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UCLA Depression Research Registry hits 20K participants, gears up to add more Angelenos

More than 20,000 people have enrolled in the UCLA Depression Research Registry, which improves and streamlines longstanding obstacles to recruiting participants for medical research. The registry is now expanding outreach to invite all Angelenos.

To learn more about this collaboration between the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge and the UCLA Center for SMART Health, and how it already has improved recruitment for mental health research studies and overcome obstacles that can slow the momentum of important research projects, visit UCLA Newsroom.

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About the UCLA Depression Research Registry: A first-of-its-kind participant research registry for depression allows UCLA to prescreen and recruit participants for a host of future UCLA mental health research studies. The registry is then able to match prequalified potential participants to large, complex research studies when they begin. Studies that use the registry involve mental health and/or smart health technologies.

About the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge: The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge is a groundbreaking campuswide initiative to cut the global burden of depression on human health and well-being in half by 2050. Established by Chancellor Gene Block in 2015, UCLA is using an interdisciplinary approach leveraging its own expertise and collaborating with outside entities representing academic, government, philanthropic and industry sectors to bring new understanding and treatments to the greatest health challenge of the 21st century. Currently, the DGC is focused on discovering the types and causes of depression, developing new treatments and putting new knowledge and strategies into practice, especially for communities underserved by current systems and methods. 

About the UCLA Center for SMART Health: The UCLA Center for Systematic, Measurable, Actionable, Resilient, and Technology-driven (SMART) Health is a campuswide collaborative that looks to the integrated transformation of healthcare through emergent data and technologies. A joint effort between the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Institute for Precision Health and the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences brings together UCLA’s experts to shape how digital and data-driven healthcare technologies will help to manage risk, reliability, resilience, uncertainty and precision in future biomedical research and clinical care.