January 24, 2011
A documentary debuting today shows how UCSF researchers are using innovative multidisciplinary treatment strategies for patients living with Parkinson’s disease.
December 14, 2010
For patients with glioma, the most common primary brain tumor, new findings may explain why current therapies fail to eradicate the cancer. A UCSF-led team of scientists has identified for the first time that progenitor rather than neural stem cells underly a type of glioma called oligodendroglioma.
November 19, 2010
UCSF’s Stanley Prusiner, who received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama on Wednesday, urges today’s students to become the next generation of scientists.
November 15, 2010
UCSF researchers have for the first time shown that an external optical pacemaker can be used in a vertebrate to control its heart rate.
November 09, 2010
UCSF Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner, MD, and colleagues have called for Congress to more than quadruple annual federal funding for Alzheimer’s research, saying that with a dedicated effort, there is a chance for a breakthrough against the disease by 2020.
November 01, 2010
Rapamycin, an FDA-approved drug prescribed to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, has been shown for the first time to decrease excessive alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and alcohol-seeking behavior in rodents.
October 22, 2010
UCSF scientists have received two grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to refine their human embryonic stem cell-based strategies for treating neurological diseases and liver failure.
October 04, 2010
Synuclein is a protein that can cause Parkinson’s disease, although it is not clear how. UCSF researcher Robert Edwards, MD, now has discovered that synuclein can affect signal transmission between nerve cells long before disease symptoms arise.
September 21, 2010
An inexpensive, hundred-year-old therapy for pain – aspirin – is effective in high doses for the treatment of severe headache and migraine caused by drug withdrawal, according to a new study by researchers with the UCSF Headache Center.
August 30, 2010
UCSF is co-sponsoring a symposium on September 27 and 28 to provide scientists and physicians with the “nuts and bolts” of translating stem cell science into cell-based products for clinical trials.
August 10, 2010
In neurodegenerative diseases, clumps of insoluble proteins appear in patients’ brains. These aggregates contain proteins that are unique to each disease, such as amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease, but they are intertwined with small amounts of many other insoluble proteins that are normally present in a soluble form in healthy young individuals.
July 27, 2010
Scientists at the MAC hope to gain a greater understanding of the creative brain by studying patients who are now making wonderful works of art in the face of their illnesses.
July 19, 2010
Specialized brain training targeted at the regions of a rat’s brain that process sound reversed many aspects of normal, age-related cognitive decline and improved the health of the brain cells, according to a new study from researchers at UCSF.
July 14, 2010
A commercial brain fitness program has been shown to improve memory in older adults, at least in the period soon after training. The findings are the first to show that practicing simple visual tasks can improve the accuracy of short-term, or “working” visual memory.
June 17, 2010
The Veterans Health Research Institute or NCIRE will present “The Brain at War: Neurocognitive Consequences of Combat” today (June 17).