Presentation 2

ARPA-H’s Why, What, and How


Adam Russell

Acting Deputy Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)

Dr. Adam Russell is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Director for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), helping to stand up this ambitious new organization focused on bringing the ARPA-model to health in order to create and accelerate high-impact health solutions for well-defined problems. Prior to joining ARPA-H, Adam served as the Chief Scientist at the University of Maryland’s University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC), the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), with an adjunct faculty position in UMD's Department of Psychology.  Adam joined ARLIS after having served in the government for over a decade, first as a Program Manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and then at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - where he was known as the “DARPAnthropologist.”  At IARPA and DARPA, Adam managed a large portfolio of high-risk, high-impact R&D programs focused on enhancing “Human Domain” capabilities to better understand, anticipate, and leverage human social behavior and variability through improving scientific discovery, innovation, and reproducibility, especially in the social and behavioral sciences.Adam has a BA in cultural anthropology from Duke University and a D.Phil. in social anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has played rugby for Oxford University - representing Oxford in four Varsity matches - as well as the US Men's National Rugby Team, and was the High-Performance Director for the US Women's National Rugby Team for the 2014 and 2017 Rugby World Cups.