation-intensive analyses, web-servers and state-of-the-art software tools for a wide range of applications (including user-friendly versions of public databases, as well as workstations on which ICNN users will be trained to employ these tools; and 3) provide hands-on training in analysis and informatics to the users. ICNN is developing a whole-genome data analysis pipeline, aimed at filtering and prioritizing genetic variation identified in whole-genome sequencing studies for further study.

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Semel Institute Biostatistics Core

Semel Institute Biostatistics Core

The Semel Institute Biostatistics Core (SIStat) is a team of expert biostatisticians, methodologists, and research support staff. The mission of the core is to foster research productivity and quality by helping faculty design sound research projects, obtain independent funding, and correctly analyze data. Services include: (1) development of electronic data entry systems, (2) biostatistics services, (3) development of patient assessment software, and (4) development of administrative systems software. Support is offered for projects ranging from small pilot studies to large, long-running, multi-site center studies.

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Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic

Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic

The Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic (SBCC) provides assistance to health care researchers at every step of their task, from grant proposals through publication. Consulting services are available to biotech companies, physicians conducting clinical trials, clinicians conducting operations research, and students working on theses or post-doctoral research. Services include: (1) statistical analysis, (2) clinical trials preparation, (3) data preparation and editing, (4) assistance with grant methodology sections, (5) planning for data acquisition, (6) form design, (7) modeling, (8) programming, (9) study design/protocol development, (10) file maintenance, (11) programs for the PC, (12) workshops in statistics/methods, (13) design and/or implementation of databases, and (14) report preparation for proposals and/or publication.

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Genomics Core

Genomics Core

The Genomics Core is focused on gathering Genome, Transcriptome, Epigenome and Metagenome information for investigators. Our mission is to make these complex technologies accessible and biologically interpretable for clinical and basic research scientists.

The Genomics Core enables investigators with little experience in sample preparation, quality control, or analysis to interrogate the genome. To facilitate this, we have developed general but complete wet-lab and bioinformatics analysis pipelines to accommodate standard needs and enable most genome-wide investigations. For more sophisticated or custom designs, we work actively in collaboration with other Cedars-Sinai cores and resources to facilitate investigations.

The Genomics Core now offers new applications, such as single-cell RNA sequencing, microbiome profiling and targeted transcriptome resequencing for FFPE samples, using a brand-new Illumina NextSeq, Illumina MiSeq and an Ion Proton™ Sequencer. The combination of instruments enables us to uniquely identify the best solutions for each project depending on sample size, sample quality, price and turnaround time.

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Clinical Microarray Core

Clinical Microarray Core

The Clinical Microarray Core (CMC) is a CAP-accredited, fully automated, high-throughput genomic facility equipped with all major next generation sequencing and microarray platforms. The Core provides pre-experiment consultation and post-experiment support, including preparation of grant applications and publications, and strategic planning for additional research steps. The CMC also provides educational training to faculty, staff, and students to raise awareness on new directions and major discoveries in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. Services include: (1) next generation sequencing, (2) microarray analysis, and (3) quality control services for RNA, miRNA, and DNA samples including RNA/DNA extraction, cDNA synthesis for quantitative-PCR, and qRT-PCR.

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DNA Microarray Core

DNA Microarray Core

The DNA Microarray Core offers data analysis services for microarray experiments, permitting investigators to identify potentially important genes with characteristic expression patterns from their microarray experiments. For gene expression arrays, the core offers differential two-group and multigroup gene expression analysis to identify statistical differences in gene expression between the different conditions of interest. Differentially expressed genes are further analyzed for enriched biological themes and pathways using the GeneGo software package. Services include: (1) library preparation for whole genome sequencing and RNA sequencing, (2) exome sequencing, and (3) data analysis and consultation.

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Neuroscience Genomics Core

Neuroscience Genomics Core

The UCLA Neurosciences Genomics Core (UNGC) is currently operating an Illumina BeadLab 1000 high throughput SNP genotyping system (iScan), a Sequenom MassArray Compact mass spec and and two Illumina HiSeq 2500 next generation sequencing instruments in the Gonda research facility on the UCLA campus.  Services include: RNA/DNA sequencing (Non UCLA neuro labs please inquire about service availability). Custom snp genotyping using the high throughput Illumina iSelect assays and with the Sequenom iPlex assay. Genotyping using all currently available Illumina Infinium whole genome chips. Gene expression using Illumina human expression chips. Whole genome methylation using Illumina Meth-450 chips. Project costs can be highly dependent on scale, with significant discounts potentially applying to larger projects.
 For project specific pricing please contact
 Joe DeYoung, Facility Manager.

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Biobank & Translational Research Core

Biobank & Translational Research Core

The Biobank & Translational Research Core is a state-of-the-art biorepository that provides biospecimens for research, a pipeline of assays, and digital image analysis tools to perform quantitative measurements in tissue. Pathology services include histopathology services and the development of protocols for new antibodies and in-situ hybridization probes. Image analysis services include: (1) imaging of human and animal cells and tissues on glass slides, (2) tissue sections or tissue microarrays, (3) analysis of digital images generated with single or multiple probes in visible light or fluorescent wavelength ranges, and (4) web-based interface for access to images.

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Imaging Core

Imaging Core

The Imaging Core of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute is an advanced imaging center that provides comprehensive imaging services for basic and clinical researchers. This facility is designed for: (1) human and small/large animal imaging, (2) advanced imaging and analysis techniques (MR, Nuclear, CT, Optical), (3) assisted use by highly experienced staff, including imaging technologists, animal care associates, registered nurse and radiochemist, (4) consultations on study design, imaging protocol, data analysis and post-processing, (5) radiolabeling and customized novel imaging probe development, (6) advanced MR spectroscopy and analysis techniques, (7) TCA cycle metabolic analysis with parahydrogen induced polarization, (8) umbrella protocols and bridge funding for pilot studies, and (9) research PACS and post-processing software.

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Computed Tomographic Core

Computed Tomographic Core

The Computed Tomographic (CT) Core specializes in cardiac, vascular, and body composition imaging using advanced CT workstations, advanced quality control methods, systems storage, and analytical methods for multiple investigations. It provides unique services in atherosclerosis imaging including plaque quantification, perfusion imaging, and diagnostic services. In addition, the CT Core offers collaborations in the area of renal, hepatic, vascular, and pulmonary imaging, as well as body composition and endothelial function assessment.

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Endocrine and Metabolic Research Core

Endocrine and Metabolic Research Core

The Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory supports clinical and translational investigators in many aspects of research through expertise in analytical testing and development of new methods. Over forty different procedures are offered through the Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory utilizing a variety of techniques including radioimmunoassay, fluoroimmunoassay, fluorometry and LC-MS/MS. Additionally, semen analyses and special andrological testing are available in the Andrology Laboratory.

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Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Core Lab

Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Core Lab

The pulmonary function testing (PFT) cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) core lab facility supports investigators in pulmonary function and cardiopulmonary exercise testing studies. PFT consists of an array of non-invasive tests of abnormality of lung mechanics and pulmonary gas exchange used to detect the presence of, and quantify the severity of, a range of lung diseases. CPET provides a whole-body assessment of the integrative exercise responses involving the pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, neuropsychological, and skeletal muscle systems, which are not adequately reflected through the measurement of individual organ system function. The CPET Core Lab will provide consultation, training, and services for clinical research using PFT and CPET. The Core Lab is also highly-experienced in multicenter clinical trials using PFT and CPET measurements.

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Biological Samples Processing Core

Biological Samples Processing Core

The facility offers DNA extractions from whole blood and other tissue types, and storage of extracted DNA. BSPC uses the Autopure LS™ nucleic acid purification instrument from Gentra Systems for extracting DNA. This instrument provides a highly automated process with very high quality DNA, samples are quantitated using OD 260/280. Once DNA has been obtained from the provided sample, it can be returned immediately or stored in -20°C freezer for future use. We'll also aliquot DNA at the desired concentrations. DNA can be stored indefinitely within BSPC. All samples are logged in our database and are bar-coded with our sample number and customer's identification code. BSPC will soon initiate RNA extraction.

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Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers Laboratory

Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers Laboratory

The UCLA Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers (CVIB) Laboratory provides global clinical and research services, including: (1) standardized multi-center imaging protocol development and quality control, (2) image de-identification, transfer, banking, and distribution, (3) cutting-edge quantitative image feature extraction, analysis, and data management, and (4) full service clinical trial management with regulatory compliance.
CVIB has an exclusive contract with MedQIA Imaging CRO (www.medqia.com) to provide FDA-compliant services for industry-funded clinical trials worldwide. CVIB also provides clinical quantitative imaging services within UCLA Healthcare and to overseas hospital departments.

Key attributes of the CVIB Core Laboratory are: (1) image quality, (2) accurate and reproducible quantitation, (3) rigorous science, (4) high throughput, (5) well-managed and on-time service, and (6) user friendly.

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Center For Human Nutrition

Center For Human Nutrition

The Center for Human Nutrition provides Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) Body Composition Analysis. DXA body composition analysis is considered the “gold standard” for body fat testing, and gives an accurate measure for assessing health. Bone Mineral Density analysis is also available, which can be utilized for assessing bone health and diseases such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.

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Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory

Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory

The Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory (EPRL) promotes the discipline of exercise physiology in research and teaching at the UCLA campus, and is unique in its focus on applied exercise physiology conducting human research. It promotes a prevention model of wellness, focused on forestalling disease development through the enhancement of health and fitness practices in individuals. Additionally, the research conducted in the EPRL analyzes cutting edge technology with an aim of improving performance in fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Health-fitness assessments include: (1) aerobic performance; (2) pulmonary function; (3) body composition; (4) muscle performance; (5) functional movement screen; (6) total energy expenditure; (7) sleep quality; (8) cardiovascular health risk & HRV; (9) posture; and (10) performance tracking.

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Immunogenetics Center

Immunogenetics Center

The Immunogenetics Center provides comprehensive testing for organ and tissue transplantation to physicians, patients, pharmaceutical companies, and other medical facilities. It is one of the leading laboratories in the world, providing state-of-the-art technology and methodology with a comprehensive quality assurance program to ensure accuracy in testing. Services include: (1) HLA-class I (A,B,C) and class II (DR, DQ, DP) gene polymorphism typing, (2) histocompatibility testing (HLA antibody testing, MICA and endothelial cell antibody testing and crossmatch testing), (3) KIR and MICA gene typing and (4) immune assessment.

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Pathology Research Portal

Pathology Research Portal

Two previous research laboratories, the Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory (CTRL) and the Clinical Immunology Research Laboratory (CIRL) have been restructured into the Pathology Research Portal (PRP). This new addition to the Center for Pathology Research Services functions as the biospecimen liaison between researchers and clinical testing, and provides coordination for sample receiving, accessioning, processing, short term and long term storage, dispatching to multiple core facilities for testing, and result retrieving. PRP also provides shipping and temporary storage services, and can also provide customized services to meet various research needs.

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Translational Pathology Core Laboratory

Translational Pathology Core Laboratory

The Translational Pathology Core Laboratory (TPCL) provides an array of pathology-related services in support of basic, translational, and clinical research. Expert consultative services are offered to investigators in pathology-related study design, tissue selection, microscopic interpretation, immunohistochemistry/in situ hybridization, laser capture microdissection, digital image analysis, and IRB-related tissue questions. Services include: (1) tissue procurement, storage, and provision, (2) histology-related services, (3) immunohistochemistry, (4) in situ hybridization, (5) digital imaging and image analysis, (6) laser capture microdissection, (7) pathology consultative services, and (8) advice on research protocols, safety issues, and IRB applications.

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Confocal & Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core

Confocal & Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core

The Confocal core provides imaging services for live and fixed samples such as cells and tissue sections, utilizing a variety of imaging techniques including spectral imaging, FRET, and FRAP. The Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core educates, trains, and supports investigators in in vivo imaging of small animal models (e.g., tumor biology, immunology, stem cell tracking, vascular imaging, senescence imaging, etc.). Consultation is available free-of-charge for initial experimental design, training, and for image analysis.

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Imaging Core

Imaging Core

The Imaging Core of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute is an advanced imaging center that provides comprehensive imaging services for basic and clinical researchers. This facility is designed for: (1) human and small/large animal imaging, (2) advanced imaging and analysis techniques (MR, Nuclear, CT, Optical), (3) assisted use by highly experienced staff, including imaging technologists, animal care associates, registered nurse and radiochemist, (4) consultations on study design, imaging protocol, data analysis and post-processing, (5) radiolabeling and customized novel imaging probe development, (6) advanced MR spectroscopy and analysis techniques, (7) TCA cycle metabolic analysis with parahydrogen induced polarization, (8) umbrella protocols and bridge funding for pilot studies, and (9) research PACS and post-processing software.

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Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core

Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core

The Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core provides four major resources to researchers: (1) the BD Calibur flow cytometer facility, which employs a dual-laser (argon and helium-neon), 4-color FACS Calibur flow cytometer and cell sorter to facilitate the molecular and physiological examination of individual cells and enable collection of living cells for further study; (2) the IVIS Lumina II system, a high-sensitivity, in vivo imaging technology platform that enables non-invasive visualization of both bioluminescent and fluorescent signals, tracking of cellular and therapeutic activities within a living organism in real time, and detection of signals from tissue, petri dishes, and microtiter plates; (3) a Luminex multiplex analyzer that utilizes xMAP microsphere technology and has the capability of performing up to 100 assays simultaneously in a single well of a microtiter plate; and (4) a Biotek Synergy 2 multi-mode microplate reader, a combination luminometer-fluorometer-absorbance detector capable of reading 96-well and larger plates that utilizes both filter-based and monochromatic-based light-detection technology.

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Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy and Macroscale Imaging Facilities

Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy and Macroscale Imaging Facilities

The mission of the Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy (ALMS) and Macroscale Imaging Facilities is to provide consultation, services, and support for the application of novel microscopic and spectroscopic methods and advanced image analysis techniques for the study of macromolecules, cellular dynamics, and nano-scale characterization of bio-materials. The facilities provide a collection of high-level, customized biological fluorescence microscopes and small-animal imaging devices that provide the ability to study biological processes with high spatial and temporal resolution in whole organisms and in living cells down to the single molecule detection level with nanometer accuracy. Services include: (1) wide-field fluorescence imaging microscopy (on a limited basis), (2) confocal one-photon and two-photon laser scanning microscopy (point scanning and spinning disk), (3) fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, (4) fluorescence resonance energy transfer, (5) microscopic and macroscopic fluorescence lifetime imaging with time-correlated-single-photon-counting and near-infrared detection, (6) stimulated emission depletion laser-scanning microscopy, (7) microscopic and macroscopic (small animal) spectral unmixing, and (8) laser capture microdissection.

