UC Health provides leadership and strategic direction for UC’s five academic medical centers and 18 health professional schools. UC Health’s central office supports operational initiatives at individual campuses and development of systemwide initiatives, promoting collaboration among the university’s health professional schools and providing oversight on the business and financial activities of the clinical enterprise.
Two recent projects UC Health has undertaken with UC BRAID are:
UC CURES for ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE INITIATIVE
The University of California has announced the recipients of the UC Cures for Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative awards, which were created to accelerate the development of promising Alzheimer’s disease research by UC scientists. The initiative focuses on cutting-edge projects primed for clinical trial.
The two projects selected — one led by UC Irvine and the other by UC San Francisco — will be awarded $1 million annually over two years. Conducted in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) at UC San Diego, the projects are expected to launch clinical trials sometime in the next year.
“We are extremely excited to support two projects that show great promise in developing novel therapies for halting the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Gary S. Firestein, director of the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) member of the UC BRAID executive committee which organized the initiative.
The project teams will evaluate drugs targeting tau neurofibrillary tangles in the brain that, along with amyloid plaques, are characteristic of the disease. Plaques and tangles, formed from abnormal proteins, damage neurons and block signaling between the nerve cells in the brain.
“As a premier public research university with dedicated faculty and a wealth of resources, we are uniquely positioned to take on the seemingly insurmountable challenge of Alzheimer’s disease,” said UC President Janet Napolitano, who committed $4 million to establish the initiative. “These impressive projects focus our efforts on finding effective treatments for one of the most terrible, pervasive diseases of our time.”
OPTUMLABS RESEARCH CREDITS
The University of California and UnitedHealth Group have come together for a strategic partnership to collaborate and work strategically to improve healthcare. These organizations leverage their distinctive resources and unique capabilities to advance health outcomes and patient care. There are many aspects to the strategic relationship. However, it is dedicated to a research collaboration with OptumLabs, a data-driven research and discovery center, with a focus on working with OptumLabs data sets, analytical tools and staff to advance clinical research and translation.
As part of the strategic relationship between UC and OptumLabs, OptumLabs provides up to 7 UC researchers with complimentary access (aka: “research credits”) to its data warehouse. UC BRAID oversees that process and solicits proposals annually for research ideas that leverage the OptumLabs data.