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The Brain Health Registry: Understanding the Experiences of Family Caregivers

If you are 18 years or over, you can help the Brain Health Registry speed up the discovery of treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and other brain disorders. It takes just a few minutes to get started. For most people, participation takes less than three hours per year. The steps are easy to follow:

  1. Sign up
    Sign up by clicking here! Tell us who you are, how we can reach you, and electronically sign an informed consent form. That’s all it takes to get you enrolled as a participant.
  2. Tell us about yourself
    Answer a set of questionnaires about your medical history, current health and lifestyle. Each takes just a few minutes — and you don’t have to do them all in one sitting! You can stop and start whenever you like. 
  3. Take some tests
    Take some online brain tests. These tests are like games and they only take a few minutes to complete.
  4. Invite a study partner
    Ask a friend, family member, or spouse to join the Brain Health Registry as your study partner. Study partners answer questions that help us gain a more complete understanding of brain health, including information about your brain health, day-to-day functioning and quality of life. If your study partner is a caregiver to you, they will also be able to answer questions about their experience as a caregiver.
  5. Come back… and come back again!
    We'd like you to come back every 3-6 months to answer more questions and take more tests. Don’t worry about remembering — we’ll send you an email to remind you when it's time to come back! Our hope is that you will continue to participate over the course of many years. That’s what will really help researchers to understand the human brain as it ages and changes.

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The HEAT BED Study

Volunteer for a sauna study!

With your help, University of California, San Francisco, scientists hope to assess how a single sauna session affects body temperature.

Participants will:

  • Complete three in-person visits at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Participate in a supervised sauna session for up to 2 hours
  • Wear the Oura ring to measure heart rate and body temperature during sleep
  • Receive Amazon gift card compensation

Participants must be men or women, aged 18-45 years old.

Take our screener here to see if you qualify!

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National Health and Growth Study

Researchers at UC Berkeley and UCSF are following black and white women who have been enrolled in this health study since they are 10 years old. We are now having a chance to examine their biobehavioral health at 40 years old, and how their own childhood and current health  relates to their children’s health. We are studying nutrition, lifespan stress exposure, neighborhood exposures, and social genomics such as epigenetic clock, telomeres and microbiome. 

Why follow up on the original NHBLI NGHS study?

The original study was conducted from 1987 to 1997. We now have the opportunity to extend the length of the study and follow up on the original participants (then girls) who are now women. We are hoping to learn about how stress may be transmitted across generations and to better understand factors related to women and children’s nutrition and health. 

Who is eligible to participate in the follow-up study?

We invite women who were part of the original NHLBI NGHS project that was conducted in Richmond, CA (Contra Costa County) from 1987 to 1997 to participate, along with their biological children between the ages of 2 and 17 years, if applicable.

If you were an NGHS participant, whether you live in Richmond or are no longer residing in the area, we invite you to join our study.

What data will be collected?


  • For women: questionnaires asking about demographics, health, eating, and stress
  • For children (if applicable): questionnaires asking about feeding, eating, and behavior

Physical measurements: height, weight, hip and waist circumference, abdominal diameter, blood pressure

Cognitive measurements: via computer and paper tasks

Biological samples: hair, saliva, stool, blood

3-Day Diarya journal to record mood, food and drink, daily activity and stress over a 3-day period

Please note that we ask for your consent for each part of the study, and all information you provide will be kept confidential.


I was part of the original Richmond cohort and am interested in this follow-up study, but haven't been contacted yet. When will I be contacted?

We are excited to be embarking on this project, and hope to be in touch with you sometime over our study period! As we are going into the third year of the project, we are continuing to send out mailings with an “Opt-In” card for interested participants (keep an eye out for us in the mail!). You may also contact us here.

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The ABC Study

Being a mother can be joyful, but it can also be challenging. More specifically, raising a toddler can feel like you’re on a roller coaster with lots of highs and lows. Some toddlers may have a particularly hard time managing their emotions, and may feel sad or anxious. Mothers might feel sad, stressed, or overwhelmed. Our group can help both you and your child feel better.


We are conducting a study of the ABC Program, which is a free, home-based family intervention to support mothers and their children (between the ages of 2 and 4 years old) who are going through a difficult time. The program includes:

  • 10 weekly, one-hour sessions in your home with a parent coach
  • Discussions about parenting and playtime to support a positive relationship with your child
  • Positive feedback so you can continue what’s working well between sessions
  • A special video gift of you and your child to celebrate the completion of the program
  • The opportunity to earn up to $200 in gift cards for participating in the study

If you are interested learning more about the study, email [email protected] or click HERE to complete a short survey to find out if you are eligible. Please feel free to email us with any questions!

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Sleep and Social Experience Study

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The aim of the Sleep and Social Experience study is to learn more about the impact of social experiences on sleep, nighttime physiology and health.

Study participants will be enrolled for 10 days total and are expected to:

  • Complete our 15-minute phone screener
  • Visit our lab at UCSF Parnassus (401 Parnassus Ave.) for a 1 hour in-person assessment
  • Complete daily surveys at home for 7 days
  • Stay for 2 consecutive nights at the UCSF Sleep Lab (401 Parnassus Ave.)

Participants who complete all portions of the study will be paid $325.

To learn more about our study, please click button below or send us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!


Stress and Resilience Study

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The UCSF Stress and Resilience study that aims to better understand stress and how daily habits such as breathing, physical exercise, or meditation may change how your body responds to stress and improve your mood and physical health.

Your participation, now and over time, will help us improve the health of our individuals experiencing chronic stress and depression. Contributing to science helps us move toward a healthier future for yourself and others. 

Over 1 month, study participants will complete questionnaires, come to UCSF for an in person clinic assessments where body measurements will be collected. Then, over 3 weeks, you'll be trained in a unique stress resilience technique and practice daily. Finally, we will invite you back for a second visit to measure your body again!  You will get some of your personal results at the end of the study.

As a participant, you would:

  • Learn a new breathing technique or physical exercise that you will practice over 3 weeks at home, and see how it affects your mood, health and stress.
  • Be paid up to $470
  • Participants must:
  • Be Female
  • 30-60 years

To learn more and find out if you are eligible to join please click the button below.


Stress Free UC Study

Trees in a forest

For UCSF Employees: Do you want to feel less stressed?
UCSF researchers in the AME Center are conducting an 8-week study examining the relationship between stress, health and mindfulness, in UCSF employees.

Participants will be divided randomly into two groups:

  • The meditation group will be given free access to the Headspace app and will be asked to practice mindfulness for 10 minutes a day for 8 weeks. 
  • The waitlist group will be given free access to the application at the end of the study, 4 months later
  • Both groups will be asked to complete 5-6 short questionnaires over the course of one year. 

You can participate from anywhere; no in-person visits or medication required. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 2-night hotel stay in Napa! 

This opportunity is open to all faculty, staff and trainees, so please spread the word! To learn more and find out if you are eligible to join please click button below.