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National Academies Presidents Affirm the Scientific Evidence of Climate Change

June 18, 2019

Recently, questions have been raised about climate science. The National Academies have addressed many of these questions in our independent, evidence-based reports. We are speaking out to support the cumulative scientific evidence for climate change and the scientists who continue to advance our understanding. Scientists have known for some time, from multiple lines of evidence, […]


NAM President Victor J. Dzau Receives Honorary Degree from Western University

May 17, 2019

On May 17, 2019, Victor J. Dzau received an honorary degree from Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He was among nineteen distinguished individuals to receive honorary degrees when Western University hosted its 313th Convocation this spring. An internationally acclaimed leader and scientist, Victor J. Dzau has made a significant impact through his […]


New Report Calls for Policies and Practices to Promote Positive Adolescent Development and Close the Opportunity Gap

May 16, 2019

The changes in brain structure and connectivity that occur between the ages of 10 and 25 present adolescents with unique opportunities for positive, life-shaping development, and for recovering from past adversity, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth provides recommendations for […]


NAM President Victor Dzau Gives Keynote Address at Commencement for the University of Texas Southwestern

May 8, 2019

Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine gave the keynote address at Commencement exercises for the Medical School of the University of Texas Southwestern on May 7, 2019. He spoke about the changing landscape of health and medicine and the social responsibilities of being a healthcare provider. “We are the ones who […]


More Than 100 Organizations Join the National Academy of Medicine in Countering the Opioid Epidemic

April 30, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced today that more than 100 organizations across the U.S. — including community organizations, hospital and medical systems, academia, nonprofits, and health professional societies — have joined NAM in declaring their commitment to reversing national trends in opioid misuse and overdose.  The announcement was made at a meeting of […]


NAM President Victor J. Dzau named Honorary Citizen of Singapore, the Country’s Highest Honor

April 26, 2019

Victor J. Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine, has been named an Honorary Citizen of Singapore for his valuable contributions to the country. Singaporean President Halimah Yacob conferred the award on Professor Dzau and Professor Sir John O’Reilly today at a ceremony held at the Istana, the executive state house of Singapore. The […]


Remembering David A. Hamburg, IOM President 1975-1980

April 23, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine notes with sadness the passing of David A. Hamburg on April 21, 2019. David served as president of the Institute of Medicine from 1975 to 1980. His death is a tremendous loss for the NAM and the National Academies. As president of the IOM during its first decade of operation, […]


NAM Announces Collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation in the Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge

April 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation as the principal corporate partner of the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards in the United States. The Catalyst Awards are part of the NAM’s Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge, which aims to create a worldwide movement to improve […]


NASEM Presidents Issue Statement on Call for Moratorium on and International Governance Framework for Clinical Uses of Heritable Genome Editing

March 13, 2019

A commentary published in Nature calls for a moratorium on clinical uses of heritable human genome editing and the establishment of an international governance framework. (We responded to the commentary with a joint letter, which is an abbreviated version of this statement.) The call comes following claims by a scientist in China to have edited the genes […]


NAM and HKU announce first Fellow in Global Health Leadership

February 21, 2019

Thanks to the generous donation from Dr. Patrick Poon, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) have established the NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership which aims to provide a two-year training for early- to mid-career scholars to learn and work at the HKU School of Public Health and the National […]


National Academy of Medicine and the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health and the Launch the NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership

December 3, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine is partnering with the School of Public Health, LKS Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) to offer the NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership. An official announcement ceremony was held on December 1, 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. In alignment with the […]


U.S. NAS and NAM Presidents Issue Statement on the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing 

November 29, 2018

We thank the organizing committee of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held this week in Hong Kong, for planning an important and timely conference on a rapidly advancing area of science and medicine. We support the committee’s concluding statement, which reiterates the need for the global scientific and medical communities to continue to work […]


AAAS and NAM Announce 2018 Fellow

November 27, 2018

J. Michael McGinnis, MD, the Leonard D. Schaffer Executive Officer of the National Academy of Medicine has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year 416 members have been awarded this honor […]


NAM Special Publication Underscores Importance of Health Services Research and Urges Ongoing Federal Support

November 14, 2018

It is evident that health and health care in the United States is in a period of unprecedented opportunity, accompanied by imposing challenges. The promises are clear. Yet significant unmet challenges remain, and some of them are worsening. A new National Academy of Medicine (NAM) special publication says that health services research can assist in […]


J. Michael McGinnis to Receive 2018 Fries Prize for Improving Health

November 12, 2018

ATLANTA — J. Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MMP, a highly-regarded epidemiologist and health policy expert, will receive the 2018 Fries Prize for Improving Health. McGinnis is being honored for fundamentally transforming our nation’s understanding about how to improve health by re-conceptualizing the nation’s perspective on its leading health threats through the publication “The Actual Causes […]


National Academy of Medicine Announces Inaugural International Health Policy Fellow

October 18, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) at its annual meeting announced its inaugural International Health Policy Fellow, Roger Chung, Ph.D., M.H.S., assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Primary Care at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was chosen by a NAM-appointed selection committee through a highly competitive nomination process in […]


Team from University of Maryland, Baltimore, Wins Grand Prize in 2018 D.C. Public Health Case Challenge

October 17, 2018

The winners of the sixth 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 Disparities in Cancer and Chronic Disease: Preventing […]


Three Health Professionals Named 2018 National Academy of Medicine Fellows

October 15, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected three outstanding health professionals for 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 of Sciences, Engineering, and […]


National Academy of Medicine Honors Three Members for Outstanding Service

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honored three members today at its annual meeting for their outstanding service. The honorees are Elaine L. Larson,  senior associate dean of scholarship and research, Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research, and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University; Hedvig Hricak, chair of the department of radiology at Memorial […]


National Academy of Medicine Elects 85 New Members

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the election of 75 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. “This distinguished […]



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