WRE | Former Wrestler Esteban Burchard Focus of Documentary

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SAN FRANCISCO — Former San Francisco State wrestler and Athletics Hall of Famer, Dr. Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH, is the subject of a new documentary series by iBiology. On October 22, iBiology presented the series on campus at San Francisco State in Diana Chu’s science communication course.[embedded content]A geneticist, physician, and asthma researcher, Dr. Burchard is being profiled in the first of a collection of short films entitled “Background to Breakthrough.” The three-part documentary will focus on his research on the genetic and environmental factors of asthma health disparities. Futhermore, the documentary will explore Dr. Burchard’s contributions to science, the role of race in medicine, and how his own ethnic and cultural backgrounds have contributed to a successful career.[embedded content]At UCSF, Dr. Burchard heads the Asthma Collaboratory, a research laboratory studying the interplay between genes and the environment to determine the causes of asthma health disparities in children and adolescents in order to identify and develop targeted interventions that improve asthma health outcomes. In 2015, he was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative panel.[embedded content]A member of the San Francisco State wrestling team from 1984-89 and a two-time NCAA Academic All-American, Burchard was inducted into the San Francisco State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. He grew up in the Mission District and graduated from San Francisco State in 1990 with a BS in Celluar and Molecular Biology. He earned his MD from Stanford School of Medicine and his MPH in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley.On Friday, November 9, Burchard will be inducted into the University Hall of Fame, which was created in 1994 to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements in their professional and civic endeavors. Other 2018 inductees include Rebecca Solnit ’81, Jinho “Piper” Ferreria ’06 and Kitty Tsui ’75. For more information on the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction, click here.
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