Some signals in the brain inhibit action, and some spark or excite it. A balance of those two impulses is critical to healthy brain function – and an imbalance lies beneath many of the most common brain problems such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic injuries. Researchers Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD, and John Rubenstein, MD, PhD, […]
In an age of tremendous biological discoveries, where stem cells may ultimately prove useful as therapies for many diseases, a quiet mathematician and physicist is emerging as a key player. Jun Song, PhD, has found himself in demand among the biologists in the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research […]
When UCSF researcher Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, recently renewed his center’s partnership with Abbott Diagnostics, it marked a milestone in the University’s efforts to keep its industry partnerships alive and well. Abbott’s renewed funding for the Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center (VDDC), which Chiu directs at China Basin near UCSF’s Mission Bay campus, underscores a common goal of […]
When he was in kindergarten, Jason Pomerantz, MD, drew a self-portrait depicting a surgeon at work in an operating room. He told his mother, “I want to make people not get old.” Now 38 and a craniofacial plastic surgeon at UCSF, he knows all too well that immortality is the stuff of science fiction. Yet […]
What do you do if the fitness club you’re obsessed with is about to go out of business? If you’re Max Levchin, the multimillionaire cofounder of PayPal, you get your similarly fanatical gym buddies to go in with you to buy the club yourselves. Levchin had been working out for about a year at an […]
In what must have been a happy moment on the eve of a miserable midterm election, President Obama called San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to congratulate him on the team’s improbable World Series victory. The conversation was no doubt short and perfunctory, but the sports-minded president would have done well for himself to ask […]
If you are like most baseball fans, you watched the San Francisco Giants steamroll the Texas Rangers in the World Series, beating the vaunted Cliff Lee twice and holding the juggernaut offense to a total of one run in three games, and you wondered how this collection of kids and castoffs who were nobody’s pick for anything in […]
David Abernathy knows about image problems—he dropped out of high school and college, then burned out as an investment banker before starting his own consulting practice. Perhaps that’s why he’s a perfect fit for his new job: As a director of Compassionate Green Financial Services, the only company of its kind in the country, Abernathy […]
Want to know who is hoping to make some new friends on Facebook? Talk to Chuck. Or maybe, given the discount brokerage’s new embrace of social media, that should be Chat with Chuck – or Tweet with Chuck.
So PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is supporting Meg Whitman, the eBay CEO who bought PayPal for $1.5 billion in 2002, in her race as the Republican nominee for governor of California (as I reported Friday). But Thiel’s co-founder and investing partner Max Levchin is not so enthusiastic.