Dec. 2 - New UCI brain study; end-of-quarter wellness
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UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Sammy Alhassen, Wedad Alhassen, Amal Alachkar, Kiki Jiaqi Chen and Roudabeh Vakil Monfared (from left) of UCI’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences studied how the removal of cilia from the brain contributes to neurological disorders ranging from schizophrenia to Huntington’s disease. Photo by Lamees Alhassen / UCI
UCI brain study finds potential therapeutic targets for neurological disorders
UCI pharmaceutical science researchers have discovered that removal of cilia from the brain’s striatum region impaired time perception and judgment, revealing possible new therapeutic targets for mental and neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, autism spectrum disorder, and Tourette syndrome. The study, recently published online in the journal Molecular Neurobiology, uncovered the first evidence of the important role cilia play in timing-dependent dysfunction.
Student success end-of-quarter checklist
With the end of the quarter nearing, it’s more important than ever to remember the keys to your own success lie within you. Some helpful reminders: Be proactive about your wellness: Pause to reflect and refocus: Try it right now. Take a deep breath and check in with yourself. More tips are available on a special checklist prepared by UCI’s Learning and Academic Resource Center.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising in Orange County
OC hospitals have been seeing a steady rise in COVID-19-infected patients since Nov. 11, when there were 105 patients. The total numbers have almost doubled since then, with 222 patients as of Nov. 23 and 299 as of Nov. 30. The number of patients in intensive care have mirrored the same trend with the number climbing from 16 on Nov. 12 to 38 as of Nov. 30. "That's the second straight precipitous increase," says Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine associate professor of population health and disease prevention, referring to last week's jump up in patients. "And the ICU has gone up too, but more modestly.”
UC Health offers “long COVID” video education series
UC Health has created a video education series to inform and educate health care providers about best practices and the latest research on screening, managing symptoms and making specialty referrals for patients with post-COVID symptoms. The series brings together the knowledge and learnings from 12 academic health professionals across UC’s system, including faculty and clinicians from UC Davis, UCI, UCLA, UC San Diego and UCSF.
UAW strike update
While two tentative contract agreements have been reached, the UAW strike at UCI and other UC campuses continues, as do negotiations, instruction and research. For the latest FAQs and information, visit the provost's continuity webpage.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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How China’s vaccine strategy stoked its looming ‘zero covid’ crisis
The Washington Post, Dec. 1
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health
Fifty years after expulsion, Asians are thriving again in Uganda
The Economist, Nov. 17
Cited: Anneeth Kaur Hundle, assistant professor of anthropology
Explainer: What’s Behind the Protests in China?
U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 1
Cited: Wang Feng, professor of sociology
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