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UCSF Center of Excellence

Director’s Spotlight

Dr. Nancy Milliken, MD

With admiration and gratitude, the National Center of Excellence Team bids a fond farewell to our Founding Director, Dr. Nancy Milliken, upon her well-deserved retirement after almost 40 years at UCSF advancing women's health, improving women's lives. Nancy Milliken has received accolades from the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Jackie Speier; the BAYTIMES, and UCSF.

Important News in Women's Health


Trailblazing UCSF Professor D’Anne Duncan Delivers 2022 Last Lecture

Dr. D’Anne Duncan (right) is the first black woman to deliver the UCSF Last Lecture, which she presented on April 6. Image by Mary Bradley What’s your path? How do you find it? And how do you help others find...

The Long Haul

An all-hands-on-deck research effort gave UCSF scientists early insight into long COVID. It also showed patients that they weren’t in the fight alone. By Mara Grunbaum In early April 2020, a few weeks after San Francisco officials issued their first...

Prenatal Mindfulness Program Improves Stress Response in Infants

UCSF Study Adds Support for Two-Generation Treatment Approach By Jess Berthold Infants whose mothers participated in a mindfulness-based program during pregnancy had healthier stress responses at 6 months old, a new UC San Francisco study found. This is the first...

Tubal Ligation No Better Than IUD at Preventing Pregnancy

Both Methods Fail to Prevent Pregnancy More Often than Expected By Laura Kurtzma IUDs work at least as well as tubal ligation, while causing fewer side effects, according to a new study. The analysis, based on six years of Medi-Cal...

UCSF Dyslexia Researchers Develop Tool to Flag Early Reading Challenges

$10M State Budget Proposal Would Enable Digital Assessment in California Schools By Jess Berthold Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD, co-director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center. Image by Maurice Ramirez A UC San Francisco-developed tool to detect early signs of literacy...

Timing of Brain Injury in Pregnancy, Birth May Impact Motor and Language Outcomes

Findings May Pave Way to Earlier Interventions For Children with Oxygen Deprivation in Utero A new UC San Francisco study that mapped the neural connections of newborns with two different kinds of brain injuries found the maps looked very different...

Meet the Dermatologists Changing Their Field

Dermatologist Dr. Jenna Lester treats her patient Geoffry Blair Hutto in the UCSF Primary Care clinic. Barbara Ries Many skin conditions, from rashes to Lyme disease to various cancers , manifest differently on dark skin. Yet medical literature and textbooks...

Race-Based Equations May Lead to Under-Treatment of Lung Disease in Black Patients

Formula Relies on Biological Belief About Racial Differences By Suzanne Leigh Using race-based equations to evaluate lung disease – a practice promoted in the 2019 guidelines of the American Thoracic Society – may mean that severe lung disease in Black...

Digital Therapy for Prenatal Insomnia May Prevent Postpartum Depression

UCSF Study Finds Treatment App Reduced Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety Up to 6 Months Postpartum By Jess Berthold A digital version of cognitive behavioral therapy, or dCBT, that previously had been shown to reduce insomnia during pregnancy may also prevent postpartum...

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