Transforming Human Health through the Science of Peak Performance
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The Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance is discovering biological principles to optimize human performance and catalyze innovations in human health for all.
Almost all of what we know about health comes from the study of disease. Our scientific collaboration takes the opposite approach: we are studying peak performance, with the goal of enabling all people to achieve optimal health and well-being.
By comprehensively studying athletes of various ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and disciplines, the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance is trailblazing new possibilities.
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We are discovering the fundamental biological principles underlying peak performance. With our newfound insights, we will develop breakthroughs in understanding, treatments, and technology to help all people thrive.
Our vibrant community of researchers, trainees, athletes, coaches, and clinicians is working together to help shape the future of human performance. We welcome new partners to join us in our endeavor.
The Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance consists of three large public universities and three private institutions. It is headed by a National Leadership Council. Science and Sports Advisory Council members provide guidance to maximize the impact of the research.
The Digital Athlete, based at Stanford University, creates personalized predictive computer models to guide training and treatment for athletes and help improve human health for all.
Regenerative Rehabilitation, based at the University of Oregon, synergizes regenerative therapies and rehabilitation protocols to accelerate recovery of damaged tissues.
The Molecular Athlete, based at the Salk Institute, maps the molecules and gene expression that occur during performance to help maximize performance, healing, and recovery.
The Multiscale Athlete, based at UC San Diego, synthesizes experimental measurements across biological scales to predict molecular and cellular states and their effects on whole body performance.
Agility projects provide funding for newly emerging ideas to additional collaborators from multiple disciplines, institutions, and countries, creating a global collective effort to advance the science of human performance.
Translational research centers, such as the Female Athlete Program based at Boston Children’s Hospital, will help push the Alliance’s scientific discoveries into practice to improve the training, care, and performance of athletes.
May 25, 2023
Latest Alliance research to be presented at ACSM 2023
April 12, 2023
Review of portable sensors for ACL injury and rehabilitation
April 7, 2023
Register to attend the Female Athlete Conference 2023
Images courtesy Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego (scientist using microscope); Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab, Stanford University (running simulation), Andrew Brodhead/Stanford News Service (DIY wearable system to accurately estimate calories burned from movement News Article); Wound-healing icon by Servier https://smart.servier.com/ is licensed under CC-BY 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ (Uncovering the pathways that lead to scarring or regeneration News Article)