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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.

UCSF Study Links Inflammation in Brain to Some Memory Decline

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.

Study Links Heart Disease Risk Factors to Some Cognitive Decline

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.

UCSF Study on Multitasking Reveals Switching Glitch in Aging Brain

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.

Tweeting Teenage Songbirds Reveal Impact of Social Cues on Learning

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.

Stem Cell Advocates Cite Personal Connection in Advancing Field

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.

Cutting-Edge Interventional MRI System Transforms Brain Surgery for Parkinson's Patients

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.

Songbird's Strategy for Changing Its Tune Could Inform Rehab Efforts

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.

Medal in Hand, Prusiner's Sights Are on Conquering Brain Diseases

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.

UCSF team controls zebrafish heart rate with optical pacemaker

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.

Zebrafish reveal exquisite workings of the brain

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.

Parkinson's Disease Protein Impedes Nerve Signaling Long Before Brain Cells Die

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.

UCSF graduate programs receive top rankings in national survey

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).

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