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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 Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at ASU's Biodesign Institute manages microbial communities that provide services to society. Most of the services make our society more environmentally sustainable, such as generating renewable energy and cleaning polluted water and soil. However microbial services also make humans healthier.
Center researchers are known for breakthrough discoveries including the first comprehensive analysis focusing on beneficial bacteria ("the gut biome") in children with autism. This study, under the leadership of Professor Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, has opened the door to rigorous new bioinformatic and statistical analyses of intestinal microflora. It is now believed that the microbiome can be mined to find diagnostic biomarkers for many other diseases. Groundbreaking biome research continues at the center and through transdisciplinary collaborations with other centers such as the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, directed by Dr. Joshua LaBaer, founder and former director of the Harvard Institute of Proteomics.
The Swette Center also partners with other universities nationally and globally, bringing renowned visiting scholars to ASU from countries as diverse as Spain, France, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, India, China, Korea, Brazil and Mexico.