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Chancellor, Deans, and Faculty Partner with Student Health and Counseling in ‘Mental Health Matters’

October 24, 2014 To address mental health stigma and raise awareness of the importance of mental health self-care, UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) launched the “Mental Health Matters” campaign on Oct. 20. The campaign features posters and social media highlighting the Chancellor and other faculty members answering the question, “How do you take care of your mental health?”

Gender Differences in PTSD Risk May Be Due to Heightened Fear Conditioning in Women

November 19, 2012 Women exposed to trauma may be at greater risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder because of a heightened fear response, according to a new study.

Saving Dogs with Spinal Cord Injuries

January 18, 2012 Dogs with spinal cord injuries may soon benefit from an experimental drug being tested by researchers at UCSF and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences — work that they hope will one day help people with similar injuries.

UCSF Faculty Put 9/11 in Context

September 13, 2011 On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11,  faculty members reflect on the psychological toll the tragedy took. 

Men's and Women's Immune Systems Respond Differently to PTSD

April 26, 2011 Men and women had starkly different immune system responses to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, with men showing no response and women showing a strong response, in two studies by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Training Improves Cognitive Functioning for Patients with Brain Injury

January 12, 2011 In a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, a new cognitive training method significantly improved the ability of patients with chronic brain injury to maintain attention on goals and execute tasks – skills that these patients often lack as a result of their injuries.

Can Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Be Stopped Before it Begins?

August 30, 2010 UCSF researchers at the San VA Medical Center have been working with US Air Force officers to develop and field test Deployment Anxiety Reduction Training with the goal of stopping post-traumatic stress disorder before it starts.

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).

Institute of Medicine study led by UCSF's Hauser links Gulf War to health problems

April 09, 2010 A new report by the Institute of Medicine has found that military service in the Persian Gulf War is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in some veterans.

Stress-affected brain region is smaller in veterans with PTSD

March 01, 2010 A specific region of the hippocampus, a brain structure that is essential to memory, is significantly smaller in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder than in those without the condition, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.

Killing in Iraq combat linked with PTSD, alcohol abuse, other problems

February 10, 2010 Among soldiers who served in Iraq, the act of taking a life in combat was a significant predictor of post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, hostility and anger, and relationship problems, according to a study led by a psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Most Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD did not get enough care, study shows

February 09, 2010 Between 2002 and 2008, fewer than 10 percent of U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who were newly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder received the recommended course of care for their condition at VA health facilities, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF.