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UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center, announced today that Marc and Lynne Benioff have “made an extraordinary $100 million gift to UCSF Children’s Hospital.”
Researchers have identified how a normal response to infection, one that usually serves to limit the amount of inflammation, actually contributes to disease progression and viral persistence in HIV-infected patients.
In a study of alcoholics who entered treatment for drinking, those who stayed sober for at least one year had the same levels of key biochemical indicators of brain health as non-alcoholic controls at the time they entered treatment. In contrast, the study showed, those who relapsed during that year had significantly lower levels of those indicators.
UCSF researchers have found a novel association between human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and increased HIV acquisition in women. The study team also identified specific types of HPV associated with HIV infection, suggesting a biological basis for HIV transmission to women.
UCSF and SEEK Development, a global health and development consulting group based in Berlin, Germany, have launched an international partnership that aims to improve global health by helping to turn scientific evidence into policy and action. The Evidence-to-Policy Initiative, or E2Pi, officially launches this week in San Francisco and Berlin, Germany.
Seth Berkley, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and one of <cite>Time</cite> magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, will talk about the global hunt for a vaccine at UCSF on April 5.
In April 2010, personnel aboard the International Space Station plan to carry out an experiment designed by a San Francisco VA Medical Center researcher that will investigate why the immune system’s T cells stop working in the absence of gravity. The experiment has implications for understanding the body’s ability to mount an immune response on earth, as well.