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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 successful future of medicine will depend on ensuring that patients are managed with treatments that are appropriate for each individual, a concept referred to as personalized medicine. In the 21st century, molecular medicine is teaching us that what we thought of as single diseases only a few years ago comprise many different molecular variants. What was once simply breast cancer is now recognized to be more than a half dozen different diseases. Each responds differently to a given therapy and carries a different prognosis.
Dr. Joshua LaBaer, founder and former director of the Harvard Institute of Proteomics, is ASU Biodesign Institute's Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine and director of the Biodesign Institute's Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics in 2009. The mission of the center is to drive the discovery and development of biomarkers for the early detection of diseases. With better disease detection and earlier treatment, the center strives to have a profound impact on decreasing mortality caused by various diseases including cancer and autoimmune diseases. Toward this end, the center's research is driven by innovation and technology development and focused on creating new tools that foster biomarker discovery. Through the Plasmid Repository, sequencing services, and a recent effort with NAPPA technology, the center provides the tools to accelerate research in hundreds of laboratories around the world.