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Jim Wells: Helping to Fill the Drug Discovery Pipeline

October 27, 2006

Cancer, diabetes, inflammation, malaria. The list of diseases ripe for new treatments is long. Yet the pace of drugs coming to market is actually flat. A key reason is the drug discovery process itself, says Jim Wells, director of the Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC) ...
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'Winning the War' on Breast Cancer

October 27, 2006

With one in every eight US women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, this disease has affected the population on a grand scale. Each year, roughly 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die. With exceptionally high rates in the ...
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UCSF Plays Significant Role in Stem Cell Research

October 27, 2006

It has been a robust year for stem cell research at UCSF. Previously made up of numerous pioneering labs working relatively independently, the research program here has coalesced into one of the premier stem cell institutes in the United States. Scientists in some 60 labs ...
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Dr. Donald Abrams Answers Questions about Medicinal Marijuana

October 18, 2006

As part of UCSF Today's new On the Spot web feature, Dr. Donald Abrams, the new director of clinical programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and an expert in complementary therapies, agreed to answer your questions. Below we've published some of the questions ...
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Colleagues Salute Blackburn for Winning Lasker Award

October 12, 2006

The campus community recently gathered at UCSF Mission Bay to congratulate world-renowned cell biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, who has received the 2006 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. Blackburn, PhD, 57, the Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and ...
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Researchers Discover Tiny Gene Mutations that Cause Birth Abnormalities

October 10, 2006

The causes of developmental delay -- what used to be known as mental retardation -- are often unknown. Environment often plays a role -- think of fetal alcohol syndrome. But genes are just as important a cause, notes UCSF pediatrician and scientist Katherine Rauen, MD, ...