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Center for Aging in Diverse Communities

Minority populations and persons of less privileged socioeconomic status suffer a disproportionate burden of disease and associated complications from many serious health conditions in the U.S. In addition, as the U.S. population ages, older persons as a group are increasingly more ethnically diverse with social and behavioral factors predicting substantial variation in functioning and morbidity in older adults. To address these issues, the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) was established at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1997 under the leadership of Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD. CADC is one of six national Centers funded by the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health.

The CADC is committed to increasing high quality research focused on the concerns of aging Latinos and African Americans by:

  • Increasing the number of researchers devoted to improving the health of Latino, Asian, and African American elder adults and reducing health disparities

  • Developing and mentoring minority researchers by providing training and support for proposals, pilot studies, and dissemination of research findings

  • Collecting and validating existing measures for research with Latinos, Asians, and African Americans, and developing new measures

  • Recruiting and retaining Latinos and African Americans for clinical research

  • Funding and implementing new pilot studies that advance knowledge on healthy aging, disease, and disability among older African Americans, Asians, and Latinos

  • Disseminating information about interventions to reduce disease and disability and improve the health of older Latino, Asian, and African American adults




Recent News

Senior Choirs Show the Benefits of Singing (and Help Scientists Understand Them). This 5 year research project is lead by cognitive neuroscientist Julene Johnson.

Dr. Mangurian accepts position as first LPPI Director of Diversity

UCSf Drs. Elena Portacolone and Julene Johnson at IHA have both been awarded unsolicited support from the Pepper Center in the Division of Geriatrics. Elena received a Pepper Research Career Development Core (RCDC) Award for the second year. Julene received a Pepper Center Genius Award, which is an award given to an investigator who is conducting innovative research in geriatrics to accelerate their research in aging and to help support mentoring junior faculty in aging research. Congratulations!!

UCSF Professor, Rosa Maria Sternberg, works to improve mental health services for immigrants. Article published online San Jose Mercury News

Congratulations to Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD one of the two recipients of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award!

Award Celebration and Reception

Wednesday July 8, 2015
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Lange Reading Room, Library

Drs. Laura Fejerman, Elad Ziv and Eliseo J. Perez-Stable are mentioned in the New York Times' article Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas from Breast Cancer thanks to their original research and published paper: Genome-wide association study of breast cancer in Latinas identifies novel protective variants on 6q25.

Dr. Rosa Maria Sternberg's work is highlighted in: The Science of Caring, a Publication from UCSF’s School of Nursing. Read about this important research here.

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