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Friday, April 12
 

8:00am

Registration
All registration will be open in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.


10:15am

Classes Without Quizzes 1 – UCSF and the San Francisco Department of Public Health: A Partnership to Address the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis has been deemed the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history. This session will highlight the multifaceted interventions that have been implemented by a diverse group of UCSF faculty innovators in partnership with the public health network in San Francisco. Panelists will share examples and describe how this essential collaboration is allowing us to tackle our city’s complex and vexing opioid problem.
 

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Geier

Michelle Geier

PharmD, Resident Alum
Dr. Geier is a Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist Supervisor at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She earned her PharmD at the University of Washington, and completed a Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at UCSF and a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Department of Veterans... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Kearney

Thomas Kearney

PharmD ’80
Dr. Kearney is an Associate Dean in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy. He has served as Associate Director of the Louisiana State Regional Poison Control Center, Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Regional Poison Center at Children's Hospital of... Read More →
avatar for Craig Smollin

Craig Smollin

MD, Clincal Fellow Alum
Dr. Smollin is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Toxicology Fellowship program at UCSF. He has served as the Medical Director of the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System since 2017. He is board Certified in both Emergency... Read More →
avatar for Matt Tierney

Matt Tierney

RN, MS ’00, NP
Matt Tierney is a Nurse Practitioner and Associate Clinical Faculty at the UCSF School of Nursing. He is an acting clinician focusing on expanding access to effective addiction treatment, and his practice includes substance use treatment services at the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Vo

Kathy Vo

MD, Resident Alum, Clinical Fellow Alum
Dr. Vo is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist. She works clinically at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and at the California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division. In addition, Dr. Vo is leading efforts to help treat San Francisco’s... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Seacliff CD 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

12:00pm

2:30pm

Classes Without Quizzes 2: – Sugar: The Unsweetened Truth and What We Can Do About It
Obesity and chronic disease pandemics are long-term threats to humans. Learn about the harms of excess sugar consumption and how much sugar is too much. Following the successful model of the UCSF Tobacco Center, the university is poised to solve these pandemics through vital research and translational medicine, allowing us to get the word on sugar out to the general public and key decision-makers.

Speakers
avatar for Laura A. Schmidt

Laura A. Schmidt

PhD, MSW, MPH
Dr. Laura Schmidt works to understand how changing lifestyles are contributing to globally rising rates of chronic disease and seeks options on what to do about it. Dr. Schmidt bridges the worlds of biomedical research and population health in exploring the growing pressures of globalizing... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Seacliff CD 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

4:00pm

Classes Without Quizzes 3: – Health Professions Education: Student Learning and Curriculum in Action
Campus leaders will discuss UCSF's pioneering approach to professional education, which views our students as our greatest asset, aims to produce practitioners ready to tackle the most challenging problems of 21st-century health care, and forms the foundation of UCSF: The Campaign's grand challenges and commitment to UCSF's brilliant minds.

Speakers
avatar for Amber Fitzsimmons

Amber Fitzsimmons

PT, DPTSc ’13
Dr. Fitzsimmons is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and the School of Medicine’s Anatomy Department, and was named Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science on July 1, 2018... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Lucey

Catherine Lucey

MD, Resident Alum
Catherine Reinis Lucey, MD, is vice dean for education. She directs the undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs of the School of Medicine and the Office of Medical Education. Dr. Lucey comes to UCSF from Ohio State University where she was vice dean for education... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Shannon

Maureen Shannon

MS ’79, PhD ’07, RN, CNM
Ms. Shannon is the associate dean of academic programs at the UCSF School of Nursing. She recently joined the school after serving as professor and the Frances A. Matsuda endowed chair, Nursing Graduate chair, and PhD program director at the University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Youmans

Sharon Youmans

PharmD ’85, MPH
As vice dean of the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Youmans leads education and diversity initiatives, which include the current development of a new PharmD curriculum. Prior to receiving a faculty appointment, she worked as a pharmacist in hospital and community pharmacy settings. She... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Seacliff CD 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

5:30pm

Alumni Weekend Opening Session
Join us as the studio audience for a live taping of UCSF’s Carry the One Radio podcast. Run by a small group of dedicated young UCSF scientists, Carry the One showcases what makes science so exciting – the joy of discovery, the beauty of nature, and the promise of a better tomorrow. This episode will focus on exploring the past, present, and future of HIV/AIDS research and care at UCSF, from the early 1980s to present day.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Havlir

