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2013 Archived News Releases

California's First Robotically Assisted Coronary Stenting Procedure Performed at UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
December 20, 2013
Technology Improves Accuracy of Device Placement and Patient Outcomes The interventional cardiology team led by Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FACC, at UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (SCVC) has successfully completed the first two robotically-as... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Among Nation’s Best
December 19, 2013
Named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs”  UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (SCVC) has been featured in the latest Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.” Hosp... (More)

How Cells Remodel After UV Radiation
December 19, 2013
Researchers map cell’s complex genetic interactions to fix damaged DNA Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in The Netherlands and United Kingdom, have produced the first map detailing the netw... (More)

Total Smoking Bans Work Best
December 18, 2013
With no place to puff, smokers are more likely to cut back or quit, researchers say Completely banning tobacco use inside the home – or more broadly in the whole city – measurably boosts the odds of smokers either cutting back or quitting entirely,... (More)

Reduce Workplace Stress and Increase Productivity with UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
December 17, 2013
New Program Brings UC San Diego Experts Onsite to Local Companies The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness has launched a WorkLife Integration Program for companies that would like to help their employees reduce stress, increase focus and improve pr... (More)

UC San Diego Launches Unprecedented Down Syndrome Study
December 16, 2013
To many, Down syndrome (DS) is a childhood condition. But improved health care means that individuals with DS now routinely reach age 50 or 60 years of age, sometimes beyond.  However, if they live long enough, people with Down syndrome are almost c... (More)

New NIH Network Revolutionizes Stroke Clinical Research
December 13, 2013
UC San Diego Health System fights stroke as key center for nationwide effort A network of 25 nationally recognized stroke centers has been created to rapidly address the three core features of stroke research and care: prevention, treatment and rec... (More)

UC San Diego Cancer Researchers Receive $4 Million CIRM Disease-Team Grant
December 13, 2013
Researcher Thomas J. Kipps, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and deputy director of research operations at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, is principal investigator for one of six “Disease Team” awards approved December 12 by the governing board of... (More)

Brain Trauma Raises Risk of Later PTSD in Active-Duty Marines
December 11, 2013
Deployment-related injuries are biggest predictor, but not the only factor  In a novel study of U.S. Marines investigating the association between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over time, a team ... (More)

Brain Cancer Cells Hide While Drugs Seek
December 05, 2013
Tumor cells temporarily lose mutation to evade drugs targeting mutation A team of scientists, led by principal investigator Paul S. Mischel, MD, a member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and professor in the Department of Pathology at th... (More)

UC San Diego Joins Nationwide Efforts to Curb Phone Use While Driving
December 04, 2013
TREDS partners with San Diego-based employers in launching a campaign to end distracted driving Expanding their efforts to keep citizens safe on San Diego roadways, UC San Diego’s Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program ... (More)

Parasite Lost
November 27, 2013
By targeting enzyme in mosquito-borne parasite, researchers aim to eliminate malaria Using advanced methodologies that pit drug compounds against specific types of malaria parasite cells, an international team of scientists, including researchers a... (More)

Grant Will Help Program Continue Training for Safe Senior Driving
November 26, 2013
For the seventh consecutive year, the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that ... (More)

Using microRNA Fit to a T (cell)
November 25, 2013
Researchers show B cells can deliver potentially therapeutic bits of modified RNA Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have successfully targeted T lymphocytes – which play a central role in the body’s immune re... (More)

Stuck on Flu
November 22, 2013
How a sugar-rich mucus barrier traps the virus – and it gets free to infect Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown for the first time how influenza A viruses snip through a protective mucus net to both ... (More)

Brain Surgeons Go with the Flow
November 21, 2013
Water-Based Imaging Technique Maps Brain Neurons Prior to Surgery Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System are using a new approach to visualize the brain’s delicate anatomy prior to surgery. The novel technique allows neurosurgeons to see the b... (More)

Blacks Have Less Access to Cancer Specialists, Treatment
November 19, 2013
UC San Diego Study Suggests Racial Inequality Leads to Higher Mortality Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say metastatic colorectal cancer patients of African-American descent are less likely to be seen by ca... (More)

Understanding a Protein’s Role in Familial Alzheimer’s Disease
November 14, 2013
Novel genomic approach reveals gene mutation isn’t simple answer Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used genetic engineering of human induced pluripotent stem cells to specifically and precisely parse the... (More)

