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Research Opportunities

Each student has a structured research experience. Students conduct research in collaboration with a mentor to complete a project that can be accomplished in an 8 to 12 week period. Students should meet with mentors at least once a week to review their progress on the project and to work on preparing oral and written presentations of their research. Each program site has a distinguished list of mentors who have agreed to participate in the program. Please contact the respective program administrator for details on mentors and research interests at our UCSF and University of Washington partner sites.

Below is an example list of past research topics here at UCLA. A new list of mentors and their research topics is compiled in early spring. Upon acceptance to the MSTAR program, please review the "How to Select a Mentor" page to help guide you through the process of selecting a summer mentor.

Type of Research Research Topic
Health Services
  • Sleep problems in older adults
  • Quality-of care indicators for older women with incontinence
  • Quality of care for elders with diabetes
  • Geriatric diabetes guideline development
  • Neighborhood influences on health for older adults with chronic conditions
  • Measuring quality of care for vulnerable elders
  • Fall prevention and management for older adults
  • Perceptions of social usefulness/value as predictors of health in older adults
  • Palliative Care
  • Care giving of older Latinos and aging-related health disparities
  • Cost-effectiveness and decision-analysis in treatment of older cancer patients
  • Role of Comorbidity and functional status in treatment selection and outcomes in older cancer patients
  • Use of web-based data collection methodology in oncology practices
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Functional outcomes of elderly trauma patients
  • Cross-cultural issues in end-of-life decisions
Clinical
  • Neuroimaging in aging and dementia
  • Biological underpinnings of cognitive expression of brain aging
  • Dementia/memory impairment
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive Function
  • Physical activity and relation to cognition
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Interactions between cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease
  • Neuropathic substrates of dementia
  • Sleep disorders in nursing home residents
  • How different methods of scoring neuropsychological tests influence diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment
Basic Science
  • Mechanisms of Neuronal Regeneration after Stroke
  • Epigenetic Regulation during the Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells
  • Mitochondrial genetics in skeletal muscle aging
  • Gene Action in Sarcopenia