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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.
January 16, 2003
A UCSF-led team has demonstrated that the cerebral cortex, the site of higher cognitive functions, not only perceives pain, but plays a role in regulating pain, and that it does so in part through the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, suggesting a possible target for therapy. The finding, published in the July 17 issue of Nature, provides some of the first neuroanatomical evidence that the cerebral cortex not only receives pain signals from nerve cells in lower regions of the brain, but modulates pain signals.
January 15, 2003
Lennart Mucke, MD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, received MetLife Foundation’s Award for Medical Research for his contributions to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research on January 13th in Washington, DC. As part of the award, Dr. Mucke received a $100,000 institutional grant from MetLife Foundation to continue his research on mechanisms of AD-related neurodegeneration and cognitive decline.
January 14, 2003
Using a human gene, UCSF scientists were able to correct a defect in infertile flies that prevented them from carrying out a key step in the creation of sperm. The finding advances the effort to identify the genes involved in human male infertility, the researchers say, and suggests a possible target for a male contraceptive.
January 14, 2003
Smoking costs in California are nearly $16 billion annually, or $ 3,331 per smoker every year, according to a report by the UCSF School of Nursing Institute for Health & Aging. The healthcare costs alone would equal one-quarter of the projected state deficit, according to Wendy Max, PhD, co-director of the Institute for Health & Aging and UCSF professor of health economics.