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Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCSF Launches Institute for Stem Cell and Tissue Biology

September 12, 2005

Key faculty recruits, stem cell training program also announced Capitalizing on the strength of its research and clinical enterprise, UCSF is launching the Institute for Stem Cell and Tissue Biology, providing a framework for close collaboration among investigators from the University's Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, ...

UCSF Team Advances Probe of Neural Stem Cell-Brain Tumor Link

September 1, 2005

The public's enthusiasm for stem cell research has focused on the potential of the cells to treat disease and traumatic injury. But UCSF researchers are working on another angle of stem cell research -- one focused on illuminating disease. Theoretically, if scientists could deduce how ...

Lifestyle and Diet May Stop or Reverse Prostate Cancer Progression

August 11, 2005

Men with early stage prostate cancer who make intensive changes in diet and lifestyle may stop or perhaps even reverse the progression of their illness, according to a new study. The research is the first randomized, controlled trial showing that lifestyle changes may affect the ...

Omega-6 Fatty Acids Cause Prostate Tumor Cell Growth in Culture

August 1, 2005

A study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has demonstrated that omega-6 fatty acids such as the fat found in corn oil promote the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory. The study also identifies a potential new molecular target for ...

Virtual Colonoscopy Reveals Diseases Outside Colon Too

July 26, 2005

Computed tomographic (CT) colonography, known as virtual colonoscopy, can be used to diagnose significant medical problems in organs outside the colon, according to a new study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). In the study, 45 virtual colonoscopy patients out of 500, ...

Unprecedented Industry-Backed Laws Limit Public Safety, Study Shows

July 21, 2005

Two laws recently passed by Congress with strong industry backing have had a chilling effect on government efforts to protect public health, according to a UCSF study. The laws make all raw data produced by federally funded research available for public review, and require that ...

UCSF Medical Center & Children's Hospital Named to Best Hospitals List

July 8, 2005

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children's Hospital have been named to the honor roll in the new U.S. News & World Report's special issue on "America's Best Hospitals," with the Medical Center at 10 and the Children's Hospital at number 17. In this annual survey, ...

Pioneer in Biotech Research and Drug Development Appointed to UCSF Faculty

June 27, 2005

James Wells, PhD, cofounder of the South San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company Sunesis and a pioneer in developing new drug discovery and protein engineering technologies, has been appointed professor in both the schools of pharmacy and medicine at UCSF and will also direct a new center ...

"Silenced Gene Suggests Greater Risk for African-Americans with Prostate Cancer

June 16, 2005

Among African-Americans with prostate cancer, a tumor-suppressing gene called GSTP1 is inactivated at a rate 3.5 times higher than among Caucasians, according to a study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). "This could be one of the mechanisms for the higher incidence ...

Seminars to Educate Transplant Recipients about Skin Cancer Risk

June 8, 2005

Organ transplant recipients have a high risk of developing skin cancer, but information about this deadly link has not been readily available to patients. Now UCSF Medical Center is offering a program to remedy the problem. The Department of Dermatology and the Division of Transplant ...