It’s About a Billion Lives Annual Symposium

Vera Luiza da Costa e SilvaKeynote Speaker, Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, MD, PhD, Head of the Convention Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, presents: "The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: An International Treaty to Counter a Transnational Industry"  

Please click here to view the symposium.  Three of these presentations are from our postdoctoral fellows and graduates.  Interested in joining us for postdoctoral fellowship?  LEARN MORE  

  • "Using apps, maps, and stories to understand tobacco use disparities," Julia McQuoid, PhD, MSc, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • "Tobacco cessation as a pathway out of homelessness," Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine (ZSFG)
  • "No To Tobacco," Tasha "Sixfootah The Poet"
  • "Toxicant exposure and effects from electronic and combustible cigarettes," Gideon St. Helen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
  • "Trends and tales of flavored tobacco use among young people," Shannon Watkins, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Closing Remarks, Catherine Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, UCSF School of Nursing

This event, co-presented by the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is part of a series of symposia highlighting cancer research on Parnassus.  For more information, please visit

Watch the 2019 symposium and past years’ symposia.