Transforming Human Health through the Science of Peak Performance

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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 invite faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends, and external organizations to participate in the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford.

Our Stanford Vision

The Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford is a university-wide research initiative that leverages Stanford’s exceptional research, outstanding athletics, and innovative spirit. We are creating a community that draws on diverse efforts across campus to uncover the fundamental principles of peak performance. Through our programs, we are developing the knowledge, the people, and the tools to make optimal health more accessible to all. We hope you will join us in our mission.

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Our Research Programs

We are building synergistic efforts across the university to cultivate transformative ideas, provide innovative educational programs, and accelerate highly promising research efforts from the molecular level to whole body systems.

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Agility Projects

Agility projects provide seed funding for investigators from any discipline to pursue early-stage ideas that further our knowledge of human performance.

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Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Lab is a community resource to support teaching and interdisciplinary research, providing state-of-the-art equipment and advancing the use of digital technology to optimize performance and health.

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Female Athlete Research

The program focuses on female-specific translational research to answer fundamental physiological and sports performance questions important to improving the health and performance of girls and women.

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Moonshot Research

Our multi-investigator research programs tackle challenging, yet fundamental and often-neglected problems facing human performance.

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Through an experiential, interdisciplinary approach, our training programs are creating a diverse cohort of researchers and practitioners who will extend the impact of our research for decades to come.

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Partnerships & Communications

Our partnerships and communications programs help focus the scientific mission of the Alliance on key needs and translate findings into accessible formats for individuals to use to optimize their health throughout their lives.

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Images courtesy Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab, Christophe Wu, and Linda A. Cicero, Stanford University, and Oleksandr/ Wound-healing icon by Servier is licensed under CC-BY 3.0 Unported (Uncovering the pathways that lead to scarring or regeneration News Article)