News & Discoveries

January 25, 2019

UCSF Neurologists Urge Doctors to Provide Patients ‘Honest Scientific Interpretation’ of Bogus Dementia Treatments "Brain health” dietary supplements are “pseudomedicine” and health care providers should discourage patients from pursuing them, say neurologists at UCSF, in a JAMA opinion piece.

January 03, 2019

Research Challenges 75-Year-Old Dogma of Mammalian VisionNew study shows the post-rhinal cortex, appears to obtain visual data directly from an evolutionarily ancient sensory processing center at the base of the brain called the superior colliculus.

January 03, 2019

Researchers have discovered that the intestine is the source of immune cells that reduce brain inflammation in people with MS, and that increasing the number of these cells blocks inflammation entirely.

December 21, 2018

A growing number of researchers at UCSF and elsewhere have turned their attention to questions around why and how some people who age thrive and are more resilient than others.

December 18, 2018

From sensory processing disorder to how CRISPR is being explored to bring new treatments to patients, these are the stories that most engaged our readers in 2018.

December 17, 2018

Female Biology – Two X’s and Ovaries – Extends Life and Protects Mice From AgingUCSF scientists have zeroed in on a possible genetic mechanism for the reason behind women outliving men phenomenon.

December 17, 2018

Incidence of Arthritis, Heart Disease, Stroke – But Not Cancer – Strongly Swayed by Psychological Status, UCSF Study ShowsAnxiety and depression may be leading predictors of conditions ranging from heart disease to headaches, having similar effects as long-established risk factors like smoking and obesity.

November 30, 2018

Measuring Activity From More Neurons in More Areas Over Weeks to Months Will Increase Understanding of Complex Cognitive Processes
Scientists at UCSF have developed an innovative tool to peer into the secret life of brain. They hope to use the device to learn more about how memories form, and how past experiences influence decisions.

November 29, 2018

Human Study Suggests Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex as Promising Target for Therapeutic Brain Stimulation to Treat Intractable Depression
Patients with moderate to severe depression reported significant improvements in mood when researchers precisely stimulated a brain region called the orbitofrontal cortex.

November 15, 2018

Funding Follows League’s Campaign to Reduce Head Blows, Protect Players
The NFL has awarded more than $3.45 million to a UCSF-led research consortium tasked with identifying the causes, risk factors, biomarkers and prognoses for patients with TBI.