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Dear Colleagues,

This month’s edition is packed with lots of useful information for the research community. We hope you scroll through it all. From funding opportunities to research support resources, plus our recurring sections on awards and health disparities research, there is something for everyone. Of note, we’ve provided you with some preliminary information regarding Microsoft Teams and Box, as many of you have asked about the upcoming IT transition away from Box. More to come soon, but we’d love to hear more about your questions and concerns so we can support our research community and advocate as needed.

All the best, 
Diane and David

Diane Havlir, MD, Associate Chair for Clinical Research
David Erle, MD, Associate Chair for Biomedical Research 
National Research Administrator Day 
National Research Administrator Day is observed annually on September 25th. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to join us in thanking our research administrators. We value every member of the research administration teams and would like to recognize the contributions to the department’s research enterprise made by administrators every day. We thank them for their invaluable work and their crucial role in supporting research.
Health Disparities Research 
Sorbarikor Piawah, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UCSF Health is interested in colorectal cancer disparities, particularly as they pertain to racial/ethnic minorities and patients in safety net settings.  Her current research is focused on examining diet, lifestyle, and the gut microbiome as risk factors for colorectal cancer, and the role they play in observed disparities.  
Wagahta Semere, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG is interested in applying technology to develop communication strategies that better engage racially/ethnically diverse patients and their caregivers with providers in effective chronic disease management. Her current work focuses on analyzing and leveraging health system portal secure messaging between culturally and linguistically diverse patients with diabetes, their caregiver proxies, and providers to improve communication around diabetes care.
Call for Applicants: UCSF Task Force on Equity and Anti-Racism in Research 
Application deadline is October 29th 

The Office of Research, in its commitment to supporting concrete initiatives aimed at implementing transformational changes in health equity and racial justice in research, seeks applicants for a Task Force on Equity and Anti-Racism in Research. Research faculty, staff, and trainees are eligible.

To apply, click on the button below. 
Apply here

Career Development Awards 

Daniel Calabrese, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at SFVAHCS received the Joel D. Cooper Career Development Award from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 
Alison Huang, MD, MAS, Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health and Stephen K. Van Den Eeden, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, will lead a new joint UCSF-Kaiser K12 career development program in urological epidemiology research.
Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at SFVAMC received a K24 Mid-Career Mentoring Award for his project, "Meaningful activities and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias." He will work with mentees to use the National Health and Aging Trends Study to examine changes in participation in meaningful activities over time. In addition, Dr. Smith was awarded the American Geriatrics Society Thomas and Katherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Achievement for Clinical Investigation. 

Honors and Leadership Positions 

National Academy of Medicine 

Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, and Robert Wachter, MD, were elected into the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Anderson is Professor in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF Health and Diabetes Center. He was elected for being a leader in the study of autoimmune diseases and the mechanisms that control immune tolerance. Wachter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine. He was elected for his major contributions in patient safety and quality, digital health, medical education, professionalism, health care policy, and the organization of hospital care.
Gabriel Chamie, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at ZSFG received the 2020 HIVMA National Research Award from the HIV Medical Association.
Alicia Fernandez, MD, Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG received the Distinguished Professor of Health Equity Award and was announced as the newest member of the Board of Directors by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
Reena Gupta, Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG was named Chief Medical Officer for Performance Improvement, Cardiovascular Health, Resolve to Save Lives
Dean Schillinger, MD, Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG was named Co-Chair of the Federal Task Force for the US Congressional National Clinical Care Commission
**Please note: During these challenging times it is especially important to celebrate the success of our investigators. Therefore, we are featuring an expanded early-mid career investigator honors section in this issue. We will continue featuring these honors in our future newsletters. Please send Ilona Paredes the names of any national or international research honors recipients from your divisions.**

New Research Programs 

Adithya Cattamanchi, MDPayam Nahid, MD, MPH, Professors in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine at ZSFG, and team received a grant of $19.7M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Rapid research in diagnostics development for TB Network (R2D2 TB Network).”
Eric Collisson, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UCSF Health, was selected as a recipient of the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research Endeavor Award. The Mark Foundation award seeks to study metastasis as a process in the disease collectively known as cancer. To read more, click here. 

Babak Javid, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Experimental Medicine at ZSFG received a Wellcome Investigator Award for $1.5M over 5 years from the Wellcome Trust for a project entitled “Molecular characterisation of antibiotic tolerance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis”. 