Un-junking Junk DNA
November 12, 2013
A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shines a new light on molecular tools our cells use to govern regulated gene expression. The study will be published online in advance of print November 10 in t... (More)

New Therapeutic Target Identified for ALS and Frontotemporal Degeneration
November 08, 2013
A team of scientists led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research have identified a novel therapeutic approach for the most frequent genetic cause of ALS, a disorder of t... (More)

$100 Million Gift Launches Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
November 04, 2013
UC San Diego-based effort will speed discoveries to new drugs and treatments for patients In a bold and singular step toward delivering the therapeutic promise of human stem cells, businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has committed $100 ... (More)

Child Brides at Funerals
October 28, 2013
Young maternal age and quick pregnancies linked to high infant mortality in South Asia Having children early and in rapid succession are major factors fueling high infant mortality rates in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and ... (More)

Enzyme Restores Function with Diabetic Kidney Disease
October 25, 2013
Mouse findings reverse prevailing theory; point to potential treatment options Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say that, while a prevailing theory suggests elevated cellular levels of glucose ultimately res... (More)

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Reaches Construction Milestone
October 24, 2013
Major challenge gift announced at “Topping Out” ceremony today The University of California, San Diego today celebrated the “topping out” of UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, the largest hospital project in southern California.  UC San Diego Chan... (More)

Two UC San Diego Researchers Elected to Institute of Medicine
October 21, 2013
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers Joseph G. Gleeson, MD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of neurosciences and pediatrics, and Richard D. Kolodner, PhD, professor of medicine and Ludwig Canc... (More)

Study Identifies Safe Delivery System for Tricky Yet Highly Potent Anti-Cancer Cancer Compound
October 21, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a way to effectively deliver staurosporine (STS), a powerful anti-cancer compound that has vexed researchers for more than 30 years due to its instability in t... (More)

Costly Cigarettes and Smoke-Free Homes
October 17, 2013
Researchers find both effectively reduce tobacco consumption among low-income smokers Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say high-priced cigarettes and smoke-free homes effectively reduce smoking behaviors amo... (More)

Vitamin D Does Not Contribute to Kidney Stones, Study Asserts
October 17, 2013
Increased vitamin D levels may prevent a wide range of diseases, according to recent studies.  However, some previous studies led to a concern that vitamin D supplementation could increase an individual’s risk of developing kidney stones. However, ... (More)

3,000th Lifesaving Heart & Lung Surgery at UC San Diego Health System
October 16, 2013
Lowest Mortality Worldwide, Most Patients Treated, Heart-Stopping Procedure Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System have performed their 3,000th pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a lifesaving surgery to clear the lung’s arteries of scar-like ti... (More)

UC San Diego Researcher Receives $6.25 Million Grant
October 14, 2013
Thomas Kipps One of Four Recipients of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Award The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has awarded Thomas J. Kipps, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine... (More)

The Role of “Master Regulators” in Gene Mutations and Disease
October 14, 2013
Researchers identify key proteins that help establish cell function Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new way to parse and understand how special proteins called “master regulators” read the ... (More)

$6.4 Million Grant Funds Glaucoma Study in African-Americans
October 11, 2013
A study led by Robert N. Weinreb, chairman and Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has received a $6.4 million, 5-year grant from the National Eye Institute, part of the National In... (More)

Urine Biomarkers Reveal Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Diabetic Kidney Disease
October 10, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified 13 metabolites – small molecules produced by cellular metabolism – that are significantly different in patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease compar... (More)

Researchers Identify Liver Cancer Progenitor Cells Before Tumors Become Visible
October 10, 2013
For the first time, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have isolated and characterized the progenitor cells that eventually give rise to malignant hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tumors – the most common form of... (More)

Single Gene Mutation Linked to Diverse Neurological Disorders
October 09, 2013
From Lesch-Nyhan syndrome to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases A research team, headed by Theodore Friedmann, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, says a gene mutation that caus... (More)

New More Effective Antimicrobials Might Rise From Old
October 07, 2013
Findings could have major impact in struggle against evolving drug resistance By tinkering with their chemical structures, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have essentially re-invented a class of popular an... (More)

