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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.
May 23, 2003
The University of California, San Francisco, has scheduled meetings of its Community Advisory Group for the following times and places. June: Tuesday, June 3, 2003 (This session replaces the May 29 meeting, which is now cancelled) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 3333 California Street, President’s Room San Francisco September: Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 3333 California Street, Chancellor’s Room San Francisco
May 20, 2003
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will receive the UCSF Medal - the University’s highest honor - at a special event May 22 in recognition of her work on mental health issues and advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness. Equivalent to an honorary doctorate given by many universities, the UCSF Medal is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions to the health sciences and whose efforts mirror the goals and values of the university.
May 16, 2003
An emotionally-charged exchange of letters between strangers that began with the start of the school year last fall will end in a dramatic reading June 4 in San Rafael. The correspondents are students and seriously ill people; their letters contain passages that are both bold and eloquent.
May 16, 2003
Children who visit the Bay Area’s three Build-A-Bear Workshop stores will get a chance to give extra comfort to their peers in the hospital thanks to the third annual Stuffed With Hugs event. The first 200 visitors to each store will get to make a bear for free. The bears will be donated to UCSF Children’s Hospital, part of UCSF Medical Center, where parents bring their children from throughout Northern California for treatment of complex medical conditions.
May 15, 2003
Why do serious diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and Huntington's mainly hit us in middle age or later? The links between aging and age-related diseases have proved elusive.
May 14, 2003
A retrospective study of stroke cases at two major academic medical centers, led by University of California, San Francisco neurologists, indicates that chiropractic manipulation of the neck can cause vertebral artery dissection, a tearing of the vertebral artery leading to the brain that causes stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Evidence from the study also suggests that spinal manipulative therapy may exacerbate pre-existing vertebral artery dissections.
May 14, 2003
Total National Institutes of Health research funding to UCSF increased by $15 million last year, according to the newly announced rankings. UCSF was the fourth largest recipient of NIH research funds among all institutions in 2002, receiving $365.4 million in the highly competitive process. UCSF’s School of Dentistry and the UCSF School of Pharmacy each ranked first nationally for 2002, as they do routinely. The School of Dentistry received 47 awards totaling $17.6 million, and the School of Pharmacy received 42 awards totaling about $19.5 million.
May 06, 2003
A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center indicates that people with bipolar disorder may suffer progressive brain damage. “For the first time, our study supports the idea that there may be on-going damage to certain regions of the brain as the illness progresses,” said the study’s lead author Raymond Deicken, MD. Deicken is the medical director of the Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF associate professor of psychiatry.

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