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Orange County Register, March 23, 2020
UCI researchers will test former Ebola drug as part of coronavirus clinical trial
Everybody is hoping for a miracle drug to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the infectious novel coronavirus. Now, researchers at UC Irvine have a shot at helping to find it. … The research is being led by Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, chair of UCI School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine and executive director of the UCI Health Hospitalist Program and fellow principal investigator Dr. Lanny Hsieh, an infectious disease specialist. “The exciting thing is that UCI is on the cutting edge of making this available to our patients,” Amin said. “We want to be there. We want to make sure we have the right therapeutic options.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Considerable, March 20, 2020
This brain protein may put the brakes on Alzheimer’s disease
“Scientists have known for a long time that inflammation is a driver of Alzheimer’s disease, but inflammation is complex and involves many factors,” said Dr. Frank LaFerla, dean of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, where the research was conducted. “That’s why we decided to look at TOM-1.”… “You can think of TOM-1 as being like the brakes of a car, and the brakes aren’t working for people with Alzheimer’s,” LaFerla said. “This research shows that fixing the brakes at the molecular level could provide an entirely new therapeutic avenue.”

The National Interest, March 23, 2020
How the Coronavirus Crisis Highlights the Need for Clean Water
David Feldman, professor urban planning & public policy and political science, Director of Water UCI, writes, “March 22 is World Water Day, designated by the United Nations to measure progress toward the goal of providing everyone worldwide with clean water for drinking and hygiene. Over the past 40 years, many nations have made great progress in treating wastewater, providing residents with clean drinking water and enhancing water supplies to grow needed food and fiber. But as a researcher focusing on water resources management and policy, I know there is still far to go.”

The Washington Post, March 23, 2020
Scientists just discovered a massive new vulnerability in the Antarctic ice sheet
The more the glacier’s grounding line backs down the slope, the thicker the ice becomes. This means the ice can flow outward faster and also that more of it will be exposed to ocean waters capable of melting it. “In this configuration, it means that once the glacier starts retreating, it’s very hard to stop it,” said [Earth system science Professor] Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine, one of the study’s authors. “You sort of open the floodgates.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, March 21, 2020
Kindness during coronavirus? Yes, and it’s contagious
​There’s Olivia Meme, who’s 25 and in her third year at UC Irvine Law School. She’s still doing remote classes, but her graduation ceremony has been canceled and plans to take the bar exam in July are up in the air. So she decided March 15 to launch Orange County Grocery & Supply Delivery to help get supplies to the elderly, immunocompromised and others in need. “I’m learning as I go,” she confessed, having never organized such an effort before. … “It’s been really nice to focus my energy on something positive and getting help out to people who need it,” Meme said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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