Robotic Surgery Program Expands at UC San Diego Health System to Treat Stomach Cancer
October 02, 2013
Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System have performed the region’s first robotic gastrectomy, a potentially lifesaving procedure to remove a section of the stomach after a diagnosis of gastric cancer. Aided by a da Vinci robot, surgeons remove the d... (More)

Lactation May Be Linked to Aggressive Cancer in Mexican Women
October 01, 2013
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center researcher says breast cancer in women of Mexican descent occurs despite seemingly protective factors Scientific data suggest that a woman reduces her risk of breast cancer by breastfeeding, having multiple childr... (More)

UC Medical Campus Consortium Named Designated Center to Translate Innovations into Improved Health
September 26, 2013
A consortium of the five University of California medical campuses at UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC San Francisco has been designated a Center for Accelerated Innovations by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The ... (More)

Cancer Cells Propagated from Early Prostate Cancer
September 25, 2013
Cancer cells present at the outset of prostate cancer diagnosis may have implications for earlier treatment and better outcomes  A team of cancer researchers at the University of California, San Diego has identified the existence of precursor cell... (More)

$5.6 Million Grant Renewal Expands Research in Kidney Failure
September 24, 2013
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD) – part of the National Institutes of Health – has renewed a grant shared by the University of California, San Diego and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Schools of ... (More)

Reassuring Findings for Mothers Who Have Influenza Vaccine While Pregnant
September 23, 2013
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Boston University, in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), have found evidence of the H1N1 influenza vaccine’s safety during... (More)

Data from Across Globe Defines Distinct Kawasaki Disease Season
September 23, 2013
Further evidence that long-range wind transport of an infectious agent might result in human disease After more than four decades of research, strong evidence now shows that Kawasaki disease has a distinct seasonal occurrence shared by regions acro... (More)

UC San Diego Health System “Top Docs” Honored Locally
September 18, 2013
144 UC San Diego Physicians Named Best Doctors in Region More than 140 physicians from UC San Diego Health System were named “Top Docs” in the annual San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual survey. These physicians represe... (More)

Varenicline Helps Smokers with Depression to Quit Smoking
September 16, 2013
About half of smokers seeking treatment for smoking cessation have a history of depression. Compared with smokers who are not depressed, those who suffer from a major depressive disorder (MDD) have greater difficulty quitting. In a Pfizer-sponsored... (More)

“Wildly Heterogeneous Genes”
September 16, 2013
New approach subtypes cancers by shared genetic effects; a step toward personalized medicine Cancer tumors almost never share the exact same genetic mutations, a fact that has confounded scientific efforts to better categorize cancer types and deve... (More)

Protein Essential for Maintaining Beta Cell Function Identified
September 12, 2013
Finding underlies concept that loss of beta cell-specific traits contributes to diabetes Researchers at the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC) at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that the pancreatic prote... (More)

“Don’t Drink” Coasters Urge Local Pregnant Women to Avoid Alcohol
September 09, 2013
San Diego Bars and Restaurants Take Part in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Awareness Day Before taking a sip of alcohol at nearly a dozen local bars and restaurants, San Diegans will be reminded of the dangers of mixing alcohol and pregnancy thank... (More)

UC San Diego Research Funded By CIRM to Identify Potential Autism Drug Targets
August 28, 2013
A researcher at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is among principal investigators at 10 California institutions receiving Early Translational IV Research grants, totaling $40 million, approved today by the governing board o... (More)

Two Studies Identify Potential New Drug for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
August 21, 2013
Vedolizumab, a new intravenous antibody medication, has shown positive results for treating both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine. The findings, published ... (More)

Clinical Trial Evaluates New Minimally Invasive Rectal Cancer Surgery
August 15, 2013
Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating a new, combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from the rectum. The hybrid technique uses the body’s natural opening to remove malignancies and disea... (More)

Mountain High: Genetic Adaptation for High Altitudes Identified
August 15, 2013
First-time whole genome sequencing uncovers the genetic basis of chronic mountain sickness in Andean highlanders Research led by scientists from the University of California, San Diego has decoded the genetic basis of chronic mountain sickness (CMS... (More)

Preterm Babies at Risk for Later Cognitive Difficulties
August 14, 2013
$3 Million NIH grant will fund impact of preterm birth on early cognitive development and academic measures Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute... (More)

