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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.
The Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions lab is seeking a Research Associate/Data Manager. Read more about the job and how to apply here.
David Rehkopf, Will Dow, and team find that Costa Ricans living in Blue Zone have longer telomeres, that is, if they are not socially isolated. See the Nature News story.
Dean Ornish’s new study suggests that long term lifestyle changes might lengthen telomeres. Read about it on the NPR's blog "Shots: Health News from NPR".
Aric A. Prather has been profiled as an "Early Stage Investigator" in the Fall 2013 issue of the Sleep Research Society Bulletin.
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