The UCSF Community Newsletter

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Think Smoking Cannabis Won’t Damage Your Heart? Think Again

UCSF researchers are warning that the increasing use of cannabis across the country could lead to growing heart health problems.

See what they found »

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How AI Can Help Spot Early Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

UCSF scientists have found a way to predict Alzheimer’s disease up to seven years before symptoms appear by analyzing patient records with machine learning.

Read about the study »

Passionate UCSF Medical Resident Has ‘Whirlwind’ First Day

It all starts somewhere, no matter the doctor. For Kelechi Okpara, MD, PharmD, the journey through UCSF’s Internal Medicine Residency Program began at Parnassus Heights.

Follow Kelechi’s busy first shift »

Photos: Dozens of New Trees Take Root Around Parnassus Heights

UCSF and local volunteers celebrated the planting of 42 new trees on neighborhood streets surrounding the historic campus – kicking off a plan to renovate the University's original home with 21st century research, education and health care facilities.

See the pictures »

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UCSF Health Expands Network of Care with 2 Hawaii Hospitals  UCSF Health is expanding its collaboration with two hospitals in Hawaii in support of a 

transformative philanthropic gift from Lynne and Marc Benioff that aims to increase access to high-quality health care for Hawaii residents.

Learn more »

Experts in the News

The New York Times

How Much Advil is Too Much?


Study: E-Bike Head Trauma Soars as Helmet Use Falls


Meet the Fetal Surgeon Forging CRISPR's Next Frontier


New UCSF-John Muir Cancer Center Opens in Walnut Creek


New Research Indicates COVID Vaccine Safe for Babies' Brains

Social Spotlight

UCSF has been honored as a “Top Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. Students” by the U.S. State Department – the eighth time in the last 14 years the University has made the list. This year’s UCSF student Fulbright winner is Giselle Pérez-Aguilar, a fourth-year PhD student working in southern Mexico.

See photos of her Fulbright experience on Instagram »


Security Quiz for Cash: Data theft is an ever-increasing problem for UCSF and just about anyone with an electronic device. Learn about security tools by taking a quick quiz. Anyone who passes is entered to win one of six $50 Amazon gift cards. Take the test now »

International Women’s Day Events: UCSF’s celebration of International Women’s Day continues through Friday with events on women in science, rights for pregnant and postpartum workers, a film screening, and much more. Register for remaining events »

UCPath Unavailable Due to Updates: UCPath will be unavailable beginning Friday, March 8 at 12 p.m. through Monday, March 11 at 6 a.m. for ongoing monthly maintenance. Updates include enhancements to Ask UCPath. Learn more »

COVID Waning, But Still a Threat: With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updating their guidance on COVID, Peter Chin-Hong, MD, reacted to the updates and offered his take on the virus in the latest monthly UCSF Town Hall (starting at 14:15). UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor Catherine Lucey also kicked off Women’s History Month (6:03). Watch the recording here »

Remembering Nancy Adler: A faculty member at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and mentor to many, Nancy Adler, PhD, passed away in January 2024. Nancy’s influence is visible across many of today’s most high-profile and consequential health policy conversations, ranging from abortion to poverty. To understand her many accomplishments is to know how she achieved them. Read about Nancy’s “intangibles” »

Parnassus Heights Early 2024 Construction Update: Shoring is underway with demolition complete at both the new hospital at Parnassus Heights and the Parnassus Research and Academic Building sites. Shrink wrap removal will start in March on the Health Sciences East and Health Sciences West towers, and decanting for the School of Nursing building is scheduled to begin in April. Learn more about the work »

Pharmacy School Introduces New MS Program: The UCSF School of Pharmacy has announced a new Master of Science program in artificial intelligence and computational drug discovery and development, enabling graduates to gain a competitive edge for some of the most desirable jobs in the biopharmaceutical industry and academia. Read about it »

BLAC@UC Marks Women’s History Month: Join the Black Leadership Alliance Council at the University of California on Thursday, March 14, as it honors four emerging leaders in recognition of Women’s History Month. Participants from five UC campuses will reflect on their journeys to date and how we as a community can support Black women throughout the UC. Register to watch the panel »

COVID-19 Screener Reminder: UCSF faculty, staff and learners who test positive for COVID must report their result through the UCSF Digital Screener. This applies to everyone, whether they work or learn on-site or remotely. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms or has been exposed to COVID should also complete the UCSF Digital Screener for testing and guidance on returning to work. Review UCSF’s COVID testing policy »

Pathway to Retirement Series: The Pathway to Retirement webinar series continues through Friday, March 8 to help UCSF faculty and staff plan for financial security and enjoy all that retirement brings. Space is limited with six programs remaining. Register now »

CALEA Accreditation Public Comment Portal: The UCSF Police Department invites community members to submit comments, commendations and other information on the department’s quality of service or candidacy for accredited status through the Commission on Accreditation Law Enforcement Agencies Public Comment Portal. Learn more »

Chancellor’s Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion: Hear from senior leadership on UCSF’s diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism initiatives at the Chancellor’s Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion on Wednesday, March 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman joins UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood to discuss freedom of expression and academic freedom. Register here »

Get Better Sleep: With Daylight Saving Time right around the corner, check out these sleep hygiene tips to help promote a better night's sleep and get you ready for the upcoming time change. Aric Prather, UCSF professor of psychiatry, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, addressed sleeping wellness at this month’s Town Hall program (42:31).

Sleep better with these tips »

Upcoming Events



International Women’s Day Events



Breast Oncology Program Seminar: Jacco van Rheenen, PhD



3D Printing Part 1: Introduction to 3D Printing

Administrative Management Professionals Mentorship Program: Informational Brown Bag

Celebrating Women in Tech Speaker Series: Lauren F. Klein, PhD

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Networking Event



Health Equity Community Building Symposium

WinteR of LeaRning 2024 Workshop Series

Generative AI Foundations Workshops



Venture Fundraising and Investment in Health Care: The 2024 Outlook



Administrative Management Professionals Mentorship Program: Informational Brown Bag

Coffee and Science Talk: Britt Wray, PhD

Soul Glow: Equitable Hair Care

What’s New and Improved with Grant Management

2024 Chancellor’s Health Policy Lecture: Reflections on Federal Service and Harvard’s Legacy of Slavery Initiative




16th Annual Chancellor’s Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion

Core Teaching Skills Workshop: Microaggressions in the Learning Environment

Core Teaching Skills Workshop: Facilitating with Flair

Paint and Plant



Lions, Dragons and Songs: Staff Registered Campus Organizations Showcase



WinteR of LeaRning 2024 Workshop Series

Nursing Innovation and Education Center Open House



Lunch and Learn: Introduction to Best Practices in Diversity Recruitment Toolkit and Hiring Guide 2.0

Visit the UCSF Events Calendar to submit events and see what’s happening.

Deals and Discounts

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See the Giants at Oracle Park: The San Francisco Giants are offering UCSF faculty, staff and learners the chance to purchase tickets at a 10% discount for all 2024 regular and pre-season games at beautiful Oracle Park. Tickets will go fast.

Catch the discount now »

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