Timeline of UCSF Milestones in 2016

By Mike Billings

Scroll down through the interactive timeline to explore some of the major events and achievements of the past year at UC San Francisco.

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Fundraising Powerhouse

the entrance to the UCSF Medical Center at Mission BayUCSF raised a record $608.5 million in private contributions in 2015 – the highest total of any public U.S. university, according to rankings by the Council for Aid to Education

Read more Jan. 28

Landmark Dementia Study

Senior woman holding water glassIn the largest and longest study thus far of ethnic disparities in dementia risk, researchers compared six ethnic and racial groups within the same geographic population and found significant variation in dementia incidence among them.

Read more Feb. 10

Joe Biden in a UCSF lab

Vice President Visits

UCSF hosted Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, PhD, for a tour and panel discussion as part of a national listening tour for the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Read more Feb. 28

Panel at the teach-in

Examining Injustice

Journalist Soledad O’Brien moderated a teach-in at UCSF on injustice, intolerance and inequities as well as their impact on health in America.

Read more Feb. 29

Stopping Zika

brain cells being infected by the Zika virusUCSF’s Zika symposium brings together Bay Area experts in the field as the virus spread across the Americas. UCSF’s research contributions to Zika in 2016 include mapping the virus’ route to the developing fetus and the finding that a popular antibiotic can prevent the cells in fetal brain tissue from being infected.

Read more March 10

Stellar School Rankings

UCSF nursing studentsIn the U.S. News & World Report survey of best graduate schools, the School of Medicine ranks third in research and primary care education, the School of Nursing ranks third and the School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy ranks third.

Read more March 15

Computational Approach

Nevan KroganThe Quantitative Biosciences Institute, directed by Nevan Krogan, PhD, is established to advance the application of computation, mathematics and statistics toward a deeper understanding of complex problems in biology.

Read more March 16

Dialing Into Depression

Man using iPhoneA study about voice personal assistants’ inconsistent and incomplete responses to questions about mental health, rape and domestic violence leads Apple, the maker of the iPhone, to update Siri’s responses to such inquiries.

Read more March 23

Noteworthy at NIH

Wendell Lim and researcherFor the third year in a row, UCSF’s  schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy received the top tallies in National Institutes of Health funding in their respective fields in 2015, with the University overall receiving the most NIH funds of any public university.

Read more March 31

Cancer Moonshot Leadership

Berger and BluestoneMitchel Berger, MD, and Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, are named to a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders and patient advocates to guide the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Read more April 6

Sean Parker, Jeffrey Bluestone and Katie Couric at the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer ImmunotherapyCancer Immunotherapy Innovation

UCSF immunologist Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, is named president and CEO of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, an initiative launched by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker to enable coordination and collaboration of the field’s top researchers and quickly translate their findings into patient treatments.

Read more April 12

New BRCA Resource for Patients

Pamela MunsterThe Center for BRCA Research launches at UCSF, giving patients and individuals who carry BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations a one-stop resource. The center is co-led by Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, and Pamela Munster, MD.

Read more April 19

Joan and Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill

Record-Breaking Gift

A $185 million gift from Joan and Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill establishes the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The gift, the largest to date for UCSF, is one of several for the neurosciences in recent years, including the $25 million from the Oberndorf Foundation in April.

Read more April 25

Addressing Affordable Housing

Two students walking with bikesUCSF creates a need-based Cost of Living Supplement pilot program for students, one of several measures to address San Francisco's housing crisis.

Read more May 2

Osseointegration Pioneer

Osseointegration patientA first of its kind in the U.S., UCSF completes an osseointegration surgery, in which a titanium screw is implanted in a bone, creating an anchor to which an external prosthesis can be attached.

Read more May 3

Bioethics Program Launches

Barbara KoenigUCSF launches a new campus-wide bioethics program led by noted bioethics scholar Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN. The program is designed to bring prominence to the issues of ethics in research and medicine, especially as biomedical technologies are rapidly advancing.

Read more May 5

Susan Desmond-Hellmann

Convening Precision Public Health

UCSF hosts a summit convened by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to kick-start the conversation about what can be accomplished in precision public health.

Read more June 13

Benioff Children's Hospital signChampions for Children

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals placed among the nation’s premier children’s hospitals in all 10 pediatric specialties in the best pediatric hospital rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Read more June 21

AIDS Walk Anniversary

UCSF faculty, staff and students pose for a photo in matching blue UCSF T-shirts before the 2016 AIDS Walk San FranciscoUCSF went big for the 30th anniversary AIDS Walk San Francisco, assembling one of its largest-ever groups and raising its highest-ever total of more than $150,000.

Read more July 18

Bridges to the Future

The School of Medicine launches its new Bridges curriculum, a program that was built from the ground up to rethink training the clinicians of the future.

Read more Aug. 1

Top-Ranked Hospital

Entrance to UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus campusUCSF Medical Center is named the seventh best hospital in the country and receives elite status in 15 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 Best Hospitals survey.

Read more Aug. 2

Sugar Industry Revealed

A newly discovered cache of industry documents revealed that the sugar industry began working closely with nutrition scientists in the mid-1960s to single out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of coronary heart disease and to downplay evidence that sucrose consumption was also a risk factor.

Read more Sept. 12

Bruce Alberts, PhD

Bruce Alberts’ Lifetime Honors

Biochemist Bruce Alberts, PhD, received the 2016 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science, one of the highest honors in biomedicine.

Read more Sept. 12

Mark Zuckerberg speaks on-stage at UCSF during the Biohub announcementBillionaire Biohub

UCSF, Stanford University and UC Berkeley announce they’re joining forces in a new biomedical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

Read more Sept. 21

First Ever Postdoc Slam

Navneet Matharu gives her presentation at the 2016 Postdoc SlamThe inaugural Postdoc Slam is held, a competition in which 10 UCSF postdocs compete to explain complex research in simple language – and in three minutes or less. The competition is modeled after the Grad Slam competition.

Read more Sept. 26

Sam Hawgood speaks during the 2016 State of the University addressInvested in the Community

In his third State of the University address, Chancellor Sam Hawgood highlighted the findings of a new economic and fiscal impact analysis, showing UCSF’s total economic output in the Bay Area is now $8.9 billion.

Read more Oct. 4

Childhood Brain Cancer

an illustration of DNA strandsA groundbreaking study from UCSF researchers shows that next-generation sequencing for children with brain tumors can change diagnoses and retool treatment plans.

Read more Nov. 15

Coalition Against Cancer

Aiming to reduce the incidence and mortality from the most common cancers in San Francisco, a group that includes UCSF, the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), and health care and community organizations launched the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN).

Read more Nov. 16

Breakthrough Symposium Returns

Three years after Silicon Valley titans launched the Breakthrough Prizes at UCSF, the symposium returned to campus. The event showcased the research of current and past laureates, including UCSF's inaugural winner Shinya Yamanaka, PhD.

Read more Dec. 5

Gift Creates New Investigator Program

Bill BowesBiotech pioneer Bill Bowes makes a $50 million pledge that establishes the Bowes Biomedical Investigator Program at UCSF. The program provides a five-year funding stream of $250,000 per year per investigator to early- and mid-career faculty members to support “unconventional” research. The UCSF community was saddened to learn of Bowes’ passing in later December.

Read more Dec. 9