The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine hosts monthly research seminars that are open to the research and clinical community at large. Seminars are held from September to June and are currently online only. Presentations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness and integrative health intervention efficacy and implementation, social justice and health equity, and neural correlates of mindfulness practice. Research Seminars are organized by Helen Weng, PhD, and Jennifer Felder, PhD. Please contact Robbie Richler, MA, with any questions or speaker recommendations. 

Upcoming Research Seminars

Past Research Seminars


  • Who Owns Acupuncture and Other Stories: Cultural Misappropriation in Medicine by Nadine Ijaz, PhD
  • Stress, Early Adversity, and Depression – From Laboratory Mechanistic Insights to Daily Psychological Interventions by Stefanie Mayer, PhD


  • Adapting Mindfulness Programs for Stress Reduction in Native Communities by Jeffrey Proulx, PhD
  • Can a Digital Mindfulness + Healthy Eating Program Improve Health-related Behaviors Among Stressed Adults with Overweight? Findings from the StressFree UC + Health Randomized Clinical Trial by Rachel Radin, PhD
  • Lightning Talks by UCSF Osher Center Researchers and Affiliates
  • Can Adolescents "Rewire" Their Brain by Practicing Mindfulness? - An MRI Connectome Study by Dr. Olga Tymofiyeva
  • Addressing Health Equity through Implementation Science by Megan Roberts, PhD 
  • The Science of Social Justice: The Impact of Othering and Systemic Discrimination on Communities of Color and the Potential of Mindfulness to Heal by Sará King, MA, PhD


  • Living with chronic stress: What does life look like and how does that impact health? by Alexandra Crosswell, PhD 
  • Interoception Symposium by Erika Siegel, Helen WengWolf Mehling 
  • The Regulation of Affective Spillover: Amygdala-Prefrontal Contributions and the Impact of Mindfulness Training by Regina Lapate, PhD 
  • Comparing Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Improve Pain, Functioning, and Quality of Life in Veterans: Implementation Strategy for a Multi-Site Pragmatic Trial or 'We Want to Do it Differently at Our Site' by Karen H. Seal, MD, MPH 
  • Being Present 2.0: Web-based Mindfulness Meditation Program for Metastatic Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients and Caregivers by Chloe E. Atreya MD, PhD  
  • Lightning Talks by UCSF Osher Center Researchers from Multiple Presenters 


  • The Impact of Killing in Combat among Veterans: Research and Clinical Implications by Shira Maguen, PhD 
  • Minding the Implementation Gap in the Development of Mindfulness-based Programs by Rebecca Crane, PhD, PFHEA 
  • Translational lifestyle research to optimize prostate cancer survivorship by June M. Chan, ScD 
  • Mindfulness in Education: Applications from Preschool to Professional Development by Lisa Flook, MA, PhD 
  • Osher Center Research Data Blitz 
  • Pragmatic Research of Integrative Pain Management in Diverse Patients by Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA 


  • Toward Contemplative Science: Issues, Models and Findings in the Scientific Investigation of Contemplative Practice by Clifford Saron, PhD 
  • Emotions are Contagious: Physiological Covariation among Strangers and Close Others by Wendy Mendes, PhD 
  • Why Depression Hurts: Interoception in Depression and Pain by Irina Strigo, PhD 
  • Paving the way for integrative medicine by systematic use of patient reported outcome measures by Martin Ingvar, MD, PhD
  • Osher Center Research Data Blitz by Various Osher Center Faculty and Fellows 
  • A Neurocognitive Approach to Enhancing Interoception by David A. Ziegler, PhD 


  • Stress and Inflammation: Role of Immune Cell Corticosteroid Receptors by Jeff Milush, PhD 
  • Internet-Based Clinical Trials by Steve Bent, MD 
  • Placebo and Beyond: Exploring Scientific Frontiers in Mind-Body Medicine by Shamini Jain, PhD 
  • The Differential Impact of CBT vs. MBSR for Social Anxiety Disorder: Mediators of Treatment Outcome by Philippe Goldin, PhD
  • Being Present: Audio-Based Mindfulness Meditation for Colorectal Cancer Patients and Caregivers by Chloe Atreya, MD and Ai Kubo, PhD 


  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression by Stuart Eisendrath, MD 
  • Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise, the PLIÉ Study: A Pilot Clinical Trial in Individuals with Dementia by Deborah Barnes, PhD, MPH 
  • Prenatal Mindfulness Training as Primary Prevention: An Exploration of the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Benefits by Larissa Duncan, PhD 
  • Development of a Clinical Decision Rule with 3-level Chronic Pain Risk Classification for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain by Wolf Mehling, MD 
  • Electroceuticals: A New Approach to Treating Brain Pathologies by Blake Gurfein, PhD 
  • Meditation or Exercise for Preventing Acute Respiratory Infection: Randomized Trial Results by Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD 
  • Cross-cultural Variation in Interoceptive Accuracy: Mechanism and Implications for Emotional Experience by Christine Ma-Kellams, PhD 
  • Compassion Development: Basic and Applied by Daniel Martin, PhD 


  • Metabolic, Stress, and Immunologic Effects of Meditation: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness-Based Weight Loss Intervention in Obese Adults by Jennifer Daubenmier, PhD and Rick Hecht, MD 
  • Positive Emotion in the Midst of Stress: It’s not Crazy, It’s Adaptive by Judy Moskowitz, PhD, MPH 
  • Multicomponent Diet and Lifestyle Program for Type 2 Diabetes by Laura Saslow, PhD 
  • Stressed or Relaxed, How do your Genes Fit: The Role of CRF Family of Neuropeptides in Mediating Stress and Inflammation by Aditi Bhargava, PhD 
  • A Pilot Study of Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain and Its Mechanism of Action: The YoMA Study by Sarah Corey, PhD 
  • Lessons Learned from Conducting Pilot Trials of Complementary Behavioral Interventions to Treat Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women by Alison Huang, MD 
  • Research and Practice with Compassion Focused Therapy: Training the Mind to Soothe Itself by Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE 
  • Creating and Testing and Integrative Chinese Medicine Diet for Chinese Americans with Type 2 Diabetes by Evelyn Ho, PhD 
  • Practice-based Research in Integrative Medicine: The PRIMIER Study by Donald Abrams, MD 


  • Teaching Positive Emotion and Coping Skills on the Internet: Successes, Insights, and “Learning Experiences” by Michael Cohn, PhD 
  • Food, Nutrition and Cancer: Recent Recommendations and Evidence by Lawrence H. Kushi, Sc.D 
  • So, What is a Paleolithic Diet and How Can it Help You? by Lynda Frassetto, MD 
  • The Biology of Pain and Its Control by Howard Fields, MD, PhD 
  • The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for Building More Efficient and Effective Behavioral Interventions by Linda Collins, PhD 
  • Biofield Therapies: Surveying the Scientific Landscape by Shamini Jain, PhD 
  • Adolescent Depression: An Integrative Approach to Treatment and Prevention by Eva Henje Blom, MD, PhD 
  • Mindful Exercise and Breathing for Veterans with PTSD by Emma Seppala, PhD 
  • Digitally Connected Lifestyle Interventions – What Do We Know Now? by Yoshimi Fukuoka, RN, PhD 
  • Using Qualitative Research in Intervention Development and Evaluation by Lucy Selman, PhD 


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