University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Flipping A Genetic Switch on Cells Lets Researchers Boost or Suppress Immune Responses

Flipping A Genetic Switch on Cells Lets Researchers Boost or Suppress Immune Responses

May 1, 2020

Cancer and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, might not seem to have much in common, but some researchers now are pinning hopes on the same immune system cell – called the regulatory T cell, or Treg – to better fight ...
Nature Publication Presents New 'Blueprint' Revealing How SARS-CoV-2 Virus Hijacks Human Cells

Nature Publication Presents New 'Blueprint' Revealing How SARS-CoV-2 Virus Hijacks Human Cells

April 30, 2020

An international team of more than 120 scientists has detailed the impact of 75 over-the-counter prescription and development-stage drug compounds on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Several of these agents show promise in blocking SARS-CoV-2 replication in laboratory experiments. One compound investigated in the ...
CureTalks Podcast: New Findings in Gastrointestinal Cancers

CureTalks Podcast: New Findings in Gastrointestinal Cancers

April 24, 2020

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide amounting to 4.5 million global deaths per year. This online discussion explored novel agents and therapeutic approaches for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers and how new trial findings might affect treatment of these cancers in the future with GI cancer expert Dr. Alan P Venook.

New UCSF Study Identifies Precision Medicine Therapy for Rare Pediatric Glioma

New UCSF Study Identifies Precision Medicine Therapy for Rare Pediatric Glioma

April 21, 2020

Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer mortality in children, several types of which still do not have an optimal therapeutic strategy. Among these are diffuse gliomas, which cannot be cured by surgical resection alone due to the way the tumor cells infiltrate throughout ...
CureTalks Podcast: Managing your Mental Health During COVID-19

CureTalks Podcast: Managing your Mental Health During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Is the new practice of social distancing or reducing close physical proximity with others contributing to another deadly epidemic, that of social isolation and loneliness? Dr. Dianne Shumay discussed psychosocial support for cancer patients, caregivers, family members and how you can protect yourself and be supportive of others too.

CRISPR-Based 'Discovery Engine' for New Cell Therapies to Advance Cancer Treatments

CRISPR-Based 'Discovery Engine' for New Cell Therapies to Advance Cancer Treatments

April 17, 2020

Despite centuries-long efforts to develop cures for cancer, various forms of the disease will kill about 630,000 people in the U.S. in 2020. But hopes are rising for cell therapies – sometimes called “living medicines” – that can boost and adapt the natural cancer-fighting potential of ...