UCSF Scientists Aim to Use Saliva to Detect Oral Cancers

August 22, 2007

Could scrutiny of spit save your life? Cancer researchers may soon know the answer. More than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the US alone, many when it's too late to prevent death. Dentists and hygienists find oral cancers during ...

American Legacy Foundation Honors Glantz with Distinguished Professorship

August 16, 2007

The American Legacy Foundation, a national public health foundation dedicated to reducing tobacco use in the United States, has announced a gift to UCSF to honor Stanton Glantz with a new distinguished professorship in tobacco control. A lifelong anti-tobacco champion, Glantz, PhD, professor of medicine ...

Study Finds Breast Cancer Decline Linked to Decreased Hormone Use

August 15, 2007

Decreased use of postmenopausal hormone therapy since 2002 -- rather than a decrease in detection and diagnosis due to less screening -- has contributed to a decline in the recorded incidence of breast cancer in the United States, conclude the authors of a study of ...

Bursts of Waves Drive Immune System Soldiers Toward Invaders

August 15, 2007

Scientists have discovered that torrents of microscopic waves propel white blood cells toward invading microbes. The discovery -- recorded on videotape -- holds the potential for better understanding and treatment of cancer and heart disease. Visible only under a very high-resolution light microscope, the dynamic ...

Genetic Testing Helps Woman Make Informed Decisions About Health Care

August 11, 2007

"Have you ever seen a relative go through the cancer process?" That's the first question San Francisco writer Doreen DeSalvo poses when asked whether she regrets getting tested -- and testing positively -- for Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is a hereditary cancer that carries a ...

Skin Cancer Scientist Sees Ray of Hope: A Conversation with James Cleaver

August 4, 2007

Much of what we know about how DNA repairs sun-damaged skin -- or fails to do so -- has arisen in the last few decades, thanks to scientists like UCSF's Jim Cleaver, PhD. Cleaver has a very long list of titles, including member of the ...

Two UCSF Postdocs Named to New Class of Damon Runyon Fellows

August 2, 2007

UCSF postdoctoral scholars Thomas M. Huckaba, PhD, and Melissa R. Junttila, PhD, have been named among 18 new Damon Runyan Fellows by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation at the Foundation's May 2007 Scientific Advisory Committee review. Recipients of the prestigious, three-year award are outstanding ...

Cancer Center Names Director of Investigational Therapeutics

July 28, 2007

Eric Small, MD, a professor in residence of medicine and urology and interim chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has been named director of investigational therapeutics in the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. Frank McCormick, PhD, director of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cancer Research ...

More Power to Population Studies in Pancreas Cancer Research

July 26, 2007

UCSF clinicians and researchers are joining with counterparts far and wide to conduct large studies that will yield the statistical power necessary to clearly identify factors associated with risk for pancreas cancer. So far, the only undisputed factors known to increase one's chances of getting ...

Looking for Cancer Clues in the Skeleton of Our Cells

July 19, 2007

For many infectious diseases, a strategy for drug design is clear: Find something that kills what's causing the disease that won't kill the patient. But what's the best approach when our own cells spread within and make us sick -- as when normal cells turn ...