MEDIA ADVISORY: UCSF Chancellor to Give Annual ‘State of the University’ Address

By Laura Kurtzman

What: Annual State of the University Address by Chancellor Sam Hawgood.

Why: Taking stock of a year rich in scientific discovery and national recognition that also brought a bounty of gifts in support of the University’s mission, UCSF Chancellor Hawgood will reflect on these accomplishments, and cast an eye to the future, in his annual State of the University address.

Highlights of the speech include:

  • New tools in both the physical and life sciences are enabling us to better understand, treat and prevent disease like never before. UCSF scientists are in the vanguard of advancing the use of CRISPR and other gene editing technologies to combat and prevent human disease.
  • UCSF Medical Center was once again recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in California and among the finest hospitals nationwide.
  • UCSF continues to be the No. 1 provider of hospital care to Medi-Cal patients among all San Francisco hospitals.
  • This year, UCSF welcomed 906 new students; 65 percent are women and nearly half were born in California. More than a quarter are the first in their families to attend college; nearly half are the first to attend graduate school.
  • UCSF continues to focus on community service, as seen in the long running free dental clinic for the homeless and low income community, HIV/LGBT mental health services and substance abuse services, and the deep partnership with Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where UCSF faculty are now leading programs focused on children suffering from “toxic stress,” and homelessness. It’s also seen in the establishment of the UCSF Child Health Equity Institute, aimed at creating a society in which all children and families have an equal opportunity for health. This year, UCSF’s science education program served more than 3,500 students, 580 families and 30 high school counselors.

When: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

Where: Cole Hall, UCSF Parnassus Heights Campus, San Francisco, CA.

Interview, photo and video opportunities: The speech will be given live, and photography is permitted.

RSVP: Laura Kurtzman, 415-317-3760.

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.