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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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State shaming often ineffective

March 2017

When a state is “shamed” by outsiders for perceived injustices, it often proves counterproductive, resulting in worse behavior and civil rights violations, a Stanford researcher has found.Rochelle...

Remembering Ken Arrow: A student's reflection

March 2017

If there is such a person as a universally respected and universally loved scholar, Professor Arrow was such a man.

A visit to Russia's secret nuclear labs

March 2017

On February 23, 1992, less than two months after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I landed on the tarmac in Sarov, a city the government had removed from maps to keep secret its status as a...

Shorenstein APARC selects two postdoctoral fellows for 2017-18 academic year

February 2017

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), in pursuit of training the next generation of scholars on contemporary Asia, has selected two postdoctoral fellows for the 2017-18 academic...

Support for international students

February 2017

Stanford University has expressed its views on the recent executive order on immigration, and is offering resources for students who could be affected.

Stories of children in Syria's civil war

February 2017

Syria's civil war has taken a devastating toll on children.Stanford freshman Emma Abdullah puts a young human face on that tragedy with her book, The Blue Box, which details the plights of Syrian...

Perry and Hecker on the Doomsday Clock moving forward

January 2017

Today, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ “doomsday clock” moved 30 seconds forward to 2 and a half minutes to midnight.

Deterrence in space key to U.S. security

January 2017

Space is more important than ever for the security of the United States, but it’s almost like the Wild West in terms of behavior, a top general said today.Air Force Gen.

CISAC encourages U.S.-China dialogue

January 2017

Improving the U.S.-China relationship is a focus at the Center for International Security and Cooperation.CISAC continued this tradition in co-sponsoring the 8th Sino-U.S.

Shorenstein APARC colloquia put India into focus

January 2017

India is a focus of colloquia at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center during the next few months. A seminar series entitled “A New India?

Lack of health care, food and shelter typically kill more civilians than bombs and bullets

January 2017

Most civilian casualties in war are not the result of direct exposure to bombs and bullets; they are due to the destruction of the essentials of daily living, including food, water, shelter, and...

Bloomberg: China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis

January 2017

The outlines of China’s demographic challenge are well-known: By 2050 almost 27 percent of the population will be 65 or older, up from around 10 percent in 2015.

Closing the gap between rich and poor in developing countries

December 2016

The health gap between rich and poor children in developing countires is staggeringly high, but Assistant Professor of Medicine Eran Bendavid found that it is shrinking.

Shorenstein APARC releases annual Center Overview for 2015-16

November 2016

As 2017 approaches, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center documents highlights from the 2015-16 academic year.

Collaborating on biotech policy

November 2016

In this new article, Megan Palmer, a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, talks about the different ways that the FBI is collaborating with the biotech...

How might the election affect Obamacare?

November 2016

Stanford Health Policy faculty members Michelle Mello, David Studdert and Laurence Baker discuss repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it could affect health coverage in the United States.

Class examines diplomacy, global challenges

November 2016

Stanford students are applying lean start-up techniques to some of the world’s most difficult foreign policy issues.The fall 2016 quarter class, Hacking for Diplomacy: Tackling Foreign Policy...

Nuclear cooperation essential

November 2016

By Siegfried S. HeckerRecalling why U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation was essential during the late 1980s, Russia’s then-First Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy Lev D.

Fourth Annual Stanford Juku on Japanese Political Economy

October 2016

The Japan Program held the fourth annual Stanford Juku on Japanese Political Economy from September 29 – October 1.

Stanford researchers find 15 million children in high-mortality hotspots in Sub-Saharan Africa

October 2016

Stanford researchers have determined that more than 15 million children are living in high-mortality hotspots across 28 Sub-Saharan African countries, where death rates remain stubbornly high...

Asia Health Policy Program hosts primary care conference in Beijing

October 2016

China’s recent initiatives to deepen health reform, control antimicrobial resistance, and strengthen primary health services are the topics of ongoing collaborative research by the Asia Health...

The Winners of the Clearly Vision Prize

October 2016

The winners of the Clearly Vision Prize will share cash prizes totalling $250,000 to help them accelerate their progress and move us another step down the road towards a world where everyone can...

Wired: These five startups are getting a share of £200,000 to help battle poor eyesight globally

October 2016

Smart Focus VisionStanford, CAThe US-based startup has partnered with eyewear company Luxottica OneSight to help scale eye care to ten million people in China that do not have access to affordable...

Smart Focus - Franchising a Sustainable Approach for School Eye Health in China

October 2016

The Rural Education Action Program (REAP), an impact-evaluation organization, aims to inform sound education, health and nutrition policy in China.

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Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR