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January 28, 2019
Kristine Yaffe, an NCIRE-supported researcher, comments on a study that found that people with hypertension who received intensive treatment to lower their blood pressure were less likely than those receiving standard blood pressure treatment to develop minor memory and thinking problems that often progress to dementia.

January 24, 2019
A new mortality-risk prediction tool could improve patient selection for carotid endarterectomy among patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, finds a study by Salomeh Keyhani, an NCIRE-supported scientist.

December 18, 2018
Female military veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression are more likely to develop dementia later in life than peers without those conditions, suggests a study led by Kristine Yaffe, an NCIRE-supported researcher.

November 15, 2018
Mechanisms that govern HIV transcription and latency differ in the gut and blood, according to a study by Dr. Steven Yukl, staff physician at SFVAHCS and UCSF associate professor of medicine. The findings could inform new therapies aimed at curing HIV.

October 23, 2018
A new study using a novel biomarker suggest that intensive blood pressure lowing does not cause true kidney damage. The study, co-authored by Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH, UCSF Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Chief for Research Development at SFVAHC, represents major advancements in the understanding of whether kidney tissue damage accompanies the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease during hypertension therapy.

September 15, 2018
NCIRE’s Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Rosales receives prestigious national award for demonstrating excellence in support of research and education for Veterans.

July 25, 2018
Targeting a lower blood pressure goal may decrease risk for developing memory problems and cognitive difficulties that precede decline into life-altering dementia, according to researchers who’ve conducted the largest study to address the question. Kristine Yaffe, UCSF professor and director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the SFVAMC, comments on the study led by scientists at Wake Forest University.

July 2, 2018
A PTSD study is among the first of its kind, asking how fear responses are different between genders. Sabra Inslicht, a psychologist at the SFVAMC, set out to discover potential gender differences in the process of fear learning. She hopes that the PTSD study results in “more targeted treatments that are geared more precisely to the unique needs of men and women

May 30, 2018
The number of people around the world with dementia is staggering and growing. Recent research is beginning to show how you may best be able lower risk. “It’s not yet definitive, but in the past five years, we’ve made progress on identifying modifiable risk factors for which the evidence is pretty strong,” said Kristine Yaffe, UCSF professor and director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the SFVAMC.

May 28, 2018
A study of Veterans by SFVAMC and UCSF researchers is the first to report tremendously high rates of suicidal ideation among those with co-occurring PTSD and depression. “As such, it is critical that researchers and care-providers identify anything we can use to target and treat them,” said study author Melanie B. Arenson, Co-Authors Mary A. Whooley, Thomas C. Neylan, Sira Maguen .

March 19, 2018
In the first study of its kind in the VA health system, researchers seek to gain knowledge of their patients’ genomic composition to shape more precise treatment plans for depression. Principal investigators Kewchang Lee and Steven Batki discuss the study, funded by $12 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It seeks to enroll 2,000 pairs of doctors and veterans who have not responded well to previous treatment for depression. Read more.

December 13, 2017
Vietnam War Veterans, an estimated 30 percent of whom have had PTSD, present challenges to VA end-of-life care teams. In an California Healthline article, Eric Widera, Director of hospice and palliative care at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF professor in the Division of Geriatrics, comments on treating these Veterans with mental and physical health complications. NCIRE Researchers are currently conducting research related to PTSD as well as other related Mental Health areas. Read more.

November 8, 2017
A new music video by John Preston, a Marine veteran and country singer, highlights the unseen issue of suicide among women Veterans. He wrote "Before I Am Gone" about his own battle with PTSD and suicidal ideation, but puts a female face on the story to honor his sisters-in-arms. Read more.

November 3, 2017
Michael Weiner, MD, a leading Alzheimer’s disease researcher, comments on an intriguing report that suggests compounds in cannabis protect the brain from dementia. “This is a very promising area of research and should be explored,” said Weiner of the study by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Read more.

October 13, 2017
A new study by Linda Chao, PhD, finds that Gulf War Veterans who had low-level exposure to chemical weapons are likely to experience long-term negative effects on brain structure and memory function. Read more.

September 17, 2017
Veterans who have killed in combat and suffer from nightmares, hyper-vigilance to perceived threats, and numbness to people and activities that once made them happy, may be helped by a six-to-eight week talk therapy program, a UC San Francisco study has found. Read more.

June 28, 2017
NCIRE Board Member John R. McQuaid, PhD, Honored at VA Psychology Leadership Conference. Dr. McQuaid received the Patrick DeLeon Advocacy Award for 2017, which is awarded “to the individual who has demonstrated, through professional and personal actions, a commitment to advocating for the mental health services and welfare of this nation’s Veterans. Read more.

June 22, 2017
Happy Pride from all of us at NCIRE! America is home to an estimated one million LGBT service members and Veterans who have served in the U.S. Military with honor and distinction. Our community of care-givers and researchers honors their service through their dedication to providing top quality care to all Veterans. Staff at our partner organization, the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), are trained in culturally and clinically competent care for LGBT Veterans; they are focused on providing the most respectful health care environment. Learn about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Program at the SFVAHCS, along with other support services, here.

June 2, 2017
The Veterans Health and Integration Program (VHIP) is a collaboration between NCIRE and The Presidio Trust that has developed with generous support from musician John Mayer. The program combines scientific research and community-based outreach to improve the health of post-9/11 Veterans and to ease the transition from deployment to civilian life. Learn more about this program and Mayer’s philanthropic commitments in this article, "Meet John Mayer’s Veterans Charity at Dead & Co."

April 11, 2017
The article "Managing Chronic Pain in Primary Care: It Really Does Take a Village" describes the Integrated Pain Team at the San Francisco VA Health Care System that provides focused interdisciplinary, biopsychosocial pain care for Veterans and the key role this approach plays in managing chronic pain and reducing opioid use and misuse. NCIRE is proud to support this critical work. Read here.

April 5, 2017
NCIRE is proud to support the work of Dr. Kristine Yaffe, a 2017 recipient of the Potamkin Prize from The American Academy of Neurology. Sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of Alzheimer's research, the Potamkin Prize honors researchers for their work in helping to advance the understanding of Pick's disease, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Her work provides important insights into the pathways that increase dementia risk. Read more here.

March 20, 2017
The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare by award-winning author Suzanne Gordon features SFVAMC staff and Veterans. Drawing on interviews with Veterans and their families, VHA staff, health care experts and policymakers, Gordon describes a federal agency under siege that nevertheless accomplishes its difficult mission of serving men and women injured while serving our country.

March 16, 2017
Dr. Michael Weiner was interviewed by CHN-NOW about the Brain Health Registry – the initiative he founded to speed up the discovery of treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and other brain disorders. In the interview, a study participant shares her story, her motivation for participating, and how the Brain Health Registry can play an important role in our communities. See the full video here.

February 17, 2017
NCIRE Congratulates Sei Lee, MD, MAS, who has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the AGS Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation! The award recognizes originality and independence in thought in clinical research. Dr. Lee’s innovative work focuses on Individualizing Prevention in Older Adults and Improving Mortality Prediction. To learn more, click here.

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.

March 16, 2016
Dr. Michael Weiner was interviewed by CHN-NOW about the Brain Health Registry – the initiative he founded to speed up the discovery of treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and other brain disorders. In the interview, a study participant shares her story, her motivation for participating, and how the Brain Health Registry can play an important role in our communities. See the full video 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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