Saturday, May 31, 2014

10:00am-11:30am Discovery Talks
  All alumni and friends are invited to hear outstanding TED-style short talks from renowned UCSF innovators. Meet the speakers and ask your questions during a casual reception following the Discovery Talks.

Speakers will include:
  • Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, studies the interplay between genes and the environment to determine the causes of asthma health disparities in children and adolescents. A professor of medicine and of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences, Dr. Burchard aims to improve accuracy and precision in the assessment of genetic, social and environmental influences of this common disease.

  • Barbara Drew, RN, PhD, is a professor of physiological nursing and founded the ECG Monitoring Research Lab in UCSF’s School of Nursing. Her research focuses on expanding information obtained from electrocardiographic (ECG) recordings to improve clinical decision-making and patient outcomes in hospital and pre-hospital settings.

  • Shari Dworkin, PhD, MS, studies HIV/AIDS prevention and gender relations. She has special interest in structural interventions, particularly those at the intersection of economic empowerment programs and HIV/AIDS prevention. Dr. Dworkin is a professor and vice chair of the UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

  • Cynthia Kenyon, PhD, UCSF professor emerita, recently joined Calico, an independent biotech company established in 2013 by Google, Inc. She studies the small roundworm C. elegans, and cultured human cells, to identify genes, pathways and drugs that can extend lifespan. Her research catalyzed a fundamental shift in the way scientists view the aging process, from one that is inevitable and intractable to one that is plastic and subject to regulation.

  • Shingo Kajimura, PhD, focuses his research on developing methods of converting white fat into brown fat, considered to be ‘good’ fat, using genetic and chemical techniques. His lab hopes to develop a novel approach to dealing with obesity and type-2 diabetes. Dr. Kajimura is assistant professor in the UCSF Diabetes Center and Department Cell & Tissue Biology.

  • Tracy McKnight, PhD, UCSF Postdoc Alumna, investigates the metabolic mechanisms associated with the malignant progression of brain tumors. Dr. McKnight, associate professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, correlates in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopic (MRS) features of human brain tumors with ex vivo measures of metabolism and other molecular alterations associated with tumor aggressiveness.

  • Elizabeth Watkins, PhD (moderator), serves as Dean of the Graduate Division and Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Affairs at UCSF. She is also Professor of History of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on the interplay among medicine, commerce, and culture in recent American history, and she has written books and articles on the history of pharmaceuticals, birth control, hormone replacement therapy, gender and aging.

RSVP early -- this event is expected to fill up!