It was a beautiful day, even at Parnassus. When I arrived on campus, I was greeted by the sight of bright-eyed first-year students lounging on the sunny steps with Boudin bread bowls and Ghirardelli chocolates.

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Connecting with the public has always been a challenge for scientists, especially when they are trying to motivate the next generation.

The number of new drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration per billion dollars spent by the drug industry on research and development has halved approximately every nine years since 1950* (Scannell et al., 2013).

UCSF held its Interprofessional Education kick-off event this week, with Kevin Grumbach, MD and Chair of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine, setting the tone for the day — that high-quality health care requires collaboration.

Influenza affects 95 million Americans each year, resulting in 30 million doctors’ visits and 200,000 hospitalizations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 250 swimmers, including several former Olympians, multiple cancer survivors and UCSF faculty members, braved the chilly waters and powerful currents of San Francisco Bay this weekend to raise funds for children’s cancer programs.

Biomedical scientists face a multifaceted crisis of funding that threatens to slow the pace of discovery and discourage talented researchers from entering the biomedical workforce.

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First, something we can all agree on: As a society, we value innovation, and our governments make special considerations to protect the people who create valuable new tools, techniques and medicines.

Large social bike gatherings have a long history in San Francisco. 

Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann opened her fourth annual State of the University speech with what she called “some good news,” the launch of the Discovery Fellows Program, thanks to a significant donation from Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet