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Six UC members elected to IOM


Members elected from four UC campuses: Berkeley, UCLA, San Diego, San Francisco.

UCLA's James Economou is one of six UC members newly elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Six University of California members have been elected to the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine.

They join a class of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates announced today (Oct. 19). Since 1970, the IOM has elected more than 200 members affiliated with UC.

Membership in the Institute of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Chosen by current active members, candidates undergo a highly selective process and are nominated based on their professional achievements and commitment to service.

The Institute of Medicine includes a diversity of talent, as its charter requires that at least one quarter of the membership selected be from outside the health professions, in fields such as law, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

The newly elected UC members are:

UC Berkeley

  • Randy Schekman, Ph.D., UC Berkeley professor of cell and developmental biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator

UCLA

  • James Economou, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and Beaumont Professor of Surgery

UC San Diego

  • Richard Kronick, Ph.D., UC San Diego professor of family and preventive medicine, on leave serving as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

UC San Francisco

  • Eric Goosby, M.D., professor of medicine and director, Institute of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, UCSF School of Medicine, Global Health Sciences
  • Deepak Srivastava, M.D., director, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, and UCSF professor of pediatrics and biochemistry & biophysics
  • Ronald Vale, Ph.D., UCSF professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator

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UC med centers named health care equality leaders


LGBT survey honors four UC med centers.

The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization has again named four University of California medical centers as “Leaders in Healthcare Equality.” UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco medical centers earned top marks for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care.

UCSF Medical Center became the only institution in the United States to have received a perfect score on the national Healthcare Equality Index for seven consecutive years.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2014 Healthcare Equality Index designated 426 health care facilities as leaders for meeting key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients, non-discrimination policies for employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and training for staff in LGBT patient-centered care.

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NIH awards high-risk, high-reward research grants


UC researchers receive 17 of 85 awards aimed at innovative approaches to biomed research.

UC Berkeley's Michi Taga, one of 16 UC recipients of NIH High Risk, High Reward program grants, plans to use her grant to develop methods to selectively kill disease-causing bacteria.

The National Institutes of Health awarded 85 grants under its High Risk-High Reward program, of which 17 will go to University of California researchers. The awards support scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research.

UC researchers received 11 of 50 New Innovator awards, which support projects by early-career biomedical researchers with the potential to transform scientific fields and accelerate the translation of research into new ways to improve human health.

UC scientists also received:

  • One of 10 Pioneer awards for groundbreaking approaches that have the potential to make an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research;
  • Two of eight Transformative Research awards for cross-cutting interdisciplinary approaches that could potentially create or challenge existing paradigms; and
  • Three of 17 Early Independence awards that provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to skip traditional postdoctoral training and move immediately into independent research positions.

“Supporting innovative investigators with the potential to transform scientific fields is a critical element of our mission,”’ said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. “This program allows researchers to propose highly creative research projects across a broad range of biomedical and behavioral research areas that involve inherent risk but have the potential to lead to dramatic breakthroughs.”

The total funding for the 85 grants is approximately $141 million.

UC recipients include:

UC Berkeley

  • Nicholas Ingolia (New Innovator)
  • Michi Taga (New Innovator)
  • Roberto Zoncu (New Innovator)

UC Davis

  • Lin Tian (New Innovator)

UC Irvine

  • Weian Zhao (New Innovator)

UCLA

  • Reza Ardehali (New Innovator)
  • Elissa Hallem (New Innovator)
  • Sriram Kosuri (New Innovator)
  • Lili Yang (New Innovator)

UC San Francisco

  • Adam Abate (New Innovator)
  • Robert Judson (Early Independence)
  • Wendell Lim (Transformative Research)
  • Michael McManus (Transformative Research)
  • Michael Rosenblum (New Innovator)
  • Glenn-Milo Santos (Early Independence)

UC Santa Barbara

  • Denise Montell (Pioneer)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  • Amanda Randles (Early Independence)

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Four UC scientists awarded National Medal of Science


Three recipients from UC Berkeley, one from UCSF.

Bruce Alberts, UC San Francisco

Four University of California scientists were awarded the 2014 National Medal of Science — the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the field of science.

