This Date in UCSF History

Originally published in Synapse on Dec. 1, 1977. Advocates of decriminalizing heroin received a powerful shot in the arm from the White House this month when President Carter authorized a federal panel to oversee research into the medicinal uses of heroin and marijuana.
At the Nov. 20 UC Regents meeting, Chancellor Haile Debas proposed the formation of a partnership between UCSF and a consortium of local business leaders called Bay Area Life Sciences Alliance (BALSA) for the development of the new UCSF Mission Bay campus.
Originally published in Synapse on Nov. 21, 1996. Before 1973, the year Roe vs. Wade guaranteed women the right to safe, therapeutic abortion in the U.S., David Grimes, MD, recalled visiting the septic unit of a Los Angeles hospital. Women seriously ill from botched illegal abortions lay in the twenty beds of the common ward.
Two weeks ago, French researchers reported “dramatic biological improvements” in a group of AIDS patients using a new drug treatment.
Presidio student housing has some of the greatest views in the city but is now falling prey to the city’s high rent problem as well. Just over a year ago, the first students and university-affiliated families began moving into their new apartments at the Wherry housing complex near Baker beach in the Presidio. For many of them, the decision was difficult.

Originally published in Synapse on October 29, 1971.

In early 1967, David Smith was embarking on a career in academic medicine as a postgraduate fellow in pharmacology and toxicology at UCSF. On his way to and from campus, however, the reality of what was going down that year in San Francisco changed his career and life. “I’d spend the day in the lab, injecting white rats with LSD, mescaline, and amphetamines,” recalls Smith. “Then I’d walk home through the Haight and see kids who were taking those same drugs.”
Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper on October 12, 2000. Guns in the household are 22 times more likely to kill a family member than to kill an intruder, and 80 percent of gun-related homicides involve people who already know each other according to Andres Soto of the Pacific Center for Violence Prevention.
Originally published in Synapse — The UCSF Student Newspaper on October 9, 1980. In San Francisco there is one physician per 192 people — compared to a national average of one per 700 — yet areas of the city have been designated by the federal government as medically underserved. Community physicians repeated this statement with awe at a Town and Gown forum hosted by the San Francisco Medical Society (SFMS) last week. All areas east of Dolores Street are considered medically needy and UCSF has received federal funding to establish the Southeast San Francisco Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

A proposal to extend current Student Health Insurance benefits for mental health has been removed from the 1989-90 registration fee budget by Chancellor Julius R.