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April 2019

NIH directors see UCSF research come to life in Kenya

UCSF Bixby Center
National Institute of Mental Health Director Josh Gordon, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Director Diana Bianchi and Fogarty International Center Director Roger Glass flew thousands of miles yet again to immerse themselves in UCSF’s work in Kisumu.

March 2019

Policies to decrease alcohol use during pregnancy may not work as intended

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study from ANSIRH assessed the relationship between these laws targeting alcohol consumption during pregnancy and alcohol use among pregnant women

Food insecurity linked with intimate partner violence in Nepal

UCSF Bixby Center
New research explores the relationships between the food insecurity and intimate partner violence among married women in Nepal.

A wave of new bills would ban abortion before most women even know they're pregnant


Dr. Sanithia Williams talked to Refinery29 about the implications of so-called "heartbeat" bans. 

The effectiveness of interpersonal efforts to stigmatize abortion

UCSF Bixby Center
New research from ANSIRH looks at crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), run by groups with an anti-abortion mission, to see how interpersonal interactions matter in the stigmatization of abortion.

Trump rule gagging doctors is a threat to women's lives


Dr. Karen Meckstroth writes in CalMatters that new Title X family planning program regulations violate medical ethics and endanger patients' health. 

Pilot study empowers Kenyan women living with HIV to have children

UCSF Bixby Center
A new pilot study conducted with Family AIDS Care and Education Services explored timed vaginal insemination and consistent male condom use as safe conception strategies for couples in Kisumu, Kenya, in which only the woman was HIV-positive.

K Scholar Team Science Awardees Bring Family Planning Care to Liver Transplant Recipients

UCSF Bixby Center
When UCSF transplant hepatologist Monika Sarkar, MD heard about the “CTSI K Scholar Team Science Awards”, a research study on family planning among women with liver transplants immediately came to mind. Sarkar who specializes in women with liver disease, had known that fellow K Scholar, Bixby Center member Dominika Seidman, MD, was also family a planning specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with experience working on contraception access in other patient populations

Nurses call on President Trump to rescind dangerous "gag" rule on reproductive health care

San Francisco Chronicle

Bixby Center members Monica McLemore and Diana Taylor joined nursing colleagues to condemn the "domestic gag rule" for undermining patient care and playing politics with people's health. 

February 2019

Providers need more training to counsel men living with HIV on family planning

UCSF Bixby Center

Men are often left behind in efforts related to birth control, conception and pregnancy care, but involving them can have positive benefits.