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Helping UCLA pioneer breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating the world’s greatest health problem: depression.
The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) aims to cut the burden of depression—which affects 300 million people worldwide—in half by 2050 and eliminate it by the end of the century. This ambitious endeavor requires an unprecedented collaborative effort, one for which UCLA is perfectly suited.
The DGC leverages the interdisciplinary expertise of 25 departments and more than 100 faculty members, technological innovation, community partners and some of the most renowned mental health researchers in the world. UCLA comes at the issue from all angles: Researchers in the basic sciences work to unlock the mysteries of the human brain. Psychiatrists offer the best mental health care. Remote technology helps ensure people who need help don’t fall through the cracks. Central to the effort is the biggest and most comprehensive depression study in history, which will involve 100,000 participants and connect hundreds of scientists.
The first thing to accomplish is bringing depression out of the dark. People who suffer with depression can’t get help if they don’t seek it, and many don’t. The DGC is out to change that. One answer and an exciting component of the DGC is the Innovative Treatment Network (ITN), which already is benefitting students and saving lives through remote monitoring and a Resilience Peer Network. As more findings lead to better treatments, the ITN will extend state-of-the-art help to more individuals suffering with depression.
But meeting this immense challenge requires people to demonstrate generosity of spirit—a willingness to contribute in any way they can. The DGC needs partners who see the value of offering hope and healing to those who need it, people who will think grand and lend a hand in an unprecedented effort to make a major positive breakthrough for humanity.
The DGC uses technology to identify, monitor, and assess treatment for those at risk.
100+ luminaries across 25 departments have one goal: Eliminate the burden of depression.
UCLA is raising awareness and hope by bringing depression out of the dark.
Neuroscientists study how the brain works to discover the best treatments for depression.
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