Minimally Invasive LITT Effective for Recurrent Glioblastoma: A UCSF Case StudyA 65-year-old woman with a small focal recurrence of glioblastoma was treated with laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) at UCSF nearly five years after her first tumor resection surgery.
Drug Targeting Tauopathies in Mice Reveals Sex Differences in ResponseMicroglia are cells that are central to both brain health as well as disease progression in many neurological conditions.
Aggressive Surgery Increases Survival with Low-Grade Brain TumorsUCSF-Led study shows extensive resection results in longer survival for glioma patients
Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Treatments Relieve Disparate SymptomsTwo patients with severe yet different neurological symptoms were referred to UCSF for emergent neurosurgical evaluation. Both were found to have previously undiagnosed cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs), but each patient’s treatment was unique.
First “Neuroprosthesis” Expands Vocabulary and Mobility for Man With Paralysis in New MilestoneThe first “neuroprosthesis,” developed by UCSF researchers in 2021, translates brain signals from a man with severe paralysis directly into words that appear as text on a screen. Using this brain-machine interface, he can also move a robotic arm to manipulate objects.
Genomic Sequencing Is Changing Diagnosis, Treatment for Patients with Brain CancerPatients diagnosed with a type of brain tumor survived for longer when they were treated aggressively with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
DBS Restores Function for Parkinson’s Patient Through New “Sensing” Pacemaker: A UCSF Case StudyThis study allows researchers to continuously record brain physiology from the DBS electrode and automatically adjust the stimulation intensity based on these signals.
Seizures Stopped, Speech Preserved After Rare Auditory Cortex Tumor is Removed: A UCSF Case StudyThe extraordinary success was made possible through research on the neural mechanisms of speech by Edward Chang, MD, UCSF neurosurgeon and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and an advanced phase 2 surgical evaluation by the UCSF Epilepsy Center team.
UCSF’s Dr. Mitchel Berger on the Cancer Moonshot RelaunchOn Feb. 2, 2022, Mitchel Berger, MD, neurosurgeon and director of the UCSF Brain Tumor Center, attended the relaunch of the White House’s Cancer Moonshot initiative at the invitation of President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.
Physician Referral Guide - Focused Ultrasound for Essential TremorEssential tremor is the most common movement disorder, affecting an estimated 10 million Americans. Using MR guidance, focused ultrasound can alleviate essential tremor by targeting the ventral intermediate nucleus (Vim) of the thalamus.
Deep Brain Stimulation for Medication-Resistant Dystonia: A UCSF Case StudyA 10-year-old boy developed left-foot inversion, which made it difficult for him to walk. He subsequently developed a tremor in his right arm, and then his neck and trunk began to twist. He was seen by several practitioners but did not get a correct diagnosis. At age 17, he was referred to the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center.
Treating Severe Depression with On-Demand Brain StimulationUCSF Health physicians have successfully treated a patient with severe depression by tapping into the specific brain circuit involved in depressive brain patterns and resetting them using the equivalent of a pacemaker for the brain.
Endoscopic Removal of a Giant Pituitary Adenoma: A UCSF Case StudyA patient’s giant pituitary adenoma was successfully removed at UC San Francisco via endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery, a technique that offers exceptional visualization.
Patients with Intractable Headaches Find Relief at the UCSF Inpatient Headache UnitUCSF Inpatient Headache Unit treats patients with headache disorders through intravenous infusions of medications such as dihydroergotamine, chlorpromazine and valproate. Patients experiencing frequent and severe migraine, cluster, post-traumatic and other headaches have had their pain alleviated through this service, which is offered by the UCSF Headache Center.
Referral Guide for Physicians - Neurology and Neurological SurgeryReferral and specialty care clinic information provided by UC San Francisco’s departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery.
Cognitive Ability Improved in Low-Grade Glioma Patients Treated at UCSFWith advanced treatments improving survival outcomes for patients with low-grade gliomas, clinicians and researchers at UC San Francisco’s Brain Tumor Center are working to enhance the cognitive improvement of these individuals as well.
State-of-the-Art Weill Neurosciences Building Opens at UCSFThe Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building opened its doors in July 2021, establishing an innovative all-in-one hub for patients, researchers and clinicians at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus.
Improving Decision-Making When Treating Basilar Artery AneurysmsAlthough responsible for only 3%-5% of all cerebrovascular aneurysms, basilar artery aneurysms (BAAs) are among the most difficult to treat.
John de Groot, MD, Named Division Chief of Neuro-Oncology at UCSFJohn F. de Groot, MD, has been named the new chief of the Division of Neuro-Oncology within the Department of Neurological Surgery at UC San Francisco.
Epilepsy CenterThe UCSF Epilepsy Center is the Bay Area’s premier level 4 epilepsy center, the highest possible rating from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
First “Neuroprosthesis” Restores Words and Mobility to Man with ParalysisResearchers at UC San Francisco have developed the first “neuroprosthesis” that has enabled a man with severe paralysis to communicate in sentences, translating signals from his brain to the vocal tract directly into words that appear as text on a screen. Aided by this technology, the man is also able to move a robotic arm to manipulate objects.
Novel Sequencing Test to Uncover Mystery Causes of Brain Inflammation Now Available at UCSFPhysicians seeking a cause for tough-to-diagnose cases of encephalitis or meningitis have a new tool in their arsenal, thanks to scientists at UC San Francisco’s Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics.
New Complex Neurology Program Focuses on Hard-to-Diagnose CasesIn an effort to find answers to some of the most daunting neurological puzzles frustrating patients and clinicians alike, UC San Francisco has opened the Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem UCSF Neurology Complex Diagnosis Clinic, an innovative multidisciplinary center that tackles these issues head-on.
Brain Wave Recordings Reveal Potential for Individualized Parkinson’s TreatmentsPioneering neural recordings in patients with Parkinson’s disease by UC San Francisco scientists are providing the groundwork for personalized brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders.