Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Location(s): United States


The overall goal of Research Program at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is to strengthen the scientific evidence base about integrative medicine, through addressing the following specific aims:

  • To rigorously test the effectiveness and safety of integrative medicine approaches for treatment of specific conditions. We typically focus on issues for which conventional pharmaceutical or surgical treatments have important limitations, such as pain, mood regulation, stress management, and encouraging healthy lifestyles
  • To determine the mechanisms of action of integrative medicine treatments. An important focus is on understanding mechanisms of action that involve the connection between mind and body
  • To assess how aspects of healing and health promotions such as the patient-practitioner relationship, coping, and expectations, affect recovery from and prevention of illness