Why Don’t We All Get Alzheimer’s Disease?
August 07, 2013
Though one might think the brains of people who develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD) possess   building blocks of the disease absent in healthy brains, for most sufferers, this is not true. Every human brain contains the ingredients necessary to spark A... (More)

Southern California’s First Real-Time MRI-Guided Gene Therapy for Brain Cancer at UC San Diego Health System
August 06, 2013
Clinical trial advances Toca 511 gene therapy with precise drug delivery Neurosurgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are among the first in the world to utilize real-time magneti... (More)

Non-Invasive Test Optimizes Colon Cancer Screening Rates
August 05, 2013
Underserved populations need options for colorectal cancer screening if screening rates are to be improved, study finds Organized mailing campaigns could substantially increase colorectal cancer screening among uninsured patients, a study published... (More)

Immune System Molecule Promotes Tumor Resistance to Anti-Angiogenic Therapy
August 05, 2013
A team of scientists, led by Napoleone Ferrara, MD, has shown for the first time that a signaling protein involved in inflammation also promotes tumor resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy. The findings by Ferrara – professor of pathology at the Un... (More)

UC San Diego Researchers Develop Efficient Model for Generating Human iPSCs
August 01, 2013
Approach has potential to simplify generation of iPSCs for use in human stem cell therapies Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report a simple, easily reproducible RNA-based method of generating human induced ... (More)

Potential Nutritional Therapy for Childhood Neurodegenerative Disease
August 01, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the gene mutation responsible for a particularly severe form of pontocerebellar hypoplasia, a currently incurable neurodegenerative disease affecting children.... (More)

UC San Diego’s Palmer Taylor Awarded France’s Legion of Honour
July 16, 2013
Palmer Taylor, PhD, dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, associate vice chancellor for Health Sciences, and Sandra and Monroe Trout Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded ... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Ranks #1
July 16, 2013
US News & World Report Ranks UC San Diego Among Nation’s Best Health Care Providers UC San Diego Health System is once again ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. The magazine... (More)

UCSD Benefits from Generosity of Irwin and Joan Jacobs with Latest Gift to Fund Cancer Care
July 15, 2013
A leadership gift of $1 million from San Diego philanthropists Joan and Irwin Jacobs will help UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center change how cancer is treated by supporting the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, a newly established center headed... (More)

Women Suffer Higher Rates of Decline in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease
July 09, 2013
The rates of regional brain loss and cognitive decline caused by aging and the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are higher for women and for people with a key genetic risk factor for AD, say researchers at the University of California, San D... (More)

Deepak Chopra, MD, Champions Integrative Medicine at UC San Diego on July 22
July 01, 2013
The Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at UC San Diego Health System welcomes Deepak Chopra, MD, for a special program on July 22, 2013.  One of the top 100 Heroes and Icons of the 20th Century according to Time Magazine, Chopra is credited as “t... (More)

Fate of the Heart: Researchers Track Cellular Events Leading to Cardiac Regeneration
June 19, 2013
Studies in zebrafish reveal abundant potential source for repair of injured heart muscle In a study published in the June 19 online edition of the journal Nature, a scientific team led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego Sc... (More)

Study Identifies Protein Essential for Normal Heart Function
June 17, 2013
Protein being studied to fight cancer; may cause toxicity in cardiac cells A study by researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, shows that a ... (More)

Developmental Protein Plays Role in Spread of Cancer
June 14, 2013
A protein used by embryo cells during early development, and recently found in many different types of cancer, apparently serves as a switch regulating the spread of cancer, known as metastasis, report researchers at the University of California, Sa... (More)

Pilot Program Using Telemedicine to Decrease Emergency Room Wait Times
June 11, 2013
Emergency department (ED) overcrowding has been a major issue nationally for 20 years and continues to increase in severity.  To address this issue, a pilot study has been launched at UC San Diego Health System’s ED to use telemedicine as a way to h... (More)

Herpes Virus Exploits Immune Response to Bolster Infection
June 06, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues report that the herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1), which affects an estimated 50 to 80 percent of all American adults, exploits an immune system receptor to b... (More)

