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Oct 03, 2014 Dr. Rena Pasick Receives UCSF Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Diversity

Rena Pasick, DrPH, an Associate Professor of Medicine in DGIM and Associate Director for Community Education and Outreach at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the Chancellor's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Diversity.

Dr. Pasick's research focuses on cancer disparities in the diverse and underserved communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. To read more about Dr. Pasick and other recipients of the Chancellor Diversity Awards, please visit the UCSF News Website


Oct 16, 2014 Jane Jih, Tung Nguyen, Alka Kanaya and Coauthors win 2014 APIC Best Published Paper Award

Mt. Zion DGIM faculty members Jane Jih, MD, Tung Nguyen, MD, and Alka Kanaya, MD, along with coauthors, Arnab Mukherjea, Eric Vittinghoff, Janice Tsoh, Yoshimi Fukuoka, Melinda Bender, and Winston Tseng have won the 2014 Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC) Best Published Paper Award. The award was given to the paper "Using appropriate body mass index cut points for overweight and obesity among Asian Americans" which was published in the August edition of Preventive Medicine

The APIC Best Published Paper Award will be presented November 18th at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The APIC Program for the APHA Annual Meeting is available online at the APHA 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition website

Oct 23, 2014 Laura Fejerman, PhD, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, and Elad Ziv, MD Publish Paper Identifying Genetic Variant That Lowers Risk of Breast Cancer in Latinas

DGIM researchers Laura Fejerman, PhD, Elad Ziv, MD, and Division Chief Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, along with their coauthors, have published a paper that identifies a protective gene variant that lowers the risk of breast cancer in Latinas. The paper "Genome-wide association study of breast cancer in Latinas identifies novel protective variants on 6q25" was published in the October 20 issue of Nature Communications.

This publication is receiving attention in the media with coverage in Time: "Study Links Latina Women With Gene That Lowers Breast Cancer Risk" and The New York Times: "Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas From Breast Cancer"

To read more about Dr. Fejerman's, Ziv's, and Pérez-Stable's research on this issue, please visit UCSF News Website: Genetic Variant Protects Some Latina Women from Breast Cancer


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