IND establishes a drug-discovery collaboration

The IND announces a drug-discovery collaboration with Japanese company Daiichi Sankyo, with a focus on developing therapeutics and diagnostics for several neurodegenerative diseases.

Under the terms of the agreement, Daiichi Sankyo will provide its compound library to the IND. Together, scientists at Daiichi Sankyo and the IND will perform high-throughput compound screening and optimization. This project will leverage the drug development capabilities of Daiichi Sankyo and the expertise of world-renowned neuroscientists at UCSF.

For more details, read here.

UCSF features Dr. Prusiner and the IND–Daiichi Sankyo collaboration in a recent news story, "Private Partnerships for Public Benefit."

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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: