Archived News Releases - 2007

12/27/2007
Researchers Show that Fibrosis can be Stopped, Cured and Reversed
Modified Protein Developed by UC San Diego Researchers May Lead to First Cure for Cirrhosis of the Liver University of California, San Diego researchers have proven in animal studies that fibrosis in the liver can be not only stopped, but reversed. ...More...  

12/26/2007
Surgical Care Affiliates and UCSD Medical Center to Partner in Surgical Center
Birmingham, Ala.,– Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), one of the country's largest providers of specialty surgical services, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture relationship with University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Cen...More...

12/19/2007
Holiday Health Check
UCSD Physicians Say Sample the Season Sensibly The sweet scent brings back a flurry of childhood memories the minute mom opens the door. She bakes gingerbread cookies just once a year and it's the smell that says "Home for the holidays." Physician...More...

12/19/2007
Study Details Atomic Structure of Proteins Altered in Autism
A new study by an international group of scientists describes in atomic detail a protein complex that is affected by genetic mutations implicated in autism spectrum disorders. The research team, including scientists from the University of California,...More...

12/18/2007
Loving Your Heart: UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center Hosts Free Healthy Heart Expo on Saturday, January 19, 2008
The University of California, San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center invites the public to start the New Year right by attending the Center's second annual "Healthy Heart Expo." Starting at 9a.m. on Saturday, January 19, this free community ...More...

12/18/2007
Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Vision Impaired From the UCSD Shiley Eye Center
Faculty experts from the Shiley Eye Center's Center for Community Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego offer the following gift suggestions for those with low or deteriorating vision, including individuals with adult macular degen...More...

12/17/2007
Dr. Barbara Parker Named Medical Director, UCSD Oncology Services
Barbara Parker, M.D., professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has been named Medical Director of Oncology Services at Moores UCSD Cancer Center and UCSD Medical Center. Barbara Parker, M.D., ...More...

12/17/2007
International Research Collaboration Narrows Focus on Genetic Cause of Kawasaki Disease
UC San Diego Investigators Say Findings May Impact Treatment of Additional Diseases Researchers from Japan's RIKEN SNP Research Center, collaborating with a team at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have discovered a new genetic variat...More...

12/11/2007
New Computational Technique Can Predict Drug Side Effects
Early identification of adverse effects of drugs before they are tested in humans is crucial in developing new therapeutics, as unexpected effects account for a third of all drug failures during the development process. Now researchers at the Univer...More...

12/11/2007
'Tis the Giving Season: WebMD Health Foundation Funds Fellowship in Underserved Health Care For UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic
As a new physician, Michelle Johnson, M.D., could have joined any of several lucrative family practice clinics in California. Instead, this holiday season, she is following her heart, serving the underserved with the University of California, San D...More...

12/10/2007
CANCER AND NUTRITION LECTURES, January 10 & 29, 2008
Two free lectures on nutrition and cancer will be presented by Moores UCSD Cancer Center nutrition expert Vicki Newman, R.D. "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" is scheduled from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Thursday January 10, 2008. "Nutrition Solutions for Comm...More...

12/6/2007
Understanding Brain Changes Caused by Ketamine or "Special K" Could Lead to New Therapies for Schizophrenia
Scientists know that the drug ketamine – street name "Special K" – can induce schizophrenia-like symptoms in drug abusers. Ketamine is also used as an anesthetic and, more recently, as an antidepressant – raising concerns by researchers at the Unive...More...

12/5/2007
UCSD Regional Burn Center Receives Special Grant from Las Patronas
In Recognition of Service During October Wildfires
For nearly a month, the team of specialists at the UCSD Regional Burn Center has worked tirelessly to treat victims of October's wildfires. Every day, sometimes twice a day, the team changes and dr...More...

For nearly a month, the team of specialists at the UCSD Regional Burn Center has worked tirelessly to treat victims of October's wildfires. Every day, sometimes twice a day, the team changes and dr...

12/5/2007
Protein Found That May Provide Relief from Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain is caused by injury to the peripheral nerves in diseases such as HIV/AIDS, shingles, and cancer or in repetitive motion disorders and trauma, and does not respond well to conventional pain-relieving drugs. Research in rodents by s...More...

12/4/2007
New Drug Developed at UC-San Diego Has Potential to Treat Hypertension and Heart Disease
Investigators at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have developed a new drug called nitrosyl-cobinamide, which they have shown in animal models to be potentially more effective than nitroglycerin in increasing coronary...More...

12/4/2007
UCSD Launches Vaccine Trial for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have failed chemotherapy or have chosen to forego chemotherapy have an opportunity to participate in a new clinical trial for a CLL vaccine being conducted at the Moores Cancer Center at the Univer...More...

11/29/2007
UCSD Offers Free Test That Can Detect HIV as Early as One Week after Exposure
UC-San Diego's Antiviral Research Center (AVRC) is offering free and confidential HIV testing to people who may have a very recent infection with HIV, the retrovirus that can lead to AIDS. The Early Test Program – offered in collaboration with the Sa...More...

11/28/2007
Holidays and Aging: Some Tips From UC San Diego Geriatric Specialists
The joys, charms, chaos and confusion of family life during the holidays can be very positive or highly stressful, with older family members who are frail or ill particularly susceptible to negative consequences if emotional, mental or physical healt...More...

11/26/2007
Macular Degeneration Study To Evaluate Potential Protective Effects of Antioxidants and Fish Oils
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States for people over age 60. The Shiley Eye Center at the University of California, San Diego is participating in a study sponsored by the National Institutes...More...

11/19/2007
New Technology to Treat Breast Cancer Shows Promise in Early Application

Physicians at the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center will present the initial outcomes of their use of a new device that delivers radiation therapy to a specific tumor site at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (R...More...

11/16/2007
Senior Dilemma: Drive Safely Or Give Up The Keys?
UC San Diego Experts Screen for Age-Related Driving Disorders How does an aging driver know when it's time to give up the keys? What can be done to maximize the safety of older drivers? These are just two of the questions to be studied by a team a...More...

