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UCSF at Dreamforce 2016: Fighting Cancer, Battling Zika, Using Data to Stop Outbreaks

U2 Will Play Concert to Benefit UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals

By Mike Billings

Some of UC San Francisco's foremost scientists will participate in the 2016 Dreamforce conference in San Francisco to talk on topics that include using technology to stop viral outbreaks, changing the way that cancer is fought and battling against the Zika virus.

Atul Butte speaks at the 2015 Dreamforce conference

UCSF at Dreamforce

“Using Technology to Stop Viral Outbreaks”
Tuesday, Oct. 4
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Featuring Atul Butte

“Forbes Philanthropy Summit: Leadership and Boldness In the Time of AIDS”
Wednesday, Oct. 5
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Featuring Eric Goosby

“Forbes Philanthropy Summit: The Legacy Of Ending AIDS For Good”
Wednesday, Oct. 5
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Featuring Edward Machtinger

“Using Yourself to Beat Cancer and How We Will Beat Zika”
Thursday, Oct. 6
11 a.m. to noon
Featuring Jeffrey Bluestone, Arnold Kriegstein and Susan Fisher

Dreamforce is an annual conference put on by cloud computing company Salesforce to showcase some of the nation’s thought leaders, industry pioneers and innovators. UCSF participates each year to highlight the latest innovations in health care and research, including during Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s keynote last year.

Several UCSF researchers will speak during this year’s Dreamforce conference. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Atul Butte, MD, PhD, director of the UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences, will speak with Pardis Sabeti, MD, DPhil, a computational biologist at Harvard University, in their talk titled “Using Technology to Stop Viral Outbreaks.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Eric Goosby, MD, will join speakers that include Rep. Nancy Pelosi in the Forbes Philanthropy Summit: Leadership and Boldness in the Time of AIDS. Also speaking at Dreamforce on the topic of AIDS is Edward Machtinger, MD, the director of the Women's HIV Program at UCSF, who will speak during the Forbes Philanthropy Summit: The Legacy Of Ending AIDS For Good.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD; Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD; and Susan Fisher, PhD, will appear for their talk titled “Using Yourself to Beat Cancer and How We Will Beat Zika.” Bluestone, a professor at UCSF and CEO of the new Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, will talk about the new techniques that are being used to fight cancer.

Kriegstein, the director of UCSF’s Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, and Fisher, professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, will talk about the work that UCSF is doing to battle the Zika virus.

One of the highlights of Dreamforce is a concert to raise funds for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. The Irish rock band U2 will perform at this year’s concert. Over the past few years, the event has successfully raised tens of millions to support UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, regularly ranked among the best providers in pediatric care. To donate, purchase tickets or help sponsor the event, go to www.theconcertforkids.com.

This year’s Dreamforce conference is sold out, but many of the talks will be streamed live online.

For more campus news and resources, visit Pulse of UCSF.