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The largest single gift ever to UCSF, a $185 million donation from Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill and Joan Weill, has launched the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. This new institute will provide resources to our neuroscience researchers and physicians to advance our knowledge and treatment options for diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, including psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Ying-hui Fu was invited to do a TEDx talk, "What Genes Tell Us About Sleep." Watch this 18 minute video to learn how genes influence sleep patterns, and how digital devices are changing sleep habits.

Dr. Adam Gazzaley has received the 2015 Science Educator Award from the Society for Neuroscience in recognition of his significant contributions to public education and awareness about the field. The award is sponsored by the Dana Foundation.

Dr. Stephen L. Hauser, Chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF, has released successful clinical trial results for a promising new drug that could become the first to treat a devastating progressive form of multiple sclerosis. The findings of late-phase trials found that ocrelizumab greatly reduced symptoms for progressive MS, as well as the more common relapsing and remitting form of MS.

Dr. Karunesh Ganguly has been awarded the prestigious New Innovator Award, one of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research grants from the NIH, to explore how a deeper understanding of neural recovery can lead to better design and implementation of neuroprosthetic devices. These “brain-machine interfaces,” which translate brain signals into motor commands, promise to enable patients paralyzed by stroke or injury to regain control of affected limbs.

Dr. Dena Dubal has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Grass Foundation-ANA Award in Neuroscience in recognition of her work on longevity and brain resilience. She will be honored at the American Neurological Association’s 140th Annual Meeting in Chicago in September. Read more in Neurology Today.

Dr. Aimee Kao has been awarded the Allen Distinguished Investigator grant for Alzheimer's disease research. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation aims to support novel, creative and ambitious research that may be too risky for traditional funders. Dr. Kao and her co-investigators, Diane Barber and Torsten Wittman from the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology and Matt Jacobson from the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, suspect that small changes of the pH inside cells may promote protein aggregation and neuronal dysfunction in the brain. The ADI grant will allow their team to pursue this idea in the hope of a breakthrough.

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