UCSF Neurosciences Initiative Leadership Council - Support UCSF


UCSF Neurosciences Initiative Leadership Council - Support UCSF

UCSF Neurosciences Initiative

Leadership Council

UCSF Neurosciences Initiative Leadership Council


Katherine Feinstein

Judith Hellman, MD


William K. Bowes Jr.

R. Todd Bradley

Steven Chen

Matthew Cohler

Ronald Conway

David A. Coulter

Susan Weeks Coulter

Cinthia Coletti Haan

Kristina Lessing Homer

Allison Speer

Cynthia Testa-McCullagh

Danielle Walker


Stephen L. Hauser, MD

Stanley B. Prusiner, MD

Stephen G. Lisberger, PhD

Bruce L. Miller, MD

Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD

Allison J. Doupe, MD, PhD

Katherine Feinstein

Co-Chair, UCSF Neurosciences Initiative Leadership Council

Katherine Feinstein serves as assistant presiding judge for the San Francisco

Superior Court. Judge Feinstein has focused her professional and volunteer

efforts on the provision of mental health and social services for those involved

in the juvenile justice system.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Feinstein worked as a deputy district

attorney and assistant district attorney. She also directed the Mayor’s Office

of Criminal Justice and served as a member of the San Francisco Police


Judge Feinstein earned her JD from UC Hastings College of the Law and is a

Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley.

Judge Feinstein previously sat on the UCSF Mount Zion Health Systems

Board of Directors.

Judith Hellman, MD

Co-Chair, UCSF Neurosciences Initiative Leadership Council

Judith Hellman, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of

Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF. Her clinical specialty is intensive

care medicine.

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Dr. Hellman a grant

to examine the effects of the protein Toll-like receptor 2 on endothelial

dysfunction, blood clotting disturbances and vascular leakage.

Receiving a BA in microbiology and an MD from Columbia University, Dr.

Hellman completed her internship and first residency in internal medicine at

Oregon Health Sciences University. She also did a residency in anesthesia

and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Hellman is a director of the Hellman Family Foundation, which helped

establish the Hellman Center for Memory and Aging and the Hellman Family

Awards for Young Investigators at UCSF.

William K. Bowes Jr.

William K. Bowes Jr. is a founding partner of US Venture Partners, a venture

capital firm where he has led investments in companies such as Applied

Biosystems, Sun Microsystems and Glycomed.

Amgen’s first chairman and treasurer, Mr. Bowes is affiliated with numerous

San Francisco-based boards and medical community advisory committees.

He holds a BA in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from

Harvard University. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry during and after World

War II.

In 2009, Mr. Bowes received the UCSF Medal for his outstanding personal

contributions to the university. Mr. Bowes currently sits on the UCSF

Foundation Board of Directors and the California Institute for Quantitative

Biosciences (QB3) Advisory Board.

R. Todd Bradley

R. Todd Bradley is executive vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP’s)

Personal Systems Group, which includes personal computers, mobile

devices, technical workstations, personal storage solutions and Internet

services. He also is a member of HP’s Executive Council.

During his 29-year management career, Mr. Bradley has held senior roles at

GE Capital, Dun & Bradstreet and FedEx. Prior to joining HP, he was chief

executive officer of Palm and executive vice president of global operations

for Gateway.

Mr. Bradley earned a BS in business administration from Towson University,

where he is currently a member of the board of visitors. He also serves as a

director of LiveOps and as a trustee of the American Film Institute.

Steven Chen

Steven Chen co-founded YouTube, a premier entertainment destination and

one of the most popular websites on the Internet, in 2005. As the company’s

key technologist, Mr. Chen is credited with developing the company’s

data centers. He was instrumental in building YouTube into a viral video

phenomenon and helped lead the company through its acquisition by Google

for $1.65 billion less than a year after launching the site.

Mr. Chen has received several prestigious honors and acknowledgements

from the business and entertainment communities, including Business 2.0’s

“50 Most Influential People,” GQ’s “Men of the Year” and Fortune’s “Most

Powerful People in Business.” He also was prominently featured in Time

magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue.

Mr. Chen studied computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-


Matthew Cohler

Matthew Cohler is a general partner at Benchmark Capital. Prior to joining

Benchmark, Mr. Cohler was vice president of product management at

Facebook, where he began as one of the company’s first five employees. He

is currently a special advisor to Facebook.

Mr. Cohler also was a founding member, vice president and general manager

of LinkedIn. He previously consulted with McKinsey & Co. in Silicon Valley and

worked for AsiaInfo in Beijing.

Mr. Cohler received a BA with honors and distinction from Yale University.

In the community, Mr. Cohler is a member of the board of governors at the

San Francisco Symphony.

Ronald Conway

Ronald Conway is a special partner at SV Angel LLC, a venture capital firm.

