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Archived News Releases - 2008

12/18/2008
Clinical Trial at UC San Diego Medical Center Tests Treatment for Heart Failure with Adult Stem Cells
The University of California, San Diego Medical Center is the first hospital in California to enroll patients in a multi-center clinical trial, sponsored by Angioblast Systems Inc., to examine the safety and feasibility of administering adult stems c...More...

12/18/2008
Big Smiles for the Small Patients- Santa Visits UC San Diego Medical Center
With high spirits and happy faces Santa Claus and his team of elves visited the Infant Special Care Unit and the Regional Burn Center at UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest. Brown Family Sponsored by the UC San Diego Staff Asso...More...

12/17/2008
UC San Diego Free Clinic Receives Gift from Clark CARES Foundation
The volunteers and patients of the UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project celebrated some early holiday cheer thanks to a generous gift from the Clark CARES Foundation, which presented the Free Clinic with a $15,000 contribution. ...More...

12/17/2008
Cancer Disparities Are Target of $15 Million Grant to UC San Diego, San Diego State University
San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) are joining forces to help explain and eliminate cancer disparities. The five-year combined $15 million grant from the National C...More...

12/15/2008
A Diet High in Vegetables, Fruit and Fiber May Cut Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence in Women Without Hot Flashes
A secondary analysis of a large, multicenter clinical trial has shown that a diet loaded with fruits, vegetables and fiber and somewhat lower in fat compared to standard federal dietary recommendations cuts the risk of recurrence in a subgroup of ear...More...

12/15/2008
Don Cleveland Named New Chair Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine
Don Cleveland, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Neurosciences, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and head of the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, has been appointed chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecu...More...

12/11/2008
CIRM Tools & Technology Grants Awarded to UC San Diego Stem Cell Researcher
A researcher from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is among 23 awardees statewide to receive "Tools and Technology" grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The grant to Steven Dowdy, Ph.D., Pr...More...

12/8/2008
From Mother to Daughters: A Central Mystery in Cell Division Solved
Researchers from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a key step required for cell division in a study that could help improve therapies to treat cancer. Their work de...More...

12/8/2008
Interactive Gene "Networks" May Predict if Leukemia is Aggressive or Slow-Growing
Rather than testing for individual marker genes or proteins, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center have evidence that groups, or networks, of interactive genes may be more reliable in ...More...

12/5/2008
Mutant Proteins Result in Infectious Prion Disease in Mice
A worldwide group of scientists has created an infectious prion disease in a mouse model, in a step that may help unravel the mystery of this progressive disease that affects the nervous system in humans and animals. The research team, including Chr...More...

12/4/2008
Healthy Aging and the Holidays: UC San Diego Researchers' Tips
The University of California, San Diego's Stein Institute for Research on Aging – which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year – focuses on "healthy aging." As some say, 70 is now "the new 50" – and the coming New Year is a great time to take ste...More...

12/3/2008
Treating Sleep Apnea in Alzheimer's Patients Helps Cognition
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment seems to improve cognitive functioning in patients with Alzheimer's disease who also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, according to the results of a randomized clinical trial conducted at the Un...More...

11/24/2008
UCSD Researchers Identify Potential New Drug Target for Chronic Leukemia
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center have discovered what could be a novel drug target for an often difficult-to-treat form of leukemia. The investigators have identified a unique "signature"...More...

11/24/2008
Robert Malinow Named First Shiley-Marcos Endowed Chair in Alzheimer's Disease at UC San Diego
Robert Malinow, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has been named the first recipient of the Shiley-Marcos Endowed Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research in Honor of Dr. Leon Thal. M...More...

11/20/2008
UC San Diego Health Sciences Announces Collaboration With Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development
University of California, San Diego Health Sciences leaders have announced that they have executed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. (J&JPRD), with the objective of develop...More...

11/19/2008
American Heart Association Bestows Award on UC San Diego Pioneer in Peripheral Artery Disease
Little-known condition strongly associated with heart attack and stroke University of California, San Diego Professor Michael Criqui, M.D., M.P.H., has been awarded the American Heart Association's 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award, sponsored by ...More...

11/18/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest Opens New MRI Suite
After several years of planning and construction, UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest has opened a modern new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) suite. This is the hospital's latest step in ensuring that UC San Diego patients have access to cutting...More...

11/17/2008
UCSD's Palmer Taylor Awarded 2009 Axelrod Award in Pharmacology
Palmer Taylor, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Sciences, and founding dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded the 2009 Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmaco...More...

11/17/2008
California's Public Hospitals and Firefighters Urge Diligence to Prevent Winter-Related House Fires and Injuries
Hospitals and firefighters see increase in burns, smoke inhalation due to winter hazards; urge stronger precautions Oakland, CA, November 17, 2008 – The California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) and its member ...More...

11/14/2008
Scientists Seek to Block Progression of Alzheimer's Disease with Novel Medication that Targets the Source
UC San Diego Researchers Calling for Volunteers for Nationwide Clinical Trial Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Research Center (ADRC) are conducting studies on an experimental medication to block nerve...More...

11/13/2008
How Eating Red Meat Can Spur Cancer Progression
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, led by Ajit Varki, M.D., have shown a new mechanism for how human consumption of red meat and milk products could contribute to the increased risk of cancerous tumors. Their ...More...

11/13/2008
UC San Diego Physician Defies Gravity with Four Kids Who Spend Their Lives in Wheelchairs
Erik Viirre, M.D., Ph.D., a University of California, San Diego School of Medicine physician who specializes in diseases of the inner ear, recently completed his fifth weightless flight with Zero Gravity Corporation. Aboard the same plane were four p...More...

11/10/2008
Palomar Pomerado Health, UC San Diego Medical School Partnership Improves North County Access to Clinical Trial
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) and the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine have entered into an innovative partnership that enhances options for patients needing leading-edge therapy, expands clinical research at UC S...More...

11/10/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Offers Gene Therapy Clinical Trial for Advanced Heart Failure
UC San Diego Medical Center is currently enrolling patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial of an investigational drug for the treatment of advanced heart failure. The "Calcium Up-Regulation by Percutaneous Administration of Gene Therapy in Cardiac Disea...More...

