Toxic Stress
Neeta Thakur, MD, a UCSF assistant professor and pulmonary and critical care physician, is among UCSF researchers working to address negative health outcomes associated with toxic stress.
Our Mission:
Understanding how every day social and environmental stress impact lung health in urban communities to inform targeted interventions and therapies that improve lung-related health outcomes in historically disadvantaged communities.
Our summer program for high school students to conceptualize, design, carry out, and analyze a research question that benefits their community.
The PEARL Study combines specimens such as blood samples with parent surveys to screen children for toxic stress.

CLEAR Lab focuses on health disparities research in obstructive lung disease (asthma & COPD). We are interested in the individual and neighborhood effects of psychosocial/social stress on disease susceptibility & morbidity among individuals from vulnerable populations. The primary research goals of CLEAR Lab are directed toward:

  • defining obstructive lung disease phenotypes that exist in racially/ethnically diverse communities
  • developing risk profiles that identify individuals at high risk for poor outcomes
  • developing targeted interventions aimed at social & environmental factors to improve asthma in high-risk groups

    We have employed community-engaged methods ranging from querying community stakeholders for input on scientific questions and research methods to participatory research methods through our Youth Participatory Action Research program.