Helping UCLA pioneer breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating the world’s greatest health problem: depression.
Depression ruins lives, destroys families and kills nearly a million people a year worldwide. Either you’ve suffered from it personally, or you know someone who has. One in four women and one in six men have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder, and yet we still don’t even know what causes it. Some say the problem is too intractable to address.
In October 2015, UCLA announced the Depression Grand Challenge, by far the largest and most ambitious effort ever undertaken to understand and treat this devastating disease. The Depression Grand Challenge unites more than 100 UCLA faculty members in 25 departments around a single ambitious goal: to cut the global burden of depression in half by 2050.
Central to this effort is the biggest and most comprehensive depression study in history, which will involve 100,000 participants and connect hundreds of scientists, researchers and scholars with the community in order to understand, treat and prevent what the World Health Organization ranks as “the leading cause of disability worldwide.”
UCLA aims to cut the burden of depression in half by 2050 and eliminate it by the end of the century. But meeting this immense challenge requires the generosity of other human beings. We need partners who see the value in shining a light on one of life’s darkest mysteries. We want people who are unafraid to think grand and lend a hand in an unprecedented effort to make a major positive breakthrough for everyone, forever.
UCLA experts create customized treatments for each patient.
100+ luminaries across 25 teams have one goal: solve the challenge of depression.
Researchers seek solutions to heal this non-discerning disorder, which affects all ages.
UCLA neuroscientists study astrocytes—like the green cells in this mouse hippocampus—to understand how the brain works.
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