2011: The Year in Pictures



Here are a few of the memorable moments that capture the teaching, research, patient care and campus life activities at UCSF in 2011.

Stem Cell Research Soars to New Heights in Spectacular Building

Matthias Hebrok, PhD, director of the UCSF Diabetes Center and Metabolic Research Unit, looks at a film with Michael German, MD, Justine K. Schreyer Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research and an endocrinologist at UCSF Medical Center, in the new Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building. The architecturally significant structure, located on the University’s Parnassus campus, is the headquarters for the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF. The program, which extends across all UCSF campuses, is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the United States. Photo by Peter DaSilva
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Babies Benefit from High Rates for Breastfeeding at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

New parents Anders Persson and Aimee Sznewajs meet with lactation specialist Dawn Reidy to discuss breastfeeding their newborn son Leo. UCSF ranks number four out of hospitals throughout California based on their rates of exclusive breastfeeding, when the infant only receives breast milk. California hospitals need policies that support breastfeeding mothers to give children the best chance at good health from birth, according to a report. Photo by Cindy Chew
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UCSF Hosts First Prom for Hospitalized Teens in Bay Area

Rachel Hale, 16, and her boyfriend, Cameron, 17, talk about their plans for the prom from her hospital bed at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, where she was treated for a combination of gastrointestinal and orthostatic conditions. The two were among attendees at the first-ever UCSF patient prom — the only hospital prom for teens in the San Francisco Bay Area. Photo by Cindy Chew
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UCSF to Conduct First Clinical Trials of Botulism Vaccine

James Marks, MD, PhD, professor in the departments of anesthesia and pharmaceutical chemistry, and director of the medical-surgical intensive care unit at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital, works in his lab at SFGH with specialist Maria Consuelo Garcia Rodriguez. UCSF basic research into botulism has translated into a novel antitoxin to protect against bioterrorism, with the first clinical trials launching to assess the resulting vaccine’s safety. Photo by Susan Merrell
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UCSF Chancellor Congratulates Students at Commencement

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, congratulates graduates of UCSF, offering them words of advice as they embark on a new chapter in their life. “Enjoy the success, and the kudos, and the feedback, and your family’s love, and your colleagues’ appreciation. It’s a great time to pause and feel really good about accomplishing something that very few people do in their lives, which is graduating from a top-notch place successfully. Seize the day.” Photo by Susan Merrell
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Bold Head-Shaving Event Supports Children with Cancer

UCSF pediatric cancer specialist Benjamin Braun, MD, PhD, was among several UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital doctors, as well as hospital staff and community members, who had their heads shaved bald to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. The event in June raised $30,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that hosts worldwide events where volunteers collect pledges and shave their heads to support kids with cancer. Photo by Susan Merrell
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Developing Innovative AIDS Treatment for People Over Age 50

The San Francisco Department of Public Health and UCSF have been awarded a grant from the California HIV/AIDS Research Program to develop innovative treatment models and a new standard of care for treating people over the age of 50 infected with HIV. The leaders in developing these models include Brad Hare, MD, medical director of the UCSF Positive Health Program — Ward 86, the HIV/AIDS clinic at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Hare is pictured here with patient James Morin. Photo by Susan Merrell
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UCSF Welcomes New Trainees

UCSF welcomed more than 400 new residents and clinical fellows to the Parnassus campus in July for an orientation to the campus community, the start of their next phase of training in health sciences.The new arrivals came from all backgrounds and were spread out among dozens of specialties, but they all shared the excitement of starting the next chapter of their lives at an institution known throughout the world for top-quality academics, biomedical research and clinical care. Photo by Susan Merrell
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Democratic Leader Kicks Off First-Ever Bay Area Science Festival

On a tour at UCSF in August, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi dons 3-D glasses at UCSF'S Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization and Informatics center during the kick-off of the first-ever Bay Area Science Festival. Directed by Professor Tom Ferrin, left, the center uses specialized software to show spatial interaction of viruses, such as HIV, proteins and DNA, at the molecular level. UCSF’s Kishore Hari led the successful Bay Area Science Festival, which featured more than 100 mostly free events to excite the public about science. Photo by Cindy Chew
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Teaching Health Care Reform to Next Generation of Providers

Laura Schmidt, PhD, delivered a lecture in September about the recent history of health reform to a standing room only audience as part of the first presentation in a new course called "Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care Reform.” The new course was the brainchild of students interested in the topic. Photo by Susan Merrell
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Mission Bay Block Party Offers Fun for All

Anthony Ninov, 2, with his mother Tanya Chehlarova nearby, dances to hip-hop music at the 5th Annual Block Party in October. The boy and his mother enjoyed the free event after visiting his dad, Nikolay Ninov, a postdoc in biochemistry at UCSF Mission Bay. The event drew more than 2,000 people for a social event that featured the Farmer's Market, a chalk drawing contest and other fun activities. Photo by Susan Merrell

Medical Students Take Part in Traditional White Coat Ceremony

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, welcomed 167 brand-new medical students in September during the annual White Coat Ceremony. After receiving her white coat, medical student Yakira Teitel receives a greeting from Hawgood, who mentioned that the Class of 2015 includes students from 20 U.S. states and 10 countries: Nicaragua, England, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Iran, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, China and Taiwan. Photo by Susan Merrell
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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Marks Milestone

Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, watches while San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen signs the beam to be placed atop the new medical center complex at Mission Bay. The 29-foot white beam was installed in October as part of a “Topping Out” Celebration to mark the end of the project’s structural steel phase. The event — a tradition in building construction — was an opportunity to recognize and thank the massive team that contributed to the design and initial construction of the 878,000-gross-square-foot facility. Photo by Susan Merrell
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