News & Discoveries

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 such 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.

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.

January 07, 2020

Patients Can Influence Outcomes Despite a Genetic Diagnosis, Study SuggestsA physically and mentally active lifestyle confers resilience to frontotemporal dementia, even in people whose genetic profile makes the eventual development of the disease virtually inevitable.

January 03, 2020

UCSF postdoctoral researcher for the first time succeeded in keeping a diverse array of glioblastomas alive in the lab using brain organoids

January 02, 2020

Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley envisions how AI and virtual reality might heal the human mind.Scientists have documented the influence of information overload on attention, perception, memory, decision-making, and emotional regulation. But the same technologies contributing to the cognition crisis could help solve it, argues neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley.

January 01, 2020

Tau PET Brain Imaging Could Launch Precision Medicine Era for Alzheimer’s DiseaseBrain imaging of pathological tau-protein reliably predicts the location of future brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients a year or more in advance.

December 17, 2019

Fenfluramine Reduces Seizures, Is Safe for Patients with Dravet, Study Shows A drug that once helped obese adults lose weight, but was withdrawn from the market due to heart risks, may be safe and effective for children with a life-threatening seizure disorder called Dravet syndrome.

December 16, 2019

From international awards for high-caliber research to groundswell movements for social change, this past year was an eventful one for the UCSF community.

November 20, 2019

Neuroscientists discovered how the listening brain scans speech to break it down into syllables. The findings provide for the first time a neural basis for the fundamental atoms of language and insights into our perception of the rhythmic poetry of speech.

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