Data scientist Katie Pollard, PhD, elected to the National Academy of Medicine

By John Toon on October 17, 2022
Data scientist and statistician Katie Pollard, PhD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology and chief of the bioinformatics division in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest...

Feeling winded after your workout? Long COVID may claim another symptom

By Suzanne Leigh on October 13, 2022
We’ve heard about brain fog, fatigue and headache as symptoms of long COVID. Now a new study points to another persistent effect of SARS-CoV-2, identified months after infection: reduced exercise capacity.

Pulse oximeters don't work as well on darker skin, leading to flawed COVID care

September 29, 2022
A new study published today in the American Journal of

Life expectancy tool may improve quality of life for patients with dementia

By Suzanne Leigh on September 26, 2022
A mortality prediction model for older adults with dementia may help clinicians frame discussions with patients and their families relating to end-of-life care, such as at-home support and nursing homes. Additionally, the model may help physicians determine if the patients should continue with...

UCSF research into student needs drives policy changes

By Cameron Scott on September 22, 2022
In 2015, when Suzanna Martinez, PhD, left the traditional postdoctoral path toward a faculty position at UCSF and instead took a staff research position at the UC Nutrition Policy In

Where health inequities have landed in the long tail of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Cameron Scott on September 21, 2022
Work from this department analyzing California death records has significantly contributed to the current understanding that COVID-19 has hit marginalized racial and ethnic communities unduly hard. Postdoctoral fellow Hélène Aschmann, PhD, recently tackled national mortality data over a longer...

For Black patients, nixing ‘race adjustment’ may improve kidney transplant odds

By Suzanne Leigh on September 19, 2022
Using equations to calculate kidney function that do not include race adjustments would result in Black patients gaining time on the transplant waitlist before their kidneys fail that matched similar durations for white patients, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco and Hennepin County...

Lower salt trumps other lifestyle changes in combatting high blood pressure, UCSF model shows

By Cameron Scott on September 19, 2022
Imagine a visit to the doctor where you received news that you had an early form of a deadly disease. To stop the disease from progressing, you would need to drink less, exercise more, eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, cut back on salt, and lose weight.

Physical activity may still not match pre-Covid 19 pandemic levels

By Melinda Krigel on September 01, 2022
Step counts – a measure of physical activity – were markedly lower early in the COVID-19 pandemic than pre-pandemic and remained lower, on average, in the two years following the onset of the global pandemic.

Older homeless people are at great risk of dying

By Laura Kurtzman on August 29, 2022
A quarter of the participants in a long-term study of older people experiencing homelessness in Oakland died within a few years of being enrolled, UC San Francisco researchers found.