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.

Recent News

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Smallpox Was Eradicated 40 Years Ago, So Why Are the U.S. and Russia Still Holding Stocks of the Virus?

December 2019

/*-->*/ On 9 December, 1979, health officials declared smallpox as the first and only human disease to be eradicated in what is considered the greatest achievement of modern medicine.

Listen to CISAC podcasts

November 2017

The Center for International Security and Cooperation now has more than 46 podcasts, dating all the way back to Oct. 19, 2016. Listen to them on the CISAC page on the iTunes website.

Zegart on Trump, U.S. foreign policy

October 2017

Pity the professionals.

Rod Ewing to serve as CISAC co-director

September 2017

Rod Ewing will serve as co-director of the sciences for Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.Ewing, a mineralogist and materials scientist, is the Frank Stanton Professor in...

New biosecurity initiative launched

August 2017

A new biosecurity initiative at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) aims to identify and mitigate biological risks, both natural and man-made, and safeguard the future of...

CISAC fellows: What they're doing next

June 2017

The CISAC Fellowship Program is training and educating the next generation of thought leaders and policy makers in international security.Our fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and...

Congratulations CISAC Honors Class of 2017

June 2017

Congratulations to CISAC honors program Class of 2017!

State shaming often ineffective

March 2017

When a state is “shamed” by outsiders for perceived injustices, it often proves counterproductive, resulting in worse behavior and civil rights violations, a Stanford researcher has found.Rochelle...

A visit to Russia's secret nuclear labs

March 2017

On February 23, 1992, less than two months after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I landed on the tarmac in Sarov, a city the government had removed from maps to keep secret its status as a...

Support for international students

February 2017

Stanford University has expressed its views on the recent executive order on immigration, and is offering resources for students who could be affected.

Stories of children in Syria's civil war

February 2017

Syria's civil war has taken a devastating toll on children.Stanford freshman Emma Abdullah puts a young human face on that tragedy with her book, The Blue Box, which details the plights of Syrian...

Perry and Hecker on the Doomsday Clock moving forward

January 2017

Today, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ “doomsday clock” moved 30 seconds forward to 2 and a half minutes to midnight.

Deterrence in space key to U.S. security

January 2017

Space is more important than ever for the security of the United States, but it’s almost like the Wild West in terms of behavior, a top general said today.Air Force Gen.

CISAC encourages U.S.-China dialogue

January 2017

Improving the U.S.-China relationship is a focus at the Center for International Security and Cooperation.CISAC continued this tradition in co-sponsoring the 8th Sino-U.S.

Collaborating on biotech policy

November 2016

In this new article, Megan Palmer, a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, talks about the different ways that the FBI is collaborating with the biotech...

Class examines diplomacy, global challenges

November 2016

Stanford students are applying lean start-up techniques to some of the world’s most difficult foreign policy issues.The fall 2016 quarter class, Hacking for Diplomacy: Tackling Foreign Policy...

Nuclear cooperation essential

November 2016

By Siegfried S. HeckerRecalling why U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation was essential during the late 1980s, Russia’s then-First Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy Lev D.

Researcher launches veterans support group

October 2016

Jeff Decker knows what war can do to a person.

CISAC connections from space

October 2016

Hurtling through space at nearly five miles per second, astronaut and Stanford alumna Kate Rubins, PhD, peered at her home planet some 220 miles below and picked up a microphone.Back on Earth, in a...

Encouraging future leaders in biosecurity

September 2016

Biosecurity leaders gathered at Stanford this week to offer new ideas and perspectives on a wide range of issues critical to societal health.The conference, “Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity,” began...

Containing the Risks of Bioengineered Super Viruses

September 2015

Genetically engineered viruses could open up a Pandora's box of biosecurity threats. CISAC co-director David Relman explains how we can keep a lid on it.

CISAC considers implications of bioengineered yeast and ongoing biotechnology revolution

May 2015

Bioengineering researchers have recently constructed the final steps required to engineer yeast to manufacture opiates, including morphine and other medical drugs, from glucose, drawing significant...


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