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Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center

Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center

The Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center is committed to facilitating the development and growth of the field of Brain Mapping, a sub-discipline of neuroscience which uses brain imaging to better understand the structure and function of the human brain in health and alterations associated with disease. It is comprised of resources located in the core facility, the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, as well as additional resources housed in the Reed Neurological Research Center and the Neuroscience Research Building. Services include: (1) imaging (MRI and PET), (2) NeuroModulation, (3) data analysis, (4) data center, and (5) the DIVE (Data Immersive Visualization Environment).

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Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility

Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility

The Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility (BCIF) provides resources for data acquisition and analysis for radioactive, fluorescent, and photographic samples as well as digital imaging and document production. BCIF provides round-the-clock access to a cluster of modern equipment such as Typhoons 9410 and 9400 Variable Mode Imagers, Storm 820 and 840 imagers, Laser Densitometer, Gel Documentation System, color printers, and high-resolution scanners. In addition, BCIF provides unlimited scientific data storage space on its secure storage arrays to all participating labs and access to a number of software packages for data analysis and digital data processing.

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Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines

Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines

The Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines (EICN) provides state-of-the-art electron microscopy instruments and assisted usage services. Highly experienced staff provides necessary training and can help users address complex electron imaging needs. EICN offers advanced electron imaging techniques for visualizing materials, nanomachines, and cellular structures at atomic or nanometer scales in 2D and 3D. In addition, our latest integrated iCorr technology enables a streamlined approach to correlative microscopy to perform both fluorescence light and electron microscopy for biological research. Services available: (1) instrument training, (2) self usage, (3) assisted usage, and (4) data processing.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Electron Microscopy Service Center

Electron Microscopy Service Center

The Electron Microscopy Services Center houses a JEOL 100CX transmission electron microscope. A Reichert Ultracut ultramicrotome is also available for use by trained personnel. Services include: (1) fixation and embedding of specimens, thin sectioning, (2) use of the electron microscopes (with or without assistance), (3) gold labeling, (4) negative stain, and (5) light microscopy of plastic embedded materials. The facility offers advice on appropriate preparatory procedures and other technical matters. Training and assistance in the use of the electron microscope is also offered.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Microscopic Techniques Laboratory

Microscopic Techniques Laboratory

The Microscopic Techniques Laboratory offers instructions in microscopic techniques and assistance in tissue specimen preparation for light microscopic observation. Histological procedures available include: (1) some immunocytochemistry staining, (2) special stains, (3) paraffin sectioning, (4) slide preparation for in situ hybridization, (5) cryostat sectioning, (6) plastic embedding and (6) sectioning. The laboratory also provides staining setups, a cryostat, microtomes, and a Nikon photomicroscope for use by trained personnel.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Molecular Screening Shared Resource

Molecular Screening Shared Resource

The Molecular Screening Shared Resource (MSSR) is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute.. 

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

The Nano and Pico Characterization (NPC) Laboratory provides Provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale as well as a unique opportunity for researchers to gain insight into local properties under a wide range of experimental conditions.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Preclinical Imaging Technology Center

Preclinical Imaging Technology Center

Provides state-of-the-art small animal imaging. It functions both as a shared preclinical imaging resource for UCLA researchers and as a hub for emerging imaging research and technology development. The same technologies and services are also available to the larger research community including other academic institutes and industry groups through contract work. The Imaging Center, operating through its sales-and-service, offers microPET, microCT, bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging modalities and complementary in vitro/ex vivo services including cell-based assays, biodistribution, digital autoradiography and dosimetry. Companion PET tracer radiochemistry and radiolabeling services are available in-house and is supported by on-campus cyclotron facilities. Technical and analytical support are available throughout the study process: initial consultation, experimental design and optimization, imaging protocols and techniques, post-acquisition data analysis and interpretation. Training and staff assistance The Imaging Center is part of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and is supported by the expertise of its faculty members, world leaders in various imaging sciences.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Translational Research Imaging Center

Translational Research Imaging Center

The Translational Research Imaging Center (TRIC) at UCLA is a state-of-the-art, pre-clinical and human cadaver, diagnostic and interventional imaging center. With over 25 years of expertise, our team of physicians, scientists, fellows, technologists, and veterinary staff support pre-clinical studies and imaging procedures across the field of medicine. TRIC is dedicated to the development and testing of new medical devices, imaging technologies, drug therapies as well as novel treatments. Our dedicated staff include: Board-certified Interventional Radiologists, Board-certified Radiologists, MR Physicists, Veterinarians, Statisticians, and Experienced Research Assistants. The TRIC Lab imaging equipment and support systems include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Siemens Magnetom 3T Prisma MRI whole-body system, X-Ray Angiography – Siemens Artis Zeego Angiogram Suite with robotic C arm with 3D rotational angiography and DynaCT capabilities, Computed Tomography (CT) – Siemens Somatom Definition 64 Dual Source scanner, X-Ray Angiography – Philips Allura Xper FD-10 Angiogram Suite with floor mounted C arm with 3D rotational angiography capabilities, iU22 Philips Ultrasound system for general imaging, PACS data management system, observation and recovery suites, multi-modality 3D-image post-processing, High-Definition video integration for Telepresence video conferencing.

Last updated September 1, 2016

Molecule Cores – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Biomarker Discovery Platform Core

Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core

The Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core strives to provide high-quality services to researchers interested in applying mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics technologies to address their biomedical research questions. The core provides fee-based services for protein identification and quantification, post-translational modification analysis and metabolite analysis. The core is also available to the research community for grant funded collaborative research inside and outside of Cedars-Sinai. Services include: (1) peptide in-solution, (2) gel bands/spots, (3) molecular weight determination by direct infusion, (4) post-translational modifications, and (5) metabolites.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Molecular Therapeutics Core

Molecular Therapeutics Core

The Molecular Therapeutics Core provides a cross-disciplinary resource for researchers engaged in structural biology, therapeutics development, and drug discovery research. Services include: (1) pilot recombinant protein production, (2) large-scale protein production, (3) biophysical characterization, (4) molecular modeling and drug design, and (5) x-ray crystallographic services. Initial consultations are available free-of-charge.

Last updated September 1, 2016

Molecule Cores – LA BioMed

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Biomedical Mass Spectroscopy Facility

Biomedical Mass Spectroscopy Facility

The Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility (BMSF) supports clinical research projects in clinical nutrition and metabolic research. The BMSF specializes in experimental design using stable isotopes and analytical methods (13C carbon tracing) for physiological or metabolic investigations. It provides unique services in isotopomer distribution analysis of metabolites (tracer-based metabolomics) using GC/MS (or LC-TOF). In addition, the BMSF offers collaborations in the area of metabolite profiling and modeling of metabolic systems with tracers. Services provided includes: (1) sample preparation, (2) quantitative and qualitative analysis by GC/MS, IRMS and LC/MS, (3) consultation, (4) collaboration in metabolite profiling and tracer-based metabolomics, and (5) training on approved projects.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Guenther Molecular Biology Core

Guenther Molecular Biology Core

The Guenther Molecular Biology Core supports investigators performing morphological, biochemical, cell and molecular biological studies both at cellular and subcellular levels. Consultation and training services are provided for localization of genes, RNA transcripts and proteins in complex tissues as well subcellular distribution in tissues. The laboratory houses five types of state-of the art equipment: an Agilent Bioanalyzer, two Applied Biosystem StepOne Plus Sequence Detection Systems, one Applied Biosystems 7900HT 384 well real-time quantitative PCR system, one Leica Confocal SP8 platform, and a Palm Microbeam. The Guenther Core also has a facility for immunohistochemistry studies.

Last updated September 1, 2016

Molecule Cores – UCLA-Westwood

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Biochemistry Instrumentation Core Facility

Biochemistry Instrumentation Core Facility

The Biochemistry Instrumentation Core Facility in the Department of Engineering provides the biochemistry community with easy access to sophisticated instrumentation for a wide variety of biomolecular characterizations. Instruments are available for: (1) molecular weight determination, (2) kinetic and thermodynamic analysis of ligand binding, (3) structural characterization, (4) gel documentation and analysis, (5) radioisotope detection and quantification, and (6) spectroscopy.

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J.D. McCullough Crystallography Laboratory

J.D. McCullough Crystallography Laboratory

Provides 3-dimensional structure of small molecules in solid crystals via X-ray crystallography. Equipped for characterization of polycrystalline solid materials using powder and thin film diffraction techniques. The laboratory is a full service facility where staff deals with all aspects of service from crystal selection to publication of results. In-house training is a requirement if you wish to use the equipment yourself. Part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center, which is a campus wide facility open to the UCLA community. The facility also collaborates with personnel from other universities and industry both locally and internationally.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Macromolecular Crystallization Facility

Macromolecular Crystallization Facility

Consultation and technical assistance available to researchers prior to, and following, experiments. Evaluation of sample via Dynamic Light Scattering. Automatic setup of 4000 crystallization conditions per hour using 500uL of sample. (Hanging or Sitting Drops) Capable of distinguishing between organic and inorganic crystals using a sophisticated UV/vis microscope. Optimization of crystallization conditions. Storage of plates in temperature controlled incubators at 4°, 15°, and 20° C. Optimization of crystallization conditions using a library of 1,500 commercial compounds. Production of stereolithography files from Pymol, 3D design of labware, 3D printing.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Magnetic Resonance Facility

Magnetic Resonance Facility

The Magnetic Resonance Facility houses six nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers and one electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer.

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Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory

Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory

The Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory provides a wide range of sample characterization techniques for researchers. Mass spectrometry services include: (1) a variety of ionization methods including electron, chemical, matrix assisted laser desorption, direct analysis in real time, electrospray, and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, (2) a variety of analyzers including time of flight, quadrupole, ion trap, Orbitrap, ion cyclotron resonance, and several tandem combinations of mass analyzers, and (3) microflow and nanoflow liquid chromatography. For proteomics studies, equipment is available for running and analyzing 1-D and 2-D gels, transferring mini- and mid-size gels, gel imaging, spot cutting, in-gel digestion, and protein/peptide identification. In addition, the facility provides consultation for sample preparation, experimental design, gel staining, analysis of protein expression patterns, western and lectin blots, in-gel trypic digestion, data mining, and operation of the various instruments. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Materials Characterization Laboratory

Materials Characterization Laboratory

The Materials Characterization Laboratory offers thermal, optical, microscopic, electrical, and magnetic characterization of materials and elemental analysis of surfaces via a wide range of instruments including: (1) light scattering spectrometers, (2) several spectrophotometers, (3) scanning probe microscopes (AFM/STM), (4) a SQUID magnetometer, (5) a scanning electron microscope, and (6) an X-Ray photoelectron spectrometer. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Metabolomics and Proteomics Center

Metabolomics and Proteomics Center

The UCLA Metabolomics and Proteomics Center enables investigators to study metabolism with a particular focus on central carbon metabolism (glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, TCA cycle, nucleos(t)ide synthesis, etc.). Metabolite analysis can be performed on a variety of specimens (e.g. cultured cells, culture medium, blood, urine, tissue). Generally, relative amounts of metabolites are measured, but absolute amounts can be determined as well. Tracing experiments using stable isotope-labeled metabolites (D, C-13, N-15) are routinely performed. For data analysis, relative amounts of metabolites as well as mass isotopologue distributions (if isotope tracing was performed) are calculated. Results are illustrated using bar graphs, heatmaps, principal component analysis, and mapping to Cytoscape maps.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Molecular Screening Shared Resource

Molecular Screening Shared Resource

The MSSR is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute. 

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Provides consultation, training, and access to and technical assistance for metabolomics, proteomics (top-down and bottom-up) and targeted small molecule quantitation using mass spectrometery and contemporary chromatography.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Peptide Synthesis Core Facility

Peptide Synthesis Core Facility

The Peptide Synthesis Core Facility (PSCF) contains a dedicated fume hood for peptide deprotection and cleavage. The facility assists investigators performing multifaceted investigations of peptides by providing peptides that are difficult to synthesize, fold, and purify (e.g., beta-sheet peptides with multiple disulfide connectives, cyclic peptides, or amyloid peptides). In addition, the PSCF can synthesize isotope-edited versions of proteins and peptides suitable for detailed determinations of 3-D molecular structure by NMR spectroscopy or X-ray diffraction.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Protein Expression Technology Center

Protein Expression Technology Center

The Protein Expression Technology Center (PETC) was founded in 1994 to facilitate the expression and purification of proteins for structure/function studies. The PETC provides support in all aspects of protein expression from cloning through expression optimization and protein purification. The PETC is a UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics facility but is open to all researchers.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Proteome Research Center

Proteome Research Center

The UCLA Proteome Research Center is a full-service technology center that offers a comprehensive suite of proteomic services to the UCLA community and other partnering institutions. By bringing together state-of-the-art instrumentation and high-level technical staff, the goal of the facility is to transform traditional experimental paradigms by providing investigators access to powerful analytical workflows for systems-level characterization of complex biological systems, biomarker discovery and validation, and protein complex characterization. Available services include: (1) complex protein mixture analysis using single and multidimensional fractionation strategies, (2) peptide quantitation using SILAC, iTRAQ / TMT, and label-free methodologies, (3) targeted and global PTM enrichment and characterization approaches, (4) identification of protein interaction networks using affinity-based isolation and proximity tagging techniques, and (5) targeted proteomic assay development using parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) for relative and absolute quantitation.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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Surface Plasmon Resonance Core

Surface Plasmon Resonance Core

The Surface Plasmon Resonance Core consists of a Biacore 3000 instrument that uses a powerful technique called surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to monitor binding interactions between two molecules. The Biacore 3000 instrument provides precise, sensitive, real-time results, using microgram amounts of non-radiolabeled samples. In its ligand-recovery mode, the instrument can be used as a nano-affinity column to recover binding partners from crude mixtures of potential ligands. Its robotic recovery feature precisely transfers recovered samples to plates suitable for MS analyses. Services include: (1) selection and preparation of the biosensor chips using investigator-supplied proteins, (2) running binding assays at various analyte concentrations, (3) calculating the binding constants, (4) providing the raw and analyzed data to the investigator, and (5) discussion of the results.

