Vision

Be a world leader in scientific discovery and its translation into exemplary health.

Goals

  • Foster the UCSF research enterprise across multiple sites.
  • Increase the impact of and recognition for UCSF’s contributions in the local community, the state, the nation and the world.

Strategies

Develop Centers for the Future of Health Sciences dedicated to translational research.

UCSF has developed powerful, internationally recognized, basic science research programs that target multiple diseases — neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, reproductive conditions, immunological and infectious disease, genetic disorders and regeneration medicine, to name a few. These basic and clinical research efforts could transform prospects to prevent, treat and cure many chronic disabling diseases, improving and saving untold lives.

UCSF should develop Centers for the Future of Health Sciences to house multidisciplinary research programs dedicated to discovering new solutions for prevalent maladies and to prevent human suffering. UCSF is uniquely poised to build upon its existing strengths to develop translational research approaches from bench to bedside with the potential to diagnose and manage the most important diseases of our time.

Provide Campus Core Research Facilities (CCRFs) offering advanced, innovative instrumentation and/or specialized services needed by a broad segment of the research community that are available to all at UCSF.

Through this strategy, UCSF would achieve the following: reduce ad hoc development of cores by departments, organized research units, programs and clusters of investigators to address specific needs; improve central information and coordination, which leads to a stronger user base and better administrative practices; and increase resources to update instruments or for staff to develop new technological capabilities.

Ensure that San Francisco General Hospital continues to function as a major UCSF research site.

Research is essential to the academic mission of San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), which is an asset for UCSF and the City and County of San Francisco. The UCSF-affiliated SFGH serves as a safety-net hospital for the city’s most vulnerable populations, including the uninsured, underinsured, working families and the homeless, and operates the only Level 1 Trauma Center in San Francisco, a designation which means it is the only place staffed and equipped to treat severely injured victims of traffic accidents, disasters and violence. Moreover, SFGH provides a valuable training ground for future health care professionals and researchers. UCSF has an opportunity to take advantage of SFGH’s current strengths and unique population to develop SFGH into a clinical and translational research hub.

Expand and enhance technology transfer.

Technology transfer is the mechanism to transfer discoveries and inventions for public use and benefit, and is thus an important element in broadening UCSF’s reputation, influence and social impact.