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Stem Cell and Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell and other Genetic Diseases

Stem Cell and Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell and other Genetic Diseases

December 13, 2011

A cure for sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening genetic disorders that arise in the blood is the goal of a new $6.7-million, five-year research project headed by UCSF scientist Y. W. Kan, a pioneer of modern genetics and the diagnosis of genetic diseases before birth.

UCSF to Receive Tobacco Papers, Funding to Improve Public Access to the Documents

UCSF to Receive Tobacco Papers, Funding to Improve Public Access to the Documents

December 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a proposed consent order today with a federal district court that finalizes requirements for three major tobacco companies to make internal documents public in accordance with an earlier ruling that the companies violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. 

UCSF’s Blackburn Inducted into the California Hall of Fame

UCSF’s Blackburn Inducted into the California Hall of Fame

December 12, 2011

Resplendent in an elegant striped jacket of blue and green hues, Blackburn, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009, was presented with the medal by from Governor Jerry Brown.

UCSF Study Finds Medical Marijuana Could Help Patients Reduce Pain with Opiates

UCSF Study Finds Medical Marijuana Could Help Patients Reduce Pain with Opiates

December 6, 2011

A UCSF study suggests patients with chronic pain may experience greater relief if their doctors add cannabinoids – the main ingredient in cannabis or medical marijuana – to an opiates-only treatment.

UCSF, GE Healthcare Team Up on Pioneering Cord Blood Project

UCSF, GE Healthcare Team Up on Pioneering Cord Blood Project

December 5, 2011

UCSF and the Cell Technologies business of GE Healthcare Life Sciences have begun a unique collaboration aimed at overcoming the lack of blood-forming stem cells available to patients suffering from life-threatening diseases such as lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia or sickle cell anemia.

The Immune System Has Protective Memory Cells, Researchers Discover

The Immune System Has Protective Memory Cells, Researchers Discover

November 27, 2011

The immune system possesses a type of cell that can be activated by tissues within the body to remind the immune system not to attack our own molecules, cells and organs, UCSF researchers have discovered.

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Health Disparities Research Continues to Grow at UCSF

November 23, 2011

UCSF’s faculty and students are taking a wide-ranging look at the inequities that exist in the Unites States, in terms of both health itself and the quality of health care, across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines.

Mission Bay Medical Center Reflects Latest Research on How Design Affects Health Outcomes

Mission Bay Medical Center Reflects Latest Research on How Design Affects Health Outcomes

November 17, 2011

The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is planned as a shining example of evidence-based hospital design, an increasingly prevalent trend built on research suggesting that design can improve health outcomes by increasing safety and reducing stress among patients, their families and hospital staff.

Tamoxifen Resistance - And How to Defeat It

Tamoxifen Resistance - And How to Defeat It

November 14, 2011

In the last three decades, thousands of women with breast cancer have taken the drug tamoxifen, only to discover that the therapy doesn’t work, either because their tumors do not respond to the treatment at all, or because they develop resistance to it over time.

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Clinical Trial Shows First Evidence That Anal Cancer Is Preventable

October 27, 2011

A large, international clinical trial led by doctors at the University of California, San Francisco indicates that a vaccine to prevent anal cancer is safe and effective, according to a study reported in the October 27, 2011 issue of New England Journal of Medicine.