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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 Evolution and Medicine at ASU's Biodesign Institute was established by Dr. Randolph Nesse with the mission to use the power of evolutionary biology to address challenges in public health and medicine.
Center researchers and faculty explore how an evolutionary approach can encourage medical professionals to think like engineers to solve health challenges. Trying to understand questions, such as: Why are all members of the species vulnerable to the disease. Why is the birth canal so narrow? Why can't we evolve a way to avoid all infections? Why is anxiety so common? can give researchers deeper insight into why the body is the way it is and why natural selection did not make it less vulnerable to disease. While answers to such questions do not guide clinical practice directly, broader thinking allows new research ideas and development of better strategies for prevention and treatment.
Explaining why our bodies are vulnerable is essential to developing solutions to disease. To promote evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine, in addition to research, the center seeks to develop new educational programs at ASU for undergraduates, graduate students and clinicians, offer online open access materials for students, researchers and public health professionals, a well as build a robust network evolution and medicine programs worldwide.