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UCSF Alumni Weekend 2019
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Saturday, April 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Experience UCSF

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Join us for four dynamic and interactive programs exploring UCSF’s core missions and the grand challenges of UCSF: The Campaign. Each one-hour experience takes place at 2:00 pm and again at 3:15 pm. Select one program per hour; capacity is limited.

Experience #1
Healthy Aging, Healthy Life Span  
Saul Villeda, PhD 
The search for the fountain of youth is making progress in a UCSF lab. Scientists are working to solve one of the grand challenges of UCSF: The Campaign – Decoding Life to Improve Health – by exploring aging and its effects on the human body, from muscle to blood to neurons, in an effort to reverse those effects and eventually prevent them from even beginning.

Experience #2
Probiotics for Kids?: Applying Probiotics for Colic and Asthma    
Michael D. Cabana, MD, MPH
Probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms that, when ingested, confer a health benefit to the host.” However, how much information about these products is science-based, and how much is just hype? This presentation will review some basic facts about probiotic supplements – for example, what to look for on the label – and discuss recent studies at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco on using probiotics for common pediatric issues such as colic and asthma.

Experience #3
Your Microbial Universe: Using Microbes as Medicine    
Susan Lynch, PhD, Sergio Baranzini, PhD, Postdoc Alum, Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD, Resident Alum, Marina Sirota, PhD
The bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms that live in and on our bodies create a universe unique to each of us: our microbiome. The interaction between microbial and human cells may determine whether your child develops asthma and allergies; how easily you can lose weight; and your susceptibility to skin diseases or oral health problems. This engaging and interactive program will help you learn more about how our individual microbiomes work and how UCSF researchers are decoding life to improve health, one of the three grand challenges of UCSF: The Campaign.

Experience #4
Innovation Sprint    
David Charron, MBA
Do you want health care in 2030 to be exactly the same as it is in 2018? We didn't think so! Find out how to revolutionize the health care landscape with David Charron of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and national faculty for innovation with the National Science Foundation  and National Institutes of Health I-Corps programs. Participants will go through an ‘Innovation Sprint’ over the course of 90 minutes using the same processes and tools that successful health care startups have adopted to ideate, validate, and commercialize their ideas. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary.



Speakers
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Saul Villeda

PhD
Saul Villeda trained as a developmental biologist in the lab of Patricia Phelps at UCLA and earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University. At Stanford he initially trained as a neural stem cell biologist with Anne Brunet, then went on to complete his doctoral work under... Read More →
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Michael Cabana

MD, MPH
Dr. Cabana’s work focuses on measuring quality of care, physician use of clinical practice guidelines, asthma management, and primary prevention of asthma,Dr. Cabana completed his medical training and MBA at a combined program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine... Read More →
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Susan Lynch

PhD
Dr. Lynch is an associate professor of medicine at UCSF, where she also directs the Microbiome Research Core and is associate director of the Microbiome in Inflammatory Disease Program. She graduated from University College Dublin and completed her postdoctoral studies at Stanford... Read More →
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Sergio Baranzini

PhD, Postdoc Alum
Dr. Baranzini is a professor of neurology at UCSF. His research focuses on mechanisms underlying susceptibility to common diseases, prediction of therapeutic response, and innovative approaches to drug discovery. Through a combination of wet lab (genetic and immunological approaches... Read More →
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Tiffany Scharschmidt

MD ’08, Resident Alum
Dr. Scharschmidt is an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Dermatology. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency in dermatology at UCSF. Her laboratory studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate the adaptive immune response to commensal bacteria... Read More →
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Marina Sirota

PhD
Dr. Sirota is an assistant professor at the UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute. Previously,t she worked as a senior research scientist at Pfizer, where she focused on developing precision medicine strategies in drug discovery. Dr. Sirota earned her PhD in biomedical... Read More →
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David Charron

MBA
David Charron is a professor at UC Berkeley where he teaches courses in innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital. He has been a core member of the leadership and teaching teams for the NSF and NIH I-Corps programs that train technology entrepreneurs in customer development... Read More →