Supported by the AME Center, the Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST) is a multidisciplinary research center based at the University of California, San Francisco. We conduct innovative research that helps to further understand the mechanisms by which stress influences obesity. Our research team also develops effective, evidence based interventions that take into account environmental factors contributing to a toxic food supply, socioeconomic and psychological stress, reward drive, and food addiction.
Working in interdisciplinary teams across the University, our clinical and translational research team investigates the influence of psychosocial stressors on metabolism, eating behavior and nutrition, physical activity, fat distribution, and weight gain trajectories throughout the life course of diverse populations. We test translational research concepts spanning from basic science to epidemiologic and intervention studies. In addition to traditional clinical trials, we actively support studies that are multi-level interventions, like the UCSF Healthy Beverage Initiative, as well as a new model of clinical intervention development research, influenced by the NIH ORBIT model and Science of Behavior Change.
AME / COAST hosts the Sugar, Stress, Environment and Weight (SSEW) Initiative, a UC-wide consortium of research scientists, clinicians, and California policy makers who are working together to reduce the adverse consequences of the obesity epidemic and related metabolic diseases. Our annual SSEW symposium is free and open to health professionals, public health advocates, academia as well as the general public.