Upcoming Events

Joint UC Davis-UCSF/KPNC BIRCWH Seminar
October, 2021

This seminar will feature presentations from the BIRCWH scholars and a career development speaker TBA.

Past Events

Journal Editor Roundtable
May 19, 2020

UCSF professors and editors at major journals will share their insights on the manuscript review process, including authors’ common mistakes. Dr. Alison Huang, Course Director for Epidemiology 212 Publishing & Presenting Clinical Research, will give an introduction and moderate the session.

  • Sandy Feng, MD, PhD - The American Journal of Transplantation
  • Deborah Grady, MD, MPH - JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Christopher Hess, MD, PhD - Radiology
  • S. Andrew Josephson, MD - JAMA Neurology
  • Kanade Shinkai, MD, PhD - JAMA Dermatology
  • Ellen Weber, MD - Emergency Medicine Journal

BIRCWH seminar: Leveraging your research through advocacy
February 21, 2020

Amiee Alden, UCSF Director of Local and State Government Relations, described why advocacy is important for UCSF scholars, and how to do it effectively.

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Bixby Center.

BIRCWH seminar: Principled Partnerships in Reproductive Health Research
October 29, 2019

Ruvani Jayaweera, Senior Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health, described her organization’s process in interrogating research grounded in human rights and reproductive justice frameworks.

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Bixby Center.


Joint UC Davis-UCSF/Kaiser BIRCWH Seminar
October 7, 2019; UC Davis

  • Introductions: Ellen Gold, PhD and Claire Brindis, DrPH (BIRCWH PIs)
  • Guest Speaker: Susan Johnson, MD, MS, University of Iowa
  • Panel of BIRWCH mentors on working in the soft money environments
  • Scholar presentations: Yeyi Zhu, PdD, MS; Lauren Ralph, PhD, MPH; Brittany Chambers, PhD; Candice Price, PhD; Laura Tully, PhD; Alicia Agnoli, MD, MPH, MS; Enkhmaa Byambaa, MD, PhD, MAS

BIRCWH seminar: Academics and Advocacy – How you can participate in making change
August 19, 2019

Marj Plumb, DrPH, an expert in public policy advocacy, led this discussion of ways that academics can ensure their research makes a real difference by effectively leveraging their knowledge.

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Bixby Center.

Journal Editor Roundtable
May 21, 2019

UCSF professors and editors at major journals will share their insights on the manuscript review process, including authors’ common mistakes. Dr. Alison Huang, Course Director for Epidemiology 212 Publishing & Presenting Clinical Research, will give an introduction and moderate the session.

  • Andrew Bindman, MD, Health Services Research
  • Rita Redberg, MD, JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Alexander Smith, MD, MS, MPH, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
  • Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, World Journal of Surgery
  • Paul Volberding, MD, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

Joint UC Davis-UCSF/KPNC BIRCWH Seminar
October 7, 2019

This seminar will feature presentations from the BIRCWH scholars, a presenetation from Dr. Susan Johnson on time management, and a panel of BIRWCH leadership discussing career development in soft money environments.

Black Maternal Health Week with Drs. Karen Scott and Cynthia Greenlee
April 15, 2019

This lunch with Drs. Scott and Greenlee will be an opportunity to discuss how they arrived at their work, what is missing in the current conversations about black maternal health, and how they use advocacy to translate their findings into policy changes.

Reaching health equity with Dr. Camara Jones
October 23, 2018

This lunch with Camara Jones, MD, PhD, MPH, of the Morehouse School of Medicine will be an opportunity to ask questions about measuring changes in health equity and career advancement.

Co-sponored by the Ob-Gyn K Scholar programs, Ob-Gyn Fellowships, and ACTIONS. 

BIRCWH brown bag: Writing a successful NIH R01
October 30, 2018

Hear from social scientists and clinicians who have successfully crafted R01s for NIMH and NIAAA. Drs. Carol Camlin, Sheri Weiser and Sarah Roberts will share their insights into the process of drafting, reviewing and submitting your first R01.  

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Bixby Center.

BIRCWH brown bag: NIH budgeting tips
November 5, 2018

Preparing a budget for any type of NIH proposal is complex. Come learn from the experts, including Research Management Services team leader Michelle Stevens, Bixby Business Unit director Sarah Glass, and PIs Carol Camlin, Sarah Roberts and Alison El Ayadi. 

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Bixby Center.

Strategies for assembling a productive scientific team—the human genome experience​
September 14, 2017: Webinar

Dr. Collins, a physician-geneticist and NIH Director, will present on his time as leader of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. Dr. Erin Ferranti, an Emory BIRCWH scholar, will faciltate. This webinar is part of the Leadership Webinar Series organized by the Emory BIRCWH program.

BIRCWH training: Publication-ready graphs in STATA 15
August 15, 2018: Mission Hall Room 1406

Do you move your data from STATA into Excel to make charts and graphs for publication? This lecture and lab will teach you to make publication-ready graphs in STATA 15 directly. Led by Dr. Kristen Aiemjoy of UCSF's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Bixby Center.

Untying the double bind: A career development workshop
August 14, 2018: ZSFG Building 3 Room 505

Often women find themselves in situations where they are “damned if they do, dammed if they don’t.” This interactive workshop explores the kinds of double binds that women experience in their lives and careers. We start by laying a research-based foundation that demystifies and explains the dynamics that produce Double Binds. We then explore three Double Binds in depth and provide strategies – both individual and organizational – for addressing these tensions:

  • Too Nice/Not Nice Enough
  • Too Modest/Too Proud
  • Good Worker/Bad Mother

Participants then move into a break-out session where they workshop the ways in which they experience double binds in their lives and explore strategies for navigating the challenges created by these double binds.

