Postdoc Alicia Riley is pioneering more ethical use of social media data to track cycles of gang violence and grief

By Cameron Scott on July 30, 2020
Soon after Twitter launched in 2007, it dawned on social scientists, epidemiologists and policy wonks that the social media platform could be used to gather and analyze big datasets quickly and at low cost. Mental health and crime were two obvious topics. Law enforcement agencies also crept into...

UCSF welcomes Cohort 8 RISE fellows for Summer Institute

July 23, 2020
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in partnership with the Center for Vulnerable Populations, is hosting 10 early-career faculty for two weeks beginning July 20 as part of the Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) program.

Meet Dr. Patience Afulani, researcher giving voice to women’s experiences

July 21, 2020
In many health facilities around the world, people giving birth can walk into different realities. There’s the experience of people who have connections or who belong to the right group. Then there’s the experience of those walking into an unfamiliar place, lacking resources or stature. These...

Older adults who can really smell the roses may face lower likelihood of dementia

By Suzanne Leigh on July 20, 2020
Vision, hearing, touch, olfaction linked to cognition, UCSF study shows

Health Maps project allows a closer look at cancer trends

By Cameron Scott on July 20, 2020
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has maintained, since 1973, a registry of every diagnosed case of cancer within participating U.S. states and a few smaller localities, including the Bay Area.

Study methods make the drug pipeline, and the methods are lacking

By Cameron Scott on July 15, 2020
Cancer clinical trial design could perhaps benefit from more epidemiological support, according to Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH, whose recent research evaluates the success or failure of efforts by pharmaceutical companies and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed drug approvals and improve...

New model of breast cancer’s causes developed by UCSF-led team

By Elizabeth Fernandez on July 09, 2020
‘Paradigm II’ interactively illustrates the complex, dynamic relationships between causes

Is COVID-19 risk genetic?

By Cameron Scott on June 24, 2020
A major source of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic is uncertainty. How likely is each of us to get COVID-19? How can any of us know who might get seriously ill with the virus, given recent news reports profiling young and otherwise healthy people who have experienced serious forms of the disease?

The biostatistician behind the Peabody Award-winning racial discrimination investigation

By Niall Kavanagh on June 16, 2020
The investigative project by Newsday, Long Island Divided, which explored racial discrimination in home buying on Long Island, New York, won a Peabody Award for Public Service Investigative Journalism, one of the highest honors in media. The award was announced on June 10.

Disrupted circadian rhythms linked to later Parkinson's diagnosis

By Jeff Norris on June 16, 2020
Researchers probe the brain’s 24-hour biological clock for neurodegenerative risks