April 14, 2023
UCI Digest
A close-up view of a mariposa lily at the Ecological Preserve.
A close-up view of a mariposa lily at the Ecological Preserve. (Photo: Ian Parker)


UCI-led study advances pancreatic cancer research

Scientists from UCI and colleagues have published a new study in which they present several crucial themes in the biology of pancreatic cancer that can serve as hallmarks for therapy. These themes include genomic alterations, metabolism, the tumor microenvironment, immunotherapy and innovative clinical trial design. According to Christopher Halbrook, assistant professor of molecular biology & biochemistry at UCI and lead author, several decades of research has finally provided a roadmap for the development of improved pancreatic cancer treatment. The study appears in the journal Cell.

UCI scientist weighs in on deadliness of early heat waves

With summers lasting longer, heat waves are also extending long into the fall. Temperatures this spring are already hitting historic highs in the 90s throughout the U.S. Although late summer can bring more extreme temperatures, these early heat waves take a particularly dangerous toll. Vox has an article examining this phenomenon and sought out scientists including Michael Méndez, a UCI environmental policy and planning assistant professor, who spoke about the political aspect of health dangers that accompany early heat waves.  


Midori Plays Bach
Sunday 3 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

5th Annual UCI Law Tax Symposium
Monday 8 a.m. (sponsored by School of Law)

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UCI neurologist receives inaugural UCI MIND Joan and Don Beall Scholar Award

Dr. S. Ahmad Sajjadi, associate professor of neurology
Dr. S. Ahmad Sajjadi, associate professor of neurology, has been named the inaugural recipient of the UCI MIND Joan and Don Beall Scholar Award. The grant will provide $50,000 a year for five years. The funds will support Sajjadi’s research into identifying  biomarkers that enable diagnosis of a form of degenerative brain disease called limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy. Common in older adults who develop dementia, LATE’s clinical presentation is very much like Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, it is not possible to diagnose LATE during life, because of  its similarity to Alzheimer’s and the lack of specific biomarkers.
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Brett Sanders, professor of civil & environmental engineering, cited in KCBS

Metrolink, Amtrak to reopen tracks in San Clemente after 7-month closure

KCBS, April 13
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil & environmental engineering

Mahtab Jafari, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, cited in Parade

Taking These Popular Supplements at Bedtime Could Mess With Your Sleep, According to Experts

Parade, April 13
Cited: Mahtab Jafari, professor of pharmaceutical sciences

 George Tita, professor of criminology, cited in Los Angeles Times

Tech consultant charged in S.F. murder knew Cash App founder, but motive unclear

Los Angeles Times, April 13
Cited: George Tita, professor of criminology


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