Last updated September 1, 2016

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X-ray Crystallography Core Facility

X-ray Crystallography Core Facility

The X-ray Crystallography Core Facility in the Department of Engineering provides state-of-the-art resources to researchers, enabling the detailed 3-D analysis of biological macromolecules that play essential roles in human health. The facility operates as a full service core that offers access to sophisticated equipment and technologies as well as advice and technical assistance in sample preparation, data collection, processing, atomic refinement, and modeling. Services include: (1) aid in crystallization, (2) X-ray characterization of crystals, (3) X-ray data collection in-house and at the synchrotron, (4) processing and quality analysis of data, and (5) structure determination and display.

Last updated September 1, 2016

Shops – UCLA-Westwood

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Microelectronics Shop

Microelectronics Shop

The Microelectronics Shop provides technical support for research, teaching, and administrative functions. Two IT Programmer/Analysts and one Electronics Engineer are on staff to provide electronic design and fabrication for custom electronics solutions to unique situations encountered in research projects. The staff has expertise in Macintosh, IBM clone computers, peripherals, printers, and network interfacing, including installation, setup, upgrades, demonstration, troubleshooting, repair, and modification services. The Microelectronics Shop also provides design, development, and installation of local area networks, specifying hubs, network cards, cable types, and software. Consultation is provided to determine appropriate hardware/software solutions.

Last updated June 1, 2015

Research tools

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is the largest state health survey in the nation and is conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the Department of Health Care Services. It is a random-dial telephone survey that asks questions on a wide range of health topics. CHIS is conducted on a continuous basis allowing the survey to generate timely one-year estimates. More than 20,000 Californians--including adults, teenagers and children--are interviewed each year, and several years of data can be combined to create an even larger sample. Participants in the CHIS survey are chosen at random and the sample is extensive enough to be statistically representative of California's diverse population. CHIS is especially known for its hard-to-find data on ethnic subgroups and sexual minorities. As an example, in 2013-2014, more than 48,000 Californians in each county were surveyed, including 3,484 households in Los Angeles County (3,350 adults and 660 children). Out of these households in LA County, CHIS estimated that around 600 were below the poverty level, ~600 are African American and ~1,500 are Hispanic. Thus, although the sample sizes are not enormous for each disparity population, analysis of the CHIS can provide a window for health metrics for prevalent conditions and for the larger special populations – children, elderly, and some disparity populations (African-Americans and Hispanics).

Last updated August 1, 2017

eMERGE

The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-organized and funded consortium of U.S. medical research institutions. The Network brings together researchers with a wide range of expertise in genomics, statistics, ethics, informatics, and clinical medicine from leading medical research institutions across the country to conduct research in genomics, including discovery, clinical implementation and public resources (see goals). eMERGE was announced in September 2007 and began its third phase in September 2015. The primary goal of the eMERGE Network is to develop, disseminate, and apply approaches to research that combine biorepositories with electronic medical record (EMR) systems for genomic discovery and genomic medicine implementation research. In addition, the consortium includes a focus on social and ethical issues such as privacy, confidentiality, and interactions with the broader community.

Themes of genomics, bioinformatics, genomic medicine, ethnics, data sharing, privacy, and community engagement have been of particular relevance to eMERGE. eMERGE was initiated in 2007 and included five biorepositories linked to EMRs. The network demonstrated that EMR phenotyping to develop cohorts for genome-wide studies was a robust approach to genetic discovery, defined approaches for enhancing privacy of shared EMR data, and engaged patients and communities in consent and data sharing. eMERGE expanded to include 7 clinical sites in 2011 and 2 pediatric sites in 2012. eMERGE serves as an analytic tool and previous experience for Precision Medicine of innovation in this area.

Last updated August 1, 2017

GATK Best Practices

The GATK Best Practices provide step-by-step recommendations for performing variant discovery analysis in high-throughput sequencing (HTS) data. There are several different Best Practices workflows tailored to particular applications depending on the type of variation of interest and the technology employed. The Best Practices documentation attempts to describe in detail the key principles of the processing and analysis steps required to go from raw reads coming off the sequencing machine, all the way to an appropriately filtered variant callset that can be used in downstream analyses. Where possible, GATK provides guidance regarding experimental design, quality control (QC) and pipeline implementation options, but this is dependent on many factors including sequencing technology and the hardware infrastructure that are at an investigator's disposal, so researchers may need to adapt GATK recommendations to their specific situation.

Last updated August 1, 2017

High Performance Computing

The high performance computing (HPC) organization within the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) has been supporting scientific computing on the UCLA campus since the early 1960s. Advanced research has moved beyond the capacity of a single computer for detailed multi-level simulations, data analysis, and large-scale computations. Because of the increasing complexity and requirement for sheer computational horsepower, these needs are increasingly met with tightly integrated cluster systems consisting of hundreds to hundreds of thousands of processors, terabytes to petabytes of high-performance storage, and high bandwidth/low latency interconnects consuming megawatts of power. In addition to the need for powerful hardware, the software that runs on these systems must be written to take advantage of the computational power available on a particular system. This is the domain of High-Performance Computing (HPC). The IDRE-HPC group is a strong team of experienced researchers in High Performance Computing. The group provides its expertise and support to empower scholars in their abilities to compute on high-end computer systems. IDRE-HPC also supports the Hoffman2 shared cluster and manages the IDRE Cluster Hosting Program for UCLA researchers. These resources meet campus needs for small- to medium-sized cluster computing and may provide a starting point to resources at national computing centers. IDRE is responsible for maintaining campus research cyber-infrastructure including the Hoffman2 cluster, which is used to support the HPC computing in the Informatics Program’s efforts:
  • Hoffman2. UCLA’s Shared Hoffman2 Cluster has 64-bit nodes, currently 774 and 7,508 cores, with an Ethernet network and Infiniband interconnect, that includes a scheduler, GCC and the best performing compiler for C, C++, Fortran 77, 90 and 95 on the current Shared Cluster architecture, applications and software libraries that offer languages, compilers and software specific to Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Engineering, Mathematics, Visualization, Programming and an array of miscellaneous software. The current peak performance of the cluster is in order of 75 Trillion Floating Point, double precision, operations per second (TFLOPS). Hoffman2 is currently the largest and most power cluster in the University of California system. Hoffman2 additional resources for researchers include complete system administration for contributed cores, cluster access through a 10Gb network interconnect to the campus backbone, high performance home and scratch storage space, capability to run large parallel jobs that can take advantage of the cluster’s InfiniBand interconnect, and web access to the Hoffman2 Cluster through the UCLA Grid Portal, and access to the BlueArc and Panasas storage systems. The cluster is also an end point on Globus online service using 10Gb network interconnect backbone, thus providing researchers a facility for fast and reliable data movement between Hoffman2 and most leadership class facilities across USA.
  • Dawson2 Cluster. UCLA’s Dawson2 GPU CLuster, ranked 148 in the Top500, comprises 96 HP ProLiant SL390 G7 systems, each having dual socket Intel Xeon X5650 processors, 3 Nvidia M2070 Graphics processors, and 48 GB of main memory giving peak performance of 1.66 double precision Trillion Floating Point operations per second (TFLOPS). The cluster uses QDR Infiniband networking and 160 Terabytes of high performance common disk space from Panasas for communication and storage respectively.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Informatics for Integrating Biology & the Bedside (i2b2)

The Informatics for Integrating Biology & the Bedside (i2b2) Cohort Discovery System contains data from over 4.5 million unique patients at UCLA. i2b2 is a secure online tool designed for UCLA investigators to conduct searches on clinical data from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and other UCLA-affiliated clinics and departments. The search results provide a numeric count of patients that are based on de-identified data extracted from UCLA’s clinical data warehouse. Search criteria include demographics, diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-9, ICD-10 and CPT), labs, medications, Area Deprivation Index (ADI), visit details (including site locations), vital signs and vital status.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Los Angeles Data Resource (LADR)

Los Angeles Data Resource (LADR) is a joint project of major Los Angeles healthcare provider organizations, including UCLA, Cedars-Sinai (CSMC), Charles Drew University (CDU), USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the City of Hope, aimed at enabling research that improves the health of all people in the region using data representing the continuum of care across the region’s major health systems. LADR allows investigators to conduct interactive searches across the participating organizations on patient demographics, diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-9 and CPT), labs, and medications and will be available to you and your research team for recruitment purposes for your study. LADR formally launched in May 2014 with two organizations, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC). Since then, Keck Medical Center of USC has also gone live, and investigators can now search a total of 8.6 million patient records. Researchers will also be able to query from City of Hope by spring 2016. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science have joined the LADR consortium and will become functional in the near future. LADR allows investigators to conduct interactive searches on demographics, diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-9), labs, medications, vital signs and vital status.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)

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REDCap

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, HIPAA compliant web-based application for quickly building and managing online surveys, data collection forms and databases. REDCap provides audit trails for tracking data manipulation and user activity, as well as automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata R).

Last updated August 1, 2017

University of California Research eXchange (UC ReX)

The University of California Research eXchange (UC ReX) is a joint activity of the 5 University of California (UC) CTSAs, charged with fostering multi-site clinical research by providing access to harmonized clinical data from the 5 health systems. The UC Rex Data Explorer is a secure online system designed to enable UC clinical investigators to identify potential research study cohorts spanning the five UC medical centers. The Data Explorer allows investigators to conduct interactive searches of data derived from patient care activities at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Search criteria can include demographics, diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-9, ICD-10 and CPT), labs, medications, visit details, vital signs and vital status. The output of each query from the UC ReX Data Explorer is a numeric count of patients by site that match the criteria identified in the query. The numeric count helps investigators assess the feasibility of their study idea by identifying whether there are sufficient numbers of prospective subjects within the UC system.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UCLA’s Integrated Clinical and Research Data Repository (xDR)

UCLA’s Integrated Clinical and Research Data Repository (xDR) is OHIA’s large scale clinical data warehouse that supports data analyses and extractions for research as well as analytics to support clinical quality management functions of the UCLA Health System. The xDR contains data derived from multiple clinical systems including a full copy of the CareConnect Clarity data warehouse, which is linked to disease registry data, other data from systems in Radiology, Pathology and other departments, and “legacy” data from older outpatient and hospital billing and managed care systems. The UCLA CTSI serves as the “storefront” for research access to xDR data.

Last updated August 1, 2017

UCLA administrative units

Clinical Trials Administrative Office (CTAO)

The Clinical Trials Administration Office ("CTAO") only has the authority to negotiate and execute agreements that meet the UCLA definition of a clinical trial and when it is funded by a pharmaceutical, device, biotech company, or for-profit Clinical Research Organization (CRO) whether directly of through another academic medical center or non-profit organization (i.e. Pfizer to Yale to UCLA). A Clinical Research Study at UCLA is more broadly defined to include research such as fretrospective chart reviews and analysis of existing medical data. The Office of Contract and Grant Administration has the authority to negotiate and execute agreements for clinical research studies and clinical trials funded by the government or a non-profit entity.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC)

Established by the Chancellor in the mid-1980s, the Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC) is a peer review panel composed of faculty from a broad cross section of academic disciplines throughout campus. The CIRC is responsible for reviewing personal financial interests disclosed by UCLA researchers, making determinations about whether those outside financial interests constitute conflicts of interest, and making recommendations about how those conflicts of interest can be eliminated, reduced, or managed so that research awards can be accepted and work can commence. In this role, the CIRC serves as the substantive independent review committee required under the State of California Political Reform Act and as the “designated official(s)” required under federal policy/regulation on financial conflicts of interest related to research.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Institutional BioSafety Committee (IBC)

The UCLA Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) was established as the local review body responsible for oversight of all research activities – including teaching laboratories – involving the use of hazardous biological material and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, as required and outlined in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) and the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). The IBC is a faculty-led committee appointed by the UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) and consists of experts in various fields, including biosafety, human gene therapy, infectious disease, recombinant DNA, animal containment, plant containment, and occupational health. The IBC is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures involving hazardous biological materials and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to meet applicable federal, state, local and institutional regulations and guidelines.

The IBC reviews and approves protocols for academic research and teaching laboratories involving the following materials: recombinant/synthetic nucleic acid molecules, as covered by the NIH Guidelines; infectious agents that can cause disease in healthy humans and/or significant environmental or agricultural impacts, as covered by the BMB; select agents and select toxins, as covered by the CDC DSAT regulations; human and nonhuman primate materials, as covered by the Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard; genetically-modified animals and whole plants, as covered by the NIH Guidelines. At its discretion, the IBC may also review protocols involving animals or animal specimens known to be reservoirs/vectors of zoonotic diseases.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Office of Research Administration (ORA)

The primary role of the Office of Research Administration (ORA) is to provide the campus with professional guidance and administrative support for all sponsored research activities. ORA includes contract and grant administration, research policy and compliance, extramural fund management, human research protection program, and research safety and animal welfare committees. ORA maintains accurate records and administrative oversight of research projects and ensures proper administration of contracts and grants awarded to CTSI researchers at UCLA through the following mechanisms:

  • Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA)
  • Office of Research Policy and Compliance (ORPC)
  • Extramural Fund Management (EFM)
  • Office for the Protection for Research Subjects (OHRPP)
  • Research Safety and Animal Welfare (RSAWA)

Last updated August 1, 2017

Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA)

The UCLA Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA) assists the campus research community in reviewing, approving and submitting proposal applications and negotiating and executing contracts and grants from government and non-profit sponsors. OCGA has primary responsibility for the interpretation of University-wide and campus policy, sponsor guidelines, and applicable federal and state laws and regulations related to governmental and non-profit sponsored activities. OCGA also executes all outgoing Subawards issued under grants or collaborative agreements.

Last updated August 1, 2017

Office for the Protection for Research Subjects (OHRPP)

The Office of the Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP) is the administrative arm of the UCLA Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). The OHRPP in partnership with the research community is responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of participants in Human Research Projects conducted under the aegis of UCLA. The OHRPP, which is a Division within the Office of Research Administration, provides the campus and the five UCLA Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) with professional guidance and administrative support.

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UCLA Academic Planning and Budget (APB)

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, the Office of Academic Planning and Budget (APB) supports UCLA executive management and campus-level strategic planning by providing objective, accurate, and timely data and analysis to inform central and unit decision making processes. It acts in an advisory role to the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost in the allocation and administration of all campus funds. In addition, the office interacts with the Office of the President (OP) to ensure that the campus resource base and its flexibility are maximized and that the campus academic performance and programs are accurately characterized in system wide reports. Working with academic units, APB also plays a key role in providing guidance and support at the programmatic level. APB develops and maintains official campus data and statistics to generate institutional information and analyses used by the college, schools, and departments in program planning and resource management. Official institutional data are also provided to accrediting organizations, federal departments, the state legislatures, and ranking agencies as part of the accountability reporting schedule. APB offers services such as: resource management, academic planning, and campus statistics.

