UCLA Microbiome Center Researchers Speaking at the “Gut Microbiota and Probiotics Throughout the Lifespan: Metabolic and Brain Function” Symposium – September 15-16, 2016, Boston

Elaine Hsiao, PhD and Kirsten Tillisch, MD will be speaking at the “Gut Microbiota and Probiotics Throughout the Lifespan: Metabolic and Brain Function” symposium which will be held on September 15-16, 2016 at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD is a Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee. The symposium will provide an overview of the latest scientific evidence related to gut microbiota and probiotics and their importance to health across the lifespan.

For the full program and other details about the conference, visit the conference site: http://harvardprobioticssymposium.org

UCLA Microbiome Center Researchers Are Among Recipients of First UC BRAID-CHILD HEALTH Multisite Catalytic Award

September 7, 2015

Tina Chambers, PhD, MPH (Chair, BRAID-CH; Professor, Pediatrics, UC San Diego) and Dan Cooper, MD (Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology Division, UC Irvine) are thrilled to announce that the review and selection process for the first set of UC BRAID-CHILD HEALTH Multisite Catalytic Award is now complete. This is the pilot for the CHAMP (Child Health research Acceleration through Multisite Planning) program which is soon to be operationalized at a national level through the CTSA network. A requirement for each of the applications was the inclusion of all five of the BRAID associated departments of pediatrics.

The review was conducted by prominent child-health researchers from around the country (all outside of California) who graciously volunteered of their time and support. Two proposals were selected:

Building a Bridge for Kawasaki Disease Research across the UC Campuses
PI: Adriana Tremoulet, MD, MAS
UCLA Liaison: Nancy Halnon

The UC Center for Pediatric Microbiome Research
PI: Katrine Whiteson
UCLA Liaisons: Emeran Mayer, Huiying Li, Kirsten Tillisch, Jonathan Braun

Drs. Chambers and Cooper will now work with the UCI administrative staff to organize the first “Team Building Conference” as outlined in the proposal. In addition, they will develop a plan for team science training (in collaboration with Dr. Maritza Salazar of the Claremont School of Management) and will work with each team to put into place a detailed budget and monitoring plan for the next year of the projects. The goal, of course, is to develop a competitive proposal for extramural funding.

Each Chair and CTSA PI has committed $5,000 each. Our staff will be working with recipients to facilitate the budgeting process as we move forward. This is a very exciting phase in the development of BRAID. Again, California is leading the national effort to innovate how we conduct clinical and translational research. This pilot will be used by many CTSAs throughout the country as they plan for the mandated focus on lifespan and child health research.

UCLA Researchers Find Link Between Intestinal Bacteria and White Blood Cell Cancer

July 29, 2013
Faculty: Robert Schiestl, PhD