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UCTV Documentary Features UCSF in "A Dose of Hope" for Parkinson's Patients

January 24, 2011 A documentary debuting today shows how UCSF researchers are using innovative multidisciplinary treatment strategies for patients living with Parkinson’s disease.

Cell of origin for brain tumors may predict response to therapy

December 14, 2010 For patients with glioma, the most common primary brain tumor, new findings may explain why current therapies fail to eradicate the cancer. A UCSF-led team of scientists has identified for the first time that progenitor rather than neural stem cells underly a type of glioma called oligodendroglioma.

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.

Prusiner NYT Op-Ed calls for Alzheimer's research funds

November 09, 2010 UCSF Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner, MD, and colleagues have called for Congress to more than quadruple annual federal funding for Alzheimer’s research, saying that with a dedicated effort, there is a chance for a breakthrough against the disease by 2020.

Gallo Center researchers find potential new drug target for alcohol addiction

November 01, 2010 Rapamycin, an FDA-approved drug prescribed to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, has been shown for the first time to decrease excessive alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and alcohol-seeking behavior in rodents.

UCSF Stem-Cell Based Neurological, Liver Therapy Strategies Advanced

October 22, 2010 UCSF scientists have received two grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to refine their human embryonic stem cell-based strategies for treating neurological diseases and liver failure.

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.

High-dose aspirin reduces pain for severe headache and migraine

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.

Symposium to Highlight Prospects, Challenges of Translating Stem Cell Science into Future Therapies

August 30, 2010 UCSF is co-sponsoring a symposium on September 27 and 28 to provide scientists and physicians with the “nuts and bolts” of translating stem cell science into cell-based products for clinical trials.

Proteins Linked with Alzheimer's, Other Neurodegenerative Diseases Found to Clump in Normal Aging

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.

Memory and Aging Center Examines Artistic Expression Among Patients

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.

Brain training reverses age-related cognitive decline

July 19, 2010 Specialized brain training targeted at the regions of a rat’s brain that process sound reversed many aspects of normal, age-related cognitive decline and improved the health of the brain cells, according to a new study from researchers at UCSF.

Brain fitness program study reveals visual memory improvement in older adults

July 14, 2010 A commercial brain fitness program has been shown to improve memory in older adults, at least in the period soon after training. The findings are the first to show that practicing simple visual tasks can improve the accuracy of short-term, or “working” visual memory.

Veterans Health Research Institute Presents Brain at War Conference Today

June 17, 2010 The Veterans Health Research Institute or NCIRE will present “The Brain at War: Neurocognitive Consequences of Combat” today (June 17).