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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



Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS on Drug Policy


Proposals examining all aspects of drug policy and its health implications from around the world are sought, including consideration of harm reduction, co-occurring disorders, health disparities, adaptive treatment strategies, provider challenges, decriminalization, health-based policy, and policy solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis including “Good Samaritan” immunity laws and naloxone access laws.

Abstracts (250 words) of proposed papers should be submitted to Bonnie Stabile, Deputy Editor, at by February 26, 2016.  Authors of selected papers will be notified by March 4, 2016, and completed manuscripts should be submitted to World Medical & Health Policy at by April 22, 2016 for peer review.

Submitted proposals will also be considered separately for possible presentation at theSixth Annual Forum on Drug Policy.  The forum will be held in conjunction with theMidwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago on April 8, 2016, and is organized in cooperation with the Policy Studies Organization, the American Public University System, the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, and the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs at Roosevelt University, whose interim director, Kathleen Kane-Willis,, Director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, orchestrates the event.



Policy Studies Organization (PSO)

World Medical Association


One Health Initiative

International Society of Microbial Resistance

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