Recent News from our Research Team!

research_85x85Our Research Program has had some interesting developments that we’d like to share with you, so here is a round-up of just some of the exciting things that are happening there:

  • Anand Dhruva, MD and Joe Cook are both enrolled in UCSF’s current Teaching Scholars Program. They are focusing on projects that will support the further development of our clinical fellowship program, particularly the areas of curriculum design and program assessment.
  • Ashley Mason, PhD has received a K-Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to investigate how the endogenous opioid system is involved in overeating in obesity. Her end goal is to develop interventions that directly act on the factors that prevent these individuals from losing weight and/or keeping off lost weight. She was also recently named Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.
  • Two of our Research Fellows will be presenting at the Mind & Life Institute’s International Symposium for Contemplative Studies in San Diego this month. Helen Weng, PhD, will be presenting “Quantifying Mindful Interception: Introducing the EMBODY Task,” and Jason Thompson, PhD will be presenting “Healing Trauma in Historically Oppressed Communities: An Empirical and Conceptual Research Agenda for Contemplative Psychology and Neuroscience.”
  • Research Fellow Eve Ekman, PhD is conducting a research study with UCSF residents,utilizing EmoTrak, an emotion tracking app that she developed, to both increase awareness of emotions and develop greater understanding of residents’ daily emotions and wellbeing. This project was funded by the UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP). Dr. Ekman is establishing collaborations to deliver the mobile app in other hospital residency training programs for 2017.
  • Osher Center affiliated researcher Dr. Elissa Epel is one of three UCSF faculty members areelected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Epel is also the director of the UCSF Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Lab and the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment, and associate director of the Center for Health and Community.
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