A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:
UCSF nabs $48M gift, Xconomy
UC San Francisco has received a $48 million donation from the estate of Nina Ireland, a longtime donor to the university who died in October. UCSF said the money will be put toward lung disease research and care, particularly strengthening the university’s research into complex pulmonary conditions such as interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Qualcomm president donates $10 million to UCSD, San Diego Union-Tribune
Qualcomm President Steve Altman and his wife Lisa have donated $10 million to UC San Diego Health Sciences to help build the Clinical and Translational Research Institute, a 311,000 square-foot center planned for the university’s La Jolla medical campus.
“Killer apps,” so the technological jargon goes, can transform the fortunes of businesses while improving the lives of the people that use them. But very few can claim to improve the worldwide provision of healthcare. UCLA associate professor of electrical engineering Aydogan Ozcan is confident his lens-free cell phone microscope can do just that, creating an application that is a “lifesaver” in the truest sense of the word.
Bay bio center celebrates 10 years (audio), The California Report
With 274,000 jobs in biotechnology and an unrivaled penchant for patent generation, California is a national leader in life sciences. The state is home to giants like Genentech and Amgen, as well as countless smaller companies — all of which cluster around the research centers more commonly known as UC campuses. One particular research center in San Francisco recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
California at edge of telehealth revolution?, California Healthline
The Center for Connected Health Policy’s working group for the Telehealth Model Statute was charged with developing a plan for helping to take telehealth out of the realm of futuristic dreaming and into the present. A report released this week lays the groundwork for how the new technology can become ubiquitous in California. Thomas Nesbitt, CCHP’s executive director and associate vice chancellor at UC Davis Health System, is quoted.
1 in 5 patients at California ERs leaves without being seen, HealthDay News
Upwards of one-fifth of patients who seek care at one of California’s hospital emergency departments leave before being seen by anyone, new research reveals. The article quotes tudy author Dr. Renee Y. Hsia, an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at UC San Francisco as well as an attending physician in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital. It also quotes Dr. Marshall Morgan, chief of emergency medicine at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
$1-million Dan David Prizes go to 3 American scientists, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Three American academics won shares today of two $1-million Dan David Prizes, which are awarded annually in the categories of past, present, and future. In the past category, Marcus Feldman, a biologist at Stanford University, was honored for his pioneering work in animal and plant evolution. The prize in the future category was shared by Cynthia Kenyon, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco, and Gary Ruykun, a genetics professor at Harvard University. They were honored for their groundbreaking studies in aging.
See additional coverage: San Francisco Chronicle
Lance Armstrong campaigns for tobacco tax initiative to fund cancer research, Los Angeles Times
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner who announced his retirement earlier this month, will kick off a state ballot initiative campaign in Los Angeles on Monday for a measure that would direct hundreds of millions of dollars toward cancer research by levying an additional $1 tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. That would bring in about $855 million in the first full year of implementation, according to a 2010 report by the state’s legislative analyst. That money would be placed into a new trust fund and parceled out to research institutions by a nine-member citizen oversight committee. Three seats would be filled by chancellors from the UC campuses affiliated with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley).
See additional coverage: The Associated Press
UC Irvine fixes improprieties at dialysis center, The Associated Press
The University of California, Irvine has made numerous improvements to remedy unsanitary conditions and poor oversight at its dialysis center found during a surprise state inspection last fall. Read a letter to staff from UC Irvine Medical Center CEO Terry Belmont and School of Medicine Dean Ralph Clayman.
UCSF cuts deal with Zcube, Xconomy
UC San Francisco has found a sponsor to support its research into delivering pills filled with microscopic drug-laden adhesive patches. Zcube, the corporate venture arm of Italian pharmaceutical company Zambon, has agreed to sponsor UCSF research over a two-year period as part of a new license agreement, the university said.
Type 2 diabetes clue found in gene mutation, San Francisco Chronicle
Researchers have identified a gene mutation that appears to be a cause of Type 2 diabetes in roughly 10 percent of Caucasian patients, making it the largest single genetic clue to the disease discovered so far. The mutation was found 20 years ago by Italian scientist Antonio Brunetti – who did much of his research while he was a visiting professor at UCSF – and he recently tracked the gene in a large sample of diabetic patients in Italy. His findings have been confirmed in samples of patients at UCSF and in France.
UC Davis appoints health finance chief, Sacramento Business Journal
Timothy Maurice, an executive with a strong background in hospital and health-care finance, has been appointed chief financial officer at the UC Davis Health System.
