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Burchard study finds Latino asthma risk varies with genetic ancestry

Oct 8, 2014

Percentage prevalence of asthma in U.S. children

A new analysis of nearly 5,500 Latino children with and without asthma led by School scientists has found that variations in their genetic ancestry can partially explain major differences in their risk of developing the disease.

While U.S. Latinos are classified as a single ethnic group, their genetics share varying proportions of African, European, and/or Native American ancestry. Latinos also experience major disparities in asthma prevalence, with Puerto Ricans experiencing the highest rates (18.4 percent) while Mexican Americans experience the lowest (4.8 percent).

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Burchard commentary calls for more diversity in biomedical research

Sep 18, 2014

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By David Jacobson

Authoring the lead commentary in the current special issue of Nature devoted to diversity, School faculty member Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, asserts that the clinical and biomedical research infrastructure “needs to be retooled” to include more diverse patient populations in studies.

“Many drugs work better in white people than in those of non-European origin,” writes Burchard. “Non-European populations are harmed because they are not studied as intensely, and clues that could reveal new aspects of disease biology are missed.”

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Tejal Desai named chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

Jul 23, 2014

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Tejal Desai, PhD, has been named the new chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), a joint department of the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Her appointment is effective August 1, 2014.

A UCSF faculty member since 2005, Desai has been serving as BTS vice chair. “Tejal’s willingness to serve as department chair is characteristic of her collegial approach to science and education,” said Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD. “She is an award-winning bioengineer and an accomplished teacher and administrator who has the deep respect of the faculty. I’m very pleased Tejal has accepted the chair position.”

Desai replaces Kathy Giacomini, PhD, who stepped down to lead the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, which is funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. BTS was previously co-chaired by Giacomini and Sarah Nelson, PhD.


Desai Named Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

Napolitano selects Hawgood as next UCSF Chancellor

Jul 10, 2014

University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that her choice for the 10th chancellor of UC San Francisco is Sam Hawgood, MBBS, the UCSF School of Medicine dean who has served as interim UCSF chancellor since April 1. The UC Board of Regents will vote on Napolitano’s selection and the terms of the appointment on July 17.


President Napolitano Selects Sam Hawgood as Next Chancellor of UC San Francisco – UCSF

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