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UCLA Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

The UCLA Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are the committees designated by UCLA to review the conduct of research involving human subjects that is conducted by UCLA faculty and staff (conducting studies involving human subjects within the course and scope of their duties) as well as UCLA students (conducting studies involving human subjects within the course of their studies). The function of the IRBs is to ensure adherence to all federal, state, local, and institutional regulations concerning the protection of human subjects in research. UCLA IRB review is required for both funded and non-funded human subjects research. University policy requires all non-UCLA investigators wishing to access any UCLA facilities, patients, or personnel (faculty, staff or students) for human subjects research to submit an Application for Administrative Review to the UCLA OHRPP for confirmation that the research does not require UCLA IRB review or Certification of Exemption from UCLA IRB review.

The five UCLA IRBs are supplemented by multiple arrangements for accepting the reviews of external IRBs. The UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP) provides support to the UCLA IRBs and for arrangements with external IRBs.

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UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG)

UCLA Technology Development Group (formerly Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research) serves as a campus-wide gateway to Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship. Our mission is to:

  • Promote UCLA innovation, research, teaching and entrepreneurship to benefit society
  • Create economic value to support UCLA’s scholarly and educational missions and the State of California
  • Lead UCLA’s research community to bring innovation to market
The scope of activities include:
  • Commercially evaluating new technologies
  • Determining patentability and commercial value
  • Prosecuting patents
  • Marketing and licensing inventions
  • Facilitating UCLA faculty startups
  • Engaging industry to facilitate research collaboration
  • Negotiating license agreements and Material Transfer Agreements
  • Receiving and distributing royalties and other income to the inventors, UCLA Campus and its Departments

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UCLA hospitals and health system

CareConnect (EHR system)

CareConnect is UCLA's electronic health record (EHR) program. The system integrates functions of approximately 65 software applications into a single system accessible across the health system and is available around-the-clock to clinical faculty and staff members. Services include scheduling, registration, referrals, and authorizations for UCLA managed care members at all clinics, clinical applications - pharmacy, Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), documentation, radiology, rounding lists - at all hospitals, Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and documentation at a group of clinics and procedure areas in our hospitals (Wave 0), and CareConnect Lite as a replacement for cView at all clinics (except those in Wave 0).

An estimated 18,000 faculty and staff members use CareConnect, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, advanced-practice nurses, other clinicians, trainees, students, and staff members working with scheduling, registration, billing, patient placement (ADT), and hospital information management (HIM). The CareConnect program is led by a team with expertise in EHR implementation and deep institutional knowledge of our health system. The CareConnect program is overseen by an Executive Oversight Board composed of leaders from UCLA Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine, which developed 11 principles to guide development and implementation of CareConnect.

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Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center with an NIH-funded General Clincal Research Center. The 72-acre facility is composed of the 8-story, 553-bed hospital, and a 52,000 square foot Primary Care and Diagnostic Center in addition to a complex of buildings, wooden barracks, and trailers. The on-campus Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, with an annual budget of over 50 million dollars, provides extensive laboratory and administrative facilities for faculty investigators. Other buildings on the campus include the St. John's Cardiovasular Research Center, the Walter P. Martin Research Building, the Professional Office Building, the Imaging Center, and the A.F. Parlow Library of the Health Sciences. The total building space is approximately 1,000,000 square feet.

All of the approximately 300 full-time faculty as well as some of the more than 450 part-time and voluntary professional staff hold faculty appointments at the UCLA School of Medicine. They devote their time to the clinical care of patients, research, and teaching at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The nearly 450 residents and fellows training at Harbor also contribute to these endeavors. The hospital sponsors 34 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited residency and fellowship programs as well as other graduate medical training programs. The hospital also serves as a major training site for medical students from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

The emergency room has been enlarged and a number of special care units have been constructed from what were formerly ward rooms. In 1994, the 50,000 square foot Edward J. Foley Primary Care and Diagnostic Center was opened. Over the years the hospital and medical programs of the facility have grown and improved steadily.

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Information Services & Solutions (ISS) 

Information Services & Solutions (ISS) develops and maintains the central technology infrastructure and provides services and applications to over 20,000 people comprising UCLA Health, Practice Group and School of Medicine. We are committed to delivering progressive technology solutions that effectively support the patient care, research, and teaching missions of the Health Sciences and offer an increasingly integrated set of computing and communication services. We serve more than a fixed collection of hospitals, clinics, classrooms, labs, and offices, and strive to bring UCLA expertise to the community by participating in health exchanges and investing in technologies that shorten distances between people such as real-time access to information, telemedicine services, and web based access to resources.

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Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital cares for the physical and emotional well-being of children, from newborns to young adults. With a dedicated entrance from Gayley Avenue, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital is located on the third and fifth floors of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. UCLA's facilities are designed to serve the most critically ill children with sophisticated, compassionate care in an environment that is both welcoming and healing to children and their families. In 1998, Mattel Children's Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Mattel, Inc., pledged $25 million toward construction of the hospital. In 2017, Mattel, Inc. made a $50-million gift to The UCLA Foundation to benefit children’s health. With Mattel’s support, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital will expand pediatric services locally; broaden its global presence to enhance and improve the health of children worldwide; and promote the global sharing of UCLA Health’s best practices and research. In total Mattel has 131 inpatient beds, which includes 44 beds in the pediatric unit, 22 beds in the neonatal ICU, 18 beds in the pediatric ICU and 6 beds in the pediatric cardiac ICU. Pediatric care is available in the community setting via the Mattel Children’s Unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, which includes 25 beds in the pediatric unit and 16 beds in the neonatal ICU. Each nursing unit has its own minor procedure room so young patients can undergo certain treatments away from their sleeping area to avoid associating pain or distress with their own room.

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Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease Clinic (a UCLA Hospital Clinic)

The Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease Clinic meets twice a month and the majority of patients seen are B/DMD. Additional patients with SMA, myotonic dystrophy, congenital muscular dystrophy are seen on select clinic days. The clinic can accommodate 12 patients in a day for multidisciplinary visits. Due to demand, some clinics have more patients especially those who do not need to see all team members on that day. Most B/DMD patients are seen 2 times per year for routine care and more frequently when needed. The appointments are generally scheduled months in advance, but patients can be scheduled on short notice. Physicians available in the multidisciplinary clinic include medical specialists (neurology, genetics, cardiology) - board certified pediatricians, neurologists, neurology fellows (4 per year who rotate in clinic- some fellows are pediatric neurologists or have specialization in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) in addition to specialty training in neuromuscular disease), and pediatric and adult neurology residents. The clinic is able to serve both adult and pediatric patients and Dr. Perry Shieh is fully credentialed to provide specialist services to both children and adults. Older patients who need fewer of the child related services (i.e. Child-life specialist) are seen in multidisciplinary clinic or on another day depending on insurance coverage and needs. Drs. Stan Nelson and Nancy Halnon are both board certified pediatricians who can evaluate for disease or treatment related complications and manage steroid dependent patients in conjunction with primary care physicians.

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Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA is among the leading centers in the world for comprehensive patient care, research and education in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities and neurology. It is the major psychiatry teaching facility of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, one of the nation’s top-ranked medical centers. The hospital is an independently accredited and licensed hospital located on the fourth floor of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, with its own entrance and address. The hospital was named in honor of Stewart and Lynda Resnick, whose generous donation through the Resnick Family Foundation supported the construction of the neuropsychiatric hospital. The hospital’s vision is to serve the healthcare needs of the community, its patients and their families through excellence in research, education and the delivery of neuropsychiatric and behavioral health services. By the numbers, Resnick: ranked No. 7 in the nation in psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report; has 74 inpatient beds, is 75,020 square feet, and has an average length of stay of 12.83 days. Patients of all ages with psychiatric illnesses and developmental disabilities receive innovative treatment and compassionate care. Team members include specialists in psychiatry, neurology, medicine and pediatrics, as well as nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, speech pathology, social work and special education. Treatment is tailored to by age group: the child and adolescent care program, the adult inpatient care program and the geriatric program.

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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRUMC)

As the primary teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine, the 530-bed, 1,050,000 square foot medical center provides patient care in nearly all medical specialties. The medical center operates on a nonprofit, self- supporting basis. It is rated as one of the top five hospitals in the United States and is the top hospital on the West Coast according to US News & World Report. Furthermore, the medical center also received Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, is a national leader in organ transplantation, has 25 operating rooms sees over 50,000 emergency patients annually. Some key hospital features include: surgical suites with full audiovisual integration systems and leading-edge medical equipment, the GONDA Observation Unit which is a special short-stay unit for patients requiring observation for a specific symptom, The BirthPlace in Westwood which allows mothers to give birth and recover in-a comfortable, home-like setting that easily and quickly transforms into an efficient operating room for the delivery, a Level 1 Trauma Center with multiple trauma rooms and a dedicated-CT scanner which enables doctors to more immediately diagnose patients upon their arrival and Intensive Care Units that employ a "line of sight" approach to ensure 360-degree access to critically ill patients.

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UCLA Compliance Program

The Compliance Program has been developed in the context of our core teaching, research, patient care, and public service missions. The specific purposes of the program are to:

  • Maintain and enhance quality of care
  • Demonstrate sincere, ongoing efforts to comply with all applicable laws
  • Revise and clarify current policies and procedures in order to enhance compliance
  • Enhance communications with governmental entities with respect to compliance activities
  • Empower all responsible parties to prevent, detect, and resolve conduct that does not conform with applicable laws, regulations and the program; and
  • Establish mechanisms for employees to raise concerns about compliance issues and ensure that those concerns are appropriately addressed.

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UCLA Dental Clinics

The UCLA Dental Clinic's dental students and residents, along with a supervising faculty member, are prepared to assess any patient scenario. The clinics provide patient-centered care and will take the time to provide different treatment options that will assist you in achieving optimal oral health and appearance.

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UCLA Health System

UCLA Health is a self-supporting nonprofit organization, owned and operated by the Regents of the University of California, to support the clinical activities of the professional schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health. It is comprised of four hospitals: the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (520 beds), the Mattel Children’s Hospital (90 beds), the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA (75 beds), and the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital (265 beds). The Westwood campus also includes the Jules Stein Eye Institute and Doris Stein Eye Research Center, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Neuropsychiatric Institute, and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 48 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. Outpatient facilities include: a six-story, 380,000-square-foot ambulatory care center housing the Family Health Center for primary care of routine illnesses; the Children's Health Center; Internal Medicine clinics; a Surgery Center; and a 104,000-square-foot building housing the outpatient, training and research programs of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. This building also houses the UCLA Medical Center rehabilitation program. The UCLA Health System has a staff of more than 2,000 physicians, including 1,500 full time physicians employed at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center. The Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center employs 2,500 support staff. UCLA Health System hospitals and clinics have over 2.5 million annual patient visits and 100,000 hospital admissions annually. With such a large population catchment, UCLA’s CTSI is poised to once again be able to capitalize on the large patient population, provide translational ideas that improve patient care directly at the source, and continue to leverage its close proximity to the Health System for seamless and integrated clinical research.

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UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica serves as the cornerstone of UCLA Health's Santa Monica medical campus. The 265-bed, full-service medical center provides the complete continuum of healthcare services, from prenatal and neonatal care to geriatric medicine, in a technologically advanced and welcoming facility. It combines the expertise of an academic medical center with the accessibility of a community hospital to offer patients the best of both medical worlds. The medical center features several outstanding programs and services on or near its 4.5-acre medical campus. These include: the Nethercutt Emergency Center, which treats nearly 50,000 patients annually and serves as Santa Monica’s only Emergency Department (ED) approved for pediatric care; The BirthPlace, one of Southern California’s most comprehensive maternity centers, where approximately 1,500 babies are delivered each year; a 25-bed Pediatrics Unit, which operates as a unit of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and serves as Santa Monica’s only inpatient unit for pediatric care; UCLA Rape Treatment Center and its Stuart House facility for sexually abused children serve as national models for the treatment of rape victims and their families; UCLA Breast Center, Santa Monica, also located within the UCLA medical building, provides personalized, multi-disciplinary breast care in a compassionate and supportive environment; UCLA Radiology performs state-of-the-art imaging services in several locations throughout the Santa Monica campus. The Barbara Kort Women’s Imaging Center provides mammography and other advanced imaging services in a comfortable, spa-like setting designed specifically for women; UCLA Spine Center in Santa Monica provides comprehensive medical and surgical treatment for all spinal disorders and strives to be at the forefront of research designed to bring medical advances to the clinical setting. The hospital also has an alliance with the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, formerly known as “Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital.”

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UCLA Medical Plaza

Located next to the Ronald Reagan UCLA medical center, UCLA Medical Plaza offers an accessible, friendly environment for a broad range of outpatient services, including more than 80 specialty clinics. The plaza is composed of the following facilities:

  • 100 Medical Plaza, a 140,000 square foot facility, provides space for approximately 100 physicians who are currently members or are eligible to become members of the clinical faculty of the School of Medicine. The building is owned and operated by a private firm under a long-term ground lease from the Regents of the University of California. It is the first facility of its kind to be privately developed, financed and operated on a UC campus.
  • 200 Medical Plaza, a six-story, 380,000-square-foot outpatient care center, house virtually all of UCLA Medical Center’s outpatient services. It offers a complete range of services, from a Family Health Center offering primary care for routine illnesses, to clinics providing stat-of-the-art outpatient treatments for complex cancers. The facilities in the Surgery Center enable patients to go home the same day following many types of surgical procedures.
  • 300 Medical Plaza, a 104,000-square-foot building on the southern end of the plaza, houses outpatient and training programs of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, as well as the medical center’s rehabilitation program.
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UCLA Psychiatry Facilities

The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is an independently accredited and licensed hospital located on the fourth floor of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, with its own entrance and address. The hospital was named in honor of Stewart and Lynda Resnick, whose generous donation through the Resnick Family Foundation supported the construction of the neuropsychiatric hospital. The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital’s vision is to serve the healthcare needs of the community, its patients and their families through excellence in research, education and the delivery of neuropsychiatric and behavioral health services. By the numbers, the hospital is ranked No. 7 in the nation in psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report, has 74 inpatient beds, 75,020 square feet, and an average length of stay of 12.83 days.  

