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Scientists obtain $11.4 million

grant to advance drug candidate

for nicotine dependancy

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Camino Pharma, LLC and University of California San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded an $11.4 million grant from the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH) to advance a novel drug candidate for nicotine dependancy into first-in-human Section 1 research.

The drug targets a neuronal signaling pathway underlying addictive behaviors, and can be a first-in-class remedy to assist individuals give up smoking.

“Smoking continues to be a significant public well being menace and there’s a nice want for brand new and efficient smoking-cessation remedies. Present FDA-approved therapies for nicotine dependancy work lower than 30 p.c of the time in the long run, and it’s common to relapse after quitting,” says principal investigator Nicholas Cosford, deputy director of Sanford Burnham Prebys’ Nationwide Most cancers Institute-designated Most cancers Heart and co-founder of Camino Pharma. “We’re optimistic that our drug, SBP-9330, will assist extra individuals give up smoking for good—and we could possibly broaden the indication to different sorts of dependancy, reminiscent of cocaine, opioid or methamphetamine dependency, as we transfer ahead.”

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Massive-scale examine from Fitbit customers

finds adults with weight problems sleep much less

Overweight adults sleep a mean of quarter-hour much less per night time than those that are usually not overweight, in accordance with a brand new examine of anonymized information from greater than 100,000 Fitbit customers performed by scientists on the Scripps Research Translational Institute and UC San Diego.

The landmark sleep examine provides to a rising base of scientific proof on the connection between sleep and weight problems. And though the retrospective examine couldn’t set up causal connections, its outcomes are in step with different findings that recommend inadequate sleep and weight problems make up a vicious cycle: insufficient sleep promotes weight problems, whereas weight problems tends to worsen sleep high quality.

The scientists, whose findings seem September 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined de-identified information from 120,522 Fitbit customers, overlaying a median of 256 nights per person. They discovered that folks with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or extra—the medical definition of weight problems—slept 6.62 hours per night time on common, about quarter-hour lower than the common 6.87 hours per night time for these with a BMI beneath 30.

The examine additionally hints that constant sleeping patterns may be as essential as sleeping longer. The high-BMI Fitbit customers tended to not solely sleep lower than the lower-BMI group, but in addition had barely extra night-to-night variation of their sleep.

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Salk leads analysis establishments

to check mobile growing older in people

The Salk Institute will set up a world-class San Diego Nathan Shock Heart (SD-NSC), a consortium with Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the College of California San Diego (UC San Diego), to check mobile and tissue growing older in people. The middle can be funded by a grant from the Nationwide Institute on Getting old (NIA) of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being anticipated to complete $5 million over the following 5 years.

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Salk Professor Gerald Shadel

Salk Professor Gerald Shadel led the profitable grant proposal and can be director of the middle. Professors Rusty GageMartin Hetzerand Tatyana Sharpee of Salk, Malene Hansen and Peter Adams of Sanford Burnham Prebys, and Anthony Molina of UC San Diego will lead the important thing analysis and improvement cores.

“We’re grateful to have this chance to ascertain the San Diego Nathan Shock Heart, which is able to enable us to design novel fashions to check networks and pathways associated to growing older,” mentioned Salk President Rusty Gage, holder of the Vi and John Adler Chair for Analysis on Age-Associated Neurodegenerative Illness. “Our hope is to establish key drivers of growing older and discover new methods to extend the variety of wholesome years, or well being span, of people.”

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Examine: T cells take lead in

controlling SARS-CoV-2

Ever since SARS-CoV-2 first appeared, researchers have been making an attempt to know whether or not typically the immune system does extra hurt than good throughout the acute part of COVID-19. The latest study by researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology clearly argues in favor of the immune system.

Their work, printed within the Sept. 16, 2020 on-line difficulty of Cell, confirms {that a} multi-layered, virus-specific immune response is essential for controlling the virus throughout the acute part of the an infection and lowering COVID-19 illness severity, with the majority of the proof pointing to a a lot larger position for T cells than antibodies. A weak or uncoordinated immune response, however, predicts a poor illness consequence. The findings recommend that vaccine candidates ought to intention to elicit a broad immune response that embody antibodies, helper and killer T cells to make sure protecting immunity.

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Endera electrical passenger shuttles

Endera delivers 18 all-electric

passenger shuttles to ACE

to be used at San Diego airport

Endera, a expertise firm specializing in industrial electrical automobiles, charging stations and software program options, has delivered 18 all-electric passenger shuttles to ACE Parking, to be used on the San Diego Worldwide Airport.

By the tip of 2020, your entire 29 all-electric automobiles can be delivered, making it the nation’s largest deployment of an all-electric fleet at a U.S. airport.

ACE Parking, supervisor of the airport’s shuttle fleet, bought 29 all-electric shuttle buses to transform the present LPG (liquified petroleum fuel) and CNG (compressed pure fuel) fleet to all-electric, reaching sustainability targets of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and their longtime working companion, ACE Parking. Sixteen of the automobiles inside the fleet can be massive, excessive occupancy shuttles primarily based on the Ford F-550 platform, that are the primary of their variety to be electrified.

The all-electric buses are utilizing a light-weight composite physique, constructed by Diamond Coach, that maximizes vary effectivity over different conventional, metal and aluminum designs. Using a Lightning Programs’ electrical drive prepare, the EV shuttles can obtain as much as 130 miles of vary on a fully-packed 26 passenger bus and may cost in as little as two hours and quarter-hour, making it essentially the most environment friendly shuttle of its dimension in the marketplace within the U.S.


