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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
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 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 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.
May 05, 2003
UCSF officials will meet this month with members of the campus community and public to discuss the future of UCSF Medical Center inpatient facilities, which must be largely replaced to meet the growing demand for specialized care and upcoming deadlines for state-mandated seismic safety standards.
May 01, 2003
Five faculty scientists at UCSF have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors for an American scientist. The new elections bring to 30 the number of UCSF faculty who are members of the Academy.
April 30, 2003
Ira Herskowitz, PhD, one of the country’s leading geneticists, whose studies on the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae yielded major insights into the fundamental aspects of cells and who was a pioneer in pharmacogenetics—the study of the way natural variations in individuals’ genes affect their response to drugs - has died. Herskowitz, 56, was Hertzstein Professor of Genetics in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco and co-director of the UCSF Program in Human Genetics.
April 30, 2003
The risk of newborn death or disability is highest for the smallest babies, so doctors continually seek better interventions and more precise diagnostic tools to identify and protect the most vulnerable.
April 30, 2003
Correction in the obituary of Dr. Ira Herskowitz: The link provided for upcoming information on a memorial service for Dr. Ira Herskowitz should read: (It INCORRECTLY read: Thank you, Jennifer O’Brien Jennifer O’Brien UCSF News Office 415/476-8432 \###
April 28, 2003
Ira Herskowitz, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics and co-director of the Program in Human Genetics at the University of California, San Francisco, has received the 2003 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research.