Alumni eNewsletter

spring 2016
CUGH Conference Addresses Role of Universities in Improving Global Health 
CUGH panel with University of California President Janet Napolitano (second from right). Photo by Ross Marlowe for CUGH.
Universities should go beyond knowledge creation and transmission to “the translation and application of that knowledge to improve people’s lives and social conditions worldwide,” stated GHS executive director Jaime Sepulveda in his opening remarks as host of the annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference in San Francisco April 9-11, 2016. Read more.
Educating, Empowering & Connecting Students and Alumni at CUGH Conference
Members of the UCGHI Satellite Session Student Planning Committee. Photo by Cindy Chew.
GHS students and alumni showed up in force at the recent CUGH conference, presenting posters, speaking on panels, co-leading breakout sessions, and serving on the Planning Committee for Empowering & Connecting Students Towards Sustainable Global Health—the satellite session sponsored by the University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) on April 8. Read more about the GHS presence at CUGH.
"Global Health Frontiers" Features GHS Staffer and Alumna Solange Madriz 

Solange Madriz, MS ‘12, helps tell the story of an obstetric care initiative in rural Guatemala in "Saving Lives at Birth," a segment of the new PBS Global Health Frontiers series that highlights stories of global health organizations and volunteers. Read more and watch the video.
Alumni News

Alumni Profile: Ashley Lucas, MS ‘15
Ashley Lucas had worked as a nurse for 10 years before moving from Toronto to enter the GHS master’s program and change the course of her career. Her capstone project evaluating sexual networking studies of HIV/AIDS led to an unexpected new job. Read more.

Alumni Updates
Alumni have been busy launching into new jobs, graduating medical school, publishing articles, and growing their families! Read about their updates.
student news
A Fieldtrip before Fieldwork

Master’s students enjoyed a San Francisco Giants baseball game with GHS education staff and faculty on April 21—a welcome outing after the end of spring final exams and before the start of the capstone research period.
Capstone Research around the World

The master’s class is currently “in the field” conducting research in 16 countries—about one-third in the US and two-thirds around the world. Some of their capstone projects are looking at:

  • Restructuring HIV care in the United States
  • Palliative care services for children with terminal illness in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Human rights-based approaches to reducing maternal mortality in Brazil and Uganda
  • Improving the quality of eye care services in outreach camps and primary care centers in India
  • The effect of biannual fluoride varnish application for children in Roatán, Honduras

$185M Gift Launches UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
In the largest-ever gift to UC San Francisco, the Weill Family Foundation and Joan and Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill have donated $185 million to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, in an ambitious effort to accelerate the development of new therapies for diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, including psychiatric disorders. Read more.

UCSF Immunologist to Head New Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Renowned UC San Francisco immunologist Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, has been named president and CEO of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, a national initiative launched with a $250 million grant from The Parker Foundation, a private philanthropic organization established by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker. Read more.

UCSF Schools Continue to Lead Nation in NIH Biomedical Research Fundsative

For the third year in a row, UC San Francisco’s four schools — of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy — topped the nation in federal biomedical research funding in their fields, according to annual figures from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, the University as a whole received the most NIH funds of any public university, and second most overall. Read more.

Top photo of Mission Hall by Bruce Damonte
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
May 25, 2016, 4-7 pm
550 16th St, Rooms MH-1400 and 1401/1402
UCSF Multi-disciplinary Resident Research Symposium
Residents present their work on clinical & translation research, global health, and molecular medicine.
June 3, 2016, 12-1 pm
550 16th St, Room MH-3700
GHS Lecture: Benefits of Global Mental Health
Dr. David Ndetei, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and founder and Director of the Africa Mental Health Foundation, discusses mental health care scale up in low- and middle-income countries.
June 28, 2016, 1-5 pm
Byers Auditorium,
Genentech Hall
Empowering Local Professionals to Create Data Tools
Meet the Informatics Hub @ Global Health Sciences and learn how empowering local informatics professionals to create effective data and technology tools leads to successful health outcomes.
Student and Alumni Blogs

Read blog posts by current students and alumni, including a recent story about a weekend with the Clinton Foundation.

Email us if you’d like to contribute to the blog!

Resources & Benefits
Career Resources
Check the GHS Alumni LinkedIn group for global health jobs, opportunities, and discussions. Also, see new jobs posted on our website every week!
Alumni Events & Updates
Would you like to learn more about GHS alumni events, or do you have updates and publications to share? Contact Anna Cross, Outreach and External Relations Officer, at or call 415-476-5551.
Travel Discounts
Alumni discounts on auto rentals and hotels

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