Q&A about the Wireless Innovation Project – Dec. 10th

Workshop to Explore the Wireless Innovation Project™ – Grant Program

Sponsored by UCSF Global Health Sciences, UCSF Corporate and Foundation Relations and Vodafone Americas Foundation™

UCSF Mission Bay Campus – Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium    |    600 16th Street   |   December 10, 2009   |   10:30am PST


The goal of the Workshop is to share the Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project™ (a grant program) with interested applicants (engineers, scientists, technology and healthcare experts) from diverse backgrounds who have innovative wireless technology ideas that can be applied to social purpose. For more information on the project, go to: [site URL]

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Workshop Agenda

10:00 am: Coffee Reception

10:30 am: Welcome – James Kahn, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF

10:35 am: Introduction of Vodafone Americas Foundation Innovation Project™
Presented by:
June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation™
Dr. Stanley Chia, Technical Advisor to Vodafone Americas Foundation™ and Senior Director, Vodafone Group, Research and Development

10:55 am: Q/A with June Sugiyama and Dr. Stanley Chia  (Web participants, email questions to: lmedeiros@support.ucsf.edu)

11:10 am: Panel Presentations and Q&A
Presented by:
Dr. Stanley Chia – Technical Advisor to Vodafone Americas Foundation™
Aydogan Ozcan, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCLA – Awardee for Cellophone Project
Daniel Fletcher PhD, Associate Professor, UCB – Awardee for Cellscope Project

11:40 am: Question and Answers for panelists (Web participants, email questions to: lmedeiros@support.ucsf.edu)

11:55 am: Closing Comments – James Kahn, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF

12:00 pm: Luncheon and Open Forum – Please join us for an informal luncheon and share your ideas for technology projects and get introduced to colleagues with common interests.


June Sugiyama

Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation™

June Sugiyama is the Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation™. Located in Walnut Creek, California, the Foundation provides grants in the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver. The latest project of the Foundation is the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project™, a competition to seek the best wireless technology that addresses critical issues around the globe.

Vodafone Americas Foundation™ is affiliated with Vodafone Americas Inc., part of the international British wireless telecommunications company, Vodafone Group Plc. Headquartered in the UK, Vodafone is considered one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, with over 60,000 employees and operations in 25 countries across five continents. It currently holds 45% interest in Verizon Wireless in the United States. It has always been a policy of the company to open a foundation where it has operations; currently there are 23 foundations forming the Vodafone family of foundations worldwide.

June serves on the board of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG); participates in the Arts Loan Fund, the Emergency Loan Fund and Corporate Contributions Roundtable of NCG; she also serves on the advisory board of the Foundation Center in San Francisco, the advisory committee of the Vodafone Group Foundation & United Nations Foundation Technology Partnership; and has served on the board of the National Japanese American Historical Society, the Business Arts Council in San Francisco and Nobiru-kai, a Japanese newcomers association. June received her teaching credential and liberal studies degree at San Francisco State University, masters and specialist credential at University of San Francisco, and has teaching experience with schools throughout the Bay Area, especially in the Japanese Bilingual Programs. She has held the position at the Vodafone Americas Foundation™ for the past ten years.

Stanley Chia, PhD

Senior Director, Vodafone Group, Research and Development

Dr. Stanley Chia is Senior Director, Vodafone Group R&D. He has been with the mobile communications industry for over 25 years and has held positions in operation, technology, and strategy. Prior to joining Vodafone and AirTouch Communications, he worked for British Telecom Laboratories and British Telecom International. He has extensive international working experience in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa. He is currently leading strategic research for the company on emerging markets and future technologies. He is Senior Member of Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (US) and Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK).

Daniel A. Fletcher

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Deputy Division Director, Physical Biosciences Division, LBL

Dan Fletcher is an Associate Professor in the Bioengineering Department and Biophysics Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focuses on the biophysics of cell motility and the cytoskeleton and development of biomedical devices for disease diagnosis. Recent work from his laboratory includes measurement of actin network growth behavior that drives crawling motility, development of vesicle encapsulation technology for cellular reconstitution, and demonstration of fluorescence microscopy on a mobile phone using a device called the CellScope.

