University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kerner Receives France's Legion d'Honneur from President Nicolas Sarkozy

November 14, 2007

John Kerner, MD, a World War II veteran from California who participated in the Liberation of France, was awarded France's Legion d'Honneur by President Nicolas Sarkozy during a special ceremony in Washington, DC on Nov. 6. To express France's eternal gratitude to those who crossed ...

Cellular Response to Stress Signals Predicts Future Tumor Formation

November 12, 2007

A specific biological response to cellular stress may predict the likelihood of future tumor formation of the most common, non-invasive form of pre-malignant breast cancer-- ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. This information could potentially be used in a clinical setting to determine which women ...

Health Care Trio Forges Partnership to Improve Breast Cancer Care in Marin

November 5, 2007

RELEASED JOINTLY BY CALIFORNIA CANCER CARE, MARIN GENERAL HOSPITAL AND UCSF California Cancer Care, Marin General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco have signed agreements to improve access to surgical services for individuals with breast cancer who reside in Marin County. Marin and ...

UCSF Medical Center to Offer Free Screening for Hepatitis B

November 2, 2007

Hepatitis B is the No. 1 cause of liver cancer world wide. In collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Bay Area Hospital Council, UCSF Medical Center is sponsoring a monthly hepatitis B screening and vaccination clinic on the first Saturday ...

Cellular Self-Eating Might Be Turned Against Tumors

October 26, 2007

We all know that recycling can reduce the strain on global resources. But if we could see into the cellular world inside us, we might also notice that our cells are running a successful recycling campaign of their own. Cells recycle and reuse their own ...

CTSI Transforms Research at UCSF

October 25, 2007

Established one year ago through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to accelerate the pace at which scientific discovery is translated into patient care, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is already transforming the research community at UCSF.

Genes that Both Extend Life and Protect Against Cancer Identified

October 15, 2007

A person is 100 times more likely to get cancer at age 65 than at age 35. But new research reported Oct. 14 in the journal Nature Genetics identifies naturally occurring processes that allow many genes to both slow aging and protect against cancer in ...

Study Reveals a Key to Blood Vessel Growth and Possible Drug Target

October 14, 2007

Researchers have identified a molecular pathway that plays a critical role in the growth of blood vessels. The finding not only offers an important insight into the development of the vascular system during embryonic development but suggests a potential target for inhibiting the blood vessels ...

UCSF Launches New Phase of Brain Tumor Vaccine Trial

October 10, 2007

The Brain Tumor Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco has initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial of an investigational vaccine for treating glioma, a recurrent cancer of the central nervous system that occurs primarily in the brain. The primary objective of the ...

Berger Named to Lead Two National Neurosurgical Organizations

October 5, 2007

Mitch Berger, MD, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, was recently selected to lead two prestigious organizations in the field of neurosurgery. Berger was elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and was appointed to the American Board ...