Since its founding 150 years ago, UC San Francisco has accomplished a remarkable record of biomedical achievements. Today, UCSF’s exceptional cadre of investigative teams in biological, clinical, social, behavioral and population sciences continues to discover new solutions for preventing and treating a wide array of diseases.

Speeding Discovery into Treatments

In addition to building on established UCSF scientific discoveries and knowledge, research teams are focusing on new investigations in translational medicine with the goal of moving scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, where they can benefit human health. And the research teams are committed to speeding this pace.

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A researcher at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), a cooperative effort with UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and private industry.

Supporting these efforts is UCSF’s widely recognized spirit of collaboration.  Basic science researchers from a variety of disciplines who are working to unmask the fundamental mechanisms of biology through studies at the molecular and cellular levels, are connecting with clinical researchers to prevent, treat and cure many chronic, disabling diseases.

Cross-Campus Teams

Two examples of major institutes created specifically to bring together large, cross-campus and cross-disciplinary teams to tackle scientific and health issues are the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), a cooperative effort with UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and private industry.

The CTSI is designed to facilitate translational medicine and bring better health to more people more quickly. QB3 was established to link the quantitative sciences – mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering – with the biosciences to attack complex scientific problems and spawn potent, new technologies.

Leading Research

The result is a wide range of programs across the University that are established areas of excellence with leading research initiatives. They include: