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Study Reveals a Key to Blood Vessel Growth and Possible Drug Target

October 14, 2007

Researchers have identified a molecular pathway that plays a critical role in the growth of blood vessels. The finding not only offers an important insight into the development of the vascular system during embryonic development but suggests a potential target for inhibiting the blood vessels ...
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UCSF Launches New Phase of Brain Tumor Vaccine Trial

October 10, 2007

The Brain Tumor Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco has initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial of an investigational vaccine for treating glioma, a recurrent cancer of the central nervous system that occurs primarily in the brain. The primary objective of the ...
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Berger Named to Lead Two National Neurosurgical Organizations

October 5, 2007

Mitch Berger, MD, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, was recently selected to lead two prestigious organizations in the field of neurosurgery. Berger was elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and was appointed to the American Board ...
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Families of Pediatric Cancer Patients Gather at Picnic

October 5, 2007

The Children's Cancer and Blood Disease Program at UCSF Children's Hospital hosted its first annual celebration for pediatric oncology patients and their families recently at the San Francisco Zoo. UCSF pediatric cancer patients and their families had the opportunity to meet with peers with similar ...
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UCSF's Blackburn Shares Columbia University's 2007 Horwitz Prize

October 4, 2007

Columbia University will award the 2007 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to Joseph G. Gall, PhD, a cell biologist at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Embryology, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, a biologist and physiologist at the University of California, San Francisco and Carol W. Greider, PhD, ...
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On-screen Smoking in Movies Linked to Young Adult Smoking Behavior

October 2, 2007

New study findings show that exposure to on-screen smoking in movies has a strong correlation with beginning to smoke or becoming established smokers among young adults 18-25, a critical age group for lifelong smoking behavior. The research was conducted by a team from the University ...
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Specific Immune Cells Play an Essential Role in Tumor Growth

September 30, 2007

UCSF researchers have discovered that blocking the function of a certain type of immune cell halts pancreatic islet tumor growth in mice. The finding proves, they say, that specific immune cells can play a critical role in the formation and subsequent growth of cancer. The ...
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Presence of Gene Mutation Helps Guide Thyroid Cancer Treatment

September 5, 2007

A specific gene mutation may be useful in predicting the level of aggression of thyroid cancer and help guide treatment options and follow-up care, according to new study findings. The mutation, called BRAF V600E, is a genetic alteration in the BRAF oncogene, a modified gene ...
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New Breeds of Mice Shed Light on Human Cancers and Treatments

September 5, 2007

Scientists are not in the business of making better mousetraps, but they're serious about making better mice to understand cancer biology. Cancer sleuths are using new ways to genetically engineer mice. They use these new breeds of mice to study the effects of specific genetic ...
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Neural Stem Cell Study Reveals Mechanism that May Play Role in Cancer

September 4, 2007

n the dynamic world of the developing brain, neural stem cells give rise to neurons deep within the brain's fluid-filled ventricles. These newborn neurons then migrate along the stem cell fibers up to the neocortex, the seat of higher cognitive functions. Now, scientists have discovered ...