CVRI Research and Training Programs

Cardiovascular Research Institute Research Training Program

The Cardiovascular Research Institute's Research Training Program is designed for postdoctoral (M.D. or Ph.D.) fellows or other trainees who are appointed for a one-, two-, or three-year period. The main purpose of the program is to provide in-depth research training in a specific field of biomedicine under the direct supervision of a CVRI investigator. The program also offers courses that help fellows and other trainees more fully develop the ability to speak and write effectively. The program does not lead to an advanced degree.


Pulmonary Physiology Conferences (updated September 2011)

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Fridays, July through June, HSE-1303
Instructor: Dr. Warren Gold, (415) 476-2092,
At these meetings, the group reviews the classical physiological concepts that are the basis for the current tests used in the human pulmonary function laboratory. Wherever possible, these concepts are illustrated by examples obtained in patients. The group then considers how to gain additional clinical and research data on particular facets of the respiratory or pulmonary problem. For more information, go to

Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Seminars (updated September 2011)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays, M-1486
Coordinated by Ms Mary Ulman (415) 476-7242, with Dr. Thomas Shimotake (415) 476-9277, and Dr. David Rowitch (415) 476-1888, Members of the Division of Neonatology or invited speakers give original research presentations, didactic seminars, and case-based conferences related to topics in Neonatal-Perinatal Physiology and Medicine.

CVRI Research in Progress(updated September 2011)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays, SC-159
Coordinated by Maria Barna, Ph.D., and Ann Zovein M.D. is a weekly meeting in the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building at Mission Bay and attended by 50-75 persons that include faculty, students, post-docs, lab scientists and physician scientists. Each week (Tuesday at 1PM), a student or a postdoctoral fellow presents the results of recent experiments.  These one-hour presentations are designed to be informal so as to promote questions and suggestions by members of the audience. The majority of speakers are based in the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building, however the series is open to the larger UCSF community.

GICD/CVRI Seminar Series (updated September 2015)

12:00- 1:00 p.m., Monday, Mahley Auditorium at the Gladstone Institutes


Adult Cardiac Catheterization Conference (updated October 2011)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Thursdays, July through June, Parnassus M-1179 Instructor: Dr. Thomas Ports (415) 476-4315, This is a weekly conference that evaluates patients with cardiovascular disorders who have been thoroughly studied by invasive and noninvasive techniques. This conference emphasizes analysis of the physiological disorders and decision-making for further medical or surgical care.

Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Conference (updated October 2011)

3:00 - 5:30 p.m., Fridays, July through June, M-1237 Instructor: Dr. David Teitel, (415) 353-4140, This conference centers on infants, children, and adults with congenital heart disease who have recently undergone either a diagnostic or a therapeutic (interventional) cardiac catherization. The staff discusses the indications for the catheterization, the results of the diagnostic studies and of the interventions, and develops a plan of management.

Pulmonary Tri-Hospital Conference (updated October 2011)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays, September through June (alternate weeks with Pulmonary Grand Rounds)
Instructors: Dr. Courtney Broaddus, (415) 206-3513,
Dr. George Caughey, (415) 221-4810 x6385,
Dr. Dean Sheppard, (415) 514-4269,
These conferences are designed to present to fellows and other trainees important case-based topics in pulmonary disease with emphasis on the correlation of basic medical sciences and clinical medicine.

Pulmonary Research Conference (updated October 2011)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays, September through June
Instructors :Dr. Courtney Broaddus, (415) 206-3513,
Dr. Dean Sheppard, (415) 514-4269,
These conferences are designed for graduate students, research fellows and junior faculty involved in pulmonary research in all UCSF Departments and campuses to share research in progress.

Biophysics 201: Cellular Biophysics (updated August 2012)

Winter quarter
Instructor: Dr. Roger Cooke, (415) 476-4836,
Topics covered: membrane structure and dynamics; transport and permeability; cellular motion and muscle contraction; cell energetics; DNA replication and information transfer; cell cycles.

BP 219: Computation of Biological Molecules (mini course) (updated August 2012)

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Jacobson

A survey of computational methods used in the study of biomolecules. Topics covered are: modeling of molecular interactions and dynamics; approaches for protein folding and drug design; and computational methods for NMR, X-ray, and microscopy.

Biostatistics 183: Introduction to Statistical Analysis (updated August 2012)

Fall quarter, Tuesdays and Thursday, 10:00 - 12:00 noon, N-217
Instructor: Dr. Stanton Glantz,
This course provides an introduction to the use of statistical techniques in biomedical and behavioral research. The course covers common descriptive statistics including mea, median and standard deviation as well as techniques for testing hypotheses (z- and t-tests, chi-square tests, non-parametric methods, ANOVA, linear regression, survival analysis), issues in sampling, and methods to use to analyze your own data. This course also provides a basis for more advanced coursework in biostatistics. For more information, go to

Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series (updated August 2012)

4:00 p.m., Wednesdays, September through May, N-225, Parnassus, with simulcast to GEN-S271, Mission Bay
Contact Nathan Jew, (415) 476-1246,
The weekly Seminars in Biomedical Sciences attract renowned faculty from all over the world to present cutting-edge research related to human health and disease, and are open to the entire community. More information available at:

Biomedical Sciences Journal Club (updated August 2012)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Thursdays, September through June
Contact Nathan Jew, (415) 476-1246,
Talks on current journal articles of wide interest, presented by BMS students and faculty.
For more information and schedule, visit:

Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease/CVRI Seminars (updated August 2012)

12 to 1 PM, Mondays
Contact: Bethany Taylor
Location: Either Gladstone/Robert W. Mahley Auditorium or SCVR Rm 159

Mission Bay Cardiovascular Seminar Series Co-hosted by the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute. For seminar schedule, visit: