The Royal Society of Medicine will present the Richard T. Hewitt Award for distinguished achievement in the improvement of human health to Richard Feachem, KBE, FREng, DSc(Med), PhD, director of the Global Health Group at UC San Francisco's Global Health Sciences and a leading figure in international health and development, particularly in the area of malaria control.
In a message to the School of Medicine, Dean Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, announced that Robert Hiatt, MD, PhD, intends to step down as chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics on Sept. 30, 2016, after 10 years of service. He will remain on the faculty and act as interim chair until a new chair is selected.
Lending support to the idea that high-calorie diets, sedentariness and other aspects of the contemporary American lifestyle may be driving the obesity epidemic, UC San Francisco researchers have found that people who carry greater genetic risk for obesity were more likely to have a higher body mass index if they were born later in the 20th century.
In Correspondence in a recent issue of The Lancet, Jeff Martin, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco, and his colleague Vivian Avelino-Silva of the University of Sao Paolo Medical School urge caution in the research that seeks to link Zika virus to the Guillain-Barre syndrome.