11/10/2008
Anti-Angiogenesis Drugs May Foil Tumors by Building Up Blood Vessels, Not Tearing Them Down, Moores UCSD Cancer Center Scientists Find
Scientists have thought that one way to foil a tumor from generating blood vessels to feed its growth – a process called angiogenesis – was by creating drugs aimed at stopping a key vessel growth-promoting protein. But now the opposite seems to be tr...More...

11/6/2008
UC San Diego Doctor Named State Medical Board "2008 Physician-Humanitarian"
Margaret McCahill, M.D., Honored for Serving the Underserved Margaret E. McCahill, M.D., clinical professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and Medical Director at St. Vincent de Paul ...More...

11/3/2008
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Studying Novel Leukemia Vaccine for High-Risk Patients
Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are conducting clinical trials of a novel therapy aimed at revving up the immune system to combat a particularly difficult-to-treat form of leukemia. The experi...More...

11/3/2008
Gerard Manecke, M.D., Appointed Chair of Anesthesiology for UC San Diego Health Sciences
Gerard Manecke, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Medical Center following a national search. Manecke, a member of the department since 2000, and interim chair...More...

10/29/2008
Eating Red Meat Sets Up Target for Disease-Causing Bacteria
Non-human molecules absorbed by eating red meat increase risk of food poisoning in humans Offering another reason why eating red meat could be bad for you, an international research team, including University of California, San Diego School of Medic...More...

10/28/2008
UC San Diego Faculty Honored as "Women Who Mean Business"
Six UC San Diego School of Medicine Faculty – physicians and researchers- were among 37 honorees recognized Thursday evening, October 23, 2008, at the San Diego Business Journal's 15th Annual "Women Who Mean Business" Awards. Those 37 were chosen f...More...

10/28/2008
UC San Diego Center for Transplantation Celebrates 40th Anniversary
County's First Kidney Transplant Performed Four Decades Ago Four decades and more than 2,400 transplants later, the Center for Transplantation at UC San Diego Medical Center is celebrating the 40th anniversary of San Diego County's first kid...More...

10/28/2008
How Toxic Environmental Chemical DBT Affects the Immune System
An international team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the University of Basel in Switzerland have issued a report on the mechanism of toxicity of a chemical compound called Dibutyltin (DBT). Their fin...More...

10/24/2008
UC San Diego to Lead Neuroscience Information Framework
NIH awards UC San Diego $10 million contract to lead integrated information framework for world-wide neuroscience research community The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has received a contract from the National Institutes of H...More...

10/23/2008
UC San Diego to Lead Nationwide Program in Pharmacogenomics
The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, will collaborate with the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Association of Colle...More...

10/23/2008
What's in Your Medicine Cabinet? Knowing the Answer Can Save Lives
UC San Diego Experts Offer Helpful Hints, Important Guidelines for Medicine SafetyCan you name the medications and supplements you take each day and why? Or is taking medication just habit? In honor of National Pharmacy Month, experts from UCSD Ska...More...

10/22/2008
First "Scarless" Hernia Repair Performed by Center for the Future of Surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center
Surgeons at UC San Diego Medical Center have reported what is believed to be the world's first hernia repair conducted through one of the body's natural openings. As part of a clinical trial, minimally invasive surgeons Garth Jacobsen, M.D., and Sant...More...

10/21/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Toxicologists Offer Halloween Tips: No Trick to Treating Children (and Adults) to a Safe Halloween
The Emergency Department staff at UC San Diego Medical Center- along with the California Poison Control System-San Diego Division located at UCSD Medical Center- offer the following safety precautions to help parents and guardians make Halloween safe...More...

10/20/2008
Researchers Identify Genetic Switch Critical for Cell Survival in Hypoxia
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a critical metabolic "switch" in fruit flies that helps oxygen-deprived cells survive. Hypoxia-induced injury occurs in the case of heart attack, stroke or ot...More...

10/16/2008
Novel Publishing Approach Puts Textbook in More Hands
New science textbook simultaneously released in print and with free online access For the first time, a new edition of a major textbook will be simultaneously released in print and free online in a novel approach to publishing that permits the textb...More...

10/14/2008
Vitamin B Does Not Slow Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's
A clinical trial led by Paul S. Aisen, M.D., professor of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, showed that high-dose vitamin B supplements did not slow the rate of cognitive decline in patients with mild to mod...More...

10/13/2008
NIH AWARDS $38 MILLION GRANT RENEWAL TO UC SAN DIEGO FOR LIPID MAPPING PROJECT
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has been awarded nearly $38 million by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue leading "LIPID MAPS," a national cons...More...

10/10/2008
Nobel Laureate, "Father of Modern Cell Biology" George Palade Dies at Age 95
Nobel Laureate George Palade (pronounced "pa-LAH-dee"), M.D., considered the father of modern cell biology, died at home on Tuesday, October 7 at age 95 after a long illness. Palade, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine...More...

10/9/2008
New Target for Obesity-Related Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes
Building on mounting evidence that implicates infection-fighting cells found in obese fat tissue in the growing problem of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have identif...More...

10/8/2008
2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Shared by UC San Diego Researcher Roger Tsien
University of California, San Diego Professor Roger Tsien, Ph.D., will share the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and Boston University School of Medicine, and Martin Chalfie of Colu...More...

10/7/2008
Novel Lung Cancer Vaccine Trial Launched at Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Oncologists at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla are hoping to stave off the relentless march of advanced lung cancer by treating patients with a novel kind of cancer vaccine. While many vaccines a...More...

10/6/2008
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Researchers Receive $1.14 Million from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Four cancer researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) have received a total of $1.14 million from Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to study the nature, development and spread of breast cancer. These...More...

10/6/2008
Oral Vitamin D May Help Prevent Some Skin Infections
A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that use of oral Vitamin D supplements bolsters production of a protective chemical normally found in the skin, and may help prevent skin infections tha...More...

9/24/2008
Study Shows Radiation Device May Customize Therapy, Enable Some to Avoid More Lengthy Treatment
A study of the first approximately 100 patients who have received partial breast irradiation with a small, whisk-like, expandable device inserted inside the breast has shown that after one year, the device is effective at sparing nearby healthy tissu...More...

