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February 04, 2003
The UCSF Fresno Alzheimer’s Research Center (ARC) has appointed Joy A. Grado as program manager.  Prior to joining ARC, Grado worked for the Marjaree Mason Center as the director of program development, quality assurance and grants.
February 03, 2003
The first comparative study to examine the risk of taking ephedra with that of taking other commonly used herbs calls into question the herbal stimulant’s current standing as an unrestricted dietary supplement.
February 03, 2003
Demand for mental health care professionals in California will rise by as much as 30 percent in this decade, and there may not be enough workers to fill the need, according to a study released today by the California Workforce Initiative of the UCSF Center for the Health Professions.
February 03, 2003
Primary care is in crisis – especially as changes occur in the United States population and in the financing and organization of the health care system, according to a series of reports led by a UCSF research team.
January 30, 2003
National Groundhog Job Shadow Day is tomorrow, January 31, and UCSF Fresno and Sunnyside High School Doctor’s Academy are partnering to interest area high school students in becoming a pharmacist. The UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program and the UCSF Fresno Latino Center are participating in the project.  Job shadowing has proven to be an effective way to motivate students by showing them how academics are applied to the workplace.
January 28, 2003
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, and program director for Multicultural Education and Affairs at Harvard University, will address Sunnyside High School Doctor’s Academy Students in Fresno on Wednesday, January 29, at 10am as a part of the visiting professorship series provided by the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LACMER). Betancourt hopes to encourage area high school students to pursue careers in the health science professions.
January 27, 2003
UCSF has completed a license agreement with Elixir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to provide the company access to aging-related genetics discoveries made by one of Elixir’s founders, Cynthia Kenyon, PhD, the Herbert Boyer Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. The agreement with Elixir grants rights to Kenyon’s discovery that decreasing the activity of a single gene in a nematode worm doubles the animal’s lifespan. The gene, known as DAF-2, encodes a receptor for insulin as well as for insulin-like growth factor.
January 22, 2003
Applications are now available for Valley high school juniors to apply to the 16th Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program of the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program.  Students will work with members of the UCSF Fresno faculty on a variety of research projects in the Fresno area.  The summer program runs from early June to early August.
January 16, 2003
Diabetes management may improve when doctors use an interactive communication technique with patients. Unfortunately, they underuse this simple strategy, according to a new study.
January 16, 2003
A UCSF-led research team has identified the first molecular step that allows a week-old human embryo to attach to the uterus. The finding is expected to provide a new tool to diagnose and treat infertility and early pregnancy loss, the scientists report. The researchers found convincing evidence that a molecular sticking process stops the embryo’s journey along the uterine wall and starts attaching it to the wall—the first stage of implantation.  Failure of the embryo to implant causes about three-fourths of lost pregnancies.

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