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UCSF will “Stand Up for Science” in solidarity with other members of the academic and scientific communities with a teach-in and rally on the morning of Saturday, April 22.

Teach-In (8-10 a.m.)

The "Stand Up For Science" teach-in will feature UCSF faculty members who, during their careers, have pursued research that has clashed with political sentiments. Listen to stories from those experienced in advancing evidence-based health policy when politics interfered or presented seemingly immovable obstacles. Breakfast will be available at 8 a.m., with the program starting at 8:30 a.m.

The panel, moderated by Mike McCune, MD, PhD, will include:

  • Cherrie B. Boyer, PhD, on her work with the Department of Defense and the allocation of time for preventative health education and necessary funding for the reproductive health needs of military personnel, particularly female recruits
  • Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, on his efforts to raise awareness among policymakers regarding differences between racial and ethnic groups related to genetic testing and the importance of precision medicine
  • Andre Campbell, MD, on his efforts to bring the public health problem of guns and trauma to the attention of different stakeholders and policymakers
  • Susan Fisher, PhD, on stem cell research and efforts to continue work that the federal government refuses to fund
  • James G. Kahn, MD, MPH on evidence and analyses to influence policies for needle exchange, adult male circumcision, and other HIV prevention spending
  • Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD, on his efforts to raise awareness of bench research, its implications for disease, and the importance of funding basic research
  • Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD, on her research on overuse of imaging and educating policymakers about establishing standards of radiology practice
  • Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, on why environment matters to health and justice

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Rally (10-10:45 a.m.)

Immediately after the teach-in, join members of the Bay Area life sciences community at a rally to stand up for science. This is an opportunity to speak out for robust funding of research and our shared values of diversity and inclusion in advancing scientific discovery.

The “Stand Up for Science” rally — which UCSF is hosting in partnership with the California Life Sciences Association and Gladstone Institutes — will feature comments from leaders in the health sciences on the fundamental importance of a vibrant scientific enterprise to America and the world.

Speakers include:

  • Introductions by UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Gladstone Institutes President R. Sanders Williams
  • Hana El-Samad, Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Paul Hastings, CEO, Oncomed
  • Regis Kelly, Byers Family Distinguished Professor at UCSF, and Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
  • Cynthia Kenyon, Vice President of Aging Research, Calico

At the rally, you’ll have an opportunity to take part in a science advocacy effort by filling out postcards that will be hand-delivered to your local Congressional representative in Washington D.C.

The first 500 attendees of the rally will also receive a “Stand Up For Science” t-shirt.

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