Keeping toxics out of consumer goods
The innovative work of researchers and clinicians to uncover causes and develop treatments — or even to conduct training programs — would not be possible without the funding options available through philanthropic outreach.
“Philanthropy is based on belief in the mission or cause,” said Nancy Milliken, MD, vice dean of the School of Medicine and director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, who led the presentation in late October.
Since coming to UCSF in October, 2005, Dr. Linda Giudice, chair of the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at UCSF. has established the innovative Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), housed in the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. PRHE focuses on the relationships of contaminants ( in low "background" or concentrated exposures) and reproductive health. This includes pregnant women, fetuses, the prenatal origins of adult diseases, and reproductive tract disorders.
Laura Esserman, breast cancer surgeon and clinical leader of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program at the UCSF Mount Zion campus, says there are many factors that influence the risk of breast cancer. With exceptionally high rates in the Bay Area — Marin County’s is among the highest in the country — UCSF scientists have joined the fight with full force, and are continually making advancements in risk assessment, diagnosis and clinical care.
An experimental vaccine to prevent cervical cancer protected virtually all the women who took it during a large international trial, boosting chances that future generations of girls throughout the world might live their lives free of risk of the disease.
UCSF has a thriving community of women researchers in both clinical and research fields. Yet encouraging as those numbers are, UCSF cell biologist Elizabeth Blackburn -- known for her discovery of the enzyme telomerase and the subsequent proving of how telomeres, the protective tips of chromosomes, erode as cells divide -- is not satisfied.