News & Discoveries

August 05, 2021

‘Toxin Sponges’ May Help Animals Avoid Their Own Defensive PoisonsA team of researchers at have uncovered some intriguing clues in the mystery of how some poison birds and frogs evade their own toxins.

July 30, 2021

UCSF researchers developed a program that translates the hundreds of EEG traces into a 3-D movie showing activity in all recorded locations in the brain. The result is a multicolored 3-D heat map that looks very much like a meteorologist’s hurricane weather map.

July 30, 2021

UCSF researchers have leveraged two new molecules, one of which is currently in clinical oncology trials, to devise a dual-drug therapy for alcohol use disorder (AUD), without the side effects or complications associated with current treatment regimens.

July 26, 2021

U.S. News & World Report Lists UCSF Among the Best in 14 Adult SpecialtiesUCSF Medical Center has been recognized as the nation’s best hospital for neurology and neurosurgery, and among the country’s premier medical centers overall, in the 2021-22 Best Hospitals survey by U.S. News & World Report.

July 20, 2021

Surprising Recoveries Months Later May Prompt Physicians to Delay Life-Support DiscussionsResearchers found that among the patients in a vegetative state, 1 in 4 “regained orientation” – meaning they knew who they were, their location and the date – within 12 months of their injury.

July 19, 2021

UCSF-Led Study Matches Brain Imaging with Prognosis, Showing Lingering Impairment for SomeCT scans for patients with concussion provide critical information about their risk for long-term impairment and potential to make a complete recovery – findings that underscore the need for physician follow-up.

July 14, 2021

Technology Could Lead to More Natural Communication for People Who Have Suffered Speech LossResearchers at UC San Francisco have successfully developed a “speech neuroprosthesis” that has enabled a man with severe paralysis to communicate in sentences, translating signals from his brain to the vocal tract directly into words that appear as text on a screen.

July 12, 2021

Patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s May Benefit from Novel Treatment Children with a devastating genetic disorder characterized by severe motor disability and developmental delay have experienced sometimes dramatic improvements in a gene therapy trial launched at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

June 17, 2021

T cells – immune cells that patrol our bodies in search of trouble – have become a central focus for UC San Francisco scientists working on living cell therapies, an approach that views cells themselves as a form of medicine. “From my perspective there’s no more important system in the body than the immune system, especially T cells,” said Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, an emeritus professor of medicine at the UCSF Diabetes Center and CEO of the T cell therapy company Sonoma Biotherapeutics. “T cells are potent, diverse and circulate in every tissue from your head to your toes. They play a

June 09, 2021

Cronutt was one sick sea lion before undergoing a groundbreaking surgery last fall. Today he's seizure-free and doing well.