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Why Does Red Wine Cause a Headache? The Answer Might Surprise You

Just in time for the holidays, there’s a new theory about the link between a glass of red wine and the headache that comes later.

Read about the study »

Poor Night’s Sleep Can Trigger This Heart Condition

We know that a lousy night’s sleep can leave us feeling drained the next day. Now a study has found another reason to get proper rest.

Read what researchers found »

Are You at Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

Experts are divided on when and how often to do mammograms, how to rethink interventions for precancer lesions, how to pinpoint risk and reduce the toxicity of treatments.

See what UCSF experts say »

UCSF Trauma Surgeon Surprised By Special SF Honor

When elected officials celebrate your career, it’s typically time to take stock with retirement on the horizon. But not for Andre Campbell, MD.

Read about the honor »

Pain Expert Calls on Clinicians to End Kids’ Needle Pain

One of the world’s leading experts in pediatric pain management is challenging clinicians nationwide to eliminate the pain and anxiety of needle jabs for children.

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Social Spotlight

Follow a day in the life of UCSF Medical Center's Chief of Surgical Oncology Division, Ajay Maker, MD, as he cares for a patient, shares why he became a doctor and addresses the importance of family.

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Watch the 2023 State of the University Address: UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood’s 10th State of the University speech is on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. The address – which will be streamed live – will focus on the power and potential of AI across research, care delivery and education. Be sure to catch Tanja Kortemme, PhD, just added to the chancellor’s first-ever panel with Atul Butte, MD, PhD, and Sara Murray, MD, MAS. The panel will discuss the future of AI in health care. Make plans to watch either live or later here »

UCSF Resources for Middle East Conflict: The current crisis in the Middle East has been distressing for the UCSF community. While many come from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives and experiences, it is our collective responsibility to foster a safe and welcoming environment for all. Find resources, information and events for support and connection with others as the conflict continues. See what’s available »

Gift Cards for Fraud Quiz: Since 2021, one in four people who reported losing money to fraud said it began on social media. Learn how not to be a victim and enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Take the quiz »

Discounted Parking Rate Lottery: UCSF will provide discounted parking rates at select parking facilities through a new Park & Ride pilot program, beginning with commuters based out of Parnassus Heights and Mission Center Building. Those selected will receive a discounted $100 monthly parking rate and be able to take a Lime Shuttle to their final UCSF destination. Only certain UCSF commuters qualify for the first phase. To enter, complete this online form and attend a Zoom lottery drawing on Wednesday, Dec. 13 »

Don’t Miss 2023’s Final Town Hall: Join UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood for the last Town Hall of the year on Friday, Dec. 1 as we mark World AIDS Day with Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, medical director of the HIV Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. After that, get an update on UCSF’s Anchor Institution Mission from a team led by Wylie Liu, Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement, and Health News You Can Use with Peter Chin-Hong, MD. Mark your calendar now »

Mission Bay Shuttle Stops Temporarily Moved: The Mission Bay campus shuttle stops – both east and west sides on 4th Street – have temporarily relocated to allow space for maintenance work at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building. The project is expected to be completed by mid-December. Shuttles impacted include Blue, Grey, Gold, Red and Tan. Plan your shuttle trip »

Parnassus Central Campus Project Updates: UCSF is embarking on an important endeavor to create a welcoming space leading to the “heart of campus” at Parnassus Heights. The Parnassus Central Campus Site Improvements program will provide extensive site upgrades, including a pedestrian connection between Golden Gate Park, the Parnassus campus, and Mount Sutro, enhanced energy efficiency, and more. Take a short survey to share what features you think the new space should have »

Make Your Website Digitally Accessible: Not sure of the best approach for testing your pages to ensure that all users can access them? Michael Marmon, UCSF IT Adoption and Training Lead, wasn’t either. Thankfully, there are resources to support you in this work. Watch Michael’s video »

Appathon Submissions: The call for proposals is now open for UCSF and UC Berkeley's third iHack Health Appathon. Have you ever had an idea for a mobile app that could improve research, clinical practice, patient care or simply make life easier? The Appathon pairs a select group of proposals with a small team of UC Berkeley engineering students to develop a prototype for iOS. The deadline for submission is Friday, Dec. 1. Learn more »

Tops in TIME: The University of California made an impressive showing on TIME magazine’s list of the best inventions of 2023. The annual collection of 200 products was released last week and recognizes four inventions developed or advanced in UC laboratories. See the list »

Wellness Corner: Hard to find 30 minutes for movement? Break it up into smaller segments. Ten minutes of movement three times a day still counts! Get more well-being resources here »


November 29

UCSF Faculty Mentoring Forum: Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD

November 29

Bay Area Breast Cancer Forum

November 30

My E-Bike Story

November 30

BALANCE Faculty Spotlights: Riley Bove, MD

November 30

Effective Use of Standardized Patients in Health Professions Education

November 30

Caregiver Webinars: Compassion in Your Pocket

December 1

Inclusive Leadership

December 1

Cancer Center Friday Seminar Series: Maya Graham, MD, PhD

December 2

UCSF Marriott Torch Relay Run

December 5-6

Artificial Intelligence Across Biological Scales Symposium

December 5

Vocal Chords: Student A Capella Group Winter Concert

December 5

Data and Intelligence Across University of California Health: What’s Real, What’s Allowed and What’s Artificial? 

December 5

Centering Our Stories: A Community Building Space for BIPOC Staff

December 5

Ideation Drawing Part 1

December 5

Stem Cell Seminar: Miguel Ramalho-Santos, PhD, MSc

December 5

QTBIPOC Community Gathering

December 6-7

Health AI Symposium

December 6

Winter Handmade Market

December 7

3D Printing Part 1: Introduction to 3D Printing

December 7

What’s Keeping You Up at Night? A Discussion on Racial Discrimination and Harassment

December 11

Expanding Our Educational Practice in Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive and Intersectionally Sensitive Medical Education

December 11

From Conflict to Collaboration in the Clinical Setting

December 12

Coffee and Science Talk: Sa-keira T.J. Hudson, PhD

December 12

UCSF Alumni Author Series: Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Resident Alum

December 12

Getting to the Gut of the Matter Nutrition, the Microbiome and Cancer

December 12

Grieving During the Holidays: Understanding and Preparing for the Coming Month(s)

December 12

Faculty Research Lecture: Diana Greene Foster, PhD

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