UCSF Medical Center Ranked 8th Best Hospital in the Nation

UCSF Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier hospitals for the 14th consecutive year, ranked as the eighth best hospital in the country in the 2015-2016 Best Hospitals survey from U.S. News & World Report.

It is the only hospital in Northern California ranked in the Top 10 on the Honor Roll, which highlights hospitals that are exceptional in numerous medical specialties. UCSF shone in such areas as cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology.

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Darker Skin is Stronger Skin, Says New View of Human Skin Color


By Liz Droge-Young on June 24, 2016

Popular theories of why our human ancestors gained and then lost dark skin over the course of evolution may be incorrect, according to a new paper by UC San Francisco authors, who suggest that heavily pigmented skin evolved because it forms a stronger barrier against a host of environmental challenges. Because deeply pigmented skin requires more energy to produce, they propose, our ancestors shed some of these pigments through natural selection as they moved north and needed less protection against these threats.

“Work in our lab has shown that darkly pigmented skin has far better function, including a better barrier to water loss, stronger cohesion, and better antimicrobial defense, and we began to ponder the possible evolutionary significance of that,” said Peter Elias, MD, professor of dermatology. Elias co-authored the new paper, published in the June 21, 2016 online issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, with his wife and frequent research collaborator Mary L. Williams, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at UCSF.

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Aelan Cell Technologies Names Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. to Its Scientific Advisory Board

Aelan Cell Technologies Names Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. to Its Scientific Advisory Board — Aelan Cell Technologies announced today the appointment of Michael Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board. A formally trained immunologist and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Rosenblum sees patients, conducts research, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).\

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