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A sample of publications and media that describe UCSF research in Environmental Health. Names of UCSF researchers appear in BOLD.


Announcing awardees of the 2014-2015 University of California Global Food Initiative Student Fellowships. Jacob Benjamin Mirsky, MD candidate, School of Medicine UCSF, was awarded a fellowship for his project entitled:  “Exploring patient perspectives on food insecurity to optimize the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Therapeutic Food Pantry”

A New Kind of Emergency Preparedness.  Featuring an interview with Dan Henroid, the director of nutrition and food services at UCSF. Pacific Standard.

UCSF Medical Center Opens $1.5 Billion, “Next Generation” Hospital Complex at Mission Bay Campus on Feb. 1, 2015. After more than 10 years of planning and construction, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will open Feb. 1, 2015 on UCSF’s world-renowned biomedical research campus.

UCSF Contributes to $28 Billion Health Sector in San Francisco. UCSF is part of the city’s thriving health sector that collectively generates $28.4 billion to the economy – more than tourism and technology – according to a new economic impact report.

Enviromental Causes of Cancer

Environmental Carcinogens Leave Distinctive Genetic Imprints in Tumors, Chemically Induced Tumors Bear ‘Smoking Gun’ Traces that Sharply Differentiate Them from Genetically Engineered Cancers. UCSF news.

Warning: That tanning bed could be hazardous. Features UCSF professor of Dermatology, Eleni Linos. New York Times

Global Health and Climate Change.

Population and climate change: who will the grand convergence leave behind? Campbell MM, Casterline J, Castillo F, Graves A, Hall TL, May JF, Perlman D, Potts M, Speidel JJ (Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF, Walsh J, Wehner MF, Zulu EM.

Climate change. A global threat to cardiopulmonary health. Rice MB, Thurston GD, Balmes JR, Pinkerton KE. Climate change.

Population and climate change: who will the grand convergence leave behind? Campbell MM, Casterline J, Castillo F, Graves A, Hall TL(UCSF), May JF, Perlman D, Potts M, Speidel JJ (Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF), Walsh J, Wehner MF, Zula EM.

Global warming and its dermatologic implications, Thong HY, Maibach HI, (Dermatology, UCSF). PMID: 18412876.

An official American Thoracic Society workshop report: Climate change and human health.  Pinkerton KE, Rom WN, Akpinar-Elci M, Balmes JR (Dept Medicine UCSF), Bayram H, Brandli O, Hollingsworth JW, Kinney PL, Margolis HG, Martin WJ, Sasser EN, Smith KR, Takaro TK.

Reproductive Health and the Environment

Study Finds Wide Exposure to Environmental Toxics in Cohort of Pregnant Women According to a new study from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Biomonitoring CA, low income and Latina pregnant women who seek care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) have widespread exposure to environmental pollutants, many of which show up in higher levels in newborns than the mothers.

Toxic environmental chemicals: the role of reproductive health professionals in preventing harmful exposures. Sutton P, Woodruff TJ (Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, UCSF), Perron J, Stotland N, Conry JA, Miller MD, Giudice LC.

Bridging epidemiology and model organisms to increase understanding of endocrine disrupting chemicals and human health effects. Woodruff TJ (Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF)

Environmental chemicals in pregnant women in the United States: NHANES 2003-2004. Woodruff TJ (Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF) Zota AR, Schwartz JM.

Environmental health attitudes and behaviors: findings from a large pregnancy cohort study. Barrett ES, Sathyanarayana S, Janssen S (Department of Urology, UCSF), Redmon JB, Nguyen RH, Kobrosly R, Swan SH; TIDES Study Team.

Environmental chemicals in pregnant women in the United States: NHANES 2003-2004. Woodruff TJ (Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF) Zota AR, Schwartz JM.

Reproductive environmental health. Sutton P (Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, UCSF), Giudice LC, Woodruff TJ (Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, UCSF)

In utero exposure to benzophenone-2 causes hypospadias through an estrogen receptor dependent mechanism. Hsieh MH (Department of Urology, UCSF), Grantham EC, Liu B, Macapagal R, Willingham E, Baskin LS.

Endocrine Disruptors: Triclosan

Health Care Worker Exposures to the Antibacterial Agent Triclosan.  MacIsaac, Julia K. MD, MPH; Gerona, Roy R. PhD; Blanc, Paul D. MD, MSPH; Apatira, Latifat MD, MPH; Friesen, Matthew W.; Coppolino, Michael MD; Janssen, Sarah MD, PhD, MPH

Endocrine Disruptors: BPA

A round robin approach to the analysis of bisphenol a (BPA) in human blood samples. Vandenberg LN, Gerona RR, Kannan K, Taylor JA, van Breemen RB, Dickenson CA, Liao C, Yuan Y, Newbold RR, Padmanabhan V, Vom Saal FS, Woodruff TJ (Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF)

Bisphenol-A (BPA), BPA Glucuronide, and BPA Sulfate in Midgestation Umbilical Cord Serum in a Northern and Central California Population. Gerona RR, Woodruff TJ, Dickenson CA, Pan J, Schwartz JM, Sen S, Friesen MW, Fujimoto VY. Hunt PA. (Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Laboratory Medicine, UCSF)

Endocrine Disruptors:Phthalates

Dietary phthalate exposure in pregnant women and the impact of consumer practices. Serrano SE, Karr CJ, Seixas NS, Nguyen RH, Barrett ES, Janssen S (Department of Urology, School of Medicine, UCSF), Redmon B, Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S.

Viruses in the Environment

Twisted Beaks: Scientists Exploring Mysterious Deformities Focus on New Virus, a bornavirus causing a widespread wasting disease in parrots, macaws and cockatiels was uncovered using a gene-sequencing technique designed by professor Joseph DeRisi and his team at UCSF. Dumbacher and DeRisi decided they also would search on the molecular level for a hidden virus in chickadees.

Sustainable Food Services in Healthcare

3 tips for transforming hospital food. This article features UCSF and their sustainable food for healthcare. Deborah Fleischer. 2Degrees Community (Sustainable Business)

Donation of Medical Supplies for Reuse

Remedy at UCSF: a sustainable student-run initiative. Kanzaria HK (Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF), Fischette S, Jain S.

Green Buildings in Healthcare

Mission Bay facility’s quest to be greener McGregor A, Naqvi A, Krehlik T; IFHE.