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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. 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 minority older adults and reducing health disparities.

  • Developing and mentoring minority researchers by providing training, mentoring and support of pilot studies.

  • Collecting and validating existing measures for research with minority adults and developing new measures.

  • Recruiting and retaining minority older adults for clinical research.

  • Funding and implementing new pilot studies that advance knowledge on healthy aging, disease, and disability among older minority adults.

  • Disseminating information about interventions to reduce disease and disability and improve the health of older minority adults.

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Recent News

Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA, Associate Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, was awarded a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Her project, entitled “Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Relieve Pain and Symptom Distress among Diverse Hospitalized Cancer Patients,” will investigate best approaches to combining medications and non-drug treatments to improve pain management for diverse cancer patients.


Julene K Johnson, PhD, CADC Faculty member and Professor was appointed as the interim Associate Dean of Research in the UCSF School of Nursing. She began her new 50% position on September 1, 2017.


Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, will receive a KO1 Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute. Her project, entitled “Constructing a Relational Bridge to Achieve High-Quality Prostate Cancer Care for African Americans,” will investigate the potential of grounding a peer navigation intervention in the relational concept of African American brotherhood to address disparities among African American men with prostate cancer.


Laura Fejerman, PhD, Associate Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, was awarded an R01 from the National Cancer Institute. Her project, entitled, “Biological implications of breast cancer protective variants in Latin American women with high Indigenous Ancestry,” will investigate the underlying biology of protective breast cancer genetic variants among Latina women.


Jason Flatt, PhD, Assistant Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, was awarded two grants, one from the UCSF Hellman Fellows Fund and a KL2, to study the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in sexual and gender minority older adults.


Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar and CADC pilot study recipient, has accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health starting in January 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR CADC SCIENTISTS!