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April 22, 2003
UCSF is planning a series of public meetings to discuss the future of UCSF Medical Center. New facilities are needed in order to meet the growing demand for specialized care and upcoming deadlines for new state-mandated seismic safety standards. The meeting agenda will cover the planning efforts to date, and the public is invited to provide feedback about potential sites and alternatives. Meetings will be held at the following locations:
April 21, 2003
The popular worksite program “Take Our Daughters to Work” changed its name this year. Now, acknowledging that UCSF has included boys in the program for several years, the UCSF program will be known as “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work.” “It’s still a key day for girls; one where girls’ and women’s issues will be highlighted, but we welcome the boys and look forward to working with them, too,” said Lynn Ponton, MD, professor of psychiatry and chair of the program at UCSF.
April 18, 2003
The annual Founders Day observance for the University of California, San Francisco will honor the recipients of the prestigious UCSF Medal, as well as the recipients of faculty research and teaching awards. UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, will present the awards at the Founders Day banquet on Wednesday, April 23 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
April 17, 2003
The University of California, San Francisco, Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a symposium on April 25 that will bring together renowned scientists, as well as leaders in other fields, to discuss the promise, practice - and ethical issues - of breast cancer genetics research. The audience of 160 invited guests will include academic researchers, clinicians, biotechnology executives, insurance executives, community leaders, ethicists, attorneys, advocates and patients.
April 09, 2003
The following UCSF clinicians and scientists can provide expert information on health, medical, and scientific topics related to war and terrorism. If you would like to arrange an interview with any of these UCSF faculty, please contact the respective staff person in the UCSF News Office: Janet Basu: 415-502-4608 Maureen McInaney: 415-514-1592 Wallace Ravven: 415-502-1332 Camille Mojica Rey: 415-476-8429 (UCSF News Office main number: 415-476-2557) Gulf War Illness
April 09, 2003
Renowned author James Waller, PhD, Whitworth College Edward B. Lindaman Chair and Professor of Psychology, will present a lecture titled “Human Nature and Inhuman Evil: The Psychology of Genocide and Mass Killing” on Thursday, April 10 in Fresno.  The lecture will be held at 4 pm in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital Auditorium on Clinton and Fresno Avenues.
April 09, 2003
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to investigate the cause of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), UCSF experts emphasize that most people with respiratory symptoms do not have SARS and that appropriate infection control measures can prevent transmission of the disease. In addition, they recommend a consultation with a health care provider if individuals match the SARS case definition, which includes: 1) Temperature greater than 100.4 ° F (> 38° C)
April 08, 2003
Scientists are now one step closer to understanding how HIV hides in cells and rears its ugly head once patients stop taking combination drug therapy, which can suppress viral loads to undetectable levels. The phenomenon reflects the existence of hidden populations of latently infected cells. As a result, patients must remain on therapy for life. Eradication of these cells could lead to a cure for HIV infection. However, researchers have been hampered by their inability to identify them.
April 04, 2003
UCSF’s School of Medicine and School of Nursing maintain their high national rankings in the new annual survey of the best graduate schools published by US News & World Report. Both rank in the top ten in the nation. The rankings appear in the April 14 edition of the magazine and in the book, America’s Best Graduate Schools, both on newsstands April 7.
April 03, 2003
Elderly patients may receive life-saving care by being hospitalized, but one of the costs may be a loss of independence after returning home. That is the finding of a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). “More than a third of the elderly in our study were less able to care for themselves after being in the hospital than before the illness that caused their hospitalization in the first place,” said the study’s lead author, Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH, staff physician at the SFVAMC and UCSF assistant professor of medicine.