March 2019

Dear Colleagues:

I am thrilled that UCSF is the top public recipient of 2018 NIH funds for the 12th year in a row. We set new records for funding and the number of awards received with 1,309 competitive grants and contracts totaling $647 million – a nine percent funding increase from 2017. These outstanding accomplishments are the result of the daily collaborative effort of thousands of people here at UCSF. Many thanks to our research support staff for providing the infrastructure that is the backbone for our success – and I thank you, as a member of the UCSF research community, for your commitment to excellence!

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating our women in science this month with a special website (drawn from UCSF Profiles) where you can learn more about your colleagues. This month’s ReSearch ReSource issue begins our researcher interview series with Kathy Giacomini, PhD, this year's UCSF Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture Award recipient in Translational Science. All four of the 2019 faculty lecture recipients are women: Kathy is joined by her Faculty Research Lecture peers Donna Ferriero, MD, MS (Clinical Science – livestream), Carol Gross, PhD (Basic Science – livestream), and Hana El-Samad, PhD, who received the 2019 Byers Award Lecture in Basic Science. Other highlights: Jeanne Paz, PhD, was recently selected for the 2019 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and a UCSF’s team proposal “Improving Precision Medicine for Breast Cancer in Latinas: A Multi-Tiered Approach” was one of three awardees of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine’s call to reduce cancer disparities through collaboration.

I applaud our women faculty, staff, and trainees; our mission-driven work in support of women and women’s health; and our campus initiatives to make UCSF a safe, supportive, and equitable institution for women.

Please read on to learn about other topics and information relevant to our work.

Vice Chancellor Lindsey Criswell

Accessing Elsevier Articles

The University of California has decided not to sign a new contract with Elsevier after the publisher declined to meet UC’s goals of securing universal access to UC research and containing costs associated with for-profit journals. Read more to learn how this impacts UCSF access to Elsevier journal articles and find alternative access resources.

Need Clinical Trial Pipeline Help?

A new Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) email address ([email protected]) provides faculty and staff with a single contact resource for all questions and concerns related to the clinical trial pipeline. Winona Ward, director of OSR, and Jeanna Julo, clinical trials quality improvement and compliance officer, will review and triage all emails. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to use this important new resource.

Research Space Working Group (RSWG) Update

The RSWG has forwarded its final report (with additional information summarizing current research programs at Parnassus) to Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Planning co-chairs Senior Vice Chancellor Paul Jenny and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein. This work is vitally important to the future of UCSF research and we express deep appreciation for the RSWG, led by co-chairs Tamara Alliston, PhD and John Fahy, MD, for their comprehensive, data-driven effort. If you have any questions, please contact Drs. Alliston and Fahy.

Researcher of the Month: Kathy Giacomini, PhD

Kathy Giacomini, PhD, professor of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences, is this year's recipient of the UCSF Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture Award in Translational Science and will deliver her talk on May 9.

As the awards are peer-nominated, Giacomini says, “This feels like the biggest honor I’ve ever had. To be honored by your peers in your local community is wonderful and humbling. And to be in a group with Donna and Carol, two fabulous scientists who I love, is an honor and very special as a group of three women.”

A UCSF faculty member since 1982, Giacomini is a world-renowned pharmacologist and leader in transporter biology and pharmacogenomics (see lab website). She is the principal investigator of the NIH-funded Pharmacogenomics Research Network Hub, which coordinates all activities of the NIH Pharmacogenomics Research Network.