Mr. Conway was an early investor in Google, Facebook, PayPal, Twitter and

Zappos, among other companies. He also served as president and CEO of

Personal Training Systems and was co-founder and CEO of Altos Computer


Among his community affiliations, Mr. Conway is on the board of the Tiger

Woods Foundation.

Mr. Conway is vice chair of the UCSF Foundation and a member of the

foundation’s Government Relations, Marketing and Nominations Committees.

He is a member of the Chancellor’s Fundraising Advisory Committee,

California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and the UCSF Medical

Center Campaign Cabinet for the Children’s, Women’s Specialty and Cancer

Hospitals at Mission Bay.

David A. Coulter

David A. Coulter is a managing director, senior advisor and co-head of

the financial institutions group at Warburg Pincus. Prior to joining Warburg

Pincus, Mr. Coulter held a series of positions at JPMorgan Chase and was a

member of the office of the chairman. He also acted as chairman and CEO of

BankAmerica Corp.

Mr. Coulter is a director of Webster Financial Corp., Strayer Education, The

Irvine Co., MBIA and Aeolus Re. In addition, he sits on the board of a number

of national and international organizations.

Mr. Coulter graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS and MS.

His previous memberships include the UCSF Foundation and its Investment

and Membership Development Committees.

Susan Weeks Coulter

Susan Weeks Coulter is a founder and chairwoman of the Global Film

Initiative, a nonprofit organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding

through film. She travels extensively throughout the world to support narrative

film development from underrepresented countries.

Prior to founding the Global Film Initiative, Mrs. Coulter was a corporate

marketing executive, public educator and community organizer. She is the

former executive director of Queen’s Bench Foundation, a criminal justice

education foundation, and was a member of the board for the Exploratorium

and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and for the Music Center in Los


Mrs. Coulter graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and also

served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in India.

Cinthia Coletti Haan

Cinthia Coletti Haan is the co-founder and chair of The Haan Foundation for

Children, overseeing executive management and all daily operations. The

foundation supports research in neuroscience and educational programs that

promote and enhance learning.

Additionally, Ms. Haan is the CEO of Syndacon Corp. She was a founding

team member in Southern Pacific Railroad’s launch of Sprint, director of

Starnet Division-Ford Aerospace, and has executed a number of mergers and

acquisitions in the telecommunications industry.

Ms. Haan sits on several boards, including Strategic Education Research

Partnership; California Business Roundtable Education Excellence; Harvard’s

Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency; and International Dyslexia


Kristina Lessing Homer

Kristina Lessing Homer is president of the Homer Family Foundation. The

foundation, established in 2000, supports elementary and higher education

and human services. Mrs. Homer is also co-chair of the current campaign for

The Sacred Heart Schools. The campaign aims to raise $95 million.

In 2007, Mrs. Homer and colleagues of her late husband, Mike Homer,

spearheaded the UCSF “Fight for Mike” fundraising initiative to provide

research support for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Allison Speer

Allison Speer is principal of Allison Speer Public Relations, a special events

and public relations firm that has introduced luxury brands, products and

boutiques to Northern California consumers since 2000. Previously she

headed public relations and special events for I. Magnin and served as west

coast director of public relations and special events for Giorgio Armani and

Emporio Armani.

Ms. Speer’s community involvements include the California College of the

Arts, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Fall

Antiques Show benefiting Enterprise for High School Students.

Ms. Speer has served on the UCSF Friends of Langley Porter Psychiatric

Institute Board.

Cynthia Testa-McCullagh

Cynthia Testa-McCullagh is the director of public affairs for the

Shorenstein Co.

Ms. Testa-McCullagh’s activities include the planning and organization of

high-profile events, presidential inaugurations and Democratic National

Conventions. In 2008, she also served as a California Delegate to the national


A public-private partnership organized by Ms. Testa-McCullagh to rebuild

the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina is now

a model for the city of San Francisco’s disaster recovery program. She also

works closely with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Ms. Testa-McCullagh’s board affiliations include ODC Dance Theatre, SF

Connect, Council of Friends of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and

Jewish Vocational Services of SF.

Danielle Walker

Danielle Walker is the founder and former CEO of the California Culinary

Academy in San Francisco.

Mrs. Walker’s past board memberships include the San Francisco Symphony,

Stern Grove Festival, Leakey Foundation, Northern California Chapter of

Achievement Awards for College Scientists and UCSF Foundation.

During her tenure with the UCSF Foundation, Mrs. Walker was on the

foundation’s Membership Committee and Foundation Relations Committee.

She is the founder of the Cardiology Council and a current member of the

UCSF Wellness Lecture Committee.

