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UCSF research scientist reveals disability after decades of sleeplessness

By Lisa Cisneros on July 25, 2023
Imagine being sleep deprived for almost 40 years. That’s the nightmare Mindy Hebert-DeRouen lived until she received treatment for Willis Ekbom Disease, otherwise known as Primary Restless Leg Syndrome, which causes severe sleep disorder.

Study finds possible link between disadvantaged neighborhoods and dementia risk

By Nicholas Roznovsky on July 25, 2023
Living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood has been linked to a number of negative health outcomes, such as higher rates of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and premature mortality. A new study led by UC San Francisco researchers suggests that a similar relationship exists between...

Gene mutation may explain why some don’t get sick from COVID-19

By Victoria Colliver on July 20, 2023
People who contract COVID-19 but never develop symptoms – the so-called super dodgers – may have a genetic ace up their sleeve. They’re more than twice as likely as those who become symptomatic to carry a specific gene variation that helps them obliterate the virus, according to a new study led by...

Yulin Hswen, ScD, MPH, appointed associate editor at JAMA and the JAMA Network

By Susan Hsieh on July 10, 2023
JAMA announced on July 1, 2023, the appointment of Yulin Hswen, ScD, MPH, as an associate editor in artificial intelligence (AI) and medicine. Hswen joins the editorial board, where she will help guide the strategic direction for JAMA and the JAMA Network. 

Alexis Beatty, MD, receives major grant to study cardiac rehabilitation delivery

By Cary Groner on June 21, 2023
Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS, has received a $6.8 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute in Washington, D.C., to study strategies for optimal delivery of cardiac rehabilitation.

Rebecca Smith-Bindman collaborates with CMS on measure to reduce CT radiation overdoses

By Cary Groner on June 21, 2023
Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD, is working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement a new quality measure that will ensure that diagnostic CT exams performed in the United States don’t exceed evidence-based radiation thresholds.

Iona Cheng, PhD, and her team will measure the effects of climate change on health

By Cary Groner on June 21, 2023
Anyone who’s lived in California during the past decade knows that heat waves and wildfire smoke have become both more frequent and more severe.

Rosalyn Plotzker is selected as a 2023-2025 UCSF Baum Family Faculty Scholar

June 13, 2023
The UCSF Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills is pleased to announce the third cohort of UCSF Baum Family Simulation Faculty Scholars and an additional major gift from the Baum Family.

Pamela Murnane, PhD, named among 2023 Dean's Population Health and Health Equity Scholars

By Cameron Scott on March 07, 2023
Pamela Murnane, PhD, an assistant professor who joined the Department in 2019, was named one of this year’s Dean’s Population Health and Health Equity Scholars.

Meet the new lifecourse epidemiology division chief, Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, PhD

By Cameron Scott on March 07, 2023
As we bid Maria Glymour, SciD, au revoir – not adieu!

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