UCSF invites the public to mini medical school

By Michael Fortes

The public is invited to join the conversation with the world’s leading experts in medicine and the health sciences at UCSF’s Mini Medical School for the community, which begins October 24. The fall program includes two courses: “Infection, Inflammation and Immunity: Implications for Your Health” and “Understanding the Drugs you Take:  Pharmacy 101.”

“Infection, Inflammation and Immunity” will be held Tuesday evenings, October 24-December 5, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. These biologic processes are at the core of a large number of the world’s most pressing health problems. The course will cover key topics in microbiology, immunology, infectious disease and international health, combining approaches in basic science, clinical medicine and public health.

“Understanding the Drugs You Take” will be held Wednesday evenings, October 25-December 6, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. Almost every American takes a drug every day - whether for lifesaving purposes such as heart disease or self care such as cavity preventive toothpastes. The course will traverse the landscape of pharmaceutical discovery and innovations from modern day origins to anticipated future applications.

The courses offer a consolidated version of the core curriculum for second-year medical students and third-year pharmacy students and are taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach UCSF students.

Classes will be held on the UCSF campus, 513 Parnassus Ave. Each class includes a one-hour lecture followed by a question-and-answer session. Tuition for each course is $75. Parking in the UCSF campus garage is $3 per evening. 

For more information or to register, call the UCSF Public Affairs Office at (415) 476-2557 or visit the website at http://lifelonglearning.ucsf.edu.

The complete schedule for UCSF Mini Medical School follows:

“Infection, Inflammation and Immunity:  Implications for Your Health”

*  October 24: “How Bacteria Cause Disease” by Warren Levinson, MD

*  October 31: “How Anti-microbial Drugs Work” by Marieke Kruidering-Hall, PhD

*  November 7: “HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases:  Implications of Age, Gender, Geography and the Internet” by Ruth Greenblatt, MD

*  November 14: “Anatomy of an Outbreak:  Lessons from the SARS Epdidemic and Implications for Avian Flu” by George Rutherford, MD

*  November 28: “How the Body Fights Infection” by Richard Locksley, MD

*  December 5: “Things That Go Bump in the Night” by James McKerrow, PhD “Understanding the Drugs You Take:  Pharmacy 101”

*  October 25: “How Drugs Are Discovered” by Brian Shoichet, PhD

*  November 1: “Innovations in Drug Delivery:  Getting Drugs to Their Targets in the Body” by Frank Szoka, PhD

*  November 8: “The Tightrope of Drug Approval” by R. William Soller, PhD

*  November 15: “Pitfalls and Benefits of Drug Advertising and Promotion” by R. William Soller, PhD

*  November 29: “Personalized Medicine:  The Possibilities of Drugs Tailored to Your Genetic Makeup” by Deanna Kroetz, PhD

*  December 6: “Open Dialogue on Current Controversies and Hot Topics” by Lorie Rice, MPH; R. William Soller, PhD; Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD.

Mini Medical School is presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSF (OLLI). Supported in part by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, this UCSF community education program is sponsored by the UCSF Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Public Affairs Department.

UCSF is a leading university that consistently defines health care worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the health professions and life sciences, and providing complex patient care.