Funding Opportunities 

UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research 
Application deadline is October 23rd  

The Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research (PBBR) is currently accepting proposals for funding in two award categories:
  • NFR - New Frontier Research
  • TMC - Technologies, Methodologies & Cores 
The PBBR seeks to stimulate and support highly innovative basic science research at UCSF. The focus is on basic science projects of potentially high impact that are creative, risky, and transformative. 

Proposal deadline for both funding mechanisms (NFR, TMC) is due Friday, October 23, 2020 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Please send inquiries to Linda Reilly, PBBR Program Manager. For more information and proposal instructions, click on the button below. 
Read more here
UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Application deadline is November 1st 

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses.

Two outstanding members of the DOM received these prestigious awards last year, Nadia Herrera, PhD, and Rosemarie De La Rosa, PhD

For eligibility criteria, click here. To apply, please click on the button below. 
Apply here
The Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation 
Application deadline is November 25th

The Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation (MPPMI) seeks to fuel innovation in precision medicine by fostering creative, high risk, high impact team science projects supporting the precision medicine continuum. The MPPMI again invites proposals for 2020 funding in three award categories, Seeding Bold IdeasTransformative Integrated Research, and ELSI in Precision Medicine.  

Please contact Gretchen Kiser if you have any questions. For more information and eligibility requirements, please click on the button below.

Read more here
Covid Bridge Funding Assistance, "CoBrA"
Application deadline is February 26th 

The UCSF Department of Medicine is excited to announce a new program designed to help a segment of its faculty that is in a particularly challenging situation. Assistant Professors of Step 3 or Step 4 who were on track for promotion to Associate Professor in Residence but have chosen to stop the clock for reasons related to Covid-19 may apply for CoBrA funding of $30,000 (with associated benefits). 

Applications should be submitted no later than February 26th, 2021. The CoBrA committee will inform applicants of their decision no later than March, 31st, 2021. To read more about eligibility criteria and the application process, please click on the button below. 
Read more here
Help with Grant Preparation
Requests for grant reviews are accepted on an ongoing basis

Get expert peer reviews for your R, K, and U proposals via the PREPARE program! See what reviewees had to say about the program below! 

"The reviewers were well matched to the application and provided very valuable feedback on my application. I really appreciated the quick turn-around time to find the reviewers and schedule the review, which typically takes much longer. The fact that the reviewers are paid seems to incentivize and facilitate a high-quality review. Thank you!" - Amy Conroy, PhD. 

For more information, click here to contact us. 

Research Resources

Box to OneDrive Migration 

We are aware of recent inquiries about moving from Box to MS OneDrive/Sharepoint and would like to share a FAQ page with you, along with additional information about Microsoft 365 Teams. We realize that these FAQs don't address many important details for researchers. If you have specific questions you would like answered, please send them to Ilona Paredes and we will do our best to get them answered in the November issue of the research newsletter.

To read more, please click on the button below. 
FAQ Page
UCSF ZSFG EPIC Wave 2 Research Expansion - Mandatory In-Person EPIC Training

The DPH Office of Health Informatics is implementing the DPH EPIC Wave 2 Research Expansion on November 9th, 2020 and is expanding access to Clinical Research Coordinators and Principal Investigators with studies requiring EPIC access. The Research Module allows researchers to track their studies in EPIC, bill encounters and tests to research grants, provide study monitors remote access to EPIC, build research therapy plans and billing protocols, access research-related reports, and build or access foundation SmartSets for research purposes, among other tools. 

This training is specific to ZSFG. For more information on the mandatory in-person EPIC training, please click here. For the training schedule, click on the button below. If you need assistance, please open a Service Desk ticket (628-206-7378) or email

EPIC Training Schedule
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In Case You Missed It

UCSF Health and Campus Town Hall 
The next UCSF Health and Campus Covid-19 Town Hall will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Join via Zoom. Recordings of previous UCSF Health and Campus Covid-19 Response Town Halls can be found here

UCSF policies regarding the conduct of research during the pandemic and updates about Town Halls related to Covid-19 research are available at and
UCSF Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
Recordings of recent Medicine Grand Rounds presentations related to Covid-19 are now available:
UCSF Research Town Hall 
The recording of last month's Research Town Hall, "Research Resilience: Phase 3 Onsite Research," can be seen here

ReSearch ReSource Newsletter

Vice Chancellor Lindsey Criswell delivers a monthly communication of news and resources dedicated to the research enterprise, a helpful companion to DOM Research News! Read the newsletter here.

Resources for Space Planning Updates

For updates on work space projects, be sure to check out the UCSF Space websites for Parnassus Heights and ZSFG. Also, check out the Parnassus Vision website, maintained by a group of Parnassus-based research faculty.

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