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Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. The Research Newsletter is back after a brief summer pause. This month you'll find our next installment of the Health Disparities & Research section, along with award announcements and Covid-related resources. This year we will continue to feature resources for research career development and grant proposal preparation that will be especially valuable in these challenging times.

Wishing you a successful academic year.

Diane and David

Diane Havlir, MD, Associate Chair for Clinical Research
David Erle, MD, Associate Chair for Biomedical Research 
Health Disparities and Research 
Maria Garcia, MD, MPH, MAS, Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health, focuses on co-morbid mental health and chronic diseases and their disproportionate impact on vulnerable and marginalized populations. Her K23 from NIMHD focuses on improving mental health integration in primary care, particularly for racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Garcia has researched the unique challenges that patients with co-morbid mental health and chronic diseases face and focused on implementation work in mental health integration and improvement of service delivery for populations with language barriers. Her work relies heavily on implementation science, mixed methods research, and health services research methods.
Jane Jih, MD, MPH, MAS, Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health, aims to reduce health disparities and promote health equity among multiethnic and linguistically diverse adults by developing, implementing and evaluating innovative, person-centered interventions. Her lab focuses on studying the influence of social determinants of health on chronic disease prevention and self-management, particularly among patients with multiple chronic conditions and integration of these contextual factors (e.g. food insecurity) into clinical care including patient-clinician communication. Currently, they are designing a photo-based communication intervention for patients to communicate to their clinical team about the contextual factors important in chronic disease prevention and self-management; this work is based on the premise that photos can promote efficient information exchange and activate patients to communicate their complex lived experiences that may otherwise be difficult to elicit or challenging to discuss in current clinical practice.
COVID-19 Resources 
UCSF Research Town Hall 

The next Research Town Hall, "Research Resilience: Phase 3 Onsite Research" will be held on Wednesday, September 16th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm which will address increasing onsite research activities at UCSF. Join via Zoom (Pin: 875954). 

UCSF Department of Medicine Grand Rounds 

The next Medicine Grand Rounds, "In Search of a Vaccine for Covid-19: Science and Politics," will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 12:00pm-1:15pm. Join via Zoom. Recordings of recent Medicine Grand Rounds presentations related to Covid-19 are now available:

UCSF Health and Campus Town Hall

The next UCSF Health and Campus Covid-19 Response Town Hall, will be held on Friday, September 25th from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Join via Zoom

UCSF policies regarding the conduct of research during the pandemic and updates about Town Halls related to Covid-19 research are available at and

Career Development Resources

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG and Associate Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations has a terrific blog and email newsletter where she shares her advice on a series of career development topics. Her blog focuses on mentoring and life as an early career researcher. To learn more, click here

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K Info Session for Basic Science Physician-Scientists

Are you an MD or MD/PhD bench scientist thinking about submitting/re-submitting a K? Or are you already supported by a K? An informal session will be held in mid-October with other pre-independent basic science physician-scientists at various stages of the K (pre-, writing-, on-K) to share advice, resources, and support. If you would like to attend, please fill out the doodle poll with your first/last name and availability or contact Rachel Rutishauser by October 1st. One to two sessions will be held by Zoom.

Date(s)/time(s) TBD, based on preferences of those interested.
Doodle Poll
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! In most cases, even quick turn-around times can be accommodated. 

"The PREPARE program is so great. I really appreciate the suggestions from the reviewers. They provided some different perspectives from my mentor. It is a great learning experience for me. I will definitely use it again next time I apply for a grant." Lin Shen, MD, PhD

"Fantastic program. I will definitely use again. I also have recommended this program to my colleagues and wish I had participated in this program sooner."
Judith Ashouri-Sinha, MD

For more information, click here to contact us.

DOM Awards

Career Development Awards
Congratulations to two DOM fellows who received Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine (BCMM) Microbiome Research Program Trainee pilot Awards; Vaibhav Upadhyay, MD, PhD, a pulmonary fellow will study, "The Gut Microbiome in Predisposition to and as a Marker of Sars-CoV-2 Infection," and Karin Wu, MD, an endocrinology & Metabolism fellow, will investigate, "Role of the Gut Microbiome in Bone Metabolism in Severe Obesity and After Sleeve Gastrectomy."
Julia Carnevale, MD, in the Division of Gastroenterology at UCSF Health, received a K08 for her project, "Targeting SOCS1 and RASA2 to Engineer More Potent Adoptive T Cell Therapies for Cancer Treatment."

