Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Dr. Richard Casaburi is a world-renowned expert on COPD

Investigator(s): Richard Casaburi, PhD, MD

LOS ANGELES – The Lundquist Institute investigator, Richard Casaburi, PhD, MD, has been presented with the European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) most prestigious honor, the Presidential Award, in recognition of his outstanding work to strengthen respiratory science and medicine worldwide. The award was presented during the ERS annual International Congress 2020 that welcomed more than 33,000 virtual attendees from around the world.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Second Live Virtual Webinar — COVID-19: Pregnancy, Infants & Children on Sept. 30 at 6pm PDT

LOS ANGELES — The Lundquist Institute has announced the second in its new series of online webinars, “The Lundquist Community Science Series.” This community service webinar series features internationally-renowned Lundquist investigators and clinician scientists, who will be addressing timely topics in areas of biomedical research and healthcare on a regular basis.

Friday, September 4, 2020

First participants received the shot at The Lundquist Institute on Friday, September 4; more injections scheduled next week

Investigator(s): Eric Daar, MD

LOS ANGELES – The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center officially began phase 3 trials of the Oxford University – AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial on Friday, September 4.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Matthew Budoff, MD presented the EVAPORATE results at the ESC Congress 2020 on August 29, 2020, with concurrent publication in the European Heart Journal

Investigator(s): Matthew Budoff, MD

LOS ANGELES — Today, The Lundquist Institute announced that Matthew Budoff, MD, Director of Cardiovascular CT at the Institute and Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will present the final results of the EVAPORATE study at ESC Congress 2020 (organized by the European Society of Cardiology) with concurrent publication in the European Heart Journal.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Institute hosts commencement ceremony for first-ever virtual lecture series curriculum bringing together students with world renowned scientists

LOS ANGELES — The Lundquist Institute hosted the commencement ceremony for 82 high school students graduating from its Summer Fellows Program 2020, an eight-week course of study designed to encourage graduating high school seniors and high school juniors to explore careers in the field of biomedical science.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Study will allow The Lundquist Institute to determine the multi-generational risks of developing asthma from vaping while pregnant

Investigator(s): Virender Rehan, MD

LOS ANGELES - Studies have shown that pregnant women who smoke increase the risk of their children having asthma, and that those children—even if non-smokers—can pass it on to their own children, but few objective studies have evaluated the effects of vaporized nicotine and vapor flavorings. Investigators from The Lundquist Institute, under the leadership of Virender Rehan, MD, have received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research this multi-generational effect of vaping, or smoking an electronic cigarette, while pregnant.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

New Long-Term Follow-Up Study Published Today in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Shows Noteworthy Results

Investigator(s): Rowan T Chlebowski, MD, PhD

LOS ANGELES - The Lundquist Institute announced today a new study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) which examined the link between hormonal therapy, particularly estrogen and progestin, and the incidence of breast cancer mortality. The team found that the use of estrogen alone among women who had a prior hysterectomy resulted in a lower rate of breast cancer incidence and mortality.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Psilocybin clinical project will investigate efficacy and safety of a psychedelic compound for those under severe psychological distress from terminal illness

Investigator(s): Charles Grob, MD

LOS ANGELES – An anonymous donor has committed $1.75 million to The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation in Torrance, CA to fund a multi-site clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the compound psilocybin in individuals with severe psychological distress associated with a terminal medical illness. The donation will also support education and outreach programs related to the use of psilocybin within the field of palliative care.  

Monday, July 20, 2020

Study led by Dr. Matthew Budoff will use 20 years of data from Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis to determine the impact of extra-coronary calcification

Investigator(s): Matthew Budoff, MD

LOS ANGELES – A team of investigators from The Lundquist Institute, led by renowned cardiac researcher Matthew Budoff, MD, has been awarded a $3 million R-01 grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore a better way to treat those with heart disease.  This will be accomplished by determining whether calcification outside the heart has an impact on the likelihood of developing heart disease and stroke.  These findings could have a significant, direct and positive impact on current medical practices, delivering appropriate preventative treatment early on and emphasizing

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Many things were halted because of the pandemic, but a partnership to create an inclusive pathway to treat underserved children was not among them

LOS ANGELES — Investigators at The Lundquist Institute have teamed up with the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation for a unique clinical trial that explores whether repurposing an existing anti-inflammatory drug can provide relief to children suffering from Sanfilippo syndrome. Often referred to as “childhood Alzheimer’s,” Sanfilippo is a metabolic disorder that leads to rapid neurological deterioration, suffering, and ultimately death.