News & Discoveries

October 25, 2021

UCSF-Led Study Shows Unruly Immune System May Trigger ‘Turncoat’ AntibodiesThree adolescents who had mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 developed sudden severe psychiatric symptoms. A recent study into their immune responses identifies a potential mechanism by which these symptoms emerge.

October 21, 2021

Four UCSF faculty members wer elected this year to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

October 14, 2021

This year's Nobel in Physiology or Medicine was a double win for UCSF, split between Prof. David Julius and a memorable alum, Ardem Patapoutian, a postdoc in the lab of Louis Reichardt from 1996-2000.

October 13, 2021

Discovery Points to Radically Different Ways of Treating Menopausal Symptoms A team of UCSF scientists have identified the specific neurons and signaling pathway that make sexually receptive females of many species more active at the time of ovulation.

October 07, 2021

Two new studies of the developing human brain are helping researchers reconcile a long-held debate over how the brain forms.

October 04, 2021

At 2 a.m., a text came that David Julius thought might be a prank. But it was a relative contacting him to say that the Nobel committee in Stockholm was trying to reach him.

August 30, 2021

UCSF Study Finds Neural Changes that Balance Plasticity with Stability, Explaining the Challenge of Learning Another Tongue A study in patients with epilepsy is helping researchers understand how the brain manages the task of learning a new language while retaining our mother tongue.

August 13, 2021

It’s complicated, but for some patients, there’s reason to be optimistic about aducanumab.UCSF neurologist Gil Rabinovici, MD, explains the controversy and shares why he thinks Alzheimer’s care is entering a new era “regardless of whether aducanumab proves to be a blockbuster or a bust.”

August 05, 2021

Following groundbreaking work on a “speech neuroprosthesis” that enabled a paralyzed man to communicate using his brain signals, the lab team answered public questions about brain-computer interfaces and the limitations of translating brain signals into code.

August 05, 2021

‘Toxin Sponges’ May Help Animals Avoid Their Own Defensive PoisonsA team of researchers at have uncovered some intriguing clues in the mystery of how some poison birds and frogs evade their own toxins.