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One Year After Hong Kong Summit, Developments in Human Genome Editing Underscore Urgency for International Agreement on Standards and Oversight

December 5, 2019

By: Molly Galvin It has been a little over a year since the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, where scientist He Jiankui (pictured above) announced the birth of twins whose healthy embryonic genomes had been edited to confer resistance to HIV.  The revelation drew condemnation from the summit organizers and much of […]


National Academy of Medicine to Join The Longevity Project as Independent Content Collaborator

November 15, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will serve as an independent content collaborator on The Longevity Project, which focuses on driving discussion around the 100-year life and identifying “key policy, product and organizational opportunities of the new era of longevity.” Launching in November 2019, The Longevity Project was founded by Palisades Media Ventures, in concert […]


Young Leaders Illustrate Health Equity in their Lives and Communities in NAM Art Gallery

November 4, 2019

On October 28, 2019, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) hosted a pop-up art exhibition that offers insights from young people, ages 5-26, about how the social determinants of health – factors in the environment where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age – shape their lives and their communities. These factors can and […]


To ensure high quality patient care, the health care system must address clinician burnout tied to work and learning environments, administrative requirements

October 23, 2019

Between one-third and one-half of U.S. clinicians experience burnout and addressing the epidemic requires systemic changes by health care organizations, educational institutions, and all levels of government, says a new report from the National Academy of Medicine. Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being outlines six goals that these stakeholders should pursue to […]


Team From University of Maryland, Baltimore, Wins Grand Prize in 2019 D.C. Public Health Case Challenge

October 22, 2019

The winners of the seventh annual D.C. Public Health Case Challenge were announced at this year’s National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Annual Meeting.  The challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue of importance to the Washington, D.C., community. The challenge topic was “Reducing Health Disparities in Maternal Mortality by Addressing […]


National Academy of Medicine Elects 100 New Members

October 21, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the election of 90 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. “These newly […]


National Academy of Medicine Launches Global Competition Seeking Solutions for Improving Healthy Longevity

October 21, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in collaboration with eight global organizations representing more than 40 countries and territories, announced today the launch of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, a multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition seeking breakthrough innovations to extend human health and function later in life. Dramatic advances in medicine and public health have resulted […]


NAM Announces Recipients of the 2019 Cecil Awards

October 21, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Cecil Awards. The Cecil Awards recognize staff from throughout the National Academies who have manifested superb skill and commitment in furthering the mission of the NAM — to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, […]


National Academy of Medicine Honors Three Members for Outstanding Service

October 21, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honored three members today at its annual meeting for their outstanding service. The honorees are Cato Laurencin, University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut; David Savitz, professor of epidemiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics at Brown University; […]


NAM Members William Kaelin Jr. and Gregg Semenza receive Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 7, 2019

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet announced today that they have awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, William G. Kaelin, Jr., and Gregg L. Semenza for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Kaelin and Semenza are dual members of the National […]


Celebrating Dr. Herbert Kleber

September 30, 2019

  Dr. Herbert David Kleber, M.D. was a pioneer in the field of addiction research and treatment. As a physician working at the federal prison hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, Herb saw addiction not as a moral failing, but as a medical problem he wanted to solve through science. Helping addicts to overcome addiction through research […]


Patricia Gabow Receives Lienhard Award From National Academy of Medicine for Transforming Safety Net Hospital Into Nationally Recognized Health System

September 19, 2019

For her role in transforming a safety net hospital into a national model for high-quality, cost-efficient health care, the National Academy of Medicine today announced Patricia Gabow is the recipient of the 2019 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care. The award, which recognizes Gabow’s achievements with a medal and $40,000, will be presented […]


Daniel Weinberger Receives National Academy of Medicine’s Sarnat Award for His Pioneering Research on Developmental Origins of Schizophrenia

September 19, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine today announced Daniel Weinberger is the recipient of the 2019 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, for his fundamental role in elucidating the biological origins and genetic expressions of schizophrenia, and for transforming how clinicians, researchers, and the public understand mental illness. The award, which recognizes Weinberger’s achievements with […]


World at Risk from Deadly Pandemics: Expert group including NAM President Victor Dzau outlines steps to prepare for – and mitigate – the effects of a widespread global health emergency

September 18, 2019

Governments and international institutions must take bold steps to manage the mounting threat of deadly disease outbreaks. This is the stark warning of a report released today by an international group of experts, which outlines concrete actions to prepare the world for health emergencies, recognizing that investing in preparedness before a crisis strikes saves lives […]


National Academy of Medicine Names Five NAM Fellows for 2019

September 9, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected five outstanding health professionals for the class of 2019 NAM Fellowships. The fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies […]


Victor Dzau delivers plenary lecture at Nobel Forum on Bio-inspired Innovation in Medical Breakthroughs

September 4, 2019

Dr. Victor Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine, delivered a plenary lecture at the at the Nobel conference,  “Bio-inspired medicine – unlocking access of nature for opportunities in health,” which was held at the Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden on September 4-6, 2019. In his keynote “Bio-inspired Innovation in Medical Breakthroughs,” Dr. […]


Joint USA-UK Rosenthal Symposium on behavior change to improve health for all

September 3, 2019

”The single most important intervention for changing behavior is to understand that there is no single most important intervention.” The US National Academy of Medicine and UK Academy of Medical Sciences partnered earlier this year to explore how behavior change can improve population health for all. The 2019 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium, held for the first […]


International Commission on Clinical Use of Heritable Human Genome Editing Issues Call for Evidence

August 29, 2019

The International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing is tasked with identifying the scientific, medical, and ethical requirements to consider when assessing potential clinical applications of human germline genome editing — if society concludes that heritable human genome editing applications are acceptable. As part of its information-gathering process, the commission has issued a call […]


The Next Decade of Nursing: NAM Town Halls Explore How New Roles, New Tech, and Social Needs Are Transforming the Field

August 27, 2019

by Stephanie Miceli You can find a nurse navigating city streets, on her way to a home visit. Or, maybe he is recording educational videos on preventing ear infections. She might even be running for city council. Nurses are taking on new and expanded roles in health care, a prominent theme at the National Academy […]


NAM Special Publication Examines How Understanding Heterogeneous Treatment Effects Can Lead to More Personalized Patient Care

August 15, 2019

Evidence-based medicine arose from a clear need and represents a major advance in the science of clinical decision-making. Despite broad acceptance of evidence-based medicine, however, a fundamental issue remains unresolved: evidence is derived from groups of people, yet medical decisions are made by and for individuals. A new National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Special Publication, […]



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