9/24/2008
Not a Moment to Lose in Therapy for Acute Stroke
In an editorial response to a report in the September 25 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine on the efficacy of intravenous thrombolysis treatment in the hours after acute ischemic stroke, Patrick Lyden, M.D., professor of neurosciences and ...More...

9/24/2008
UC San Diego Names First George Palade Endowed Chair
Distinguished cell biologist Peter Novick, Ph.D. appointed Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine Peter Novick, Ph.D., whose groundbreaking work in the field of cell biology has contributed to a novel understanding of internal cellular transpo...More...

9/24/2008
Groundbreaking Obesity Surgery Performed by UC San Diego Center for Future of Surgery, U.S. First
On Tuesday, September 16, 2008, the UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery performed the nation's first gastrectomy, a partial removal of the stomach, through the vagina. This new "natural orifice" technique may be an attractive alternative fo...More...

9/18/2008
Dr. Robert Katzman, Pioneering Alzheimer's Disease Expert, Dies
Robert Katzman, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Neurosciences, former chair of the Department of Neurosciences and founding director of the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) at the University of California, San Diego School of Medi...More...

9/17/2008
Behavioral Intervention Works to Reduce Risky Behavior
Intervention almost halves rate of sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Mexico-US border cities In an effort to curb the rising rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) along the Mexico-US border, a binational t...More...

9/9/2008
UC San Diego and UAB, Partners in Kidney Research $4.23 Million NIH Grant Recognizes Expertise
University of California, San Diego is partnering with The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to develop new methods to treat and prevent kidney failure. UAB's Division of Nephrology has been awarded a five-year, $4.23 million George M. O'Bri...More...

9/9/2008
UC San Diego to Lead Nationwide Study Of Posttraumatic Stress and Brain Injury
Read comments made by Frank Cerasoli, traumatic brain injury survivor The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine will lead a $60 million, five-year, 10-site Clinical Consortium funded by the Department of Defense Psy...More...

9/8/2008
UC San Diego Receives Funding to Expand Global Scope of Research into HIV Prevention
Julio Montaner, M.D., an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, is one of only three first-time recipients of the inaugural Avant-Garde Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), par...More...

9/8/2008
New Center for Study of Human Origins Opens in San Diego
UC San Diego and Salk Institute to Present Free, Half-Day Seminar on the Origin of Humans to Celebrate Grand Opening of Virtual Center A multidisciplinary group of researchers at the University of California, San Diego, along with colleagues at the ...More...

9/5/2008
Disaster Medical Assistance Team Sponsored by UC San Diego Medical Center Deployed to Hurricane Ike
On Friday, September 5th 2008, the San Diego Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT San Diego CA-4), co-sponsored by UC San Diego Medical Center and International Relief Teams of San Diego, Inc., has been activated to deploy to the Southeast to prepa...More...

9/4/2008
In Memoriam: J. William Hollingsworth, M.D.Nationally Known UCSD Physician Leader Was 'An Extraordinary Mentor'
Former UCSD School of Medicine faculty leader and rheumatology expert J. William Hollingsworth, M.D., 82, passed away on July 30 in Charlestown on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Born on January 14, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina, he was laid to ...More...

9/4/2008
Fatal Protein Interactions May Explain Neurological Diseases
In a collaborative study at the University of California, San Diego, investigators from neurosciences, chemistry and medicine, as well as the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) have investigated how proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases ...More...

9/3/2008
Do 68 Molecules Hold the Key to Understanding Disease?
UC San Diego Scientist Presents First Unified Vision of 'The Building Blocks of Life' Why is it that the origins of many serious diseases remain a mystery? In considering that question, a scientist at the University of California, San Diego School ...More...

9/2/2008
Nationally Noted UC San Diego Allergist Elected ABAI President, 2010
Stephen I. Wasserman, M.D., to Serve as President-Elect The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) announced that it has elected Stephen I. Wasserman, M.D., professor of medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine and Director, Allergy/Immuno...More...

8/27/2008
Variation of Normal Protein Could Be Key to Resistance to Common Cancer Drug
Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UC SD) in La Jolla have found evidence explaining why a common chemotherapy drug, cisplatin, may not always work for every cancer patient. They have shown that when a...More...

8/27/2008
First Gene Associated with Dry Macular Degeneration Found
Findings indicate possible adverse consequences to new RNA therapies In a study that underscores the important role that individual genetic profiles will play in the development of new therapies for disease, a multi-institutional research team – led...More...

8/19/2008
Promising New Drug Developed by UC San Diego Medical Center Reseacher Provides Hope for Sufferers of Painful Bladder Syndrome
For the millions of sufferers of a bladder condition called painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis, hope is on the way, developed by urologic surgeon and researcher Lowell Parsons, M.D. of the University of California, San Diego Medical Cente...More...

8/14/2008
Back to School Reminder: Kids Should Go for Safety, Not Style!
UC San Diego Research Confirms Certain Backpack Positions Painful, Damaging School children across the world may speak different languages but there is one experience an estimated 90 percent of all students share: wearing a backpack. Researchers fr...More...

8/13/2008
CIRM New Faculty Grants Awarded to UC San Diego Researchers
Adding $11.5 million to the more than $20 million in funding that researchers at the University of California, San Diego have received to date from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), five UC San Diego researchers and physician...More...

8/13/2008
How Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attack the Body's Immune System
"Flesh-eating" or "Strep" bacteria are able to survive and spread in the body by degrading a key immune defense molecule, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharma...More...

8/11/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Studies Mystery of Mother's Milk
New Program Looks at Life-Saving Qualities of Human Milk for Tiniest Infants "Breast is best" is a mantra every new mom hears with when it comes to feeding her newborn. Human milk is known to boost brain development, prevent life-threatening infecti...More...

8/7/2008
Researchers Discover How Tumor Suppressor Inhibits Cell Growth
Genes that inhibit the spontaneous development of cancer are called tumor suppressor genes. One of the major tumor suppressors is p53, a protein that acts in the cell nucleus to control the expression of other genes whose products can inhibit cell p...More...

