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Imaging Lab Draws from Impressive Arsenal to Fight Major Health Threats

April 30, 2009

Surrounded by cutting-edge equipment most people couldn't even turn on, much less operate, researchers at a UCSF imaging laboratory are using innovative techniques to study and improve the treatment of life-altering medical conditions, from cancer to multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. The Margaret Hart Surbeck ...

UCSF Oncologist Led Early Clinical Trials of Provenge

April 28, 2009

Prostate cancer patients who have advanced disease that no longer responds to hormone-blocking therapy might become the first to benefit from a new type of cancer drug. With these new immunotherapies, the patients' own immune cells are supercharged to better fight the disease, says a ...

UCSF Offers Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings on May 1

April 27, 2009

In observance of Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, UCSF will provide members of the public with free, drop-in screenings for oral, head and neck cancers on Friday, May 1. Sponsored by the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery's oncology practice, the screenings ...

AAAS Elects Four UCSF Faculty as Fellows

April 24, 2009

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) has elected four members of the UCSF faculty as fellows of one of the nation's top honorary societies. The four new fellows from UCSF are: * Abul Abbas, MBBS, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology, ...

Dental School Names New Associate Dean for Research

April 23, 2009

Richard Jordan, DDS, PhD, has been appointed the new associate dean for research in the UCSF School of Dentistry. The appointment will be effective May 1, 2009. Jordan will replace John Greenspan, BDS, PhD, who has stepped down after years of outstanding service in this ...

Moles, Melanomas and Mouse Models

April 22, 2009

A melanoma may start out looking just a little different from a normal mole. But it may end up being every bit as deadly as cancers that first arise in vital organs. When melanoma is diagnosed late, the prognosis is bad. Better treatment is a ...

Blackburn, Elected AACR President, Will Give Faculty Research Lecture

April 13, 2009

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced that Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, the Morris Herzstein Endowed Chair in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, has been elected to be the president of the organization. In addition, at UCSF ...

Testosterone in Prostate Cancer -- New Way to Block Hormones

April 10, 2009

There's a new way to stop the hormonal effects of testosterone, thanks to UCSF neurologist Marc Diamond, MD. Diamond studies the androgen receptor. The androgen receptor ("andro" means man) relays the male hormone's signal to the interior of cells. Why would one want to block ...

Pap Smear or HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer?

April 9, 2009

Cervical cancer screening and follow-up might one day come to the rural US via a mobile van. Or at least one might imagine such a scenario after reading a study published in the April 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Cervical ...

Scientists Identify Key Gene that Protects against Leukemia

April 8, 2009

Researchers have identified a gene that controls the rapid production and differentiation of the stem cells that produce all blood cell types -- a discovery that could eventually open the door to more streamlined treatments for leukemia and other blood cancers, in which blood cells ...