The Parnassus Heights is the oldest and the largest of the University of California, San Francisco campuses. It houses basic science, clinical and translational research programs. It is also home to UCSF’s Colleges of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy as well as its School of Nursing. After successfully developing the 60 acre Mission Bay campus, attention is now being directed toward the 107 acre Parnassus campus where half the buildings are at least 50 years old. The goal is to re-imagine the campus in a way that both fosters advances in the ever changing fields of health sciences and harnesses the power of new, data-driven, technology.
(Images of UCSF then and now courtesy of wikimedia)
While the final draft of the Parnassus Heights Master Plan won’t be done until June of 2019, two components are already included in the project: a new hospital and the creation of central research laboratories (CRL). Construction of the lab is expected to be completed by December of 2019.
“This will be a rapid, visible expression of UCSF’s commitment to improving the Parnassus campus,” Lori Yamauchi, associate vice chancellor for Campus Planning stated in an article for UCSF News Center. “This is a significant project and will actually happen fairly soon.”
According to a report by the UCSF subgroup leading the project, program areas proposed for the CRL include:
- Disease-to-Biology (D2B) – Receives tissue and produces single cell preparations and stains them for flow cytometry and/or imaging. Includes a Biospecimen Repository (BIOS) resource and an Organoid Core.
- Flow Cytometry – Builds on a strong existing flow cytometry core at Parnassus and provides instrumentation and expertise for performing advanced flow cytometry analysis of single cell suspensions.
- Biological Imaging Development Center (BIDC) – Builds on the existing BIDC and develops, houses, maintains and exploits microscopes for analysis of cells and tissues.
- Data Sciences/Data Library – Bioinformatics and basic large data analysis expertise to serve individuals and large projects, including curating and analyzing large collections of data obtained in the other CRLs.
- Genomics – Technologies for analyzing global gene expression and function and for editing genes and modulating gene function (including single cell technologies and CRISPR-based approaches).
- Transgenic Mouse Production – Facilities at UCSF/Gladstone are no longer operating. Several members will explore whether this important need can or should be addressed within the CRL’s initial phase.
About the new hospital planned:
In February, UC San Francisco received a $500 million commitment from the Helen Diller Foundation to design and construct a new, world-class hospital on the historic Parnassus campus, which built its first hospital over a hundred years ago. This gift will bring the total giving from Helen Diller Foundation to UCSF to more than $1.15 billion. In recognition of the Helen Diller Foundation’s generousity, the entire hospital and outpatient complex at Parnassus Heights, currently known as UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, will be immediately renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. The new hospital is expected to open its doors to patients before 2030. It will incorporate new technologies, including telemedicine, robotics and intra-operative imaging.
Upcoming vendor faire:
Approximately 11,000 faculty, researchers, staff and students work and study at the UCSF Parnassus campus. Laboratory equipment suppliers wishing to improve their lab product sales in 2019 can display their products at the Bioresearch Product Faire on the Parnassus Campus on Friday, January 25, 2019 . At this event, suppliers meet face to face with the well funded researchers of UCSF to discuss their research product needs.
To learn more about participating in this event, or our bioresearch product faire at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus on Thursday, January 24th, call (530) 272-6675 or visit the following link:
Researchers in San Francisco interested in discovering the best and newest laboratory supplies are invited to attend these events for free. Save time at the door by pre-registering: