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2011 Archived News Releases

Robotic Surgery with One Small Incision, U.S. First
December 21, 2011
On Tuesday, December 20th, Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System was the first surgeon in the United States to remove a diseased gallbladder through a patient’s belly button with the aid of a new FDA-... (More)

Practice Safety, the Best Gift of All This Holiday Season
December 21, 2011
The UC San Diego Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care & Burns offers these holiday safety tips to insure an enjoyable time for everyone: Holiday Sweets & Treats: Prevent overindulgence by keeping cookies and candies out of the reach o... (More)

Rare Genetic Mutations Linked To Bipolar Disorder
December 21, 2011
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, reports that abnormal sequences of DNA known as rare copy number variants, or CNVs, appear to play a significant role in the risk ... (More)

DNA Mismatch Repair Happens Only During A Brief Window of Opportunity
December 20, 2011
In eukaryotes – the group of organisms that include humans – a key to survival is the ability of certain proteins to quickly and accurately repair genetic errors that occur when DNA is replicated to make new cells. In a paper published in the Decem... (More)

UC San Diego Center for Transplantation “VAD Destination Therapy” Approved
December 15, 2011
Heart failure patients with few options find future in mechanical devices The Joint Commission (TJC) has approved UC San Diego Health System’s Disease-Specific Care (DSC) Certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). Hospitals performing VAD a... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Honored with Magnet® Status
December 14, 2011
On December 12, 2011, UC San Diego Health System was bestowed Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and in... (More)

UC San Diego Experts Issue Warning About Cold Medications in Pregnancy
December 14, 2011
Non-Profit Lists Top Remedy Tips For Moms Battling Colds This Holiday Season Experts in pregnancy and breastfeeding health at the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line warn expectant moms about the potent... (More)

Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference, Feb. 4-5
December 13, 2011
Helping Children Build Inner Strength and Happiness through Mindfulness Beginning February 4, 2012, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness will host a national conference for teachers, parents, therapists, and school administrators called Bridging... (More)

New Approach to Management of Overeating in Children
December 07, 2011
Promising results lead to upcoming clinical trial at UC San Diego for adults and children Overeating, whether in children or adults, often takes place even in the absence of hunger, resulting in weight gain and obesity.  Current methods to treat su... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Receives Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals Award for its Commitment to High Quality Care
December 06, 2011
The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals – 65 from a field of nearly 1200 – was announced December 6th in Washington, D.C. and included UC San Diego Health System in San Diego, California for the first time. The 2011 list includes universi... (More)

UC San Diego Health System CNO/Acting COO Receives Visionary Award
December 05, 2011
Engaging, empowering leadership style drives transformation Margarita M. Baggett, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, UC San Diego Health System, is the winner of Nursing Management’s 2011 Visionary Leader award.  The annual award recognizes a nurse le... (More)

Testing Antioxidant Drugs is Transparent
November 21, 2011
A study using genetically modified zebrafish to visualize early events involved in development of human atherosclerosis describes an efficient model – one that the researchers say offers many applications for testing the potential effectiveness of n... (More)

Old Drugs Find New Target For Treating Brain Tumor
November 18, 2011
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, in collaboration with colleagues in Boston and South Korea, say they have identified a novel gene mutation that causes at least one form ... (More)

New Drug Combo Targets Multiple Cancers
November 16, 2011
Sugar molecule primes cancer cells for early death from second compound Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Kyushu University Medical School say a novel combination of a specific sugar molecule with a pair ... (More)

Of Mice and Men, a Common Cortical Connection
November 16, 2011
MRI study finds genetic basis of brain development largely similar in mice and humans A new study using magnetic resonance imaging data of 406 adult human twins affirms the long-standing idea that the genetic basis of human cortical regionalization... (More)

Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk Gets More Complicated
November 15, 2011
Low systolic blood pressure may actually boost chances of recurrent stroke For patients who have suffered an ischemic stroke, traditional treatment prescribes keeping subsequent blood pressure levels as low as possible to reduce the risk of another... (More)

Text4baby Mobile Service Shows Positive Results for New Moms
November 14, 2011
San Diego Researchers First in Nation to Provide Study Evaluations Researchers at UC San Diego Health System’s Department of Reproductive Medicine and the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at Cal State San Marcos University recently presented... (More)

New Way to Target – And Kill – Proliferating Tumors
November 14, 2011
UC San Diego researchers find surprising role for enzyme in tumor cell division and new drug to combat it Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center have identified a new drug... (More)

Knocking Out Key Protein in Mice Boosts Insulin Sensitivity
November 10, 2011
By knocking out a key regulatory protein, scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland dramatically boosted insulin sensitivity in lab mice, an achiev... (More)

Non-Coding RNA Relocates Genes When It’s Time To Go To Work
November 10, 2011
Cells develop and thrive by turning genes on and off as needed in a precise pattern, a process known as regulated gene transcription. In a paper published in the November 9 issue of the journal Cell, researchers at the University of California, San ... (More)

Kawasaki Disease Linked to Wind Currents
November 10, 2011
First evidence that long-range wind transport of an infectious agent might result in human disease Kawasaki Disease (KD) is a severe childhood disease that many parents, even some doctors, mistake for an inconsequential viral infection.  In fact, i... (More)

Ellen Beck, MD, Named 2011 “Health Hero” by WebMD Magazine
November 09, 2011
Ellen Beck, MD, clinical professor of medicine in the UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, has been named a 2011 Health Hero by WebMD Magazine.  Each year, WebMD Magazine “celebrates visionary Americans who... (More)