UCSF Mid-Career Development Awards
Phyllis Tien, MD, in the Division of Infectious Diseases at SFVAMC received a K24 for her project, "HIV, HCV, and gender effects on Liver, Bone, and Vascular Health."
Jae Sevelius, PhD, in the Division of Prevention Sciences at UCSF Health, received a K24 award for her project, "Mentoring clinical investigators in patient-oriented research on substance use and HIV." 
Alison Huang, MD, MAS, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health received a K24 for her project, "Midcareer Mentoring in Patient-Oriented Research on Genitourinary Aging in Women."

Upcoming Events

Global Entrepreneurship Course 
Launching end of September

The Master Class from Silicon Valley: Entrepreneurship for Life Science/Healthcare Startups will provide the information and tools to help you create a winning business plan and investor pitch. Guided by renowned entrepreneurship practitioners from the life science/healthcare powerhouse UCSF and the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem, you will learn practical information, not theory, to help you succeed. Our guest lecturers from Silicon Valley are dedicated experts who live and breathe the life science/healthcare sector daily. They will relate essential understanding about the challenges, dynamics, time frames, regulation and capital needs you will face in a startup.

To read more about the course description, syllabus, and guest lecturers, click here. To pre-register, please click on the button below.
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Funding Opportunities 

Fall 2020 Resource Allocation Program 
Application deadline is September 21st  

The Resource Allocation Program (RAP), a campus-wide program that coordinates intramural research funding opportunities for UCSF, is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Cycle. 
RAP process:
  • Applicants choose most appropriate grant mechanism, not the agency.
  • Simultaneous consideration of each application by multiple funding agencies enhances funding likelihood.
  • Funding agencies choose the best proposals that fulfill their programmatic goals. 
E-submission deadline is due September 21, 2020, 2:00pm Pacific Time. For questions and further information, please click on the button below.
Read more here
Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research Grants

The Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research (BIPCR) was launched in the fall of 2019 and was made possible from a $35 million gift provided by Marc and Lynne Benioff. 
BIPCR seeks to partner with departments on the recruitment of basic scientists to UCSF, working in part or fully on prostate cancer. They are funding generations of resources for UCSF prostate cancer researchers, contributing to recruitments and team-based science within specified research directions. Pilot funding is available to groups interested in developing a core resource or applying their current practices to the field of prostate cancer. Due to Covid-19, their RFA cycle is being delayed until early 2021, as lab occupancy restrictions are continuing to affect operations university-wide. These projects will be assessed on an individual basis and interested groups should first contact the BIPCR to discuss their proposals.

For more information, click on the button below. 
Read more here

NIH Loan Repayment Program
The next application cycle for the NIH Loan Repayment Program opened on September 1st and closes on November 20th. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying a portion of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. For those intending to apply, please note the NIH LRP Institutional Business Official for the Department of Medicine is

Click on the button below to read more about general eligibility criteria and supported research areas.
Read more here
NIH Diversity Supplements 
NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-20-166) provide additional funding for trainees and faculty to work on an existing NIH-funded project in a particular area of interest. The NIH provides this funding to attract minority trainees and faculty to research careers. Here is some additional information:
  • Diversity Supplements can support all levels of trainees, from high school through college, graduate school, and postgraduate studies to the investigator level.
  • Supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.
  • There is generally no set deadline, but applications must be submitted at least 10 weeks before the desired start date of the project activity.
  • Supplements are much less competitive than peer-reviewed grant funding mechanisms and can provide an excellent entry point for a research career.
  • Budget requests must follow the budget cycle of the existing grant.
  • Supplemental funding may not extend beyond the existing grant’s project end date.
Curious about applying for a diversity supplement? Click on the button below to see the list of current eligible awards at UCSF as curated by the Research Development Office (RDO) every quarter. The link was updated as of August 2020.The RDO has developed many resources related to diversity supplements on their website, including general information, FAQs and a library of successful proposals.
See list here
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