Welcome and Overview


In January 2013, Swiss Re and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) created a partnership to be better understand the relationship between risk factors and health outcomes. Swiss Re, the second largest reinsurance company in the world with one of the largest Life & Health reinsurance portfolios, seeks more accurate projections of morbidity and mortality risks. HSPH seeks to understand the most important determinants of health and to improve health status globally.

SEARCH Project

The project is called SEARCH — Systematic Explanatory Analyses of Risk factors affecting Cardiovascular Health. As the name implies, the initial focus will be to better understand and predict the future impact of cardiovascular disease and stroke on the health and longevity. The project will focus on four emerging economies: Brazil and Mexico in Latin American and China and India in Asia. The project builds on pioneering efforts, such as the multiple versions of the CHD Impact Model and Global Burden of Disease (GBoD) Project.

Eleven postdoctoral fellows have been awarded grants to conduct research on specific risk factors in specific countries based on existing data sets/cohort in those countries. The risk factors are: Diet & Metabolism, Physical Activity, Smoking, Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution and Health Systems. Each fellow has a faculty member at Harvard and a staff member at Swiss Re who will act as a project mentor/advisor.