BBC: How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco

BBC: How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco. “A leading medical-research institution working on a cure for Covid-19 has admitted it paid hackers a $1.14m (£910,000) ransom after a covert negotiation witnessed by BBC News.”

New online resource: UCSF COVID-19 Related Research (University of California San Francisco)

UC San Francisco: New online resource: UCSF COVID-19 Related Research. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded in the world, UCSF researchers have quickly responded to address the challenges that SARS-CoV-2 has brought. I am happy to announce the launch of a new website – covidresearch.ucsf.edu – dedicated to UCSF COVID-19 related research, providing a compendium of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research projects that we hope will foster campus collaboration. It also provides a central location to connect to research resources like datasets, SARS-CoV-2 related publications, and relevant funding opportunities.”

University of California San Francisco: Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women

University of California San Francisco: Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women. “The tool, which was developed by researchers at UC San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch, is part of an ongoing study focused on understanding potential breast cancer risks related to workplace chemical exposures. Users can search the database by ethnicity/race, age, and occupation to see risk information on more than a thousand chemicals, sorted into 24 chemical groups, as well as which chemicals are likely to be present in various occupations.”

University of Alberta: First global open-source database for spinal cord injury research will be a ‘game-changer,’ say experts

University of Alberta: First global open-source database for spinal cord injury research will be a ‘game-changer,’ say experts. “Experts from the University of Alberta and two universities of California are teaming up to launch the world’s first open-source database for spinal cord injury research. The Open Data Commons for preclinical Spinal Cord Injury research (ODC-SCI) will improve research and treatment worldwide by making data more accessible, according to researchers and patients.”

Archiving the Anthropocene: Introducing UCSF’s Fossil Fuel Industry Documents (University of California San Francisco)

University of California San Francisco: Archiving the Anthropocene: Introducing UCSF’s Fossil Fuel Industry Documents. “The Fossil Fuel Industry Documents at the University of California’s Industry Documents Library provides an essential complement to the already nearly 15 million and growing internal industry documents from the tobacco, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. This new set of documents provides key evidence regarding what the fossil fuel industry knew regarding the catastrophic impacts climate change and its predicted time horizon, when they knew, and how these companies used every means possible to protect themselves and their shareholders at the expense of everyone else.”

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer’s research

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer’s research. “Researchers at UC Davis and UC San Francisco have found a way to teach a computer to precisely detect one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in human brain tissue, delivering a proof of concept for a machine-learning approach to distinguishing critical markers of the disease.”

Civil Eats: New Archive Reveals How the Food Industry Mimics Big Tobacco to Suppress Science, Shape Public Opinion

Civil Eats: New Archive Reveals How the Food Industry Mimics Big Tobacco to Suppress Science, Shape Public Opinion. “[Dr. Cristen] Kearns’ dogged pursuit of industry materials has yielded thousands of documents that make up the bulk of the new UCSF Food Industry Documents archive, alongside the medical school’s existing archive of Chemical, Drug, and Tobacco Industry collections. Unveiled earlier this month, the food industry archive, which so far contains over 32,000 documents, promises to help reveal industry’s impact on current and future food and beverage policy.”

University of California San Francisco: ‘10,000 Immunomes’ Database Opens a Window on Healthy Immunity

University of California San Francisco: ‘10,000 Immunomes’ Database Opens a Window on Healthy Immunity. “Scientists at UC San Francisco have painstakingly assembled a searchable database of normal human immunity that researchers can now use as an instant comparison group in studies of the immune system and immune dysfunction. The new open-access data tool, called the 10,000 Immunomes Project (10KIP), pieces together the results of 83 studies that contain measurements on healthy people of various ages and backgrounds.”

University of California San Francisco: New Tool Crowdsources Human Intelligence for Biological Research

University of California San Francisco: New Tool Crowdsources Human Intelligence for Biological Research. “Biologists are drowning in a sea of cellular photoshoots, and because they’re so drenched in such data, their experiments proceed less efficiently. Nothing gums up the scientific process like having 10,000 images to label. To address this problem, a team led by researchers at UC San Francisco, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and IBM have launched Quanti.us – a user-friendly website designed to recruit thousands of fresh eyes to look over scientific images. A paper describing the tool was published July 31 in Nature Methods.”

UCSF: Google Searches Could Help Track Cancer Incidence, Mortality

UCSF: Google Searches Could Help Track Cancer Incidence, Mortality. “Google search volume across the United States could help fill in the gaps on cancer incidence and mortality data, according to a new study by scientists at UC San Francisco and the University of Pennsylvania. This is particularly true for cancers not documented in national registries, like basal and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common kinds of skin cancer.”

UC San Francisco: UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive Goes Live

UC San Francisco: UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive Goes Live. “The UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Archive is well-known an widely used by tobacco control researchers and advocates… Few people realize that the tobacco documents are now part of the larger multi-industry UCSF Industry Documents Library that has included documents from Pharma for several years. Now we have added a third collection of documents, the new Chemical Industry Documents Archive that has been launched with nearly 2,000 documents and more to come in May and beyond.”

University of California San Francisco Creates University-Specific Clinical Trials Site

The University of California San Francisco has launched a university-specific clinical trials site. “The recently launched website aims to reduce the impact of under-enrollment on hundreds of studies at UCSF. As of Dec. 1, there were 1,330 trials in progress on the UCSF Clinical Trials site. Of these, 666 are open and recruiting participants, including 190 open to pediatric patients under 18 and 82 open to healthy volunteers.”