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Colleagues Salute Blackburn for Winning Lasker Award

October 12, 2006

The campus community recently gathered at UCSF Mission Bay to congratulate world-renowned cell biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, who has received the 2006 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. Blackburn, PhD, 57, the Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and ...

Researchers Discover Tiny Gene Mutations that Cause Birth Abnormalities

October 10, 2006

The causes of developmental delay -- what used to be known as mental retardation -- are often unknown. Environment often plays a role -- think of fetal alcohol syndrome. But genes are just as important a cause, notes UCSF pediatrician and scientist Katherine Rauen, MD, ...

Three UCSF Faculty Elected to Institute of Medicine

October 9, 2006

hree UCSF faculty scientists are among the 65 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute announced today. The new UCSF members are: * Kathleen Giacomini, PhD, professor and chair of biopharmaceutical sciences. * James Marks, ...

UCSF Mission Bay to Host Cancer Imaging Symposium on October 14

October 6, 2006

The Bay Area scientific community is invited to hear experts talk about advances in cancer imaging at a symposium at the UCSF Mission Bay campus on Saturday, Oct. 14. The symposium is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall, ...

Sales of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Stickers to Support Friend to Friend Shop

October 2, 2006

North Bay-based sticker company Mrs. Grossman's has chosen the Friend to Friend Specialty Shop in UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion as their primary beneficiary of sales from a new pink breast cancer awareness ribbon line being introduced in October to recognize National Breast Cancer ...

New Nikon Imaging Center Opens at UCSF

September 29, 2006

Nikon Instruments, UCSF and the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3) announced today the opening of a collaborative core microscopy imaging center to promote education and innovation in microscopy imaging. The new UCSF Nikon Imaging Center is equipped with the latest technology for light ...

Fueled by Major Grant, Scientists to Identify Protein Markers for Cancer

September 28, 2006

A team led by Bay Area scientists is one of five nationwide to receive a major grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to refine and standardize the technologies for identifying biomarkers in the blood -- specific proteins, and the patterns they make -- for ...

Swim Raises $100,000 for UCSF Children's Hospital Cancer Program

September 26, 2006

With the slogan "Making waves to fight cancer" nearly 50 hardy swimmers emerged from the choppy surf onto a windy Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge Saturday afternoon following a daylong, 10-mile relay swim around San Francisco Bay. It was San Francisco's first "Swim ...

Smokers of Menthol Cigarettes May Have Harder Time Quitting

September 26, 2006

Although menthol and non-menthol cigarettes appear to be equally harmful to the lungs and cardiovascular system, menthol cigarettes may be harder to quit, according to a UCSF-led study that tracked more than 1,200 smokers over 15 years. The study found that menthol smokers were almost ...

Regents Approve Preliminary Planning for New Hospital Complex at Mission Bay

September 25, 2006

UC Regents this week approved preliminary planning for a new hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Preliminary planning for construction of a new hospital at the UCSF Mission Bay biomedical campus, to include state-of-the-art children's, women's and ...