Media Advisory: UCSF's Science at Lunch Series

By Lisa Cisneros

WHAT: UCSF's leading scientists will participate in five discussions about fascinating topics, such as managing stress to retraining the brain for better performance, as part of the first-ever Bay Area Science Festival.

WHEN: The public is invited to attend these free presentations, from Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 4 at several UCSF locations.

WHERE: UCSF’s Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses

WHO: Sponsored by the Office of University Relations, the series is part of the first-ever Bay Area Science Festival, which UCSF is leading along with other scientific, educational and cultural partners to generate excitement about the wonders of science.


  • Monday, Oct. 31, noon – 1 p.m.

    School of Nursing, room N 225, UCSF Parnassus campus

    Stressed Out? Why to Slow Down and How: UCSF experts describe how stress changes the human body, even at the cellular level, and impacts everything from aging to risk of developing disease.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

    School of Nursing, room N 225, UCSF Parnassus campus

    Diabetes: The State of the Epidemic: Today, even as research into the disease proceeds, the diabetes epidemic continues to grow. UCSF’s top experts explain how close we are to finding new ways to prevent, treat, better manage, or even cure the disease. This talk will be streamed live on the web at

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, noon – 1 p.m.

    Health Sciences West, room 303, UCSF Parnassus campus

    Retraining the Brain: Best-selling authorDavid Ewing Duncan, chief correspondent of public radio's Biotech Nation, talks with three leading UCSF researchers as they discuss the prospects for retraining the brain to perform better.

  • Thursday, Nov. 3,noon. – 1 p.m.

    Cole Hall, Medical Sciences Building, UCSF Parnassus campus

    Experiments in Space: Best-selling author Mary Roach will discuss her book, "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void," which is recommended reading for the Bay Area Science Festival. She will join a UCSF scientist to talk about biomedical research in space, which has yielded a wealth of insights into the effects of long space missions on the mind and body.

  • Friday, Nov. 4, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

    Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay campus

    Gut Check: The Hidden World of Microbes: Science writer Carl Zimmer talks with two of UCSF’s leading researchers as they take us on a tour of human’s most minute friends and foes, from malaria to viruses and e. coli, shedding light on how they’ve evolved alongside us and new approaches to stop them.

For more information, visit the UCSF website.