8/6/2008
Medicinal Marijuana Effective for Neuropathic Pain in HIV
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the impact of smoked medical cannabis, or marijuana, on the neuropathic pain associated with HIV, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found that repo...More...

8/5/2008
Computer Poker Program Knows When to Hold 'Em
Prize-winning computer poker programs released as open source Texas Hold'em poker has exploded in popularity over the past few years. Its popularity has extended to academic researchers, who are intrigued by the challenges of probabilities and decis...More...

8/4/2008
Lowering Cholesterol Early in Life Could Save Lives
UC San Diego Researchers Advocate Intervention Beginning in Childhood With heart disease maintaining top billing as the leading cause of death in the United States, a team of University of California, San Diego School of Medicine physician-researche...More...

8/4/2008
A New Look at How Memory and Spatial Cognition are Related
In a study that sheds new light on how memory and spatial cognition are related to each other in the brain, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Veteran Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System studied mem...More...

8/4/2008
Telemedicine Leads to Better Stroke Treatment Decisions
Technology enables doctors to make correct decisions for stroke patients at remote sites Watch five minute video about innovative telemedicine program developed at UC San Diego Medical Center in collaboration with Calit2, Qualcomm and BF technologi...More...

7/30/2008
UC San Diego Pulmonologist Named "Outstanding Clinician 2008"
California Thoracic Society Names UCSD Doctor Best in State For his dedication "to the respiratory health of his community, state, country and world," Timothy Morris, M.D., Clinical Service Chief for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UC San Die...More...

7/30/2008
Deportation Linked to Higher Risk of HIV Infection in Male Injection Drug Users
Binational Study in Tijuana Points to Need for Cross-border Prevention and Treatment Programs Male injection drug users deported from the United States to Tijuana have four-fold higher odds of HIV infection compared to those living in Tijuana who we...More...

7/24/2008
Researchers Identify Gene Responsible for Rare Childhood Disease
The chromosomal abnormality that causes a rare, but often fatal, disorder that affects infants has been identified by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, who happened to treat two young children with the disease...More...

7/24/2008
Two Specialists Join UC San Diego Kawasaki Disease Team Launching Major Outreach Campaign in Latino and Filipino Communities
For more than 30 years, pediatrician Jane Burns, M.D., has dedicated her research to solving the mystery of Kawasaki Disease (KD), a childhood illness characterized by fever, rash, red eyes, red lips, and red hands and feet that can lead to serious h...More...

7/24/2008
Public Safety Training Exercise 'Operation Golden Phoenix' Takes Flight
UC San Diego Medical Center Puts Knowledge into Practice with Local, State and Federal Agencies Imagine turning on the morning news to find out that the San Diego community had been contaminated with a bio-terrorism agent, such as anthrax. ...More...

7/21/2008
UC San Diego Launches Institute of Engineering in Medicine to Accelerate Innovative Health Care Technologies
The world's top engineers, physicians and scientists are joining forces to conceptualize, develop and bring to reality the future tools and treatments of 21st century health care through UC San Diego's new Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Nanopa...More...

7/18/2008
UC San Diego Studies on Gulf War Veterans Continue
Leading Expert on Gulf War Illness Seeking Participants: "At last, a treatment study!" In a follow up study to a breaking news story that found evidence linking illnesses in Persian Gulf War Veterans to exposure to certain chemicals, a group of rese...More...

7/17/2008
Discovery of a New Signaling Mechanism May Lead to Novel Anti-Inflammatory Therapy
A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has uncovered a new signaling mechanism used to activate protein kinases that are critical for the body's inflammatory response. Their work will be published in the ...More...

7/16/2008
Improved Culture System for Hepatitis C Virus Infection
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researcher has developed the first tissue culture of normal, human liver cells that can model infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and provide a realistic environment to evaluate possible...More...

7/15/2008
Physical Activity in Children Declines Significantly from Age 9 to 15
UC San Diego Led Study Urges Community-wide Changes The increase in childhood obesity may be due, in part, to children's decline in physical activity as they age, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego Sch...More...

7/11/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Among Nation's Best
Ranked In Eight Specialties by U.S. News and World Report UCSD Medical Center is the only San Diego hospital ranked among the nation's best in eight specialties in U.S. News & World Report's new 2008 "America's Best Hospitals" issue. Among the fiv...More...

7/8/2008
Liver Protein Associated with Type 2 Diabetes in Older Adults
Study may indicate novel targets for prevention or treatment The presence of a protein expressed by the liver which inhibits insulin action may identify individuals more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study led by a researcher...More...

7/7/2008
"Smart Bomb" Nanoparticle Strategy Impacts Metastasis
A new treatment strategy using molecular "smart bombs" to target metastasis with anti-cancer drugs leads to good results using significantly lower doses of toxic chemotherapy, with less collateral damage to surrounding tissue, according to a collabor...More...

7/1/2008
Six UCSD Scientists Receive NARSAD's Prestigious 2008 Young Investigator Award
Six scientists from the University of California, San Diego have been selected by NARSAD, the world's leading charity dedicated to mental health research, to each receive a 2008 Young Investigator Award.The UC San Diego scientists are six of 220 earl...More...

6/30/2008
Little-Known Liver Disease in Obese Kids May Raise Heart Disease Risk
UC San Diego Researchers Caution Physicians and Parents Overweight and obese children who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are at much higher risk for heart disease according to a study led by researchers at University of California, S...More...

6/30/2008
Smoke-Free Policies Very Effective in Reducing Heart Disease
UC San Diego Researcher Leads International Team Research reviewed by an international team of experts called together by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that smoke-free policies are "extremely effective" in reduc...More...

6/27/2008
CIRM Grants Awarded to UC San Diego Researchers
Adding to the more than $19.8 million in funding that researchers at the University of California, San Diego have received to date from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), three grants were awarded today to UCSD School of Medic...More...

6/26/2008
Sun & Safety: Have Fun, Avoid Burns
Easy-to-Follow Advice from UC San Diego Medical Center Experts School's out. Summer's in full swing. And celebrations are underway! The staff at the UC San Diego Medical Center would like to remind the community of some simple but helpful precaut...More...

