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UCLA receives $12.5M to lead international project to study proteins implicated in heart disease
Date:9/30/2010

from seven institutions: UCLA, the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.; the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, U.K.; the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden; the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm, Sweden; Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden; and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

"Such collaborations represent the future of medicine," said Dr. Leonard Rome, senior associate dean of research at the Geffen School of Medicine. "This ambitious research effort will help shape and define the emerging field of proteomics, which is still in its infancy."

The proteomic research program will involve several major projects that will draw from the expertise of basic scientists, clinicians, genetic experts and technology innovators. It will include the development of a mass spectrometry tool to determine the elemental composition, structure and mass of proteins. Imaging techniques will be created to help visualize the proteins in human and animal cardiac tissue. Scientists will also map the cardiac-related proteins and their functions and create a database tool accessible to scientists and clinicians worldwide similar to human genome maps.

"UCLA's leadership in forging partnerships speaks to the strength of our commitment to providing the best environment for teamwork in cutting-edge fields like proteomics," said Dr. A. Eugene Washington, UCLA vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the Geffen School of Medicine.


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Contact: Rachel Champeau
rchampeau@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-0777
University of California -- Los Angeles
Source:Eurekalert

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