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Some Skin Cancer May Be Mediated by Primary Cilia Activity

August 24, 2009

Tiny, solitary spikes that stick out of nearly every cell in the body play a central role in a type of skin cancer, new research has found. The discovery in mice shows that the microscopic structures known as primary cilia can either suppress or promote ...

Pioneer Personalizes Breast Cancer Treatment

August 21, 2009

Laura van 't Veer, PhD, has changed the way physicians look at breast cancer. Tumors differ from each other genetically. And thanks to van 't Veer's pioneering vision, oncologists now use a new generation of genetic tests to help make treatment decisions. Fewer women with ...

UCSF Breast Cancer Specialists Lead the Way Translating Research

August 21, 2009

UCSF breast cancer faculty who are leading the way in personalized medicine and translational research were featured recently at a forum hosted by noted breast surgeon Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, long-time director of UCSF's Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. The event explored a range ...

UCSF Researchers Identify New Drug Target for Kaposi's Sarcoma

July 29, 2009

UCSF researchers have identified a new potential drug target for the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma, re-opening the possibility of using the class of drugs called protease inhibitors against the full herpes family of viruses, which for 20 years has been deemed too difficult ...

Prostate Cancer Researcher to Hold New Endowed Chair in Urology

July 28, 2009

UCSF cancer researcher and epidemiologist June Chan, ScD, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Steven and Christine Burd-Safeway Endowed Chair in the Department of Urology. Chan, as associate professor in the Department of Urology and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, has focused ...

UCSF Leads Consortium to Radically Change Cancer Drug Development

July 22, 2009

Scientists at universities and pharmaceutical companies alike in the next several years may be working in a transformed research environment, one in which ideas may more quickly and cheaply be translated into effective therapies to treat a wide array of life-robbing illnesses. Instead of targeting ...

UCSF Medical Center Named One of Top 10 Hospitals Nationwide and Best in Bay Area

July 16, 2009

UCSF Medical Center ranks among the nation's top 10 premier hospitals and is the best in the Bay Area, according to the new 2009-10 America's Best Hospitals survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. This year UCSF retains its place as the seventh best ...

Brain Cancer Linked to Inherited Genetic Risk

July 6, 2009

UCSF scientists have discovered commonly inherited genetic risks for the deadliest types of brain tumors, marking the first time such a link has been definitively established. At least 20 percent of these advanced brain cancers may be attributable to the newly discovered genetic risks, according ...

Study Identifies How Tamoxifen Stimulates Uterine Cell Growth and Cancer

July 3, 2009

UCSF researchers have identified a new "feed-forward" pathway linking estrogen receptors in the membrane of the uterus to a process that increases local estrogen levels and promotes cell growth. The research is significant in helping determine why tamoxifen and other synthetic estrogens are linked to ...

Even in Weak Economy, Business Is Booming at UCSF Biotech Incubator

July 2, 2009

With San Francisco's office leasing market in the doldrums and availability up nearly 20 percent from last year, many property managers are doing whatever they can to entice new tenants. UCSF's Douglas Crawford, PhD, has the opposite problem. "We're chock-full, and my phone keeps ringing," ...