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With the large hub of Asians living in the San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Areas, it is one of the best cities to conduct research relating to the health and healthcare of the various subgroups of Asians. We encourage the increase of clinical research though partnership with the UCSF Research Department’s Resource Allocation Program (RAP) and extend our resources to help other researchers recruit Asians for their clinical studies. The following are some of the current clinical studies open to recruit Asian participants:

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  • Incontinence Research Study

    WOMEN – Do you experience urine loss when running, jumping, laughing or coughing? We are seeking volunteers for a noninvasive and medication free research study. If interested please click here

    Mobile Health Tool for Lung Cancer Study

    Lung cancer patients needed to participate in research with a mobile tool to improve communication between lung cancer patients and healthcare providers. If interested, please click here.

    Health eHeart Study

    An online study that anyone can join!!

    This ground-breaking Health eHeart Study was covered in the Huffington Post and Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, Director of Clinical Research, Division of Cardiology would like to share it with you:

    Instead of using the link in the Huffington Post article, please click on this link to subscribe to the study for tracking purposes instead:

    Other principal investigators in this study besides Dr. Greg Marcus include Mark Pletcher, and Jeffrey Olgin in the UCSF Cardiology Department.

    There are very, very few longitudinal clinical studies for Asians in heart disease. I urge you to take part in this large and important longitudinal study! If there are enough Asian American participants in this study, we can do a subgroup analysis later to learn more about how best to tailor our attention to improve the heart health of Asian Americans! And besides, the participatory efforts can be a fun experience for you.

    Closed Clinical Studies

    Community of Voices
    Come Sing in a New Community Choir!
    Participate in a study to find out if singing in a choir helps you stay healthy, and get paid!
  • Open to persons 60 years and older who are not currently singing in a choir

  • No singing experience necessary

  • Study involves singing in a weekly choir for 1 year

  • Music will be in English

  • Participation is voluntary and all information will be kept private

  • Participants will receive $105 for completing three interviews

  • Currently Enrolling at:
    Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center at 515 Cortland Avenue, SF, or
    IT Bookman Community Center at 446 Randolph Street, SF

    For more information, please contact the researchers directly:
    Dana at (415)476-5903 or go to the study website:

    The PI for the above study is Dr. Julene K. Johnson, Professor and Associate Director at the Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Institute of Health & Aging, UCSF.

    Culture, Social Support & Quality of Life: Asian American Breast Cancer Survivors

    Principal Investigator (PI) : Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, UCLA
    Co-PI : Dr. Qian Lu, UH

    Purpose of project : To understand how Asian American cancer support services have assisted Asian American women with breast cancer and their families in overcoming many of the challenges encountered throughout the cancer experience.

    Study plan : Using individual interviews and focus group discussions with Chinese-, Japanese-, and Vietnamese-American breast cancer patients and survivors. Cancer survivors will also be asked to complete a survey packet, which can be done at home and then returned by mail.

    Study Eligibility Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 35-70

  • within 1-5 years of diagnosis of breast cancer

  • Self-identify as a Japanese- or Vietnamese-American woman with breast cancer

  • Able to be interviewed in English or Vietnamese or willing to complete a survey packet In English or Vietnamese

  • Willing to identify a family member or close friend to be interviewed

  • Study Incentives: Receive a token of appreciation worth $90 for research participants in the study

    Contact information : Individuals wishing to sign up or have any questions about the study, please contact the project coordinator, Annalyn Valdez-Dadia, DrPH, MPH at (310) 825-8563 or (310) 794-6604.

    Flyers: English Vietnamese

    Filipino Study - Diabetes research subject recruitment

    Pilipino Americans Go4Health Weight Loss Program to Prevent Diabetes

    Dr. Melinda Bender, a Filipina research investigator at the UCSF, School of Nursing, Institute for Health & Aging wanted to help Filipino Americans who have one of the highest rates Type 2 diabetes and overweight/obesity compared to most racial/ethnic populations. Filipinos with Type 2 diabetes are at high risk for developing further health complications such as metabolic syndrome and heart disease.

    This is an important 6-month randomized controlled trial lifestyle intervention entitled, “Pilipino Americans Go4Health Weight Loss Program to Prevent Heart Disease (PilAm Go4Health),” for Filipinos with Type 2 diabetes on Metformin to reduce their heart disease risks. This culturally appropriate intervention study promotes weight loss through physical activity and healthy eating using a mobile app diary and pedometer every day along with joining a private Facebook group.

    We need to recruit 40 Filipinos (men and women) with Type 2 diabetes on Metformin, and need your help to get the word out to the Filipino community about this important Filipino study. More info. as follows:

  • English-speaking Filipino men and women
  • Have Type 2 diabetes on Metformin
  • 18 years or older
  • Would like to lose weight and be more physically active
  • No disabilities or serious medical problems limiting walking at least 20 minute continuously
  • Participants may be compensated up to $80 + keep the Fitbit pedometer ($60 value) for completing all 6-month study requirements.

    If interested or if any questions, please contact the study office (Dr. Bender, P.I. or Carissa Villanueva, Study Coordinator): Email: or Phone: (415)483-0992

    This study was funded by: American Heart Association.




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