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Laptop with patient information stolen from UCSF employee

January 27, 2010 A laptop containing files with patient information was stolen from a UCSF School of Medicine employee on or about November 30, 2009. UCSF is in the process of alerting approximately 4,310 patients that their protected health information is vulnerable to access as a result of the incident.

University Leaders Discuss Vital Role of Mentors in Career Success

January 27, 2010 The chancellor and other panelists recently shared what they’ve learned from their experiences as both mentor and mentee.

UCSF Hires Sustainability Manager

January 26, 2010 Gail Lee joined UCSF this month to serve as the sustainability manager, the leader and organizational strategist to help UCSF become a national model for sustainability in academic health sciences.

UCSF Welcomes New Chief Business Officer

January 25, 2010 John Plotts, an executive with extensive experience in private industry and the University of California, today joins UCSF as senior vice chancellor of Finance and Administration.

Major imaging initiative to shed light on little known brain disease

January 25, 2010 UCSF scientists have received a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to embark on a major neuroimaging study of a degenerative brain disease that is at least as common as Alzheimer’s disease in people under age 60.

Gene family found to play key role in early stages of development

January 25, 2010 Scientists have identified a gene family that plays a key role in one of the earliest stages of development in which an embryo distinguishes its left side from the right and determines how organs should be positioned within the body. The finding in mice likely will lead to a better understanding of how certain birth defects occur in humans.

Committee votes for national use of UCSF infant screening test

January 25, 2010 A federal pediatric advisory committee has voted unanimously to include a screening test for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, or SCID, in the core panel of newborn screening performed nationwide. The Federal Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children formally recommended the screen January 21.

UCSF conference to focus on therapeutics of the future

January 25, 2010 Some of the leading scientists in bioengineering, nanotechnology and pharmaco-genomics will gather on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 to discuss how to harness the tools of these emerging fields to develop new diagnostics and treatments for complex diseases.

UCSF Community Joins Together in Relief Efforts for Haiti

January 22, 2010 With numerous personnel waiting to board planes to the earthquake zone, concerned students, faculty and staff are busy raising money and collecting medical supplies to assist the victims.

Optimistic About 2010, UCSF Chancellor Cites 2009 Successes

January 22, 2010 In a Jan. 19 letter to the UCSF community, Sue Desmond-Hellmann says she’s “inspired about our collective ability to innovate and contribute to delivering on our mission of advancing health worldwide.™

UCSF Neuroscience Building to drive advances against brain diseases

January 21, 2010 UCSF is set to construct a major neuroscience building on its Mission Bay campus. The building will bring under one roof several of the world’s leading clinical and basic research programs seeking cures for intractable neurological disorders.

Neurosciences Building to Take Scientific Research to the Next Level

January 21, 2010 UCSF is proceeding with the construction of the neurosciences building at Mission Bay, where some of the world’s best scientists and clinicians will collaborate to prevent and cure diseases of the brain.

UCSF appoints new leader for finance and administration

January 21, 2010 UCSF has appointed John Plotts, a 30-year financial veteran, to oversee the fiscal and operational management of the life sciences university.

UCSF Nursing Informatics Specialist Selected for National Leadership Program

January 20, 2010 Nursing informatics specialist Sandra Ng has been selected by the Alliance for Nursing Informatics to participate in an emerging leaders program.

Even a small dietary reduction in salt could mean fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths

January 20, 2010 Reducing salt in the American diet by as little as one-half teaspoon (or three grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year, according to a new study. Such benefits are on par with the benefits from reductions in smoking and could save the United States about $24 billion in healthcare costs, the researchers add.