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Genetic test makes individualised breast cancer treatment possible

Genetic test makes individualised breast cancer treatment possible

June 11, 2015

Laura van 't Veer, co-leader of the HDFCCC Breast Oncology Program, and her team (Netherlands) was awarded the prize for the invention of a gene-based tissue test which makes it possible to offer targeted treatment for breast cancer.

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Genetic Markers Provide Better Brain Cancer Classification

June 10, 2015

A team of scientists from UC San Francisco and Mayo Clinic has shown that using just three molecular markers will help clinicians classify gliomas – the most common type of malignant brain tumors – more accurately than current methods.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Ranked Among Nation’s Premier Hospitals

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Ranked Among Nation’s Premier Hospitals

June 9, 2015

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, is among the nation's premier children’s hospitals in nine pediatric specialties, according to the 2015-2016 U.S. Best Children’s Hospitals rankings conducted by the U.S. News Media Group.

Ashworth Receives Award from Cancer Nonprofit

Ashworth Receives Award from Cancer Nonprofit

June 2, 2015

UC San Francisco’s Alan Ashworth, PhD, has received an award from a cancer nonprofit organization for his “significant contributions to research, advocacy, clinical care, education, awareness, or support of hereditary cancer.”

 
The Resolution Revolution: Building a Better Microscope to See at the Atomic Level

The Resolution Revolution: Building a Better Microscope to See at the Atomic Level

June 1, 2015

One of the more famous images in biology is known as "Photo 51," an image of DNA that chemist Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling created in 1952 by shooting X-rays through fibers of DNA and analyzing the patterns they left behind on film.

Women with Dense Breasts May Not Need More Screening

Women with Dense Breasts May Not Need More Screening

May 18, 2015

As the debate continues to swirl around the medical significance of dense breasts and whether extra screening should be done, a new study led by UC San Francisco has found that women with dense breasts may need only routine mammograms unless they are at high risk.

UCSF-Led Study Explains How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

UCSF-Led Study Explains How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

May 18, 2015

A team led by UCSF researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer.
 
The Diller Scientific Retreat: Building a Culture to Fight the Disease

The Diller Scientific Retreat: Building a Culture to Fight the Disease

May 14, 2015

In concept, it’s simple: Figure out how the cancer works, develop treatments that target the problem areas and cure the disease. In practice, of course, those working in the field know there is nothing simple about this lethal, at times heartbreaking contest of whack-a-mole.

Online Smoking Intervention Shows Cost-Effective Way to Distribute Health Resources Worldwide

Online Smoking Intervention Shows Cost-Effective Way to Distribute Health Resources Worldwide

May 13, 2015

An online smoking cessation program that offered personalized guidance and support free of charge to smokers worldwide prompted thousands to quit, and should be used as a blueprint for other global health initiatives, according to one of its founders.

 
Allan Balmain Elected into Royal Society

Allan Balmain Elected into Royal Society

April 30, 2015

Dr. Allan Balmain, an internationally known expert in cancer genetics, has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society, the oldest continuously operating scientific society in the world.