News & Discoveries

April 25, 2022

A Q&A with UCSF neurologist William Seeley, MDIn a study, UCSF neurologist William Seeley, MD, and colleagues identified two key moments in the natural history of Alzheimer’s, pointing to a window of opportunity for treatment with amyloid-lowering drugs.

April 21, 2022

UCSF Study Shows Aggressive Therapy Is Best for Deadly Tumor Masquerading as Lower-Grade GliomaBrain tumor patients survived longer when treated aggressively with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Now, a UCSF study underscores the critical role of genomic profiling in diagnosing and grading brain tumors.

April 19, 2022

UCSF-Led Research Finds Higher Rates for Blacks, Hispanics Than Native Americans, Asians, WhitesThis study is believed to be the first to report the rate of dementia in Native Americans using a nationwide sample, the researchers stated in their paper.

April 14, 2022

UCSF-Led Study Shows Inflated Risk in People with Psychosis, Substance Abuse, AnxietyA new UCSF-led study showed that people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, and have a history of certain psychiatric conditions, have a heightened risk of infection – a finding that may be related to impaired immune response.

April 11, 2022

Study Suggests New Mechanism for How Psychedelics Affect the BrainScientists at UC San Francisco and Imperial College London found that psilocybin fosters greater connections between different regions of the brain in depressed people, freeing them up from long-held patterns of rumination and excessive self-focus.

April 05, 2022

American Brain Foundation to Honor Physician-Researcher Stephen Hauser, MD, for Research in MSStephen L. Hauser, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, has been chosen by the American Brain Foundation (ABF) to receive its second annual Scientific Breakthrough Award.

April 04, 2022

Reviving “Awake Neurons” Could Be the Solution to Their Sleepiness, UCSF Study ShowsThe findings contradict the common notion that Alzheimer’s patients sleep during the day to make up for a bad night of sleep and point toward potential therapies to help these patients feel more awake.

March 17, 2022

Daytime Sleep Duration Triples After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, UCSF-Harvard Led Study ShowsDaytime napping among older people is a normal part of aging – but it may also foreshadow Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

March 15, 2022

‘Elite Sleeper’ Genes Could Offer Protection from Neurodegenerative DiseasesNot everyone needs 8 hours of sleep, say UCSF researchers. Some lucky people are “elite sleepers,” packing sleep’s benefits into 4 to 6 hours a night. Their genes may hold clues to how efficient sleep can fend off dementia.

March 10, 2022

UCSF Study Adds Support for Two-Generation Treatment ApproachA first-of-its-kind study showed that a prenatal mindfulness program linked to healthier stress response in babies as well as less depression and better glucose tolerance in mothers.