University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Analysis Suggests Cancer Risk of Backscatter Airport Scanners is Low

March 28, 2011

Calculations by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of California, Berkeley estimate that the cancer risk associated with one type of airport security scanners is low based on the amount of radiation these devices emit, as long as they ...
AACR Names Frank McCormick New President-Elect

AACR Names Frank McCormick New President-Elect

March 23, 2011

Cancer research pioneer Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, is the new president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world's oldest and largest scientific organization focused on preventing and curing cancer.


UCSF and Enloe Medical Center in Chico Form Cancer Care Partnership

March 22, 2011

Released jointly by UCSF and Enloe Medical Center The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Enloe Medical Center in Chico have joined forces, forming an affiliation of cancer programs to enhance patient care and improve access to top level medical experts. The affiliation, ...

Chernobyl Studies Offer Perspective on Radiation Risks

March 18, 2011

The ongoing radiation releases from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station 140 miles from Tokyo, with the possibility of much more to come, has invited comparisons to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster a quarter century ago. However, the amount of radiation released in Japan thus far ...

Chancellor Emeritus Bishop Recognized for Sustained National Leadership

March 5, 2011

Nobel laureate J. Michael Bishop, MD, chancellor emeritus of UCSF and professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and director of the G. W. Hooper Foundation, a biomedical research unit at UCSF, will receive Research! America’s 2011 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership on March 15. Research!America is the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. The award honors Bishop’s decades of tireless advocacy for medical research as the future of better health and for his efforts to improve the public understanding of science. Bishop led UCSF for 11 years, steering the health sciences university through one of its most expansive periods of growth and achievement, which included development from the ground up of a second major campus at UCSF Mission Bay, establishment of innovative research programs, and record philanthropic support. He joined the UCSF faculty in 1968 and in 1981 assumed the additional post as Hooper director. Bishop was named UCSF chancellor in February 1998. Since 2004, he also has held the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professorship. While serving as chancellor, Bishop continued to teach medical students and run his distinguished research lab. In 1989, Bishop was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Harold Varmus, MD, for the discovery that growth regulating genes in normal cells can malfunction and initiate the abnormal growth processes of cancer. Bishop has received numerous prestigious awards in addition to the Nobel Prize, including the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Biomedical Research and the 2003 National Medal of Science.

Lanier's Pursuit of Immune System's Natural Killers Leads to New Treatment

February 17, 2011

It's unclear how many leading scientists hail from rural Joiner, Arkansas, population 540, but there is at least one: Lewis Lanier, PhD, winner of many scientific honors, including having been named by the Academic Senate as the recipient of the 54th Faculty Research Lectureship in ...