News & Discoveries

February 19, 2021

Protein Complex Shifts DNA Shape to Let Progenitor Cells Become Neurons In a new study, UCSF and Stanford researchers have identified a central switch that appears to control when neural progenitor cells stop multiplying and start differentiating into mature neurons.

February 10, 2021

The new Institute will bring together scientists and clinicians from all UCSF sites to address the most critical questions related to the science of aging.

January 11, 2021

Findings Could Lead to Targeted Treatments to Boost Brain’s Resilience A team of researchers has identified for the first time the neurons that are among the first victims of Alzheimer’s disease.

December 21, 2020

UCSF Psychologist Says ‘Brain Health’ Factors, Not Lower Benchmarks for Blacks, Should Be Used in Cognitive TestingA UCSF clinical psychologist has taken aim at the NFL for “race-norming” Black players diagnosed with dementia, a practice that is depriving them of the monetary awards allocated to former footballers with neurodegenerative disorders.

December 17, 2020

Epilepsy ‘Weather Forecasts’ Could Let Patients Plan Lives Around Fluctuations in Seizure RiskPatterns of brain activity can be used to forecast seizure risk in epilepsy patients several days in advance, according to a new analysis of data obtained from clinically approved brain implants by neuroscientists at UCSF, the University of Bern and the University of Geneva.

December 07, 2020

These scurrying, soaring, and slithering wonders are teaching scientists how our own bodies work – and how to fix them.Giant lizards with superpowered hearts. Hairless rodents that don’t seem to age. Songbirds that babble like human babies. These and other scurrying, soaring, and slithering wonders are teaching scientists how our own bodies work – and how to fix them.

December 01, 2020

Rapid Rejuvenation of Mental Faculties in Aged Mice Implicates Reversible Physiological ‘Blockage’ Behind Age-Related Cognitive LossesIn the new study, UCSF researchers showed rapid restoration of youthful cognitive abilities in aged mice, accompanied by a rejuvenation of brain and immune cells that could help explain improvements in brain function.

November 30, 2020

Syndrome Can Confer Neurological Strengths as Well as Challenges, Researchers SayChildren with dyslexia who watched emotionally evocative videos showed increased physiological and behavioral responses when compared to children without dyslexia.

November 30, 2020

Every fall, Matt Jacobson relives his Parkinson’s diagnosis so future pharmacists perceive the patient behind the prescription.Every fall, Matt Jacobson relives his Parkinson’s diagnosis so future pharmacists perceive the patient behind the prescription.

November 30, 2020

Airborne Pollution Implicated in Amyloid Plaques, UCSF-Led Study Shows The study adds to a body of evidence indicating that pollution from cars, factories, power plants and forest fires joins established dementia risk factors like smoking and diabetes.

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