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Verbatim ─ electronic cocaine, the upside of obesity and therapeutic hallucinogens

UCLA staff and faculty members are quoted every day in the national media on a wide range of topical subjects. Here is a recent selection.

horwich"Heart failure may be one of the few health conditions where extra weight may prove to be protective."

Dr. Tamara B. Horwich, assistant professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in a July 5 Los Angeles Times report on her research showing that being overweight or obese may provide protective benefits for those suffering from heart disease.

Grob.Charles“The hallucinogens were really the cutting edge of psychiatric research.”

Charles Grob, professor of clinical psychiatry, in a July 9 Bloomberg article about research that found that small doses of the hallucinogen ketamine may help lessen symptoms in patients with depression.

Gilliam“What happens to somebody in Mumbai may have an effect on me in West Los Angeles."

Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, in a July 10 KPCC-89.3 FM report about the growing number of Americans in their 20s and 30s who are choosing to study and work abroad.

Whybrow“The computer is like electronic cocaine.”

Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and physician-in-chief of UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, commenting in a July 9 Daily Health Beast report on UCLA research examining how people’s addiction to technology can lead to stress and depression.     

hiroshi 20motomura"The Supreme Court came out — in its general approach — extremely strongly in favor of federal supremacy and federal control over immigration."

Hiroshi Motomura, the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, commenting in a July 9 Atlanta Journal-Constitution piece about state lawyers in Georgia arguing before a federal appeals court in Atlanta that police should be allowed to start enforcing key parts of the state's anti-illegal immigration law now that the U.S. Supreme Court has sustained a similar statute in Arizona.

Tillisch.Kirsten"At the most basic level, we show that by changing the bacteria in the gut, we change the way the brain responds to environmental cues."

Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, assistant clinical professor of digestive diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a researcher with the UCLA Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, in a July 9 NPR “Morning Edition” report about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of an at-home HIV test.
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