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David Julius Honored with 2017 Gairdner Award for Groundbreaking Pain Research

David Julius, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at UC San Francisco, was named on March 28 to receive the 2017 Canada Gairdner …

New Multiple Sclerosis Drug, Backed by 40 Years of Research, Could Halt Disease

A newly approved drug that is the first to reflect the current scientific understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS) is holding new hope for the …

Immunotherapy

Surprising New Role for Lungs: Making Blood

Using video microscopy in the living mouse lung, UC San Francisco scientists have revealed that the lungs play a previously unrecognized role in …

‘Geofencing’ Shows Promise in Tracking Chronic Care

Location-tracking apps on smartphones could be used to help track and manage care for thousands of patients who suffer from chronic diseases, and …

Distinguishing Between Dementia and Depression with Neuroimaging

It might sound obvious, but for doctors to provide patients with the best possible care, they must be able to diagnose them with the right disease …

Zebrafish-to-Patient Approach Speeds Search for Childhood Epilepsy Treatments

In an unprecedented leap from lab to patients, a potential treatment for childhood epilepsy identified in experiments with zebrafish by UC San …

Genetic ‘Balance’ May Influence Response to Cancer Treatment

Choosing among cancer treatments increasingly involves determining whether tumor cells harbor specific, mutated “oncogenes” that drive abnormal …

Common Virus Tied to Diabetes, Heart Disease in Women Under 50

A type of herpes virus that infects about half of the U.S. population has been associated with risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease in …

Science In Focus: New Mysteries in the Genome of Stentor

Look under a microscope at the water from any pond in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and you’ll likely encounter <i>Stentor</i> – a giant single-celled …

Gene Therapy Offers Hope for Newborns with Severe Immune Disorder

Infants born with a type of the devastating immune disorder SCID, or “bubble boy disease,” may have the option of a novel gene therapy treatment, …

Scalp Cooling Can Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Retain Hair

Scalp cooling can lessen some chemotherapy-induced hair loss – one of the most devastating hallmarks of cancer – in certain breast cancer patients, …

‘Dense Breasts’ Eclipse All Other Known Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Women whose breasts are composed largely of glandular tissue, rather than fat, have an amplified risk of breast cancer, which exceeds the impact of …

Poor Odor Identification May Be Early Warning for Dementia

Poor performance on a simple odor identification test was associated with a significantly increased risk of developing dementia years later, in a …

The Mysterious 98%: Scientists Look to Shine Light on Our Dark Genome

After the 2003 completion of the Human Genome Project – which sequenced all 3 billion <b>“</b>letters,<b>”</b> or base pairs, in the human genome – many thought …

Lily Jan, Yuh-Nung Jan Win 2017 Vilcek Prize Honoring Contributions of Immigrants

Lily Jan, PhD, and Yuh-Nung Jan, PhD, professors of physiology at UC San Francisco, have received the 2017 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science, which …

Through the Looking Glass: The Quest by Parents and Scientists to End Pediatric Epilepsy

Piper Wood had her first seizure in a setting meant for sunscreen, snorkels, shovels, and pails. The island was remote – that was the point of this …

Autism Researchers Discover Genetic ‘Rosetta Stone’

Distinct sets of genetic defects in a single neuronal protein can lead either to infantile epilepsy or to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), depending …

Successful Immunotherapy Requires System-Wide Immune Response

New research led by researchers from UC San Francisco and Stanford University has found that successful cancer immunotherapy appears to depend on …

Immunotherapy

Binge Drinking May Quickly Lead to Liver Damage

Alcohol consumed during just seven weeks of intermittent binge drinking harms the liver in ways that more moderate daily drinking does not, according …

Search Engine: How Artificial Intelligence Techniques Are Aiding the Hunt for New Drugs

A better cure for cancer – and other illnesses – could already be in existence, hidden right under our noses.<p>The problem is that possible new …