Biomathematics - Medicine
Infectious diseases pose a dynamic and devastating threat to global health. Over the past three years, Zika has dramatically expanded its global reach; Ebola has ravaged West Africa; a deadly avian influenza has surfaced in Asia; MERS threatens the Middle East; and the persistent scourge of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis have claimed millions of lives.
The Crump Institute develops innovative technology to decipher the transformations from health to disease at the molecular level. We focus on creating new approaches to observe, measure, and understand molecular processes in cells, tissues and the organ systems throughout the living organism, through molecular diagnostics — measurement of critical biological events within the body by analyzing cells, tissues and blood, and by molecular imaging — taking “pictures” of the living chemistry of cells in the body in health and disease.
Support for a series of events celebrating Evolutionary Medicine Month and exposing the UCLA community, both from north campus and the life sciences, to this emerging field. Activities include the Evolutionary Medicine Grand Rounds Series, "Darwin on Rounds," and a film screening and discussion.
Proposal to bring Frances Collins, Director of the NIH, to UCLA to discuss the intersections of faith and science, in particular how his work on the genome project is in concert with his personal religious beliefs. In addition, the proposal plans for Dr. Collins to speak with faculty regarding pedagogy related to issues of religion and science, as well as, hopefully, to discuss the development of interdisciplinary courses.