Patients of all ages with psychiatric illnesses and developmental disabilities receive innovative treatment and compassionate care. Team members include specialists in psychiatry, neurology, medicine and pediatrics, as well as nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, speech pathology, social work and special education. Patients of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and their families participate actively in their plan for treatment, during hospitalization and after discharge. Treatment is tailored to each age group:

  • The child and adolescent care program provides care for young patients with autism, schizophrenia and eating disorders. 
  • The Adolescent and Child Hospitalization Program serves teenagers and children who require inpatient treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders, including conduct disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, autism and other developmental disorders, and other complex neurobehavioral disorders.  
  • The adult inpatient care program provides psychiatric services in the hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of major psychiatric illnesses. The unit accepts patients admitted under the care of psychiatrists on either a voluntary or an involuntary basis.  
  • The geriatric program provides comprehensive care for older adults with psychiatric illnesses, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS)

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is one of the largest health care facilities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 8 community based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.

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UCLA schools, departments, institutes, networks and centers

Advanced Heart Failure Research Laboratory

The laboratory is fully equipped and supplied for molecular biology experimentation. Major Equipment in the lab includes Bench-top refrigerated Allegra centrifuge (Beckman); Microcentrifuge (Fisher); Refrigerator: 4 and -20 degrees (Kenmore), -80 degrees freezer (Revco), rotating platform system incubator (Modern biology) and water purification system (Millipore). General computation and informatics resources: include New PC systems, (Dell Optiplex). Multipurpose work stations printer, scanner and FAX machine. General software: Word-processing software, spread-sheet applications and statistical programs. Webconferencing systems are available for webinars. High Performance computation and specialized informatics: An ~80 sq ft office houses 2 computers used in this analysis. One is used as the repository for protected data and initial analysis by all the lab members, with Genespring and Avadis installed locally under Windows XP Professional, and connected to the UCLA Department of Medicine network with the highest standard of secured assured by the UCLA Department of Medicine Information Technology Services. The other is a MacBook Pro 2GHz Intel Core i7 running OS X version 10.6.8 with 8 GB RAM, used as the main algorithmic development platform, and which is used to remotely connect to both the local analysis machine as well as the Hoffman2 parallel computing cluster operated by Academic Technology Services in the Mathematical Sciences building at UCLA. The programs necessary to conduct the analysis proposed in this proposal, including R, MATLAB, and Mathematica, are all licensed and operational on the Hoffman2 cluster, and entirely capable of the proposed large scale computations. The Shared Hoffman2 Cluster is being used by the investigators. It is organized into several component clusters that have been optimized for different research needs. The components include: the Campus General Purpose Cluster and the Research Shared Virtual Cluster made up from Base cores provided by ATS/IDRE and Contributed cores provided by researchers. The Research Virtual Shared Cluster is made up from Contributed cores purchased by individual research groups and Base cores purchased by IDRE to augment the Contributed cores. The research group is guaranteed use of the number of cores contributed with the ability to use surplus cores from the entire Hoffman2 Cluster. Complete system administration for contributed cores is provided, cluster access through a 10Gb network interconnect to the campus backbone, high performance home and scratch storage space, a dedicated data center facility for housing the cluster.

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Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Program (IDP)

UCLA has a strong record of bioinformatics research and graduate training. In 1999 the faculty established a graduate core curriculum in bioinformatics, which has been offered continuously since that time, and recently has been greatly expanded, demonstrating the faculty’s commitment to collaborative teaching and to long-term development of an integrated bioinformatics program. These initiatives have been recognized by a large number of awards of multi-investigator Project and Training grants in bioinformatics from NIH, NSF, DOE and other funding sources. The Bioinformatics IDP provides an academic home for bioinformatics at UCLA that brings together the many different disciplines that this field requires. Examples of current bioinformatics research conducted by the core faculty include: the analysis of gene and protein sequences to reveal protein evolution and alternative splicing; the development of computational approaches to study and predict protein structure to further our understanding of function; the analysis of mass spectrometry data to, for example, understand the connection between phosphorylation and cancer; the development of computational methods to utilize expression data to reverse engineer gene networks in order to more completely model cellular biology, and the study of population genetics and its connection to human disease.

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Biosciences PhD programs at UCLA

Graduate Programs in Bioscience is a consortium of 10 home areas and their affiliated Ph.D. programs, organized to provide the best possible research training and professional development for graduate students pursuing Ph.D.s in the life and biomedical sciences. Each interdepartmental Home Area is aligned with a Ph.D.-granting program, provides in-depth, cutting-edge training, and offers access to a wide variety of exceptional faculty mentors. Home Areas break down conventional institutional divisions and serve as a nexus for inquiry, training, and discovery in research themes where UCLA faculty members are leaders.

  • Programs in the Biosciences include:

      • Bioinformatics
      • Human Genetics
      • Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
      • Molecular Biology
      • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
      • Neuroscience
      • Physics & Biology in Medicine
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      California Center for Population Research (CCPR)

      The California Center for Population Research (CCPR) was established in 1998 and has since, been a leading research center for research and training in demography. CCPR is comprised of over 90 active faculty researchers from an array of academic disciplines, such as epidemiology, public policy, economics, sociology, and public welfare. CCPR researchers span several schools, including the College of Letters and Sciences, the Division of Social Sciences, the School of Public Health, the School of Medicine, and the School of Public Affairs, as well as academic departments within UCLA.

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      California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

      Established in 2000 as one of the Governer Gray Davis California Institutes for Science and Innovation, the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is a hub of interdisciplinary research, translation, and education where scientists from diverse fields find common purpose in addressing grand challenges of the 21st century. With locations at the University of California’s Los Angeles and Santa Barbara campuses, the CNSI leverages public and private investment to drive collaborative nanoscience research across disciplines, translates discoveries into knowledge-driven commercial enterprises, and educates the next generation of scientists and engineers. CNSI impact include: 150 world class faculty from 35 departments (2016), 30% of UCLA patents include CNSI investors (2016), 50% of UCLA startups involved CNSI researchers, and 223 projects used CNSI technology centers (2016).Through an integrated framework of core platforms, the CNSI at UCLA provides leading-edge R&D infrastructure and professional services to provide a competitive edge for UC-affiliated researchers and startups in the discovery, development, and application of transformative technologies. Facilties include: 6 open-access technology centers with epitaxy and device fabrication, advanced microscopy and imaging, and high-throughput sequencing; a 4,600 sq. ft. wet lab incubation space for UC-affiliated start-ups; and a 1,100 sq. ft. co-working space. CNSI is currently incubating 22 start-ups and a VC fund is under development.

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      Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH)

      The USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH) is a multisite center located at the Andrus Gerontology Center of the University of Southern California and the Program in Geriatric Medicine in the School of Medicine of the University of California at Los Angeles. It is one of 14 centers in the Demography and Economics of Aging Centers Program sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

      The primary purpose of the CBPH is to provide a synergistic research environment for the integration and translation of research findings from a variety of disciplines to understand population health. The Center takes a multidisciplinary approach by linking demographers, biologists, economists, psychologists, epidemiologists, health policy specialists, medical researchers and clinical geriatricians. This integration of biological, epidemiologic and medical risk information which characterizes Center research is fundamental to understanding and projecting demographic trends and differences in population health.

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      Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research

      The Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research is a joint program of the School of Public Health and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. Since its inception in 1976, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized for its pioneering work in cancer prevention and control research. NCI-designated Cancer Centers are a major source of discovery of the nature of cancer and of the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy. They also deliver medical advances to patients and their families, educate health-care professionals and the public and reach out to underserved populations. They are characterized by: strong organizational capabilities; institutional commitment; trans-disciplinary, cancer-focused science; experienced scientific and administrative leadership and state-of-the-art cancer research and patient care facilities.

      The Center conducts rigorous peer-reviewed research in three major areas: The Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program, The Patients and Survivors Program, and The Molecular Epidemiology Program.

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      Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (CDMD) at UCLA

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is one of the most common and devastating genetic diseases of childhood, affecting approximately 1 in 5000 boys. Progressive muscle degeneration leads to loss of ambulation by age 12, loss of upper arm use in the teen years, and heart and respiratory failure leading to death in the 20's. The Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA leads the nation in translational science focused on Duchenne and is the first comprehensive Duchenne clinic in the western United states. A leading group of UCLA scientists, clinicians and researchers is poised to achieve significant advances in research, clinical care and treatments for Duchenne that are improving, and will potentially extend, the lives of those afflicted. Established in 2006, the CDMD at UCLA was built as a result of collaborations among UCLA scientists, clinicians and researchers. Its efforts span from education and outreach to cutting- edge research, drug discovery, clinical trials and care. Funding for the CDMD's remarkable achievements to date has come from a combination of research grants and private philanthropy. The goals of the CDMD are to: identify additional disease modifying drug targets; perform intelligent drug design; improve access and care in the clinical setting; and increase clinical trial participation.

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      Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities

      The Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities is a multidisciplinary, community-focused research, policy, and training center at UCLA. Established in 1996, we are a joint effort of the David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The Center also includes faculty from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy & Social Research, School of Law, and the College of Letters and Sciences. Integrating expertise across disciplines ensures that the solutions the center develops are theoretically sound and highly practical. Our unique method unites pediatricians, public health experts, psychologists, economists, lawyers, and policy experts with local families, communities, and businesses to: (i) Develop novel and responsive programs to improve children’s health; (ii) Increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and distribution of health and social services; (iii) Assist communities in transforming into healthier environments; and (iv) Turn data into information that can be used to make decisions and implement action. The center also partners with leading organizations across the country to create and spread forward-thinking ideas and strategies. The mission is to promote children's lifelong health, development, and well-being in the context of their families and communities. The center also creates and translates innovative ideas into optimal outcomes. Our work focuses on four areas: systems innovation and improvement, research and evaluation, training and model programs, and policy. In combination, these areas offer strategic, integrated techniques for transforming care and improving the long-term health of children and families.

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      Centers at UCLA Focused on Health Disparities and the Underserved

      Bridging Research, Innovation, Training, and Education (BRITE) Solutions for Minority Health

      The Center for Bridging Research, Innovation, Teaching and Education Solutions for Minority Health (BRITE) is an academic-community partnership dedicated to eliminating health disparities in our diverse Los Angeles community and the nation. The BRITE Center for Minority Health draws on the expertise of UCLA and its diverse community partners to increase the number of individuals from health-disparity populations who are trained to conduct minority health and health disparities research participate in intervention, prevention and clinical trials research, and engaged in improving the health of their communities through sustained partnerships, workforce development and early detection screening activities.

      It has four strategic goals. 1) We will build on our strengths to provide an integrated, research home that facilitates and supports new and continued research on the health of racial/ethnic minorities and minority health disparities. 2) We will create effective, new community partnerships to conduct essential, leading-edge research with the tangible goal of improving minority health and reducing or eliminating health disparities. 3) We will initiate, improve, and strengthen existing research education and training activities to build a culturally competent healthcare workforce that will improve health and create living wage employment in health-disparities populations. 4) We will strengthen, increase and broaden partnerships between community and academic centers of knowledge to facilitate efficacious approaches to improve the health and health care services of racial/ethnic minority populations and eliminate health disparities. We will achieve these goals through Research Studies that address two big problems in our health-disparities populationKorean youth cigarette smoking and diabetes in African American womenand utilize cutting-edge, cost-effective and easily scalable health technology innovations for which UCLA is known. LA is an ethnic media capital and we have formed unique media partnerships to reach our population. Our community partners are involved and engaged in study design and recruitment, training, dissemination and implementationactivities that will increase their capacity for research, improve minority health, build a culturally competent workforce, and create jobs.

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      Centers of Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities, and Training (CDU/UCLA Project EXPORT)

      The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) and Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are jointly submitting this application in response to RFA-MD-11-002 Exploratory Centers of Excellence (P20). In its ninth year of funding, the CDU/UCLA Disparities Research and Training Center (Disparities Center or Center), formerly known as the CDU/UCLA Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training or Project EXPORT, has provided focused mentoring for 20 junior faculty and produced over 325 NCMHD/NIMHD cited publications. The Center has worked previously to address issues related to diabetes, depression, and HIV risk among men. The Center now seeks to continue this exciting and extremely successful partnership by addressing: (1) the need for substantive research training and healthcare leadership development of CDU faculty engaged in improving health and decreasing health and healthcare disparities in a safety-net population, and (2) the management of key focused areas of research including, but not limited to an excess prevalence of HIV/AIDS and its sequelae among women, and psychological and behavioral disorders, and risk behavior and recidivism in minority youth who have been incarcerated through the juvenile justice system.

      The Specific Aims of the CDU/UCLA Disparities Center are to: 1) To facilitate the integration and centralization of minority health and health disparities research and training across CDU and UCLA (Administrative Core); 2) To promote methodologically rigorous research aimed at: a) promoting quality care, and effective health advocacy and health policy, and b) improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities for Los Angeles County African Americans and Latinos (Research Core and Research Subprojects); 3) To build research capacity at CDU, and strengthen existing research training for CDU and UCLA students, residents, fellows and junior faculty committed to minority health and health disparities research (Education and Research Training Core);and 4) To build novel partnerships with underserved predominantly Latino and African American Los Angeles communities and strengthen community capacity to partner in innovative research aimed at improving minority health and reducing health disparities (Community Outreach and Engagement Core).

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      Center for Health Advancement

      The UCLA Center for Health Advancement (The Center) provides enhanced analysis and evidence based information to help policy makers decide which policies and programs can best improve health and reduce health disparities. The Center analyzes a wide range of timely health improvement opportunities, identifying those supported by strong evidence. It presents and disseminates the results of these analyses in plain language to those who make and influence public and private sector policies and programs. The Center also provides training and technical assistance to facilitate implementation of recommended approaches.

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      Center for Vulnerable Populations

      The Center for Vulnerable Populations Research (CVPR) at the UCLA School of Nursing builds on a long history of clinical practice and faculty research involving vulnerable populations (VPs). The CVPR was established as a Nursing Center of Excellence in 1999 through funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research, The CVPR was founded with the mission " to build and advance nursing and health science that enhances the strengths of communities to reduce/eliminate health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations. The CVPR has led pioneering efforts to train and support investigators in establishing partnerships with communities through mutual definition of needs and identification of strengths and resources. This approach, also known as community-based participatory research, is recognized as one of the most effective strategies for combatting health disparities and promoting bi-directional learning between academics, community collaborators and research participants.

      For over a decade, CVPR members sponsored educational programs such as the Summer Institute on participatory research, workshops and colloquium. Training in community engaged research and health disparities is currently available through the school’s NINR Ruth Kirschstein T32 Pre and Postdoctoral Vulnerable Populations Training Program under the direction of Dr. Felicia Hodge; the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA; and the Community Engagement and Research Program of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Consultation on planning, implementing and evaluating community-based participatory research is currently considered on an individual basis by faculty in the School of Nursing.

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      L.A. Stroke Prevention /Intervention Research Program in Health Disparities (L.A. SPRIP)

      The Los Angeles Stroke Prevention/Intervention Research Program in Health Disparities (SPIRP) is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research center funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2012-17 (U54NS081764). Our center, one of four national centers funded through NIH, builds on established partnerships of UCLA with healthcare systems including Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and the University of Southern California. Our partnerships also include many local community organizations, senior centers, non‐profit stroke advocacy and resource organizations, and local government agencies who have joined together with the goal of preventing stroke and maximizing health after stroke across our many diverse communities in Los Angeles.

      Our center aims to learn effective ways to reduce the higher rates of stroke and of death from stroke among Latino, African Americans and Asian‐American communities in Los Angeles, to keep successful interventions in place in our communities, and to share what we learn with other communities across the US. Community outreach and education is a cornerstone of the Center. Our faculty and staff collaborate with community organizations to provide education on stroke and to learn from residents and community organizations in order to develop new ways to prevent stroke and improve stroke care in culturally diverse communities.

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      Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging (L.A. CAPRA)

      The Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging (L.A. CAPRA) is a collaboration between the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Charles Drew University, City of Los Angeles Department of Aging (DOA), and Partners in Care Foundation. L.A. CAPRA was created in 2010 with a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

      L.A. CAPRA's unique academic–community partnership is rooted in deep mutual respect and a shared vision for implementing and testing practical evidence-based interventions to empower older adults to stay as active and healthy as possible. With its interdisciplinary scientific team and vast network of community partners, L.A. CAPRA provides critical infrastructure to facilitate and implement community-partnered research across the (arguably) largest and most ethnically diverse urban center in the United States. With partner Multipurpose Senior Centers in every single council district (15) across Los Angeles – we have potential to reach 669,747 seniors aged sixty years and older with our innovative programs.

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      Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Branch

      The MARC U*STAR Program is a two-year, NIH-funded, undergraduate honors program that seeks to increase the number of biomedical scientists from diverse backgrounds that significantly impact health-related research. The program specifically seeks to strengthen the skills and research training of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. This program is appropriate for students interested in pursuing a PhD or dual PhD degree upon completion of their baccalaureate degree.

      The MARC Program offers research training, financial support, mentoring, networking opportunities and academic preparation for strong and motivated students. The UCLA MARC program is one of the longest-standing MARC programs at Research I universities across the nation, and graduates from the program have embarked on highly successful careers.

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      Resource Center for Minority Aging Research's Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (RCMAR-CHIME)

      The UCLA/CDU RCMAR Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME) funded by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging (NIH/HIA) is a research and mentoring program that ultimately contributes to the reduction in health disparities for African American and Latino Elders by training and mentorship of minority junior-level faculty who advance their careers by conducting research on minority elders.

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      UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity

      The UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity (formerly named Center to Eliminate Health Disparities) focuses on eliminating disparities in incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden of disease experienced by disadvantaged and underserved populations. The Center concentrates on “keeping the public healthy” by targeting health promotion, disease prevention, and access to quality and timely care for all in need.

      The Center is a collaborative “center without walls” whose members include academic, government, foundation and private/non-profit investigators. Targeting the underserved, the Center promotes population-based intervention approaches to health promotion and disease prevention and control. In addition, it explores barriers preventing more effective collaboration with local health departments and other key partners engaged in the practice of public health.

      Officially launched in October of 2004, the Center aims to advance the understanding of health disparities across the lifespan and foster multidisciplinary research to improve the health of underserved communities. With a primary focus on Los Angeles County, and a secondary focus on surrounding counties, the Center facilitates community and academic partnerships in research, trains new investigators in health disparities research, and assists community partners in implementing effective health disparity reduction programs.

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      UCLA-CDU Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities

      The Charles R. Drew University (CDU) and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has forged a strong and sustainable partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities in minority and underserved populations. Our partnership began in 2003 with support from the National Cancer Institute to initiate U56 collaboration, followed by a U54 award in 2009 to establish a long lasting comprehensive partnership. In addition, institutional investment from UCLA-JCCC and CDU has made it possible for a sustainable partnership to accomplish significant goals related to reducing cancer health disparities. Hence, in our renewal application, we propose to continue the momentum and do more to address cancer health disparities in our communities in Los Angeles County, and in particular South Los Angeles. The overarching goals of the CDU-UCLA Cancer Partnership Program are to significantly increase the number of scientists in cancer research and to enhance the cancer research and infrastructure capacity at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science that will continue to address significant disparities in cancer among minority populations. Supported and implemented by an Administrative Core, Planning and Evaluation Core, and Research Projects, Research Education Core, Outreach Core, and Shared Resources Core.

      The five priorities for the partnership are: increase the number and quality of cancer research projects at CDU by supporting full and pilot projects and increase the number of cancer researchers at CDU; enhance research capability of the CDU's Integrated Clinical and Biomarker/ Biorepository Tissue and Data Resources focused on cancer health disparities research, education and outreach among underrepresented populations; create institutional capacity at CDU for performing cancer-related clinical trials by leveraging the community and existing clinical research facilities and resources; expose undergraduate and medical students, fellows, and faculty to cancer research and encourage them to pursue or advance their careers in this area, and implement a formalized mentorship program whereby junior research investigators are counseled and mentored during their career development; and bring culturally and linguistically appropriate cancer research information to the community and increase community capacity to develop and implement culturally appropriate health prevention strategies through community-partnered participatory research.

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      UCLA Center for Prevention Research

      The UCLA Center for Prevention Research conducts prevention research that address the needs of children, adolescents, young adults and their families. The Center is a partnership of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the UCLA Department of Pediatrics and a wide range of community partners. The Center is innovative in its approach to community service, partnering with ethnically and economically diverse communities in Los Angeles County to identify opportunities for the Center to provide technical support to community groups for program implementation and assessment. In addition, the Center has partnerships with the L.A. Unified School District, L.A. County Department of Health Services, and other local groups.

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      UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD)

      The UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities is a multidisciplinary center funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that will focus on reducing cardiovascular disease risk among Latinos in East Los Angeles, California. East L.A. is an urban community with high rates of obesity-related chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke. East L.A. is over 96% Latino; 85% of whom have Mexican ancestry and the rest come mainly from Central America.

      Our primary objective is to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in this under-served area. To accomplish this objective, we have three integrated, complementary projects, two cores, and a Training and Career Development Program. We will use a community-based participatory approach to implement family and neighborhood environment interventions, along with the collection of physiological data that will examine risk in individuals and across generations. The intervention components include several dimensions that affect health outcomes - personal & family factors, systems factors, and environmental factors.

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      Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute (CDI)

      The UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute (CDI) was founded in 2012 to inspire scientific discovery and design new avenues for innovation, to cultivate collaborative teams and research support systems, and to ensure its pediatric physician scientists can improve the lives of children today and in the future. To connect all research and training activities related to improving children's health and health care, spanning from discoveries in basic science, through translation to clinical care, and moving towards implementation in community practice through collaborations and networks established locally, nationally and globally. Among some significant figures, the CDI has: 76 internally funded grants for a total $6.9 million and includes co-partnered grants with UCLA CTSI, generated $9 million in new externally-funded grants, a total $36 million in awards and roughly 200 external grant proposals submittted annually, 105 active faculty researchers, 42 research coordinators, 14 central grant administrative staff, annual symposiums and a seminar series.

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      The Collaboratory

      The Collaboratory, a central component of the Institute for Quantitative & Computational Biosciences (QCB), provides the experimental and empirical research environment where bioscientists and computational scientists work together to design and conduct experiments to improve our understanding of biological systems. As large-scale data analysis is often limited to most bioscience laboratories, the Collaboratory’s main mission is to facilitate genomic data analysis by bringing together UCLA bioscience faculty with a select group of QCB post-doctoral fellows dedicated to the Collaboratory. Individual post-doctoral fellows are assigned to work on specific bioscience research projects to develop and implement tailored methodologies for genomic analysis. In addition, the fellows are responsible for organizing intensive tutorials to train UCLA students and postdocs in the latest next-generation sequence analysis techniques. The Collaboratory has also set up and maintains a next-generation sequence data analysis server.

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      Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging at UCLA

      The Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging brings together faculty, students, and staff with a variety of backgrounds - physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, chemistry, and medicine - to pursue innovative technologies and science to accelerate our understanding of biology and medicine. Innovative technology programs, linked by systems biology, microfluidics, nanotechnology, and molecular imaging, provide the tools to conduct integrated science in a unique, interdisciplinary setting.

      With an initial focus on cancer and immunity, our goal is to develop new technologies to observe, measure, and understand biology in cells, tissues, and living organisms. Through molecular imaging - taking pictures of the living chemistry of cells and tissues of the body, we can watch biology in action in living organisms. The Crump Institute's ultimate objective is to provide medicine with new science and technologies to judge the state of health, and identify the early transitions to disease for the development and use of new therapies as part of the new era in molecular medicine.

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      Center of Cancer Prevention and Control Research

      The Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research is a joint program of the School of Public Health and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. Since its inception in 1976, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized for its pioneering work in cancer prevention and control research. NCI-designated Cancer Centers are a major source of discovery of the nature of cancer and of the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy. They also deliver medical advances to patients and their families, educate health-care professionals and the public and reach out to underserved populations. They are characterized by: strong organizational capabilities; institutional commitment; trans-disciplinary, cancer-focused science; experienced scientific and administrative leadership and state-of-the-art cancer research and patient care facilities. The Center conducts rigorous peer-reviewed research in three major areas: the Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program focuses on the prevention and early detection aspects of the cancer control continuum; the Patients and Survivors Program has as its major goal the reduction in avoidable morbidity and mortality among patients with cancer, long-term survivors of cancer; the Molecular Epidemiology Program focuses on: (1) Primary prevention: examining environmental exposure (smoking, diet, infection, air pollution, etc.) and genetic susceptibility and cancer risk, as well as exploring gene-environmental interactions in cancer risk; (2) Secondary prevention: evaluating biological markers (somatic mutations and hyper-methylations of tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes, gene copy numbers, etc.) for early detection, as well as intermediate markers as surrogate end-points for chemoprevention; and (3) Tertiary prevention: assessing blood and tissue-based biological markers (tumor markers, SNPs, etc.) for cancer prognosis and survival prediction.

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      Division of Life Sciences, College of Letters and Science

      The UCLA College is the academic heart of UCLA and home to more than 85 percent of the university’s 28,000 undergraduate students. Together, its four academic divisions—Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences—encompass 34 departments, 109 undergraduate majors, more than 50 graduate degree programs and over 40 PhD programs that span research and teaching across both traditional and emerging disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences. A fifth division, Undergraduate Education, serves as the campus driver of excellence and innovation in the undergraduate experience. Taught by world-renowned faculty, the College’s undergraduate and graduate students move on to become business, government, community, and academic leaders of California and the world. Shared governance is implemented through the Faculty Executive Committee. External relations and College Communications are housed in the Office of College Development.

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      Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS)

      We are home to fourteen nationally renowned research centers, three groundbreaking partnership schools, and some of the world’s premiere education and information experts. This is where the most pressing issues in education and information are transformed by UCLA and strategic partners into opportunity and real-world solutions.

      The Department of Education was ranked third overall in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 report. The Department of Information Studies is internationally recognized for research in areas such as digital archives and libraries, multimedia databases, social implications of the Internet, and organization of knowledge and information policy.

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      Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

      Founded in 1945, the talented and diverse faculty members at UCLA Engineering are among the top engineering educators and researchers in the world. Many of our affiliated faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest distinction for engineers in the U.S., and have received numerous other awards. Our affiliated faculty includes a winner of the Nobel Prize, the Turing Award, the National Medal of Science and other distinctions and honors. Instructing more than 5,000 students each year, UCLA Engineering is delivering on the promise to enhance engineering excellence in California and around the world.

      Today UCLA Engineering’s 38,000 living alumni are working in more than 60 countries, driving positive change in technology and society. They are inventors, Internet pioneers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and renowned educators. The curriculum offers a hands-on, multidisciplinary education to prepare students to take on the challenges of our times and to make impact in ways that we cannot yet imagine. Our proximity to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Anderson School of Management allows us to excel in growing field of biomedical and bioengineering research, as well as entrepreneurship.

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      Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics (ICNN)

      The ICNN provides advanced analysis and informatics support to a highly interactive user group consisting of neuroscientists at UCLA, who are conducting basic, clinical, and translational research. These investigators have access to excellent facilities for genetics and genomics experimentation; the lack of corresponding resources in analysis and informatics constitutes a bottleneck in their research. ICNN faculty experts in statistical genetics, gene expression analysis, and bioinformatics will oversee the activities of highly-trained staff members who will accomplish three goals: providing expert consultation and analyses for neurogenetics and neurogenomics projects; developing and maintaining a shared computing resource that will include a computational cluster for computation-intensive analyses, web-servers and state of the art software tools for a wide range of applications (including user-friendly versions of public databases, as well as workstations on which ICNN users will be trained to employ these tools); providing hands-on training in analysis and informatics to the users. ICNN is also developing a whole-genome data analysis pipeline, aimed at filtering and prioritizing genetic variation identified in whole-genome sequencing studies for further study.

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      Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE)

      IDRE supports research and innovative scholarship that takes advantage of new technologies and encourages collaboration between faculty from different departments and disciplines at UCLA, the opening of new research questions, and the enrichment of the learning environment. The goal of this campus-wide collective is to make UCLA a world leader in high-performance computing and visualization research and education. IDRE programs are focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with five areas critical to advancing innovative research and scholarship: Computation and Storage, GPU/Many Core, Pipeline to Leadership Class Facilities; Statistical Computing/Data Informatics; and GIS, Visualization and Modeling. Through the IDRE Research Technology Group (RTG), IDRE provides services and support aligned with the five program areas. IDRE’s unique computational capability includes High Performance Computing resources and expertise, Grid and Cloud Access Services, Cluster Services, the Grid Portal, and UCLA’s data center system.

