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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


2020 UCSF Medals Awarded to Three Leaders Who’ve Advanced Diversity, Inclusion

By Brandon R. Reynolds UC San Francisco has awarded UCSF Medals to three national leaders, all of whom have advanced diversity and inclusion, including through mentorship that has helped to place more underrepresented voices in the sciences. The 2020 UCSF...

‘AeroNabs’ Promise Powerful, Inhalable Protection Against COVID-19

By Jason Alvarez As the world awaits vaccines to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, UC San Francisco scientists have devised a novel approach to halting the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. Led by UCSF graduate...

Genomic Sequencing as a Standalone Newborn Screening Tool Falls Short, But May Help Diagnose Uncertain Cases

By Laura Kurtzman With the rise of genomic sequencing, health technology companies are promising parents they can detect rare metabolic disorders in newborns who, despite a healthy appearance, may need immediate treatment. Now, scientists from UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley...

Lindsey Criswell Named Director of National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

By Jason Alvarez Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc Lindsey A. Criswell , MD, MPH, DSc, vice chancellor of research at UC San Francisco, has been selected as the next director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and...

Transit-Based COVID-19 Monitoring Pilot Launched in Mission District

‘Low-Barrier’ Model for State-Wide Disease Monitoring in Vulnerable Populations to Be Tested at Mission District Hub By Nicholas Weiler A testing program in April identified the outsized exposure risk facing Latinx essential workers and their families in the Mission. In...

UCSF Medical Center Ranks Among Nation’s 10 Best Hospitals for 2020-21

U.S. News & World Report Lists UCSF in 15 Adult Specialties and Best in West in 4 By Elizabeth Fernandez Praveen Mummaneni MD, performs a spine surgery at UCSF Medical Center, which ranked No. 2 in Neurology & Neurosurgery in...

Older Adults Who Can Really Smell the Roses May Face Lower Likelihood of Dementia

Vision, Hearing, Touch, Olfaction Linked to Cognition, UCSF Study Shows By Suzanne Leigh Seniors who can identify smells like roses, turpentine, paint-thinner and lemons, and have retained their senses of hearing, vision and touch, may have half the risk of...

Ellen Goldstein Named Director of UCSF Office of the Ombuds

By Nina Bai Ellen Goldstein, MA, CO-OP Ellen Goldstein , MA, CO-OP, has been named the new director of UC San Francisco’s Office of the Ombuds. She will replace Maureen Brodie, MA, CO-OP, who is retiring. “Ellen’s extensive training and...

New Model of Breast Cancer’s Causes Developed by UCSF-led Team

‘Paradigm II’ Interactively Illustrates the Complex, Dynamic Relationships Between Causes By Elizabeth Fernandez A new model of the causes of breast cancer, created by a team led by researchers at UC San Francisco, Genentech and Stanford University, is designed to...

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