UCLA EHR project gets help from Sarah Kramer, Healthcare IT News
UCLA Health System’s electronic health record program has a new name and a new leader: former eHealth Ontario CEO Sarah Kramer, according to recent announcements on the program’s website.
San Diego researchers shed light on gene mutations in stem cells, San Diego Union-Tribune
An international team of researchers led by geneticist Lawrence Goldstein and bioengineer Kun Zhang, both of UC San Diego, found genetic mutations in all of the iPS cell lines that they analyzed.
Artificial retina a breakthrough for the blind (video)?, CBS The Early Show
An artificial retina that can help the sightless regain some of their vision has just been approved in Europe and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may soon do the same in the U.S. The story mentions that UC San Francisco is involved in a clinical trial.
Researchers create better ways to spot cancer cells, The Wall Street Journal
Cancer can be notoriously difficult to spot, so scientists are working to develop new techniques to better detect tumors in the body. Los Alamos National Laboratory and UC San Diego are mentioned.
Gerald Maguire stutters. He’s also the man to whom stutterers around the world pin their hopes. Maguire, professor of Stuttering Treatment, Psychiatry & Human Behavior at UC Irvine, is developing today’s most promising medical treatment of stuttering. Maguire’s Kirkup Center for the Medical Treatment of Stuttering is the only in the world dedicated to developing drug therapies for people who stutter.
Viewpoints: Stem cell research can save lives on battlefield — if work is funded, The Sacramento Bee
Recent advances in stem cell research promise to revolutionize health care for everyday Americans in the coming decade. This technology will also be critical for our wounded soldiers, representing the biggest revolution for treating battlefield injuries since penicillin. Some of this research is going on in Sacramento at UC Davis School of Medicine, where I am a stem cell researcher, writes Paul Knoepfler in this op-ed.
UC Merced Connect: Students volunteer at hospital, The Merced Sun-Star
During a typical day at the Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department, nurses, doctors and support staff swiftly move through the halls of the 27-room facility. Patients register and are assessed and treated for everything from fractures and lacerations to possible cardiac arrest or stroke. But another group of individuals are working hard behind the scenes — UC Merced student volunteers, who assist physicians and staff to make sure things run smoothly during the department’s 60,000 patient visits per year. What started six years ago with a few students has blossomed into more than 40 UC Merced students volunteering in the department, with many more students applying than there are positions available.
Budget woes sink marine archive, Nature News
The fiscal crisis at the University of California looks set to engulf the world’s largest collection of research materials focused on marine sciences. On 11 February, Brian Schottlaender, librarian at UC San Diego, proposed closing the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, along with four other libraries affiliated with UCSD, including the Medical Center Library and the Science & Engineering Library. Other libraries are feeling the pinch too (see ‘Shrinking pool’). At UC San Francisco, librarian Karen Butter says that she doesn’t have the budget to subscribe to some databases that researchers want, such as BIOBASE, which contains products such as the Human Gene Mutation Database, an archive of mutations associated with disease.
Medication regimen often complex and difficult to follow, San Diego Union-Tribune
A Q&A about following medication regimens with Candis Morello, associate professor of clinical pharmacy in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego.
My day of reckoning, Fox News
Cancer patient Noreen Fraser details why she chose to be cared for at UCLA by Drs. John Glaspy and Dennis Slamon.
Smoking alters the teenage brain, The Orange County Register
Most smokers pick up the habit as teens and a new study from UCLA shows it may alter the still- developing part of the brain responsible for decision making.
Who is Australia’s most inspiring woman?, Brisbane Times
One is a surfer who rode the world’s waves to fame and glory. Another is a scientist whose study of chromosomes earned her a Nobel prize. The lives and achievements of Layne Beachley and UC San Francisco professor Elizabeth Blackburn may be worlds apart, but both have been named as a source of inspiration for other Australian women.
TED2011: Smiling makes the world go round, The Wall Street Journal
If you ever needed someone to make the case for why it’s important to smile, think of today’s talk by Ron Gutman at TED University. Gutman, a member of the TED conference team and CEO of health information company HealthTap, pointed out a study from UC Berkeley that measured smiles in high school yearbook photos and looked at what the students were up to decades later.
The social network, bird style, KQED News
Best media release (we’ve seen) today comes from UC-San Francisco: “Tweeting Teenage Songbirds Reveal Impact of Social Cues on Learning.”