News & Discoveries

March 18, 2024

Cognitive difficulties, shame and the discomfort of family and friends limit opportunities to connect with others. People with dementia and those who care for them should be screened for loneliness, so providers can find ways to keep them socially connected.

March 07, 2024

Newest member of the research network will bring large-scale data collection and cutting-edge analysis to help discover new therapies for disease. The Allen Institute is the newest member of the Weill Neurohub, a collaborative research network advancing treatments for neurological diseases.

March 05, 2024

Collaboration supports one of the state’s largest private philanthropic gifts and helps increase access to care close to home for Hawaii residents. UCSF Health is expanding its collaboration with two hospitals in Hawaii, Hawai’i Pacific Health and Hilo Medical Center, to support a $150 million gift from Lynne and Marc Benioff that aims to increase access to high-quality medical care for Hawaii residents.

February 28, 2024

Scientists link disruption of a sensitive eye reflex to profound autism, creating opportunities for faster diagnosis and new treatment. UCSF scientists may have discovered a new way to test for autism by measuring how children’s eyes move when they turn their heads.

February 16, 2024

When we listen to music, some neurons hear the notes of a melody, while others anticipate which notes will be next. Rather than simply hearing a string of notes, the brain is assessing them for patterns and predicting which notes will be next.

February 05, 2024

New study may support heat-based treatment to stimulate self-cooling as new treatment. People with depression have higher body temperatures, suggesting there could be a mental health benefit to lowering the temperatures of those with depression.

January 23, 2024

Black and Hispanic patients have higher degrees of disability, UCSF-led study shows. Young Black and Hispanic women with multiple sclerosis fare worse than young white women with the disease. Minority women were more likely to have more advanced disease and faced greater challenges in pregnancy.

January 22, 2024

UCSF leads first large-scale study to identify the characteristics of underdiagnosed syndrome. Early identification of posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) may have important implications for Alzheimer’s treatment. PCA patients struggle with visual impairments like judging distances, distinguishing between moving and stationary objects and completing tasks like writing and retrieving a dropped item.

January 08, 2024

Researchers have found a gene that links deafness to cell death in the inner ear in humans – creating new opportunities for averting hearing loss. A newly-discovered gene may explain how humans go deaf both as they age, and in response to loud noise.

January 03, 2024

UCSF-led study shows that tossing and turning may signal cognitive decline years later. Quality of sleep, not quantity, may play a part in the development of dementia decades before symptoms start.