Neurological Disorder Impacts Brain Cells Differently
November 09, 2011
In a paper published in the November 9 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and University of Washington describe in deeper detail the pathology of a devastating neurological... (More)

Autism Linked with Excess of Neurons in Prefrontal Cortex
November 08, 2011
A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego Autism Center of Excellence shows that brain overgrowth in boys with autism involves an abnormal, excess number of neurons in areas of the brain associated with social, communication ... (More)

First-ever Procedure in Region’s Only Hybrid Operating Room
November 02, 2011
UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center experts have performed San Diego’s first-ever coronary revascularization procedure using a hybrid operating room, the only facility of its kind in the region. The state-of-the-art operating room allows pat... (More)

Hippocampus Plays Bigger Memory Role Than Previously Thought
November 01, 2011
Human memory has historically defied precise scientific description, its biological functions broadly but imperfectly defined in psychological terms. In a pair of papers published in the November 2 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers a... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Receives Prestigious Quality Award from Integrated Healthcare Association
October 27, 2011
UC San Diego Health System has been recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) as a “Top Overall Physician Performing Organization” in California.  Out of over 200 organizations, UC San Diego Health System also received honorable ment... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Experts Offer Halloween Tips
October 26, 2011
No Trick to Treating Children (and Adults) to a Safe Halloween The Emergency Department staff at UC San Diego Health System - along with the California Poison Control System - San Diego Division located at UC San Diego Medical Center- offer the fol... (More)

Combination of Available Tests Helps Predict Alzheimer’s Disease Risk
October 19, 2011
With age, forgetfulness and other signs of memory loss sometimes appear, prompting elderly individuals to seek a medical evaluation amid fears that they may be experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common type of dementia... (More)

Center for Future of Surgery Opens at UC San Diego School of Medicine
October 18, 2011
Largest Surgical Training Site in U.S. Advances Safety and Innovation in OR Every year, millions of patients undergo lifesaving surgeries. The outcome of each procedure is driven by dynamic factors such as the patient’s health, drugs and instrument... (More)

UC San Diego Researcher Michael Karin Elected to Institute of Medicine
October 18, 2011
Michael Karin, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology in the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has been named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM), joining 64 other new members and five foreign associates electe... (More)

Genetically Influenced Responses to Alcohol Affect Brain Activation
October 17, 2011
A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that differences in brain activation in individuals with a low level of response to alcohol may contribute to their inability to recognize modest levels of... (More)

UC San Diego School of Medicine Launches Hepatitis C Clinical Trials
October 13, 2011
Hepatitis C Community Forum to be held October 20 A collaborative partnership between the UC San Diego Liver Center and Antiviral Research Center (AVRC) has resulted in 19 clinical trials for hepatitis C virus (HCV), focused on developing more effe... (More)

Building Sustainable Surgical Systems, November 9-11
October 12, 2011
4th Annual Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence Conference Today, around the world, more than two billion world citizens do not have access to emergency and essential surgical care. The results are devastating, leading to more than 500,000 ... (More)

NIH-Funded Study Shows Increased Prostate Cancer Risk from Vitamin E Supplements
October 11, 2011
UC San Diego Experts Available to Discuss Results/Risks Men who took 400 international units (I.U.) of vitamin E daily had more prostate cancers compared to men who took a placebo, according to an updated review of data from the Selenium and Vitami... (More)

New ‘Genome Mining’ Technique Streamlines Discovery from Nature
October 10, 2011
Method allows scientists to match compounds produced in the wild back to their genomic origins A newly developed method for microscopically extracting, or “mining,” information from genomes could represent a significant boost in the search for new ... (More)

Sexual Selection by Sugar Molecule Helped Determine Human Origins
October 10, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say that losing the ability to make a particular kind of sugar molecule boosted disease protection in early hominids, and may have directed the evolutionary emergence of our a... (More)

Progression of Lung Fibrosis Blocked in Mouse Model
October 05, 2011
Study points to a phosphorylation pathway that may contribute to the development of lung injury and fibrosis A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine may lead to a way to prevent the progression, or induc... (More)

Immune Mechanism Blocks Inflammation Generated by Oxidative Stress
October 05, 2011
Potential therapeutic target for treating disorders like age-related macular degeneration Conditions like atherosclerosis and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – the most common cause of blindness among the elderly in western societies – are s... (More)

New Polymeric Material Developed at UC San Diego Has Potential for Use in Non-Invasive Surgical Procedures
October 03, 2011
Previously inaccessible target sites may be reached for diagnosis and treatment using this material Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed what they believe to be the first polymeric material that is sensitive to biolo... (More)

$5.9 Million Grant to UC San Diego for Paradigm-Shifting Diabetes Research
September 30, 2011
Kumar Sharma, MD, FAHA, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and director of the Center for Renal Translational Medicine, has received a $5.9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Di... (More)

Fatty Acid Test: Why Some Harm Health, But Others Help
September 29, 2011
A major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other health- and life-threatening conditions, obesity is epidemic in the United States and other developed nations where it’s fueled in large part by excessive consumption of a fat... (More)

Even High-But-Normal Blood Pressure Elevates Stroke Risk
September 28, 2011
People with prehypertension have a 55 percent higher risk of experiencing a future stroke than people without prehypertension, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in a new meta-analysis of scientific lite... (More)