Altered Neural Circuitry May Lead to Anorexia and Bulimia
June 04, 2013
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa –disorders characterized by extreme eating behavior and distorted body image – are among the deadliest of psychiatric disorders, with few proven effective treatments. A landmark study, with first author Tyson Ob... (More)

Enhancer RNAs Alter Gene Expression
June 03, 2013
New class of molecules may be key emerging “enhancer therapy” In a pair of distinct but complementary papers, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues illuminate the functional importance of a relati... (More)

Potential New Way to Suppress Tumor Growth Discovered
June 03, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center, have identified a new mechanism that appears to suppress tumor growth, opening the possibility of developing a ... (More)

Oncogene Mutation Hijacks Splicing Process to Promote Growth and Survival
May 31, 2013
An international team of researchers – led by principal investigator Paul S. Mischel, MD, a member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine... (More)

Cholesterol Sets Off Chaotic Blood Vessel Growth
May 29, 2013
A study at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine identified a protein that is responsible for regulating blood vessel growth by mediating the efficient removal of cholesterol from the cells.  Unregulated development of blood ves... (More)

Stem Cell Injections Improve Spinal Injuries in Rats
May 28, 2013
An international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that a single injection of human neural stem cells produced neuronal regeneration and improvement of function and mobility in rats impaire... (More)

UC San Diego Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant For Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development
May 21, 2013
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Greg G. Goldgof, a graduate student in UC San Diego’s Bio... (More)

Tumor-Activated Protein Promotes Cancer Spread
May 13, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center report that cancers physically alter cells in the lymphatic system – a network of vessels that transports and stores immune cells through... (More)

Higher Child Marriage Rates Associated with Higher Maternal and Infant Mortality
May 13, 2013
Countries in which girls are commonly married before the age of 18 have significantly higher rates of maternal and infant mortality, report researchers in the current online issue of the journal Violence Against Women. The study, by Anita Raj, PhD... (More)

CDC-Recommended Non-Profit Launches “MotherToBaby CA” In Time for Mother’s Day
May 08, 2013
Experts Provide Free Answers about Medications and More during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding As Mother's Day approaches, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine announces MotherToBaby CA, the new name of its free, statewide counsel... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Receives National Achievement Award for Cancer Program
May 01, 2013
American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Recognizes Quality Care UC San Diego Health System is a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Seventy-nine cancer care pro... (More)

UC San Diego Surgeon Part of Global Initiative to Improve Trauma Care
April 30, 2013
Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS, is the only trauma surgeon in the western United States recently invited to be part of the Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured (GACI) – a World Health Organization initiative to improve trauma care in low and mid... (More)

Study Finds Women Who Drink Alcohol Before Pregnancy Less Likely To Take Multivitamins
April 30, 2013
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Department of Pediatrics and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, a research affiliate of UC San Diego School of Medicine, have found a link between multivitamin use and alcohol consumption bef... (More)

Boosting the Powers of Genomic Science
April 25, 2013
With two new methods, UC San Diego scientists hope to improve genome-wide association studies As scientists probe and parse the genetic bases of what makes a human a human (or one human different from another), and vigorously push for greater use o... (More)

Gone, But Not Forgotten
April 22, 2013
UC San Diego scientists recall EP, perhaps the world’s second-most famous amnesiac An international team of neuroscientists has described for the first time in exhaustive detail the underlying neurobiology of an amnesiac who suffered from profound ... (More)

A New Protein Target for Controlling Diabetes
April 11, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a previously unknown biological mechanism involved in the regulation of pancreatic islet beta cells, whose role is to produce and release insulin. The discover... (More)

Brain Imaging Studies Reveal Neurobiology of Eating Disorders
April 10, 2013
Current treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa, which afflict an estimated 10 to 24 million Americans, are often limited and ineffective. Patients relapse. They become chronically ill. They face a higher risk of dying. “A major reason contrib... (More)

Survey Results Reveal Distracted Driving Habits of San Diegans
April 10, 2013
UC San Diego Researchers and CHP Educate Public on Driving Laws and Safety Tips According to experts in the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, there wer... (More)

Clinical Trial Evaluates Engineered Smallpox Vaccine as Potential Liver Cancer Killer
April 09, 2013
As part of a multicenter clinical trial, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating Pexa-Vec (JX-594) to slow the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or liver cancer. Pexa-Vec is a genetically engi... (More)