Diane Havlir

MD, Resident Alum
Diane is a pioneer and global leader in HIV. She was a physician in training at UCSF when the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s, and she has conducted research and cared for HIV patients ever since. She has led pivotal HIV treatment studies to establish combination antiretroviral... Read More →
avatar for Marguerita Lightfoot

Marguerita Lightfoot

PhD
Dr. Lightfoot is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Chief for the Division of Prevention Science, Director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), Director of the UCSF Prevention Research Center and she holds the Walter... Read More →
avatar for Anna Lipkin

Anna Lipkin

Ms. Lipkin is a third-year graduate student in the neuroscience program at UCSF, where she studies how consuming alcohol in adolescence affects brain function. She has been a member of Carry the One Radio since she arrived at UCSF, and she also is a producer for The Fog at Bay, a... Read More →
avatar for Ben Mansky

Ben Mansky

Mr. Mansky is a fourth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at UCSF and president of Carry the One Radio, UCSF’s student-run science podcast. During his three years with Carry the One, he has written, directed, and produced episodes covering topics ranging from DNA data storage to... Read More →
avatar for Val Robb

Val Robb

RN
Ms. Robb, a San Francisco nurse, has provided care to people with AIDS and HIV since the beginning of the HIV epidemic. Her nursing journey began at Mount Zion Hospital followed by 12 years providing hospice and home care services. Until her retirement in 2017, Ms. Robb worked at... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom BC 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

6:30pm

Kick Off Reception
Following the Opening Session, enjoy a fun reception with live music, dancing, and hors d'oeuvres, featuring a look back at UCSF’s historic past with UCSF Archives and an opportunity to peer into the future of UCSF: The Campaign.

Friday April 12, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Lower/Upper Atrium, Waterfront CDE 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco
 
Saturday, April 13
 

7:30am

Registration
All registration will be open in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.


8:30am

Breakfast with the Chancellor
An elegant, seated breakfast featuring remarks from UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, followed by The Telomere Effect authors Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, UCSF professor emerita and 2009 Nobel laureate, and Elissa Epel, PhD, postdoc alum and professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.

Winners of the 2019 UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards also will be announced. Awards will be presented to 15 alumni in the categories of The Audacious, The Innovators, The Compassionate, The Dedicated, and The Pathfinders.

Join the UCSF Alumni Book Club! In this online community, alumni can connect with each other and enjoy books on healthcare and science. There is no cost to participate – you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. Our first book will be The Telomere Effect by UCSF’s Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, UCSF professor emerita and 2009 Nobel laureate, and Elissa Epel, PhD, postdoc alum and professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Please sign up to join the club by February 3.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Hawgood

Sam Hawgood

MBBS, Postdoc Alum
Sam Hawgood is the chancellor and the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor at UCSF. He was dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs from 2009-2014, after assuming the role of interim dean in December 2007. His distinguished career at... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Blackburn

PhD, Professor Emerita
Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn is a Nobel Laureate and Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology, in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research.Elizabeth... Read More →
avatar for Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel

PhD, Postdoc Alum
Elissa Epel, PhD, is a professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center (www.amecenter.ucsf.edu). She studies psychological, social, and behavioral processes related to chronic psychological stress that accelerate biological aging, with a focus on the telomere/telomerase maintenance system. She also studies the interconnections between emotional processes, eating, and meta... Read More →
avatar for Biana Roykh

Biana Roykh

DDS ’06, MPH
Biana Roykh was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Dental Society upon her graduation from UCSF. She completed a general practice residency at University of Nevada School of Medicine and returned to San Francisco to enter private practice. She also directed a dental... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 8:30am - 10:15am
Grand Ballroom 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

10:30am

Discovery Talks
Join moderator UCSF Graduate Division dean Elizabeth Watkins, PhD, for a jam-packed hour of TEDx-style talks showcasing renowned UCSF faculty innovators describing their transformative research and discoveries.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Watkins

Elizabeth Watkins

PhD
Elizabeth Watkins is dean of the Graduate Division, vice chancellor of Student Academic Affairs, and professor of History of Health Sciences. She came to UCSF in 2004 and has served as dean since April 2012 and as vice chancellor since August 2013. She earned her B.A. in biology and... Read More →
avatar for Stefan Habelitz

