News & Discoveries

August 23, 2023

Breakthrough brain implant and digital avatar allow stroke survivor to speak with facial expressions for first time in 18 years. A brain implant and digital avatar allow a paralyzed stroke survivor to speak with for first time in 18 years with the help of artificial intelligence.

August 16, 2023

Researchers discover how exercise, young blood and an anti-aging hormone improve learning and memory. A newly identified platelet factor 4 (PF4) was found to help rejuvenate the old brain and boost the young brain, potentially opening the door to new therapies that aim to restore brain function

August 11, 2023

UCSF-patented device finds resuming sports should be delayed for several days after symptoms have resolved. A new digital headset designed to measure alterations in brain function could change decisions about how quickly an athlete is ready to return to play after a concussion.

July 31, 2023

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCSF Health adult care among nation’s top 10 hospitals in 7 specialties, Best in the West for neurology/neurosurgery and rheumatology. UCSF Medical Center has been ranked among the country’s best hospitals in adult care in U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious Best Hospitals survey.

July 27, 2023

Biomarker offers critical clue to status of neurological diseases, even without symptoms. An experimental blood test that reflects injury to nerve cells from multiple sclerosis (MS) was found to work for children with MS and other neurological conditions, even when they are symptom-free.

July 13, 2023

UCSF-led research reveals brain changes that promote visual creativity. A rare burst of visual creativity is seen occasionally in patients with frontotemporal dementia. A UCSF-led study offers new insights into how this talent develops as key areas of the brain degenerate.

June 28, 2023

Scientists discover a genetic clue to why some people with MS become disabled faster than others. A large, collaborative study on multiple sclerosis (MS) severity found that a single gene variant is predictive of much faster neurodegeneration in MS patients.

June 20, 2023

US News & World Report lists UCSF Benioff Hospitals among best for kids in all 10 specialties. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are recognized among the nation’s best pediatric medical centers in all 10 specialties assessed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals 2023-24.

June 15, 2023

Will you want one? The advent of cheap, easy-to-use blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease has the potential to revolutionize diagnosis and treatment. But they also raise difficult questions that the field is only beginning to consider.

June 15, 2023

A new treatment approach draws on research into the unique teenage brain. A new treatment approach draws on research into the unique teenage brain.