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Researchers Create Cellular “ORACLs” to Aid Drug Discovery

December 14, 2015

A team of researchers at UC San Francisco has devised a new approach for early stage drug discovery that uses techniques from the world of computer vision in combination with a powerful new tool: a lineage of genetically modified cancer cells in a dish that change their appearance when treated with drugs targeting common disease pathways.

UCSF Speakers Announced for 2016 Personalized Medicine World Conference

UCSF Speakers Announced for 2016 Personalized Medicine World Conference

December 9, 2015

The lineup is finalized for the 2016 Personalized Medicine World Conference, with nine scheduled talks by UCSF leaders and faculty.

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‘Purity’ Of Tumor Samples May Significantly Bias Genomic Analyses

December 4, 2015

A new study by UC San Francisco scientists shows that the proportion of normal cells, especially immune cells, intermixed with cancerous cells in a given tissue sample may significantly skew the results of genetic analyses and other tests performed both by researchers and by physicians ...
Keith Yamamoto Named UCSF’s First Vice Chancellor of Science Policy and Strategy

Keith Yamamoto Named UCSF’s First Vice Chancellor of Science Policy and Strategy

November 24, 2015

Keith Yamamoto, PhD, has spent his career doing basic research, and also working both to improve the practice of science and to amplify its impact beyond the walls of academia. Now, in his new role as UCSF’s first vice chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy, he’ll lead efforts to anticipate the needs of an increasingly dynamic biomedical research endeavor, and to position UCSF optimally, both by working within the University and by influencing and shaping science policy at the state and national levels and beyond.

Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn Named President of Salk Institute

Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn Named President of Salk Institute

November 18, 2015

Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco, has been named the first woman president of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences.

New Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory is Launched at UCSF

New Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory is Launched at UCSF

November 17, 2015

A $10 million gift from The Parker Foundation, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker, will establish a new research laboratory within the Diabetes Center at UC San Francisco devoted to understanding autoimmunity, in the hopes of laying the groundwork for new treatments for diseases ranging from type 1 diabetes to multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis.

Working Up A Sweat May Protect Men From Lethal Prostate Cancer

Working Up A Sweat May Protect Men From Lethal Prostate Cancer

November 17, 2015

A study that tracked tens of thousands of midlife and older men for more than 20 years has found that vigorous exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits may cut their chances of developing a lethal type of prostate cancer by up to 68 percent.

'Give Breast Cancer the Boot' Funds New Projects to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

'Give Breast Cancer the Boot' Funds New Projects to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

November 12, 2015

Projects focus on quality of life, new treatment options, patient navigation and decision support, survivorship, among others.

Melanoma’s Genetic Trajectories Are Charted in New Study

Melanoma’s Genetic Trajectories Are Charted in New Study

November 12, 2015

An international team of scientists led by UC San Francisco researchers has mapped out the genetic trajectories taken by melanoma as it evolves from early skin lesions, known as precursors, to malignant skin cancer, which can be lethal when it invades other tissues in the body.

Three Receive UCSF Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Health

Three Receive UCSF Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Health

November 8, 2015

Community leader and philanthropist Helen Diller (1929-2015) received the UCSF Medal posthumously for her outstanding contributions to advancing health care and research.