Stefan Habelitz

DDS, PhD, Postdoc Alum
Dr. Habelitz is a Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at UCSF, where his research involves the study of self-assembly of amelogenin proteins and peptides for fibrillar apatite crystallization mimicking dental enamel, and the use polymeric process-directing... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Max

Wendy Max

PhD, Postdoc Alum
Dr. Max is a Professor of Health Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Health & Aging at UCSF. Her recent research has focused on modeling the economic impact of tobacco on healthcare expenditures. Dr. Max has estimated national costs of smoking; costs to Medicare, Medicaid... Read More →
avatar for Anita Sil

Anita Sil

MD ’98, PhD ’96
Dr. Sil is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at UCSF. Her lab has built a number of fundamental tools to study the molecular biology of Histoplasma capsulatum, which is thought to be the number one cause of fungal respiratory infections in the world.
avatar for Dyche Mullins

Dyche Mullins

PhD
Dr. Mullins is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF, where his research focuses on the assembly and regulation of cytoskeletal networks—collections of molecules used by living cells to move molecular cargo, establish polarity, and propel themselves... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Arkin

Michelle Arkin

PhD
Dr. Arkin is a Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, co-Director of the UCSF Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC), member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and an Adjunct Professor at the Buck Institute for Aging Research. Her research focuses on developing... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Atrium 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

11:30am

2:00pm

Experience UCSF
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, Seacliff A
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, Seacliff B
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, Seacliff C
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 , Seacliff D
Innovation Sprint    
David Charron, MBA
*This program runs for 90 minutes and does not repeat.
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
avatar for Saul Villeda

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 →
avatar for Michael Cabana

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 →
avatar for Susan Lynch

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 →
avatar for Sergio Baranzini

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 →
avatar for Tiffany Scharschmidt

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 →
avatar for Marina Sirota

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 →
avatar for David Charron

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 →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seacliff 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

3:15pm

Experience UCSF
Join us for three 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, Seacliff A
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, Seacliff B
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, Seacliff C
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.

Speakers
avatar for Saul Villeda

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 →
avatar for Michael Cabana

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 →
avatar for Susan Lynch

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 →
avatar for Sergio Baranzini

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 →
avatar for Tiffany Scharschmidt

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 →
avatar for Marina Sirota

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 →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Seacliff 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

6:30pm

Graduate Division Gala
Graduate Division and Physical Therapy alumni are invited to a festive reception and dinner where guests from all UCSF PhD and Masters programs will gather to reconnect and reminisce while honoring the Graduate Division's 2019 Alumnus of the Year, Mark Dresser, PhD '00. Attendees can indicate which table they wish to sit at (program, lab, employer) when completing their registrations.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Watkins

Elizabeth Watkins

PhD
Elizabeth Watkins is dean of the Graduate Division, vice chancellor of Student Academic Affairs, and professor of History of Health Sciences. She came to UCSF in 2004 and has served as dean since April 2012 and as vice chancellor since August 2013. She earned her B.A. in biology and... Read More →
avatar for Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser

PhD ’00
Mark Dresser serves as the Head of Development Sciences at Denali Therapeutics. His experience spans all phases of drug development and includes over 40 successful IND filings and global regulatory approvals of four novel oncology drugs. Mark was previously the Director and Head of... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Grand Ballroom C 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco

9:00pm

UCSF: The Campaign Reception
All alumni and guests are invited to close out the weekend's festivities with drinks, dancing, and dessert. We will also reflect on UCSF: The Campaign and the role of our alumni in helping UCSF make the biggest possible impact on the health and well-being of everyone!

Saturday April 13, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Lower/Upper Atrium, Waterfront CDE 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco
 
Sunday, April 14
 

10:00am

2 hour kayaking trip with UCSF Outdoor Programs
Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour kayaking trip with UCSF Outdoor Programs to famous McCovey Cove, home to many SF Giants home run splash balls! This guided kayak trip is perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers as well. Our 2 person kayaks and easy dock launch allow us access to the protected waterway of Mission Creek without waves or strong currents. From McCovey Cove we'll enjoy stunning views of the SF Giants/AT&T stadium, the Bay Bridge and beyond. Trip includes all kayaking gear, instruction and guides while on the water. Children 8 and up can participate with an adult in the kayak.

This event has a separate registration link from Alumni Weekend registration. Please go to https://ucsf.regfox.com/2-hour-kayaking-trip-with-ucsf-outdoor-programs to register. 

Sunday April 14, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mission Creek Park 416 Berry Street (across from the basketball courts, by the water)