Campus Messages

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

October 20, 2021
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I write to remind you that UCSF strongly encourages and expects everyone to get vaccinated against influenza to protect the health of our patients and communities.

Both the San Francisco and Alameda Departments of Public Health require all health care workers to receive the annual influenza vaccine by Oct. 31, 2021.

In addition, the University of California’s 2021-2022 flu vaccination executive order issued on October 8, 2021, requires all covered students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff to get a flu shot or opt out by completing a form after getting information about flu vaccine no later than Nov. 19, 2021.

Now is the time to get your flu vaccine at UCSF, at a local pharmacy or by your health care provider. Beginning Oct. 25, 2021, UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) is extending its drop-in flu shot clinics at Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay campuses. At UCSF Fresno, free flu shots are available at the COVID-19 Equity Project at 550 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno. Faculty and trainees at UCSF Fresno who work at Community Medical Centers (CMC) may also get flu shots at CMC’s vaccine clinics. More options for getting a flu shot through...

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October 6, 2021

Dear UCSF Community,

One of our goals at UCSF is to ensure that people in our university community feel empowered and valued in an environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Chancellor’s leadership team continues to work on multiple fronts to create a culture in which faculty, staff, and learners from all backgrounds feel welcomed, supported, and respected.

To better understand how we are doing in this regard, we invite you to share your perspectives and experiences about the environment in which you work and learn through the UCSF Climate Survey. On October 11, you will receive an email with a unique link to the confidential survey, which closes November 30.

Please complete this survey to help us build upon and enrich our diverse culture. Your feedback will help us develop action plans to strengthen our community. Your opinions matter and have already led to changes that have improved UCSF. You can read more about the survey in this campus news story.

We appreciate your contributions to the UCSF community and look forward to your thoughts on how we can continue to improve our campus climate.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor – Office of Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care

October 4, 2021
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to share the news that UCSF Professor David Julius, PhD, has been named to receive the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He shares the prize with Ardem Patapoutian, PhD, at Scripps.

David, who chairs the Department of Physiology, was honored for his groundbreaking work in understanding the molecular basis of pain. Through his years at UCSF, David has spearheaded some of the major advances in the field through his identification and characterization of a unique class of nerve-cell ion channel receptors known as TRP (“trip”) receptors.

In that work, David has used distinctive molecules from the natural world – tarantula toxins and the capsaicin molecule that produces the “heat” in chili peppers, for instance – to gain an understanding of how signals responsible for temperature and pain sensation are transmitted by neural circuits to the brain. This work has stimulated significant research among scientists who aim to better understand and treat chronic pain, placing him among the world’s most cited scientists.

David’s work was driven from the start by the great need for effective pain medications without the side effects and addictive potential of opioid drugs. His research has led to significant interest in TRP channels as potential targets for new painkillers. As such, he offers a perfect example of the importance of basic research in understanding both health and disease. More details on his work can be found on our website.

Please make time to join me for a virtual celebration at noon today to celebrate...

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