Recipients include Bruce Alberts, professor emeritus of biochemistry, UC San Francisco; and Judith Klinman, professor emerita of chemistry, and Alexandre Chorin, University Professor emeritus of mathematics, UC Berkeley. The late David Blackwell, mathematician and statistician at UC Berkeley, was awarded the medal posthumously.

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering.

“These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Obama said of the 2014 medalists. “Our nation has been enriched by their achievements, and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention.”

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Researcher receives award from American Academy of Pediatrics


Randi Hagerman honored with one of most prestigious awards for pediatricians in U.S.

Randi Hagerman, UC Davis

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.

The award recognizes pediatricians and non-pediatricians for their respective contributions to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. It was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics national conference in San Diego on Oct. 12.

I am greatly honored by this award, humbled  after reading the list of previous recipients, and pleased that the AAP recognizes the importance of targeted treatments for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders,” Hagerman said.

Hagerman is an internationally recognized clinician/scientist, director of the clinical trials program and founder of the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at the MIND Institute. In 2001, with her husband, Paul J. Hagerman, UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, she discovered fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), a neurological disorder that affects older carriers of the fragile X premutation. In 1984 she co-founded the National Fragile X Foundation.

“This award is well-deserved recognition for Dr. Hagerman’s lifelong commitment to children with fragile X syndrome and their families,” said Leonard Abbeduto, Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the MIND Institute. “She has helped thousands of people directly through her clinical care, and countless more through her groundbreaking research on the causes, consequences and treatment of FMR1-related disorders.”

“She also has trained and mentored a generation of pediatricians who will carry the field forward for decades to come,” Abbeduto continued. “It is certainly fitting that Dr. Hagerman is added to the list of luminaries who have received this award before her.“

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UC Davis nursing school welcomes its newest grad students


School honors University of Washington nurse scientist with annual leadership award.

(From left) Heather Young, dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presents nurse scientist Brenda K. Zierler with the 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award.

Nutrition, nursing and public health are just some of the fields represented by the 63 new students entering the four graduate programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. The students make up is more than professionally diverse, though, said Dean Heather M. Young, as she formally welcomed the group at the annual Welcoming Ceremony on Tuesday evening (Sept. 23).

“You range in age from 23 to 53. Some of you work for local health systems, some of you work in care centers. Others of you work in public health or provide care in our state prisons.” Young said. “Each of you is here because of what you bring to this school. You came here to be transformed as health care leaders, but at the same time, you also transform each other and all of us at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and UC Davis.”

The incoming fall 2014 classes include eight doctoral students, 20 physician assistant students, 25 master’s degree leadership students and 10 nurse practitioner students — moving the school’s total enrollment to 135.

The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group prepares nurse leaders, primary care providers, researchers and faculty in a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional environment. As with other graduate groups at UC Davis, this program engages faculty from across the campus with expertise in nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, public health and other fields. Currently, the graduate group includes more than 45 faculty.

Brenda K. Zierler, a University of Washington nurse scientist, was honored with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award. The award is annual highlight at the Welcoming Ceremony.

Nationally recognized for her work examining education systems for health professionals, Zierler’s research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes — at both the patient and system levels.

Young said she was thrilled to name Zierler to the award, not only for her national work in interprofessional education, but for her partnership with UC Davis as well.

“Dr. Zierler has worked with both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine to help us identify how we can improve our curriculum so that students are exposed to more interprofessional opportunities throughout their education,” Young said.

Her primary appointment is in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, but Zierler also serves in three adjunct appointments at UW — two in the School of Medicine and one in the School of Public Health. Currently, she is a co-primary investigator on a Josiah-Macy-funded grant with physician Leslie Hall to develop a national train-the-trainer faculty development program for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She also leads two HRSA training grants — one focusing on technology-enhanced interprofessional education for advanced-practice students and the second focused on interprofessional collaborative practice for advanced heart failure patients at UW’s Regional Heart Center.

“I am interested in improving the quality and safety of health care delivery for all,” Zierler said. “Interprofessional education and collaborative practice are a means to meet these goals. Improving communication, coordination and collaboration of care can improve the quality and safety of care.”

Zierler said the future is bright for students of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

“This is a true learning organization with excellent faculty leadership that takes a student-centered approach to education and a patient-population-centered approach to providing care,” Zierler said. “This school is the model for the future in nursing.”

The school recently opened applications for fall 2015 master’s-degree leadership and doctoral programs. For more information, visit the school’s website at nursing.ucdavis.edu.

