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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Yuichiro Tanaka, PhD

Research Biologist, SFVAMC
Professor, UCSF

Studying the risks for cancer

Dr. Tanaka’s research at the UC/VA/NCIRE San Francisco over the years has involved a variety of areas that include methylation, polymorphism, non-coding RNA, aging, gene function and signaling pathways. Specifically, his research focuses on finding risk factors for urological cancers by utilizing human specimens, assessing the functional role of these biomarkers at the cellular and molecular levels and use of animal models, and determining its regulation in the cell; as he attempts to understand the mechanisms of the carcinogenesis process. The cancer types that he’s been studying involve prostate, kidney and bladder. By engaging in his research interest, results can lead to biomarkers as well as potential therapeutic implications for urological cancers.


To see Dr. Tanaka on Pub Med, click here.