Sustainable Health

Our mission is to sustain health through the prevention and early detection of disease to improve health outcomes at lower costs.

We believe that health systems must shift their current focus from expensive and ineffective late-stage disease response toward more outcome-based and cost-effective prevention and early intervention strategies. In light of rapidly aging populations and increased incidence of lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases, behavioral interventions have become a high priority for health systems around the globe.

In addition to our original focus on the role of molecular diagnostics for early detection, recent advances in information technology and sophisticated but inexpensive data capture devices promise to dramatically improve our ability to detect, diagnose and prevent disease. As a global community, we can build on that shared human experience to validate and implement effective, evidence-based solutions that will sustain health for us, our children and generations to come.

The Center for Sustainable health (CSH) was established in 2009 at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute thanks to the generous financial support of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. 

Originating as the Partnership for Personalized Medicine (PPM), Sustainable Health began as a three-way collaboration among the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and the Biodesign Institute located on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The Center is led by its Chief Scientist, Dr. Lee Hartwell, and Director, Dr. Michael Birt.