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Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

New Initiative at UCSF Targets Multiple Myeloma

May 28, 2009

A major new initiative at UCSF will focus on the discovery and development of promising new treatments for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood that kills nearly 11,000 Americans every year. The Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative (MMTI) kicked off in April with a $2 ...

UCSF to Host World No Tobacco Day on May 29

May 22, 2009

To promote awareness about the health hazards of tobacco, UCSF will bring together its own faculty experts, staff and students to recognize World No Tobacco Day on Friday, May 29. The campus community is invited to attend UCSF's World No Tobacco Day event, from noon ...

UCSF Creates Fast, Affordable Tool for Finding Gene 'On-Off' Switches

May 18, 2009

UCSF scientists have created a method of quickly identifying large numbers of the genetic material known as short hairpin RNA -- also called shRNA -- that turns genes on and off. The method, which the research team has used to create a library of 22,000 ...

UCSF Scientists Welcome Sea Change in Stem Cell Development

May 15, 2009

Stem cell researchers at UCSF are at the forefront of their field, despite the political challenges and federal funding shortfalls faced during the last decade, said Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD, director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research ...

Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Plants Are Unlikely Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Finds

May 12, 2009

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in plants, appears unlikely to be a cause of prostate cancer, contrary to some previous findings, according to a research review and meta-analysis by investigators at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, ...

Susan Desmond-Hellmann Named UC San Francisco Chancellor

May 7, 2009

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, a physician, pioneering cancer researcher and biotechnology industry executive who most recently served as president of product development for Genentech, today (May 7) was named chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco campus by the University of California Board of Regents. The ...

UCSF Study Shows Attitudes toward Tobacco Industry Linked to Smoking Behavior

May 6, 2009

A new study by UCSF researchers concludes that media campaigns that portray the tobacco industry in a negative light and that appeal to young adults may be a powerful intervention to decrease young adult smoking. The study sheds light on the relationship between attitudes toward ...

UC President Announces Recommended Candidates for Chancellors of UC Davis, UC San Francisco

May 1, 2009

University of California President Mark G. Yudof will bring the names of two candidates to serve as chancellors of UC Davis and UC San Francisco to next week's meeting of the UC Board of Regents, the university announced today (May 1). Both appointments are subject ...

Cancer-causing Virus Associated with Higher Risk of New HIV Infection

April 30, 2009

Infection with anal human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that can cause anal and cervical cancers, is associated with a higher risk of new HIV infection in previously HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM), according to new UCSF research. Reported online ahead of print ...

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 ...