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Welcome to the Aging, Metabolism, & Emotions Center

The AME Center of UCSF’s School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is at the Center for Health and Community. AME researchers study relations between 1) Types of chronic stress, psychiatric illness, and positive states (e.g., positive emotion, resilience and thriving under adversity; 2) Restorative health behaviors such as sleep, exercise, and mindfulness meditation; and 3) Physiological imprints of stress, such as altered inflammatory immune function, cellular mechanisms underlying vascular health and rejuvenation, adiposity, and, at the cellular level, cellular stress and rate of mitotic cell aging (such as that measured by telomere length). We conduct basic and translational mind to behavior and biology research to understand these complex relations. We also study interventions (in person and mHealth) to improve lifestyle, enhance coping and emotion regulation, and reduce stress. This website shows various projects and publications, as well as events or new findings in this growing field.

Upcoming Talks

Since there are few talks this summer, the talk box is going to feature some quotes that inspire our research.

Latest News

There is a new article that chronicles Elizabeth Blackburn's work from tetrahymena to meditation.

New paper from NIH Geroscience summit by Elissa Epel and Gordon Lithgow lays out research agenda to promote interdisciplinary research from cellular stress to psychological stress to understand anti-aging pathways. Read it here.

Kirstin Aschbacher's new study shows a novel demonstration of the chornic stress-diet effect on metabolism in humans. Read more about it here.






Ashley MasonAshley Mason has been awarded a Mind & Life Institute Grant for real life contemplative research, entitled Impacts of tailored mindfulness training for maternal caregivers on intrapersonal wellbeing and interpersonal experiences.





We're happy to announce that Dr. Eli Puterman has received the Early Career Investigator Award 2014 from the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Congratulations again, Dr. Puterman!

We’d like to announce that Dr. Eli Puterman has received an 2014 New Investigator Award from the Alzheimer’s Association for his project, “Improving caregivers’ daily lives with exercise: A randomized study.”  Congratulations, Dr. Puterman!

This study supplements Dr. Puterman's NHLBI-funded randomized controlled exercise intervention with ecological momentary assessments to examine whether increasing fitness over a 6-month period alters stress sensitivity to daily stressful events in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia-related disorders. It will be further examined whether changes in stress sensitivity perhaps mediate the expected biological benefits of exercising.

Newsflash: Discrimination is linked to telomere shortening, but only in men who also show unconsiocus anti-black bias. See David Chae's study, which he did when he was an RWJ fellow at UCSF/UCB:

The Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions lab is seeking a Research Associate/Data Manager. Read more about the job and how to apply here.

Upcoming Meetings of Interest

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