Next-Generation T-Cell Therapeutics Set Sights on Cancers, Autoimmune Disorders and More

T cells – immune cells that patrol our bodies in search of trouble – have become a central focus for UC San Francisco scientists working on living cell therapies, an approach that views cells themselves as a form of medicine. “From my perspective there’s no more important system in the body than the

Examining Leukemia Risks Among Children with Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic conditions in the U.S. and Canada. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the U.S. each year. When compared with the general population, children born with Down syndrome have

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Rank Among the Nation’s Best in 2021-2022 US News & World Report

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have been recognized among the nation’s best pediatric medical centers in all 10 specialties assessed in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of Best Children’s Hospitals for 2021-2022, reflecting the quality of specialty care the hospitals provide for children

Living Therapeutics Initiative Will Accelerate Development and Delivery of Revolutionary Treatments

UC San Francisco is launching a new initiative to propel the development of living therapeutics – a category of treatments broadly defined as human and microbial living cells that are selected, modified, or engineered to treat or cure disease – and bring them quickly to patients. The Living

Space Travel Weakens Our Immune Systems – Now Scientists May Know Why

Microgravity in space perturbs human physiology and is detrimental for astronaut health, a fact first realized during early Apollo missions when astronauts experienced inner ear disturbances, heart arrhythmia, low blood pressure, dehydration, and loss of calcium from their bones after their missions

AIDS at 40: Forty Years of One Pandemic and Then Another

This story is one in a series of first-person perspectives from those who are working on the frontlines to better understand, treat and prevent transmission of HIV and AIDS as well as COVID-19. You can read more about the 40 years of AIDS in SF and how it has shaped the COVID-19 response. The San

Uniting the Black Community to Defeat COVID

Health-services researcher Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH, founded Umoja Health Partners to unite about 30 community organizations combating COVID-19 in Black communities in the Bay Area. She shares why the Umoja approach (the organization’s name comes from the Swahili word for “unity” or “oneness”) is working