News & Discoveries

May 03, 2022

‘CEO of the Brain’ Focuses Attention on the Most Relevant Stimuli in the EnvironmentWhen exploring a new environment, mice make use of a unique long-distance connection in the brain that prompts them to pay attention to the most salient features of the environment, according to new UCSF research.

May 02, 2022

D’Anne Duncan is the first black woman to deliver the UCSF Last Lecture, which she gave during a live event on April 6, answering the question “If you have but one lecture to give, what would you say?”

April 26, 2022

For 29 years, Rashetta Higgins was wracked by epileptic seizures. UCSF neurologists used a pioneering imaging technique to spot what was triggering them and then removed that region from her brain. Now Rashetta is living a seizure-free life.

April 25, 2022

A Q&A with UCSF neurologist William Seeley, MDIn a study, UCSF neurologist William Seeley, MD, and colleagues identified two key moments in the natural history of Alzheimer’s, pointing to a window of opportunity for treatment with amyloid-lowering drugs.

April 21, 2022

UCSF Study Shows Aggressive Therapy Is Best for Deadly Tumor Masquerading as Lower-Grade GliomaBrain tumor patients survived longer when treated aggressively with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Now, a UCSF study underscores the critical role of genomic profiling in diagnosing and grading brain tumors.

April 19, 2022

UCSF-Led Research Finds Higher Rates for Blacks, Hispanics Than Native Americans, Asians, WhitesThis study is believed to be the first to report the rate of dementia in Native Americans using a nationwide sample, the researchers stated in their paper.

April 14, 2022

UCSF-Led Study Shows Inflated Risk in People with Psychosis, Substance Abuse, AnxietyA new UCSF-led study showed that people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, and have a history of certain psychiatric conditions, have a heightened risk of infection – a finding that may be related to impaired immune response.

April 11, 2022

Study Suggests New Mechanism for How Psychedelics Affect the BrainScientists at UC San Francisco and Imperial College London found that psilocybin fosters greater connections between different regions of the brain in depressed people, freeing them up from long-held patterns of rumination and excessive self-focus.

April 05, 2022

American Brain Foundation to Honor Physician-Researcher Stephen Hauser, MD, for Research in MSStephen L. Hauser, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, has been chosen by the American Brain Foundation (ABF) to receive its second annual Scientific Breakthrough Award.

April 04, 2022

Reviving “Awake Neurons” Could Be the Solution to Their Sleepiness, UCSF Study ShowsThe findings contradict the common notion that Alzheimer’s patients sleep during the day to make up for a bad night of sleep and point toward potential therapies to help these patients feel more awake.