Is Guided Self-Help Effective in Treating Childhood Obesity?
April 01, 2013
It is known that family-based treatment that combines nutrition and exercise education, along with behavior modification, is a good approach to help children lose weight.  But clinic-based weight-control programs for childhood obesity are not access... (More)

Women’s Wellness Day, Free to the Public on Saturday, April 13
March 28, 2013
On Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., UC San Diego Health System is hosting an interactive conference in La Jolla, focused on women’s health.  The event is free and open to the public. Fifteen leading experts will host insightful talks on ... (More)

Pinning Down the Pain
March 27, 2013
Schwann cell protein plays major role in neuropathic pain An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, says a key protein in Schwann cells performs a critical, perhaps overar... (More)

UC San Diego Cancer Scientists Named to First Class of AACR Fellows
March 27, 2013
Five University of California, San Diego scientists and professors are among the first class of the Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy, created to recognize researchers whose scientific contributions have propelled signi... (More)

Monoclonal Antibody Targets, Kills Leukemia Cells
March 25, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center have identified a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets and directly kills chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells. The findings, published in the online Early Editi... (More)

UC San Diego Pharmacy School Benefactor “Sam” Skaggs Dies at 89
March 25, 2013
L.S. “Sam” Skaggs, whose enduring support of pharmacy education and research helped fuel the growth and development of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, died Thursday at the age of ... (More)

Kidney Sparing Surgery Underutilized for Patients Who Need It Most
March 25, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have released study results that show national treatment trends in the surgical management of patients with kidney disease. The study found that partial and complete kidney re... (More)

New Imaging Agent Enables Better Cancer Detection, More Accurate Staging
March 20, 2013
Drug Designed and Developed at UC San Diego School of Medicine Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that a new imaging dye, designed and developed at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, is an effective... (More)

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center New Member of National Comprehensive Cancer Network
March 20, 2013
On March 19, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced the election of University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center as the first and only San Diego-based NCCN Member Institution dedicated to improving the quality, effe... (More)

Three UC San Diego Researchers Receive New CIRM Grants
March 19, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are principal investigators in three of nine new grants approved today by the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). All of the grants ... (More)

New Program Teaches Empowering “Anti-Cancer” Approaches for Doctors, Patients, and Loved Ones
March 19, 2013
UC San Diego Integrative Oncology 2013, April 6-7 From Saturday, April 6 to Sunday April 7, the Center for Integrative Medicine at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is hosting a landmark conference on integrative oncology. Part... (More)

National Recognition for Three UC San Diego School of Medicine Chairs
March 18, 2013
Lewis L. Judd, MD, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine was selected as recipient of the Award for Research in Mood Disorders by the American College of Psyc... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Listed among Nation’s Top Neurosurgery and Spine Programs
March 15, 2013
University of California, San Diego Health System has been named among “100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs” by Becker's Hospital Review, a news publication for hospital and health system leadership. According to the Becker's ... (More)

No Sons Linked to Lower Contraception Use in Nepal
March 14, 2013
While poverty and under-education continue to dampen contraception use in Nepal, exacerbating the country’s efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality rates, researchers say another, more surprising factor may be more intractable: Deeply held cu... (More)

Drug Treatment Corrects Autism Symptoms in Mouse Model
March 13, 2013
An old drug gives hope for new treatment in autism Autism results from abnormal cell communication. Testing a new theory, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used a newly discovered function of an old drug... (More)

New Cancer Council Combines Local Centers’ Strengths
March 06, 2013
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute come together in novel collaboration  San Diego is a powerhouse for cancer research, home to the University of California, San D... (More)

Sports Medicine Chief Christopher Wahl, MD, Blends New Techniques with Old School Philosophy
March 04, 2013
Nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon Christopher Wahl, MD, has joined the University of California, San Diego Health System as the new chief of Sports Medicine.  Recognized for his specialty in treating complex, high-energy traumatic sports inju... (More)

New Workshop Helps Doctors Avoid Burnout, Increase Wellbeing
March 01, 2013
Mindfulness in Clinical Practice: Our Patients, Ourselves on May 11 On Saturday, May 11, the Center for Mindfulness at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is hosting a workshop to help physicians and clinicians increase job satis... (More)