11/14/2007
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Study: Global View Shows Link Between Endometrial Cancer & Vitamin D Status
Using newly available data on worldwide cancer incidence, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have shown a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B (UVB...More...

11/13/2007
CANCER AND NUTRITION LECTURES, December 6 & 17, 2007
Two free lectures on nutrition and cancer will be presented by Moores UCSD Cancer Center nutrition expert Vicki Newman, R.D. "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" is scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, December 6th. "Nutrition Solutions for Common C...More...

11/6/2007
UCSD Researchers Discover Inflammation, Not Obesity, Cause of Insulin Resistance
Findings may have important potential for new drug discoveries in fight against Type 2 diabetes Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that inflammation provoked by immune cells called macrop...More...

11/5/2007
Paul Aisen, M.D., Named to Faculty of UCSD Department of Neurosciences and as New Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study

A leading researcher in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials, Paul Aisen, M.D., has joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine's Department of Neurosciences. He has also been named director of the Alzheime...More...

11/2/2007
National Survivors of Suicide Day to Connect Thousands for Support and Healing
Local Survivors Conference at UC-San Diego in La Jolla on November 17 Thousands of survivors of suicide loss – people who have lost family members or friends to suicide – will be connected on Saturday, November 17, 2007 when the American Foundation ...More...

10/30/2007
UCSD MEDICAL CENTER PRESENTS AUTUMN TIPS: TREAT CHILDREN TO A SAFE HALLOWEEN
There's no trick to treating your kids to a safe Halloween. The staff at UCSD Medical Center and the California Poison Control System-San Diego Division, located at UCSD Medical Center, offer the following safety precautions for parents to keep Hal...More...

10/26/2007
UC San Diego Medical Center Experts Respond to California Fires
UCSD Medical Center has on-call experts to answer questions about fire-related injuries as well as disaster response from both the medical and regional perspectives. The UCSD Regional Burn Center, the only burn center serving San Diego and Imperial c...More...

10/25/2007
Decision-Makers Seek Internal Balance, Not Balanced Alternatives
A brain in balance, rather than the promise of pain or pleasure, may form basis of decision-making for psychiatric patients A researcher at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine suggests that psychiatrists may need to app...More...

10/24/2007
Smoked Cannabis Proven Effective in Treating Neuropathic Pain
Smoked cannabis eased pain induced in healthy volunteers, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR.) However, the researchers found that less may be more. In th...More...

10/23/2007
Transparent Zebrafish Help Researchers Track Breast Cancer
What if doctors could peer through a patient's skin and see a cancer tumor growing? They'd be able to study how tumor cells migrate: how they look, how they interact with the blood system to find nourishment to grow and spread through the body. Sc...More...

10/19/2007
UCSD Medical Center CEO Richard Liekweg Appointed to Federal Communications Committee
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the appointment of Richard J. Liekweg, Chief Executive Officer of the UC San Diego Medical Center, to the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Publi...More...

10/16/2007
UCSD Findings Could Lead to New Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury-Induced Spasticity and Rigidity
Research led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has identified a target with potential as an effective new therapy for chronic spasticity and rigidity, a painful condition that often results from spinal...More...

10/15/2007
Cavenee Elected to Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has announced the election of Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D., a University of California, San Diego-based researcher whose work has helped clarify how cancer develops and spreads, as a new member of the distinguished organi...More...

10/11/2007
UCSD Medical Center Participates in $37 Million National Study
Most Comprehensive Study of COPD Ever Attempted The Clinical Trials Center (CTC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center is one of only 16 clinical study centers nationwide selected to participate in the most comprehensive ...More...

10/11/2007
UC San Diego Neurologist Named Among Newest Group of Howard Hughes Investigators
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine neuroscientist who specializes in inherited brain disorders is one of 15 patient-oriented researchers selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for appointment as an HHMI Investiga...More...

10/10/2007
Researchers Reveal Repressor Protein Blocks Neural Stem Cell Development
A protein known to repress gene transcription at the molecular level in a variety of processes also blocks embryonic neural stem cells from differentiating into neurons, according to a study by University of California, San Diego and Howard Hughes Me...More...

10/9/2007
UCSD Physicians Breathe Life Into Cutting-Edge Stem Cell Procedure
Patients living with Myasthenia Gravis (MG) may breathe easier thanks to a rare bone marrow transplant procedure performed at The UCSD/Sharp Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, the only program in the western United States that has attempted this pr...More...

10/8/2007
UC San Diego Medical Center Participates in $21 Million Program to Preserve Fertility in Women with Cancer
The University of California, San Diego Medical Center, in collaboration with four leading academic medical centers, will share a $21 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for a landmark national research, clinical, and education program ...More...

10/8/2007
Award to UCSD to Fund Novel Approaches to Detecting Cancer
Top-scoring award part of NIH initiative to detect cancer by targeting sugar molecules The potential role of molecular glycans, or sugars, as biomarkers for the early detection of cancer will be the focus of a new research project at the University...More...

10/4/2007
UC San Diego Experts Lead Local Coalition in Landmark 21-year Child Health Study
The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine, partnering with San Diego State University, the First 5 Commission and the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has been selected as a study ...More...

10/3/2007
UCSD's Charter Pharmacy Class Achieves Top Scores in National Licensure Exam
The charter graduating class of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences received top scores in the 2006 national and state pharmacy licensure exams. The 24 members of the charter class ente...More...

10/2/2007
UC-San Diego Receives $10 Million NIH Grant for Joint Mental Health Project with County of San Diego
Five-year Grant Will Fund First Center of its Kind in the U.S; Benefit Middle-Aged and Older People with Serious Mental Illnesses The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the Nationa...More...

9/27/2007
UC San Diego Physician Lauded as Recipient of Inaugural Best Research Award
Research Shows PAD Risk Higher Among Certain Ethnic Groups Matthew Allison, M.D., M.P.H., assistant adjunct professor, University of California, San Diego, department of family and preventive medicine, received the first-ever "Best PAD Research Awar...More...

