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New Approach Attacks 'Undruggable' Cancers from the Outside In

New Approach Attacks 'Undruggable' Cancers from the Outside In

January 23, 2018

Cancer researchers have made great strides in developing targeted therapies that treat the specific genetic mutations underlying a patient's cancer. However, many of the most common cancer-causing genes are so central to cellular function throughout the body that they are essentially 'undruggable'. Now, researchers at ...
Byers Distinguished Professorship Awarded to Wendell Lim, Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Byers Distinguished Professorship Awarded to Wendell Lim, Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

January 22, 2018

UC San Francisco Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, announced Wednesday that Brook and Shawn Byers have established the Byers Distinguished Professorship, which will be awarded to Wendell Lim, PhD. The professorship recognizes Lim’s comprehensive record of academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. As professor and chair ...
San Francisco Cancer Initiative Identifies 1st Year Progress, Challenges

San Francisco Cancer Initiative Identifies 1st Year Progress, Challenges

January 9, 2018

Amid the complex system of American health care, where progress has lagged in the prevention and early detection of cancer, a major public health project is underway in San Francisco with one ambitious goal: reducing cancer in the city where the disease is the leading ...
Latest Cancer Center Impact Report Reflects Accomplishments and Future Directions

Latest Cancer Center Impact Report Reflects Accomplishments and Future Directions

January 8, 2018

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is more than a place where scientists and clinicians strive to develop leading-edge therapeutics. In 2017, researchers and clinicians, patients and families, community groups, and government and industry partners continued to work hand in hand to transform ...
Youth Using Alternative Tobacco Products Are More Likely to Smoke 1 Year Later

Youth Using Alternative Tobacco Products Are More Likely to Smoke 1 Year Later

January 2, 2018

Nonsmoking adolescents who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or tobacco water pipes are more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes within a year, according to new research by UC San Francisco. The study analyzed data from a nationally-representative sample of more than 10,000 adolescents, ages 12 ...
Engineers Hack Cell Biology to Create 3-D Shapes from Living Tissue

Engineers Hack Cell Biology to Create 3-D Shapes from Living Tissue

December 28, 2017

UCSF bioengineers have shown that many of the complex folded shapes that form mammalian body plans and internal tissue structures can be re-created with very simple instructions, setting the stage for future applications ranging from lab-grown organs to soft biological robots.

DNA Annotations Predict Patient Outcomes in Childhood Leukemia

DNA Annotations Predict Patient Outcomes in Childhood Leukemia

December 19, 2017

UC San Francisco physician-scientists have developed a test that can predict how patients with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) will respond to treatment, and may also be able to identify patients who are likely to recover spontaneously with little to no treatment. The researchers are ...
2018 Precision Medicine World Conference to Feature UCSF Faculty

2018 Precision Medicine World Conference to Feature UCSF Faculty

December 15, 2017

For the third consecutive year, UC San Francisco is co-sponsoring the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) in January 2018 to share the latest in the rapidly evolving space. Renamed from the Personalized Medicine World Conference, the annual forum attracts more than 1,000 recognized authorities and experts to ...
Year in Review: 2017

Year in Review: 2017

December 13, 2017

2017 has been a year of collaboration, innovation, and achievement at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer.  As the year winds down, we take a moment to reflect on some highlights. Our dedicated clinicians, curious researchers, and inspired philanthropists joined forces with patients and families, ...
Collaboration Highlights UCSF Cancer Center's Leadership in Precision Medicine for Prostate Cancer

Collaboration Highlights UCSF Cancer Center's Leadership in Precision Medicine for Prostate Cancer

December 11, 2017

A new collaboration between the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) and the biotechnology company Strata Oncology to provide free genomic testing to men with advanced prostate cancer could help patients nationwide gain access to cutting-edge treatment and lead to new therapies for ...