MEDIA ADVISORY: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute’s (CHORI) 37th Annual Summer Student Research Program Concludes with Summer Student Symposium

By Melinda Krigel

What: Close to 50 high school and undergraduate students who spent their summer vacations doing laboratory and clinical research alongside UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland doctors and CHORI scientists are presenting their research at a scientific symposium at CHORI on Friday, August 10

Now in its 37th year, the CHORI Summer Student Program pairs students interested in biomedical and other health-related research with world class scientists and doctors for intensive, hands-on research including stem cells, obesity, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia.

Why: The CHORI Summer Student Program is committed to increasing diversity in STEM and health-related research. It has been funded in part by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to increase diversity in research for the last 37 years (see other contributors below). The program is co-directed by Dr. Bertram Lubin, Associate Dean of Children’s Health for UCSF Health and Ellen Fung, PhD, Director, Bone Density Clinic at CHORI.

When: Friday, August 10
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - oral presentations by students
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - poster presentations by students
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - certificates and award presentations

Where: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)
5700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland, CA
(Between Aileen and 57th Streets)
Parking for media is available in the CHORI parking lot, accessible from Aileen Street.

Who: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland physicians and CHORI scientists who serve as student mentors; high school, college and university students from across the U.S.

Interview, photo and video opportunities: Students displaying and explaining their summer research projects on large poster boards at CHORI’s courtyard. Presentation of completion certificates.

More: Support for the CHORI Summer Student Research Program is provided by: The Short Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Related Research from the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute), the Elizabeth Nash Foundation; LIGHT-A-SPARK: Leveraging Investment in High School Training: Summer Program to Accelerate Regenerative medicine Knowledge from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM); Clinical Research Continuum: High School to College Program from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Anonymous Donors, and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation. For more information about the program CHORI, please visit

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the SF VA Medical Center. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major branch of the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.