6/25/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Selects Cannon Design for Expansion Project
UC San Diego Medical Center has taken the next step toward building a new inpatient tower on its East Campus-La Jolla location by selecting Cannon Design, an internationally ranked architectural, engineering and planning firm, to lead the project. Ca...More...

6/24/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Offers Nation's Only Minimally Invasive Option for Biological Ankle Replacement
Patients suffering from severe arthritis now have an option for total ankle replacement that offers increased mobility and pain relief without permanent metal implants. Pioneered by Daniel K. Lee, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., at UC San Diego Medical Center,...More...

6/16/2008
UC San Diego Hyperbaric Medicine Team Contributes to War on Cancer
Leadership Role in Nationwide Study on "Late Effect" Wounds The University of California, San Diego Medical Center's Hyperbaric Medicine Center is part of a nationwide effort to compile and evaluate data in order to validate whether cancer patients ...More...

6/11/2008
Women, Smoking and Heart Disease
UC San Diego/Harvard Researchers Say Toenails Tell the TaleIn a first-of-its-kind study, research results show that toenail nicotine levels can help predict risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in women. Researchers at University of California, San ...More...

6/10/2008
Anti-estrogen Drug Therapy Reduces Risk of Invasive Breast Cancer in Older Women
UC San Diego Researchers Lead International Effort New analysis of a drug approved for osteoporosis prevention and treatment has provided definitive evidence that the medication is also effective as a breast cancer preventative for certain cancers...More...

6/9/2008
Snakes in San Diego: Potent, Powerful Venom Cause for Concern UC San Diego Toxicologist Offers Summer Bite & Sting Advice
For the second year in a row, UC San Diego Medical Center toxicologists are reporting unusually powerful snake bites and unusually extreme patient reactions to those bites. Since January, several patients have suffered bites with severe symptoms, su...More...

6/5/2008
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Study Links Vitamin D, Type 1 Diabetes
Global View Supports Concept of Using Vitamin D in Reducing Disease Risks Sun exposure and vitamin D levels may play a strong role in risk of type 1 diabetes in children, according to new findings by researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at Unive...More...

5/30/2008
Drug May Prolong Organ Life in Non-Compliant Kidney Transplant Patients
UC San Diego Researchers Present Findings at American Transplant CongressNew research from the University of California, San Diego Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, shows that the anti-rejection drug sirolimus (brand name Rapamune) may ...More...

5/29/2008
UC San Diego Researchers Examine Health Benefits of Video Games & Game Technologies
Grant Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Tennis, boxing and bowling, all while playing video games? Could video games that require players to get up and move, also known as "exergames," increase physical activity among users? That's one...More...

5/28/2008
UC San Diego Health Sciences to Hold Two Commencement Ceremonies
Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduation May 31; School of Medicine June 1 Trained to be leaders in patient care, drug development and delivery in the 21st-century, a new generation of physicians and pharmacists will graduate from the University of Cali...More...

5/21/2008
Patients Find Relief from Liver Disease with Minimally Invasive Surgery at Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center
At 66, Donald Fuhrman, a retired real estate broker and investor, looked like many men his age: enjoying world travel and in good health with just slightly high cholesterol. Appearances can be deceiving. During his annual physical exam, Fuhrman's b...More...

5/20/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Performs New Incision-free Procedure to Treat Weight Regain After Gastric Bypass
Every year more than 100,000 U.S. patients undergo gastric bypass surgery for the treatment of obesity. Experience now shows approximately 20 percent of these patients will regain weight within a few years after the surgery, due to the stretching of ...More...

5/19/2008
A Modest Glass of Wine Each Day Could Improve Liver Health
UC San Diego Researchers Pose Major Shift in Thinking Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine are challenging conventional thinking with a study showing that modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may not only be safe for the liv...More...

5/19/2008
National Study Shows Majority of U.S. Kidney Cancer Cases Now Diagnosed at Earliest, Most Treatable Stage
Patients in the United States today are now much more likely to be diagnosed with smaller tumors, in the earliest, most treatable stage of kidney cancer than a decade ago, leading to a slightly higher survival rate, according to the results of a nati...More...

5/19/2008
Halpert Named Associate Dean for Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego
James R. Halpert, Ph.D. joined the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in March as professor and Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs. In this James R. Halpert, Ph.D.new position, Halpert will be instrumental in helpin...More...

5/19/2008
Mystery Solved: The Ashwell Receptor Reduces Mortality During Bacterial Infection
In research that solves the longest-standing mystery in glycobiology – a field that studies complex sugar chains called glycans – researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that a molecule in the liver o...More...

5/16/2008
UC San Diego Faculty Named to Association of American Physicians; American Society for Clinical Investigation
The Association of American Physicians has elected two physicians from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine faculty as new members: David Broide, M.D., Ch.B., professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and im...More...

5/15/2008
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Study: Global View Shows Link Between Vitamin D Status, Breast Cancer
Using newly available data on worldwide cancer incidence, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine have shown a clear association between deficiency in ...More...

5/15/2008
New Role Found for a Cardiac Progenitor Population
In a discovery that could one day lead to an understanding of how to regenerate damaged heart tissue, researchers at the University of California, San Diego have found that parent cells involved in embryonic development of the epicardium – the cell l...More...

5/14/2008
Shiley Eye Center Noted for Excellence in Study Only Center in Nation to Receive Stand Out Award
UCSD's Shiley Eye Center is receiving national accolades for its visionary approach to studying and treating age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Shiley's Division of Community Ophthalmology was the only clinical site, out of 82 na...More...

5/13/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Awards Physician of the Year to Endoscopic Ultrasound Expert
Every year, UC San Diego honors physicians for their outstanding commitment to healthcare, both in the hospital setting and throughout the community. This year, Thomas J. Savides, M.D., clinical service chief for gastroenterology, UC San Diego Medica...More...

5/13/2008
UC San Diego Researchers Looking for Investigational Drug Study Participants Slow, Steady Pace Wins the Weight Race
Obesity is no longer simply a health concern. It's an alarming epidemic. In just the last two decades, the number of obese and overweight people in the United States has more than doubled. Obesity and overweight are major risk factors for life-thr...More...

