UCSF's Elizabeth Blackburn Receives Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 5, 2009

Molecular biologist Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, 60, of the University of California, San Francisco, today was named to receive the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Blackburn shares the award with Carol W. Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Jack W.

Trial-Matching Service for Breast Cancer Patients Takes Personalized Approach

October 2, 2009

UCSF has long been known for providing top-quality education and exceptional patient care. But in a true sign of the times, the University name may soon be associated with another type of service -- online matchmaking -- thanks to the recent expansion of, a ...

Sokolow Memorial Cancer Endowment Lecture to Feature Systems Biologist

September 30, 2009

Lewis Cantley, PhD, director of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School, will deliver the Maurice, Ethel and Jane Sokolow Memorial Cancer Endowment Lectureship on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Sokolow lecture, titled "Role of ...

Revolutionary Statewide UC Collaboration Targets Breast Cancer

September 29, 2009

The University of California is launching an unprecedented statewide collaboration for breast cancer patients with the goal of revolutionizing the course of their care by designing and testing new approaches to research, technology and health care delivery. Named the ATHENA Breast Health Network, the groundbreaking ...

UCSF Stem Cell Investigator Awarded Funding for Brain Cancer Research

September 24, 2009

UCSF neurosurgeon and stem cell researcher Daniel Lim, MD, PhD, has been awarded $600,000 to study how neural stem cells can become cancerous and maintain their lethal characteristics as they divide and spread. Lim, an assistant professor and director of restorative neurosurgery in the Department ...

Support Service for Breast Cancer Patients Hailed as Model of Innovation

September 21, 2009

A UCSF service that helps breast cancer patients navigate through difficult treatment decisions has been selected as a national model of care by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. Decision Services, a 6-year-old program offered to patients of UCSF's Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center ...

UCSF Scientists Illuminate How MicroRNAs Drive Tumor Progression

September 16, 2009

UCSF researchers have identified collections of tiny molecules known as microRNAs that affect distinct processes critical for the progression of cancer. The findings, they say, expand researchers' understanding of the important regulatory function of microRNAs in tumor biology and point to new directions for future ...

UCSF Researchers Program Cells to Be Remote-controlled by Light

September 13, 2009

UCSF researchers have genetically encoded mouse cells to respond to light, creating cells that can be trained to follow a light beam or stop on command like microscopic robots. This is the first time researchers have been able to import a light controlled "on-off switch" ...

New Research Strategy for Understanding Drug Resistance in Leukemia

September 3, 2009

UCSF researchers have developed a new approach to identify specific genes that influence how cancer cells respond to drugs and how they become resistant. This strategy, which involves producing diverse genetic mutations that result in leukemia and associating specific mutations with treatment outcomes, will enable ...

Cancer Center Enlists Churches as Partners in Advancing Health

September 3, 2009

UCSF will sponsor a one-day symposium on September 12 to highlight the importance of faith-based organizations as crucial partners in promoting good health. The second-annual event, "Abundant Life: A Gathering for Faith, Health and Community," is open to churches in and around San Francisco and ...