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SEPTEMBER 2012

PHILANTHROPY

Global Health to Launch Hub at UCSF With $20 Million Gift


UCSF has received a $20 million gift from philanthropist Chuck Feeney to build a new hub for Global Health Sciences at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Feeney made the gift through The Atlantic Philanthropies, the foundation he created in 1982. This commitment brings Atlantic’s total support of UCSF Mission Bay to more than $292 million, making Feeney the single greatest contributor to any campus in the University of California system. Read more | Watch the video

Artificial Kidney Project Supported by Goldman Foundation Selected for Accelerated FDA Program

A $750,000 gift from the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation is spurring a UCSF-led effort to create the first implantable bioartificial kidney for patients with end stage renal disease. The unique project received the gift because it aims to address the dire shortage of donated kidneys and eliminate the need for dialysis. Now the kidney project, headed by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, has been selected as one of the first projects to undergo more timely and collaborative review at the Food and Drug Administration. Read more | Watch the video

UNIVERSITY NEWS

UCSF Professor Receives 2012 Lasker Award

Ronald Vale, PhD, was one of three scientists awarded the 2012 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. The researchers’ work, beginning more than three decades ago, has helped illuminate several critical aspects of life — how the heart beats and how cells transport material around internally. Read more | Watch the video

Young Innovators Win NIH Research Awards

Biomedical researchers at UCSF have won five of 51 prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator awards for high-risk, high-reward research, each receiving up to $1.5 million over five years. Read more

PATIENT CARE

Hantavirus: Be Careful, Not Fearful

Hantavirus, a potentially fatal virus transmitted by rodents such as deer mice, is making news following an unusual outbreak at a popular tourist area of Yosemite National Park. The recent cases are a reminder for campers to be cautious, but not necessarily fearful, according to UCSF infectious diseases expert, Charles Chiu, MD, PhD. Read more | Watch the video

RESEARCH

UCSF, Mayo Team Discovers Genomic Variant that Increases Risk of Brain Tumors

People who carry a “G” instead of an “A” at a specific spot in the sequence of their genetic code have roughly a six-fold higher risk of developing certain types of brain tumors, according to a study by researchers at UCSF and Mayo Clinic. Read more | Watch the video

EDUCATION

Undergraduates Get Hands-On Experience with Clinical Research

UCSF’s Pre-Health Undergraduate Program (PUP) offers undergraduate college students from the Bay Area and around the country a valuable combination of mentorship, classroom training and networking support with the goal of attracting them to careers in clinical and translational science. Read more