Vital Protein Complex and Therapeutic Possibilities Revealed
September 28, 2011
Trio of papers describe in unprecedented detail a major molecular target for drugs Three international teams of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California San Diego, University of Michigan and Stanford University, have published... (More)

Researchers Identify Enzyme that Regulates Degradation of Damaged Proteins
September 27, 2011
A study by scientists at the University of California, San Diego and UC Irvine has identified an enzyme called a proteasome phosphatase that appears to regulate removal of damaged proteins from a cell.  The understanding of how this process works co... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Receives 2011 UHC Quality Leadership Award
September 26, 2011
UC San Diego Health System is proud to receive the 2011 UHC Quality Leadership Award. This national award is given to academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care as measured by the UHC Quality & Accountab... (More)

Domino Liver Transplant Treats Two Rare Diseases, World First
September 23, 2011
For the first time ever, a surgical team led by Alan Hemming, MD, has successfully performed a domino transplant using a liver with a rare genetic disorder called methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). “This extraordinary procedure allowed us to use one don... (More)

Large International Study Supports Common Genetic Contributions to Mental Illness
September 23, 2011
A large international research consortium has identified several new genes associated with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  Their study, co-authored by psychiatric researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine,... (More)

The “Top Docs” Are with UC San Diego Health Sciences
September 23, 2011
129 UCSD Physicians named among best doctors in San Diego County in 39 specialties Nearly 130 physicians with UC San Diego Health System were named in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey.  UC San Diego “Top Docs” plac... (More)

Fail-Safe System May Lead to Cures for Inherited Disorders
September 23, 2011
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have uncovered a previously unknown fail-safe (compensatory) pathway that potentially protects the brain and other organs from genetic and environmental threats.  The discovery... (More)

UC San Diego Health System: Saving Time, Saving Lives
September 07, 2011
Lifesaving cardiac treatment time exceeds national guidelines Over the last year, UC San Diego Health System managed to significantly decrease average door-to-balloon time, beating national guidelines by over a third, and improving care of patients... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Honored with HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award
September 06, 2011
Health System joins elite group of hospitals that operate in a paperless environment UC San Diego Health System has received the prestigious Stage 7 Award from HIMSS Analytics, a nationwide-system used to track electronic medical records (EMR) pro... (More)

Starving Inflammatory Immune Cells Slows Damage Caused by Multiple Sclerosis
September 01, 2011
In a paper published today in the journal Scientific Reports, a pair of researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences report that inhibiting the ability of immune cells to use fatty acid... (More)

Sexual Satisfaction Tied to Overall “Successful Aging” as Reported by Women Age 60 to 89
August 24, 2011
A study by researchers at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego finds that successful aging and positive quality of life indicators correlate with sexual satisfaction in older women.  The report, publis... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Opens Comprehensive Liver Clinic in Nevada
August 24, 2011
Patients in Nevada seeking care for liver disease may now access the university-level expertise of UC San Diego Health System’s Center for Hepatobiliary Disease and Abdominal Transplantation (CHAT). Led by Robert Gish, MD, world-renowned hepatologis... (More)

Novel Cytokine Protects Mice from Colitis
August 23, 2011
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which affects more than 1 million patients in North America, results from an uncontrolled immune response triggered by environmental factors, such as bacteria, in people genetically predisposed to the disorder. Ulce... (More)

Major NIH Grant Funds Novel Alzheimer’s Drug Development at UC San Diego
August 23, 2011
As part of its $50 million Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine an inaugural grant designed to fast-track development of a ... (More)

UCSD Researchers Alarmed at Rise in Hookah Use Among California Youth
August 19, 2011
More common among young, educated, college-aged, non-Hispanic Whites Hookah use among California youth ages 18 to 24 is rising rapidly according to a study conducted by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  The stu... (More)

New Technique to Remove Large Colon Polyps, California First
August 18, 2011
For the first time in the western United States, a surgical team lead by Elisabeth McLemore, MD, has used a novel operating platform to perform the scarless removal of rectal tumors. Called Trans-Anal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS), the techniqu... (More)

UCSD Cardiovascular Team Honored with AHA Gold
August 16, 2011
UC San Diego Health System is one of only 167 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG (Get with the Guidelines) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011.  The quality-improvement p... (More)

Alzheimer’s Disease May Be More Difficult to Detect in People Over 80
August 10, 2011
A new study led by a researcher with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System suggests that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may be more difficult to detect in people over the age of 80 than in those betw... (More)

Most Top Doctors Named by U.S. News & World Report
August 09, 2011
UC San Diego Health System has been recognized as having 83 Top Doctors in more than 30 specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Based on a peer nomination process, UC San Diego Health System’s results represent the majority of San Diego physici... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Opens to Public
August 08, 2011
UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (SCVC) will officially open its doors to the public on Monday, August 8 after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) certified the SCVC for patient care.  The region’s first cardiovascular cente... (More)

UCSD Health Sciences Partners with Pfizer to Speed Drug Delivery
August 08, 2011
Research agreement could represent more than $50 million over five years for development of new therapies to benefit major medical needs In an innovative collaboration designed to speed the process of drug discovery, Pfizer, Inc. and the University... (More)

Faculty News from UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
August 05, 2011
Candis Morello, PharmD, CDE, has been named Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.  Morello, an associate professor of clinical pharmacy, specialize... (More)

