Encouraging Medical Students to Practice in Underserved Areas

By Christy K. Boscardin, PhD; Doug Grbic, PhD; Kevin Grumbach, MD; and Patricia O’Sullivan, EdD on October 22, 2014

More than 35 million people live in medically underserved areas in the United States, and by 2020, there will be a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians, mostly in areas that are already underserved. Christy Boscardin, PhD, and her colleagues from UCSF and the American Association of Medical Colleges wanted to find out if there was something medical schools could do to alleviate this.

UCSF Team Learns More About Why Airway Closes Up During Asthma Attacks

By By Mallar Bhattacharya, MD on October 17, 2014

The molecular regulation of smooth-muscle contraction is an important determinant of airway responses during an acute asthmatic attack. In acute asthma, various triggers, including viral illnesses and aeroallergens, can cause acute narrowing of the airways leading to a life-threatening respiratory crisis and sometimes death.

New Thinking in the Field of Genetic Prion Diseases

By Laura Kurtzman on October 10, 2014

Overturning an assumption in the field of genetic prion diseases, it turns out that disease does not appear at younger ages with each succeeding generation, according to a paper published on October 2 in the American Journal of Human Genetics by Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology with UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center, and colleagues.

Funding Needed to Support UCSF Researcher Helping Ebola Victims in West Africa

By Laura Kurtzman on August 18, 2014

Dan Kelly, MD, a global health researcher at UCSF, is in Sierra Leone to help those impacted by the Ebola virus in Africa. Kelly is raising $100,000 for Wellbody Alliance, his nonprofit in Sierra Leone, to train his staff, equip them with spacesuits and other infection prevention tools.

Resources Available to Help People with Disabilities on ADA Anniversary

By Bruce G. Flynn on July 25, 2014

Celebrations of the July 26, 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by President George H.W. Bush will take place across the nation during the week of July 21-27, 2014. The UCSF Committee on Disability Issues will be working over the next year to identify issues of concern for people with disabilities and set objectives to address these key issues.

UCSF Teams Make Final Push for Sunday's AIDS Walk San Francisco

By Robert Mansfield on July 15, 2014

AIDS Walk San Francisco will take place Sunday, July 20, at Golden Gate Park. UCSF takes pride in attaining Gold Team status as one of the top fundraisers in the Bay Area.

Strong Interest in Medical Devices at UCSF Mission Bay Event

By Kaspar Mossman, PhD on June 30, 2014

A record-breaking turnout—with more than 550 registered—packed Byers Auditorium and spilled into an overflow room at UCSF Mission Bay on Wednesday, June 4 for the launch of the Rosenman Institute.

Crowdsourcing at Innovation HealthJam

By Laura Kurtzman on June 16, 2014

UCSF experts gather online to strategize on how technology can help the underserved at Innovation Health Jam, which takes place on June 16 at UCSF Mission Bay.

UCSF Partner a Finalist in Google’s Bay Area Impact Challenge

By Scott Maier on May 22, 2014

UCSF partner choirs at 12 senior centers throughout San Francisco in the “Community of Voices” research study have an opportunity to receive additional funding to sustain these choirs after the study closes.

UCSF Radiology Wins GE NFL Head Health Challenge Award

By Katherine Murphy on February 12, 2014

The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging recently won a very competitive grant for traumatic brain injury research. Out of 400 submissions, only 16 proposals received funding.