News & Discoveries

June 12, 2023

UCSF-led research identifies hallmark of disease repair for use in future therapies UCSF researchers developed an approach to measure an over-the-counter allergy medication’s effectiveness in repairing brain damage from multiple sclerosis (MS), making it possible to also assess future therapies for the disorder.

May 30, 2023

UCSF scientists show how the anti-seizure medication, gabapentin, interacts with ion channels. UCSF researchers discover how gabapentin interacts with calcium channels, opening doors for more effective treatments in epilepsy and Lupus by influencing channel biogenesis.

May 22, 2023

In a First, UCSF Researchers Have Identified Chronic Pain States in Individuals Directly from Their Neural Activity In a first, researchers have identified chronic pain pathways in individuals directly from their neural activity, showing promising paths forward for treatment.

May 15, 2023

Symptoms Take Decades to Develop, UCSF-SFVA Led Study Shows Exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical found in the air, water, and soil, may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease by 70%, according to a UCSF study. TCE is commonly used today as a degreasing solvent.

May 15, 2023

Saul Villeda Delivers 2023 Byers Award Lecture on Reversing Aging’s Effects on the Brain Saul Villeda, the 2023 recipient of the Byers Award, delivered a lecture titled "Blood Work and the Brain: Deciphering the Language of Cognitive Rejuvenation." His research focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms behind cognitive decline with age and exploring potential ways to reverse it.

May 10, 2023

Common and Cheap Epilepsy Drug Stops Tumor Growth in Mice UCSF scientists have found that brain cancer glioblastoma can cause cognitive decline by affecting neural connections, but the epilepsy drug gabapentin shows promise in blocking this activity, offering hope for new treatments.

May 03, 2023

Spindles May Prompt ‘Emotional Recalibration,’ UCSF-SFVA Led Study Shows Sleep spindles, bursts of brain activity during NREM2 sleep, may regulate anxiety in PTSD, challenging recent studies. Non-invasive therapies could provide relief, such as prescription drugs or electrical brain stimulation. Sleep hygiene is also recommended to maximize the benefit of spindles after a stressful episode.

April 11, 2023

Ten graduate school finalists competed in this year’s UCSF Grad Slam, in which students present their research in three minutes or less in terms easily understood by a general audience.

April 06, 2023

How Little-Known Brain Cells Tamp Down Overexcited Neurons During Acute Stress A newly discovered brain circuit recruits brain cells called astrocytes to calm overactive neurons to produce a calming and relaxing effect.

March 27, 2023

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and UCSF will accelerate advanced cell therapies for difficult to treat conditions like cancer from a new manufacturing facility.