California COVID-related deaths research & policy briefs

By Cameron Scott on February 26, 2021
What can we learn about the pandemic by studying who died in California in 2020 and 2021, compared with prior years?

To beta-amyloid or not to beta-amyloid? An innovative meta-analysis offers new insight into Alzheimer's drugs

By Cameron Scott on February 25, 2021
A new approach from UCSF researchers will help scientists more rapidly assess whether we are on the right track for developing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, medications approved for Alzheimer’s disease help manage symptoms but don't change the course of the disease.

Study estimates excess deaths in US from COVID-19 pandemic unemployment

By Laura Kurtzman on February 19, 2021
Large disparities seen by education, race, age and gender

How Can We Be Sure the New COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe?

By Ann Brody Guy on January 14, 2021
Crucial questions, say our experts, will be when and where to get vaccinated and which vaccine will be best for you.

Frailty Is a Factor in Higher Mortality for Women Awaiting Liver Transplants

By Suzanne Leigh on January 14, 2021
More Exercise, More Protein May Narrow the Gender Gap, Researchers Say

Just how safe are outdoor gatherings during the pandemic?

By Cameron Scott on January 06, 2021

Opinion: How contact tracing with librarians showed me the best of team science

By Margaret Handley on December 30, 2020
Originally published in the Los Angeles Times

UCSF doctor challenges reports of high COVID-19 rates in Black community

By Julie Chang on December 22, 2020
Originally published on

California lockdown suppressed excess pandemic deaths

By Laura Kurtzman on December 22, 2020
Latinos and residents without a high school degree saw no benefit