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

Sophie Dumont Delivers 2021 Byers Award Lecture: ‘Who Conducts the Symphony of Cell Division?’

Sophie Dumont, PhD, was on track to become a physicist when she stumbled upon a mind-blowing description of cell division at a Berkeley auto shop while waiting for her clunker to be fixed. “My old car was being worked on so I picked up a book left by a previous customer titled “Landmark Papers in

Full-Genome CRISPR Screen Reveals Surprising Ways Neurons Survive Oxidative Stress

When a single gene in a cell is turned on or off, its resulting presence or absence can affect the function and survival of the cell. In a new study appearing May 24 in Nature Neuroscience, UCSF researchers have successfully catalogued this effect in the human neuron by separately toggling each of

Thermo Fisher Scientific and UCSF to Open Cell Therapy cGMP Manufacturing and Collaboration Center

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, and UC, San Francisco announced they have formed a strategic alliance to accelerate the development and manufacturing of cell-based therapies. Under the agreement, Thermo Fisher will build and operate a 44,000-square-foot, state-of