Red Ribbon Dance Project to Raise Funds for AIDS Research at UC San Diego
August 04, 2011
The AIDS Research Institute at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine will hold its third annual Red Ribbon Dance Project on Thursday, September 8. The event will held at The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ... (More)

Kidney Preserving Surgery Saves Bone Health
August 04, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shed new light on how surgery impacts both chronic kidney disease and bone health, particularly in women. For the first time, their findings point to the importance of pu... (More)

What’s in a Kids Meal? Not Happy News
August 02, 2011
UC San Diego researchers tally the nutritional value of what kids actually eat at a fast food restaurant High-calorie, high-sodium choices were on the menu when parents purchased lunch for their children at a San Diego fast-food restaurant.  Why? B... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Receives “Most Wired” Award
August 02, 2011
For the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego Health System was named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” by Hospitals and Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association. The list credits the top-ranking hospitals that have successf... (More)

UC San Diego Cancer Researchers Target Link between Obesity and Breast Cancer Risk
July 28, 2011
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center will be participating in a cooperative agreement initiative, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National In... (More)

New Study Sheds Light on Role of Genetics in Recovering from Eating Disorders
July 26, 2011
A substantial number of people with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa have a chronic course.  They are severely underweight and have a high likelihood of dying from malnutrition.  No treatment has been found that helps people who are chroni... (More)

Glycans Enter Mainstream of Biomedical Science
July 25, 2011
UC San Diego leads new national program to further develop the science of glycobiology Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have received a major 7-year, $18 million grant to begin translating emerging discoveri... (More)

“Smart Contact Lens” Provides New Insights Into Glaucoma
July 20, 2011
Clinical trials launched at UC San Diego for device that continuously measures internal eye pressure Doctors and researchers at the University of California, San Diego Shiley Eye Center have launched the first large-scale clinical trials in the Un... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Ranked Number One Adult Hospital in San Diego
July 19, 2011
US News & World Report ranks health system among best in nation UC San Diego Health System ranks #1 among San Diego’s adult hospitals and among “America’s Best Hospitals” according to U.S. News & World Report’s “2011 - 2012 Best Hospitals”... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Patient Care Leader Named President of Society
July 14, 2011
Wayne Bardwell, PhD, MBA, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Director of the Patient and Family Support Service and the Doris A. Howell Palliative Care Service at UC San Diego Moores Canc... (More)

Novel Combined Therapy Extends Life, Diminishes Pain in Brain Cancer Patients
July 13, 2011
Approximately five to ten percent of patients with primary or metastatic cancer suffer from devastating neurological complications such as headaches, seizures, confusion, difficulty swallowing and visual disturbances. These deficits are caused by a ... (More)

Women Win Out in Gastrointestinal Surgery
June 30, 2011
In the first study to consider the impact of gender on patient outcomes in major gastrointestinal surgeries, researchers at UC San Diego Health System have found that women are more likely to survive after the procedure than men. The pattern is even... (More)

July 4th and Summer Safety Tips from UC San Diego Health System
June 30, 2011
As we go into this holiday weekend, and with temperatures expected to soar, the staff at UC San Diego Health System reminds our community of some simple but helpful precautions. Sun & Skin The Regional Burn Center at UC San Diego Health System... (More)

Weaker Brain “Sync” May Be Early Sign of Autism
June 28, 2011
UCSD researchers say finding could lead to earlier diagnoses and treatment In a novel imaging study of sleeping toddlers, scientists at the University of California, San Diego Autism Center of Excellence report that a diminished ability of a young ... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Expert Receives Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award
June 28, 2011
In recognition of his lifetime achievements in the epidemiology of smoking behavior, John Pierce, PhD, Sam M. Walton Professor for Cancer Research in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School ... (More)

Stem Cell Model Offers Clues To Cause of Inherited ALS
June 28, 2011
An international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to reveal for the fi... (More)

Non-coding RNA Has Role in Inherited Neurological Disorder – And Maybe Other Brain Diseases Too
June 28, 2011
A team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have uncovered a novel mechanism regulating gene expression and transcription linked to Spinocerebellar ataxia 7, an inherited neurological disor... (More)

UCSD Experts Urge Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness, Even in “June Gloom”
June 28, 2011
San Diego is one of the top 10 sunniest cities in the United States.  Even when “June Gloom” clouds our skies, the sun is still very powerful. With that in mind, experts with UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are helping raise awareness of the dange... (More)

UC San Diego Health System’s David E.J. Bazzo, MD, Named 2011 Family Medicine Educator of the Year
June 28, 2011
California Academy of Family Physicians Honors Professor The 7,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) has presented David Bazzo, MD, with its 2011 Educator of the Year award.  Dr. Bazzo teaches family medicine and sports medicine... (More)

UC San Diego Experts Say Paternal Exposures Can Affect Sperm Leading To Infertility
June 17, 2011
According to the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, more studies are needed to evaluate men and the potential effect of illnesses, medications and lifestyle habits on fertility and pregnancy. For coupl... (More)

UC San Diego Surgery Resident Wins Young Investigator Award
June 16, 2011
Studies show promise in pediatric cardiology and surgery For the second year in a row, Hannah Copeland, MD, general surgery resident at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine received the young investigator's award at the Intern... (More)

How The Immune System Fights Back Against Anthrax Infections
June 16, 2011
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have uncovered how the body’s immune system launches its survival response to the notorious and deadly bacterium anthr... (More)

