News & Discoveries

June 21, 2019

New finding in mice highlights potential postnatal therapeutic target for the disorderUnlike other gene mutations linked to autism, which are thought to alter brain development before birth, the newly identified changes in brain signaling may occur closer to the onset of autism symptoms in the first years of life.

June 17, 2019

Survey Recognizes Hospitals as 5th Nationwide in Neonatology, Best in Northern California in 4 Other Pediatric Fields UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals rank among the nation’s best in all 10 specialties assessed in the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report annual survey of Best Children’s Hospitals.

June 17, 2019

Research identifies enzymes produced by two different bacterial species that work together to digest L-Dopa in the human gut. Blocking one of these bacterial enzymes could significantly boost the drug’s efficacy in these patients.

June 05, 2019

Sandler was a longtime advocate of UCSF’s basic science and neurosciences research efforts.

May 16, 2019

Study of Human Brains Links Gene Activity to Disorder's Severity, Flagging Targets for Future TherapiesChanges in gene activity in specific brain cells are associated with the severity of autism in children and young adults with the disorder.

May 15, 2019

Machine Learning Tool Automates Pathologists’ Work to Identify Disease MarkersResearchers have found a way to teach a computer to precisely detect one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in human brain tissue.

May 08, 2019

Kurtis Auguste, MD, sitting with his son, who is testing the VR technology. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals has been re-envisioning the entire pediatric health care experience with technology that most young patients can relate to—virtual reality (VR). At the hospital’s Oakland campus, patient and family anxiety levels are lowered prior to brain surgery with a VR tour of the surgical path to their tumor, guided by the child’s neurosurgeon. Meanwhile VR is used to educate medical staff more thoroughly and communicate clearly about an upcoming surgery. Kurtis Auguste , MD, department of

April 30, 2019

The Decision to Explore is Swayed by a Distinctive Type of Neuron, UCSF Researchers Discover in a Mouse Model of Human AnxietyUCSF research has identified a particular group of nerve cells in the brain that play an important role in anxiety’s influence over behavior.

April 02, 2019

National study has found that a form of brain imaging that detects Alzheimer’s-related “plaques” significantly influenced clinical management of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

March 27, 2019

Mouse Study Suggests Gut Sensors Monitor the Hydration Potential of Each Drink You TakeNew UCSF study may have answered how your brain knows when you’ve had enough water.