News & Discoveries

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.

March 26, 2019

Ten finalists competed in the fifth annual Grad Slam to inform and entertain with three-minute talks based on their own research.

March 20, 2019

Early Stage UCSF Study Demonstrates Treatment Boosted Mobility, Reduced Involuntary Muscle Movements A delicate operation that involved placing a gene into the brain was found to reduce the severity of motor symptoms in patients with moderately advanced Parkinson’s disease.

March 06, 2019

Successful Pharmacological Activation of Nurr1 Opens Doors to Novel Therapies for Incurable Movement DisorderUCSF researchers developed a strategy for targeting a key molecule implicated in Parkinson’s disease, opening up a potential new treatment strategy for the currently incurable movement disorder.

March 01, 2019

Fruit Fly Tissues Communicate in Ways Once Thought to Be Unique to Nervous SystemUCSF lab found that a chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system is essential for cytonemes to mediate cell-to-cell communication between non-neural cells.

February 27, 2019

More than a thousand projects across the University received federal funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2018, totaling more than $647.8 million.