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Research Universities partner internationally to improve healthcare

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In an effort to improve patient outcomes, reduce the global burden of disease and reduce costs associated with healthcare, Arizona State University and Taiwan’s Chang Gung University have established a partnership to establish an International Biosignatures Center.

The partnership is focused on the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and other diseases.

Improving healthcare and reducing costs

Leland Hartwell, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist at the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health (CSH) says, “The most important thing we can do to improve healthcare and reduce its costs, is to develop informative tests for prevention, early detection, and effective therapeutic intervention for disease. This collaboration is the most exciting opportunity I have had to achieve these goals.

Hartwell, Arizona State University's Nobel Laureate will co-direct the Chan Gung University Center.

The goal of the collaboration is to engage health care stakeholders, policy makers, insurance providers, both pubic and private, research institutes and health care delivery systems globally to improve health care on all levels.

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Founder of The Center for Sustainable Health (CSH) at ASU, Michael Birt, Ph.D., Director, will provide technology and informatics support for the Chang Gung Biosignatures Center.

Focusing on cost effective, cost-saving disease prevention

According to CSH, ..."we believe that health systems must shift their current focus from expensive and ineffective late-stage disease response toward highly cost-effective or cost-saving prevention and early intervention strategies."

Mr. Yung-Ching Wang was formerly the Chairman of the Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan. He founded the Chang Gung College of Medicine in 1987, now Chang Gung University (CGU).

According to Birt, "In addition to our relationship with Chang Gung University itself, we have been delighted by the response from leading companies in the medical field interested in collaborating with us to provide more innovative solutions to help sustain health."

The group plans to establish research centers at multiple international locations that they say "will serve as a virtual coordinating center to discover, develop, validate, and implement diagnostic tests based on new enabling molecular and digital technologies for managing disease with an emphasis on prevention, early detection and effective therapeutic interventions."

With the help of advanced technology, the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health will focus on information sharing, with the anticipation of making a major impact on health care delivery, costs and patient outcomes. Research centers will be established in Taiwan and in multiple international locations.

ASU Biodesign Institute