Upcoming Events

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.

Past Events

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


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.

At this Bixby seminar, 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.