UCSF's OLLI Courses Focus on Stress and Nutrition

Elissa Epel

The campus and community at large are invited to hear experts in medicine and the health sciences lead the fall session of UCSF's Mini Medical School, presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Providing intellectual enrichment to the Bay Area community, OLLI courses showcase the same world-renowned faculty who teach students at UCSF and other local universities. This year's fall courses focus on how to cope with stress and understanding the science behind healthy eating. All classes will be held in the Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Each class includes a one-hour lecture followed by a question-and-answer session. Tuition is $75 for one course and $125 for two courses. Parking in the UCSF campus garage is $3 per evening. For more information or to register, visit the OLLI website. The courses are as follows: Coping with Stress: How to Survive in a Fast-Paced World
  • November 7: Stress, Eating and Premature Aging, presented by Elissa Epel, PhD, assistant professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry.
  • November 14: Stress and the Immune System: The Truth About Psycho Neuro Immunology, presented by Margaret E. Kemeny, PhD, professor of psychiatry, director, graduate academic program, psychology, UCSF Department of Psychiatry.
  • November 28: Minding the Body: Cognitive Behavioral Stress Reduction, presented by Jason Satterfield, PhD, director, behavioral medicine, associate professor of clinical medicine, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine.
  • December 5: Imaginative Solutions for Stress Relief, presented by Martin L. Rossman, MD, clinical associate, UCSF Department of Medicine.
Metabolism & Nutrition: The Science behind Healthy Eating
  • November 1: Eating Disorders: What's the Skinny?, presented by Sara M. Buckelew, MD, MPH, assistant professor, UCSF Division of Adolescent Medicine.
  • November 8: Fad Diets: What Really Works for Weight Loss, presented by Andrea Garber, PhD, RD, assistant professor, UCSF Division of Adolescent Medicine.
  • November 15: The New Epidemic: The Inside Story of Obesity, presented by Henry Sanchez, MD, professor of clinical pathology, endowed chair, pathology medical student education, UCSF schools of medicine and dentistry.
  • November 29: The Science of Long Term Energy Homeostasis: A Delicate Balance Between Diet, Metabolic Hormones and Genetics, presented by Michael S. German, MD, professor of medicine; Justine K. Schreyer, endowed chair, diabetes research clinical director, UCSF Diabetes Center.
  • December 6: Diabetes: Things are Looking Up if Blood Sugars are Kept Down, presented by Sherri Shafer, RD, CDE, Senior Registered Dietitian, certified diabetes educator, UCSF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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