5/12/2008
UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center Physician Honored with Day of Recognition William Freeman, M.D., to Receive Visionary Award
After more than 20 years of service to the San Diego community, William R. Freeman, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Director of the UCSD Jacobs Retina Center adjacent to Shiley Eye Center, is being recognized b...More...

5/9/2008
A New Home for UC San Diego Internal Medicine Group
The new office may be just a stone's throw away from its original location at UC San Diego Medical Center, La Jolla, but it's a whole new world of potential for the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Group. Welcome to Internal Medicine...More...

5/8/2008
Firefighter Back to Work with Help of UC San Diego Medical Center Surgeon
"Gary's hand was mangled," said Reid Abrams, M.D., chief of hand and microvascular surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center. "The first step was to clean the wound. The next was to consider reconstruction options that would keep him doing what he loves...More...

5/8/2008
UC San Diego Physician-Scientist Wins National Honor for Pediatric Research
Victor Nizet, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and physician at the Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, has been sele...More...

5/7/2008
UC San Diego Physician Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor
When a young Stuart Jamieson first began to study medicine, he waited tables to put himself through medical school. Now, more than four decades later, this world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon is being honored with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor fo...More...

5/6/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Hospitalists 'Set New Benchmark'
Leading the Way in Patient Care and Quality Improvement Blood clots that can develop in the limbs and travel to the lungs are considered the leading cause of preventable death in hospitalized patients. The Division of Hospital Medicine at UC San D...More...

5/6/2008
UC San Diego Receives $2.5 Million NIH Grant To Establish Digestive Diseases Research Center
In a major boost to important research into gastrointestinal disease being conducted at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, a $2.5 million basic research core grant to establish a Digestive Diseases Research Development Center (DDRDC) has been award...More...

5/5/2008
Seven from UC San Diego Named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Seven scholars from the University of California, San Diego were recently named Fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences: four from the School of Medicine, and one each from economics, anthropology and the Scripps Institution ...More...

5/5/2008
Pioneering "Scarless" Surgeon, Mark Talamini, M.D., Elected President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Mark A. Talamini, M.D., professor and chairman of the department of surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center has assumed the role of president of The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the largest professional organization of...More...

5/5/2008
TB Strain May Be Linked to Unpasteurized Dairy; Highest Incidence Among Hispanics
The incidence of a strain of tuberculosis (TB) called Mycobacterium bovis, or M. bovis, associated more often with cattle than humans, is increasing in San Diego and is concentrated mostly in Hispanics of Mexican origin, according to a study conducte...More...

4/30/2008
Renowned UC San Diego Researcher Receives Hartwell Foundation Grant To Study Diet and Birth Defects
More than 30 years ago, Kenneth Lyons Jones, M.D., pediatrician and pioneering specialist in the study of birth defects, helped identify what is now commonly known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). This ground-breaking research established the link b...More...

4/25/2008
Zimbabwean Art Exhibit and Sale to Benefit HIV/AIDS Research
The University of California, San Diego AIDS Research Institute (ARI) and the ZATA (Zimbabwe AIDS Treatment Assistance) Project will co-sponsor a Zimbabwean art exhibit and sale to raise funds for AIDS treatment in Zimbabwe, Africa and to benefit HIV...More...

4/23/2008
Sons and Daughters Get Sneak Peek Inside Operating Rooms of UC San Diego Medical Center
"I like the big robot," said Connor Carr, age 4. "I got two finger casts and I got to see my heart beat on a computer screen. I also got a cookie." Dressed in a white surgical suit and cap, Connor Carr was one of fifty children who had the privilege...More...

4/23/2008
Researchers Link Master Regulator of Innate Immunity to the Hypoxic Response
Survival of all animals depends on their ability to withstand microbial infections and adapt to fluctuations in oxygen concentrations. These abilities depend on two ancient, evolutionary gene expression responses called the innate immune response an...More...

4/22/2008
Fat-Cell Hormone Linked to Kidney Disease
Reduced levels of a hormone produced by fat cells and linked to the development of insulin resistance may also be related to a higher risk of kidney disease, according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of...More...

4/22/2008
Scientists Identify Novel Way to Prevent Cardiac Fibrosis
In a study that points to a new strategy for preventing or possibly reversing fibrosis – the scarring that can lead to organ and tissue damage – researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have determined that a molecul...More...

4/21/2008
Triathlon Event to Benefit Moores UCSD Cancer Center
The Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon, benefiting the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, is scheduled for 7 a.m. Sunday, May 4, at South Shores Park on Mission Bay. This is the first multi-sport event of the season in San Diego, and is designed for sports...More...

4/15/2008
Hartford Foundation Renews Support for UC San Diego Program to Train Geriatric Mental Health Specialists
Grant supports Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry to train next generation of geriatric psychiatrists, researchers/educators to meet mental health needs of the elderly By 2030, when the last of the baby boomers reach age 65, there will be ...More...

4/14/2008
Statins Shown to Lower Blood Pressure
A large, randomized drug trial has shown for the first time that statin drugs result in a modest, but significant, reduction in blood pressure. These effects may contribute to the reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular events reported for patient...More...

4/10/2008
CANCER, COOKING AND NUTRITION, April & May Classes
Moores UCSD Cancer Center presents free cooking classes with nutrition expert Vicky Newman, R.D. "Stealth Health—Recipes with Surprise Ingredients" is scheduled on Thursday, April 17, 11:30-1:00 PM and 6:00-7:30 p.m.; Monday, April 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m....More...

4/9/2008
Bannister Family House Golf Tournament, Monday, April 28, 2008
Grab your favorite driver and aim your golf cart for San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista for the 15th Annual Bannister Family House Golf Tournament. The goal of the day is to raise awareness and funds for Bannister Family House, a home away from h...More...

4/7/2008
From Bench to Bedside in One Year: Stem Cell Research Leads to Potential New Therapy for Rare Blood Disorder
A unique partnership between industry and academia has led to human clinical trials of a new drug for a rare class of blood diseases called myeloproliferative disorders (MPD), which are all driven by the same genetic mutation and can evolve into leuk...More...

4/3/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Expands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Address Rising Numbers of Premature Babies and Multiple Births
On April 2, 2008, UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest celebrated the opening of an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) designed for the 24-hour specialized care of premature infants and newborns with complications. Nine licensed beds have ...More...

4/2/2008
New Species of Infectious Disease Found in Amazon
While investigating the tropical disease leptospirosis in the Peruvian Amazon, an infectious disease specialist from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has uncovered new, emerging bacteria that may be responsible for up to 40 ...More...

3/31/2008
UC San Diego Researchers Step Up to Fight Childhood Obesity
Seeking Participants for "Step Up, Size Down" Study Childhood obesity is becoming a national epidemic. A key element in curbing this growing problem is a better understanding of how medical providers can help treat and manage pediatric obesity as p...More...

3/28/2008
UC San Diego Center for Future of Surgery Performs Another Groundbreaking "Scarless" Surgery, U. S. First
New Technology and Instruments Key to Incisionless Procedures On Surgeons from UCSD Center for Future of Surgery remove appendix through vagina, a U.S. first. March 26, 2008, surgeons at UC San Diego Medical Center removed an inflamed appendix thro...More...

3/26/2008
UC San Diego Study Helps Parents Help Overweight Kids
Nearly one in six children in the United States between the ages of 8 and 12 are considered obese, and parents play a major role in the development and maintenance of obesity in their children. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego ...More...

3/24/2008
Non-Invasive Imaging Provides Window Into Genetic Properties of Brain Tumors
Doctors diagnose and prescribe treatment for brain tumors by studying, under a microscope, tumor tissue and cell samples obtained through invasive biopsy or surgery. Now, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicin...More...

3/24/2008
UC San Diego Gets the Go-Ahead to Plan New Biomedical Research Building
The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) has received approval from the UC Board of Regents to begin planning a new Health Sciences Biomedical Research facility on the Health Sciences campus in La Jolla. The facility is necessary to ac...More...

3/20/2008
From White Coats to White Envelopes
UC San Diego Medical Students Receive Residency Assignments Graduating medical student Ann Ha has a great reason to love her alma mater, UC San Diego School of Medicine. While studying to be a pediatric physician, she met and married fellow student...More...

3/14/2008
UC San Diego Medical Center Reports United States' First Oral Appendix Removal
Clinical Trial Surgery Studies the Safety and Effectiveness of Scarless Surgery On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, surgeons at UC San Diego Medical Center performed what is believed to be the country's first removal of a diseased appendix through the mou...More...

3/14/2008
Potential Alzheimer's Disease Drug Target Identified by UC San Diego Researcher
In findings with the potential to provide a therapy for Alzheimer's disease patients where none now exist, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego and colleagues have demonstrated in mice a way to reduce the overproduction of a peptid...More...

3/12/2008
Ride4AIDS to Benefit UCSD AIDS Research Institute Research and Being Alive San Diego
Riders are invited to sign up now for the fifth annual "Ride4AIDS," a one-day HIV/AIDS benefit bike ride along San Diego's scenic waterfront, which will be held Sunday, April 13A. Proceeds from the ride will go to the University of California, San D...More...

3/12/2008
Dedicated Volunteer Has Tiniest Babies Covered at UC San Diego Medical Center
More than 600 Blankets Crocheted By One Pair of Loving Hands "I've crocheted 664 baby blankets since 1993," said Joan Graves, 71, a volunteer and retired UC San Diego Medical Center nurse. "I don't consider it work. The time spent is instant gratif...More...

3/11/2008
Support Group for Women with Heart Disease Launched by UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center
Eight million women in the United States suffer from cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women. To provide support and education, UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center has launched a free monthly support group, Women...More...

3/10/2008
Health Problems in Persian Gulf War Veterans Higher Due to Chemical Exposure
UCSD researchers warn of potential risk to civilians exposed to pesticides A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows there is increasing evidence that high rates of illness in Persian Gulf War Veteran...More...

3/5/2008
FDA Approves "Icy Fire" Drug Based on UC San Diego Researcher's Findings
A drug to treat a rare, inherited disease that causes rash, fever, chills and joint pain in patients when they are exposed to cold temperatures has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The therapy, ARCALYST™ (rilonacept), ma...More...

3/5/2008
UCSD Radiation Oncology Services to Come to North County
The UCSD Department of Radiation Oncology, in conjunction with the UCSD Medical Center and School of Medicine, has broken ground for construction of a radiation oncology center at the San Diego Cancer Center in Encinitas, a move that will improve acc...More...

3/5/2008
UC San Diego Ophthalmologist Joins International Awareness Effort At First-Ever World Glaucoma Day
Glaucoma is often described as "the silent blinding disease." That's precisely why a University of California, San Diego Distinguished Professor is helping to deliver a very loud message to Capitol Hill: Blindness caused by glaucoma can be prevente...More...

3/4/2008
UC San Diego and Salk Institute Establish Center to Study the Origin of Humans
Perhaps the oldest question in the world is "where do I come from?" To help answer this question from a scientific perspective, a multidisciplinary group of researchers at the University of California, San Diego, along with colleagues at the Salk I...More...

2/29/2008
UC San Diego Researcher Named 2007 Hartwell Fellow
Douglas A. Mitchell, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, thinks that it might be a more diplomatic strategy to disarm bacteria rather than kill them. His effor...More...

2/25/2008
Moores UCSD Cancer Center to Present Free Seminar on Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Prevention, Screening
The Moores UCSD Cancer Center will present a free public seminar highlighting colorectal cancer awareness, prevention and screening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Cancer Center, 3855 Health Sciences Drive, La Jolla. The event, he...More...

2/22/2008
Padre Game to Benefit UCSD EyeMobile for Children
"Good eye!" isn't just a phrase baseball coaches holler when their batter has the good sense not to swing at a bad pitch. Good eyesight is a necessary part of learning anything from science to sports. The UCSD EyeMobile for Children, which provides ...More...

2/15/2008
New Approach May Render Disease-Causing Staph Harmless
A multi-institution collaboration between U.S. and Taiwanese scientists, including researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has uncovered a complet...More...

