News & Discoveries

May 22, 2020

UCSF researchers have become to the first to solve the structure of a hard-working protein that helps reload neurons for repeated firing.

May 06, 2020

Self-Corrective Mechanism at Synapse Doubles Lifespan for Mice with ALS, Suggests New Approach to Therapy for Human Brain Diseases UCSF researchers have identified a powerful self-corrective mechanism within synapses that is activated by neurodegeneration and acts to slow down disease progression in animal models of ALS.

April 28, 2020

Researchers Honored for Fundamental Insights into Brain Development and Molecular ImagingThe two from UCSF are among 120 new members elected to the Academy in 2020.

March 09, 2020

A new UCSF study of patients with Parkinson’s disease has revealed a pathway that transmits signals very rapidly between two parts of the human brain to govern the complex act of halting a motion once it’s been initiated.

March 05, 2020

UCSF scientists have made a significant advance toward understanding a rare genetic condition, almost exclusively affecting females, that results in a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental deficits.

March 02, 2020

Plasma Marker May Flag Alzheimer’s as Cause of Mild Cognitive Impairment, UCSF-Led Study ShowsA blood test that may eventually be done in a doctor’s office can swiftly reveal if a patient with memory issues has Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment and can also distinguish both conditions from frontotemporal dementia.

February 10, 2020

Study in Mice Adds to Evidence for Overlooked Role of Myelin in Long-Term Memory StorageFor a conditioned response to become long-lasting requires brain cells to increase amounts of an insulating material called myelin, which may serve to reinforce and stabilize newly formed neural connections.

February 06, 2020

Removing Surrounding Tissue Adds Ammunition to Battle Against Lethal Disease, UCSF-Led Study ShowsSurvival may more than double for adults with glioblastoma, if neurosurgeons remove the surrounding tissue as aggressively as they remove the cancerous core of the tumor.

January 30, 2020

Understanding the biological differences that drive distinct symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease could lead to more personalized patient care and potentially therapies targeted to patients’ individual needs.

January 30, 2020

Study of Rats Navigating a Maze Provides New Insights Into Neurobiology of Decision-Making and ImaginationIn a study of rats navigating a simple maze, neuroscientists at UCSF have discovered how the brain may generate imagined future scenarios. The work provides a new grounding for understanding not only how the brain makes decisions but also how imagination works more broadly, the researchers say.