Beverly Grove-based Cedars-Sinai Health System has launched a research division focused on population science and its impact on health.
The division, which was unveiled last month, will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the impact of social, behavioral and environmental risk factors on diseases.
Researchers will also conduct intervention trials to reduce the risk of disease, address health disparities and translate research into actionable information that closes health care gaps.
The division is led by Robert Haile, director of Cedars-Sinai’s Cancer Research Center for Health Equity. Haile is also chair of the health care institution’s cancer population health sciences division and an expert in cancer epidemiology.
“Population sciences incorporates both basic and clinical sciences that address the disease burden and help move the needle to lower incidence and mortality rates and provide survivors with a better quality of life,” Haile said. “As we conduct research, we ultimately hope to help influence policy, both locally and statewide, that improves health.”
Prior to the formal Jan. 24 announcement of the population science research division, Haile’s team had been conducting several research projects in the area.
“We are excited to be laying the foundation for the newly minted division of population sciences research under the leadership of Dr. Haile,” said Shlomo Melmed, executive vice president of academic affairs and dean of the medical faculty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “Our Population Sciences Program in Cancer is a core strength here at Cedars-Sinai and we are committed to continue growing our population sciences research to other disciplines.”