Research Centers

Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH)

ARCH includes prominent researchers, community leaders, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center will maintain an open and collaborative environment to carry out the vision, which is to be a leader in Asian American health research to promote health and health equity in partnership with Asian American communities.

ARCH website

Center for Aging in Diverse Communities

Since 1997, the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) has been dedicated to eliminating health disparities in minority aging populations. Our research focuses on understanding health disparities and building and testing community-engaged interventions to reduce disparities among older adults. Our most important mission is to train and mentor talented, underrepresented junior investigators to develop independent research careers focused on health disparities and aging issues. Our mentoring is informed and optimized by our research, community partnerships, diverse local populations, and decades of mentoring experience.

CADC Website

Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education serves as a focal point for a broad range of research, education, and public service activities in tobacco control for 53 faculty in 11 departments and all 4 schools at UCSF. Our postdoctoral fellowship training program focuses on preparing junior investigators to become academic leaders in tobacco control.

Tobacco Control Research and Education website

Clinical Innovation Center

The Clinical Innovation Center (CIC) is tasked to develop the infrastructure and internal capacity to accelerate innovations that solve critical delivery system problems at UCSF Health. We partner with internal and external entities to analyze, prototype, test, implement and evaluate solutions that target our organizational priorities. In addition, CIC enables clinicians and staff to discover solutions that was not possible before through programs that leverage resources from cross-industry partnerships.

Clinical Innovation Center website


The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study is the first longitudinal study in U.S. South Asians to understand what factors lead to heart disease and guide prevention and treatment of heart disease.

MASALA Study website

Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center

The Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center (MERC) promotes applied research to inform and guide health system improvement, community health, policy, and advocacy to achieve equity in health and healthcare.

MERC website

Open mHealth

Founded in 2012, Open mHealth is a non-profit organization building data standards and open source tools for mobile health data exchange.

Open mHealth website


Vivli is a global platform for sharing participant-level clinical trial data to maximize the reuse and value of patients’ contributions to science.

Vivli website

Women's Health Clinical Research Center

The UCSF Women's Health Clinical Research Center (WHCRC) provides infrastructure for researchers from multiple departments to collaborate on projects designed to advance scientific understanding of women's health conditions. The WHCRC emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to improving women’s health by recognizing the importance and interdependence of clinical care, research, leadership development, education, and partnering with communities.

Women's Health Clinical Research Center website