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UCSF News Center: "New Dementia Diagnostic Exams and Gene Findings Bode Well for Treatment"
Dr. Bruce Miller, the director of the UCSF Memory & Aging Center and a LLHF Network Grantee, describes advances in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) research and the ability to diagnose dementia more accurately through improvements in behavioral assessment tools, imaging techniques, and gene testing.
Rady Children's Specialists: "Dr. Alberto Hayek Discusses Stem Cell Research for Diabetes"
Alberto Hayek, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist, the co-director of the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC) as well as a LLHF Network Grantee discusses, in an online interview, the potential for stem cells to become insulin-producing cells.
Buck Institute: "Global Leader in Revolutionary Stem Cell Technology"
Associate Professor, Xianmin Zeng PhD, from the Buck Institute and a LLHF Grant recipient has developed new stem cell therapy for Parkinson's Disease which provides a method to reproduce the required amount of clinical grade neurons essential for human trials. She also confirmed this technique could be created in a good manufacturing practice facility which is necessary for clinical trials.
Dr. William Seeley, UCSF Neurologist and LLHF Grantee, Named as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow
Congratulations from the LLHF to Dr. Seeley for receiving this prestigious honor from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation!
UCLA Newsroom: "Researchers discover mechanism that could convert certain cells into insulin-making cells"
Scientists from the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center believe that they may have discovered the underlying mechanism that could covert other cell types into pancreatic beta cells.
ABC News-(KGO-TV in San Francisco): "Lab compound could help fight age-related diseases"
Gordon Lithgow, PhD, Director of the Larry L. Hillblom Center for Integrative Studies of Aging at the Buck Institute and current LLHF network grantee, discusses his active research that explains how a common laboratory dye, Basic Yellow 1, slows Alzheimer's disease-like pathology in worms.
ABC News-(KGO-TV in San Francisco): "Innovative camera that could help Alzheimer's patients"
Currently funded LLHF grantee, Katherine Possin, PhD, from the UCSF Memory & Aging Center, discusses this device and its potential.
Dr. Stanley Prusiner, UCSF Nobel Laureate Wins National Medal of Science
Congratulations from the LLHF to Dr. Prusiner for this outstanding achievement!

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