This workshop is faciltiated by Sara Jordan-Bloch of the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership and co-sponsored by the ZSFG Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

UCSF/KPNC and UC Davis Joint BIRCWH Seminar
May 30, 2018: KPNC Division of Research Colleen Conference Room 

The current UCSF/Kaiser and UC Davis BIRCWH scholars presented their work, including:

  • Corinne Rocca, PhD, MPH - Desire to avoid pregnancy (DAP) scale: A psychometric instrument to measure prospective pregnancy preferences 
  • Cait Koss, MD - Sex differences in cumulative exposure and adherence to HIV pre-exposure prohylaxsis (PrEP)
  • Yeyi Zhu, PhD - Central obesity increases the risk of gestational diabetes risk partically through increasing insulin resistance
  • Enkhmaa Byambaa, MD, PhD, MAS - Lipoprotein(a) and cardiovascular risk in women with HIV
  • Candice Price, PhD - Comparing metabolic effects of sugar-sweetened beverage consluption between African-American and white women
  • Laura Tully, PhD - Neural mechanisms underlying higher rates of psychotic and mood symptoms in women with schizophrenia

Former BIRCWH scholar Dr. Julie Schmittdiel presented her work on stakeholder engagement in research -- a key strategy for moving evidence into practice and advancing the field of translational research. Her talk addressed ways to engage patients, providers, and health care systems in research using participatory based research principles, and discussed specific strategies for engaging with stakeholders to help improve care and sustain learning health care systems. She also introduced several innovative research training programs that incorporate stakeholder engagement into their curriculum.

Speakers at Uncertain Future event
Credit: Aleka Gurel

The (uncertain) future of women's reproductive health care
July 19, 2017: The Women's Building, San Francisco

A panel of experts in health policy and women's health programs discussed how maternal and child health care, family planning and reproductive health services may be affected by potential changes coming out of Washington. 


  • Jennifer Templeton Dunn, JD: Lecturer in Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Jane Garcia, MPH: Chief Executive Officer, La Clínica de La Raza
  • Alina Salganicoff, PhD: Vice President and Director of Women’s Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Claire Brindis, DrPH: Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies & UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health; Co-Principal Investigator, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)
Cynthia Harper and Claire Brindis at BIRCWH event
Credit: Aleka Gurel

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Achieving relevance and visibility in an academic research career—opportunities
and potential pitfalls

June 15, 2017: Webinar

Dr. Claire Brindis, director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF, will join Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and a leading researcher in HIV and STIs. Dr. Sandra Safo, an Emory BIRCWH Scholar and biostatistician, will facilitate. This webinar is part of the Leadership Webinar Series organized by the Emory BIRCWH program.

View a recording of this webinar.

Lunch & Learn: UCSF’s Data Science Initiative
June 13, 2017: Laurel Heights Suite 335 Conference Room

The Data Science Initiative is a relatively new division within the UCSF Library. Ariel Deardorff, UCSF Data Services Librarian, will come share more about the full range of programs and training that her team offers. Areas they cover include programming in R and Python, data visualization, and dataset management and analysis.

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Bixby Center.

Laying a solid foundation for a lasting academic career
April 4, 2017: Webinar

Dr. Vivian Pinn, the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health and Dr. Claire Pomeroy, the President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, will present. Dr. Vasiliki Michopoulos, an Emory BIRCWH scholar, will facilitate. This webinar is part of the Leadership Webinar Series organized by the Emory BIRCWH program.

Turning the curve on prematurity: Making birth safe for mothers & newborns
May 26, 2016: ZSFG Library Conference Room 3208

The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative is working to decrease he burden of preterm birth in East Africa. Dr. Dilys Walker is leading this effort with country partners in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. At this Bixby BIRCWH seminar, she will share how they developed their strategy to tackle this complex problem, and how they will measure success. She will discuss the challenges of implementation science within the context of building a program with sustainable impact.

Young women deciding their futures: What’s next for unplanned pregnancy prevention?
May 23, 2016: Laurel Heights Room 263

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is celebrating its 20th year. While there has been marked progress in reducing rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in that time, progress should not be mistaken for victory. US rates are still the highest in the industrialized world, and disparities persist among women of color and women in poverty. The Campaign's new CEO, Ginny Ehrlich, will reflect on what strategies have worked to reduce unintended pregnancies and what needs to happen to ensure that all young women – no matter where they live or who they are – can decide when, if and under what circumstances to get pregnant. She will share how The Campaign's strategy is evolving today, including cutting edge projects like Innovation Next and Bedsider, and the resources they have to support our work as healthcare providers and researchers.

Faculty service opportunities: Avoid or embrace?
April 21, 2016: Parnassus S-322

Faculty members are often asked to serve the University, the hospital, professional organizations, and other groups. Is this a valuable use of time? Should one forego service opportunities until a specific milestone has been reached? For this Bixby BIRCWH career development seminar, Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick will share her thoughts on service opportunities and academic advancement, using her recent article as a springboard for discussion.​

PrEP for women: Evidence, gaps and what we're doing about it
March 1, 2016: ZSFG Ward 84

The WHO has recommended pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a tool to prevent HIV. But there has been little research on PrEP for women. Come learn about the guidelines for PrEP, gaps in the evidence, and the research underway at UCSF and abroad. For this Bixby BIRCWH seminar, Drs. Craig CohenDominika Seidman, and Catherine Koss (BIRCWH scholar) will talk about their research on PrEP in the US and Kenya, including:

  • the Partners PrEP study,
  • integration of PrEP into US family planning and obstetrics clinics, and
  • a study of the real world PrEP adherence in women.