The Center for Cerebrovascular Research (CCR) is a core group of faculty and staff pursuing integrative and interdisciplinary study of cerebrovascular disease, utilizing the tools of vascular cell biology, animal models, human genetics, disease epidemiology and treatment outcomes research. Our main area of focus is vascular malformations of the brain, which are an important cause of hemorrhagic stroke, and include arteriovenous malformations (AVM), intracranial aneurysms and cavernous malformations. We also have a special interest in the inherited disease, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), which is one of the few inherited causes of brain AVM.

The UCSF home departments are Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, Neurological Surgery and Neurology, with allied and collaborating faculty in a number of neuroscience and vascular biology fields. Patients and relatives searching for information on AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) can find out more about the disease and our research by reading our information on "what is an AVM"?
The CCR is headquartered in San Francisco General Hospital's historic Building 10

Mission Statement

To advance and translate seminal metadisciplinary neuroscience, by combining insights and information across multiple perspectives and disciplines, with the common goal of providing effective, safe, and humane treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.

To provide the opportunity for students and faculty to pursue all levels of pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and post-graduate training and intellectual development.


RDCRN BVMC 2015 Meeting

Mike Lawton, MD, Helen Kim, PhD and Ludmila Pawlikovska, PhD represented the CCR at the annual conference, among participants from the other centers.

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CCR Research Seminar

Presented by Center for Cerebrovascular Research Dept. of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital.

Wednesday, October 21 2015
1:15 pm -2:00 pm

Special Guest:
Judith Hellman, MD
Professor & Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

“Vascular Endothelial Cell Toll-like Receptor Pathways in Sepsis”

Room S-980
Medical Sciences Bldg, 513 Parnassus Ave
Parnassus Campus

For Information, call:(415) 206-8906

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
9:00 am -10:00 am

Special Guest:
Matthew Alexander, MD
Clinical Fellow
Department of Radiology
Title:“Targeted Embolization of Aneurysms Associated with Unresectable Arteriovenous Malformations”

CCR Conference Room
Bldg 10, Room 1206
San Francisco General Hospital

For Information, call:(415) 206-8906

Click here for a list of past seminars

External Seminars

Positions Available

See details on the available positions.