What does the population of the US look like?

Watch a short animation from Business Insider that puts the entire US population into perspective. Here’s how the country would break down if it were a village of just 100 people.

McLean Hospital Horizons Publication

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blog2Philanthropy Drives Research in Geriatric Psychiatry

Like so often in philanthropy, the Rogers Family Foundation’s giving began with the personal and grew into something far-reaching and sustaining.

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Blog3Donors Foster Connection between Spirituality and Mental Heath

Dr. David H. Rosmarin’s mission is to treat the whole patient.

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blog4Manton Foundation Funds State-of-the-Art MRI Scanner

Scott Lukas, PhD, director of the McLean Imaging Center, can barely contain his excitement when describing McLean’s new 3 Tesla PRISMA MRI scanner.

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blog5Question and Answer: Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc

With the August launch of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, the hospital completed its strategic goal of fully integrating patient care, research and educational activities into seven programmatically based centers.

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Supporting the Future

Read why Betsy and Ralph Gordon have chosen to include McLean in their estate planning.

Technology and Older Adults

Dr. Ipsit Vahia hopes to help older adults rely less on medication and hospitalization through innovative uses of technology.

Veterans Need More than Your Thanks

Photo: Bossi, Flickr

Photo: Bossi, Flickr

Memorial day means that we remember our fallen soldiers, but a simple ‘Thanks’ is not always enough.  This article from USA Today that explains some extra things we can do to help our current veterans.

Ask questions and listen to the answers. I wish I’d done that with my friend before his suicide.

As a kid, I’d sneak into my dad’s closet to look at hisMameluke sword and Ka-Bar knife. I was fascinated by the brains-over-brawn message of the Marine recruiting poster he hung in our garage — a Trojan horse with the slogan, “Superior Thinking Has Always Overwhelmed Superior Force.” Years later, I spent a college semester in Spain while I considered attending law school upon graduation. On my second day of class, I went jogging through the narrow streets of Seville, where I lived in a small apartment with my host family. I arrived home to find the grandmother glued to CNN en Espanol. There was a building on fire somewhere. As I looked more closely, I recognized the Twin Towers.

I returned to Austin just before Christmas and spent the holidays with my family before visiting the campus recruiter and volunteering for Officer Candidate School. By 2006, I was on my second deployment to Iraq, as a first lieutenant on a small team of Marines providing logistics support — bullets, beans and Band-Aids — for an infantry battalion nicknamed the “First of the First.” On the nightly resupply convoys we referred to as the “Combat Train,” our team delivered ammo, medical supplies, hot meals, mail and cigarettes to the brave grunts doing the fighting.

These days, I don’t wake up as early, shave as often or worry as much. I’ve traded in my rifle and utilities for a laptop and business suit and, as a corporate PR professional, I help companies navigate complex financial situations. When one of my clients merges with another company, I counsel them to begin the process of integrating the two sides’ operations and cultures by asking a few fundamental questions: How is the other company different? What are their concerns about being part of a new organization? How can we help? Only by first understanding their counterparts’ perspectives can they design a road map for joint success. Sounds simple, right?

We can actually use these same questions to help veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reintegrate into our cities and communities: What have they been through? What are their concerns about transitioning back to civilian life? How can I help? We rightly focus on welcoming them back into our world, but are we doing enough to understand theirs?

At any given time since 9/11, less than 1% of the country has served on active duty — the smallest percentage since the isolationist years between World War I and World War II. Unlike the latter, when the entire country mobilized, or the Vietnam War, when the draft reached across American households and made the war a personal affair, today most Americans can’t relate. They don’t know what to say, so they don’t say anything other than perhaps a “thank you.”

My friend Sean took his own life three years ago after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. He hadn’t been wounded, not physically. Whip-smart, charismatic and funny, Sean was enrolled in graduate school and seemed to those of us who had lost touch to be doing fine. I think a lot about what, for me, were the halcyon days and months we spent in California after coming home from Iraq. I remember him laughing as we sped along a winding road in his new sports car. Looking back, I wonder whether that car and that drive were just two of the many distractions he sought from what was bothering him. I wish I had asked him if he was OK.

If you meet any veterans on the street, in a restaurant or at an airport, buy them a beer and start a conversation. An act as simple as lending a sympathetic ear for 30 minutes might give them an outlet they didn’t know they had. Thank them for their service, but do more than that. If you don’t know what to say, remember this: They probably don’t, either. Ask them where they served, and what they liked and didn’t like about the military. Ask them about their transition to civilian life, what they need and how you can help. Then sit back and listen. What you hear might surprise you.

About 2.7 million veterans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, sometimes repeatedly. At least 970,000 have a recognized physical or psychological disability, and others have hidden scars.

We’re still at war, but this time the enemy is silence, and we can’t win without your help.

Update from our Health Alliance Partner, UCSF

blog00 April 2016

Bluestone to Head New Parker Cancer Immunotherapy Institute


Lanier lab researcher

The Parker Foundation with a $250 million grant has launched the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, a collaboration among more than 40 labs and 300 researchers from the nation’s leading cancer centers. Among the six centers is UC San Francisco, and UCSF’s Jeff Bluestone, PhD, will serve as the institute’s CEO and president. Read more

UCSF Schools Again Top Nation in NIH Research Funding


Jennifer Grandis

For the third year running, UC San Francisco’s four schools have topped the nation in federal biomedical research funding, according the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Meet the researchers behind the grants who are working to advance scientific discovery and push toward better treatments and cures for patients. Read more

Scientists Find Molecular Link Between Zika and Microcephaly


Zika organoid

Strengthening the link between Zika virus and microcephaly, scientists at UC San Francisco have discovered that a protein the virus uses to infect skin cells and cause a rash is present also in stem cells of the developing human brain and retina. Understanding the mechanism of that protein, a receptor that sits on the cell surface and can operate as an entryway for viruses, could lead to drugs that block Zika infection. Read more

UN Special Envoy on TB: UCSF Professor Eric Goosby

Eric Goosby

Eric Goosby

In 2015, the UN Secretary General named Eric Goosby, MD, UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis. Goosby, professor of medicine and director of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy in Global Health Sciences at UCSF, sat down to talk about his role, and how UCSF and Global Health Sciences support his work, in recognition of World TB Day. Read more

UCSF Saddened by Loss of Andy Grove (1936-2016)

Andy Grove

Andy Grove

The UC San Francisco community mourns the passing of Andrew Grove, PhD, a Silicon Valley pioneer who applied his drive for innovation to advancements in health care and the treatment of cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He helped lead fundraising efforts that proved integral to establishing the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Read more

Video: Mark Ryder Shows How to Bring Magic to the Classroom

Students in Mark Ryder's class

Students in Mark Ryder’s class

Periodontal disease is no fun, but that doesn’t mean learning about it can’t be. For more than 35 years, Mark Ryder, DMD, a professor in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orofacial Sciences, has been devoted to engaging his students during long lectures. His trick is performing magic routines to illustrate complex scientific concepts. Read more

Welcome to the McLennan’s Grandaughter

Bob and Becky McLennan welcome a new granddaughter, Rowan Grace McLennan born March 15, 2016.  We can only hope that she will grow up to be as marvelous as her grandparents.  Congratulations Bob and Becky McLennan!FB_IMG_1458159482524