Media Advisory: UCSF Experts on 9/11-Related Health Topics Available for Media Interviews

By Leland Kim


The tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 is just days away. UCSF is making available some of its world-class experts to talk about potential long-term medical implications from the events of 9/11.

Recent studies indicate that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common health concern of 9/11. People who experienced the events of 9/11 first-hand or know someone who died are roughly four times as likely to suffer from PTSD than those in the general population, according to the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry.

UCSF has three experts available to speak with members of the media:

  • David Vlahov, PhD, dean of UCSF School of Nursing, who conducted population-based studies of mental health, including a mental health assessment and follow-up on 3,000 New York City residents after the events of 9/11. He is available in person on Friday, Sept. 9, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at the Gladstone Institutes Auditorium at Mission Bay. ( SW corner on map)
  • Mardi Horowitz, MD, director of the Center on Stress and Personality and president of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, who is an expert on stress, trauma, grief, personality, psychotherapy, and conscious and unconscious processes. He is available via telephone on Friday, Sept. 9.
  • Thomas Neylan, MD, director of PTSD Research, San Francisco VA Medical Center, who has been researching sleep, neuroendocrinology, neuroimaging, electrophysiology, gene expression, and treatment of PTSD for the past 14 years. He is available via telephone on Friday, Sept. 9.

Interested media please contact [email protected]. On Friday, contact him at 415-999-0791.

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