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June 09, 2003
UCSF faculty and other academic scientists who are also entrepreneurs or consultants to industry will share their experiences, while an expert on conflict of interest will discuss how to avoid potential pitfalls at UCSF’s third annual BioEntrepreneurship Symposium.
June 05, 2003
Each year the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco presents a total of four Kaiser Teaching Awards-three to faculty on main campus (one each to a member of the clinical department, basic science department, and volunteer clinical faculty), and one to a volunteer clinical faculty member in Fresno.  These awards are extremely prestigious and important to faculty.  Winners are presented a certificate and a significant monetary reward at the School of Medicine’s commencement in San Francisco. 
June 04, 2003
Many types of cancer-like those of the breast and prostate-would not be nearly as deadly if it weren’t for their ability to spread to vital organs. Still, scientists don’t yet fully understand the way in which cancer spreads, or metastasizes, or how to prevent the process. Now, researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) have used a modified version of a naturally occurring human protein to decrease the spread of human breast cancer implanted in mice.
June 03, 2003
The University of California, San Francisco has launched a public arts program at Mission Bay, where life at the new research and teaching campus will be enhanced by striking examples of artistic expression.
June 02, 2003
Fat has long been recognized as an important source of energy. Surprisingly, however, recent studies have revealed that fat also plays an important role in regulating energy, in part by secreting hormones that govern the storage and use of fat and glucose (or sugar). Now, investigators at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease have shown that genetically altered fat that is transplanted into normal mice protects the animals from obesity. It also protects them from insulin resistance, which is tightly correlated with obesity and is a hallmark of diabetes.
May 29, 2003
A team of HIV researchers at UCSF recommend against establishing directly observed therapy (DOT) as the model for the provision of HIV medications in resource poor countries. Writing in an editorial in the June 3, 2003 issue of AIDS, the researchers challenge the assumption that poverty is a risk factor for non-adherence to anti-HIV regimens and cite the issue of stigmatization.
May 28, 2003
A troubling 13 percent of HIV-infected individuals failed to disclose their positive status to their HIV-negative or HIV-unknown sexual partners before engaging in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, according to UCSF and RAND Health researchers.
May 28, 2003
Philip Morris (now known as Altria) viewed the gay community as “an area of opportunity” for promoting the Benson & Hedges cigarette brand and targeted the community under the guise of philanthropy, according to UCSF researchers.
May 28, 2003
A study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) indicates that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was able to significantly improve the quality of the health care services it provides through a major overhaul of its system that began in 1995.
May 28, 2003
The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has designated the UCSF Diabetes Center as a Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center - one of only 11 programs nationally to hold this prestigious rank. The new designation acknowledges the high quality of the UCSF diabetes-related research program and provides more than $5 million of support over five years to improve the quality and multidisciplinary nature of research on diabetes.