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      Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health

      For more than 55 years, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has played an instrumental role in advancing the field of public health in the areas of research, training and service. Our world class faculty in collaboration with students have made research discoveries that have improved the health of communities large and small around the world; our talented students come from all over the globe to receive training and mentoring from our faculty, then take their knowledge to become leaders in communities as far as the Congo and as near as East LA; through our field study programs, faculty and students bring information and education to underserved communities, that have changed behaviors and saved lives. Quick Facts include: 595 (384 masters and 211 doctoral) students from 31 nations, 250 faculty (61 full-time), a total budget of $68 million, and 10,893 alumni. Departments include: Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management.

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      Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC)

      With a membership of more than 500 physicians and scientists, UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) is one of the largest comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. JCCC handles more than 20,000 patient visits per year and conduct hundreds of clinical trials, providing the latest in experimental cancer treatments. JCCC has established an international reputation for providing the best in experimental and traditional cancer treatments and expertly guiding the next generation of medical researchers. JCCC currently operates eight research programs organized to foster excellence in interdisciplinary and collaborative research across academic units. Those programs are: cancer and stem cell biology, cancer molecular imaging, cancer nanotechnology, gene regulation, healthy and at-risk populations, patients and survivors, signal transduction and therapeutics and tumor immunology. Each program provides a platform for colleagues with similar scientific interests, allowing them to exchange information and ideas, facilitate and promote their research interactions and provide access to shared resources. The UCLA Medical School, the College of Letters and Sciences, the Dental School, the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing are all located on a single campus, along with both the children's hospital and main hospital; select faculty from these academic units are members of the Cancer Center, as are a number of full-time faculty at our affiliated institutions.

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      Jules Stein Eye Institute

      Established in 1966, the UCLA Stein Eye Institute vision-science campus is the fulfillment of an ambitious plan by ophthalmologist, businessman, and philanthropist Jules Stein, MD, and Bradley R. Straatsma, MD, JD, founding director of the Stein Eye Institute and founding chairman of the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology, who created a bold plan for preventing blindness through comprehensive programs for patient care, vision-science research, education and training of the next generation of physicians, and eye health outreach both local and global. Under the leadership of Bartly J. Mondino, MD, director and chairman since 1994, a broad agenda of program building and expansion has been implemented: the first Stein Eye Center opened in Santa Monica in 2012; the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology created the nation’s preeminent organization for ophthalmic care and vision research by forging a historic affiliation with the Doheny Eye Institute in 2013; and the Edie & Lew Wasserman Building, a landmark research and patient-care facility with a state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center, opened in 2014. Combined, UCLA Stein Eye Institute, Stein Eye Center, Doheny Eye Center UCLA, and UCLA-affilliated hospitals provide patients across the Southland with access to the finest vision care.

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      Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program

      The Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a unique curriculum designed for optimal training of physician-scientists. Started in 1993, this program offers the opportunity to combine clinical fellowship or residency training with formal, advanced research training leading to a graduate degree, coordinated with clinical training. Fellows/residents admitted to the STAR Program complete clinical training toward board certification in internal medicine, its subspecialties (including cardiology, digestive diseases, hematology/oncology, dermatology, endocrinology, pulmonary and critical care, rheumatology, infectious diseases, nephrology, and clinical immunology and allergy) or in other departments, including neurology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry or one of the surgical disciplines (including Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, or Ophthalmology). In general, the STAR Program begins with approximately 12-24 months of clinical training, followed by research training in one of four research career tracks: basic Science, clinical research, health services/outcomes, clinical research, and postdoctoral research training. Additional specialty clinical training may be integrated into the research years. The research portion is usually 2-4 years. STAR Awardees receive salary support and benefits from their clinical department commensurate with clinical training (PGY) level, as well as graduate school tuition throughout the clinical and graduate research years.

      STAR graduates' successes include: 80% of graduates have continued in research positions either within academia (72%) or industry (8%), 49% have obtained an NIH K or other type of career development award, 19% have received an NIH R01 or equivalent grant, several graduates hold leadership positions, including Department Chair/Vice Chair, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Division Chief, Executive Medical Director, Vice President for a health benefits company, Chief Medical Officer for a pharmaceutical firm, and Chief Scientific Officer of a university-affiliated research institute, and more than 130 have graduated in the first 20 years and received an NIH R01 or equivalent grant.

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      UCLA Anderson School of Management

      Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson School of Management's rigorous programs offer exceptional academic preparation, a cooperative and congenial student culture, access to a thriving business community, as well as support services for scholastic and career advancement. Specialized centers support faculty research and sponsor courses, extracurricular activities, and conferences. They also provide varied opportunities for continuing education and contact among scholars, students, and industry leaders. Anderson has a global network of more than 37,000 alumni, 720 students and 150 faculty members.

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      UCLA Business of Science Center

      The Business of Science Center (BSC) is a multi-disciplinary group of students and professionals committed to developing university discoveries into problem-solving commercial products. Whether you are a student looking for an introduction to business, a faculty inventor searching for an industry partner, or an industry professional looking for “the next big thing,” you will find it with the BSC. BSC encourages innovation and entrepreneurship at UCLA in order to bring academic discoveries to the public domain. BSC supports faculty inventors in all stages of commercialization. Through their programs and courses, they give students hands-on experience in market and intellectual property research, business plan development, effective communication strategies for securing funding from venture capital, and more. Industry professionals act as mentors to both faculty and students in growing discoveries into products that can improve the lives of many.

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      UCLA Center for Health Advancement

      The UCLA Center for Health Advancement (The Center) provides enhanced analysis and evidence based information to help policy makers decide which policies and programs can best improve health and reduce health disparities. The Center analyzes a wide range of timely health improvement opportunities, identifying those supported by strong evidence. It presents and disseminates the results of these analyses in plain language to those who make and influence public and private sector policies and programs. The Center also provides training and technical assistance to facilitate implementation of recommended approaches. The Center brings together faculty from multiple Departments of the Fielding School of Public Health and other UCLA Schools with a wide range of subject matter and methodological expertise, including expertise in non-health sectors, such as education, transportation, housing, environmental protection, community planning, agriculture, public welfare, and economics. It has strong collaborations with governmental public health agencies, foundations, academic institutions and other not-for-profit organizations. Within the health sector, its work is focused on how alternative investments to wasteful expenditures in health care can yield greater returns.The Center has core expertise in health impact assessment, health forecasting, and modeling inter-sectoral planning and analysis. Its research collaborations enable an enhanced, broadened understanding of how to improve the public's health and health equity effectively and efficiently. Topics for analysis are selected based on an understanding that the major determinants of our collective health and health disparities are the social, economic and physical environments.

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      UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR)

      The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) is one of the nation's leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California. The Center is the home of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and is affiliated with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The Center conducts research on a variety of national, state and local health policy issues, including health insurance, health care reform, health economics, health disparities and chronic disease. The Center is a collaboration of dozens of leading health and health policy researchers from UCLA and beyond. Under the guidance of Gerald Kominski, PhD, as well as an executive leadership committee, the Center is able to draw on diverse backgrounds in public health, medicine, law, economics and social science to advance our understanding of health and health policy. CHPR conducts research on a variety of national, state and local health policy issues, including: economics of health care, health insurance coverage, access to, and quality of, care, prevention of chronic illness, racial and social disparities in health care access and health status, children’s health, women’s health, senior health, American Indian/Alaska Native health, enhancing the health of communities, survey methodology, survey statistics, and small area estimation. CHPR also provides topic-specific exercise through the following programs: the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), Health DATA, Health Economics & Evaluation Research (HEER) Program, and the Health Insurance Program.

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      UCLA Center for Health Services and Society

      The UCLA Center for Health Services and Society (HSS) strengthens resiliency and mental health in partnership with communities. HSS houses UCLA clinical faculty that includes adult psychiatrists and psychologists, child and geriatric psychiatry specialists, and staff, including doctoral level social scientists, master's level statisticians, and research and administrative staff. Their mission is to strengthen resiliency and improve the mental health of local and national diverse populations through rigorous research, effective programs, and partnering with consumers, children and their families, community-based and policy agencies.

      While we maintain a strong focus on improving preventive and treatment services for mental illnesses across the lifespan, we also explore broader societal issues, such as understanding the social and historical context for services and illness and building new strategies to promote community strength and resiliency through healthcare, media and communication, and the arts. The center houses UCLA clinical faculty that includes adult psychiatrists and psychologists, child and geriatric psychiatry specialists, and staff, including doctoral level social scientists, master's level statisticians, and research and administrative staff.

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      UCLA Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)

      UCLA Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) is an NIH/NIA funded center whose mission is to maintain and restore the independence of older persons. The UCLA Center's theme, "Inflammation, Aging, and Independance." OAIC addresses recruitment and retention, research operations, analysis and cost-effectiveness, inflammatory biology and research cores. OAIC services include: consulting, ongoing or long term partnership (e.g., purchase services), partnership on new proposals, research services funding for the use of services from OAIC research resource cores. The Recruitment and Retention Core (RRC) provides: identification of potential recruitment sites, review and modification of recruitment and retention plans for minority groups, introductions to specific community service/advocacy organizations, assistance with enrollment and retention in specific studies, and access to Community Action Board of leaders in aging services network. The Research Operations Core (ROC) provides: data collection support, data management services, use of web and Access based applications for data management and tracking, proposal preparation, and development, review, and maintenance of data security procedures. The Analysis and Cost-Effectiveness Core (ACEC) provides: analytical support in study design (selection of analytic strategy and sample size/power issues), interpretation and accurate description of findings, and analysis support by an OAIC data analyst with masters or PhD level training to projects of junior researchers doing aging research. The Inflammatory Biology Core (IBC) provides: sample collection, measures of plasma/serum immune and/or inflammatory markers, cellular protein markers, molecular assays of cytokine production, consultation for referral to UCLA microarray core for genomic assessments of inflammatory activity and its cellular impact, telomere length and telomerase assays. The OAIC Career Development Award (CDA) program provides integrated training in translational mechanistic and outcomes research, and promotes faculty career development. CTSI has joint-funded the CDAs and pilot awards.

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      UCLA Clinical Genomics Center

      Utilizing our expertise in Pediatrics, Human Genetics, and Pathology, the UCLA Clinical Genomics Center provides a comprehensive analysis and diagnostic interpretation of a patient's entire protein-encoding genome by searching through 37 million base pairs in 20,000 genes to potentially locate the single DNA change responsible for the patient's disorder. Rather than analyzing genes one-by-one, this universal diagnostic service simultaneously investigates all possible causative genes in a time- and cost-effective manner and includes certified genetic counselors for pre- and post-test counseling as well as consultation from specialist physicians. This service utilizes next generation sequencing technology, state-of-the-art computational and bioinformatic resources, and integrated laboratory information systems to deliver a precise genetic diagnosis for the benefit of patients and physicians. Services include: clinical exome sequencing, integrated bioinformatics and data storage, expert interpretation by our Genomic Data Board, and fast report turnaround time.

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      UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

      The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) is one of the top ten medical schools in the country. DGSOM engages the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time faculty and 1,000 active investigators, many recognized with the highest national and international awards and honors. UCLA constitutes a critical mass of outstanding research in all areas of basic, clinical, translational, and population-based research and is ranked 14th in the United States in research funding from the NIH, with over 800 active research awards totaling more than $380 million. UCLA also has the fifth highest total research dollars, totaling more than $1 billion annually. The School of Medicine education and training currently encompasses more than 1,000 residents and fellows, 859 medical students, and 400 graduate students working toward PhD degrees in health related sciences, with 438 active training and career development awards. There are now nearly 170 endowed chairs. UCLA has been ranked "Best in the West" by U.S. News and World Report's annual survey of the best hospitals in America for 27 consecutive years. The medical school is ranked eleventh in the country in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and third in the United States in research dollars from all sources.

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      UCLA Department of Human Genetics

      The UCLA Department of Human Genetics is the youngest basic science department in the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. When the Department was launched just prior to the sequencing of the human genome, it was clear that the practice of genetics research would be forever changed by the infusion of massive amounts of new data. Organizing and making sense of this genomic data is one of the greatest scientific challenges ever faced by mankind. The knowledge generated will ultimately transform medicine through patient-specific treatments and prevention strategies. The Department is dedicated to turning the mountains of raw genetic data into a detailed understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of human disease. The key to such understanding is the realization that genes not only code for specific proteins, but they also control the temporal development and maturation of every living organism through a complex web of interactions. The department serves as a focal point for genetics research on the UCLA campus, with state of the art facilities for gene expression, sequencing, genotyping, and bioinformatics. In addition to its research mission, the Department offers many exciting training opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical residents.

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      UCLA Department of Medicine

      For more than 60 years, the Department of Medicine at UCLA has engaged in world-class medical research, teaching, and patient care. Across 14 sub-specialties, our physicians are world-renowned experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of complex and routine illnesses. UCLA investigators are situated within the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research (GIM/HSR) of the UCLA Department of Medicine, which includes over 100 faculty members and includes clinician-investigators and full-time researchers with advanced degrees and training in health services research. All UCLA personnel have dedicated offices and research space co-located where much of the institution’s health services research is conducted and coordinated. The GIM/HSR division is equipped with all necessary support facilities including offices with secretarial and administrative support. The offices have full computer support including e-mail and network access so that collaboration within the institution and with Healthwise is facilitated. The research facilities include full capacity for copying, faxing, scanning and include meeting rooms with audio-visual facilities for organizational meetings. The computer systems include desktop or laptop computers for all employees as well as a high-capacity file server with off-site backup.

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      UCLA Department of Medicine Statistics Core (DOMStat)

      The primary objective of DOMStat is to provide state-of-the-art study design and statistical analysis collaboration to investigators in the Department of Medicine. DOMStat offers faculty and staff level statistical collaboration for grant proposals, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and other research activities requiring statistical input. Investigators are encouraged to schedule an initial meeting early in their research to allow DOMStats to best assist with the study design, statistical analysis plans, data collection plans, database design, and interpretation of research results. Consultants can provide assistance in the following areas: study design and power analysis, choice of statistical methods, performing statistical analysis, database design and setup, data management for ongoing studies, interpretation of results, including their limitations, grant preparation, and preparation and review of manuscripts. Types of study design include: systematic literature review/meta-analysis, pilot study, observational study, basic science/lab study, biomarker study, bioinformatics/proteomics, clinical trial, bayesian, and time series. Study logistics include: sample size and power, planned analysis methods, and meta-analysis.