9/26/2007
UC San Diego Medical Center Breaks Ground for the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center on September 27
On September 27, 2007, UC San Diego Medical Center will break ground for the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, a new 128,000-square-foot facility that includes an expansion of patient care areas of UCSD's Thornton Hospital. The sparkling four-st...More...

9/26/2007
Enzyme's Second Messenger Contributes to Cell Overgrowth
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have uncovered a novel pathway by which hormones elevated in inflammation, cancer and cell injury act on cells to stimulate their growth. The research team led by Joan H...More...

9/25/2007
Sense of Taste Different in Women with Anorexia Nervosa
Imaging Study Finds Brain Changes Associated with the Regulation of Appetite Although anorexia nervosa is categorized as an eating disorder, it is not known whether there are alterations of the portions of the brain that regulate appetite. Now, a ...More...

9/24/2007
New UC San Diego Medical Center Urology Chief Is a Leader in Minimally Invasive Robotic Techniques
Christopher Kane, M.D., F.A.C.S., a nationally recognized researcher and specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate and kidney cancer has been recruited as the new chief of urology at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center ...More...

9/20/2007
UCSD Study Reveals the Regulatory Mechanism of Key Enzyme
Protein kinase A (PKA) involved in cardiac disease and breast cancer Research conducted at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has shed new light on the structure and function of one of the key proteins in all mammalia...More...

9/19/2007
UCSD Researcher Awarded One of First-Ever NIH New Innovator Awards
Jing Yang, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology and pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has been awarded a "New Innovator Award" by the NIH for her work to develop new approaches to studying how c...More...

9/18/2007
CANCER AND NUTRITION LECTURES, October 16 and 31, 2007
Two free lectures on nutrition and cancer will be presented by Moores UCSD Cancer Center nutrition expert Vicki Newman, R.D. "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" is scheduled from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2007. "Nutrition Solutions for...More...

9/17/2007
Walk for Melanoma, Saturday, October 13, 2007
The 14th annual Bruce Gorder UCSD 5K Walk For Melanoma takes place Saturday, October 13, on the beautiful campus of the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla. The goal of the walk is to increase public awareness about prevention and early ...More...

9/12/2007
UC San Diego Medical Center Performs Southwest's First "Natural Orifice" Surgery With Removal of Gallbladder through the Vagina
Clinical Trial Compares Laparoscopic vs. Natural Orifice Techniques Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center have performed the first clinical trial surgery in the Southwest to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of perfo...More...

9/12/2007
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Seeks To Develop Proton/Particle Treatment and Research Center
The University of California, San Diego is planning to establish a center for proton and particle therapy, the most powerful forms of radiation therapy available to treat cancer patients today. Moores UCSD Cancer CenterProtons and o...More...

9/5/2007
CANCER AND NUTRITION LECTURES, September 5 and 17, 2007
Two free lectures on nutrition and cancer will be presented by Moores UCSD Cancer Center nutrition expert Vicki Newman, R.D. "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. pm Wednesday, September 5, 2007. "Nutrition Solutions ...More...

9/4/2007
UCSD Researchers Participate in Multi-Million Dollar Study In Genetic Studies, Environment and New Technologies
Two runners head out for a jog. One has high blood pressure. And, it's a hot, smoggy day in San Diego, California. How will environmental and genetic factors affect each runner? That is just one of many questions researchers hope to answer throug...More...

8/30/2007
UC San Diego School of Medicine Expands Class Size, Launches New Program in Health Disparities
His path has been long, winding, and many would have given up, but Emerick Gallego-Arteche is going to be a doctor. The former high school drop-out from rural Mexicali triumphed over lack of finances and family tragedy to join the incoming Class of ...More...

8/29/2007
UCSD Program Seeks Early Identification of Young Patients At Risk for Developing Psychosis
Early diagnosis could lead to preventive treatment of mental disorders Early detection and intervention in psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disease in adolescence could perhaps prevent some of the devastating effects of mental i...More...

8/28/2007
High-risk Behaviors Could Lead to HIV Epidemic in Afghanistan
In a report that is among the first to describe the prevalence of HIV and Hepatitis B and C viruses in Afghanistan, a researcher from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine voiced concerns that increasing injection drug use...More...

8/27/2007
UCSD Pulmonary Specialist Receives High Honor from American Lung Association
The American Lung Association (ALA) of California awarded the Michael Stulbarg Memorial California Medal to physician/professor Andrew Ries, M.D., M.P.H., at its annual conference in San Francisco, on August 24, 2007. Ries is associate dean for acad...More...

8/23/2007
UC San Diego Researchers and Helpline Supporters Celebrate 15 Years of Helping Smokers Quit
430,000 people… or an average of 80 people per day. That's the number of people The California Smokers' Helpline has helped "kick the habit" in its 15 years of service. The Helpline is a free, multi-lingual service operated out of the Moores Canc...More...

8/21/2007
Study Shines More Light on Benefit of Vitamin D in Fighting Cancer
600,000 cases a year of breast and colorectal cancer could be prevented each year by adequate intake of vitamin D, according to researcher A new study looking at the relationship between vitamin D serum levels and the risk of colon and breast cancer...More...

8/21/2007
UC San Diego Medical Center Clinical Trial to Evaluate Surgery as a Treatment for Teen Obesity
Millions of adults have turned to surgery when diet and exercise don't work. Now, with childhood obesity sharply on the rise, researchers are exploring whether surgery may be a viable option for teens. As part of a multi-center clinical trial, UCSD M...More...

8/13/2007
Does the Internet Help Motivate Teens to Lose Weight Before It's Too Late?
When 14-year-old Jared Sanchez became dangerously overweight, his primary care physician knew he would be a perfect candidate for an investigational weight loss study using the internet. The PACE (Patient-centered Assessment and Counseling for Exe...More...

