National Academy of Medicine

President’s Letter

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Annual Meeting and Revitalizing for the Year Ahead


Last month, we hosted our 47th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. We had record attendance this year, and I enjoyed reconnecting with many of our members, whose dedication to improving the health of our nation continues to inspire me.

This year’s scientific program, titled “Developmental Neurosciences: Do We Know Enough to Prevent or Reverse Major Behavioral Disorders?” was a fascinating exploration of the underlying biology of disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, autism, addiction, and more, as well as existing medical and social interventions and promising developments on the horizon. We were honored to host Dr. Cori Bargmann, Professor at Rockefeller University and recently appointed president of Chan Zuckerberg Science, as our keynote speaker. I encourage you to take a look at Dr. Bargmann’s presentation.

This year’s President’s Forum on the US Opioid Epidemic was also one of the meeting’s high points. I led an intensive discussion among an expert panel that included Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Judge Steve Leifman, and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams about the challenges and options before us. It was energizing to see the shared sense of urgency and openness to new solutions among state and federal policymakers and leaders on the front lines of this crisis.

We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to revitalize for the year ahead. We have a lot of work to do and I look forward to working with many of you as we continue to address critical issues in health and medicine.

Warmest wishes for a restful holiday season and a healthy and productive new year,
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Victor J. Dzau, M.D.
President, National Academy of Medicine