Research is the first strategic pillar supporting CARE’s mission. Through the generosity of donors and the dedication of affiliated faculty, CARE is able and plans to continue to provide valuable support, training, and mentorship opportunities for research in Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health. Our programs continue to grow as our faculty, staff, and students pursue biological, industry, and government research at the national and global levels.

CARE Seed Gift

The goal of the CARE Seed Gift Program is to spark research projects that apply innovative approaches to contribute to our understanding of Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged. Awards may be used to fund pilot research work by Stanford faculty looking to develop their research skills.

Research Programs

 Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AsA-NHPI) are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, representing 25% of all foreign-born people in the United States. They are projected to reach nearly 34 million by 2050. Similar to other communities of color, there exist tremendous disparities in health outcomes and indicators among the Asian community in America. Stanford CARE is committed to increase research and knowledge in Asian and AsA-NHPI health in order to drive better health outcomes.


Multi-disciplinary conferences bring together world class physicians, researchers, policy makers, patients, and advocacy groups from around the world to share research experience and discoveries, all with the common goal of creating a roadmap to address the substantial healthcare disparities that exist in Asian and AsA-NHPI communities.

2020 Gastric Cancer Summit: The impact of this inaugural conference included establishing relationships with key program officers at the NIH/NCI, securing a $10M commitment to a national multicenter study of gastric cancer, submitting multiple grant proposals totaling ~$30M, establishing a health policy group to advance health screenings for gastric cancer, and publishing a conference summary in Gastroenterology.

2021, 2020 International COVID-19 Conference: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we brought together over 50 leading experts and 2,000 audience members – across 18 countries and 14 time zones – to cross disciplinary and national borders and address urgent public health needs, share vital data and research, and provide critical medical care. We discussed with public health officials, researchers, and physicians to share COVID information, discoveries, and stories. Together, we endeavored to increase knowledge, empower education, and positively impact our response to the pandemic.

2021 Evidence-Based Traditional Asian Medicine Conference: This 3-day conference featured 13 speakers in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, with a focus on three key areas: nutrition, pain management, and mental health. With increasing interest in integrating healing traditions into the practice of medicine, we sought to share the best in evidence supporting the use of longstanding cultural traditions in promoting health. The conference fostered dialogue, learning, and the identification and prioritization of further research and development.

Volunteer Recruitment

Are you interested in joining the Asian health conversation? We need volunteers like YOU to ensure that Asians are adequately represented in health research. Make your voice heard by joining the Stanford Research Registry, or check out what other studies are currently recruiting volunteers by clicking below.