clinical trials

When the California Center for Rare Diseases at UCLA opens its doors, it will become a destination of hope for patients and their families who have struggled to find a diagnosis and treatment for their uncommon genetic illnesses. The center is partly an outgrowth of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network at UCLA. [...]

By uclahealth • June 4, 2019

Clinical trials are research studies that seek to find an answer to specific questions about a condition or disease. They are highly regulated, making them a safer and faster way for researchers to prevent, diagnose and treat illness in humans. When you participate in a clinical trial, you [...]

By uclahealth • August 8, 2018

On June 15, 2017 I received a liver and kidney transplant at UCLA due to Polycystic Kidney and Polycystic Liver Disease. I knew for many years that as the disease progressed, it would result in kidney dialysis and eventually a kidney transplant. There is no treatment for the disease so [...]

By selby1 • March 26, 2018

Dear Doctors: I keep reading about new cancer drugs that have been developed in clinical trials. What exactly is a clinical trial and how does it work? A clinical trial is a scientific study that looks into [...]

By Ask the Doctors • February 13, 2018

I met Dr. Rastogi years ago at a PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) awareness event, and it was clear from the start that he cared deeply for his patients. Dr. Rastogi has helped me enroll in multiple PKD clinical trials and manage my PKD, and over the years, he has always [...]

By simonlewissimonlewis • September 7, 2017

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in July suggests that as many as 15 percent of patients who undergo treatment for prostate cancer later regret the treatment they choose. Dr. Christopher Saigal, vice chair of urology at UCLA, [...]

By Ryan Hatoum • August 18, 2017

When the lab results came back from my recent annual checkup, I found I had joined a club frequented by all-too-many of my fellow Baby Boomers.  My AC1 score – a standard test used to diagnose diabetes - had crept up to the prediabetes range. I do have a [...]

By • June 28, 2017

In May 2016 I received a stunning diagnosis of metastatic melanoma from UCLA's Dr. Bartosz Chmielowski and my oncologist in Santa Barbara, Dr. Mark Abate. These two amazing doctors agreed that I was a good candidate for the new miracle immunotherapy drugs, which activate one's immune system to fight cancer. [...]

By bryantinsb • April 13, 2017

Jeannine Walston shares her story, with detailed information about her experience at UCLA, Dr. Liau, brain surgery, immunotherapy vaccine, and how to support research.

By jwals • November 30, 2016

Patients with intractable epilepsy have seizures that are difficult to control with medication. These uncontrolled seizures are a serious health condition that be potentially life-threatening. But there is hope for patients with intractable epilepsy. The UCLA Epilepsy Program is a unique program that offers multiple approaches for treating [...]

By uclahealth • November 16, 2016