News & Discoveries

May 15, 2023

Symptoms Take Decades to Develop, UCSF-SFVA Led Study ShowsExposure to trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical found in the air, water, and soil, may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease by 70%, according to a UCSF study. TCE is commonly used today as a degreasing solvent.

May 15, 2023

Saul Villeda Delivers 2023 Byers Award Lecture on Reversing Aging’s Effects on the BrainSaul Villeda, the 2023 recipient of the Byers Award, delivered a lecture titled "Blood Work and the Brain: Deciphering the Language of Cognitive Rejuvenation." His research focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms behind cognitive decline with age and exploring potential ways to reverse it.

May 03, 2023

Spindles May Prompt ‘Emotional Recalibration,’ UCSF-SFVA Led Study ShowsSleep spindles, bursts of brain activity during NREM2 sleep, may regulate anxiety in PTSD, challenging recent studies. Non-invasive therapies could provide relief, such as prescription drugs or electrical brain stimulation. Sleep hygiene is also recommended to maximize the benefit of spindles after a stressful episode.

April 11, 2023

Ten graduate school finalists competed in this year’s UCSF Grad Slam, in which students present their research in three minutes or less in terms easily understood by a general audience.

April 06, 2023

How Little-Known Brain Cells Tamp Down Overexcited Neurons During Acute StressA newly discovered brain circuit recruits brain cells called astrocytes to calm overactive neurons to produce a calming and relaxing effect.

March 27, 2023

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and UCSF will accelerate advanced cell therapies for difficult to treat conditions like cancer from a new manufacturing facility.

March 21, 2023

American Academy of Neurology to Honor Jon Kleen, MD, PhDJon Kleen is named the 2023 Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award recipient by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He is honored for his contributions to epilepsy treatment.

March 15, 2023

First Molecular Images of Olfaction Open Door to Creating Novel SmellsIn a first, UCSF scientists created a molecular-level, 3D picture of how an odor molecule activates a human odorant receptor.

February 08, 2023

Faranak Fattahi’s lab is a national leader in growing stem cells to model peripheral nerves, focusing on gastrointestinal diseases.

January 31, 2023

20-Year Study Shows Advances in Care Have Improved Outcomes for Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)Increasing a newborn’s blood pressure after heart surgery may reduce brain injuries and increase survival for infants.