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First QB3 Scientific Director Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 2, 2007

David Agard, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF and the founding scientific director of the UCSF-based California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, was elected today to the National Academy of Sciences. Election is considered one of the highest honors for an American scientist.
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Matthay Named to New Endowed Chair in Pediatric Translational Research

April 30, 2007

Katherine Matthay, MD, one of the world's leading researchers in new treatments for neuroblastoma, the most common extracranial solid cancer of infancy and early childhood, has been appointed to hold the Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Translational Research in Pediatric Oncology at UCSF. Since ...
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New Progress in Matching Cancer Patients to Drugs

April 17, 2007

Breast cancers differ from one another and from tumors that arise in other tissues. A drug that is life-saving for one cancer patient may fail in another with a tumor that originated in the same organ. But it's tough to match the patient to the ...
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UCSF Brain Tumor Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Results

April 13, 2007

A vaccine for treating a recurrent cancer of the central nervous system that occurs primarily in the brain has shown promise in preliminary data from a clinical trial at the University of California, San Francisco. Known as a glioma, this cancerous tumor is always fatal.
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Low Education Predicts Lower Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

April 12, 2007

Among men who have received similar treatments for prostate cancer, those with less education -- particularly those who did not graduate from high school -- experience a significant drop in their quality of life after treatment compared with men who have more education, according to ...
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Massage and Acupuncture Reduce Pain after Cancer Surgery

March 30, 2007

Massage and acupuncture are effective in decreasing pain and depression following surgery in cancer patients, according to a UCSF study. The findings of the randomized controlled clinical trial are reported in the March 2007 issue of the "Journal of Pain and Symptom Management." "This pilot ...
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Boosting Colon Cancer Survival

March 29, 2007

Colon cancer is largely preventable and curable when detected early through routine screening. But patients who skip screening or who fall prey to particularly aggressive colon cancers may already have widespread disease by the time they are diagnosed. Colon cancer that has spread to other ...
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Carol Channing to Star in Comedy Benefit for UCSF Patient Services

March 20, 2007

Actress Carol Channing will return to her home town of San Francisco to perform in "Love & Laughter...and Legends: Just What the Doctor Ordered," a benefit for patient services at UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center. The April 21 evening of comedy will include performances by ...
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Puberty, Obesity, Environment and Breast Cancer

March 19, 2007

A woman's likelihood of getting breast cancer peaks in her 70s, but some researchers are focusing on puberty to better understand risks. That's because girlhood appears be a window of vulnerability to environmental insults that may result in breast cancer decades later. "Breast cancer is ...
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UCSF Fellow Honored for Cancer Prevention Research

March 14, 2007

UCSF Fellow Dejana Braithwaite, PhD, MSc, is the 2007 recipient of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF) Fellowship, and the New Investigator Award for the 31st Annual ASPO Meeting. Braithwaite was selected from a national pool ...