The SEARCH collaboration

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About the project

In January 2013, Swiss Re and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health created SEARCH – the Systematic Explanatory Analyses of Risk factors affecting Cardiovascular Health – to better understand the relationship between risk factors and health outcomes. As the world’s second largest reinsurer, Swiss Re seeks more accurate projections of global morbidity and mortality. The Harvard Chan School seeks to better understand the most important determinants of health and to improve health status globally.

SEARCH was sponsored by Swiss Re Group Underwriting, the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, the Swiss Re Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

It fostered significant collaboration with other institutions including the World Health Organization, the Lown Institute and the Public Health Foundation of India.

The initial focus of SEARCH was on the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke. The collaboration focused on four countries: Brazil and Mexico in Latin America, and China and India in Asia. These four countries are flagships for rapid development and rapid evolution of a variety of risk factors that will determine morbidity, mortality and longevity. Eleven postdoctoral fellows were awarded grants to conduct research based on existing data sets/cohorts. Each fellow had a mentor at the Harvard Chan School and Swiss Re.


Learn about the accomplishments of SEARCH in 2013 and 2014.

Download Activity Report 2013-2014