University of California San Francisco

Summer 2023

Cover of UCSF Magazine: top reads “UCSF Magazine, Summer 2023”. Text below reads “Inside the Distressed Teen Brain: Rethinking treatment for adolescent depression”. Illustration of a teenager with images of cell phones, social media like icons, pills, basketball, leaves, and flowers flowing out of their head.

Can a new treatment informed by research into the unique teenage brain help alleviate adolescent anguish? PLUS: A flurry of innovations could change how we confront cancer, new blood tests for Alzheimer’s hold great promise but raise profound questions, and the surgeon set on curing genetic diseases in the womb.

About this Issue:

Vol. 12, No. 1
Editorial Team

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Insights & Voices

  • Sliding Down

    “Say what’s true for you, when you are ready,” wrote palliative care physician Michael Rabow, MD, upon sharing his poem, Sliding Down, with his UCSF community.

    Bodega Bay at sunset
  • Five Questions for Heather Hervey-Jumper

    Heather Hervey-Jumper, MD, became director of UCSF’s Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) last summer to do work that inspires and sustains her.

    Portrait of Heather Hervey-Jumper
  • The Case of the Brain-Eating Amoeba

    After diagnosing a middle-aged man with an incredibly rare and almost always fatal infection, a medical team led by UCSF fellow Natasha Spottiswoode raced to find a treatment that could save his life.

    Illustration of a man in anguish, gripping his face and flowery-looking organisms flow out of his head; a doctor looks concerned in the background.