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February 06, 2003
UCSF researchers have identified a novel physiological process that may contribute to obesity in middle-aged mice. The scientists suspect the same process occurs in humans and could be a factor in the weight gain that many people experience as they age. The finding, they say, suggests a possible target for therapy.
February 06, 2003
Providing frail elderly African Americans with comprehensive health care may improve their health status and decrease mortality rates to levels in line with those of their white counterparts, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). “It may never be too late to improve health outcomes by increasing people’s access to care,” said Erwin Tan, MD, UCSF assistant clinical professor of medicine. Tan conducted this study while a clinical researcher at the SFVAMC. He currently practices at SF General Hospital Medical Center.
February 06, 2003
The University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine is formally welcoming Susan Wall, MD and Joan Voris, MD to their new roles as senior associate dean and associate dean, respectively, of the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program at the Fresno Art Museum on Friday, February 7, from 4pm to 6pm. Haile Debas, MD, dean of UCSF School of Medicine is hosting the reception.
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.

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