News & Discoveries

January 05, 2017

Researchers at UCSF have developed a new optogenetic tool that can be used to completely eliminate single cells from brain networks in animals. The researchers believe the new tool will enable exquisitely precise experiments to help researchers understand how each cell contributes to the whole.

December 29, 2016

The UCSF community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of William K. Bowes Jr., a Bay Area venture capitalist whose dedicated volunteer service and generous philanthropy supported medical research, access to college, higher education and the arts.

December 21, 2016

In findings that show the effectiveness of a new strategy for treating multiple sclerosis, researchers are reporting positive results from three large, international, multicenter Phase III clinical trials of the investigational drug ocrelizumab in both relapsing multiple sclerosis and primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

December 19, 2016

UCSF scientists have discovered an unexpected mechanism the brain uses to seamlessly compensate when speech sounds are obscured by noise.

December 13, 2016

Stories about sensory processing disorder, videos about “zombie” cancer cells, and news about the effects of caffeine and alcohol on the heart were among the topics that most engaged our readers in 2016.

December 02, 2016

A shared biological mechanism may drive the progression of both Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative condition associated with repeated concussions and brain trauma.

November 29, 2016

UCSF is hosting the 2017 Breakthrough Prize Symposium on Dec. 5, an event that will feature 14 TED Talk-style presentations about the latest advances in life sciences, physics and mathematics.

November 29, 2016

UCSF researchers identified fetal brain tissue cells that are targeted by the Zika virus and determined that azithromycin can prevent the virus from infecting these cells.

November 28, 2016

UCSF researchers have received $1.2 million for their work to make imaging machines smarter, so they can detect neurological emergencies and triage patients for immediate treatment.

November 15, 2016

Next-generation sequencing for patients at UCSF Medical Center is prompting changes in brain tumor diagnoses for some children and a retooling of treatment plans in many cases.