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About the UCSF AIDS 2012 Blog

UCSF launched this blog to share news and insight about AIDS 2012, the XIX International AIDS Conference  held this year in Washington, DC.

In addition to several professional staff writers, the blog features more than two dozen full-time faculty from UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH) who will comment on the latest research in their own fields of expertise.

UCSF’s group of contributors includes many who are the top experts in their fields — and several who have been on the frontlines of the epidemic since its beginning more than 30 years ago. They are among the hundreds of clinicians and researchers who have helped make UCSF a global leader in AIDS research and have enabled SFGH and the City of San Francisco to continue setting the standard of care for people with HIV worldwide.

AIDS 2012 comes at a unique time in the history of the disease. Humanity is at a crossroad — a turning point where we can now ponder the beginning to the end of the global scourge of HIV, which has claimed the lives of tens of millions of people worldwide. It will not be easy, but together humanity can turn the tide on the epidemic — a hope reflected in the theme of the AIDS 2012 conference, which is explored in the official declaration of AIDS 2012.

Contributing Writers

Jason Socrates Bardi, senior public information representative at UCSF, covers neurology, neurosurgery, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, parkinson’s, pain, autism, ALS, radiology, arthritis, infectious diseases and basic biomedical sciences.

He was formerly Associate Director of Media Services at the American Institute of Physics and has held senior press officer and writing positions at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), The Scripps Research Institute, and NASA Goddard.

Author of two popular books on the history of science, Bardi holds degrees from the University of Hartford (BA, English; BA, Mathematics; BS, Physics) and Johns Hopkins University (MA, Molecular Biophysics; MA, Science Writing).

Jeffrey Norris, web content manager for research at UCSF, produces content on biomedical research and issues in science and medicine for the UCSF.edu website.

He previously worked as a senior public information representative for UCSF and for the National Science Foundation, where he handled communications with media for the policymaking National Science Board and for all major research directorates, and organized media trips to Antarctica and Greenland to advance coverage of climate change and other research.

Norris holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA, Biochemistry) and University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA, Journalism).

Jeff Sheehy is director for communications at the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF. He is a longtime HIV/AIDS and LGBT human rights activist and a person living with HIV.

Sheehy serves on the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a $3 billion stem cell research institute established by California voters through Proposition 71. On the board, he is vice-chair of the Scientific and Medical Research Funding Working Group and chair of the Science Sub-Committee.

A board member of the AIDS Policy Project, which advocates for a cure for HIV, Sheehy also served as HIV/AIDS advisor to former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Contributing Experts

George Beatty, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of medicine and faculty member at the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more.

Gabriel Chamie, MD, assistant adjunct professor of medicine. Read more.

Edwin Charlebois, PhD, MPH, associate professor in residence.

Deborah Cohan, MD, MPH, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences. Read more.

Moupali Das, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of medicine, Divisions of HIV/AIDS, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and Division of Infectious Diseases at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF. Read more.

Steve Deeks, MD, professor of medicine in residence and a faculty member in the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more. 

Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and a faculty member in the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more.

Elvin Geng, MD, assistant adjunct professor of medicine, UCSF Division of HIV/AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more.

Brad Hare, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and medical director of the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more.

Hiroyu Hatano, MD, MHS, assistant adjunct professor of medicine. Read more.

Diane Havlir, MD, co-chair of the XIX International AIDS Conference, professor of medicine, chief, HIV/AIDS Division and Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and director, AIDS Services, Prevention, Intervention, Research and Education (ASPIRE) Program at UCSF. Read more.

Peter Hunt, MD, assistant adjunct professor of medicine and faculty member at the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more.

Vivek Jain, PhD, assistant adjunct professor of medicine, UCSF Division of HIV/AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more.

Jay Levy, MD, professor of medicine and research associate in the Cancer Research Institute. Read more.

Annie Luetkemeyer, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, UCSF Division of HIV/AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Read more.

Steve Morin, PhD, professor in residence of medicine. Read more.

Ted Ruel, MD, assistant adjunct professor of medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Read more. 

Jacqueline Tulsky, MD, professor of clinical medicine. Read more.

Jaime Sepulveda, MD, MPH, DrSc, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences. Read more.

Paul Volberding, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Center for AIDS Research and the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology. Read more.

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