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Long-Anticipated Gene Search Technique Is Now Powerfully Real

June 6, 2007

In the wake of national-headline-making reports about how inheriting particular bits of DNA can increase one's risk for diabetes and breast cancer, UCSF's John Witte, PhD, stands ready to try his hand at using a similar scientific strategy to track down genes that affect prostate ...
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Bequest Will Invigorate Pancreatic Cancer Research at UCSF

May 31, 2007

Pancreatic cancer is among the most painful and deadliest of cancers, afflicting 37,000 new patients each year and killing 33,000 individuals. Sufferers are rarely diagnosed with the disease until symptoms have already appeared; by that time, it has often advanced beyond a curable stage. These ...
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Benefits and Risks of New Radiotherapies in Children

May 30, 2007

Thanks to rarely talked-about recent advances in radiation treatments, young children are surviving cancers that would have been incurable a decade ago. One strategy that is helping to boost survival is radiation treatment provided at the time of surgery. UCSF and fewer than a dozen ...
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UC Regents Approve Fundraising Campaign for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

May 18, 2007

The University of California Board of Regents today approved a proposed campaign to raise at least $500 million toward the development of the first phase of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. UCSF is planning to build a 289-bed, integrated medical center to serve children, ...
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Local Middle School Gets Structure to Protect Kids from Sun

May 17, 2007

Seventy-five students were among those attending the dedication ceremony of a new sun shade structure at the KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy last Friday. "Our outdoor courtyard had no sun protection, so the kids used to eat lunch in the basement cafeteria. This was clearly ...
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National Cancer Institute's Chief of Metabolism to Deliver Gladstone Distinguished Lecture

May 16, 2007

Thomas A. Waldmann, MD, head of the Cytokine Immunology and Immunotherapy Section and Chief of the Metabolism Branch at the National Cancer Institute, will deliver the Gladstone Institutes 2007 Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, May 22. The lecture titled, "The Biology of IL-2 and IL-15: Implications ...
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UCSF Experts Cautious about Vaccine for Cervical Cancer Virus

May 11, 2007

Unknowns about the effectiveness and safety of the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine demand thoughtful deliberation by clinicians on its role in cervical cancer prevention, according to two UCSF women's health specialists. The lack of long-term follow-up to assess vaccine efficacy and safety, as well ...
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Surgeon and Scientist Electron Kebebew Makes His Mark

May 10, 2007

Naming a child can sometimes stamp a child. So is it any wonder what an Ethiopian electrical engineer had in mind when he named his son Electron? But while engineering may have been in the boy's blood, this youngest of five children -- with siblings ...
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UCSF Sponsors Free Skin Cancer Screening on May 12

May 5, 2007

The UCSF Department of Dermatology will host free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, on the third floor of the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., San Francisco. May is designated as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection ...
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Six UCSF Faculty Members Named 2007 AAAS Fellows

May 4, 2007

Six UCSF faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2007 awardees include Douglas Hanahan, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics; Lily Jan, PhD, professor of physiology; Yuh Nung Jan, PhD, professor and vice chair of biochemistry and ...