Man Walks Again After Surgery to Reverse Muscle Paralysis
February 27, 2013
After four years of confinement to a wheelchair, Rick Constantine, 58, is now walking again after undergoing an unconventional surgery at University of California, San Diego Heath System to restore the use of his leg. Neurosurgeon Justin Brown, MD, ... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics
February 26, 2013
University of California, San Diego Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for the second time by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provi... (More)

Study Shows Effectiveness of Magnetic Device for Treatment of Reflux Disease
February 22, 2013
A study published February 21st in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) provides clinical evidence of the safety and effectiveness of a new magnetic medical device to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Santiago Horgan, MD, professor... (More)

UC San Diego Cancer Scientist Wins $3 Million Award
February 20, 2013
Napoleone Ferrara one of 11 winners of inaugural Breakthrough Prize   Napoleone Ferrara, MD, the molecular biologist credited with helping decipher how tumors grow and now senior deputy director for basic sciences at the University of California, ... (More)

Rewriting a Receptor’s Role
February 19, 2013
Synaptic molecule works differently than thought; may mean new therapeutic targets for treating Alzheimer’s disease In a pair of new papers, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Royal Netherlands Academ... (More)

Excess Protein Linked to Development of Parkinson’s Disease
February 07, 2013
Accumulation appears to progressively disrupt neuronal function and viability Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say overexpression of a protein called alpha-synuclein appears to disrupt vital recycling proces... (More)

UC San Diego Funded by NIMH to Study Successful Aging in Adults with HIV
February 04, 2013
5-year grant totals $3.4 million The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded a $3.4 million grant to a team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to study successful aging in HIV-infected adults. HIV i... (More)

Alternative Hip Replacement Technique Results in Faster Recovery
February 04, 2013
Only 15 Percent of Joint Replacement Specialists in Nation Capable of Muscle-Sparing Approach   University of California, San Diego Health System is one of only a few hospitals in the nation to offer computer-assisted navigation technology with th... (More)

More Links Found Between Schizophrenia and Cardiovascular Disease
January 31, 2013
A new study, to be published in the Feb. 7, 2013 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, expands and deepens the biological and genetic links between cardiovascular disease and schizophrenia. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading caus... (More)

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to High Risk of Premenopausal Breast Cancer
January 24, 2013
A prospective study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found that low serum vitamin D levels in the months preceding diagnosis may predict a high risk of premenopausal breast cancer.  The study o... (More)

Drug Targets Hard-to-Reach Leukemia Stem Cells Responsible for Relapses
January 17, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that hard-to-reach, drug-resistant leukemia stem cells (LSCs) that overexpress multiple pro-survival protein forms are sensitive – and thus vulnerable – to a n... (More)

How Cells Know When It’s Time to Eat Themselves
January 17, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a molecular mechanism regulating autophagy, a fundamental stress response used by cells to help ensure their survival in adverse conditions. The findings are ... (More)

Surgical Technique Spots Cancer Invasion with Fluorescence
January 10, 2013
One of the greatest challenges faced by cancer surgeons is to know exactly which tissue to remove, or not, while the patient is under anesthesia. A team of surgeons and scientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have develo... (More)

Regulating Single Protein Prompts Fibroblasts to Become Neurons
January 10, 2013
Repression of a single protein in ordinary fibroblasts is sufficient to directly convert the cells – abundantly found in connective tissues – into functional neurons. The findings, which could have far-reaching implications for the development of ne... (More)

Next Steps in Potential Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes
January 10, 2013
UC San Diego-based study looks at differentiation of hESCs in endocrine cell progression Type 1 and type 2 diabetes results when beta cells in the pancreas fail to produce enough insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar.  One approach to tre... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Listed among Nation’s Best Heart Hospitals
January 09, 2013
The Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center located at University of California, San Diego Health System has been named among "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs" by Becker's Hospital Review, a business and legal news publication for hospital and health... (More)

UC San Diego’s Training, Research, and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) Program Promotes Safety for Senior Drivers
January 03, 2013
For the sixth consecutive year, the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to promote dr... (More)

In Epigenomics, Location is Everything
January 03, 2013
Researchers exploit gene position to test “histone code” In a novel use of gene knockout technology, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine tested the same gene inserted into 90 different locations in a yeast chro... (More)