September 1, 2020

September 2020 Newsletter


Evolution of drug safety research during COVID

COVID-19 brings much uncertainty about its effects on the safety and efficiency of current drug treatments. Marc Suchard, IDRE Executive member, is one such biostatistician who strives to answer these inquiries.

We interviewed him regarding his recent study as well as how COVID-19 has altered the landscape of international drug safety research.

He and a group of international researchers released a study on ACE inhibitors and ARBs. Used by millions of Americans and billions around the world, they are some of the most commonly prescribed antihypertensive medication.

“We were in a unique position in a community with global patient data, pressing health concern and a unique set of open-source resources that we could that we could capitalize”, Suchard said.

Read full the article on IDRE's website.


Warren Mori awarded prestigious James Clerk Maxwell Prize

Warren MoriWarren Mori, IDRE Executive Director, was awarded by the American Physical Society (APS) for the 2020 James Clerk Maxwell Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of plasma physics.

Troy Cater, physics professor and director of the Plasma Science and Technology Institute, and a colleague of Mori’s called the award a “tremendous honor recognizing career achievement and arguably the most important award in plasma physics in the world.” 

Read the full article on IDRE's website.

NSF Awards 12-Month Extension for XSEDE 2.0 Project

The National Science Foundation’s Office of
Advanced Cyber-infrastructure has awarded XSEDE 2.0 an additional year in funding that will provide support for ongoing project operations until August 31, 2022. The $21.8M, 12-month extension enables XSEDE to continue its mission of accelerating open science discovery, enhancing user productivity, broadening participation in science and engineering, and engaging a new diverse generation of computational researchers.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded this extension of the XEDE project by the NSF. It is a testament to the success XSEDE has exhibited in supporting the national research community spanning a wide range of domains, and we look forward to continuing to enable researchers to discover more with XSEDE,” John Towns, XSEDE program director and executive director of science and technology at NCSA.

Read about the full details at 


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QCB Collaboratory Interactive Workshops

The Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences Collaboratory presents interactive workshops tailored for life science and biomedical researchers of all backgrounds and levels. These workshops are free of charge to UCLA faculty, staff, affiliates, and students. 

Furthermore, UCLA graduate students are eligible to receive course credit via the Applied Bioinfo Course

Registration for workshops is now open!
Intro to Unix Oct 6 - 8 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to Python Oct 6 - 8 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Using NGS Analysis Tools Oct 13 - 15 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Advance Python Oct 13 - 15 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Intro to MATLAB Oct 20 - 22 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to R Oct 27 - 29 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Library Prep for NGS Oct 27 - 29 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

All times listed are in PST. 

For more workshops, check out QCB workshops page. 
MathWorks Webinars

Join MathWorks for their series of live webinar events:

Teaching Engineering Mathematics via Experiential Learning using MATLAB 
September 1 @ 2:45 AM
September 8 @ 2:30 AM, 6:00 AM, or 11:00 AM
September 8 @ 5:00 PM
September 10 @ 12:00 AM
September 10 @ 12:30 AM
September 10 @ 2:30 AM, 6:00 AM, 11:00 AM, or 6:00 PM
September 14 @ 7:30 PM
September 15 @ 6:00 AM or 11:00 AM
September 15 @ 6:00 PM
September 17 @ 6:00 AM or 11:00 AM
September 22 @ 6:00 AM
September 23 @ 2:30 AM, 6:00 AM, 11:00 AM, or 6:00 PM
September 28 @ 1:00 AM
September 29 @ 2:30 AM, 6:00 AM, 11:00 AM
September 30 @ 2:30 AM, 6:00 AM, 11:00 AM, or 6:00 PM


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Current Opportunities

Learn about grant and funding opportunities on the IDRE and OVCR (Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research) websites.

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