Research Services

Our Center is funded to build SDSU and SDSU Research Foundation’s research infrastructure to advance minority health and health disparities research. One of the ways in which we are doing this is by establishing a set of research services that will be available to the research communities of SDSU, SDSU Research Foundation, and our partner organizations. To learn more, visit our Resources and Services webpage.


Center Research Projects

The SDSU HealthLINK Center currently supports two research projects led by SDSU faculty. Our shared values of communication, innovation, collaboration, and community guide our research efforts to promote health equity and well-being for all people and communities.

Research Project: Excessive Body Weight and Ovarian Cancer

The goals of this research project are to understand the role of excessive body weight in making ovarian cancer worse and the effectiveness of treatments like chemotherapy. The project team is studying the role of excessive body weight in activating a protein that can trigger inflammation, which can lead to tumor-initiating cells that help ovarian cancer tumor grow and resist treatment.

Research Project: Goal Oriented Activity for Latinos with Spine Pain (GOALS/Metas)

The goal of this research project is to develop an effective tele-rehabilitation approach that will help with pain management. The project team is adapting an existing cognitive behavioral tele-rehabilitation program, a physical therapy program that involves changing thoughts and behaviors, to assist Hispanic/Latino patients in managing chronic spine pain.

Center Pilot Projects

Our Center also offers a Pilot Project and Mentoring Program that competitively awards pilot project funding to eligible junior investigators at SDSU. Awardees participate in a 12-month mentorship program to equip them to successfully compete for independent extramural research funding for minority health and health disparities research. The application periods for our Center’s Pilot Project and Mentoring Program are now closed.


Research reported on this website was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, under Award Number U54MD012397; additional support is provided by S21MD010690 (SDSU HealthLINK Endowment). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.