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We believe women deserve healthcare and health policy that is based upon rigorous research inclusive of sex and gender variables, designed with community, and provided compassionately by clinicians who respect individual values and choices.



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Black Lives Matter

We at the UCSF Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative are deeply saddened, hurt, and angered as we have witnessed the deaths of Black people at the hands of the police. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade have now been added to the list of names of those we know whose lives have been cut short by police violence. The reality is that racism and systemic violence kill Black folks every day. We don’t have to look any further than pregnancy and maternal outcomes in the United States; we feel outrage on a daily basis. The cause of these deaths-white supremacy and racism-are embedded in the fabric of our country, including healthcare.

Important News in Women's Health

Betty J. Dong, PharmD ’72, is a world expert on HIV and hepatitis C medication therapy

Betty J. Dong receives Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award for exceptional career

Betty J. Dong, PharmD ’72 , is the recipient of the 2019 Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) for her trailblazing career in clinical pharmacy and her “superb teaching and on-the-mark clinical guidance around...

Three Faculty Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By Nina Bai UC San Francisco cancer biologist Alan Ashworth , PhD, structural biologist Yifan Cheng , PhD, and molecular physiologist Holly Ingraham , PhD, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ashworth is president of...

UCSF Study Aims to Increase Diversity in Cancer Clinical Trials

Collaboration with Lazarex Cancer Foundation Tests New Ways to Erase Cost Barriers in Major Public Health Issue By Elizabeth Fernandez UC San Francisco is collaborating with the nonprofit Lazarex Cancer Foundation on a three-year study to identify ways to improve...

Corinne Woods, Tireless Community Advocate, Dies at 72

She Served on UCSF's Community Advisory Group for Over 20 Years By Nina Bai Corinne Woods (center) at a UCSF Community Advisory Group meeting in 2011 where UCSF staff presented future plans for the University. Corinne Woods, a longtime advocate...

UCSF Medical Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Announced today, UCSF medical student Sheantel Reihl was awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans , a highly competitive graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. Reihl, who emmigrated from Trinidad & Tobago with her...

Nola Hylton, PhD, Recognized as 2019 SBI Honorary Fellow

Nola Hylton, PhD , will be inducted as the newest Society of Breast Imaging ( SBI ) Honorary Fellow at this year's SBI/American College of Radiology (ACR) Annual Breast Imaging Symposium , the largest breast imaging conference in the world...

Making better pediatric chemo treatments, and delivering them to more children

By Grant Burningham Credit: Elisabeth Fall Janel Long-Boyle, PhD, PharmD, has spent her career making chemotherapy safe for young patients. On her first Christmas Eve, when Janel Long-Boyle, PharmD, PhD , was a few months old, her two-year-old sister, Jenny,...

New Grant Program Supports Innovators at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

By Kate Vidinsky The new awards will enable staff members across every level of the organization to translate their ideas into measurable actions that address some of the key challenges facing UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland . UCSF Benioff Children’s...

Kortemme and Desai honored at annual meeting of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Kortemme inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows; Desai elected president of AIMBE By Levi Gadye, PhD Credit: UCSF Precision Medicine New and established AIMBE fellows (left to right): Shuvo Roy, PhD, Julius Guccione, PhD, Thomas Link, PhD, Tanja Kortemme, PhD,...

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