By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UCSF have shown that they can wipe away addictive behavior in rats – or conversely turn non-addicted rats into compulsive cocaine seekers.
April 03, 2013
April 02, 2013
President Barack Obama has unveiled a bold public-private initiative to map the brain to gain greater insight on how we think, learn and remember and to better understand and treat diseases ranging from autism to schizophrenia.
March 27, 2013
Electroencephalogram, which measures and records electrical activity in the brain, is a quick and efficient way of determining whether seizures are the cause of altered mental status and spells, according to a UCSF study.
February 19, 2013
A study by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UCSF identified a potential new approach for reducing problem drinking: a new family of drugs with the ability to manipulate DNA structure without changing it.
January 18, 2013
Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes – and a new study by a duo at UCSF demonstrates how having two attending surgeons in the operating room during spinal surgeries can benefit patients in multiple ways.
December 28, 2012
A singing professor is using music to teach medical students the fine details of human health and disease as they progress in their specialties at UCSF.
December 21, 2012
If the sinful excess of holiday eating sends your system into overload, you may be upsetting the body’s “food clock,” which keeps the human body on a metabolic even keel. A new study by UCSF researchers is helping to reveal how this clock works on a molecular level.
November 19, 2012
DNA sequences obtained from a handful of patients with multiple sclerosis at the UCSF Medical Center have revealed the existence of an “immune exchange” that allows the disease-causing cells to move in and out of the brain.
October 19, 2012
As part of receiving the Academic Senate's 12th Annual Faculty Research Lectureship in Clinical Science, behavioral neurologist Bruce Miller, MD, recently gave a lecture in which he described recent advances in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) research.
October 11, 2012
The unexpected survival of embryonic neurons transplanted into the brains of newborn mice in a series of experiments at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) raises hope for the possibility of using neuronal transplantation to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia.