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Have you ever asked:

  • How can we ensure that health research is relevant to patients and communities?
  • How can patients, community members and researchers work together to design and conduct research projects that will lead to health equity?
  • What happens to research projects after the research papers are published?
  • As a community member or patient, what do you want to tell researchers?
  • Are you tired of filling out community health surveys? Do you wonder what the point is for your community because nothing seems to change?

Now is the time for communities, patients and researchers to work together for changes that improve health. Communities and patients can create and support relevant health research that is accountable back to communities and patients. Active participation by patients, communities, clinicians, policy makers, and other stakeholders ensures that research is relevant, impactful, generalizable and sustainable.

The ASPIRE Symposium is the first conference at UCSF dedicated to understanding and advocating for this collaborative research. Please join us! Registration required and space is limited.

Dr. Nina Wallerstein, an internationally renowned expert on community-based participatory research, will deliver the keynote address. Participants will have the chance to network in small group sessions with academic and community leaders to create a roadmap for the best possible stakeholder-engaged research at UCSF. We will present results from recent assessments of partnerships and capacity for stakeholder-engaged research at UCSF. Lunch will be provided.

If you’re interested in presenting your research partnership in a poster or have any questions, please email

The ASPIRE Symposium is supported by:

  • UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach
  • UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • UCSF Center for Community Engagement and
  • UCSF School of Medicine Differences Matter Initiative

Register here!

Accelerating Systematic Stakeholder, Patient, and Institution Research Engagement (ASPIRE) is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of ASPIRE is to create efficient, impactful and sustainable institutional support for patient and other stakeholder engagement in research that advances health equity.

We strongly encourage everyone to use public transportation to get to and from the UCSF Mission Bay campus.



T-Third Metro Line picks up at the 4th and King Street Caltrain Station and the Embarcadero BART station. Stop: UCSF Mission Bay Station on 3rd Street opposite the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. For Muni Information: 511 SF Bay or SFMTA.


BART and UCSF Shuttle

Use the 16th Street Mission BART station. For Bay Area Rapid Transit Information: BART Pick up the Red line UCSF shuttle on the north-east corner of the intersection. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and brings you to the William J. Rutter Center in Mission Bay.


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