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Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year to you! While 2020 challenged us in countless ways, the research faculty responded with unprecedented determination and resilience- rapidly setting up COVID-19 programs from the basic to the clinical sciences and continuing non-COVID research under difficult circumstances. The power of team science was never more apparent globally with unprecedented pace of vaccine development. May 2021 bring you joy and success, but most of all, good health.

All the best, 
Diane and David

Diane Havlir, MD, Associate Chair for Clinical Research
David Erle, MD, Associate Chair for Biomedical Research 

Honors and Leadership Positions

Beth Cohen MD, MAS, Tonya Kaltenbach MD, MS, Gabby Schmajuk MD, MSc and Mary Whooley MD, recently received a $5 million renewal grant for the VA Measurement Science Quality Enhancement Research Initiative. Along with funding several specific research projects, this grant supports the UCSF/SFVA Data Core which helps UCSF investigators conduct clinical research studies using national VA electronic health record data.
Neal Benowitz, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiology at ZSFG was recognized as first in the U.S. and second in the world in research impact in the tobacco control area. The study of this data was conducted by Simon Chapman, AO, PhD, Emeritus Professor, from the University of Sydney, School of Public Health. 
Julie Zikherman, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at UCSF Health will assume the role of the chair of the DOM physician-scientist search committee. Her research focuses on the immune system; in particular the mechanism of B cell responses to foreign antigens. The Zikherman lab seeks to define the rules that govern B cell responses to specific features of foreign antigens, including antigen affinity, valency and co-stimulatory signals. 

Recognizing Important Milestones 

We'd like to continue celebrating the success of our investigators by recognizing significant milestones in the newsletter. These include:
  • K and other career development awards
  • first time R01 or equivalent awards
  • recipients of national or international research honors 
We encourage awardees and division chiefs to notify Ilona Paredes at the time of their award.

First Time R01s in 2020

Rima Arnaout, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division Cardiology at UCSF Health received a R01 for her project entitled, "Improving Cardiovascular Image-Based Phenotyping Using Emerging Methods in Artificial Intelligence," from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 
Amy Conroy, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Prevention Science at UCSF Health received a R01 for her project entitled, "Dyadic Management of HIV Cardiometabolic Comorbidities Among Couples in Malawi," from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 
Francesca Delling, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology at UCSF Health received a R01 for her project entitled, "Prospective Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Stratification Using CMR and Echocardiography Machine Learning in Mitral Valve Prolapse," from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 
John Greenland, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine at the SFVA received a R01 for his project entitled, "Telomere Dysfunction as a Cause of Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction," from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 
Carina Marquez, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at ZSFG received a R01 for her project entitled, "Socio-spatial Networks and Tuberculosis Infection in Youth in Rural Uganda," from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

Career Development Award 

Sheri Lippman, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Prevention Science at UCSF Health received a K24 for her project entitled, "Training in Implementation Science Research to Improve PrEP Services for People at Risk for HIV," from the National Institute of Mental Health. 
Help with Grant Preparation
Requests for grant reviews are accepted on an ongoing basis

We are pleased to announce that Carina Marquez, MD, utilized the Department of Medicine PRE-Proposal Application REview (PREPARE) program. Please see her project above. See what another reviewee had to say about the program below! 

“Amazing. The reviews were insightful, very thorough, and incredibly helpful in suggesting approaches for overcoming concerns.  I can't overstate what excellent input I received and how much I appreciate it. Reviewer ideas are not only helping the structure of my grant application, they're helping my whole research program.” - Elise Riley, PhD

For more information, click here to contact us. 

UCSF Career Development Programs

CHIC K12 Application Cycle now open!
Submission deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021

CHIC (Cardiopulmonary, Hematologic, and Immunologic Comorbidities of HIV) is a NHLBI-funded K12 program at UCSF led by Laurence Huang, MD, and Priscilla Hsue, MD, that seeks to support MD, MD/PhD, and PhD scholars who are dedicated to independent research careers conducting clinical and translational research in HIV-related heart, lung, and blood comorbidities. 

For more information about eligibility and submission instructions, please click on the button below. For questions, please email clinical research coordinator: or either of the program directors: and

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021. Target Start Date: July 1, 2021.

Read more here
Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Meeting

Friday, January 29th, 2021 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Join via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 931 3562 5892, Password: 232320).

The AMFDP awards 4-year postdoctoral research grants to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in academic medicine. Join AMFDP alumni to learn more about this career boosting experience, while building your network and connecting to possible mentors.

For more information, contact Meshell Johnson or Urmimala Sarkar.

Upcoming Events

National Mentoring Month  

January is National Mentoring Month! The UCSF Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs will be hosting a series of virtual events to promote faculty mentoring. 

Zoom links will be sent via email to registrants. 

Monday, January 11 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mentoring up: Successfully Employing a Mentee-Driven Approach to Mentoring Relationships 
Register HERE

Wednesday, January 27 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
From Mentor to Advocate: Building Sponsorship Skills as Mentors and Mentees 
Register HERE

Thursday, January 28 / 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Moving up at UCSF: A Discussion on Advancement and Promotion for Faculty
Register HERE

For more information, contact: Irené Merry or Mitch Feldman, Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Mentoring.
Read more here

Funding Opportunity 

Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Fellowship
Application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2021

The UCSF Alpha Stem Cell Clinic is requesting proposals for the 2021 ASCC Fellowship, made possible by funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The UCSF ASCC Fellowship Funding Opportunity is open to MDs* who are currently in or have recently completed a clinical fellowship and have commenced a clinical or translational research project focused on cell-based therapeutics.

* PhDs are not eligible for this funding opportunity.

Completed applications along with mentor letters of support should be submitted to the UCSF ASCC by February 1, 2021.

For more information about eligibility and application requirements, please click on the button below. For questions please call, (415) 502-2558 or e-mail,

Read more here

Research Partnership Opportunity 

Autobahn Labs Collaboration to Accelerate UCSF Innovation from Bench to Bedside

Through the Office of Innovation Ventures, UC San Francisco has formalized a new strategic collaboration with Autobahn Labs, a "virtual incubator" focused on drug discovery and development, to help move scientific discoveries with therapeutic potential more quickly to market. UCSF Innovation Ventures will work with any UCSF researcher with an early-stage therapeutic that has reached the limits of its development in an academic setting, assessing the potential for further development of the discovery through the Autobahn Labs business model.
Read more here
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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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