Congratulations to Dr. Alison Huang
for her new grant as MPI of a NICHD R01-funded multicenter trial of oral letrozole therapy for women with symptomatic uterine fibroids and as co-chair of the JAMA Clinical Trials Summit in Chicago, IL on October 10-11, 2023.
Congratulations to Dr. Van Park
for her new grant from NIA titled "Asian Americans and Racism: Individual and Structural Experiences (ARISE)".
"Associations between tobacco and cannabis use and anxiety and depression among adults in the United States:
Findings from the COVID-19 citizen science study". A recent publication by Dr. Nhung Nguyen and MERC co-author, Dr. Pam Ling in PLoS One and featured in U.S. News.
Congratulations to Dr. Stuart Gansky
for his two new grants as Co-PI from NIDCR and new publication, "Flavored Tobacco and Nicotine Use Among California Adolescents: Preferences by Use Experience and Survey Format Effects" in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Congratulations to Drs. Alison Huang, Celia Kaplan, and Leah Karliner
for being awarded an NIH Office of Research on Women's Health U3 Supplement entitled, "Language-Concordant Mobile Health Training and Support for Behavioral Management of Urinary Incontinence for Women with Limited English Proficiency".
Congratulations to Dr. Karly Murphy
for being awarded the Irene Perstein Award from the UCSF School of Medicine.
"Social strain and conflict among older community-dwelling adults serving as caregivers:
Findings from a national sample". A recent publication by MERC faculty co-authors, Drs. Alison Huang and Veronica Yank in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
"Understanding the caregiving experiences of Asian Indian, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese American family care partners of persons living with dementia"
A recent publication by MERC faculty co-authors, Drs. Janice Tsoh and Van Park in Aging & Mental Health.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of MERC is to promote equity in health and healthcare for ethnically and linguistically diverse groups through applied multidisciplinary research and by training the next generation of investigators committed to achieving health equity. We seek to discover the mechanisms that explain health disparities and to develop, evaluate, and implement interventions that prevent and treat disease and advance health equity within healthcare systems and communities.

To achieve our mission, we are committed to:

  • Ensuring research questions and results are relevant to the study populations and communities 
  • Using culturally appropriate and community-engaged methods to recruit study participants
  • Collecting disaggregated race/ethnicity data to track, monitor and eliminate disparities
  • Advocating for evidence-based policy and structural changes to advance equity in health and healthcare