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UCSF researcher wins Burkitt Medal


John Ziegler recognized for his “integrity, compassion and dedication.”

Paul Browne, Trinity College Dublin’s dean of the School of Medicine, left, congratulates John Ziegler for winning the 2014 Burkitt Medal. (Photo courtesy of Trinity College Dublin)

UC San Francisco’s John Ziegler, M.D., M.Sc., has won the 2014 Burkitt Medal, an award given by Trinity College Dublin to recognize people who embody “integrity, compassion and dedication,” similar to characteristics of Denis Burkitt, a Trinity alumnus.

“Dr. Ziegler has made significant contributions to the fields of medical oncology and to global health,” said Owen Smith, professor of medicine and hematology at Trinity College Dublin. “Continuing the legacy of Denis Burkitt, (Ziegler) directed a highly productive research team in Uganda that made dramatic progress to cure a particularly lethal form of childhood cancer. Ziegler’s career amply exemplifies Burkitt’s curiosity, leadership and humanity.”

The Burkitt Medal was presented at a celebratory dinner on Sept. 17 as part of the Ninth International Cancer Conference at Trinity College Dublin.

“I was delighted to be selected for this prestigious award from one of the oldest universities in Europe,” said Ziegler, founding director of Global Health Sciences Graduates Programs Education & Training at UCSF. “Denis Burkitt was my mentor in the early years of my medical career in Uganda. Receiving the Burkitt medal is a great honor.”

Burkitt discovered a cancer of the lymphatic system in 1956 among children in Africa. The disease starts in immune cells called B-cells and is one of the fastest growing human tumors. It can be fatal if left untreated.

“His discovery of Burkitt’s lymphoma opened many doors in cancer research: viral oncogenesis, tumor immunity and, most importantly, the potential for cure with chemotherapy,” Ziegler said. “Burkitt went on to advocate the importance of dietary fiber in health. He was one of my heroes in medicine.”

Leaders at Trinity praise Ziegler and his contributions to the field of cancer research.

“Burkitt’s legacy, celebrated at this event, is continued by Dr. John Ziegler,” said Paul Browne, Trinity College Dublin’s dean of the School of Medicine. “Ziegler’s work on cancer, especially in connection with developing countries, is tremendous.”

Guests from Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Malta, Malaysia and Ireland who were participating in the International Cancer Conference attended the event.

Ziegler received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Amherst College, in Amherst, Massachusetts, and his M.D. from Cornell University Medical School in New York City. Following medical house staff training at Bellevue Hospital in New York, he joined the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1966, beginning a life-long career in cancer research and care. In 1967 he was assigned to begin a long collaboration with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, studying Burkitt’s lymphoma and other indigenous cancers. Together with Ugandan counterparts, he developed curative therapies for lymphoma and established a cancer institute that today has expanded to a major center of excellence in sub Saharan Africa.

After five years Ziegler returned to NCI to head clinical oncology, and in 1981 moved to UCSF. The AIDS pandemic made its first appearance in San Francisco, heralded by opportunistic infections and two malignancies: Kaposi’s sarcoma and non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ziegler and colleagues made important contributions to this field both in California and back in Uganda. In his later career, earning an M.Sc. in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ziegler headed a cancer genetics clinic at UCSF, and most recently was founding director of a global health master’s degree.

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UC Davis pediatrician named Quality Improvement Project Leader


Ulfat Shaikh to lead project for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ulfat Shaikh, UC Davis

Ulfat Shaikh, director for healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine and pediatrician at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been named the Quality Improvement Project Leader for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS).

She will be leading a project on behalf of the AAP to improve the care of children and adolescents by utilizing clear communication strategies in clinical settings. This project will be the first of its kind to incorporate Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credits into a council program at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition, the academy’s largest gathering of members.

Through its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 program, the American Board of Medical Specialities requires physicians seeking board certification to participate in quality improvement programs in their practice where they regularly assess their patients’ outcomes, identify areas for improvement, implement evidence-based changes to their practice and track their results. Clinicians participating in this AAP pilot project will submit baseline data for their own patients using the AAP Quality Improvement Data Aggregator system, attend a learning session at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition, submit data during the action period, participate in webinars to learn about health literacy and quality improvement methods, review their performance improvement data using run charts and implement improvement cycles based on learnings from their performance data.