UC San Diego Names Robert N. Weinreb Chair of Ophthalmology
June 16, 2011
Robert N. Weinreb, MD – a clinician, surgeon and scientist who is internationally renowned for his work with glaucoma – has been selected as the new chair of the department of Ophthalmology and director of the Shiley Eye Center at the University of ... (More)

Chronic Pain? MBSR Can Train the Brain
June 15, 2011
How do you function when chronic pain is a part of your daily life?  The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (UCSD CFM) at UC San Diego Health System offers a novel program to help people who are dealing with chronic pain “train their brains” to les... (More)

Promising New Target for Stifling the Growth and Spread of Cancer
June 13, 2011
UCSD researchers find inhibiting single protein blocks the inflammation that fuels tumors Cancer and chronic inflammation are partners in peril, with the latter increasing the likelihood that malignant tumors will develop, grow and spread. Research... (More)

“Chemobath” for Colon Cancer Evaluated at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
June 09, 2011
As part of a multicenter clinical trial, surgical oncologists at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are comparing the effectiveness of standard chemotherapy to a tri-modality approach to halt advanced colon cancers. The objective is to determine if t... (More)

Blood Simpler
June 08, 2011
UCSD researchers parse the origins of hematopoietic stem cells Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a gene and a novel signaling pathway, both critical for making the first hematopoietic stem cel... (More)

On Your Mark, Get Set, Run For Good Health!
June 03, 2011
UC San Diego Experts provide tips for San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marathoners As San Diegans get ready and set to run the Rock N’ Roll Marathon this Sunday, June 5, UC San Diego cardiology and sports medicine experts offer these health and safety tips f... (More)

Potential New Drug Candidate Found for Alzheimer’s Disease
May 31, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have demonstrated that oral administration of a cysteine protease inhibitor, E64d, not only reduc... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center “Making Hope Happen” for Body and Mind
May 27, 2011
The word “salon” first appeared in popular use in the 1600s – meaning a gathering of people in an important place to exchange ideas with an inspiring host.  With that definition in mind, leaders from UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are reviving th... (More)

Christopher Kane, MD, Appointed C. Lowell & JoEllen Parsons Endowed Chair
May 26, 2011
Internationally-recognized cancer surgeon, Christopher Kane, MD, professor of surgery and chief, division of urology, has been named the inaugural holder of the C. Lowell and JoEllen Parsons Endowed Chair in Urology. The $2.5 million endowed faculty... (More)

As gravity wanes and pressures gain, it’s pain and bane for the brain
May 24, 2011
With NASA’s help, UCSD students to study what happens when blood floods headward in microgravity In space, the old movie slogan declares, “no one can hear you scream.” On the other hand, you might look like it, with puffy face, swollen eyes and dis... (More)

Two Commencement Ceremonies at UCSD Health Sciences to Celebrate a New Generation of Physicians and Pharmacists
May 20, 2011
On Saturday, May 21, 57 graduates will receive Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees at the sixth commencement ceremony of the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The event will begin at 10 a.m. a... (More)

Does Eating Give You Pleasure, Or Make You Anxious?
May 19, 2011
New study reveals biological reasons for feelings of anxiety instead of reward in patients with anorexia Perhaps the most puzzling symptom of anorexia nervosa – a disorder that tends to occur in young women – is the refusal to eat, resulting in ex... (More)

Of Frogs, chickens and People
May 19, 2011
Highly conserved dual mechanism regulates both brain development and function Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have uncovered new details of an unusual biological mechanism in the brains of diverse species t... (More)

Powerful Approach to the Analysis of Protein Motions
May 18, 2011
DXMS analysis provides novel tool for studying how movements allow proteins to perform their functions as molecular machines Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTM... (More)

A Gene That Fights Cancer, But Causes It Too
May 16, 2011
Over-activation of a single gene promotes leukemia, but its loss causes liver cancer An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and the Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospit... (More)

Plasticity of Hormonal Response Permits Rapid Gene Expression Reprogramming
May 16, 2011
Gene expression reprogramming may allow cancer cell growth as well as normal differentiation Gene expression is the process of converting the genetic information encoded in DNA into a final gene product such as a protein or any of several types of ... (More)

Sex Hormone Precursor Inhibits Brain Inflammation
May 12, 2011
UCSD scientists say molecule moderates condition linked to neurodegenerative diseases Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a steroid hormone that inhibits inflammation in the brain. The findings,... (More)

The Slow Road to a Synapse
May 11, 2011
Researchers explain why some neuronal proteins take their time getting to the terminal Grappling with a question that has defied scientific explanation for decades, a small team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of ... (More)

Tiny Talk on a Barnacle’s Back
May 10, 2011
Scientists use new imaging technique to reveal complex microbial interactions Even the merest of microbes must be able to talk, to be able to interact with its environment and with others to not just survive, but to thrive. This cellular chatter co... (More)

Study Finds Filipino Children in San Diego County at Higher Risk for Kawasaki Disease
May 06, 2011
More targeted outreach needed in high-risk populations While children of all ethnicities can contract Kawasaki disease (KD), a study led by researchers at the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Chil... (More)

TOP WAYS NEW MOMS CAN PAMPER THEMSELVES ON MOTHER’S DAY
May 06, 2011
UCSD Experts: 80 Percent Of Women Experience ‘Baby Blues’ Shortly After Giving Birth According to the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, a statewide non-profit that educates women about exposures duri... (More)

African American Smokers in California More Likely to Use Telephone Quitline
May 05, 2011
A new study examining 18 years of data from the California state tobacco quitline found that African American smokers used the counseling service at significantly higher rates than Caucasian smokers. The finding is reported in the most recent issue ... (More)

