UCSF co-hosts seminar for patients

By Vanessa deGier

Jeffrey A. Golden, M.D. -----

WHAT: UCSF Medical Center will team up with the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and Stanford University Medical Center to host a free seminar for patients and families living with the lung disorder known as IPF, or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  The seminar will address complications surrounding proper diagnosis of IPF, emerging research, new approaches in treatment, and lung transplantation. 

WHO: Nationally recognized experts in the clinical research, treatment and rehabilitation of IPF, including Jeffrey Golden, MD, medical director of lung transplantation and director of the Bronchoscopy Service and of the Interstitial Lung Center of Excellence at UCSF Medical Center.

WHEN:  Saturday, November 4
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Complimentary Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Conference

WHERE:  Fisher Banquet Room, Mission Bay Conference Center
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
1675 Owens Street (near 16th and 3rd Streets)
San Francisco

There will be opportunity to interview individuals who are being treated for IPF at UCSF and medical experts in this field. 

To cover this event or arrange interviews with faculty or patients, contact Vanessa deGier at 415-476-2557.

IPF is a lung disorder characterized by a progressive scarring—known as fibrosis—and deterioration of the lungs, which slowly robs its victims of their ability to breathe. Approximately 128,000 Americans suffer from IPF, which is the most prevalent disease in a classification of lung disorders known as interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). There is currently no known cause or cure for IPF, nor is there an FDA-approved treatment. An estimated 48,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. IPF is difficult to diagnose, and an estimated two-thirds of patients die within five years of diagnosis.  (Source: Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis)

The Interstitial Lung Disease Center of Excellence at UCSF treats some of the most severe cases of IPF.  World-renowned lung specialists, chest radiologists, pathologists and in some cases, lung transplant specialists, work together as a team to design the most effective treatment plan for patients with IPF.  UCSF Medical Center is ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in the treatment of respiratory problems, including pulmonary fibrosis. 

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