Active Research Projects


Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research, and Engagement for Refugees

ASPIRE is a multidisciplinary program of activities at Columbia University dedicated to innovative approaches and responses to the Syrian Refugee crisis.


Improving HIV Service Delivery for People who Inject Drugs in Kazakhstan

Implementation research of a peer driven HIV testing and linkage to HIV treatment intervention that will be implemented in 24 NGOs in 4 cities in Kazakhstan.

nurses and outreach workers photo from project BRIDGE


November 08, 2018

Announcing: New multi-disciplinary collaboration facilitating unique response to address complexity of the opioid epidemic in New York

The Social Intervention Group (SIG) -- Dr. Nabila El-Bassel and her colleagues Drs. Louisa Gilbert, Elwin Wu and Tim Hunt -- are excited to announce the creation of a wide Columbia university multidisciplinary collaboration to bring different perspectives and approaches to address the opioid epidemic. Dr. El-Bassel, a leading expert on the opioid epidemic, recently assembled this group of scientists from different disciplines to address the opioid epidemic in New York State, which has the second highest increase in heroin and prescription opioid-related deaths.

November 08, 2018

When gender equality doesn’t add up? Place women at the center.

Drs. Nabila El-Bassel and Anindita Dasgupta presented and heard stories of gender inequality -- from all ends of the earth -- about violence against women, child marriage, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, HIV infection, and negative sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Dasgupta walked away with one key message: Gender inequality exists for every girl and woman in some capacity at some point in their lives, whether in Mumbai, the Middle East, or Manhattan.