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.

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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.

A View from the CT Foxhole: Drew Endy, Associate Chair, Bioengineering, Stanford University

October 2020

Drew Endy argues the United States urgently needs a bio strategy to take advantage of rapid advances in biotechnology, protect against the growing danger posed by its potential malevolent use, and...

What does COVID-19 mean for Ukraine’s frontlines?

June 2020

President Volodymyr Zelensky and his government in Ukraine face two fundamental challenges: ending the conflict with Russia and implementing domestic reform. Overcoming these challenges appeared hard...

Stanford course on human extinction and cognitive biases strikes a chord with students in time of COVID-19

June 2020

CISAC senior fellows Stephen Luby, professor of medicine, and Paul N. Edwards, director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, teach plausible scenarios that could result in human...

Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic, or Pandemic Lessons From Cybersecurity

June 2020

Important pandemic lessons from cybersecurity would have saved the U.S. economic and medical heartbreak had those lessons been heeded earlier.

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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
Stephen Luby 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
Chris Dunlap Christopher Dunlap Affiliate
Maxime Polleri Maxime Polleri Affiliate
Daly Sarah Zukerman Sarah Z. Daly Affiliate
dunnmonheadshot Jared Dunnmon Affiliate