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News Links March 2016

A Monthly Digest for Faculty and Staff at UCSF School of Medicine

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“As a student of medicine, I get so excited when I learn about surgeries, labor and delivery, drugs and devices, but it wouldn’t be complete without the human side. In my mind, reproductive care—all patient care—is built on the foundation of respect for the patient.” -- MS1 Zoe Kornberg


Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, PhD, visited UCSF and held a roundtable discussion with UCSF leaders and experts as part of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

The newly opened UCSF Center for BRCA Research provides personalized care and planning for people with hereditary cancers.



March 3 Multispecialty Transgender Grand Rounds: Perioperative Preparation and Education for Transgender Patients – SF Department of Public Health’s Experiences (Parnassus)

March 3 Geraldine McGinty, MD: Imaging: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going – A Roadmap for Our Future (Parnassus)

March 3-4 Developmental Disabilities: Update for Health Professionals (Laurel Heights)

March 7 NURTURE Center Inaugural Conference – Adversity and Cardiovascular Health: Defining New Ecological Frontiers (Mission Bay)

March 9Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo: How the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Develops Evidence-Based Guidelines: Processes and Controversies (Parnassus)

March 9Janelle Palacios, RN, CNM, PhD: Heads/Tails-Silenced Warriors and Baby Daddies: Young Fatherhood Among Native American Men (Parnassus)

March 17Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture – Basic Science - David O. Morgan, PhD: Chasing Ghosts in the Cell Cycle Machine (Mission Bay)

March 23 Margulis Society Alumnus Lecture - Michael Federle, MD: Use of Decision-Support Tools in Radiology: Adding Value to Our Reports (Parnassus)

March 30Macy Regional Conference on Innovations in GME

Mini Medical School for the Public (all at Mission Bay)


April 3-5 Education Showcase: The Scholarly Basis for Teaching and Learning with Karen Mann, PhD and Karen Hauer, MD, PhD

April 9-11Annual CUGH Global Health Conference (Hilton Union Square)

April 14-15Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education (Hyatt Regency SF)

April 18Shobe Endowed Lectureship—Focuses on Pediatric Ethics – John Lantos, MD – Building an Ethical Climate in a Pluralist Children’s Hospital: Reason, Emotion, Spirituality (Parnassus)

April 19Shobe Endowed Lectureship—Focuses on Pediatric Ethics – Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN – Moral Resilience: Individual Strategies for Addressing Moral Distress (Mission Bay)

May 9Salute to Excellence (Parnassus)

May 15Intersections Gala and Silent Auction in support of adolescent and young adult oncology patients (Sausalito)

May 18Salute to Excellence (Mission Bay)

May 26Helen Nahm Research Lecture (Parnassus)

June 6 Annual Innovations in Geriatric Nursing Care Conference (Laurel Heights)

July 25-27National Latino Cancer Summit (Mission Bay)


Hal Chapman, MD, Brad Backes, PhD, Dean Sheppard, MD, and Bill DeGrado, PhD, founded Pliant Therapeutics, a startup company to develop new treatments for fibrotic diseases based on discoveries from their labs at UCSF. The company has secured $45 million in initial funding from the venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures.


In the first UCSF teach-in since the Iraq War, Soledad O’Brien delivered a keynote speech on injustice and health and moderated an incisive panel discussion on race and racism within health with Suzanne Barakat, MD, Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, Rena Pasick, DrPH, Howard Pinderhughes, PhD, and SOM students Sidra Bonner and Andrea Quinones-Rivera.


Laurence Finberg, MD, passed away in January. A pediatrician and a scientist, Dr. Fineberg was known for his contributions to the management of salt and water balance in children.

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