The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is unique among the nine campuses of the University of California in being devoted solely to biological and health sciences. UCSF is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding research centers and is presently the largest grantee of NIH. Convenient access to both the Berkeley campus and to Stanford University provides opportunities for collaborative research ventures between scientists at UCSF and the faculty at these other institutions.
Research is carried out at multiple sites throughout San Francisco. Frequent shuttle services link researchers at the various sites. You can find maps and directions to most UCSF campuses in the city at UCSF's main website. Campuses related to the BMS graduate program are listed below.
Parnassus Heights is the original UCSF campus, dating from 1873, when the Toland Medical College and the California College of Pharmacy affiliated with the Berkeley campus. It consists of multiple research buildings, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, the Milberry Student Union, and the UCSF library. Student housing and one of two Student Health Services offices are located at the Parnassus campus as well.
UCSF is in the midst of a historic building project on the eastern side of the city, constructing a new 43-acre campus for teaching and research at Mission Bay. The Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3) opened in Winter 2004. The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI), and the three Gladstone Institutes are also housed at this campus. Student housing and one of two Student Health Services offices are also located at Mission Bay.
Mount Zion Medical Center
Mount Zion Hospital was established in 1887 by the San Francisco Jewish community as a non-profit hospital to render "medical and surgical aid and service to the needy and distressed sick of the community ... without regard to race or creed." Today, Mount Zion is a part of the University of California, San Francisco and is a major teaching facility at UCSF, along with the Moffitt-Long Hospitals, San Francisco General Hospital, and the VA Medical Center of San Francisco. A map of Mount Zion can be found here.
San Francisco General
San Francisco General is located on the east side of the city, close to the new Mission Bay campus. It is widely regarded as one of the finest public hospitals in the nation. UCSF is proud of its 134-year long history of providing quality medical care at SFGH, where UCSF physicians and staff work side-by-side with the dedicated employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. SFGH also maintains a robust research program. There are 137 faculty members at SFGH, 260,000 sq. ft. of lab space, $93M total annual grant awards and more than 20 general research areas.
VA Medical Center
The San Francisco VAMC has the largest funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with more than $77 million in annual research expenditures (FY 09). Areas of particular interest are: prostate cancer, aging, oncology, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular disease, Hepatitis C, breast cancer, PTSD, substance abuse, neuroscience disease, health services research, and advanced medical imaging.
The VAMC is located across Golden Gate Park from the Parnassus Heights campus.