Valerie Weaver: A Transdisciplinary Scientist Chasing Hard Questions

In her 23 years as a scientist, Valerie M. Weaver, PhD, has overcome countless challenges – lack of funding, dismissive colleagues, and breaking ground in a new field. Recognized for her contributions, Weaver continues to show the scientific community a thing or two. In late 2021, Weaver, professor

Nutrition Counseling Program Turns 20!

This January, the UCSF Cancer Center’s Outpatient Nutrition Counseling program celebrated its 20th anniversary. This landmark anniversary is a great opportunity to look back at the origins of the Nutrition Counseling Program which presently consists of Greta Macaire, RD, MA; Anna Hom, RD, MS; Neha

Seven Cancer Research Projects Funded in Fall 2021 RAP Cycle

Seven investigators and teams were awarded grants in support of cancer research projects in the fall 2021 cycle of the UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP). Funded by various agencies across UCSF, the awards span a range of topics from exploring imaging techniques to piloting screening

Treating Tough Tumors by Exploiting Their Iron ‘Addiction’

Researchers at UC San Francisco have successfully leveraged an FDA-approved drug to halt growth of tumors driven by mutations in the RAS gene, which are famously difficult to treat and account for about one in four cancer deaths. Taking advantage of what they discovered to be the cancer cells’

Solving the Mystery of a Stubborn – and Common – Cancer Gene

One of the major successes of decades of cancer research has been the development of drugs that specifically inactivate oncogenes, genes that function abnormally, causing cells to behave erratically, become malignant and make tumors. These drugs are highly effective treatments for cancers caused by

UCSF Is Top Public Recipient of NIH Funding for 15th Year

For the 15th year in a row, UC San Francisco garnered the top spot among public institutions in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2021. UCSF continued to rank highly among all public and private institutions nationwide, ranking fourth overall. The University was awarded nearly

Immune Cells Leave Fingerprints on Tumors Metastasized to the Brain Offering Clues to Future Therapies

Using data from over 100,000 malignant and non-malignant cells from 15 human brain metastases, UCSF researchers have revealed two functional archetypes of metastatic cells across 7 different types of brain tumors, each containing both immune and non-immune cell types. Their findings, published the