Research Interest Groups at UCSF: Connecting Faculty, Creating Legacy

The UCSF Research Interest Groups (RIGs) are a success story for many reasons. One of those is their “interdisciplinary and energetic team” approach. The groups bring together departmental PhD and MD research and clinical faculty, as well as trainees across campuses into synergized research groups.

Not only have these collaborations served as motivation among team members that have generated successful results, but they have also served as a tool for educating students. Each RIG is separately creating a health care legacy and providing the resources and guidance to support and develop future health care leaders.

“The goal is to improve our understanding of what causes diseases and then come up with new ways to treat them,” explains Dr. Daniel Vigneron, professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. He is also director of the Advanced Imaging Technologies Specialized Resource Group, director of the Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center, and associate director of the Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging at UCSF.

In this video, hear from Dr. Vigneron and other members of the Research Interest Group to understand what makes RIGs work:

To learn more about UCSF Research Interest Groups, see the full list here.

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