A National Academy of Sciences committee meets this week to study a large, growing and little-understood black market in drugs. But rather than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, the committee members will be discussing tobacco cigarettes.
The global black market in tobacco is estimated to supply 11.6% of the world’s consumption, a startling 650 billion cigarettes a year. And there are two components to this market that have drawn the particular scrutiny of law enforcement: fake cigarettes and tax avoidance.
Fourteen Stanford researchers addressing global poverty through a range of academic disciplines are receiving the money from the university-wide Global Development and Poverty initiative. The initiative is part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and is administered in partnership with Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
The American Law Institute's distinguished service award was presented to Gerhard Casper by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Casper, Stanford's ninth president and a senior fellow at FSI, was recognized by his longtime friend as a “prominent and uncommonly successful leader in the academic world.”
In remarks that were often blunt and sometimes funny, George W. Bush spoke with Stanford students about some of the defining moments of his presidency. The conversation ranged from congressional power to his take on world leaders and the impact his policies had on curbing the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
Insurance coverage for addiction treatment has been expanded more in the past five months than in the preceding five decades. Contrary to the common complaint that nothing is changing in the “war on drugs”, the U.S. has never been closer to providing universal addiction treatment on demand.
Grant Miller and Nomita Divi are spearheading the Stanford India Health Policy Initiative, a program that rethinks health care in India. The initiative’s focus comes from the people who regularly confront problems with the country's health care services and strives to understand why patients and providers don’t always make seemingly logical decisions.
Christine Lagarde says she is optimistic that the world’s economic leaders are committed to taking the steps that will guard against another large-scale financial collapse. But she’s worried that unless more sustainable jobs are created, economic disparities will increase.
Three researchers, whose work spans the globe as well as disciplines, have joined CHP/PCOR. They include a health law professor, a physician economist interested in how behavioral issues influence patient outcomes, and another physician economist who will focus on health economic issues among children in developing countries.
Stanford pediatrician Jason Wang and researcher Mildred Cho have received $1,087,920 to launch a center in Taiwan and Stanford dedicated to training medical professionals about ethics. Wang -- an associate professor of pediatrics and a CHP/PCOR affiliate, and Cho -- a professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine’s Center for Biomedical Ethics -- received one of five of this year’s bioethics grants from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health.
Analyzing data stretching over four decades, Stanford researchers suggest early intervention treatments of obese children will have a surprisingly meager impact on reducing obesity-related illness in adulthood.
When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education initiatives on international affairs. His leadership will be marked by a commitment to build on FSI’s interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.