News & Discoveries

February 10, 2016

In the largest and longest study thus far of ethnic disparities in dementia risk, researchers compared six ethnic and racial groups within the same geographic population and found significant variation in dementia incidence among them.

January 29, 2016

You don't have to be an NFL star to throw better than any of our closest primate relatives. Human evolution has given us both the brain and brawn we need to make precise throws, but it comes with a few trade-offs.

January 26, 2016

A study of 35 families led by a UCSF psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender.

January 26, 2016

Researchers at UCSF have found that boys and girls with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have altered pathways for brain connectivity when compared to typically developing children, and the difference predicts challenges with auditory and tactile processing.

January 04, 2016

Children and young adults with severe forms of epilepsy that does not respond to standard antiepileptic drugs have fewer seizures when treated with purified cannabinoid, according to a multi-center study led by researchers from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

January 03, 2016

The workings of neural circuits associated with creativity are significantly altered when artists are actively attempting to convey emotions, according to a new brain-scanning study of jazz pianists.

December 11, 2015

We asked experts across UCSF to identify what's ahead in how we approach research, what disease areas will see major advances, and where basic science will be translating into real treatments.

December 02, 2015

If depression is caused by flawed brain circuitry, it may be possible to shift that circuitry toward healthy neural processing instead. UCSF researchers hope to map and correct aberrant neural behavior to cure mood disorders.

November 24, 2015

Louis Ptacek and William Seeley have been selected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

November 16, 2015

The trajectory of Bruce Miller’s work is emblematic of the integration seen within the entire neurosciences field over the last decade, as its broad range of disciplines attract unprecedented levels of investment.