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Clinical trial launched to assess safety and efficacy of autism drug treatment

UC San Diego researchers open first study of suramin in children with autism Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have launched a clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of an unprecedented drug therapy for autism. The phase 1 clinical trial, which is recruiting 20 qualifying participants, will evaluate [...]

The media is the message: How stem cells grow depends on what they grow up in

Using mathematical model, UC San Diego researchers devise optimal human stem cell culture This image shows colonies of human embryonic stem cells seen with a fluorescent microscope. Credit: California Institute for Regenerative Medicine __SOURCEFROM__ Co-authors include Paulo A. Marinho and Thanathom Chailangkarn, UCSD Department of Pediatrics/Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine [...]

Artificial blood vessel lets researchers better assess clot removal devices

Novel technology could improve device design, improve post-stroke recovery Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have created an in vitro, live-cell artificial vessel that can be used to study both the application and effects of devices used to extract life-threatening blood clots in the brain. The artificial vessel could have [...]

Deconstructing brain systems involved in memory and spatial skills

In work that reconciles two competing views of brain structures involved in memory and spatial perception, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have conducted experiments that suggest the hippocampus – a small region in the brain’s limbic system – is dedicated largely to memory formation and not to spatial skills, such [...]

Lab-in-a-box takes aim at doctors’ computer activity

They call it “the Lab-in-a-Box.” According to Nadir Weibel, a research scientist in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at the University of California, San Diego, inside the box are assorted sensors and software designed to monitor a doctor’s office, particularly during consultations with patients. The goal is to analyze the physician’s behavior and [...]