News & Discoveries

October 21, 2021

Four UCSF faculty members wer elected this year to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

October 14, 2021

This year's Nobel in Physiology or Medicine was a double win for UCSF, split between Prof. David Julius and a memorable alum, Ardem Patapoutian, a postdoc in the lab of Louis Reichardt from 1996-2000.

October 13, 2021

Discovery Points to Radically Different Ways of Treating Menopausal Symptoms A team of UCSF scientists have identified the specific neurons and signaling pathway that make sexually receptive females of many species more active at the time of ovulation.

October 07, 2021

Two new studies of the developing human brain are helping researchers reconcile a long-held debate over how the brain forms.

October 04, 2021

At 2 a.m., a text came that David Julius thought might be a prank. But it was a relative contacting him to say that the Nobel committee in Stockholm was trying to reach him.

October 04, 2021

UCSF Team Provides Immediate, Long-Term Relief for Patient’s SymptomsUCSF Health physicians have successfully treated a patient with severe depression by tapping into the specific brain circuit involved in depressive brain patterns and resetting them using the equivalent of a pacemaker for the brain.

October 04, 2021

From Spider Venom to Chili Peppers, Julius Explores All Avenues to Understand the Neuroscience of PainDavid Julius, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine at UC San Francisco, has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

September 28, 2021

UCSF-Led Study Shows Depressive Symptoms Increase Risk for Cognitive ImpairmentResearch has shown that poor heart health can increase the risk for dementia, but a new study shows that poor mental health in early adulthood may increase odds by 73%.

August 30, 2021

UCSF Study Finds Neural Changes that Balance Plasticity with Stability, Explaining the Challenge of Learning Another Tongue A study in patients with epilepsy is helping researchers understand how the brain manages the task of learning a new language while retaining our mother tongue.

August 05, 2021

Following groundbreaking work on a “speech neuroprosthesis” that enabled a paralyzed man to communicate using his brain signals, the lab team answered public questions about brain-computer interfaces and the limitations of translating brain signals into code.