UCI News

KTLA, Oct. 8, 2022 (Video)
Thousands gathered at UC Irvine to support cancer research
The 6th Annual UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge returned to in-person events at Aldrich Park …. Over 3,000 people showed up bright and early for both a marathon and a bike riding challenge. Since 2017, the event has raised over $2.5 million dollars for cancer research, with Saturday’s event bumping up raised funds to over $3 million. … All the proceeds will benefit the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center for clinical cancer research and innovative projects that will be used to save lives. Those interested in donating can do so online at the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge website.

Spectrum News 1, Oct. 10, 2022
Celebrating Mario Molina, a pioneer of climate research
As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month, it’s hard to imagine where climate research would be right now without the contributions of Mexican chemist Mario Molina. … He’s the first and only Mexican-born scientist to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on the formation and decomposition of ozone in the atmosphere.  The award-winning chemist, and his colleague [Professor] F. Sherwood Rowland at the University of California, Irvine developed the “CFC-ozone depletion theory.” The scientists found chlorofluorocarbons could deplete the ozone layer.

The Orange County Register, Oct. 8, 2022
Laguna Woods resident endured horrors of Holocaust and got a fresh start in the U.S.
When [Helen] Weil was in her 90s, she enrolled in the 90+ Study, a UC Irvine program initiated in 2003 to study “the oldest-old.” The program started in 1981 as the Leisure World Cohort Study, in which Leisure World residents in their 90s filled out surveys about what contributed to their longevity. … UCI researchers visit participants every six months to chart their physical health and memory functions. … Weil’s age group, 90 and above, was featured in CBS’ “60 Minutes” with Leslie Stahl, first in 2014 and again in 2020. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

USA Today, Oct. 10, 2022
Black saliva, sore throat, shortness of breath: How dangerous is wildfire season for US farmworkers?
Farmworkers are an understudied population, yet vulnerable to certain health risks and barriers during wildfires, which are being exacerbated by temperature-revving climate change that’s increasing their frequency… That’s why Michael Mendez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine’s School of [Social] Ecology, launched a study with the National Center for Atmospheric Research this summer aimed at finding out health risks facing California Latino, Latina and Indigenous migrant farmworkers like [Anabel] Garcia during wildfire season. … “When a wildfire disaster was striking, particularly in agricultural areas, these farmworker communities were being disproportionately affected,” Mendez told USA TODAY.

Chemistry World, Oct. 10, 2022
Tiny delivery systems for cancer drugs
In a 2021 review, Jessica Kemp and Young Jik Kwon, [professor of pharmaceutical sciences], of the University of California, Irvine … wrote that ‘The strategy against cancer needs to shift from finding new therapies to improving existing ones… in innovative, effective, and plausible ways.’ This proposal hints at an alternative approach to that of companion diagnostics: improving the specificity, not of drug action, but of drug delivery. If a drug can be delivered to tumour cells and to those only, then even one of the old-fashioned cell poisons that targets all rapidly dividing cells can become a safe, specific drug.

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