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Dear Colleagues,

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we would like to express our deep gratitude for the incredible work you do as members of our research community. 2020 has not been easy, but we continue to find inspiration in the resilience of our team members and colleagues. In this month’s edition you’ll find our recurring sections on health disparities and career development awards, and we’d also like to highlight programs that provide assistance in recruiting and supporting junior lab members from diverse backgrounds and invite nominations for the Physician Scientist Program (PSSP). Wishing you all good health and success. 

All the best, 
Diane and David

Diane Havlir, MD, Associate Chair for Clinical Research
David Erle, MD, Associate Chair for Biomedical Research 
Health Disparities Research 
Leah Karliner, MD, MAS, Professor in Residence in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health is the Director of DGIM’s Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center, and of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities at UCSF, a Resource Center on Minority Aging Research funded by the National Institute on Aging. Her research is focused at the nexus of health disparities, health communication, and systems interventions to improve quality of care delivery for older patients. She has focused her communication work on under-served and high-risk patients, their families, and communities, and is a national leader on language access and quality of care for patients with limited English proficiency.
Steve Gregorich, PhD,  Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health is a statistician focused on clinic and community-based health disparities research in the areas of cancer prevention and survivorship, smoking cessation, women's health, oral health, HIV prevention, and language barriers in clinical care. Via the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC), he provides research mentorship to junior faculty who are committed to careers focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities.

Career Development Awards 

Victoria Wang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UCSF Health received a K08 for her project entitled, "Mechanistic Determination of KRAS Lung Cancer Regression upon CRAF Suppression" from the National Cancer Institute. 
Sarah Puryear, MD, Clinical Fellow in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at ZSFG received a K23 for her project entitled, "Understanding Alcohol Misuse and its Impact on Viral Suppression in Youth Living with HIV in East Africa" from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism. 

UCSF Career Development Program

UCSF Physician Scientist Scholar Program 
DOM internal nomination deadline is December 10th 

The School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for the UCSF Physician-Scientist Scholars Program (PSSP). The Department of Medicine invites Division Chiefs to nominate their most promising and accomplished physician scientists and will select the most competitive to submit to the School of Medicine. PSSP is designed to provide financial resources, career guidance and protected research time to facilitate early career development of clinician-scientists who have high potential to conduct transformative laboratory-based research to advance human health. 

Nominations are required to go through Department Chairs. Division Chiefs must submit proposed nominations to the Department of Medicine by Thursday, December 10th. Please work with your Division Chief if you are interested in being nominated. 

To read more about the nomination process, please click on the button below. 

Read more here

Recruiting Diverse Postbaccalaureate Researchers

NIH Diversity Supplement Matchmaking Event 

The second annual NIH Diversity Supplement Matchmaking Event will take place virtually on Tuesday, January 19th from 9:00am-1:00pm. This event is for researchers who have been identified as having a qualifying NIH grant. The PI must have an active NIH award, typically an R01 or R35, that has at least one year remaining at the time of the start of the supplement. More information is listed here. The event will provide an opportunity for 15-minute interviews with trainees at the postbaccalaureate stage who are interested in pursuing a career in research and qualify for funding through the NIH Diversity Supplement mechanism. Typically, this provides salary support for the trainee to work in your lab as a Junior Specialist for 1-2 years. Trainees who make a match through the Matchmaking Event will have the opportunity to join the UCSF PROPEL Program (see below).
If you make a match with a trainee, we have several resources to help you write for the supplement, including a collection of successful Diversity Supplement applications from UCSF PIs and additional resources
Register here by Friday, December 18th.  If you have any questions, please click on the FAQ button below or email Todd Nystul.  
FAQ Page


PROPEL (Post-baccalaureate Research Opportunity to Promote Equity in Learning) offers a one-year research opportunity to 10-15 post-baccalaureates from underrepresented groups in science. PIs looking for post-baccalaureate researchers are encouraged to post job openings here. Potential employers can browse the PROPEL site for a list of interested applicants and for information about an upcoming virtual information session and meet-and-greet in January.

Research Resources

Box to OneDrive Migration 

Please click on the button below to access an updated FAQ page which addresses the difference between the Microsoft 365 OneDrive and Teams applications as well as the storage capacity for each.

If you have specific questions that have not been answered, please continue sending them to Ilona Paredes and we will do our best to get them answered in upcoming newsletter issues. You may also find live Microsoft Office 365 trainings to be helpful. For dates and links to the trainings, please click here

To read more, please click on the button below. 
FAQ Page
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! 

“I found the PREPARE program incredibly valuable to our R01 grant submission, and I plan to use this process in the future. The insights were invaluable, and had a big impact on the final proposal.” - Gabe Chamie, MD

For more information, click here to contact us. 
If you'd like to contribute to future newsletters, please send your items to Ilona Paredes. 

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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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