UC AFFILIATED RESEARCH CENTERS
The goal of the NIH supported Stress Measurement Network is to promote better theory and measurement of psychosocial stress in population-based studies. Uncovering when and how psychosocial stress influences mental and physical health has been challenging in part because of the complexity of measuring stress. Stress exists within people, between people, and in the environment; it is the integration across these levels that may offer the fullest understanding and predictive power. With advances in technology, the potential to measure psychosocial stress across these levels has never been greater, yet there is little agreement on best practices to measure stress that would optimize precision in predicting health outcomes.
The Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) is a multidisciplinary research center whose mission is to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity, to seek and advance knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which stress influences obesity, and to develop effective interventions. COAST brings together clinical and translational researchers, including 30 members from across the UCSF campus from departments and divisions such as the Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Physiological Nursing, Family Health Care Nursing, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program, Neuroscience Graduate Program.
The Sugar, Stress, Environment, and Weight (SSEW) Center is a collaborative group of cross-UC campus research scientists, California policy makers, and local Bay Area community leaders who aim to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity and included related metabolic diseases and disorders. Our focus is on the role of social disadvantage, sugar, and stress on diet and obesity. We also aim to aid in the development of public policies that will reduce obesity.
NORC integrates multiple research programs in areas of nutrition, obesity and metabolism. For more than 12 years, UCSF has actively expanded its research base in this critical subject area. Today, that research base is very robust but with an administrative and facilities infrastructure that reflects the diversity of the departmental processes that expanded this program.
The Center for Health and Community at UCSF (CHC) was established to assess the challenges of the changing health care delivery environment and identify policies and interventions that will maximize the beneficial impact of the changing health care delivery system. The Center is comprised of programs and individual faculty from all UCSF Schools who have been at the cutting edge of health services and policy-related research for many years, and includes the basic social and behavioral scientists in epidemiology, health policy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, bioethics, economics, and clinical research.