February 27, 2020

Why Pain Is So Hard To Treat 

“We use ‘pain’ as one word, but I think it reflects a panoply of different disorders,” says David Julius, chair of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, who has spent decades trying to understand how humans perceive pain.

Pain can be recovery from a broken ankle or a pulled wisdom tooth. It can be migraines, or backaches, or the burning of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or debilitating sickle cell episodes. Pain can be in muscles, bones, nerves. 

December 26, 2019


Dr. Abigail Buchwalter has been awarded the 2019 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grant for Junior Faculty.

Dr. Abigail Buchwalter has been awarded for "Defining drivers and consequences of ribosome biogenesis deregulation during mammalian aging."

December 20, 2019


Drs. Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan (, named as recipients of the 20th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize.

Dr. Lily Jan and Dr. Yuh-Nung Jan have been awarded for the “discovery and functional characterization of potassium channels.”

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October 18, 2019

The 49th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research has been awarded to Ardem Patapoutian and David Julius for their fundamental and far-reaching studies of the molecular mechanisms of touch, temperature and pain. Read more

September 05, 2019

David Julius, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at UC San Francisco, is a winner of the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

Julius, 63, received the prize “for discovering molecules, cells, and mechanisms underlying pain sensation,” according to the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. He is one of four researchers honored with this year’s life sciences award.

July 02, 2019

Today, the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) were announced.  The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. <more>


May 24, 2017

The Physiology Faculty spend a beautiful day of Science at the renown San Francisco Cliff House. The faculty delighted in a variery of food choices, an amazing view, sunshine and of course exchanging knowledge and insight on research.

May 03, 2017

Robert Edwards, MD, has been elected as a member to the National Academy of Sciences, which is one of the highest honors that a scinetist can receive. Members of the Academy are elected for their continual achievements in original research. In addition members also, "serve as advisers to the nation on science, engineering and medicine'.

Read more information pertaining to National Academy of Sciences Membership via the listed links

April 06, 2017

Dr. David Julius, PhD., Chair of Physiology, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Canada Gairdner International $100,000 prize Award for his groundbreaking Pain Research. The Department of Physiology would like to congratulate Dr. Julius on his continual success and recognition as an expert in the advancement of  science and representing the  UCSF community on a global platform. 

November 16, 2016

David Julius, PhD, chair and professor of Physiology at UC San Francisco, is the recipient of the 2017 Human Frontier Science Program Nakasone Award, which honors scientists who have made key breakthroughs in fields at the forefront of the life sciences.