Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

September 29, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to report that the search for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) – Research Infrastructure and Operations has been completed and that Brian E. Smith, MBA, JD has accepted the position, commencing October 1.

As AVC – Research Infrastructure and Operations, Brian will report to me and will be responsible for day-to-day operations, management, and oversight of several key components of our research enterprise: research management services, government and business contracts, environmental health and safety, and laboratory animal research. He will collaborate with others on the Office of Research team, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, the medical center, faculty leaders and entities outside of UCSF, to identify potential improvements and best practices. Brian also will represent the Office of Research in campuswide planning and on selected UC systemwide committees and councils.

Brian comes to UCSF from UC San Diego, where he was assistant vice chancellor for Health Sciences Affairs, with responsibilities encompassing health sciences education, research and general administration, and liaison functions to Health Sciences Development, Marketing and Communications, and the UCSD Health System. Prior to his three years at UCSD, Brian served for seven years at the University of Oregon, Eugene, first in the Office of Technology Transfer, and subsequently as assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and his MBA and JD from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Finally, I am most grateful to Marge O’...

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September 11, 2014

Dear UCSF Community:

I write to inform you that Bruce Wintroub, MD, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the School of Medicine, effective September 15, while we embark on the search for my successor. Dr. Wintroub, a distinguished dermatologist, has served UCSF for 32 years. Most recently he has served as Vice Dean – School of Medicine since 2004 as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology since 1985. Dr. Wintroub will maintain his responsibilities in the Department of Dermatology including his position as chair. I am confident that he will serve with distinction and ably steer the School through this transition.

Dr. Wintroub earned a medical degree at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, with residencies and fellowships at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston (Internal Medicine) and Harvard Medical School (Immunology and Dermatology). He earned his AB at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Read more at:

I have appointed a search committee for my successor as dean, and Drs. Catherine Lucey, Professor and School of Medicine Vice Dean—Education, and Shaun Coughlin, Professor and Director—Cardiovascular Research Institute will serve as co-chairs. The committee is charged to work with the search firm of Isaacson, Miller to identify distinguished academicians who have demonstrated their ability to successfully advance all mission areas and whose values align with the core values of...

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September 8, 2014
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share the exciting news that UCSF Professor Peter Walter has received the 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, announced today. Popularly known as the “American Nobel,” this is one of the most prestigious honors in science and medicine.

Peter, who is a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 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 is fundamental to a cell’s ability to ensure that proteins are properly constructed, especially when the cell’s quality control systems are overwhelmed. Disruptions in its workings are believed to play a role in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses. As such, Peter’s work is a perfect example of the importance of basic biomedical research, its impact on health and its importance for society.

Peter is the 12th UCSF faculty member to receive a Lasker and shares this year’s award with Kazutoshi Mori, PhD, a leading UPR researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. More details can be found at

Peter is currently in Europe, contributing his expertise to a grants review group, so we will hold a celebration upon his return. Please join me on Monday, September 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Genentech Hall atrium, to...

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