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New Horizons in Health

An Integrative Approach

Editors: Burton H Singer and Carol D Ryff. .

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-07296-4


The committee recommends 10 priority areas for research investment to integrate the behavioral, social, and biomedical sciences at the National Institutes of Health: Predisease pathways—identify early and long-term biological, behavioral, psychological, and social precursors to disease; Positive health—identify biological, behavioral, and psychosocial factors that contribute to resilience, disease resistance, and wellness; Gene expression—understand environmentally induced gene expression and its connection to positive and negative health outcomes; Personal ties—explicate the mechanisms by which proximal social interactions influence health and disease outcomes; Healthy communities—identify the collective properties of social and physical environments that influence health and disease outcomes; Inequality—clarify the mechanisms through which socioeconomic hierarchies, racism, discrimination, and stigmatization influence health and disease outcomes; Population health—understand macro-level trends in health status and evaluate the performance of the health care system; Interventions—expand the scope and effectiveness of strategies for social and behavioral interventions to improve health; Methodology—develop new measurement techniques and study designs to link information across levels of analysis (molecular, cellular, behavioral, psychosocial, community) and across time; Infrastructure—establish ways to maintain long-term study populations and to train scientists to integrate health-related knowledge across multiple disciplines.


The study was supported by Grant No. N01-OD-4-2139, #56, between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Suggested citation:

National Research Council. 2001. New Horizons in Health: An Integrative Approach. Committee on Future Directions for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health, Singer BH, Ryff CD, eds. (Washington, DC: National Academy Press).

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2001, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK43788PMID: 20669490DOI: 10.17226/10002


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