Stephen L. Hauser, MD

Stephen L. Hauser, MD, is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor

and Department of Neurology chair at UCSF. A neuroimmunologist, Dr.

Hauser’s research has advanced understanding of multiple sclerosis and its


Among his numerous awards and honors, Dr. Hauser has received the Jacob

Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award and the John Dystel Prize for Multiple

Sclerosis Research.

Dr. Hauser is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the

American Academy of Physicians, and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

He is an editor of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and editor-in-chief

of Annals of Neurology. He was recently appointed by President Obama to

the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Following graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi

Beta Kappa) and Harvard Medical School (magna cum laude), Dr. Hauser

trained in internal medicine at the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center,

in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and in immunology at

Harvard Medical School and the Institute Pasteur.

Stanley B. Prusiner, MD

Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, is a professor of neurology and director of the

Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at UCSF. While at the university, Dr.

Prusiner discovered an unprecedented class of pathogens that he named

prions. Prions are infectious proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases

in animals and humans.

Dr. Prusiner’s contributions to scientific research have been internationally

recognized with numerous prizes including the Richard Lounsbery Award, the

Albert Lasker Award and the Nobel Prize.

Editor of 12 books and more than 350 research articles, Dr. Prusiner holds

50 issued or allowed United States patents, all of which are assigned to the

University of California.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of

Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American

Philosophical Society, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society.

Dr. Prusiner received his undergraduate and medical training at the University

of Pennsylvania and his postgraduate clinical training at UCSF.

Stephen G. Lisberger, PhD

Stephen G. Lisberger, PhD, is a professor of physiology. Dr. Lisberger directs

the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience at UCSF and

co-directs the Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology at UCSF.

Dr. Lisberger’s research involves studying specific eye movements and

reflexes to better understand the basic organization of motor circuits, the

decoding of visual responses for control of movement and the neural basis of

motor learning.

In addition to his role as an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical

Institute, Dr. Lisberger is a member of the American Academy of Arts and

Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the

Society of Neuroscience.

Dr. Lisberger received a BA in mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD

in physiology from the University of Washington.

Bruce L. Miller, MD

Bruce L. Miller, MD, is a professor of neurology and psychiatry and the A.W.

& Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor at UCSF. A behavioral

neurologist, Dr. Miller serves as clinical director of the UCSF Memory and

Aging Center, which treats patients with diseases that cause dementia.

Dr. Miller also helps direct UCSF’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

and runs two consortiums designed to find a treatment for frontotemporal

dementia. For 30 years he has been the medical director of The John Douglas

French Alzheimer’s Foundation.

In addition to The Human Frontal Lobes and The Behavioral Neurology of

Dementia, Dr. Miller has published more than 400 research papers in the

neurological literature. He was recently awarded the Potamkin Prize for his

research in frontotemporal dementia.

Dr. Miller received an MD from the University of British Columbia. He

completed a residency in internal medicine at Vancouver General Hospital,

a residency in neurology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship in

behavioral neurology at UCLA.

Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD

Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD, is a professor of neurology, the Daryl R. Gress

Endowed Chair of Neurocritical Care and Stroke and director of the

UCSF Neurovascular Service. Dr. Smith’s research interests include CT;

CT angiography and CT perfusion imaging of the brain; and reperfusion

techniques in ischemic stroke, including thrombectomy.

Dr. Smith is a neurointensivist, a neurologist trained in both critical care and

neurology. He directs the UCSF Neurological Intensive Care unit, a 29-bed

ICU dedicated to the care and resuscitation of patients with neurological

injury, including stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage (brain aneurysms). Dr.

Smith is an expert in stroke and sees patients in the outpatient clinic as well.

Dr. Smith received an MD and PhD in neurophysiology from the University of

Washington. Dr. Smith completed his residency training in neurology and a

fellowship in critical care medicine at UCSF.

Allison J. Doupe, MD, PhD

Allison J. Doupe, MD, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and physiology at

the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience at UCSF. Dr.

Doupe is interested in how the nervous system mediates behavior, especially

complex behaviors that must be learned, and in what limits learning both in

normal aging and in disease.

Her achievements include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and

Engineers, a Seale Scholarship, a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award

and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Doupe is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

and a director of the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. She

serves on the editorial board of several leading journals, including the Journal

of Neurophysiology.

Dr. Doupe received an MD and PhD in physiology from Harvard University.

She completed her medical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital

and a residency in psychiatry at UCLA, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the

California Institute of Technology.

UCSF Neurosciences Initiative

For more information on

the UCSF Neurosciences Initiative,

please contact:

Carol L. Moss

Vice Chancellor

Phone: 415/502-0528

Email: cmoss@support.ucsf.edu

Web: http://www.ucsf.edu/support/

Mailing address:

UCSF Box 0248

San Francisco, CA 94143-0248

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