8/13/2007
Pick Up the Cell Phone, Drop the Pounds
Cell phone owners use their phones for much more than talking to friends: surfing the web, snapping pictures, listening to music. How about using that cell phone to lose weight? Researchers with the PACE (Patient-centered Assessment and Counseli...More...

8/7/2007
UC San Diego Researcher to Lead Fight Against Terrorism on the Medical Front
A cooperative research project involving seven institutions in the United States and Peru, led by Joseph Vinetz, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, h...More...

8/6/2007
Mother and Daughter Tip the Scales Against Disease with UC San Diego Medical Center
Team Approach to Weight Loss Conquers Family History of Obesity and Diabetes Two months ago, Phoenix residents Marlene Zytcer, 57, and her daughter Aimee, 31, traveled to the University of California, San Diego Medical Center for a minimally invasiv...More...

8/6/2007
UCSD Researchers Discover Cause of Rosacea
Doctors can describe the symptoms of rosacea, a common inflammatory skin disease that causes facial redness and affects nearly 14 million Americans. They can tell patients what triggers can worsen their condition: spicy foods, heat, alcohol, even em...More...

8/3/2007
Multi-Million Dollar Autism Center of Excellence Established at UC San Diego
NIMH grant will fund groundbreaking research on the causes, early identification and treatment of autism One of six Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) in the country has been established at the University of California, San Diego by the National In...More...

8/2/2007
UCSD Medical Center Receives American Heart Association Achievement Award
Award Recognizes Excellence in Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke UCSD Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" Coronary Artery Disease Annual Performance Achievement Award. The award r...More...

8/1/2007
UCSD's Igor Grant Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology
Igor Grant, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has received the top national award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology (N...More...

8/1/2007
Language Relates to Use of Mental Health Services for California Latinos
An examination of usage of publicly sponsored mental health services by Spanish-speaking Latinos in San Diego revealed significant differences from use patterns by either English-speaking Latinos or Caucasians. The study, conducted by researchers at...More...

7/27/2007
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The University of California, San Diego, and Rady Children's Hospital Form Alliance
Agreement to benefit children with cancer and catastrophic diseases SAN DIEGO, July 27 – John G. Davies, Esq., Chair, Board of Trustees, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and former Regent of the University of California announced today an importan...More...

7/26/2007
UCSD Medical Center Named Most Wired and Most Wireless by Hospitals and Health Networks
For the second consecutive year, UCSD Medical Center is among the nation's "Most Wired" and "Most Wireless" hospitals, according to Hospital and Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association. The magazine ranks UCSD Medical Cen...More...

7/26/2007
UCSD Physicians Named Fellows in American College of Radiology
Rosalind B. Dietrich, M.B., Ch.B., F.A.C.R., and Roland Robert Lee, M.D., FACR, of University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine were inducted as fellows in the American College of Radiology (ACR) in a recent convocation ceremony duri...More...

7/25/2007
CANCER AND NUTRITION LECTURES, August 13 and 28, 2007

Two free lectures on nutrition and cancer will be presented by Moores UCSD Cancer Center nutrition expert Vicki Newman, R.D. "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2007. "Nutrition Solutions f...More...

7/19/2007
UCSD Names Ming Tsuang to Endowed Chair in Behavioral Genomics
Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. – one of the world's top researchers in the field of human genetics, behavior and neuropsychiatric diseases – has been named Endowed Chair in Behavioral Genomics by the Department of Psychiatry and the University of...More...

7/18/2007
UCSD Poison Experts Reminding Public: Kids and Medicine Don't Mix
It may be an old message but it's worth repeating: parents and guardians need to take extra precautions in keeping medicine out of the hands of curious children. Recently, UCSD Medical Center has treated at least 4 children who were severely burned ...More...

7/17/2007
Increasing Vegetables and Fruits Beyond Current National Guidelines Not Necessary for Breast Cancer Survivors
Eating a diet very high in vegetables, fruit and fiber and low in fat did not reduce breast cancer recurrence or death in early stage breast cancer survivors, according to a new study. Researchers from the Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center at the...More...

7/16/2007
UC San Diego Anesthesiologist To Swim English Channel For Charity
August will mark the 21 mile swim for Shiley Eye Center's Marc Lewis, M.D. Marc Lewis, M.D., anesthesiologist from UCSD's Shiley Eye Center, will swim the 21 mile English Channel in August 2007 for charity. The Strait stretches from Dover, England a...More...

7/16/2007
Researchers Discover Key Mechanism to Emergence of Deadly Strep Bacteria
The incidence of serious strep infections has risen dramatically in the last three decades, and this increase is largely attributed to the spread around the globe of a single strain of strep known as the invasive M1T1 clone. Researchers at the Unive...More...

7/13/2007
UCSD Medical Center Programs Rank Among The Nation's Best
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center is the only San Diego hospital that ranks among the best in the nation in six specialty areas in the 2007 U.S. News and World Report annual "Best Hospitals" issue. The magazine, which ran...More...

7/12/2007
One Man's Junk May be a Genomic Treasure
Scientists have only recently begun to speculate that what's referred to as "junk" DNA – the 96 percent of the human genome that doesn't encode for proteins and previously seemed to have no useful purpose – is present in the genome for an important r...More...

7/11/2007
Andrew M. Lowy, M.D., Pioneering Surgical Oncologist, Joins UC San Diego Medical Center
Surgeon Brings Novel Pancreatic and Colon Treatments to Advanced Cancer Patients Distinguished cancer surgeon, Andrew M. Lowy, M.D., has been recruited to the Un Andrew M. Lowy, M.D.iversity of California, San Diego's Moores Cancer Cente...More...

7/5/2007
Why Liver Cancer Is More Prevalent in Males than in Females
Production of a protein that promotes inflammation appears to be linked to the higher incidence of liver cancer in men than in women, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have determined in mouse studies. ...More...

