University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research Opens at UCSF Mission Bay

March 8, 2005

Once relegated to subterranean space on the UCSF Parnassus campus, Sarah Nelson, professor of advanced imaging, now finds herself in the brand-new headquarters of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research at Mission Bay. The California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, or QB3, is the ...

Tobacco Industry Pays Scientists to Challenge Secondhand Smoke's Link to Infant Death Risk

March 7, 2005

The link between secondhand smoke and sudden infant death has been discredited in the last few years in scientific articles paid for and influenced by cigarette manufacturers, according to a new study of once-secret industry documents. The key article, commissioned by Philip Morris and published ...

Older Doctors Specializing in High Volume Screening Mammography Deliver More Accurate Results

March 1, 2005

Physicians who specialize in screening mammography and who have at least 25 years of experience are more accurate at interpreting the images and subject fewer women to the anxiety of false positives for cancer, when compared to physicians with less experience or those who don't ...

Community Invited to 'Raising Hope' Benefit for Cancer Center

February 25, 2005

One of San Francisco's most popular social events, the "Raising Hope" gala will take place on Monday, March 14 at the scenic Treasure Island and feature performances by Tony Award-winning entertainers Bernadette Peters and Tommy Tune. The evening's festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with ...

Prostate Cancer Vaccine Is First to Increase Survival

February 17, 2005

For the first time, researchers have found that a novel immunologic therapy increases survival by nearly 18 percent in men with advanced prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy. The therapeutic cancer vaccine, called APC8015 (Provenge), is likely to become a new standard ...

Bishop Named Winner of National Medal of Science

February 15, 2005

UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, has been named a recipient of the 2003 National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for science and technology. Bishop was among eight winners announced on Monday (Feb. 14) by President George W. Bush. The honorees will receive ...

Blackburn to Present Gladstone Distinguished Lecture, Mar. 7

February 11, 2005

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, will present the 2005 Gladstone Distinguished Lecture in Molecular and Cell Biology on Monday, March 7. Titled "Telomeres and Telomerase in Health and Disease," the lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Robert W. Mahley Auditorium in the Gladstone building, ...

Study Finds Brain Tumor Treatment Can Vary Greatly

February 2, 2005

Primary malignant brain tumors are not very common -- about 9,000 patients diagnosed per year -- and are associated with a poor prognosis. Treatment of these patients varies greatly among academic and community centers and can be in conflict with accepted guidelines of care, according ...

Silverman Named 2005 School of Dentistry Faculty Research Award Winner

January 31, 2005

Sol Silverman, Jr., professor of Oral Medicine in the Department of Orofacial Sciences at the UCSF School of Dentistry, has been named recipient of the 2005 School of Dentistry Faculty Researcher Lecturer Award for his outstanding research contributions. Silverman will deliver his presentation, "Selected Topics ...

Study Reveals Tobacco Industry Continuing to Challenge Cancer-Smoking Link

January 18, 2005

A study of once-confidential tobacco industry documents reveals that in the past few years several tobacco companies have continued to support research challenging the link between cancer and a potent carcinogen found in cigarette smoke. The companies continued this approach even after a landmark 1996 ...