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It’s the first technology to decode full words from the brain activity of someone who has lost the ability to speak. Read about the first volunteer »

Two renowned firms were selected from 17 proposals to design the new Parnassus Research and Academic Building.

Among vaccine-hesitant young adults, more than half cited concerns over possible side effects that are extremely rare.

“Not only did they begin laughing and have improved mood, but some were able to start speaking and even walking.”

The largest study of its kind found no evidence that moderate coffee consumption can cause heart arrythmias.

Cybersecurity Town Hall: Get an update on the conclusion of the UC Office of the President’s investigation into the Accellion data security breach, what you can do to protect yourself and what actions UCSF is taking to safeguard its data. Watch the recording of the town hall »
Indoor Masking: Everyone – regardless of vaccination status – must wear a mask or face covering at all indoor locations at UCSF (except while eating and drinking) and while riding in campus shuttles or standing in line for shuttles. Read this and other policy changes » 
Ask Congress to Support Science and Research Recovery: Science is leading us out of the pandemic, but the next generation of researchers are being left behind. Urge Congress and Speaker Pelosi to invest in research to help mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on graduate students and early career researchers. Take action »

HR Needs Your Feedback: UCSF Human Resources is in the process of a website redesign and would like to hear from you! Let us know what is most important as you interact with UCSF Human Resources online. Your answers will allow us to better meet your expectations and improve your experience. Please take this short 5-minute survey »

Advocacy in Action: Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the State Budget with $12.9 million for UC PRIME, including new programs focused on healthcare with Indian Tribes & Black communities in California. Thank state legislators for their support of UCSF priorities »
Support Mental Health Services for Children: As Congress prepares to pass legislation that addresses the pandemic, ask them to strengthen mental health services for children and children’s hospitals. Take action »
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Mental health challenges will touch all of us at some point in our lives, personally or through those we love.  

This ongoing campaign aims to shift away from stigma and towards a culture of openly discussing and seeking support and inclusion for those with mental health challenges. Show your support and share your story on social media using the hashtag #UCSFmentalhealth.