Dr. Fletcher received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine as part of the Stanford Bio-X program. His research has received an NSF CAREER Award, a National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Award, and was designated “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science magazine. Last year he was named a White House Fellow and worked with the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. Dr. Fletcher is also Deputy Director of the Physical Biosciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Faculty Affiliate of the QB3 and CITRIS Institutes at UC Berkeley, a member of the Bioengineering, Biophysics, and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Groups, and Deputy Director of the Cell Propulsion Lab, an NIH Nanomedicine Development Center based at UCSF.

Aydogan Ozcan,

Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Prof. Aydogan Ozcan received his Ph.D. degree atStanford University Electrical Engineering Department in 2005. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he is appointed as a Research Faculty Member at Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2006. Dr. Ozcan joined UCLA in the summer of 2007, where he is currently leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering Department. Prof. Ozcan’s research group is also part of UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), where he is currently serving as a member of the research committee.

Dr. Ozcan holds 14 US patents, 1 UK patent and another 9 pending patent applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography. All of his patents are currently licensed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, which is the leading defense company in US. Dr. Ozcan is also the co-author of more than 70 peer reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is serving in the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation, and is a member of the program committee of SPIE Photonics West Conference. He also serves as a panelist and a reviewer for National Science Foundation and for Harvard-MIT Innovative Technology for Medicine Program. For his work on lensfree on-chip imaging and diagnostic tools, Prof. Ozcan received the prestigious 2008 Okawa Foundation Research Award, given by the Okawa Foundation, in Japan. Prof. Ozcan also received the 2009 ONR Young Investigator Award and the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society’s (LEOS) Young Investigator Award for his pioneering contributions to non-destructive nonlinear material characterization and near-field and on-chip imaging & diagnostics. He is also the receipient of a National Science Foundation Award on “Biophotonics, Advanced Imaging, and Sensing for Human Health” for his on-chip plasmonic microscopy work. Dr. Ozcan was also awarded the Presidential Fellowship from the Turkish Ministry of Education in 1996 (declined). Dr. Ozcan is a member of IEEE, LEOS, EMBS, OSA, SPIE and BMES.

James Kahn, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. James Kahn is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco campus specializing in patient-oriented research in the areas of HIV pathogenesis, disease modeling and the development of electronic medical record and communications between patients and clinicians. Dr. Kahn was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine with a degree in History. He received training as a medical intern and junior medical resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital, returning to UCSF to complete an internal medicine residency, a medical oncology fellowship and to participate in a medical epidemiology fellowship. Dr. Kahn joined the UCSF AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital in 1987.

He has received a career award from the American Cancer Society and two career awards from the NIH. Dr. Kahn received one of twelve NIH “Re-engineering Clinical Research” awards from the NIH. He has provided the clinical leadership for several NIH funded innovative programs including the Primary HIV Infection and Post Exposure Prevention (PEP) projects and has developed an electronic medical record system, HERO (Healthcare Evaluation Record Organizer) and the linked personal health record (myHERO) for the dual purpose of providing a platform for clinical care and research. The expansion of clinical data elements and the ongoing curation and harmonization of the data elements is a focus of Dr. Kahn’s scholarly activities.

Working collaboratively with others, Dr. Kahn developed a mentoring program now in its fifth year for the UCSF-Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Mentor Development Program for the recently funded UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He is a member of the Coro-UCSF Leadership Program. He is the chair of the Research Administration Board at UCSF. Dr. Kahn serves as co-chair for the Information, Communication and Education Technology Committee for the UC School of Global Health. He has served on NIH review committees and has been a consultant to the Institute of Medicine, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Military Infectious Disease Research Program and served on a State of the Science panel at the NIH. Dr. Kahn was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation convened conference on mHealth and was the chair of the mHealth meeting at UCSF in 2009. He is recently the recipient of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to expand mHealth and focus on text messages for HIV/AIDS patients receiving care at San Francisco General Hospital.