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.


SAVE THE DATE!! June 23, 2016, 8-9 AM, Parnassus N-225, San Francisco
Presented by The Center for Cerebrovascular Research, Department of Anesthesia and The Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF.
Guest Speaker: Christian Stapf, MD
Principal Scientist & Professor
Department of Neurosciences, University of Montreal
Attending Neurologist, Department of Neurology
Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

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.

External Seminars

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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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:00 am -10:00 am

Special Guest:
Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics
University of Florida
Title:"Mechanism and Potential Therapies for vascular malformations”

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

For Information, call:(415) 206-8906

Thursday, February 11, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Special Guest:
Professor of Cerebral Neurosurgery
Macquarie University
Title:“A physiological basis for perioperative management following bAVM surgery”

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

For Information, call:(415) 206-8906
Click here for a list of past seminars