Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Scholarly Publications

Bearing the Weight of the World: Exploring Maternal Embodiment (Chapter: Indeterminate Life: Dealing with Radioactive Contamination as a Voluntary Evacuee Mother)

October 2018

The maternal body is a site of contested dynamics of power, identity, experience, autonomy, occupation, and control.

Chronic long-term risk of low-level radiation exposure: Bridging the lay/expert divide

August 2018

Abstract: The failure of experts and lay people to understand each other has been fueling conflict around the environmental clean-up of the many sites in the United States that are contaminated by...

"I am a Radioactive Mutant": Emergent Biological Subjectivities at Kazakhstan's Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site

February 2016

The Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site in Kazakhstan was conceived as an experimental landscape where science, technology, Soviet Cold War militarism, and human biology intersected.

Other Publications

Editing Biosecurity: Needs and Strategies for Governing Genome Editing

December 2018

This study’s purpose was to highlight the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, help policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate...

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

No Need to Reset the Reset

September 2011

Russia watchers in the West cannot be surprised that Vladimir Putin is on his way back to the Russian presidency.

News

David Relman: A Career of Discovery, Policy Impact

May 2022

When David Relman learned in April that he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was humbled – and a bit surprised.

Can Synthetic Biology Save Us? This Scientist Thinks So.

November 2021

Drew Endy is squarely focused on the potential of redesigning organisms for useful purposes. He also acknowledges significant challenges.

The Belarus border crisis shows it’s getting easier to ‘weaponize’ refugees

November 2021

Countries like Belarus are counting on E.U. governments to see refugees as a security threat.

Old Events

From Bagram Airfield to Baghdad and Back Again: a U.S. Military Doctor’s Experience in Two Wars

October 8, 2020

For spring quarter 2022, CISAC will be hosting hybrid events.

Health Security Beyond Epidemics

October 8, 2020

For spring quarter 2022, CISAC will be hosting hybrid events.

CISAC Honors Program Presentations | Bryan Metzger, Andrew Lokay, and Adam Elliott

April 17, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/j9S_CKmku00 About this Event:Bryan Metzger1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Introductions will start at 1:30pm.

Projects

Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources, and International Security

This project involves political scientists, economists, and medical researchers to address the question of whether hunger, poverty, disease and agricultural resource constraints foster civil...
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People

rsd15 081 0253a Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics, Senior Fellow, FSI
1 RSD13 085 0052a 001 David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Steve Luby Headshot Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health (by courtesy)
Irving Lachow Irving Lachow Affiliate
Woman smiling Frances Butcher Predoctoral Fellow
Daly Sarah Zukerman Sarah Z. Daly Affiliate
Chris Dunlap Christopher Dunlap Affiliate
Maxime Polleri Maxime Polleri Affiliate
dunnmonheadshot Jared Dunnmon Affiliate