April 13, 2011
High levels of a protein associated with chronic, low-grade inflammation in the brain correlate with aspects of memory decline in otherwise cognitively normal older adults, according to a study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco.
April 12, 2011
Older adults at risk for stroke have significantly increased risk for some types of cognitive decline, according to a multicenter study led by University of California scientists.
April 11, 2011
Scientists at UCSF have pinpointed a reason older adults have a harder time multitasking than younger adults: they have more difficulty switching between tasks at the level of brain networks.
February 25, 2011
In a finding that once again displays the power of the female, UCSF neuroscientists have discovered that teenage male songbirds, still working to perfect their song, improve their performance in the presence of a female bird.
February 24, 2011
Among those cheering the recent opening of the new stem cell science building at UCSF were two patient advocates who have a personal connection to advancing the field of regenerative medicine.
February 03, 2011
UCSF neurosurgeons and an MRI physicist have pioneered a faster, more accurate and less invasive surgical technique for treating patients with movement disorders, potentially changing the future of neurosurgery.
January 31, 2011
UCSF neuroscientists are exploring the way in which songbirds learn to perfect and maintain their song, a model of how one learns — and might relearn — fine motor skills.
November 19, 2010
UCSF’s Stanley Prusiner, who received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama on Wednesday, urges today’s students to become the next generation of scientists.
November 15, 2010
UCSF researchers have for the first time shown that an external optical pacemaker can be used in a vertebrate to control its heart rate.
November 08, 2010
A tiny, translucent juvenile zebrafish, on the hunt for even littler prey, has offered up a big insight into how a specific circuit of nerve cells functions in the brain.
October 04, 2010
Synuclein is a protein that can cause Parkinson’s disease, although it is not clear how. UCSF researcher Robert Edwards, MD, now has discovered that synuclein can affect signal transmission between nerve cells long before disease symptoms arise.
September 28, 2010
UCSF research-doctorate programs have ranked among the nation’s best in a survey released today by the National Research Council (NRC).
September 21, 2010
An inexpensive, hundred-year-old therapy for pain – aspirin – is effective in high doses for the treatment of severe headache and migraine caused by drug withdrawal, according to a new study by researchers with the UCSF Headache Center.
August 10, 2010
In neurodegenerative diseases, clumps of insoluble proteins appear in patients’ brains. These aggregates contain proteins that are unique to each disease, such as amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease, but they are intertwined with small amounts of many other insoluble proteins that are normally present in a soluble form in healthy young individuals.
July 27, 2010
Scientists at the MAC hope to gain a greater understanding of the creative brain by studying patients who are now making wonderful works of art in the face of their illnesses.