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About Us

The Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP) provides a global medical and health policy focus for the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University. The Center promotes inter- and trans-disciplinary research and training. CSIMPP focus is on applying the evidence base knowledge to the medical and health policy formulation and practice. The Center has working relationships with many professional organizations including the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Academy of Disaster Medicine. The unique expertise of the CSIMPP faculty contributes to the overall SPP and GMU mission by promoting academic activities in:

  1. Evidence-based application to medical policy formulation;
  2. Geographical Information System (GIS), social networks and epidemiology;
  3. Modeling medical and health policy processes;
  4. Priority setting and ethical considerations in allocating scarce medical resources;
  5. Emerging and reemerging infections, including antimicrobial drug resistance;
  6. Disaster preparedness and recovery, with emphasis on disparities;
  7. Medical standards and policies in support of operations in extreme environments;
  8. Health and medical community network analysis;
  9. Modeling spatio-temporal behavior and interaction.


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Upcoming Events


The Kazakhstan Presidential 100 Steps Reform: Regional Socio-economic and Scientific Implications

Dupont Summit 2015

December 5, 2015

Historic Whittemore House

Washington, DC


Kazakhstan’s strategic plan of the Nation entitled “The 100 Concrete Steps Program” was unveiled soon after President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s re-election in 2015. This plan addresses both near and long term national challenges and outlines bold initiatives to place Kazakhstan among the top 30 world developed countries by 2050.

The proposed major reforms offer the promise to restructure the judicial, civil service and educational systems. Experts are to be brought in from the private sector and as necessary, from outside of Kazakhstan to ensure that the nation is prepared to better serve its citizens, and enhance its national, regional and international, scientific and technological competiveness.

The program also outlines steps to improve the [select examples]:

1. Economy,

2. Judicial System, based on the Western legal system,

3. Banking and investment security,

4. Regional transportation development,

5. Delivery of goods and services,

6. Workers health, safety and security,

7. Health care services,

8. Graduate and undergraduate education, general population literacy, and

9. Tax reforms.

Learning objective: Address the complex national and international challenges surrounding the implementation of the far reaching Kazakhstan 100 steps plans and implications for the Central Asia regional development and scientific and technological competiveness.


Olzhas Nurgaliyev, Science and Technology Secretary, Kazakhstan Embassy, Washington DC, and Arnauld Nicogossian, George Mason University.

Moderator: Arnauld Nicogossian

 Post Reconstruction Iraq Health Policy Challenges

Dupont Summit 2015

December 5, 2015

Historic Whittemore House

Washington, DC


Iraq, and several Middle East and Central Asia countries continue to suffer from unresolved political and socioeconomic challenges for the last three decades. The medical and epidemiological situation of Iraq continues to deteriorate following intervention by US led Coalition Forces and years of economic sanctions, compounded by the pre Gulf War ruling regime neglect. According to the World Bank indicators, Iraq’s life expectancy at birth downward trends, compared to the region, continues. Despite the humanitarian assistance in the post intervention reconstruction era, the epidemiological trends show a rise in vaccine preventable illnesses, increased smoking, inadequate nutrition and acute traumatic injuries. The number of individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders are difficult to estimate. Many provincial area residents suffer from medical and health constrained services. Corruption and poor management of scarce resources, impediment to investment strategies, further contribute to the problem. Strategic investments in Lack of reliable statistics further hinders the planning process. The panel will examine the prevailing epidemiology situation, and explore potential political and practical remedial policies, relevant to regions experiencing chronic disaster situations.

Learning objective: Address the complex national and international policies and challenges in regions suffering from protracted humanitarian crisis.


Arnauld Nicogossian, George Mason University and Shakir Jawad, Senior advisor for international health Systems at The Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine

Moderator: Arnauld Nicogossian


Call for Papers

Call for Papers – Women’s Health in Global Perspective

 Papers sought for a special issue and workshop of World Medical & Health Policy on “Women’s Health in Global Perspective,” to contribute to understanding and improve policy related to women’s health and wellbeing.  Forces ranging from the economic to the climactic have human repercussions whose genesis and solutions demand consideration of their global context.  A wealth of recent research and inquiry has considered the particular plight of women, who often suffer disproportionately from lack of education, compromised nutrition, poverty, violence and lack of job opportunities and personal freedom.  The Workshop on Women’s Health in Global Perspective will consider the broad ranging social determinants of health on a global scale that importantly influence health outcomes for women everywhere, which in turn has implications for economic, political and social development.

  Abstract submission deadline (250 words): October 16, 2015 

Contact: Bonnie Stabile, Deputy Editor,

 Notification of selected abstracts: November 13, 2015

Workshop March 3rd, 2016

Completed papers due: March 11, 2016

Call for Papers: The 8th Annual Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns.

Presented every year on the first Friday of December, the conference brings together academics, government, business and social leaders from a variety of backgrounds, for discussion about issues that include but that are not limited to health, energy, national security, information and telecommunications, environment and climate change, biotechnology, genetics and stem cells, water and natural resources, science research and education, technology and innovation, space, and ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology. Other topics are welcome. Our goal is to promote multidisciplinary conversation and networking across the social and political spectrum. You may visit our journals through the links below for more information on the topics covered.

The annual call for papers for this year’s Dupont Summit 2015 is currently open. In order to submit a paper for consideration, please send a 1-2 page abstract to PSO Executive Director, Daniel Gutierrez, at, or call 202-349-9282. The early consideration deadline will be September 15th, 2015. Proposals submitted by the early deadline will be given priority.



Policy Studies Organization (PSO)

World Medical Association


One Health Initiative

International Society of Microbial Resistance

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