Diomics broadcasts settlement

with Protection Division 

on transdermal pores and skin patch

Diomics, a San Diego-based biotech firm, has been awarded a $2.12 million

Medical Expertise Enterprise Settlement with the U.S. Division of Protection to speed up improvement and testing of its Diocheck SARS-CoV-2 Visible Immune Response Indicator, a transdermal pores and skin patch that screens and reviews when the wearer’s physique has mounted an immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

A change in pores and skin colour seen by means of the patch signifies that the particular person has both not too long ago been uncovered to the virus and may get examined and quarantine, or has recovered from a earlier coronavirus an infection and should retain immunity. The patch begins to detect an immune response inside 24 to 36 hours of software and is anticipated to successfully monitor for as much as 14 days.


Grossmont Faculty marking

forty second anniversary

of PSA Flight 182 crash

The forty second anniversary of the PSA Flight 182 crash in San Diego that killed 144 individuals and reworked North Park right into a swath of wreckage and carnage can be remembered Sept. 25 with a web-based commemoration by Grossmont Faculty’s historical past division.

Organized by historical past teacher Marty Ennis, the 1 p.m. free Zoom occasion will embody a lecture, video clips and dialogue in regards to the nonetheless ongoing marketing campaign for an official memorial honoring crash victims.

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“There are nonetheless many surviving relations and buddies of the victims who expertise the loss brought on by this tragedy,” mentioned Ennis, who has been placing on annual displays at Grossmont Faculty for the final a number of years, however is limiting it to a digital occasion this yr due to the pandemic.

“First responders skilled a scene in contrast to something that they had ever encountered and labored beneath excessive situations to supply emergency help, put out fires, and transfer individuals to security,” he mentioned, noting that what was on the time the deadliest air crash within the nation represents an essential chapter in native historical past.

Pacific Southwest Airways was primarily based in San Diego and lots of aboard the doomed flight had been PSA employees.

“There are nonetheless many surviving relations and buddies of the victims who expertise the loss brought on by this tragedy,” Ennis mentioned. “Many college students and school at St. Augustine Excessive Faculty noticed the crash and the gymnasium of the varsity grew to become a makeshift morgue.”

Much more than 4 a long time later the tragedy nonetheless stirs heart-wrenching recollections and deep emotion on the a part of a gaggle devoted to the creation of a memorial to crash victims. The Sept. 25, 1978 mid-air crash of a Boeing 727 and a Cessna killed all 135 individuals aboard the industrial jetliner, together with two within the personal aircraft and 7 individuals in homes. Almost two dozen houses had been broken or destroyed and 9 different victims on the bottom had been injured. The crash prompted adjustments bettering airline security.

The Zoom hyperlink for the occasion is https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/92240500494


Main surveillance testing plan

launched at SDSU with county

Each single scholar residing on campus is ready — and now required — to get examined beneath an expanded mannequin San Diego State College is launching in partnership with the San Diego Well being and Human Providers Company (HHSA).

The COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Plan formally launched on Wednesday, specializing in undergraduate college students residing in on campus housing. The plan to check simply over 2,400 college students inside a number of days will then result in a surveillance mannequin for ongoing testing with college students chosen at  random, transferring ahead.

“As we have now mentioned since early spring when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, we should stay vigilant and establish new and other ways to guard ourselves and our communities, particularly as we’re studying extra in regards to the virus and its interactions with our local people context,” mentioned SDSU President Adela de la Torre.

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Mural by artist Aaron Glasson

New mural by native artist debuts at

San Diego Worldwide Airport

The Arts Program at San Diego International Airport is debuting the newest murals in its Admiral Boland Approach mural sequence, Plein Air Port by native artist Aaron Glasson.

The 144-foot-long piece combines imagery of San Diego’s various panorama and distinctive airport structure, blended with daring abstraction. The work is scheduled to stay on show by means of 2021 and accessible to the general public from the airport’s inside roadway, Admiral Boland Way, between Palm and Sassafras streets.

Aaron Glasson is a multi-disciplinary artist from New Zealand presently residing in San Diego. He has accomplished large-scale everlasting and non permanent murals across the globe from Denver, Colo. to Delhi, India. When growing work, Glasson’s course of is to have an prolonged engagement with an art work’s web site to attract inspiration from its ecosystem, individuals, and historical past.

Whereas growing his design for the airport, he created Plein Air Port work on the airport previous to the pandemic, giving the touring public the possibility to look at his artistic course of.


SDSU’s worldwide enterprise

program will get a top-10 rating

San Diego State College is on an upswing in U.S. Information & World Report’s newest rankings of the nation’s greatest schools, with a top-10 rating for its worldwide enterprise program.
Launched Monday, the 2021 Best Colleges rankings place SDSU at No. 65 amongst public universities, up from No. 68 final yr, and at No. 143 amongst nationwide universities, up from No. 147.
In contrast with the publication’s Greatest Faculties lists for 2013, SDSU has risen 25 spots from its place for public universities, and is up 22 spots amongst nationwide universities. (Each 2021 rankings place SDSU in a tie with different establishments.)


Publication ranks UC San Diego eighth

greatest public college in nation

The U.S. Information and World Report Greatest Faculties Guidebook ranks the College of California San Diego the nation’s eighth greatest public college, up two spots in comparison with final yr. The college additionally ranks fifteenth among the many greatest schools for veterans for taking part in federal initiatives serving to veterans and active-duty service members pay for his or her levels.

Total, the publication charges the college thirty fifth greatest amongst personal and public schools within the nation. U.S. Information additionally touts the campus’ Jacobs Faculty of Engineering, which is called twenty second amongst public engineering colleges that supply doctorates. Packages inside the faculty that rank within the nation’s high 10 embody biocomputing/bioinformatics/biotechnology (2nd) biomedical (eighth) and cybersecurity (ninth).