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Center for Health and Aging (CHA)

The mission of the Center for Health and Aging (CHA) is to facilitate constructive dialogue between science, industry, and policy and conduct research that highlights unique opportunities to improve health through creative policy and cross-sector collaboration.

Our current focus includes research on the life sciences sector in Asia—particularly in China and Japan—and its impact on health innovation and international relations.


Founded in 2004 to examine the 21st century’s unprecedented demographic and epidemiological transitions, the Center for Health and Aging tackles a wide variety of projects and initiatives, including founding and organizing the Pacific Health Summit between 2005 and 2012.

In addition to the Summit, CHA has also organized major cross-sector meetings in Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, London, and Washington, D.C., and has served a unique role in bringing together leaders from science, industry, medicine, public health, and government to focus on the world’s most important health challenges. Core themes have included vaccines, pandemics, demographic shifts, health technology, nutrition, and infectious disease.

In conjunction with its role as a "trusted convener," CHA has developed a library of policy case studies, expert interviews, reports, and white papers that inform crucial discussions among the world’s leaders in both the public and private sectors.

Current Research:
Asia’s Evolving Life Science Sector

CHA’s current research focuses on new government investments in life sciences in Asia and their impact on innovation and international relations. Key projects include “The Globalization of China’s Life Science Sector” and “Leveraging New Investments in Japan’s Life Science Sector for Renewed Economic Growth." Learn more.

Expert Interviews

CHA tackles challenging topics in global health policy by leveraging its unique network of top experts. Learn more.

Impact & Innovation Series

CHA’s Impact & Innovation Series inspires thoughtful policy action through highlighting the personal experience and motivation of transformational health leaders. The series features visionary thought pieces on the key issues, challenges, and opportunities for which creative innovation is essential to impact. Learn more.

Pacific Health Summit

The Pacific Health Summit brought together high-level leaders in science, industry, and policy to form new partnerships, ideas, and relationships toward the goal of a healthier world between 2005 and 2012. Over the course of eight years, the Summit tackled critical issues in global health: early prevention and detection of disease, pandemic flu, malnutrition, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, maternal and newborn health (MNH), vaccines, and affordability and technologies in health. Learn more.


For more information about the Center for Health and Aging (CHA), please contact:

Sandra Ward
Director for Communications and Brand Development

"The only way to find new solutions to big problems is to try something different rather than continue down an ever narrowing pathway that stymies invention and escalates cost."

Lee Hartwell, Chief Scientist, Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University; President and Director Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and 2001 Nobel Laureate

Benjamin Shobert Testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

On April 3, 2014, Benjamin Shobert, NBR Senior Associate for International Health, testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at the hearing on "China's Healthcare Sector, Drug Safety, and the U.S.-China Trade in Medical Products."

Read prepared remarks or view the hearing video.