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Dreamforce Event to Feature UCSF Dream Team on September 1

By Patricia Yollin | August 29, 2011

Linda Giudice remembers the day, about 10 years ago, when a woman she was treating asked if her multiple miscarriages might have been the result of growing up on the Love Canal, a former toxic waste site near Niagara Falls.

That conversation led to a conference of scientists, patients and politicians, and eventually to the establishment of UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment.

When the patient posed the question, it was an epiphany for Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc, who is chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.

Other epiphanies, on a more modest scale, are the goal of “Unusual Thinkers: The UCSF Track” at Dreamforce 2011, where Giudice and five other UCSF physicians and scientists will lead separate sessions on Thursday, Sept. 1 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, and UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret will start the day at 11:45 a.m. with a look at the future of health care. The five individual half-hour sessions will last until 3:40 p.m. Get details about the UCSF track here.

UCSF Chancellor
Susan Desmond-Hellmann

The four-day event will be staged for the ninth straight year by founder Marc Benioff. He and his wife, Lynne, donated $100 million to help build a children’s hospital at UCSF Mission Bay that is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

The UCSF track, which was held last year for the first time, is dedicated to helping people think about their health in a new way, much as the UCSF leaders in their field have done in their research and practices.

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