Nearly 30 Percent of New CIRM Awards go to UC San Diego Stem Cell Researchers
May 04, 2011
UC San Diego scientist garnered 8 of the total 27 of Basic Biology III awards announced today by the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (ICOC) of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state agency created by California voter... (More)

UC San Diego’s Ravi Mehta Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Work in Acute Kidney Injury
April 29, 2011
Ravindra  L. Mehta, MD, FACP, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and associate chair of clinical research at the UCSD Department of Medicine, has received the International So... (More)

Finding Molecular Targets of an HIV Drug used in Cancer Therapy
April 28, 2011
Use of chemical systems biology may represent the future of drug discovery Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) have identified potential human molecular targets of the ... (More)

As the worm turns, its secrets are revealed
April 28, 2011
New technique reveals functional gene networks in a live organism An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have developed a new method for discerning the functions of pre... (More)

Catching Signs of Autism Early: the One-Year Well-Baby Check-Up Approach
April 28, 2011
A novel strategy developed by autism researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, called “The One-Year Well-Baby Check Up Approach,” shows promise as a simple way for physicians to detect cases of Autism Syndrome Disord... (More)

UC San Diego Official Study Site of Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI)
April 26, 2011
$40-million, five-year observational clinical study, sponsored by Michael J. Fox Foundation, will seek biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is one of 18 official study sites for the Parkinson’... (More)

Scientists Create Stable, Self-Renewing Neural Stem Cells
April 25, 2011
Abundant precursor cells can become many types of neurons without introducing tumor risk In a paper published in the April 25 early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of California, ... (More)

UC San Diego Provides NICU Tips for Parents
April 25, 2011
Imagine babies so tiny a wedding ring can fit around their arms.  Often weighing less than a pound, these remarkably small and sick infants hold onto life hooked up to a maze of tubes and beeping monitors.   Although no parent ever prepares for the ... (More)

Drug Effective in Treating Kidney Disease in Diabetic Patients
April 21, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Mayo Clinic have published promising results of a clinical study using an experimental anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory dru... (More)

Thomas Kipps Receives ACGT Investigator Award
April 20, 2011
Grant will help fund further testing of gene therapy treatment for leukemia patients Citing his on-going development of an immune-mediated gene therapy for intractable B cell leukemia, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) has awarded Thomas ... (More)

Jean Y.J. Wang Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
April 19, 2011
UCSD researcher noted for her studies of cell signaling and cancer genetics Jean Yin Jen Wang, PhD, professor of medicine and biology in the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, was elected today with 211 other distinguished scie... (More)

A Cancer Marker and Treatment in One?
April 19, 2011
UC San Diego Researchers Finds Promise in Non-Human Sialic Acid Antibodies Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say antibodies to a non-human sugar molecule commonly found in people may be useful as a future bio... (More)

UC San Diego Selected as Study Site for National Research Network
April 13, 2011
27 institutions looking for ways to boost immune system to fight cancer The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is among 27 research institutions selected across North America to be a part of the Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Netwo... (More)

Cloud Computing Expedites Trauma Care at UC San Diego Health System
April 12, 2011
An electronic, cloud-based approach to sharing radiology files with other medical institutions is expediting the care of UC San Diego Health System trauma patients. The method is currently being used to speed the diagnosis and treatment of patients ... (More)

Thomas E. Jackiewicz to Serve as Chair of Founder’s Board for Dr Foster International
April 11, 2011
Thomas E. Jackiewicz, chief executive officer of UC San Diego Health System, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Founder’s Board for the Dr Foster 2011 Global Comparators Project. The project’s aim is to understand trends in global health and ... (More)

Vision Loss in Eye Disease Slowed Using Novel Encapsulated Cell Therapy
April 06, 2011
A phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of a severe form of age-related macular degeneration called geographic atrophy (GA) has become the first study to show the benefit of a therapy to slow the progression of vision loss for this disease.  The ... (More)

UCSD Scientists Receive Prestigious Hartwell Biomedical Research Awards
April 06, 2011
Three scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are among this year’s 12 winners of Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards, honoring researchers whose work advances children’s health. The UC San Diego recipie... (More)

Rejuvenating Electron Microscopy
April 05, 2011
UCSD scientists modify plant protein to provide a way to see the previously unseen Modifying a protein from a plant much favored by science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues have created a new... (More)

Hookah Use Among Teens in San Diego County Rivals Use of Cigarettes
April 05, 2011
UC San Diego researchers say lack of risk perception and legality are factors  An alternative and harmful form of tobacco use, known as the hookah or water pipe, may be spreading among youth in the United States according to researchers from the U... (More)

UC San Diego School of Medicine taps San Diego’s 92103 and 92104 Zip Codes for Nation’s First Comprehensive “Test and Treat” Campaign
April 04, 2011
UC San Diego Leads the Way in Research for New HIV Strategy That Can Prevent HIV Acquisition and Transmission The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is making strides toward implementing the world’s first comprehensive “test and... (More)

Call of the Riled
April 04, 2011
Stress Signal in Cancer Cells Triggers Similar Response in Other Cells, Aiding Tumor Growth Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say a “stress response” mechanism used by normal cells to cope with harsh or deman... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Ranks First in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals for Metro Areas
March 29, 2011
UC San Diego Health System has been ranked first in San Diego in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals. This prestigious ranking recognizes UC San Diego Health Syst... (More)

