Affiliated Research Partners

Affiliate Research Centers

The research program of the Blackburn laboratory focuses on telomeres, the structures stabilizing the ends of the eukaryotic chromosomes, and the enzyme telomerase. The mechanisms of telomere and telomerase functions, and how perturbations in these functions signal to cells are under study. We investigate these in organisms from yeasts to humans, and in cancers.

Dr. Bush’s research focuses on the manner in which early social contexts interface with individual differences to affect developmental trajectories across the life course. She examines how socioeconomic, parental, and environmental risks for maladaptive behavior and developmental psychopathology are modulated by individual differences in children’s temperamental, neurobiological, and genetic reactivity to stress.

The Center for Health and Community (CHC) aims to improve individual and population health through research and teaching addressing the social, behavioral and policy aspects of health and health care. Its unique structure supports and links faculty from all four Schools whose work addresses this wide range of determinants of health and also houses its own programs of research and education in focal areas.

The DiSH Lab at UCLA studies the intersection between eating, not eating (dieting), stress, and health. We study how emotions affect eating, but also how eating affects emotions. We also study how these emotion-eating links contribute to health, illness, and aging.

The Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab studies embodiment -- how the mind influences the body, and the reciprocal, how bodily changes influence thoughts, emotions, and intentions.

The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing.

Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is one of three academies that make up the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) in the United States. Operating under the 1863 Congressional charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that work outside of government to provide objective advice on matters of science, technology, and health.

The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-IHPS) contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service. is designed as an authoritative source for the scientific evidence about sugar and its impact on health. Developed by a team of health scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the site reflects an exhaustive review of more than 8,000 scientific papers that have been published to date, with a focus on the areas where the science is strongest – specifically, on diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.

The University of California San Francisco's Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) integrates multiple research programs in areas of nutrition, obesity and metabolism.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is housed in the Osher Building, located on the UCSF Mount Zion Campus. The Osher Center also includes features not typically found in conventional medical clinics or academic institutions, such as large group rooms for yoga and meditation instruction, the Takahashi Japanese Healing Garden, and treatment rooms for acupuncture, massage therapy, biofeedback, and mind-body awareness.

PRHE’s mission is to create a healthier environment for human reproduction and development through advancing scientific inquiry, clinical care and health policies that prevent exposures to harmful chemicals in our environment.

Research in the SEA Lab focuses on the biological, behavioral, and psychological experiences of sleep, eating, and psychological affect. The SEA Lab seeks to improve assessment and intervention in these areas by using diverse research approaches. Our overarching goal is to develop mind-body interventions that empower individuals to improve their health and wellbeing without drugs. Please visit the Studies page to learn more about our research.

The Stress Measurement Network’s mission is to better understand the relationship between stress and health by improving the measurement of psychological stress in research studies. The Network is made up of experts from around the world who have come together to debate, improve, and develop measures of psychosocial stress.

The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) conducts and evaluates research related to the impact of nutrition and physical activity on public health. NPI prizes research that provides a strong basis for public policies that can eliminate health disparities, especially those stemming from lack of access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.