IND Director interviewed on KQED's Forum

Dr. Stanley Prusiner, Director of the IND, discussed brain diseases with Forum's Michael Krasny. Dr. Prusiner spoke about prions and his scientific career. He answered questions from callers, including queries about therapies, epidemiology, and the state of scientific funding.

The episode aired Tuesday, April 22, 2014 on KQED (88.5 FM in the Bay Area) at 10AM. Listen here.

IND hosts lecture by Nobel Prize scholar

Please join us for this unique talk by Dr. Erling Norrby followed by a conversation with the IND's Associate Director Dr. David Ramsay. The event coincides with the release of Dr. Norrby's book, Nobel Prizes and Nature's Surprises, and will last approximately one hour.


IND staff member receives Great People! award

Angela Lopez, an IND staff member and laboratory assistant, was honored with a "Great People!" award.

Once per quarter, UCSF's School of Medicine bestows these awards to four individuals. Recipients exemplify a commitment to UCSF and add exceptional value to their departments. In order to be nominated, individuals must contribute to their departments, serve as role models, improve their work environments, demonstrate commitment to their work, and inspire others to excel.

Indeed, Angela is an invaluable part of our team!

Read accolades of Angela and the other Great People! recipients here:

Mad-Cow Disease May Hold Clues To Other Neurological Disorders

Published in The Wall Street Journal; 3 December 2012

By Amy Dockser Marcus

Scientists believe new ways to treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease could emerge from research into another neurodegenerative disorder: mad-cow disease.

The rare bovine disorder, which infects cattle, and the human form, called Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, both fall into a category of so-called prion diseases, caused by aberrant proteins that spread aggressively from cell to cell.

While the human variant of mad-cow disease isn't normally lumped together with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or Lou Gehrig's disease, which affect millions of mostly older people world-wide, the conditions share the ability to spread and wreak havoc through the body. And although there isn't evidence that these more common neurological disorders are transmissible to people, researchers are finding that... Read more ...