Media Advisory: Three UCSF Researchers Honored by Top Science Association

By Kristen Bole

Three UCSF researchers will be awarded the distinction of fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February 2012 for their scientific research in reproductive medicine, statistics and stem cells.

Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, MScLinda Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.

The association will award this honor to 539 new fellows for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished, according to the association.

The new Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 23 and in a news release. They will be recognized on Saturday, Feb. 18, during the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C.

The UCSF researchers were named fellows with the following distinctions:

Joan Hilton, ScD, MPHJoan Hilton, ScD, MPH
  • Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc,professor and chair of the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, who is a leader in research on the environmental impacts on reproductive health and founder of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE).The fellowship recognizes herdistinguished contributions to the field of reproductive medicine and reproductive science, including endometrial biology, environmental impacts on reproductive health, infertility, and human embryonic and endometrial biology.
  • Joan Hilton, ScD, MPH, professor of biostatistics,who teaches clinical trials methods and collaborates on a wide range of biomedical topics, including long-term studies of HIV. The AAAS fellowship is in recognition of herhigh-impact research on important laboratory, clinical and field studies, for dedicated leadership in statistical education, and for outstanding service to her profession and society.
Deepak Srivastava, MDDeepak Srivastava, MD
  • Deepak Srivastava, MD, professor in the departments of Pediatrics and of Biochemistry & Biophysics, and senior investigator at the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes.  Srivastava's studies focus on applying modern genetic and stem cell technologies to identify the causes of human heart disease. He is being recognized forhis distinguished contributions and advancements in the fields of congenital heart disease, cardiac development and stem cell biology. 

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874 and is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers, according to the AAAS. Members can be considered for the honor if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, by any three fellows who are current AAAS members or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

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