7/3/2007
Blood Clotting Protein May Inhibit Spinal Cord Regeneration
Fibrinogen, a blood-clotting protein found in circulating blood, has been found to inhibit the growth of central nervous system Firbrinogen (red) and activated EGFR (green) in the spinal cord after injuryneuronal cells, a process that is...More...

6/28/2007
Distorted Body Image Could be Linked to Abnormal Brain Function
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), or dysmorphophobia, is a hidden disease that affects nearly three million Americans. It is hidden because patients with the disease often go to great lengths to hide from the world, often altering their appearance thr...More...

6/26/2007
UCSD Psychiatrist David Braff Receives Distinguished Investigator Award
The Mental Health Research Association awards $100,000 grant to advance understanding of schizophrenia David Braff, M.D, professor of psychiatry at the University of David Braff, M.D.California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine receiv...More...

6/25/2007
Cancer and Nutrition Lectures
July 17 and 23, 2007 – Two free lectures on nutrition and cancer will be presented by Moores UCSD Cancer Center nutrition expert Vicki Newman, R.D. "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. "Nutrition Solutions fo...More...

6/22/2007
New Vaccine Prevents CMV Infection and Disease in Mice

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have patented a strategy for developing a human vaccine to prevent against Human Cytomegalovirus (hCMV) infection and disease. CMV,...More...

6/20/2007
NCI Renews Moores UCSD Cancer Center Support Grant and 'Comprehensive' Status
The Moores UCSD Cancer Center has received double honors from the National Cancer Institute (NCI): renewal of its core support grant amounting to approximately $21 million over the next five years, and in a separate but related review process, renew...More...

6/20/2007
Key Finding by UC-San Diego Scientists May Improve Treatment of Anemia
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have determined a key mechanism by which the body regulates iron metabolism, a discovery that may provide new approaches for the treatment of anemia. The findings, which are reported this...More...

6/13/2007
UCSD Scientists Sequence Genome of Marine Organism Producing Promising Disease-Fighting Agents
Bacteria discovered in Bahamian mud has potential as producer of natural antibiotics and anticancer products Scientists at UC San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have solved ...More...

6/12/2007
Researchers Reveal Structure of Protein Altered in Autism
As a result of mapping the structure of the protein complex implicated in autism spectrum disorders, a research team led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has discove...More...

6/8/2007
Diet and Exercise Key to Surviving Breast Cancer, Regardless of Obesity, New UCSD Study Says
Breast cancer survivors who eat a healthy diet and exercise moderately can reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by half, regardless of their weight, suggests a new longitudinal study from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of Califor...More...

6/5/2007
Stem Cell Research Facilities at UC San Diego Will Grow, Thanks to $2.8 Million Grant
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Human Stem Cell Core Facility, which supports multiple research projects using stem cells to advance the understanding and ultimately the treatment of disease and injury, will receive a $2.8 million Shar...More...

6/5/2007
Older Men May Not Live As Long If They Have Low Testosterone
Low levels of testosterone may increase the long-term risk of death in men over 50 years old, according to researchers with the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D. Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, ...More...

6/5/2007
UC San Diego Medical Center Bar Coding Patient Wristbands for Increased Patient Safety
Bar-coding is familiar to everyone who shops, with electronic scanners reading product information and price after a quick swipe of a tag through a scanner. This technology is now being used at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical ...More...

6/5/2007
Hot Flashes May Be Welcome Sign In Women With Breast Cancer, Study Says
Women on tamoxifen therapy who reported having hot flashes were less likely to develop recurrent breast cancer than those who did not report hot flashes, according to a study from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (U...More...

5/31/2007
Cancer Lectures: "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" and "Nutrition Solutions for Common Challenges During Treatment"
CANCER LECTURES, June 20 and 26, 2007 – Cancer nutrition experts from the Moores UCSD Cancer Center are presenting two free lectures for cancer patients and family members. "Fighting Cancer With Your Fork" will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ju...More...

5/31/2007
Human Stem Cell Treatment Restores Motor Function in Paralyzed Rats
Rats paralyzed due to loss of blood flow to the spine returned to near normal ambulatory function six weeks after receiving grafts of human spinal stem cells (hSSCs), researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine ...More...

5/29/2007
UC San Diego Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Class to Graduate on June 2
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is Southern California's only Public Pharmacy School Trained to meet the needs of patients, and to become leaders in drug development and delivery in the 21st-century, 23 students will graduate f...More...

5/29/2007
UC San Diego School of Medicine to Graduate 104 New Physicians
Former Surgeon General David Satcher to Speak On Sunday, June 3, 2007, 47 men and 57 women will be awarded the M.D. degree from UCSD School of Medicine, including three graduating with joint M.D.- PhD degrees. The ceremony will take place at 11 am o...More...

5/25/2007
Memorial Weekend: Sun, Fun & Safety
On this Memorial Weekend, University of California, San Diego Regional Burn Center is joining San Diego Lifeguards and The Burn Institute in reminding our community to enjoy summer sun and festivities safely. Hot Coals Hot coals covered by sand can...More...

5/24/2007
How Plague-Causing Bacteria Disarm Host Defense
Effector proteins are the bad guys that help bacterial pathogens do their job of infecting the host by crippling the body's immune system. In essence, they knock down the front door of resistance and disarm the cell's alarm system. Now, researchers...More...

5/23/2007
Attacking Lou Gehrig's Disease from all Angles: UC San Diego stem cell researcher will participate in major U of Michigan research effort
The potential use of stem cells to treat the paralyzing disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, will be the focus of a new research project at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine in partners...More...

5/21/2007
Decoding Gene Expression in Cancer Tumors Using Non-Invasive Imaging
By correlating images of cancerous liver tissue with gene expression patterns, a research team led by a radiologist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has developed tools that may some day allow physicians to view a ...More...

5/21/2007
Nationwide Study Compares Surgeries to Treat Urinary Incontinence in Women
The University of California, San Diego Medical Center along with nine other clinical research institutions across the United States has completed the largest randomized clinical trial to date comparing two commonly performed surgical procedures to t...More...