As project leader, Shaikh’s responsibilities will include providing leadership to the COQIPS project planning group in accomplishing its goals, establishing the framework of the project, overseeing and approving a system to track and monitor physician participation, facilitating meetings and webinars, conducting day-to-day oversight and management of the project and developing project materials.

“It is an honor to partner with the AAP, an organization highly respected for its advocacy of children and their families, to create a new model that involves front-line clinicians in quality improvement activities,” said Shaikh. ”Just like my other colleagues, I have been trying to select MOC opportunities that not only allow me to complete my board recertification requirements, but that also help me provide better care to my patients. Improving health literacy and provider-patient communication is a national health priority and is a great focus area for this project.”

This project will serve as a model and a replicable standard for how other AAP councils and sections can provide MOC Part 4 opportunities to their members.

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UCSF’s residency training programs rank at the top in national survey


UCLA programs also ranked by Doximity.

A resident consults with George Sawaya, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, in the women's health clinic at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. (Photo by Susan Merrell, UC San Francisco)

UC San Francisco ranked at the top in a national evaluation of residency training programs by the online physician network Doximity, along with U.S. News & World Report.

A total of 15 UCSF programs ranked in the top 10, including three that topped the list. Also, five UCLA programs ranked in the top 10.

Doximity ranked 3,691 residency programs across the country, based on a survey of its physician network (view methodology).

UCSF’s residency training programs ranked No. 1 in anesthesiology, neurological surgery and radiology; No, 2 in dermatology, obstetrics & gynecology, and neurology; No. 3 in internal medicine; No. 4 in radiation oncology; and No. 5 in surgery and urology.

UCSF residency training programs were also ranked in the top 10 in family practice, pathology, pediatrics, plastic surgery (integrated) and psychiatry.

UCSF’s associate dean for graduate and continuing medical education, Bobby Baron, M.D., said that while the survey methodology wasn’t scientific, it reflects just how good UCSF’s training programs are.

“Our residency programs are, in fact, very strong,” he said.

“Measuring success by almost any outcome, including accreditation data, resident match results, resident and faculty surveys, opportunities to care for a terrific population of patients, faculty quality, careers of our graduates, or by reputation of student deans and program directors would place our programs in the very top tier.”

Meanwhile, UCLA’s residency training programs ranked No. 4 in psychiatry and in urology; No. 5 in nuclear medicine; No. 8 in neurology; and No. 9 in plastic surgery (integrated).

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Professor receives Champalimaud Award for role in eye disease therapy


Research led to drug for wet macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Napoleone Ferrara, UC San Diego

Napoleone Ferrara, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and senior deputy director for basic sciences at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, was named today as one of seven recipients of the António Champalimaud Vision Award in Lisbon, Portugal.

The 2014 António Champalimaud Vision Award was bestowed for the development of anti-angiogenic therapy for retinal disease. Anti-angiogenic therapy is used to treat age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which are the leading causes of blindness in high- and middle-income countries. Both are rising in prevalence due to an aging population and increased obesity rates.

Ferrara was recognized for the discovery of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), for exposing the role of this molecule in promoting angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels), his co-discovery of the role of VEGF in retinal disease and the development of the monoclonal antibody drug ranibizumab (marketed as Lucentis), which treats wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other related disorders.

Ferrara shared the award with six researchers from Harvard Medical School: Joan W. Miller, MD, and Evangelos S. Gragoudas, M.D., both of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School; Patricia A. D’Amore, Ph.D., of the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear; Anthony P. Adamis, M.D., of Genentech; and George L. King, M.D., and Lloyd Paul Aiello, M.D., Ph.D., both of Joslin Diabetes Center.

The work of this year’s awardees begins with the identification of VEGF by Ferrara, to the collaborative revelation of its role in retinal-vascular disease, to the experimental evaluation of VEGF inhibition in animal models and its final application with a pharmacologic intervention that significantly improves the vision of patients affected by these often devastating retinal conditions.

The award, presented by the Champalimaud Foundation, is given alternately between contributions to overall vision research (even numbered years) and contributions to the alleviation of visual problems, primarily in developing countries (odd numbered years). The honor comes with a $1.3 million prize, the largest such award given in vision and ophthalmology research. It will be shared among the seven recipients.