Her Faculty Research Lecture will focus on her latest research achievement: the de-orphaning of a transport protein in the human genome. (read more)


  • PREMIER Symposium “Autoantibodies: The Power of Triangulation"Guest speaker Antony Rosen, MBChB, BSc (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) will present keynote address on March 19, beginning with breakfast/reception at 8:00 a.m. and presentations from 8:30-10:45 a.m. in Parnassus N-225.
  • Parnassus Research-in-Progress Series (PRIPS)PRIPS is an ongoing schedule of Tuesday talks (4-5 p.m.) featuring trainees from across UCSF labs and schools, with the aim of bringing researchers together at the Parnassus campus. Upcoming event dates: March 26 (in HSW-303) Julia Rohrberg (Goga lab) and Leo Ferreira (Tang lab); April 2 (in HSW-301) Gabriel Eades (McManus lab) and Xiaoyu Yang (Shen lab); April 9 (in HSW-301) Ace Lewis (Bush lab) and Melissa Reeves (Reeves lab). Please contact Tiffany Criger to be added to the listserv.
  • UC Cool Campus Challenge is back!Sign up by March 31 to participate as a lab team or as individuals in a fun competition between all ten UC campuses to reduce carbon emissions. Help UCSF become the “coolest” UC campus and win prizes, including a Google Home! Challenge starts April 1.
  • UC Pitch DayUC CAI and UC BRAID are partnering with UCI Applied Innovation to host a forum for UC faculty to pitch advanced translational programs to a group of potential investors. Successful applicants will develop a pitch deck for presentation to a group of interested investors. Apply April 1-8, Pitch Day June 28.
  • SFBayCRN 5th Annual MeetingJoin the UCSF practice-based research annual meeting on April 26, hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN) and CTSI Community Engagement & Health Policy Program. Theme: Building Capacity to Address the Health Needs of Diverse Communities.
  • Faculty Research Lecture: Translational ScienceEach year, the Academic Senate Committee on Research selects the recipient of this award: Kathy Giacomini, PhD is the 2019 recipient. Her lecture will be held in Byers Auditorium on the Mission Bay campus on May 9 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception outside of Byers Auditorium..
  • Save the Date! 2019 Clinical Trials Day CelebrationClinical Trials Day is an annual celebration of the great contributions of Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) to UCSF’s research efforts. Mark your calendars for May 13. This event is open to all UCSF CRCs and clinical research support staff.

Funding Opportunities:

  • New Year... New Strategies... OnPAROnPar provides innovative and exceptional research applications with a second opportunity for funding.
  • Pivot Funding Opportunities DatabasePivot allows researchers to search funding opportunities, save results, set automated funding alerts, and identify potential collaborators. It is one of the most comprehensive searchable funding opportunities databases available and free to all UCSF faculty, staff, trainees, and students.
  • Limited Submission OpportunitiesLimited submission opportunities (LSOs) are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number of applications that UCSF may put forward to a given sponsor or that require internal coordination. The calendar of recurring and current LSOs is available on the Research Development Office website.

Infrastructure and Operations:

Training and Tools:

Useful Links:

  • Bakar ImmunoXInfrastructure for sharing technology and findings across fields, disciplines, and geographies via a series of CoLabs and CoProjects.
  • CTSIInfrastructure, services, and training for research spanning early translational research to community engagement.
  • Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)IRB, Quality Improvement Unit (QIU), and GESCR updates and resources.
  • IACUCCommittee providing training, guidance, and resources for people working with animals.
  • Innovation VenturesExpertise and resources to transform innovation into impact and translate scientific discoveries for public use and benefit – read about incoming Office of Technology Management Executive Director Anthony Francis and more in their March newsletter.
  • MATLABA computational platform for engineering, scientific, and mathematic applications.
  • NIH UpdatesUpdates on policies, resources, and guide notices relevant to UCSF researchers.
  • Research Advisory Board (RAB)An advisory forum promoting dialogue between UCSF leadership and the research community.
  • Research Allocation Program (RAP)An intramural grant program that provides coordinated, collaborative effort among UCSF funding opportunities.
  • Research Development Office (RDO)Services and resources for UCSF research development.
  • Research Resource Program (RRP)Support and services for cores and shared resource laboratories.
  • SustainabilityDiscounts and programs to help researchers save money and be sustainable.