Health & medicine archive

Relay for Life cancer fundraiser comes to campus April 26

Relay for Life cancer fundraiser comes to campus April 26 March 19, 2014:

Relay for Life, an annual team walkathon to raise money to fight cancer, returns to the UC Berkeley campus April 26. In the past 5 years alone, the event has raised over a quarter of a million dollars.

Map of fruit fly’s active genes has implications for understanding stress

Map of fruit fly’s active genes has implications for understanding stress March 19, 2014:

A group led by scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted the largest survey yet of how information encoded in an animal genome is processed in different organs, stages of development and environmental conditions. Their findings about the fruit fly paint a new picture of how genes function in the nervous system and in response to environmental stress.

James Hurley receives award for work on proteins in cell membranes

James Hurley receives award for work on proteins in cell membranes March 5, 2014:

James Hurley, professor of molecular and cell biology, received the 2014 Hans Neurath Award from The Protein Society for his “ground-breaking contributions to structural membrane biology and membrane trafficking.” The award for basic research in protein science comes from the only international society promoting research on proteins.

Jennifer Doudna receives Lurie Award for gene editing breakthrough with video

Jennifer Doudna receives Lurie Award for gene editing breakthrough February 25, 2014:

Jennifer Doudna, professor of molecular and cell biology, is the 2014 recipient of the Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Doudna, who studies what she calls “the secret life of RNA,” will receive a medal and $100,000 honorarium on May 20 in Washington, D.C.

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age with video

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age February 11, 2014:

Love, marriage, kids — and then what? UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson looks back on his longitudinal study of 156 middle-aged and older couples in the San Francisco Bay Area who survived the slings and arrows of early wedlock.

UC president: Donate to cancer research at tax time with video

UC president: Donate to cancer research at tax time February 7, 2014:

UC President Janet Napolitano, in a Feb. 7 letter, encouraged UC faculty, staff and students to make a donation to two UC cancer-research programs when preparing their state tax return.

Science magazine calls Berkeley discoveries top breakthroughs of 2013

Science magazine calls Berkeley discoveries top breakthroughs of 2013 January 8, 2014:

Science magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year for 2013 – cancer immunotherapy – emerged from work conducted at UC Berkeley in the 1990s by James Allison, while a 2012 UC Berkeley discovery by Jennifer Doudna was named one of nine runners-up for the annual honor.