UCSF events for May 2006

By Michael Fortes

EVENTS

Tuesday, May 2
Wednesday, May 3
HEART AND MUSIC: 5TH ANNUAL CABARET TO FIGHT AIDS: Evening of song by Bay Area’s finest singers to benefit the UCSF AIDS Health Project. Pre-show reception 6:30 p.m. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Curtain 8:00 p.m. Empire Plush Room at the York Hotel, 940 Sutter Street (between Levenworth and Hyde) For tickets and information call (415) 502-7276. E-mail [email protected] General admission $30. Admission and pre-show reception $40. Admission and pre-show reception, program listing and reserved seating $60.

Saturday, May 6
FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING DAY: Members of the public are invited to undergo free skin cancer screenings. No appointment necessary. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero Street, 3rd floor, Room H3805, San Francisco. Call (847) 240-1736 for more info.

Tuesday-Thursday, May 9-11
BENEFIT JEWELRY SALE: The UCSF Hospitals Auxiliary is sponsoring jewelry sales to benefit UCSF patients. The jewelry includes handcrafted Mexican silver from Hi Ho Silver & freshwater pearls and crystal from Champagne Pearls. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. Call (415) 353-1366 or email [email protected] for info.

LECTURES AND LEARNING

Wednesday, May 3
RISKY BUSINESS: REPORTING ON RESEARCH IN THE LAY PRESS: Lisa Bero, PhD. Learn how to evaluate the research results you read about and see on TV. 7-8:45 p.m. $15. Mini Medical School, offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. Medical Sciences Building, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557 for info. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu

Sunday, May 7
BIPOLAR DISORDER: UNDERSTANDING MANIC-DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS: Descartes Li, MD. Examine the latest research and innovations in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
WHY CHOOSE TO BECOME A PSYCHOANALYST 100 YEARS AFTER FREUD? ONE PSYCHIATRIST’S JOURNEY: Adam Goldyne, MD. Explore why most psychiatrists no longer train in psychoanalysis or offer it to their patients, and why this psychiatrist has chosen to do so.
2 - 5 p.m. $20. Offered by UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

Wednesday, May 10
EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AND THEIR POTENTIAL FOR TREATING DIABETES: Michael German, MD. Learn how stem cells become islet cells, which produce insulin, and the goal of clinicians to transplant these cells to treat diabetes. 7-8:45 p.m. $15. Mini Medical School, offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. Medical Sciences Building, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557 for info. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu

Thursday, May 11
LIVING MINDFULLY NOW: Presented by Bonnie O’Brien-Jonsson, MS. Part of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. Noon-1 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 353-7700 or email [email protected] for more info.

Tuesday, May 16
BREAKING THROUGH THE AGE BARRIER: GETTING THE BEST CANCER TREATMENT: Both patients and caregivers are invited to learn about advocacy tools and hear about health assessment factors that can help determine the best treatment plan for an older adult. Question-and-answer period to follow. Light dinner served. 5-7 p.m. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., 2nd floor, Herbst Auditorium, San Francisco.  Call (415) 885-3693 to register. 

Wednesday, May 17
TELOMERES AND TELOMERASE AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER AND AGING: Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD. Learn what telomeres tell us about cell division, and how this may help in the fight against cancer and diseases of aging. 7-8:45 p.m. $15. Mini Medical School, offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF, Medical Sciences Building, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557 for info. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu

Wednesday, May 24
THE ROMANCE OF RISK: WHY TEENAGERS DO THE THINGS THEY DO: Speaker: Lynn Ponton, 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: Watch

Wednesday, May 24
PROSTATE & NUTRITION: Learn about the latest prostate cancer research and how to better meet nutritional needs. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., 3rd floor, San Francisco. RSVP at (415) 885-3693.

Wednesday, May 24
WHAT DOES A DRUNKEN FRUIT FLY TELL US ABOUT ADDICITON?: Ulrike Heberlein, PhD. Discover how drugs of abuse hijack the “reward pathway” in the brain. 7-8:45 p.m. $15. Mini Medical School, offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. Medical Sciences Building, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557 for info. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu

Wednesday, May 31
THE DEVELOPING EMBRYO AND IMPLICATIONS FOR DISEASE: Didier Stainier, PhD, UCSF professor of biochemistry and biophysics. Learn how incorrect development of the heart and other organs can cause sudden death in young athletes, cancer, and birth defects, and how current research can contribute to future gene therapy. 7-8:45 p.m. $15. Mini Medical School, offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF. Medical Sciences Building, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. (415) 476-2557 for info. lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu

SUPPORT GROUPS

Wednesday, May 17
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

Mondays, May 1-22
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]

Tuesdays, May 2-30
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. 11 a.m.-Noon. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Tuesdays, May 2-30
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, May 2-30
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

Mondays, May 1-22
Tuesday, May 2-23
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 Classes & Workshops for info.

Wednesday, May 3
Thursday, May 11
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 Classes & Workshops for info.

Wednesdays, May 3-31
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, May 4-25
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, May 5-26
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, May 8, 22
PREPARE FOR SURGERY: Workshop led by a team of UCSF experts from anesthesia, pain management and integrative medicine to help explain options for anesthesia and pain management and teach mind-body techniques to help relax and achieve a state of mind conducive to healing. 6 - 8:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 353-7718 to register.

Wednesday, May 10
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 Classes & Workshops for info.

Friday, May 12
EXPECTING TWINS AND MORE: Topics include important aspects of prenatal care, labor and delivery, feeding issues, and preparing home and family for the arrival of multiples. 11 a.m.-1:30 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 Classes & Workshops for info.

Wednesday, May 17
SUPER FOODS!: Learn about the top super foods that may be protective against cancer, the latest research findings regarding protective compounds in foods and cancer, and healthy 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. 

Sunday, May 21
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 Classes & Workshops   for info.

Wednesdays, May 17, 24
Thursdays, May 18, 25
Saturday, May 13
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 Classes & Workshops for info.