5/21/2007
UCSD's Moores Cancer Center First in California To Offer SAVI™ Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment
The Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is the first facility in California – and the second in the nation – to offer the SAVI applicator, an advanced treatment for breast cancer as part of breast conservation thera...More...

5/18/2007
'Mad Hatter' Event on June 10 to Benefit Moores UCSD Cancer Center
As every Cheshire Cat knows, the Mad Hatter throws the best tea parties in Wonderland. And now he's betting his top hat that the Susan Faerber (left) and Jennilyn Tan model sample hats.one he's planning at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center wi...More...

5/18/2007
Regents Approve Plan for New UCSD Inpatient Bed Tower
The University of California Board of Regents today voted to approve UC San Diego's request to move forward with planning a new inpatient bed tower on their UC San Diego East Campus medical complex. The proposed project would build 125-150 new beds...More...

5/17/2007
Tests Show Healthy Humans Not Harmed By Taser
Using a Taser to control agitated suspects in police custody is standard operating procedure for many law enforcement agencies. In some circles, however, the idea that using a Taser could lead to a suspect's death has caused controversy. Now, the f...More...

5/16/2007
Wearable Technology Helps Monitor Mental Illness
Psychiatric researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine will report important new findings from a study of patients with bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia at the upcoming meeting of the Society of Biolo...More...

5/9/2007
Skin Care Safety in the Sun
Monday, May 7, officially launched Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®. Physicians and staff at UCSD Medical Center say this is the perfect time to remind San Diegans that they can take care of their skin and still have fun in t...More...

5/8/2007
Creeping, Crawling Critters Can Ruin Summer Fun
Toxicologists at UCSD Medical Center and the San Diego Division of the California Poison Control System recommend taking a few simple precautions to protect your family against summer stings, bites and bugs. Snake BitesIn the warm summer months, eve...More...

5/7/2007
Two UCSD Physician-Scientists Named to Association of American Physicians
The Association of American Physicians (AAP) has elected two physician-scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine faculty as new members: Patricia Finn, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and An...More...

5/7/2007
Melanoma Open House on May 24 At Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Most people living in Southern California are familiar with skin cancer, but melanoma, its most deadly form, is not as well understood. Prevention and diagnosis of melanoma are not clear-cut and the incidence and death rates are rising. Today melano...More...

5/7/2007
How to Steer a Moving Cell
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have developed new technology which, combined with proteomics – the large-scale study of the structure and function of proteins and their functions – has allowed them to...More...

5/7/2007
Common Accidents Treated with Uncommon Approach at UCSD Medical Center
Folding clothes, walking the dog, and emptying the dishwasher are common chores for the average twelve year-old. In the case of Casey Wynhamer, however, taking care of everyday chores led to an unexpected trip to the operating room at UCSD Medical Ce...More...

5/7/2007
Targeting Sugar on Blood Vessels May Inhibit Cancer Growth
In a study that could point to novel therapies to prevent cancer spread, or metastasis, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have targeted a sugar that supports blood vessel growth in the tumor. Their find...More...

5/3/2007
UCSD Physician Flies with Professor Stephen Hawking on Zero-Gravity Flight
Up and Down: A Look Inside the Weightless Journey
When Professor Stephen Hawking, the world's most renowned physicist and cosmologist decided to fly zero gravity, Erik Viirre, M.D., Ph.D., from UC San Diego Medical Center was invited along to assure...More...

When Professor Stephen Hawking, the world's most renowned physicist and cosmologist decided to fly zero gravity, Erik Viirre, M.D., Ph.D., from UC San Diego Medical Center was invited along to assure...

5/2/2007
National City Transplant Patient Gets Second Chance and "Walks" with It
UCSD Medical Center patient guest of honor at the American Liver Foundation Walk It's been nearly three years since Sergio Martinez first started to feel sick… really sick. Now, on the other side of all those painful months, liver transplant reci...More...

5/2/2007
UC San Diego School of Medicine Receives $1 Million Telemedicine Learning Center Grant
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has received a $1 million grant from the California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC) to support the development and implementation of a Southern California Telemedicine Learning Center (T...More...

5/2/2007
Former UCSD AIDS Researcher to Speak at Asian Heritage Awards May 22; Professors/Instructors Nominated for Awards
A member of the team that discovered HIV and a former AIDS researcher at the University of California, San Diego will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Asian Heritage Awards, and three UCSD professors and one UCSD instructor are among award...More...

5/1/2007
Hip Resurfacing Helps Baby Boomers Stay on the Go
Surgery Attractive Alternative for Athletes, Now Available at UCSD Medical Center
The anthem of "work hard, play hard" is impossible to sustain when your joints just don't work. Increasingly, highly active men and women are finding a need for hip su...More...

4/27/2007
UCSD Medical Center Laboratory Dedicated to MR Imaging Celebrates Grand Opening May 2
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are conducting cutting-edge research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that could impact patient care here and around the world in coming years. A new facility to house this research ef...More...

4/26/2007
Sexual Dysfunction Study Designed to Help Women
The kids. The job. The house. The cell phone, blackberry and email. With all the responsibilities many women juggle, there is often no time for romance, and in many cases, even less desire. Well over a third (40 – 45%) of adult women experience ...More...

4/26/2007
UCSD to Participate in Nationwide Trial to Assess Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acid on the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease
Nutritionists have long endorsed fish as part of a heart-healthy diet, and now some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids found in the oil of certain fish and algae as well as human breast milk may also benefit the brain by lowering the risk of Al...More...

4/24/2007
Health Fair Scheduled for Korean Community
UCSD Medical Center physicians offer their talents... and lend an ear Open, honest communication between a patient and physician can make the difference between good and great medical care. This can be especially challenging when the patient and ph...More...

4/23/2007
Damaged Motor Neurons in ALS Contribute to Their Own Death
Researchers from The Ludwig Institute and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that when motor neurons damaged by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, inappropriately send the wron...More...

