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How Normal Cells Become Brain Cancers

September 28, 2011 Brain tumor specimens taken from neurosurgery cases at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center has given scientists a new window on the transformation that occurs as healthy brain cells begin to form tumors

Addiction Scientist Receives Presidential Early Career Award

September 26, 2011 Gallo neuroscientist Linda Wilbrecht, PhD, receives President’s Early Career Award, in recognition of her studies on the effects of drug use and stress on the adolescent brain, aimed at developing strategies to mitigate drug dependence.

Enzyme Might Be Target for Treating Smoking, Alcoholism at Same Time

September 12, 2011 An enzyme that appears to play a role in controlling the brain's response to nicotine and alcohol in mice might be a promising target for a drug that simultaneously would treat nicotine addiction and alcohol abuse in people.

UC Provost Lawrence Pitts to Retire in February 2012

September 08, 2011 Lawrence Pitts, professor emeritus of neurosurgery at UCSF, will retire in February 2012 after nearly three years as the University of California’s provost and executive vice president-academic affairs.

UCSF Cycling Team 'Menstrual Cycles' Fights Multiple Sclerosis

August 19, 2011 With four members diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), three of whom are treated at the nation's leading MS Center at UCSF, a cylcing team will participate in the annual ride through the wine country to raise money to fight MS.

New Scorecard Identifies Patients at Highest Risk on Blood Thinners

August 03, 2011 A new and simple risk score may aid physicians in gauging the likelihood that a common drug will cause a hemorrhagic stroke or other major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation, potentially allowing wider but safer use of the effective drug.

UCSF Neuro-oncologists Engage Caregivers to Better Help Patients

July 29, 2011 Seeking to improve care for people with brain tumors, neuro-oncologists at UCSF Medical Center are beginning to look beyond the patient to engage a patient’s family, friends and other caregivers.

UCSF Study Highlights Success of Brain Surgery for Severe Epilepsy

July 20, 2011 Two-thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study that examined 143 of these patients two years after their operations.

Traumatic Brain Injury More Than Doubles Dementia Risk

July 19, 2011 Patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) had over twice the risk of developing dementia within seven years after diagnosis compared to those without TBI, in a study of more than 280,000 older veterans conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

Brain Research at UCSF Aims to Help Distracted Remember

July 18, 2011 UCSF cognitive neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley has used functional brain imaging and EEG studies to discover that older adults fare worse than younger adults at remembering following distractions. He hopes to improve their performance with cognitive training, using a newly developed video game.

Heart Disease and Stroke Worldwide Tied to National Income

July 07, 2011 An analysis of heart disease and stroke statistics collected in 192 countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that the relative burden of the two diseases varies widely from country to country and is closely linked to national income, according to researchers at UCSF.

UCSF Emerges as a Leader in the Neurohospitalist Movement

July 07, 2011 Of all the various types of doctors who see patients admitted to hospital wards or emergency departments, neurologists are among those who admit the largest number of patients with the widest variety of conditions, spurring the growth of a new medical speciality known as “neurohospitalists” – neurologists who focus on treating patients exclusively in the hospital.

UCSF's Olney Driven to Publish Clinical Finding Even as ALS Takes its Toll

April 27, 2011 Richard K. Olney, MD, the founding director of the ALS Treatment and Research Center at UCSF and a pioneer in ALS clinical research, pushes to complete a clinical research paper, even as he nears the end of his own struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Stem Cell Discoveries Pace Growing Understanding of Human Brain's Uniqueness

April 26, 2011 Scientists are making great strides in figuring out how the human brain develops, which are leading to novel ideas about the causes of a range of brain disorders, and are raising hopes for the regeneration of tissue that is lost in diseases such as Alzheimer’s. 

UCSF Presents Latest Advances in Neurology, Neurosurgery

April 15, 2011 Dozens of faculty, medical residents, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from UCSF presented their latest advances and discoveries in the fields of neurology and neurosurgery during international meetings in Honolulu and Denver.

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