Earlier this year, Ferrara was one of eight recipients of the Canada Gairdner Awards, among the most esteemed honors in medical research, for his work identifying the role of VEGF. In 2013, Ferrara was named one of 11 recipients of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. He has also won numerous other awards, including the General Motors Cancer Research Award (2006), the ASCO Science of Oncology Award (2007), the Pezcoller Foundation/AACR International Award (2009), the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (2010), the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (2011), and The Economist’s Innovation Award for bioscience in 2012.

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5 UC campuses rank among top 10 U.S. public universities


UC performs well in U.S. News & World Report, other rankings.

University of California campuses led the way in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top public national universities, released today (Sept. 9).

UC Berkeley and UCLA were first and second on the list, respectively, with UC San Diego, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara also ranked in the top 10, followed by UC Irvine at number 11. The ranking of public national universities was part of the magazine’s annual ranking of American colleges and universities.

UC campuses consistently perform well in such rankings. In August, Washington Monthly ranked UC San Diego first on its list, which is based on how well colleges and universities serve the public interest, with UC Riverside ranked second. Also among the top five schools were UC Berkeley in third place and UCLA in the fifth spot.

The top 100 also included UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine. UCSF has no undergraduates and was not ranked.

In a new list of “affordable elites,” Washington Monthly ranked UCLA first, ahead of Harvard, Williams College and Dartmouth; UC’s Berkeley, Irvine and San Diego campuses also were in the top 10.

“All Californians should be proud of their university. The excellent showing of our campuses in annual college rankings reflects the hard work and commitment to excellence of our faculty, students and staff,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “Ultimately, the University of California measures itself by how well we are fulfilling our core missions: teaching, research and public service. By those critical measures, we continue to excel and serve the public interest.”

Also this August, nine UC campuses placed among the top 150 universities in the world in rankings produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which focus on the quality of research and faculty. UC Berkeley came in first among public universities followed closely by UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco.

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2013-14, two UC campuses placed in the top 25, and eight in the top 200. Those rankings look at world-class universities across several of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Seven UC campuses were in the top 100 of the U.S. News & World Report rankings of best national universities, public and private, and eight were in the top 150. The rankings focus not only on academic reputation, but also on financial resources and selectivity — factors that favor private and more established public universities. In this year’s rankings, the top 10 are made up entirely of private institutions.

College and university rankings are just one measure of higher education institutions. UC’s commitment to maintaining access and affordability, and educating underserved communities, is reflected in other metrics:

  • In 2012-13, 42 percent of UC undergraduates qualified for Pell Grants, compared with 23 percent at public universities and 17 percent at private institutions in the Association of American Universities. Pell Grants are awarded to students from very low-income families.
  • 45 percent of UC graduates leave the university with no debt. Those who do graduate with student debt carry an average of $20,500. The national average is $25,704.

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UCSF professor wins Lasker Award


Peter Walter unveiled key cellular quality-control system, potential roles in disease.

Peter Walter, UC San Francisco

Peter Walter, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco, has received the 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award.

Popularly known as the “American Nobels,” the Lasker Awards are among the most prestigious honors in science and medicine.

Walter, 59, was honored for his groundbreaking work on a cellular quality-control system known as the unfolded protein response, or UPR. Found in organisms ranging from yeast to humans, the UPR is crucial to life, and disruptions in its workings are believed to play a role in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses. Walter, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 1997, shares the award with Kazutoshi Mori, Ph.D., a leading UPR researcher at Kyoto University in Japan.

This year’s other recipients included Mary-Claire King, a University of Washington professor who was a professor at UC Berkeley from 1976 to 1995 and completed her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and postdoctoral training at UCSF. She won the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science for discovering the BRCA1 gene locus that causes hereditary breast cancer and deploying DNA strategies that reunite missing persons or their remains with their families.

Walter is the 12th UCSF faculty member to receive either a Basic Medical Research Award or a Clinical Medical Research Award from the Lasker Foundation.

“This is an exciting day for UCSF and for the world of science,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, M.B.B.S. “Peter Walter has received widespread acclaim for his discoveries on how the cell ensures that proteins are properly constructed, especially when the cell’s quality control systems are overwhelmed. We now know that when these basic systems malfunction, serious diseases can result. His work is a perfect example of the importance of basic biomedical research, its impact on health, and its importance for society.”

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