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Cell's Decision-Making Circuitry Scrutinized by UCSF Research Team

January 26, 2006

A UCSF research team has gained a new glimpse into the circuitry that directs the fate of cells: whether they will grow, change shape or succumb to pathogens. Cells monitor their environment and make vital decisions by using complex circuits made up of molecules known ...
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Grands Fund Breast Cancer and Brain Tumor Research at UCSF

January 17, 2006

Nancy and Stephen Grand are longtime supporters of cancer causes. As a board member of the Karmanos Comprehensive Cancer Center in Detroit, Stephen developed a keen interest in medical research. Eager to continue their philanthropic involvement after moving to California, the Grands were attracted by ...
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UCSF Fellow Wins Honors for Breast Cancer Research

December 14, 2005

UCSF Fellow Anjali Kumar, MD, MPH, is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Foundation Fellowship and the AstraZeneca Young Investigator Award at the 28th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Kumar submitted three abstracts for the SABCS, the largest annual ...
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Study Identifies Key Regulator of Bone Quality, Suggests Drug Target

December 13, 2005

UCSF scientists have determined that the quality of bone matrix, a key component of bone, is regulated by a molecule known as transforming growth factor beta. The finding, they say, suggests a possible target for preventing and treating bone fractures associated with aging and genetic ...
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Sigma Theta Tau International Names Dodd as Episteme Laureate

December 9, 2005

Marylin Dodd, RN, PhD, FAAN, Sharon A. Lamb Chair in Nursing and specialist in oncology nursing, was recently awarded The Baxter International Foundation's prestigious Episteme Award. Dodd is also director of the Research Center for Symptom Management and an associate dean in the UCSF School ...
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Research Review Finds Tobacco Scenes in Movies Boost Teen Smoking

December 5, 2005

The first complete review of research on the link between teenagers viewing on-screen smoking and then taking up smoking themselves finds that one leads to the other. The review concludes that eliminating scenes of smoking in new youth-rated films should substantially reduce smoking initiation in ...
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UCSF Wins HHMI Award for Interdisciplinary Graduate Education

December 1, 2005

UCSF's Integrated Program in Complex Biological Systems has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to initiate fundamental changes in the way PhD scientists are trained. As biomedical science becomes increasingly interdisciplinary - relying increasingly on the physical and computational ...
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Study Hints at Role of Stem Cell Genes in Testicular, Breast Cancers

November 29, 2005

UCSF scientists have discovered that the activity of several embryonic stem cell genes is elevated in testicular and breast cancers, providing some of the first molecular evidence of a link between embryonic stem cells and cancer. The finding, reported in the November issue of Cancer, ...
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UCSF and GE Healthcare Announce Cancer Research Collaboration

November 28, 2005

The University of California, San Francisco today announced a collaboration with GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), to develop new technology for clinical use that tracks real-time changes in tissue metabolism with unprecedented sensitivity. The collaboration will focus on developing new ...
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UCSF Surgeon Develops New Spinal Surgery Technique

November 4, 2005

UCSF surgeons are using a novel technique to remove tumors from the cervical region of the spine that were previously thought "inoperable." Called a lateral paramedian transpedicular approach, the technique uses advances in spinal instrumentation and reconstructive strategies to provide a direct approach to the ...