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University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Public research university that is part of the University of California system and dedicated entirely to health science

At UC San Francisco, we are driven by the idea that when the best research, the best teaching and the best patient care converge, we can deliver breakthroughs that help heal the world.

Excellence is in our DNA. From genomics and immunology to specialty care for women and children, UCSF brings together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells. Our hospitals and educational programs consistently rank among the best in the country, according to the latest surveys by U.S. News & World Report. 

We are the leading university dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

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Details last updated 04-Feb-2019

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Blog Posts

Chocolate - an innocent pleasure

Chocolate - an innocent pleasure

Dark chocolate that retains flavonoids during manufacture could be good for your heart and mental health

People at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Brandon Yan

UCSF Resident Physician & Health Policy Researcher

Levi Gadye

Senior public information representative, Science at UCSF

Elizabeth Blackburn

Australian-American Nobel laureate, former President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Author

Jason Alvarez

Science and Health Writer at UCSF

Bruce Conklin

Bruce Conklin is senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology

Dana Smith

Research Specialist, Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF

Theodora Mauro

Professor of dermatology at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Health Care System

Allan Basbaum

Professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco

Joseph Costello

Professor, Neurological Surgery at UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Peter Walter

Professor at UCSF, investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Director of Bay Area Institute of Science, Altos Labs

Katherine Scangos

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director TMS & Neuromodulation Program University of California, San Francisco

Bruce Miller

Professor of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco

Joel Kramer

Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology and the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology at UCSF.

Mallar Bhattacharya

Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at UCSF

Alan Toth

Media professional and Editorial video producer at UCSF

Owen Wolkowitz

Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, Co-Director of the UCSF Depression Center

Synthia Mellon

Professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF

Jonathan Weissman

Professor at University of California San Francisco and Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Joseph Muldoon

Post doctoral researcher at University of California, San Francisco.

Shawn Douglas

Assistant Professor at UCSF.

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) News

AI-powered brain implant restores bilingual communication in stroke survivor

NBC News - 29-May-2024

Potential to restore communication in multilingual individuals with paralysis


PF4: the tiny protein that could boost your brain power, no matter your age

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - 16-Aug-2023

PF4 from platelets enhanced learning and memory in both young and old mice


Medgadget interviews Blackrock Neurotech's Chairman about thought-to-text BCI

Medgadget - 28-Dec-2021

The latest application of its NeuroPort Array that can also restore movement, touch and hearing


Deep brain stimulation is a promising treatment for major depression

Guardian - 04-Oct-2021

Brain implant detects patterns that proceed depression and then blocks the signals


Translation of brain signals from a paralyzed patient into text by machine learning

Guardian - 15-Jul-2021

Neuroprosthesis provides natural communication for people who cannot talk


Eating less than 800 calories a day favoured weight loss via hungry pathogens

ScienceAlert - 27-Jun-2021

Long-term safety of the diet is questionable as it alters the healthy gut microbiome


New immunotherapy clears out senescent cells to combat aging

Medical Xpress - 10-May-2021

Activated immune cells can treat age-related chronic diseases - a potential alternative to senolytics


Cells in depressed individuals were 2 years older than their real age

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - 06-Apr-2021

GrimAge predicts increased cellular ageing & mortality risk in people with major depression


Memory retrieval made possible with a resetting drug

Medical Xpress - 01-Dec-2020

An experimental drug restores age related memory loss and brain function in mice


Go for a 15 minute 'Awe Walk' to bring positivity

Psychology Today - 03-Nov-2020

Simple and cost free awe walks boost positive emotions and prosocial behaviour


New language learning in adults possible with nerve stimulation

New Scientist - 06-Aug-2020

Non-invasive ear device could soon help to better connect the world through speech


What does is mean to 'die of old age'?

Gizmodo - 03-Aug-2020

Experts raise some interesting end-of-life questions - ones which will soon, hopefully, be obsolete


Blood factor created by exercise can be transfused to sedentary mice for same mental benefits (LEAF) - 13-Jul-2020

Another point for the "good" factors argument, though removing "bad" factors likely to be important too


Boosting Gpld1 protein could have same benefits as exercise

Medical Xpress - 09-Jul-2020

I'm sure there's more to exercise than this, but an interesting start to a potential wonder drug


Human gut microbiome is altered by shifting to a ketogenic diet

EurekAlert! - 20-May-2020

Potential research area to find treatment options for autoimmune diseases of the gut


"Smart" cells for 'smart' therapies

UCSF - 24-Jul-2019

“Smart” cells behave like tiny autonomous robots, planned to detect damage and deliver help


Brain implant translates people's thoughts into speech

BBC - 24-Apr-2019

Text- and voice-free internet searches one step closer


Reducing Inflamm-Aging by topical skin application, beneficial in chronically aged

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - 13-Mar-2019

Rejuvenating the skin can reverse “inflamm-aging may have profound health effects


Universal stem cells avoid immune reaction in mice (LEAF) - 26-Feb-2019

Could lead to off-the-shelf stem cell therapies


Head and neck cancer survival rates tripled with cheap painkillers

Independent - 26-Jan-2019

Only 266 participants in trial, but big pharma doesn’t pay to test free drugs


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