Center for Vulnerable Populations, UCSF

Chronic diseases have become the leading contributor to poor health and premature deaths across the world and will require policy-level changes to promote healthy environments and effective healthcare interventions. The CVP broadens the impact of effective, innovative solutions by working with policy makers to help shape and change policy that impact those at higher risk for chronic diseases. Several CVP faculty members serve on local, state, national, and international policy organization and participate in developing national and international policies guidelines that impact the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Communication between local entities and beyond is critical to improving public health.


GetFit, MIT Medical

getfit@mit 2014 is a team-oriented fitness challenge available to the entire MIT community. getfit@mit 2014 is presented by MIT Medical, the MIT Health Plans, and Community Wellness at MIT Medical, with major sponsorship from MIT’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER). Getfit also receives generous support from other MIT and community organizations.


PennShape Challenge, University of Pennsylvania

Penn SHAPE Challenge (“SHAPE”) is a competition allowing Penn graduate students to compete for the greatest relative health and fitness gains as calculated by our specially designed formula. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage holistic graduate and professional student health, fostering healthy mental and physical practices and balance.

SHAPE is spearheaded by the GAPSA Vice Chair of Student Life in collaboration with the GAPSA Vice Chair of Communications. Partners include multiple Penn entities (Campus Health Initiatives and PennRec) as well as local Philly businesses (Barre University City, Philly Power Yoga & Thrive Pilates, and Philadelphia Runner).



PatientsLikeMe conceptualized and built a health data-sharing platform that we believe can transform the way patients manage their own conditions, change the way industry conducts research and improve patient care. We are a for-profit company, but not one with a “just for profit” mission. We follow four core values: putting patients first, promoting transparency (“no surprises”), fostering openness and creating “wow.” We’re guided by these values as we continually enhance our platform, where patients can share and learn from real-world, outcome-based health data. We’ve also centered our business around these values by aligning patient and industry interests through data-sharing partnerships. We work with trusted nonprofit, research and industry Partners who use this health data to improve products, services and care for patients.


Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, UIB and CSIC

IFISC (Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems) is a joint research Institute of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) created in 2007 building upon the former Cross-Disciplinary Physics Department of IMEDEA (Mediterranean Institute for Advance Studies) dating from 1995. Its creation foresees that important avenues of scientific development occur at the borders of established fields. As statement of purpose it aims at developing interdisciplinary and strategic research from the established practices of physicists.

Complex systems, a central paradigm at IFISC, are characterized by emergent and collective phenomena of many interacting units. Fundamental understanding of these systems comes from Statistical Physics together with the Theory of Dynamical Systems, which includes the study of chaos and the effect of fluctuations and random events on systems evolution. Generic phenomena under consideration include synchronization, phase transitions, nonequilibrium instabilities, spatiotemporal pattern formation, or dynamics and evolution of complex networks.