The UCSF Community Newsletter

Feeling Lonely? It Could Be Worse for Your Health Than You Think

According to an analysis of 70 studies with more than 3 million people, two social conditions raise the chance of early mortality just as much as smoking and obesity.

Learn more »

Audio: Your Brain’s Amazing Ability to Predict Notes of a Melody

Though it’s been central to culture for tens of thousands of years, how the brain makes sense of music has been something of a mystery. At least, until now.

Hear it for yourself »

California’s First Latinx Surgeon General Emphasizes Power of Positive Childhood

Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, MBA, recently visited UCSF to deliver Grand Rounds, calling attention to the impact of adverse childhood experiences and the devastating health impacts of toxic stress.

Go inside her visit »

12 Things to Know About Your Lungs

From breathing easier to ending asthma, a world of science is examining the centerpiece of our respiratory system.

See what UCSF experts found »

Video Visits, Mail as Safe as Going to the Clinic for Abortion Pills

UCSF researchers analyzed data from thousands of patients who obtained abortion pills from virtual clinics in 20 states and Washington, D.C. between April 2021 and January 2022, finding there were no adverse events 99% of the time.

Read about the study »

Experts in the News


A Doctor's Mission to Overcome Children's Fear of Needles


Turbocharged CAR-T Cells Melt Tumors in Mice — Using a Trick From Cancer Cells

The New York Times

Cancer Diagnosis Like King Charles' Is Not Unheard Of

San Francisco Chronicle

Should People Test for Exposure to 'Forever Chemicals'?


Cell Death, Hearing Loss Research Brings New Hope

Social Spotlight

The National Institutes of Health has recognized UCSF for Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) in Biomedical and Behavioral Research, ranking the University among the top 10 U.S. post-secondary institutions.

Follow UCSF’s DEIA journey on LinkedIn »


UCSF Tops Public Universities in NIH Research Funding in 2023: UCSF received the most funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of any public university last year, driving one of the most diverse portfolios of scientific research in the U.S. It’s the 17th straight year that UCSF has earned the distinction among public institutions. See how much funding the University got »

Women’s History Month, Sleep and Much More: UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor Catherine Lucey kicks off Women’s History Month at the next UCSF Town Hall on Friday, March 1. Shelby Decosta, MHA, chief market development officer and senior vice president, UCSF Health, will provide an update on the health system, Peter Chin-Hong, MD, will deliver Health News You Can Use and we’ll hear about the importance of sleep.

Mark your calendar »

Tax Time is Here: The IRS is now accepting 2023 tax forms. Learn how to access your W-2 and 1095 forms »

UCSF Police Accountability Board Launches Website: The UCSF Police Accountability Board – dedicated to promoting accountability, trust, safety and transparency within UCSF and the UCSF Police Department – has launched a new website. The site provides information about the board, and a secure and convenient way for the community to submit concerns or complaints about the UCSF Police Department. Read more »

UCSF Brand 101 Workshops: Logos, event promotion, photos, shuttle advertising, joint press releases, design templates and more are on the agenda for two upcoming UCSF Brand 101 Workshops. Sign up for one – or both – of the virtual sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and on Friday, Feb. 23. RSVP today »

Nominations Open for UCSF Sustainability Awards: The UCSF Sustainability Award recognizes campus and Health staff, faculty, learners and teams for their role making progress towards UCSF’s sustainability goals. Please take a moment to nominate a green champion who deserves recognition. You may nominate yourself or your team. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 15. Submit now »

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 »

Summer Faculty Mentors Needed: For more than four decades, the UCSF Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) has placed talented college and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds into clinics and basic science labs to participate in biomedical research, get one-on-one mentoring with health care and research teams, and attend professional development workshops and scientific seminars. The nine-week program starts on Monday, June 3. Contact SSRP to become a faculty mentor »

Join UCSF Campus Organizations: Find your UCSF community through registered campus organizations like the Black Caucus, WomanLifeFreedom, Executive Leadership Support Network and many others. Check out the different groups and connect with UCSF teammates around shared interests. Browse the list »

#SpeechMatters 2024: University of California President Michael Drake is one of several featured speakers at “Politics, Polarization and Perils on Campus,” a webinar to explore current challenges and opportunities for learning, activism and engagement. Other panelists include legal experts, journalists, and college and university leaders. Register for the virtual program »

UCSF Anesthesia Cardiac Care Teaches Visiting Doctors: Vietnam National Children’s Hospital doctors recently spent six weeks observing the UCSF pediatric cardiac care team – a visit made possible by a partnership with Children’s HeartLink, which connects hospitals in developing countries with those in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Read about the visit »

Precision World Medicine Conference Recap: A host of UCSF scientists, experts and thought leaders participated in presentations and panels over the three-day Precision Medicine World Conference. The forum drew 2,000 people from around the world to foster collaboration, expand the practice and realize the promise of precision medicine. Read about this year’s program »

Two UCSF Health Leaders Honored: Kay Burke, BSN, RN, chief nursing informatics officer, and Russ Cucina, MD, chief medical information officer and vice president for genetic and genomic services, have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 56 Hospital and Health System CNIOs and CMIOs to Know. The recognition highlights their remarkable achievements and contributions to the field. Learn about their work »

Upcoming Events



UCSF Black Wellness Center Open Gallery Hours



Breast Oncology Program Seminar: Bruce Mann, PhD

Pediatric Malignancies Program Meeting

Precision Nanosystems Talk

Black Womxn Researcher Mixer

From Sound to Silence: Experience Guided Meditation

Mount Zion Open Art Studio: Art for Recovery

LBGTQ Winter Welcome



UCSF Alumni Panel: Public Service-Oriented Careers

Hear Us, See Us: Listening to Patients of Color

Clinical Trial Design and Data Analysis

WinteR of LeaRning 2024 Workshop Series



Generative AI Foundations Workshops

Student National Medical Association Presents: Black Jeopardy



Black History Month Special Menu at Moffitt Café

Ideation Drawing

Climate Resilience in the Age of Anxiety

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Adversity on Mothers and Infants Living in a Low-Income Context

Unlocking Self-Expression: Exploring the Transformative Power of Journaling

Administrative Management Professionals Mentorship Program: Informational Brown Bag

Innovators Forum: Smart Fetal Heart Rate Monitor



Mount Zion Open Art Studio: Art for Recovery

Eye Care: Improving Eye Health with Ayurveda

Paint and Plant



Soulful Roots: Ancestor After Gathering

Clinical Trial Outcomes Research, PROs and Database Topics



2024 BAAC Annual Research Symposium: Understanding the Heterogeneity of the Autism Spectrum

WinteR of LeaRning 2024 Workshop Series

Generative AI Foundations Workshops



Teach for UCSF Certificate Day: Educator Essentials 1

Chancellor’s Concert Series 



Annual Fraud Awareness Training Webinar

International Women’s Day Panel: Women on the Cutting Edge of Health Care Technology

The Educator’s Portfolio: Documenting Your Achievements as an Educator

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

Deals and Discounts

Disney Discounts, Travel Savings and More: Having fun, getting away and saving money are important for your well-being. This cost-free benefit provides access to thousands of exclusive travel and entertainment discounts – including adult tickets at child prices for Walt Disney World Resort – so you can make the most of time away from work. To qualify, visit Tickets at Work, click “Become a Member,” then “Company Code” and enter UCSF.

See all February discounts »

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