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OCTOBER 2012

UNIVERSITY NEWS

Shinya Yamanaka Wins 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes and a professor of anatomy at UCSF, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of how to transform ordinary adult skin cells into cells that, like embryonic stem cells, are capable of developing into any cell in the human body. Read more

Amid Challenges, Chancellor Optimistic About UCSF Leadership as Health Sciences Innovator

In her third annual State of the University address since becoming the ninth UCSF chancellor in 2009, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, praised the past year’s progress toward achieving UCSF’s 2014-2015 Strategic Plan, and outlined areas of focus for the next year. Read more | Watch the video

RESEARCH

Transplanted Neural Stem Cells Produced Myelin, UCSF Study Shows

A Phase I clinical trial led by investigators from UCSF and sponsored by Stem Cells Inc., showed that neural stem cells successfully engrafted into the brains of patients and appear to have produced myelin. The results of the study are encouraging, said principal investigator David H. Rowitch, MD, PhD. Read more

PATIENT CARE

Boy Born With a Deadly Heart Disease Receives Life-Saving Care

As 13-year-old Sean White stood on stage to receive a medal of courage from Gen. Colin Powell, the image of the healthy, active boy belied the challenges he overcame to earn the amazing honor. Read more | Watch the video

EDUCATION

New Anatomy Learning Center Prepares Next Generation of Clinicians

The days of carrying hefty, 1,500-page Gray’s Anatomy textbooks may be long gone, but not much more has changed over the decades in how medical students learn anatomy -- until now. Read more | Watch the video

PHILANTHROPY

Family and Friends Run Relays to Fund Student Scholarship in the School of Medicine

Christine Geehrer's legacy is most vivid in a dark van in the middle of the night, when her closest friends and family are driving between relay legs, sweaty, achy, and occasionally cursing her name. It's only at the finish line, nearly 200 miles from the start of the run, that her loved ones appreciate that they have channeled Geehrer's drive to survive the ordeal. Read more