One Student's Journey to Bring Diagnostic Imaging to Uganda
March 28, 2011
Benjamin Johnson, a fourth-year student at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is determined to make medical imaging technology widely available in low-income countries. His journey started in Uganda, where currently just 35 l... (More)

Surgeon Availability Tied to Survival Rate in Vehicle Crashes
March 28, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine claim that the availability of surgeons is a critical factor in public health and suggest that surgery should become an important part of the primary health care system. A re... (More)

Empowering Women Surgeons: Women in Surgery Lecture on March 24
March 22, 2011
In order to support professional development of women surgeons and raise gender awareness, the UC San Diego Department of Surgery is offering a free educational series for surgeons, medical students, and the general public. The lecture, “Think big: ... (More)

Radical Surgery Removes Half of Pelvis, Saves Leg
March 21, 2011
During a radical surgery to treat a rare bone cancer, surgeons at UC San Diego Health System and Moores Cancer Center removed 50 percent of a patient’s pelvis. Instead of amputating the connected leg, the surgical team, comprised of orthopaedic, vas... (More)

UCSD’s Dilip V. Jeste New President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association
March 16, 2011
Dilip V. Jeste, MD – Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine... (More)

Number of Heavy Smokers Decreased Dramatically in California and U.S. Since 1965
March 15, 2011
The days of “pack-a-day” smoking are all but a memory A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego shows that high-intensity smoking – more than 20 cigarettes per day – declined markedly in both California and the remainin... (More)

Tumor Metastasis with a Twist
March 14, 2011
Protein is key to early embryonic development, but later promotes spread of cancer In the early stages of human embryogenesis, a transcription factor called Twist1 plays a key regulatory role in how the embryo assumes form and function. Much later... (More)

UC San Diego Department of Surgery to Host the 34th San Diego Postgraduate Assembly in Surgery
March 10, 2011
The Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine will host the 34th San Diego Postgraduate Assembly in Surgery.  The event will take place March 17 to 19, 2011 at the Omni San Diego Hotel. The conference, “A... (More)

UC San Diego Opens New Down Syndrome Center
March 10, 2011
Effort will study and treat condition in adults Doctors and scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine will soon open one of the first programs in the United States to combine academic research with the treatment of a... (More)

Trial Treats Prostate Cancer with Diet
March 10, 2011
UC San Diego Launches Nation’s First Non-Supplement Study on Prostate Cancer/Diet : Less meat, more vegetables, an active lifestyle, and phone calls The vegetables most boys wanted to avoid in childhood – such as kale and broccoli – just may be th... (More)

Loss of Key Protein Boosts Neuron Loss in ALS
March 04, 2011
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or more popularly, Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a notorious neurodegenerative condition characterized by the progressive deterioration of brain and spinal cord neurons, resulting in the gradual but catastrophi... (More)

UC San Diego Health Sciences Receives Gift for Translational Research Building
March 03, 2011
$10 million from San Diego residents Steve and Lisa Altman will support the Clinical and Translational Research Institute UC San Diego Health Sciences today announced that San Diego philanthropists and long-time residents Steve and Lisa Altman have... (More)

Mutations Found In Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
March 02, 2011
Ordinary human cells reprogrammed as induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) may ultimately revolutionize personalized medicine by creating new and diverse therapies unique to individual patients. But important and unanswered questions have persiste... (More)

Region’s First Dedicated Cardiovascular Center at UC San Diego Ready for Patients
March 01, 2011
Six years after receiving a naming gift from the Sulpizio family, the gleaming glass doors of the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (SCVC) will welcome patients from across the county and around the world. The center will open, in early Ap... (More)

New Marker Found for Sanfilippo Disease
February 28, 2011
UC San Diego research helps illuminate rare but devastating metabolic disorder Sanfilippo disease is a rare disorder caused by the failure of enzymes to break down specific kinds of complex carbohydrates, resulting in their accumulation in cells a... (More)

Missing Sugar Molecule Raises Diabetes Risk in Humans
February 24, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego say an evolutionary gene mutation that occurred in humans millions of years ago and our subsequent inability to produce a specific kind ... (More)

Breastfeeding Program for Premature Babies Goes Online
February 24, 2011
Approximately 50,000 premature babies weighing less than three pounds are born in the United States each year.  These fragile newborns need the highest quality nutrition, which is why UC San Diego Health System developed the Supporting Premature Inf... (More)

Research Sheds Light on Cellular Basis of Depression
February 23, 2011
Recent studies suggest that neurons in a particular area of the brain called the lateral habenula (LHb) are activated in models of depression. These neurons are activated by stimuli linked to disappointment or anticipation of a negative outcome, and... (More)

Higher Vitamin D Intake Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk
February 22, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha have reported that markedly higher intake of vitamin D is needed to reach blood levels that can prevent or markedly cut th... (More)

Two Hearts Beat As One
February 18, 2011
Rare Surgery Gives UC San Diego Health System Patient a Valentine Gift This Valentine’s Day, Tyson Smith woke up with a brand new outlook and two beating hearts – his old failing heart and a newly transplanted heart.  “I can tell that I am getting ... (More)

Unraveling How Prion Proteins Move Along Axons to the Brain
February 17, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the motors that move non-infectious prion proteins (PrPC) – found within many mammalian cells – up and down long, neuronal transport pathways.  Identifying nor... (More)

