GI Oncology Group Honored for Outstanding Patient Care

July 1, 2009

Members of UCSF's Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology group are the inaugural recipients of the Helen Diller Family Quality Award, an honor that recognizes exceptional commitment to providing superior patient care. The group, led by gastrointestinal cancer expert Alan Venook, MD, was named the top performer in ...

New Biomarker Method Could Increase the Number of Diagnostic Tests for Cancer

June 30, 2009

A team of researchers, including several from UCSF, has demonstrated that a new method for detecting and quantifying protein biomarkers in body fluids may ultimately make it possible to screen multiple biomarkers in hundreds of patient samples, thus ensuring that only the strongest biomarker candidates ...

Mercy Medical Center and UCSF Collaborate to Improve Cancer Care

June 27, 2009

RELEASED JOINTLY BY MERCY MEDICAL CENTER AND UCSF MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Medical Center Redding in Redding, Calif., and UCSF Medical Center have signed a letter of intent formalizing a collaboration that aims to improve cancer-related care for Mercy's patient population in the far northern region ...

Prostate Cancer Test Improves Prediction of Disease Course

June 12, 2009

A new prostate cancer risk assessment test, developed by a UCSF team, gives patients and their doctors a better way of gauging long-term risks and pinpointing high risk cases. According to UCSF study findings, published this week, the test proved accurate in predicting bone metastasis, ...

New Breast Cancer Treatments May Stem from $16.5 Million Award

June 9, 2009

A UCSF research pioneer in breast cancer - a disease that still kills about 40,000 US women each year - will co-lead a new, $16.5 million effort to develop more effective, targeted therapies to vanquish various types of breast tumors, including cancers that are particularly ...

Quest to Conquer Cancer Continues in New Research Building at Mission Bay

June 3, 2009

More information about the opening of the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building is available here. Hundreds turned out at UCSF Mission Bay on Tuesday for the opening of the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building, a $135 million facility where scientists are working to conquer cancer. "This is a great moment for UCSF and for the City of San Francisco and above all else for cancer research and cancer patients," said UCSF Chancellor Mike Bishop, MD. Bishop, who will step down as chancellor this summer, marveled at the manifestation of UCSF Mission Bay, the largest academic development project in the United States and a magnet to a thriving life sciences and biotech sector in San Francisco. Bishop noted that the cancer research building was but a gleam in the eye of a few when he took the helm of UCSF 11 years ago. Although told that there was no room at UCSF Mount Zion, where another cancer research building and clinics are clustered, and no money for the project, the vision of campus leaders and the generosity of supporters prevailed. "Along came a small group of angels," Bishop said, referring to Helen and Sanford Diller and their family, who were among the project's 300 donors. The Dillers' daughter, Jackie Safier, said the family is "very excited about the building and the spirit of collaboration in which it was designed." She joined her husband, Dan, and their children, Josh and Lauren, on stage for the ribbon cutting ceremony. In a keynote address at Tuesday's opening event, J. Craig Venter, PhD, who pioneered the Human Genome project, said the future of cancer research and treatment will be determined in places like the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building. "It sounds like science fiction scenarios," he said of some of the latest innovations in the field, "but it all has come from simple ideas in labs that turned into breakthroughs. Good environments have a huge impact on how science is conducted." The standing-room only audience for the afternoon address and panel discussion spilled onto the building's balconies and main staircases, while others watched via live webcast or followed the day's events on Twitter. Many toured the five-story research building, designed by award-winning architect Rafael Vinoly. Frank McCormick, PhD, director of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, reflected on the occasion, saying that just a decade ago UCSF was applying for national designation; today it ranks sixth nationwide in National Cancer Institute research grants. "The quest to conquer cancer will be even more possible given the proximity of the basic scientists with their colleagues in clinical care," noted McCormick, referring to the effort to build a new medical center at Mission Bay.