<P>48UCSF MAGAZINE | Spring 2014 INSPIRING DISCOVERY Investing in Young Scientists The UCSF Discovery Fellows Program Discovery Fellow Kate Varandas is passionate about research. A fourth- year PhD student, Varandas works weekdays and oftentimes weekends on UC San Franciscos Mission Bay campus in the laboratory of Mark Von Zastrow, MD, PhD. Under Von Zastrows expert guidance, Varandas is tackling big problems such as drug abuse and addiction from a cellular and biological perspective. In particular, shes investi- gating the effects of pharmacological and physiological stimuli on cell signaling mechanisms. We know that certain drugs, as well as natural substances, can affect behaviors or alter the course of a disease, explains Varandas. But often we dont understand exactly how or why they work in the way they do – at least not at the cellular level. Varandas is one of hundreds of PhD students at UCSF bent on unraveling complex biological systems that may hold keys to some of human healths greatest challenges. With the freedom to work in multiple labs and across disciplines, graduate students often drive the direction of research and help to bring about scientific breakthroughs. The $60 million UCSF Discovery Fellows Program – launched at the end of 2013 with a generous $30 million commitment from venture capi- talist Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet Heyman – recognizes this pivotal role graduate students play in fueling the biomedical sciences. Part of the programs inaugural cohort, Varandas was named a Moritz-Heyman Discovery Fellow in January. Students were selected for their excellence in leadership, research, community-mindedness, and communications skills. Other named Discovery Fellows will follow as additional leadership donors step forward. As student-ambassadors for basic science research, the Discovery Fellows will be invited to speak at Graduate Division/Discovery Program events. Varandas admits that explaining her research to nonscientists can be a challenge, but its one she feels motivated to pursue. If we cant communicate the ideas behind our research, we wont get papers published widely or receive the funding that we need, she says. Varandas is excited to hone her presentation skills through training that will be offered to Discovery Fellows. Students will also receive finan- cial support – $2,000 annually during their third, fourth, and fifth years – for professional development and research-related expenses. In the face of an increasingly constricted funding environment, the Discovery Fellows Program is an idea whose time has come. It is the larg- est endowed program for PhD students in the history of the 10-campus University of California system. Remarkably, all 20 chairs of UCSFs clini- cal departments have supported the effort; their donations total more than $1.5 million – an extraordinary show of solidarity from the clinical side of the University and a demonstration of the initiatives importance to the entire UCSF community. The Discovery Fellows Program raises the profile of graduate educa- tion, says Elizabeth Watkins, PhD, dean of UCSFs Graduate Division and vice chancellor of Student Academic Affairs. Not only that, we hope it will instill a new culture of philanthropy in graduate education, which will expand our endowment. Our graduate students have the potential to transform health at a fundamental level. What more can we ask of our young scientists? PHOTO: ELISABETH FALL Kate Varandas and Mark Von Zastrow UCSF Discovery Fellows Program A $60 million endowment made possible by: • A $25 million outright gift from Moritz and Heyman • A $25 million match from UCSF institutional funds • An additional $5 million from the Moritz-Heyman Challenge if UCSF raises $5 million from at least 500 donors by December 31, 2015 To donate to the program, please use the attached envelope or visit: makeagift.ucsf.edu/discoveryfellows</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> 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