2/14/2008
Do Commercial Diet Plans Really Work?
UCSD Researchers Conducting "FAB" Study to Find Out The holidays have passed… it's already February… and still, consumers are bombarded with commercials touting the benefits of various commercial diet programs. But which ones really work? Nutri...More...

2/12/2008
CANCER AND NUTRITION LECTURES, March 11 & 17, 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 10:30 – 12:00 pm, Tuesday, March 11th. "Nutrition Solutions for Common C...More...

2/12/2008
Gene Therapy Protocol at UCSD Activates Immune System in Patients with Leukemia
A research team at the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) reports that patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who were treated with a gene therapy protocol began making antibodies that r...More...

2/12/2008
UCSD Research Team Identifies Novel Anti-Cancer Drug from the Sea
A collaborative team of researchers spearheaded by Dennis Carson, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has identified a potent new anti-cancer dru...More...

2/11/2008
UC San Diego Team Shows Correcting Poor Vision Can Help a Preschooler's Performance
Preschoolers with poor vision have lower scores in developmental testing indicative of success in school performance, but those scores improve significantly within six weeks when the children are given prescription glasses, according to a new study b...More...

2/7/2008
"Love Hormone" Promotes Bonding
Gazing into your lover's eyes isn't only romantic; it may also mimic early attachments that forever alter your brain and body. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine are studying whether the brain hormone re...More...

2/7/2008
UC San Diego Department of Radiology Opens New Advanced Imaging Center in La Jolla
On February 3, 2008, UC San Diego Department of Radiology opened a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) center in La Jolla. Called UCSD Imaging Center at La Jolla, the new center is open to the public and offers access to the university's world-renow...More...

2/6/2008
UC San Diego Medical Experts to Speak at International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research on Feb. 9 and 10, 2008
More than thirty international experts from all fields of cardiovascular research will gather in San Diego on February 9 and 10, 2008 to share the latest advances in the fields of cellular therapy and genomics in the treatment of cardiovascular disea...More...

2/5/2008
Burn Awareness
A Reminder from Physicians and Staff at UCSD Regional Burn Center Did you know that 80 percent of burn injuries occur in and around the home? The team at the UCSD Regional Burn Center treats thousands of children every year, often for burns that co...More...

2/4/2008
Researchers Use New Method to Probe Recollections in Memory-Impaired Patients
Neuroscientists continue to debate whether or not long-term memory always depends on a region of the brain called the medial temporal lobe, which contains the brain's memory-processing center, the hippocampus. A new study of brain-damaged patients b...More...

2/4/2008
Targeting Astrocytes Slows Disease Progression in ALS
In what the researchers say could be promising news in the quest to find a therapy to slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicin...More...

1/29/2008
Institute of Medicine Report Highlights UCSD Cancer Center Program
Cancer care today can save and prolong many lives, but often fails to address the psychological and social problems associated with the illness. A recently released report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) proposes a new standard of care...More...

1/28/2008
Researchers Map Signaling Networks that Control Neuron Function
Relationship between Thousands of Proteins at Work in the Brain Could Impact Diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease, and Spinal Cord Injury In the first large-scale proteomics study of its kind, researchers at the University of California...More...

1/28/2008
City of Hope Gives von Gunten Humanitarian Award
Charles von Gunten, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD, is the 2007 recipient of the Sarnat Distinguished Humanitarian Award, given by the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of outstanding scientific an...More...

1/25/2008
Research Aims to Find Most Effective Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia
Experts no longer consider the family to be the cause of a young person's onset of anorexia; instead, the family is being looked to as a solution for this serious and potentially lethal disease. As part of the largest study of its kind ever conducte...More...

1/24/2008
UCSD and Community Clinics Partner to Improve Care for Safety Net Patients
Grant Supports Innovative Technology to Alleviate ED Overcrowding, Improve Care for the Underserved The nationwide crisis of overcrowded emergency rooms and hospitals is partly due to the increasing number of uninsured patients who don't have a prim...More...

1/17/2008
Rapid Effects of Intensive Therapy Seen in Brains of Patients with OCD
In a study that may significantly advance the understanding of how cognitive-behavioral therapy affects the brain, researchers have shown that significant changes in activity in certain regions of the brain can be produced with as little as four week...More...

1/15/2008
CANCER AND NUTRITION LECTURES, February 11 & 27
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 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Monday February 11, 2008. "Nutrition Solutions for C...More...

1/10/2008
100 Year-Old Heart Patient Sings Praises of 'Wine, Women, and Song"
"Schubert's Serenade, do you know it?" asked Ernest Schoen. "I sang it for Eleanor Roosevelt in the San Francisco Opera House in the early '40s." The former First Lady, soldiers of the US army, clubgoers to New York's St. <ST2:MIDDL...More...

1/10/2008
'Heart of San Diego' Gala Beats for Robert and Betty Beyster
The 11th "Heart of San Diego" Gala benefiting the University of California, San Diego's Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center will be held on Saturday, March 8 at the Hotel del Coronado. Honoring philanthropists J. Robert Beyster, Ph.D. and his wife ...More...

1/9/2008
New Year's Resolution: Quit Smoking? Move to California
Social Pressure May Be More Effective in Encouraging Life-long Smokers to Quit Sun. Sand. Surf. And no smoking. California's attitude toward smoking may be the best recipe for success when trying to quit. New research shows that social pressu...More...

1/8/2008
Chronic Facial Pain Before Pulling that Tooth, Call Your Doctor's Office
January 26 Conference at UC San Diego Offers Treatment Options for Trigeminal Neuralgia "The pain is like a direct lightening bolt to the face," said Cherie Sato, 54, of Carlsbad. "It strikes again and again, leaving you stunned and crying." What C...More...

1/8/2008
UCSD Clinical Trial to Assess Effects of Drug Regimens on HIV-Related Neuro-Cognitive Impairment
A clinical trial is being conducted by researchers at UCSD's HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC) to discern which antiretroviral treatments are most effective in treating HIV-related disease in the brain and central nervous system. The study ...More...

1/2/2008
UCSD Researchers Find Young Adults More Likely to Quit Smoking Successfully
Young adults are more likely than older adults to quit smoking successfully, partly because they are more likely to make a serious effort to quit, say researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The study, "S...More...

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