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February 1, 2017
Talking is Easy for Therapists, Except When It’s About Guns. Veterans Want to Teach Them How (by April Dembosky, KQED News, 2/1/17). About 70 percent of Veterans who commit suicide do so with a gun. Here’s how Veterans are teaching therapists to talk to Vets about suicide and gun safety. Full Story.

December 13, 2016
Veterans in the Bay Area (ABC7 News). In this episode of "Beyond the Headlines,” guests Keith Armstrong, Director of the Family Therapy Program, and Brandina Jersky, Student Veteran Outreach Coordinator (both at the San Francisco VA Health Care System) discuss Veterans’ transition back to civilian life. View program here.

August 3, 2016
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Million Veteran Program” has created the world’s largest genomic database in the world which could transform our understanding of how genes affect health. Read more here.

June 17, 2016
The current model of HIV treatment can help manage symptoms and increase the quality of life for patients, but it is not a cure," says Dr. Peilin Li. But a new study conducted by Li and his colleagues and supported by NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute offers hope for finding a lasting HIV cure. Read story here.

June 14, 2016
A journey through schizophrenia, from researcher to patient and back. Read more here.

June 6, 2016
In a recent article in The New York Times—War Wounds That Time Alone Can’t Heal—journalist Jane E. Brody explores the emerging field of diagnosing and treating moral injury. NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute, supports the work of Shira Maguen, a research psychologist and clinician at the San Francisco V.A. Medical Center, who studies and treats vets suffering from moral injury. Read entire story here.

May 4, 2016
NCIRE scientist and board member Dr. Judy Yee is using futuristic medical imaging technology—EchoPixel, 3D glasses, and Virtual Reality—to catch potentially cancerous lesions. Learn more here.

March 31, 2016
Depression in the elderly may almost double the likelihood of dementia, according to a recent study by neuropsychologist Allison Kaup, PhD, who conducts clinical research at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. But her research also points to promising interventions. Read more here.

March 23, 2016
Learn how The Brain Health Registry, directed by Dr. Michael Weiner, is helping to accelerate clinical trials in the war on Alzheimer’s. Read more here.

February 12, 2016
In this New York Times article on palliative care, the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the Department of Veteran Affairs are recognized as leaders in this emerging field—and the results are extraordinary. Read more here.

January 28, 2016
The research of Shira Maguen—Mental Health Director of the OEF/OIF Integrated Care Clinic and Staff Psychologist on the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team—is featured in the article “How VA Health Care Outdoes Private Sector”

December 4, 2015
The Honorable Matthew S. Collier, Director of MyVA Strategic Partnerships, describes the “gold standard partnership” between NCIRE, the San Francisco VAHCS, and UCSF that has produced transformative treatments for Veterans. Take a look!

December 3, 2015
NCIRE Study by Tina Hoang and Kristine Yaffe Finds Young Adults’ TV Watching and Low Physical Activity Linked to Lower Brain Functioning. Read more here.

November 30, 2015
The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) announced a major gift to establish the “amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research,” which will be headquartered in UCSF’s Global Health and Clinical Sciences building at Mission Bay.

November 17, 2015
News - Paul “Bud" Bucha, a Congressional Medal of Honor Winner and Regular Speaker at NCIRE’s Annual Brain at War Conferences, Urges Viewers to Remember the Sacrifices of Veterans and their Families.

November 2, 2015
Unfriendly Fire. An Article in the Current Issue of American Prospect finds that Despite Ideological Attacks, the Veterans Health Administration is a Model Public System. Read more here.

October 29, 2015
Memory Complaints Linked to Dementia Diagnosis Many Years Later. Dr. Allison R. Kaup and Dr. Kristine Yaffe Discuss a Study that Followed Older Women for Nearly 20 Years. Read more here.

August 11, 2015
Dr. Paul Blanc and Dr. James Brown of the SFVAMC Discuss How Drought and Wildfires in the West Affect Respiratory Health

July 20, 2015
Too Much TV Could Raise Risk of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Kristine Yaffe Discusses Study on Association Between Sedentary Lifestyles, Cognitive Performance and Risk of Dementia

July 3, 2015
Dr. Shira Maguen, Who Studies the Effects of Combat Killing on Mental Health, Discuses a Condition Similar To, But Distinct From, PTS – Moral Injury

June 19, 2015
Research by Dr. John Hixson of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence at the SFVAHCS Finds Being Part of an Online Community Helps People with Epilepsy Better Manage Their Disease

May 18, 2015
Study By Dr. Karla Kerlikowske Suggests Dense Breast Tissue Isn’t Always a High Cancer Risk

April 17, 2015
Dr. Kristine Yaffe, Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at SFVAHCS, Comments on Report on Aging and Changes in Brain. Doesn’t Mean ‘Gloom and Doom.’

March 13, 2015
Dr. Michael Weiner, Founder of the Brain Health Registry, Discusses a Public Service Campaign to Increase Participation of Minorities in Clinical Trials Related to Cognitive Health

February 8, 2015
Pioneering AIDS Researcher Paul Volberding Reflects on First Cases in S.F. as City Strives to Eradicate Virus

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