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The changing face of health care requires new, transdisciplinary models of delivery of care. Facing challenges such as skyrocketing health care costs, more people entering the system, a rise in chronic diseases, and a rapidly aging population, ASU is dedicated to changing the paradigm and directing the focus toward promoting healthy behaviors, as well as delivering health care in novel ways.
Health care is changing in many positive ways and ASU strives to be at the forefront. By embedding health promotion and disease prevention into health care, the university directly benefits the health and wellbeing of the community. Ongoing research is in areas such as lifestyle and behavior change, diabetes prevention, cardiovascular disease, adult and childhood obesity, healthy workplace environments, and nutrition and exercise science.
ASU's world-class research faculty, centers and institutes bring together thought-leaders in science, humanities, social sciences, health and engineering to spearhead new approaches to target and treat cancers, understand the spread, evolution and emergence of infectious disease, personalize medicine, and devise strategic interventions for obesity, Alzheimers and mental health challenges.
Health research in the areas of informatics and technology at ASU ranges from investigating ways to harness Big Data, to understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and improving methods for predicting epileptic seizures.
The brain – and how it is used it to live life to the fullest– is at the center of ASU’s knowledge enterprise. ASU spearheads interdisciplinary work in neuroscience, psychology and the behavioral sciences.
Arizona State University is committed to finding new solutions by recognizing that major health challenges stem from many factors beyond disease itself – factors that are ecological, cultural, institutional, historical, evolutionary, social and technological. Effective, sustainable solutions to our most pressing global health challenges will need to take all of these factors into account, as well as the complex ways in which they interrelate.
Laws and related policies play a pivotal role in public health prevention efforts. Well-known examples — like vaccinations, tobacco control and food safety — reflect how laws can be used to mitigate disease and injury.
Training the health care leaders and practitioners of tomorrow, as well as fostering an environment in which new research thrives, is one of the most impactful ways ASU is shaping the future.
Transdisciplinary and life-changing work is taking place across ASU's many health related programs, departments, centers and institutes.
The Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at Arizona State University conducts cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in human-centered multimedia computing. CUbiC research spans three main areas: sensing and processing, recognition and learning, and interaction and delivery. Technologies developed may have assistive, rehabilitative or other health care applications, with a focus on expanding and improving the full spectrum of human ability. The center makes fundamental contributions to health care in the areas of signal processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction and haptics. CUbiC Director Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan is also Chief Research and Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise.
Most ubiquitous computing research takes a technology-centric view in solving real world problems. CUbiC’s approach is different. The center first gains a complete understanding of the problem before exploring a technological fix. In addition, CUbiC researchers believe the best assistive technologies are designed by, not for, people with disabilities. While CUbiC serves the needs of physically challenged individuals, the center also aims to empower people with disabilities to solve their own challenges and find novel solutions to enrich their lives.