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      UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

      The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine is an integral part of the vibrant UCLA research enterprise and includes faculty members with a broad array basic, translational, and of clinical research interests in areas that include Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Immunology/Inflammation, Metabolism, Neuroscience, and Regenerative Medicine. Departmental researchers seek to better understand disease pathogenesis and translate these findings to the clinic. Departmental research has continued to thrive and grow over the past decade. Our faculty publish their findings in many of the top biomedical journals such as Cell, Immunity, Molecular Cell, Nature Immunology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Faculty researchers generated over $37 million in active extramural funding, including $26 million from NIH, for FY2016.

      The large group of investigators in the Department provides numerous opportunities for interaction through informal discussions, frequent seminars, Grand Rounds presentations, and various symposia. In addition, faculty in the Department interface with the larger UCLA research community via various interdepartmental programs. As a result of these activities, UCLA is a highly interactive and collaborative environment in which interdisciplinary research flourishes.

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      UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research

      The Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at UCLA has well over 200 faculty members associated with the Division, including large numbers of ambulatory and hospitalist clinician-educators. The Division includes three economists, a social psychologist, multiple faculty with MDs as well as PhDs. UCLA General Internists provide long-term, comprehensive care and manage both common and complex diseases. Our faculty serves as primary care providers, providing care in neighborhood offices in the North Valley, Santa Monica, the South Bay, and Westwood, as well as the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

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      UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)

      The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is an academic preparation program established in 1976 by the University of California to expand postsecondary education opportunities for California's educationally disadvantaged students. UCLA EAOP works with students to help them become competitively eligible applicants for college admission, going beyond minimum eligibility. EAOP works collaboratively with families, educators, schools, communities, and various campus departments to provide pre-college students with challenging academic enrichment activities to promote and cultivate a college-going culture. EAOP is one of the state's most successful pre-collegiate student academic development programs. UCLA EAOP works with over 15,000 students in middle school and high school each year. This includes working with over 80 schools in 10 school districts. Since 1991, approximately 60% of EAOP seniors meet UC eligibility each year, 82% attend a postsecondary institution upon high school graduation, and 62% attend a 4-year institution, with 25% attending a UC school.

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      UCLA Healthcare Institute

      The UCLA Health Care Institute, housed in the Price Center, builds leadership and management capacity in organizations serving early childhood needs. The institute uses an innovative management based approach to prevent disease, promote health and empower underserved families and children in the United States. HCI has a portfolio of low literacy health education topics that are culturally sensitive and includes: sick day management & injury prevention, oral health promotion, diabetes and obesity prevention, and mental health and wellness. HCI provides a structured set of tools and processes for strategic implementation of health promotion, and incorporates various learning formats: in-person education sessions, reading materials and toolkits, webinars and parent trainings. Organization teams also participate as if they were parents in a mock parent-training session that allows teams to experience firsthand what parents would experience during a parent training session. Since 2001, the HCI has trained over 120,000 families in 10 languages and in 50 states. Its training methodology is used by over 300 Head Start grantees and has consistently delivered measurable outcomes in improving knowledge, changing behavior, and reducing unnecessary utilization of health care services. As a result, HCI can: increase school attendance, increase parent’s work attendance, increase staff, parent, and community engagement, improve the health literacy of staff and families, and strengthen community partnerships.

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      UCLA Institute for Technology Advancement

      The Institute of Technology Advancement (ITA) is an off-campus technology development center established by the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science to accelerate the transition of high-impact innovative research from UCLA to technology development and commercialization. Start-up funding for the institute was donated by the Henry and Susan Samueli and the Easton Foundation. ITA provides operational flexibility for university researchers, industry, government, and investment partners alike. The flexible organizational structure of ITA complements existing capabilities of the university and industry, allowing the center to movie quickly to promote the transition of discoveries to development and commercialization. ITA Supports Three Types of Research Activities: transitional research, developmental research, and near-term R&D support to industry. ITA, as an organization and through its business-savvy Technology Strategists, is a conduit to local, state, government agencies, industry, and venture capital investors. Each Technology Strategist has a specialized domain of expertise and relationships with various funding resources.

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      UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

      Founded in 1994, UCLA Luskin incorporates the best practices in scholarship, research, and teaching in the fields of social work, urban and regional planning, and policymaking. The unique intersection of these disciplines within one school allows for academic cross-collaboration and a graduate education that values diverse perspectives at the macro- and micro- organizational levels. Graduates of the master’s and doctoral programs are well prepared to take leadership roles and effect change as practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors.

      Faculty of the Luskin School of Public Affairs are actively engaged in research that address pressing national and regional issues including immigration, drug policy, prison reform, health care financing, transportation and the environment, national security, economic development, and an aging U.S. and world population. The School is named after Meyer and Renee Luskin—UCLA alumni, Angelenos, and philanthropists—who generously gave a $100 million gift to UCLA, half of which funded endowments in the School of Public Affairs. On March 18, 2011, the School was officially named the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs. As of fall 2016, the school had over 7,000 alumni. 567 students were enrolled as of fall 2015.

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      UCLA PRIME Program

      The UCLA PRIME program is a five-year dual degree program focusing on the development of leaders in medicine that will improve the health care delivery, research, and policy in underserved communities. The program leads to an MD and a Masters in areas that complement the mission of the program. These might include MBA, MPH or MPP. This year’s cohort will be composed of approximately 18 students. Students will identify with one of two programs: PRIME UCLA-Westwood (14) or PRIME UCLA-CDU (4). A commitment to serve in, and experience working with, diverse medically disadvantaged populations is paramount. While programs coordinate with each other acceptance is to UCLA PRIME. Applicants offered secondary applications identify their preferences as to which UCLA PRIME program is of interest, UCLA-Westwood or UCLA-CDU.

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      UCLA NHLBI Proteomics Center

      The NHLBI Proteomics Center at UCLA consists of an international effort led by UCLA School of Medicine. The central scientific goal aims to provide fundamental information on the proteome biology of cardiovascular diseases, an essential component for the "Human Proteome Initiative." This Center is supported by NHLBI award designating UCLA School of Medicine as the primary contractor, along with the following participating institutions from the US, Europe, and Asia: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) led by Dr. John Yates III who also serves as the co-Director of the Center; Arizona State University (ASU) led by Dr. Joshua LaBaer; the European Bioinformatics Institute in the United Kingdom (EBI/EMBL) led by Dr. Rolf Apweiler; the Royal Technology Institute in Sweden (KTH) led by Dr. Mathias Uhlen, and Zhejiang University in China led by Dr. Huilong Duan. The diverse expertise of our investigator team integrates an array of leading technologies and model systems for performing global proteomic analyses, including the UniProt Project and the Human Protein Atlas. We aim to construct a cardiovascular proteome knowledgebase for the scientific community that will empower discovery by providing investigators with novel approaches and tools.

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      UCLA Orphan Disease Testing Center

      The primary intent of the UCLA Orphan Disease Testing Center (ODTC) is to provide validated confirmation of variants identified in research laboratories which can then be reported directly to clinicians and patients who request such information for clinical decision-making. ODTC will confirm the variant in a blood or genomic DNA sample from the proband or other family members. If the variant status is unknown, a separate positive control sample is required. After a variant is confirmed, diagnostic, prenatal, and carrier testing will be available for other at-risk family members.

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      UCLA Pathology Research Portal

      Two previous research laboratories, the Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory (CTRL) and the Clinical Immunology Research Laboratory (CIRL) have been restructured into the Pathology Research Portal (PRP). This new addition to the Center for Pathology Research Services functions as the biospecimen liaison between researchers and clinical testing, and provides coordination for sample receiving, accessioning, processing, short term and long term storage, dispatching to multiple core facilities for testing, and result retrieving. PRP also provides shipping and temporary storage services, and can also provide customized services to meet various research needs.

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      UCLA School of Dentistry

      The UCLA School of Dentistry was established in 1964 in response to the need for a public school of dentistry in the greater Los Angeles area. The mission of the UCLA School of Dentistry is to improve the oral and systemic health of the people of California, the nation, and the world through education, research, patient care, and public service. The highest achieving applicants, from a variety of backgrounds, are consistently admitted into UCLA Dentistry's academic programs to learn from their renowned faculty. Nearly 4,400 DDS degrees have been awarded. They receive approximately 1,900 applications every year for the 88 available slots for the incoming 4-year DDS program and more than 700 applications for the 20 available slots for the 2-year Professional Program for International Dentists program. The residency programs are among of the best and most competitive in the world. UCLA Dentistry offers 15 specialty and general dentistry programs and have more than 100 active residents at any given time.

      Patients receive quality dental services, prescribed under comprehensive treatment plans and options of care. In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, nearly 142,000 patient visits were conducted by our dental students and faculty, throughout 30 different clinics. The research Centers of Excellence are focused on cancer, bone biology, bioengineering and biotechnology, molecular microbiology, neuromuscular problems and public health. In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, grants to faculty from the National Institutes for Health and other funding agencies reached $16 million. As part of the curriculum, students are required and given numerous opportunities to interact with the population at large in order to experience first-hand the oral health challenges and needs associated with groups in the community. In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, our dental students, residents and faculty administered free dental care and oral hygiene instructions to more than 2,000 community members at various health fairs and clinical care sites throughout the Southern California region.

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      UCLA School of Law

      Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law has garnered a reputation for artful teaching, influential scholarship and enduring innovation. As the first public law school in Southern California and the youngest top-ranked law school in the United States, UCLA Law has consistently pushed new boundaries in the study and practice of law. Over the decades, UCLA Law has developed a depth and breadth of academic offerings unsurpassed by any other law school in the nation. The Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy is among the best anywhere. UCLA Law is one of four among the top 20 law schools with a specialization in Business Law and Policy–and the only one to offer a specialization in Critical Race Studies. UCLA Law’s faculty also has emerged as one of the most influential nationwide. Our professors are leading scholars in areas including bankruptcy, corporate law, constitutional law, critical race theory, entertainment law, environmental law, intellectual property and tax law.

      Today, the UCLA Law alumni community is more than 15,000 strong and extends around the world. Alumni live and practice in virtually every state, the District of Columbia, multiple U.S. territories and more than 50 foreign nations. These graduates excel in their chosen fields, from private practice to business to government to public interest and beyond. UCLA Law has a long tradition of distinction on the bench, with more than 320 alumni who are serving, or have served, on courts throughout the country. Six UCLA Law alumni are now judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit–the largest number of graduates from any one law school who are serving on the court.

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      UCLA School of Nursing

      The UCLA School of Nursing prepares nurses and scholars to lead and transform nursing care in a rapidly changing, diverse and complex healthcare environment through academic excellence, innovative research, superior clinical practice, strong community partnerships, and global initiatives. The UCLA School of Nursing is ranked as one of the top nursing schools in the country by US News and World Reports. Through its innovative curriculum, students learn relevant theory, acquire practice skills and are socialized into the profession of nursing. The School of Nursing provides rich opportunities for students to pursue collaborative and interdisciplinary education and independent study projects. Individual academic counseling a variety of one-on-one small group and interactive learning formats assist students to meet program and individual learning goals and to apply knowledge, skills and professional attitudes in their practice. As the most competitive degree program on the UCLA campus, the School of Nursing attracts the best and brightest students who will become leaders in transforming the profession of nursing.

      At the School of Nursing, research is at the core of their mission–not only as a primary component of a comprehensive education, but as a critical investment in the future of nursing. The School has a rich history of blazing the trail for nursing research and is continually pushing the boundaries to improve health. Their findings are about advancing health and they can be used by other disciplines.

      From a health center in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, to communities throughout China to small rural villages in India, Uganda, the School of Nursing is engaging with local partners to improve the health of entire populations. The school is delivering quality care, conducting collaborative community-based research and educating the healthcare workforce.

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      UCLA School of Public Policy

      The UCLA Department of Public Policy offers the Master of Public Policy (MPP). MPP students can pursue interdisciplinary Global Public Affairs and Leaders in Sustainability certificate programs. Joint degrees with Law, Management, Public Health, Medicine, and Social Welfare offer an even broader range of skill and expertise development. An undergraduate Minor in Public Affairs is also available. The school takes people who are passionate about making a difference in the world and give them the tools they need to do so. The master’s program combines the best of rigorous policy education with a flexibility and responsiveness that enables us to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. A career in public service is no longer limited to working in government. By giving students a diversified tool kit of quantitative and analytical skills and the flexibility to design their own program of study— while drawing on all the resources of one of the world’s top research universities—the school produces graduates who are equipped to become real leaders in policy making, wherever that process takes place.

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      UCLA Stroke Center

      Recognized as one of the world's leading centers for the management of cerebral vascular disease, the UCLA Stroke Center treats simple and complex vascular disorders by incorporating recent developments in emergency medicine, stroke neurology, microneurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, stereotactic radiology, neurointensive care, neuroanesthesiology, and rehabilitation neurology. Care is coordinated from the moment of first contact, in the emergency department or outpatient clinics, through acute treatment and neurological rehabilitation. The UCLA Stroke Center provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care of patients with disorders of blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord, including: ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, carotid stenosis, cerebral hemorrhage, aneurysms/subarachnoid hemorrhage, vascular malformations of the brain, and spinal vascular malformations. The UCLA Stroke Center opened one of the nation's first dedicated inpatient stroke units which offers state-of-the-art management of patients with brain infarction, brain hemorrhage and other cerebral vascular diseases. Other on-site facilities include a neurological intensive care unit, neurosurgical operating rooms, neuro-endovascular therapy suites, a clinical cerebral blood flow laboratory, stereotactic radiology rooms and an outpatient clinic.

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      UC-Wide President's Fellowship Program

      The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC. The goal of the program is to provide research opportunity and career development for scholars whose work will enhance the diversity of the academic community at the University of California. Approximately 75% of UC President's Postdoctoral Fellows have received tenure track faculty appointments. Since 2003, over 100 former fellows received faculty appointments at University of California campuses.

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      Undiagnosed Disease Network

      UCLA is one of seven Clinical Sites for the Undiagnosed Disease Network (UDN), awarded by the National Institute of Health, with Drs. Vilain, Nelson, Dipple and Palmer as PIs. The UDN sites conduct clinical evaluation and scientific investigation in cases that involve patients with prolonged undiagnosed conditions that have escaped extensive medical inquiries. As a UDN site, This site is dedicated to transforming genetic data into a detailed understanding of the molecular origins and development of human disease by utilizing UCLA’s genetic medicine programs, which care for more than 750 new patients a year and offer counseling services.

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