UCI News

USA Today, March 3, 2021
A new ALS drug is extending patients’ lives by months. It’s giving hope for those facing such a ‘brutal illness.’
Dr. Namita Goyal, [UCI associate clinical professor, school of medicine], said she chose to specialize in ALS treatments. “It was something that spoke to my heart right away,” she said. “To go through that with one patient, let alone hundreds and hundreds, breaks my heart.” Goyal has enrolled patients in about 30 clinical trials over the years. After starting at Massachusetts General Hospital, she is now at University of California, Irvine, where she moved to enable greater access to clinical trials on the West Coast. She recalled thinking, “There are so many scientific advancements in medicine, how is it possible that a terminal disease has no effective therapy to stop or slow it down tremendously?”

Authority Magazine, March 2, 2021
Wisdom From The Women Leading The Quantum Computing Industry, With Denise Ruffner of IonQ
[Denise Ruffner]: “I went to college at University of California, Irvine, which was local to where we lived, and really enjoyed being in college. One day I attended a lecture on neurobiology and was completely entranced by the professor and his research. I began working in his lab the next day. Being in his lab was a unique and formative opportunity, as everyone started at the same level and earned their way up in terms of responsibility. I met Nobel laureates, famous scientists, presented at scientific meetings, and published many papers including an article in Science magazine as an undergraduate. I loved the entire experience and am still in touch with him and the people in the lab today.”

Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2021
Is it finally safe for California to reopen? It’s happening fast, despite lingering risks
How can it be safe to open up when you’re still asking residents to batten down? “If we could learn from these things and practice moderation — not go straight from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ on all fronts, then maybe we can mitigate transmission,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine. “But it’s hard. How do we message that nuance?” When it comes to COVID-19, it’s not always a matter of “you open, you don’t open. Maybe you open with restrictions,” she said Tuesday. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Fox 5 (City News Service), March 2, 2021 (Video)
Shootings, stabbings up in SoCal during pandemic, crashes down
Several San Diego hospitals participated in a UC Irvine-led study showing gunshot and knife wounds increased during the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern California, but injuries from traffic crashes were down, it was announced Tuesday. … “Our analysis identified a 21% increase in rates of penetrating trauma and a 24% increase in rates of gunshot wounds, but no significant increase in rates of suicide attempts or domestic violence that required trauma or critical care in the period after California’s stay-at-home order was issued in March 2020,” said Dr. Jeffry Nahmias, a UCI Medical Center trauma surgeon and the study’s senior investigator with UCI Health surgery resident Dr. Eric Yeates.

LAist, March 2, 2021
How Students Stuck In Domestic Abuse Can Get Help From University Advocates — Even When Not On Campus
“We do see a decrease in the number of people who are reporting that strangers have caused the harm,” said Mandy Mount, director of UC Irvine’s CARE office. “We’re also seeing an increase in the people who report that the person who caused the harm [is] not affiliated with the university,” she said. That means that her office’s three full-time advocates are spending more time helping people get out of living situations in which the college student has been harmed or is facing harm. Mount said more UC Irvine faculty and staff have come to her office for help during the pandemic.

Previously “In the News”