4/23/2007
Paramount Studios to Host 4th Annual 4sight4children Family Carnival
On Sunday, April 29, 2007 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., approximately 500 donors and friends of the Shiley Eye Center at the University of California, San Diego will gather at Paramount Studios' "Streets of New York" in Hollywood, California for the 4th An...More...

4/19/2007
UCSD Cancer Researchers Report Ability to Detect Cancer at Earliest, Curable stage
Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego report that they have developed a new method for detecting cancer very early in its development, when it consists of just a few cells. The best existing detection meth...More...

4/17/2007
Clinical Cardiovascular Stem Cell Research Program Launched at UC San Diego Medical Center
The University of California, San Diego Medical Center has established a new program in Clinical Cardiovascular Cell Therapy, directed by Nabil Dib, M.D., M.Sc. Dib is an interventional cardiologist whose research focuses on the potential of usin...More...

4/17/2007
Twin Studies Reveal Genetic Components Leading To Cardiac and Kidney Disease
Studies may point to new drug targets for heritable conditions Daniel O'Connor, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has studied about 265 twin pairs over the past few year...More...

4/16/2007
Advanced Pre-Natal Care Now Available Through Palomar Pomerado Health and UCSD Collaboration
Hospitals Join Forces to Offer Critical Perinatal Testing in North County A newly opened Perinatal Testing Center at Palomar Medical Center is providing North County obstetricians and their patients access to state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis...More...

4/11/2007
Wired for Sound: How the Brain Senses Visual Illusions
In a study that could help reveal how illusions are produced in the brain's visual cortex, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have found new evidence of rapid integration of auditory and visual sensations...More...

4/10/2007
National Weight-Loss Study Open At Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Nutrition experts at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center and Scripps Clinic in Del Mar are seeking obese men and women to participate in a research study for weight loss employing an investigational combination drug therapy and behavioral modification. Stu...More...

4/9/2007
Cutting-Edge Patient Safety Training Taking Flight at UCSD Medical Center
The surgical team cares for patients in the 2nd floor operating rooms. The flight crew cares for passengers high above the ground. At UCSD Medical Center those two worlds are coming together to lift patient care to the highest level. UCSD Medical ...More...

4/9/2007
UCSD Researchers Discover Variants of Natural Tumor Suppressor
Finding could lead to therapy targets for diabetes, heart disease and cancer Building on their 2005 discovery of an enzyme that is a natural tumor suppressor, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have now ...More...

4/5/2007
Cooler Heads Prevail in Cardiac Arrest
Heart Attack Patient Benefits from Innovative Technology at UCSD Medical Center
UCSD Medical Center cardiology and neurology specialists are using a novel method to save the lives of patients in cardiac arrest. Using an innovative technology that ...More...

4/4/2007
Smoking Cessation Rates Are Up, Cigarette Consumption Is Down, Says UCSD Study of California's Tobacco Control Program
Since the advent of the California Tobacco Control Program, in 1989, the state's young adult smokers are quitting the habit in record numbers and older smokers are consuming far fewer cigarettes, according to a new series of studies from the Moores C...More...

3/29/2007
UCSD Researchers Identify Connection between Sleep Disruption and Increased Cardiovascular Risk In Healthy Men and Women
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that sleep disruption in seemingly healthy subjects is associated with increased clotting of the blood, which has previously been shown to predict cardio...More...

3/29/2007
UCSD Researchers Identify Critical Receptor in Liver Regeneration
In studies in mouse models, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have found that A hepatic stellate cell activated by the p75 Neurotrophin Receptor promotes repair in the livera cellular recept...More...

3/22/2007
UCSD Cancer Researcher Richard D. Kolodner Honored with Landon-AACR Prize for Basic Cancer Research
Scientists whose discoveries have led to fundamental advances in the science and treatment of cancer are the recipients of two prestigious international prizes offered by the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation and the American Association for C...More...

3/21/2007
Inhibiting Blood to Save the Brain
UCSD researchers suppress relapsing paralysis in mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis A fibrous protein called fibrinogen, found in circulating blood and Fibrinogen (red) and activated microglia (green) in a brain lesion of an animal mode...More...

3/19/2007
Inflammation May Play Role in Metastasis of Prostate Cancer
Many would assume that "mounting an immune response" or "having your body fight the cancer" is a good thing. Now, research at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine strongly suggests that inflammation associated with the p...More...

3/16/2007
Three at UC San Diego Receive Stem Cell Research Grants from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
The second round of grants focused solely on human embryonic stem cell research has been approved for funding by the 29-member Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC), governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIR...More...

3/12/2007
UCSD Research Center to Host Second Scientific Symposium on Celiac Disease
Prize for Excellence in Celiac Disease Research to be Presented in Conjunction with Symposium Celiac disease, a digestive condition triggered by consumption of a common protein called gluten, will be the focus of a one-day scientific symposium at th...More...

3/9/2007
Prostate Cancer Foundation Awards $100K to UCSD Researcher
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), the world's largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research, has granted Michael G. Rosenfeld, M.D., an internationally known and respected molecular biologist, a $100,000 award as part of th...More...

3/7/2007
UCSD's Ajit Varki To Receive Glycobiology's Highest International Honor
Ajit Varki, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Founder and Co-Director of the Glycobiology Research and Training Center at the Ajit Varki, M.D.University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Sc...More...

3/1/2007
National Eating Disorders Expert Offers New Anorexia Treatments at UCSD
San Diego treatment program for families only one of its kind in the country A nationally recognized authority on eating disorders says that an intervention program designed for families of anorexic patients offers promising treatment of a disease ...More...

2/27/2007
UCSD's CFAR Presents First International HIV/AIDS Research Day
UCSD's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) will sponsor its first annual International HIV/AIDS Research Day on Friday, March 2, in the Leichtag Biomedical Research Building Auditorium. The event is sponsored by CFAR's International Program, funded by t...More...

