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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lecture to Focus on Lessons from the Prevention Wars"

November 1, 2005

The campus community is invited to the Fifth Annual Salvatore Pablo Lucia Memorial Lecture in Preventive Medicine on Friday, Nov.4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the UCSF School of Nursing, room N225, on the Parnassus campus. A reception will immediately follow in the School ...

Study Sheds Light on Signaling Mechanism in Stem Cells, Cancer

October 24, 2005

UCSF scientists have illuminated a key step in a signaling pathway that helps orchestrate embryonic development. The finding, they say, could lead to insights into the development of stem cells, as well as birth defects and cancers, and thus fuel therapeutic strategies. The study, reported ...