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Star-studded Events Around Hollywood
Two July 8 Entertainment Today columns by reporters Margie Barron and Marci Weiner highlighted the 20th anniversary and ICON Awards gala for the Center on Longevity (formerly the Center on Aging). The event honored actress Jane Fonda; businessman and UCLA alum James Collins and Dr. Bradley Straatsma, founding director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.
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Brain scan identifies patterns of plaques and tangles in adults with Down syndrome
The UCLA Newsroom reports the Center's research findings published in the June edition of the Archives of Neurology.  Using FDDNP chemical marker to create PET Scan neuroimages of amyloid plaques and tau tangles common in both Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease, UCLA researchers were able to compare differences in deposit patterns.   This depth of information was previously only available upon autopsy.  FDDNP neuroimaging may be a helpful tool in assessing and tracking plaque and tangle development in living patients, which can make way for earlier interventions and treatments, often before symptoms begin.  UCLA Longevity Center Director Dr. Gary Small and Plott Chair in Gerontology Dr. Jorge R. Barrio are quoted.  Additional UCLA study
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UCLA Longevity Center 2011 ICON Award
Online stories on OC-TV this week and the Turkish website Accun.com on June 13 featured the ICON Awards gala and 20th anniversary of the UCLA Longevity Center (formerly the UCLA Center on Aging). The event honored actress Jane Fonda; UCLA alum James Collins and Jules Stein Eye Institute founding director, Dr. Bradley Straatsma.  A Los Angeles Times story that originally ran online reappeared in the June 12 print edition.   
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Iqbal Theba, George Segal, Jason Alexander, Jane Fonda at the UCLA Icon Awards
StarCam Celebrity Blog features Jane Fonda, George Segal, Jason Alexander, Iqbal Theba, Kimberly Locke and Glenn McCuen red carpet interviews from the UCLA Longevity Center's ICON Awards.
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Two nights, two honorees
The Los Angeles Times covers two of the busiest women in Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, at the UCLA Longevity Center's ICON Awards.
6 Jun 11 News bullet

Klute meets Barbarella
"I am old, I am an icon and I have studied longevity," Jane Fonda said, accepting the UCLA Longevity Center's Icon Award on Saturday. "So this is the perfect award for me." - Variety
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UCLA Longevity Center's 20th Anniversary ICON Awards
The Malibu Times reported June 1, Life.com reported June 4 and the Beverly Press reported June 23 on the ICON Awards gala and 20th anniversary of the UCLA Longevity Center (formerly the UCLA Center on Aging). Actress Jane Fonda; UCLA alumnus James Collins and the Jules Stein Eye Institute’s founding director, Dr. Bradley Straatsma, were honored. 
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How Brain Sees the 'Big Picture' May Affect Self-Image
Dr. Jamie Feusner, professor of psychiatry and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program at the Semel Institute, was featured June 1 in US News & World Report, May 28 in Asian News International and Indo-Asian News Service, and May 31 on PsychCentral, about his research finding that people who suffer from a mental illness known as body dysmorphic disorder process visualize information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects.
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How Brain Sees the 'Big Picture' May Affect Self-Image
Research by Dr. Jamie Feusner, professor of psychiatry and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program at the Semel Institute, was featured in a June 1 HealthDay News story.  He found that people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder process visual information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects.  
Body dysmorphic disorder 1 Jun 11 News bullet

Genes, autism and brain structure
Medscape Medical News and BioNews (U.K.) reported May 31, Prensa Libre (Guatemala) reported May 29, Digital Journal reported May 28, Ivanhoe News, De Pers (Netherlands) and 35 NBC-TV affiliates reported May 27, and Europa Press (Madrid), JPNN (Jakarta) and Mass Device reported May 26 on UCLA research revealing how autism leaves an unexpected molecular signature on the brain. Senior author Dr. Daniel Geschwind, the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology and psychiatry, and first author Irina Voineagu, a postdoctoral fellow in neurology at UCLA, were quoted.
Autism 31 May 11 News bullet