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One Minute of Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Impairs Cardiovascular Function

One Minute of Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Impairs Cardiovascular Function

July 27, 2016

One minute of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) from marijuana diminishes blood vessel function to the same extent as tobacco, but the harmful cardiovascular effects last three times longer, according to a new study in rats led by UC San Francisco researchers.

UCSF Selects Architects for Precision Cancer Medicine Building

UCSF Selects Architects for Precision Cancer Medicine Building

July 21, 2016

UC San Francisco has selected international architecture firm Stantec Inc. to design its new, state-of-the-art Precision Cancer Medicine Building (PCMB) to integrate research and world-class patient care on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

Childhood Cancer Hijacks Cellular Quality Control System to Fuel Growth

Childhood Cancer Hijacks Cellular Quality Control System to Fuel Growth

July 19, 2016

A serious childhood cancer takes advantage of a quality control mechanism that usually protects cells from stress-induced damage to propel tumor growth, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco and the University of Pittsburgh. By blocking that mechanism, the scientists ...
Go-Between Immune Cell is Key to Priming the Body’s Fight Against Cancer

Go-Between Immune Cell is Key to Priming the Body’s Fight Against Cancer

July 14, 2016

Using advanced imaging technology that allowed them to spy on interactions among cells in the lymph nodes of living mice, a research team led by UCSF scientists has identified a cell that is a key player in mounting the immune system’s defense against cancer. The ...
Covert Inflammation May Trigger Many Forms of Cancer

Covert Inflammation May Trigger Many Forms of Cancer

July 7, 2016

A previously unidentifiable type of low-grade inflammation may explain why common anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin have shown promise against some types of cancer – even when patients don’t display typical signs of inflammation.

3-D Virtual Reality Colonoscopy: Pursuing a Better Path to Colorectal Cancer Prevention

3-D Virtual Reality Colonoscopy: Pursuing a Better Path to Colorectal Cancer Prevention

July 5, 2016

At UCSF’s 3-D Imaging Lab, radiologist Judy Yee, MD, pulls up an image that looks more like a birthday party balloon animal than a patient’s colon: a vibrant, color-segmented tube, torqued and twisted in on itself. Created from thin slices of a computed tomography (CT) scan, ...
UC ramps up role for White House's Cancer Moonshot

UC ramps up role for White House's Cancer Moonshot

June 30, 2016

At the White House’s Cancer Moonshot Summit on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced new actions to speed progress toward ending cancer as we know it, with several efforts involving the University of California. The Cancer Moonshot aims to double the rate of progress – ...
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Excel in Pediatric Specialties

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Excel in Pediatric Specialties

June 21, 2016

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have placed among the nation’s premier children’s hospitals in all 10 pediatric specialties. The hospitals ranked among the top 25 in eight of the 10 specialties and were best in the Bay Area in five practices – cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology – according to U.S. News & World Report, which released the results of its best pediatric hospitals on June 21, 2016.

UCSF Researcher Part of Consortium Awarded $7.5M to Evaluate Breast Imaging Strategies

UCSF Researcher Part of Consortium Awarded $7.5M to Evaluate Breast Imaging Strategies

June 6, 2016

Karla Kerlikowske, MD, a co-principal investigator of the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium(BCSC), is part of the team awarded $7.5 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(PCORI) board of governors to determine the effectiveness of two supplemental breast screening and diagnostic workup strategies.

Developments in Cancer Research and Care, from Prostate Cancer to Breast Cancer to Immunotherapy

Developments in Cancer Research and Care, from Prostate Cancer to Breast Cancer to Immunotherapy

June 1, 2016

Cancer specialists from UC San Francisco will share information on advances in research during the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), one of the world’s most prestigious gatherings of oncology professionals.