News & Discoveries

October 10, 2019

UCSF researchers have received 10 grants from the NIH’s HEAL Initiative, which aims to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis.

October 03, 2019

Manipulating Specific Brain Waves in Sleeping Rats Shifts the Balance Between Learning or Forgetting a New SkillDistinct patterns of electrical activity in the sleeping brain may influence whether we remember or forget what we learned the previous day.

October 03, 2019

As Both Therapy and Tool for Drug Discovery, Stem Cells Present Parallel Opportunities for TreatmentInternational team of researchers report progress in using stem cells to develop new therapies for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease, a rare genetic condition affecting boys that can be fatal before 10 years of age.

September 17, 2019

Results Lend Support to Arguments for "Personalized Education" in Classrooms, Researchers SayUCSF study conducted in songbirds shows that what at first appear to be genetic constraints on birds’ song learning abilities could be largely eliminated by tailoring instruction to better match the birds’ inborn predispositions.

August 30, 2019

This fall, RAP introduces two new funding opportunities for neuroscience researchers, a new award for health services research, and grant supplements to support diversity and inclusion.

August 28, 2019

UCSF scientists who identified the only human gene known to promote “natural short sleep” have discovered a second.

August 22, 2019

Researchers discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the “wasabi receptor,” which they think it can be used as a tool for studying chronic pain and inflammation, and may eventually lead to the development of new kinds of non-opioid pain relievers.

August 15, 2019

In a paper researchers describe a technique that uses a special version of CRISPR developed at UCSF to systematically alter the activity of genes in human neurons generated from stem cells, the first successful merger of stem cell-derived cell types and CRISPR screening technologies.

August 12, 2019

Study Suggests Tau Tangles, Not Amyloid Plaques, Drive Daytime Napping That Precedes DementiaUCSF scientists show that Alzheimer’s disease directly attacks brain regions responsible for wakefulness during the day.

July 30, 2019

Study Is Step Toward One Day Treating People with Speech LossUCSF scientists have for the first time decoded spoken words and phrases in real time from the brain signals that control speech.