UCSF events for March 2006

By Michael Fortes

EVENTS

Wednesday, March 1
MAKING EVERY MOMENT COUNT: Psychologist and award-winning filmmaker Leora Kuttner, PhD, profiles five children with life threatening illness, and the families and health professionals who support them. Noon - 1 p.m. UCSF Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave., room S-157, San Francisco. E-mail Ruth Weiller at [email protected] or call (415) 476-4223 for info and accommodations. No scents or perfumes, please.

Thursday, March 2
CANCER RESOURCE CENTER OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION: Celebration and rededication of the UCSF Cancer Resource Center. Listen to speakers, watch a modern dance performance by the ODC Dance Company, enjoy food and refreshments, and visit the new locations of Art for Recovery and the Pastoral Care Department. 5 - 6:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 for more info.

Wednesday, March 8
6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BRIEFING: “Women, Poverty & HIV.” Presented by the UCSF Women’s Global Health Imperative. 5:30 p.m. $100, $50, $25 tickets/$35 at the door. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Seating is limited. Call (415) 597-9294, email [email protected] or visit http://www.wghi.org for more info.

Saturday, March 18
OPTIMAL PRIMARY CARE FOR LBTQ PATIENTS: Educational event for clinicians and service providers organized by the Lesbian Health Research Center at UCSF and Partnering Organizations. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. General Registration: $35. Registration with CEU credit for RNs: $45. Students: Free with reservation. Lunch provided. Volunteers needed; scholarships available. UCSF Laurel Heights, Garden Room, 3333 California St., San Francisco. Register online at www.lesbianhealthinfo.org. Call (415) 502-5209 or email [email protected] for more info.

LECTURES AND LEARNING

Thursday, March 9
ENERGY MEDICINE: Part of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Lunchtime Lecture Series. Noon - 1 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero at Sutter St., Suite 150, San Francisco. No pre-registration required. Call (415) 353-7700 or email [email protected] for info.

Wednesday, March 22
THE TEEN GIRL BRAIN: INSIGHTS INTO WHAT MAKES US WOMEN: Speaker: Louann Brizendine, MD. Part of monthly “Women’s Health Today” lunch-hour series of talks given by UCSF faculty on contemporary topics in women’s health. Noon - 1 p.m. Free. UCSF Toland Hall, 533 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-5222. Webcast: http://www.uctv.tv/watch/

SUPPORT GROUPS

Wednesday, March 15
HIV LYMPHOMA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: A new monthly support group for people living with HIV lymphoma and their friends and family is sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 6-7:30 p.m. in San Francisco (near Civic Center BART/Muni). To express interest in attending, call one of the group facilitators from UCSF: Tom Leahy, RN (415) 353-1304 or Nancy Levy, MSW (415) 353-2220.

CLASSES AND COURSES

Wednesdays, March 1, 15
BREASTFEEDING: Learn about breast physiology, milk production, let-down, latch-on and positioning, how to overcome breastfeeding challenges, and how to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship right from the start. One class. 6:30-9 p.m. $40. UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center, 2356 Sutter St., Third Floor, Room J3-08, San Francisco. Call Great Expectations at (415) 353-2667 to register. E-mail [email protected] or go to http://www.ucsf.edu/whrc/gexclasses.html for info.

Wednesday, March 1
MEDICAL HEROES: GREAT DISCOVERIES, GREAT CARE: Class on ‘The UCSF Fetal Treatment Center: A Personal Perspective’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Wednesdays, March 1- 29
RESTORATIVE MOVEMENT: With Alice Brydges, CMT. Feldenkrais Method for rehabilitation and chronic pain relief. Geared toward those in recovery from cancer, including spouses, family, and caregivers. Noon - 1:15 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 2200 Post St., Hellman Conference Room, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Thursdays, March 2- 30
GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Jnani Chapman, RN, BSN, CMT. Designed for cancer patients to help counter stress with gentle movements, postures, slow deep-breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Medical release form required. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Registration: (415) 353-7718 or (415) 885-3693.

Fridays, March 3- 24
PILATES MAT: Mary Power, MA, exercise instructor and dance medicine specialist. An exercise program, using mats, designed for gaining strength, endurance, and flexibility. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Room 110, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Mondays, March 6- 27
MEDITATION AND GUIDED IMAGERY CLASS: Relaxation and mindfulness practices for cancer patients and caregivers. Alternating instructors Teresa Corrigan, RN, and Brook Stone, LCSW. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Mondays, March 6- 27
BREAST CARE BASICS FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS: Open to all, regardless of where medical care is received. Treatment options, emotional aspects of receiving a diagnosis, Q&A with physician-specialist, discussions with survivors/advocates. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., H Bldg., 3rd fl. conference room, San Francisco. Contact Debbie Hamolsky, RN, MS, at [email protected] or (415) 353-9878.