Key Culprit Identified in Breast Cancer Metastasis
February 16, 2011
When doctors discover high concentrations of regulatory T cells in the tumors of breast cancer patients, the prognosis is often grim, though why exactly has long been unclear. Now new research at the University of California, San Diego School of M... (More)

Searching For the Soul of the Genome
February 09, 2011
The discovery that a “gene desert” on chromosome 9 was a hotspot for coronary artery disease (CAD) risk was among the highlights of findings produced recently by genome-wide association studies, which compare the genomes of many people for genetic v... (More)

Medication Education Key to Successful Adherence in Patients with Diabetes
February 08, 2011
Researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego say that medication education is a key factor in helping patients with diabetes better stick to their drug treatments plans.  The stu... (More)

The Hitch In The Drug? The Itch In The Drug
February 08, 2011
Scientists discover clue to ending chronic itching side effect of certain drugs Scratching deep beneath the surface, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and three South Korean institutions have iden... (More)

Novel Cancer Surgery Enabled by NOTES Tools
February 07, 2011
Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System have identified a new application for “scarless” surgery tools that are normally used for natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). In what is believed to be the first case in the United States, ... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Expands Cancer-Related Services in North Coastal Area
February 07, 2011
San Diego Cancer Center patients will now have access to dozens of clinical trials UC San Diego Health System is expanding its services in the North Coastal Community and is acquiring San Diego Cancer Center (SDCC). This acquisition is effective Fe... (More)

Fluorescent Peptides Help Nerves Glow in Surgery
February 07, 2011
Accidental damage to thin or buried nerves during surgery can have severe consequences, from chronic pain to permanent paralysis. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine may have found a remedy: injectable fluorescen... (More)

Learning Causes Structural Changes In Affected Neurons
February 03, 2011
When a laboratory rat learns how to reach for and grab a food pellet – a pretty complex and unnatural act for a rodent – the acquired knowledge significantly alters the structure of the specific brain cells involved, which sprout a whopping 22 perce... (More)

Schizophrenia Gene Mutation Found; Target for New Drugs
February 03, 2011
In a major advance for schizophrenia research, an international team of scientists, led by Jonathan Sebat, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has ... (More)

Genetic Clues to Compulsive, Self-Injurious Behavior in Rare Childhood Disorder
January 28, 2011
Research from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine provides new clues for the compulsive behavior and cognitive defects associated with a rare childhood neurological disease called Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND). Two pathways found ... (More)

CIRM Awards Three Awards to UCSD Researchers in Support of Innovative Technologies
January 27, 2011
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded three grants totaling nearly $5.8 million to researchers at the University of California, San Diego for development of innovative technologies designed to advance translational st... (More)

First Total Artificial Heart Implanted in California at UC San Diego Medical Center
January 24, 2011
On January 7, 2011, UC San Diego Medical Center performed the West Coast’s first implant of the world’s only FDA-approved total artificial heart. During the four-hour procedure, the patient’s diseased heart was completely removed and replaced by a l... (More)

Long-Term Hypoxia in Flies Shown to Result in Permanent DNA Changes
January 24, 2011
In an important study that may shed light on human ability to adapt to hypoxia, or inadequate levels of oxygen, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have proven that the genome of flies exposed to long-term hypox... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Open House
January 20, 2011
The region’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center honors patients, physicians, staff and supporters For more than three decades, researchers and clinicians at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have led the way in... (More)

Stroke Rate Rises for Patients with HIV Infection
January 19, 2011
While the overall hospitalization rate for stroke has declined in recent years, the numbers have  jumped dramatically for patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), suggesting they may be up to three times more likely to suffer a str... (More)

Instant Messaging Service to Counsel Pregnant & Breastfeeding Moms Launches on January 19
January 18, 2011
On Jan. 19, 2011, a free online counseling service will be available to expecting and breastfeeding moms anywhere in the country through the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS). During a private instant messaging session, women can get a... (More)

Older Driver Screening Program Expands to Other Counties, Law Enforcement
January 14, 2011
UC San Diego experts started original program in 2007 Keeping older drivers safe behind the wheel is the goal of a successful program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, now expanding into additional counties. A team of ... (More)

Mountaineer Reaches Peak with Aid of Surgeon
January 13, 2011
Climber Prepares for Denali in 2011 Triathlete Ben Horne has recently climbed more than 25 mountain peaks, from Half Dome and Mt. Whitney to Longs Peak and Mt. Rainier. He’s run the Grand Canyon from rim to rim and back, and completed Ironman Ari... (More)

National Children’s Study Begins Recruitment in San Diego
January 11, 2011
Study is largest long-term examination of children’s health and development ever conducted in the United States The National Children’s Study (NCS) has begun inviting women in San Diego to participate in the largest long-term examination of child... (More)

Eight UC San Diego Professors Named New AAAS Fellows
January 11, 2011
Eight professors at the University of California, San Diego have been named new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Philip E. Bourne, Xiang-Dong Fu, Kun-Liang Gu... (More)

Babies Process Language in a Grown-Up Way
January 06, 2011
Babies, even those too young to talk, can understand many of the words that adults are saying – and their brains process them in a grown-up way. Combining the cutting-edge technologies of MRI and MEG, scientists at the University of California, S... (More)

Genetic Abnormalities Identified in Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines
January 06, 2011
A multinational team of researchers led by stem cell scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and The Scripps Research Institute has documented specific genetic abnormalities that occur in human embryonic (hESC) and i... (More)