2/23/2007
UCSD's Sonia Ancoli-Israel to Receive National Sleep Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award
To be Presented During National Sleep Awareness Week Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the National Sleep Foundation's 2007 Lifetim...More...

2/21/2007
Commemorative Program to Honor Alzheimer's Disease Expert Leon Thal to be Held at UCSD March 5
A commemorative tribute to the life and work of internationally respected researcher and UCSD professor and clinician, Leon J. Thal, M.D., will be held on the UCSD campus in La Jolla on Monday, March 5. Thal died in ...More...

2/20/2007
Seven at UC San Diego Receive Stem Cell Funding from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
Dr. Leon Thal of UC San Diego honored with naming of statewide SEED grants
More than two years after voters approved a $3 billion program to fund stem cell research in California, the state has approved the first grants focused solely on human embr...More...

2/13/2007
Study Shows Liver an Excellent Target For Cancer Gene Therapy Using Viral Vectors
A featured paper in the February issue of the research journal Cancer Gene Therapy demonstrates that cancer cells in the liver are excellent targets for gene therapy using adenoviral vectors, based upon a fundamental new understanding of the differen...More...

2/13/2007
Ride4AIDS to Benefit UCSD AIDS Research Institute and Being Alive San Diego
Riders are invited to sign up now for the fourth annual "Ride4AIDS," a one-day HIV/AIDS benefit bike ride along San Diego's scenic waterfront, which will be held Sunday, April 1A. Proceeds from the ride will go to the University of California, San D...More...

2/10/2007
In Memoriam: UCSD Neuroscientist, Renowned Parkinson's Disease Researcher Clifford W. Shults
Clifford W. Shults, M.D, professor of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and neurologist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System died of complications...More...

2/9/2007
UCSD Medical Center Announces Plans To Explore Heart Transplant Collaboration
UCSD Medical Center has announced plans to pursue discussions with Sharp Memorial Hospital toward a potential collaboration in heart transplantation. The number of heart transplants being performed across the nation is declining due to improvements...More...

2/9/2007
San Diego Research Ethics Consortium Formed
Four of the nation's leading biomedical research institutions have announced the formation of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium, a multi-institution core resource to support the ethical conduct of science in stem cell and other research progra...More...

2/8/2007
Vitamin D3 Provides Skin with Protection from Harmful Microbes
Deficiency in D3 may impact wounds' ability to heal
A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine shows that fluctuations in Vitamin D3 levels control the body's innate immune response, affecting a skin ...More...

2/7/2007
Two New Studies Back Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention
Researchers Report Levels Needed To Cut Breast, Colon Cancer Risk
Two new vitamin D studies using a sophisticated form of analysis called meta-analysis, in which data from multiple reports is combined, have revealed new prescriptions for possibly p...More...

2/5/2007
Dr. Leon Thal, Renowned Alzheimer's Expert, Dies in Plane Crash
Leon Thal, M.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and one of the world's leaders in the development and study of new therapies for Alzheimer's disease, has been ...More...

2/1/2007
UCSD Emergency Physician to Describe Large Clinical Trial For Heart Attack and Trauma Victims
"Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest and Severe Trauma" will be the topic of a series of community meetings being held around the county in February. Daniel Davis, M.D., a specialist in emergency medicine at the University of California San Diego...More...

1/30/2007
UCSD Nurse Midwife Delivers 1,000th Baby
A nurse midwife at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center recently delivered her 1,000th baby. "When I came here in 1999," said Hope Renn, CNM, MSN, "I'd only caught 159 babies. That means most of the 1,000 were delivered righ...More...

1/29/2007
Researchers Create New Method for Uncovering Natural Products from Mystery 'Orphan Genes'
Approach leads to identification of compound with potential benefits in medicine and agriculture Microorganisms have a proven track record for producing powerful molecules useful in antibiotics, as anticancer agents, and in treating human disea...More...

1/26/2007
Heart of San Diego Gala Celebrates First Decade of Support
Peter Farrell to be Honored
The tenth "Heart of San Diego" Gala supporting the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center of the University of California, San Diego will be held February 24 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The annual black-tie ...More...

1/23/2007
Local Researcher Wins National Science Prize
2nd Annual Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research Awarded to Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) announced today that Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D., has b...More...

1/22/2007
Glaucoma - Are You at Risk?
Approximately 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma, and half of those are at risk for going blind because they do not know they have the disease. Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve, responsible for transmitting visual...More...

1/18/2007
Distinguished Gastroenterologist Named UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Dean of Medical School
David Brenner, M.D., a distinguished physician-scientist who began his academic career at UC San Diego, has been appointed by the UC Regents to be Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC San Diego, effective Febru...More...

1/17/2007
Clues to the Cause of Difficulty with Swallowing in Children
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is disease that was first described in children only 20 years ago, but has shown a rising incidence in both children and adults. An inflammatory condition of the esophagus, its symptoms including vomiting, heartburn and...More...

1/4/2007
Bottleneck in Blood Supply Makes Brain Vulnerable to Strokes
A team of University of California, San Diego physicists and neuroscientists has discovered a bottleneck in the network of blood vessels in the brain that makes it vulnerable to strokes. The finding may explain the origin of the puzzling damage to th...More...

1/4/2007
Nobel Prize-Winning Neuroscientist to Speak at UCSD January 10
Dr. Paul Greengard, head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University and co-recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will speak at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) on Wednes...More...

1/4/2007
Obituary: Samuel S.C. Yen, 1927 - 2006 International Figure in Reproductive Medicine
Samuel S.C. Yen, M.D., D.Sc., an international figure in the field of reproductive endocrinology, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, pas...More...

1/3/2007
Sugars in Liver Found to Clear Fats from the Bloodstream

Maybe you ate a big, juicy steak for dinner last night, adding a large amount of fat – scientifically known as triglycerides – to your system. For one in ten of us, that could be a big problem. Although we try to reduce fat in our diet, our bodies...More...

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