Mondays, March 6- 27
Thursday, March 9- 30
CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION: INTEGRATED METHODS: Overview of the stages and process of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, support, medication options, variations in labor including cesarean birth and immediate postpartum care. 4-week series. 6:30-9 p.m. $150. $20 discount for women having their baby at UCSF Center for Mothers and Newborns. UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center, 2356 Sutter St., Third Floor, Room J3-08, San Francisco. Call Great Expectations at (415) 353-2667 to register. E-mail [email protected] or go to http://www.ucsf.edu/whrc/gexclasses.html for info.

Tuesdays, March 7, 14
Wednesdays, March 22, 29
Saturday, March 18
SURVIVING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS WITH A NEW BABY: Learn about newborn characteristics, infant milestones, bathing, hygiene, diapers, diapering, crying, comforting, sleep and recognizing the signs of illness. 2 part series on Mondays or Thursdays from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. or 1 day program on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $85. UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center, 2356 Sutter St., Third Floor, Room J3-08, San Francisco. Call Great Expectations at (415) 353-2667 to register. E-mail [email protected] or go to http://www.ucsf.edu/whrc/gexclasses.html for info.

Tuesdays, March 7- 28
ASK THE PHARMACIST!: Weekly drop-in with Zoe Ngo, PharmD, to discuss drug therapies, interactions, side effects, herbal medications, and online resources. Co-sponsored by the UCSF Cancer Resource Center and the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy. 1 - 2 p.m. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Tuesdays, March 7- 28
HEALING THROUGH DANCE: Movement, imagery, and creativity to facilitate healing, led by Anne Krantz, PhD, ADTR. Techniques to deal with tension, enhance relaxation, and cope with medical procedures and physical limitations. Dance background unnecessary. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Tuesdays, March 7- 28
YOGA: MEDICAL AND STRESS RELATED CONDITIONS: Continuing yoga with gentle movements, postures, slow deep-breathing, meditation, and relaxation for more advanced students. Sponsored by the UCSF Cancer Resource Center. 5 - 6:30 p.m. $12 per class. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Prior to first class, contact instructor Jnani Chapman at (415) 353-9507. For information call (415) 885-3693

Tuesday, March 7
UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN GENOME AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE: Class on ‘Human Genetics and the Brain’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Wednesday, March 8
BREASTFEEDING TWINS AND MORE: Learn practical tips and special considerations for nursing twins or more including latch-on, positioning, establishing a plentiful milk supply and overcoming breastfeeding challenges. One class. 6:30-9 p.m. $40. UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center, 2356 Sutter St., Third Floor, Room J3-08, San Francisco. Call Great Expectations at (415) 353-2667 to register. E-mail [email protected] or go to http://www.ucsf.edu/whrc/gexclasses.html for info.

Wednesday, March 8
MEDICAL HEROES: GREAT DISCOVERIES, GREAT CARE: Class on ‘Creating New Models To Understand And Treat Brain Tumors’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Saturday, March 11
HEALTH CARE ISSUES FOR OLDER ADULTS: Class on ‘Hypertension Management in the Older Patient’ and ‘Cancer Screening in the Older Patient’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 9 a.m. - Noon. $20. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Tuesday, March 14
UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN GENOME AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE: Class on ‘Genetics of Cancer’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Wednesday, March 15
CREATING A HEALTHY VEGETARIAN DIET: Learn about what it means to eat a vegetarian diet and the health benefits of doing so, discuss important factors to optimize the nutritional value of a vegetarian diet, and explore plant-based foods and recipes.  4 - 6 p.m. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., 3rd floor, room H3805, San Francisco.  Please RSVP to the Cancer Resource Center at 415.885.3693. 

Wednesday, March 15
MEDICAL HEROES: GREAT DISCOVERIES, GREAT CARE: Class on ‘The UCSF Organ Transplant Experience’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Saturday, March 18
HEALTH CARE ISSUES FOR OLDER ADULTS: Class on ‘Spirituality and Health in Late Life’ and ‘Practical Considerations in Preventing Falls’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 9 a.m. - Noon. $20. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Sunday, March 19
INFANT CHILD CPR: Learn to recognize an infant or child in distress, perform emergency measures to relieve airway obstruction in a choking infant or child, and identify risks of preventable infant and childhood injuries. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $35. UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center, 2356 Sutter St., Third Floor, Room J3-08, San Francisco. Call Great Expectations at (415) 353-2667 to register. E-mail [email protected] or go to http://www.ucsf.edu/whrc/gexclasses.html for info.

Tuesday, March 21
UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN GENOME AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE: Class on ‘Genetics of Heart Disease’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Wednesday, March 22
MEDICAL HEROES: GREAT DISCOVERIES, GREAT CARE: Class on ‘Calisthenics for the Older Brain’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Saturday, March 25
HEALTH CARE ISSUES FOR OLDER ADULTS: Class on ‘Self-Management of Health in Late Life’ and ‘Living with Congestive Heart Failure’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 9 a.m. - Noon. $20. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Tuesday, March 28
UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN GENOME AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE: Class on ‘How Drugs May Be Tailored to Your Genetic Makeup’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Wednesday, March 29
MEDICAL HEROES: GREAT DISCOVERIES, GREAT CARE: Class on ‘Rhythms of the Heart’ offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. 7 - 8:45 p.m. $15. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.