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Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sence Foundation Gift Advances Brain Tumor Research

September 15, 2005

A $100,000 gift from the Sence Foundation to the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery will help further research that promises a major breakthrough in developing treatments for brain tumors. Lack of a suitable model of a human brain tumor has hindered research thus far, according ...

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, ...