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Several NAM Members to Serve on Incoming White House Science Team

January 19, 2021

On January 15, President-Elect Joe Biden announced key members of the incoming White House Science Team, noting that they will “help the Biden-Harris administration confront some of the biggest crises and challenges of our time, from climate change and the impact of technology on society to pandemics, racial inequity and the current historic economic downturn.” […]


Five NAM Members Elected to Serve 3-Year Terms in the Academy’s Governing Council

January 7, 2021

NAM President Victor J. Dzau and Home Secretary Elena Fuentes-Afflick have announced that the following individuals have been elected by the NAM membership to serve 3-year terms on the Academy’s Governing Council, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024: Jeffrey R. Balser, President & CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Dean, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt […]



NAM Special Publication Calls for Trust to be the Foundation for Efficiently, Effectively, and Securely Sharing Health Data Across Stakeholders

November 10, 2020

The effective use and sharing of health data is foundational to the concept of a learning health system—one that leverages and shares data to learn from every patient experience and move toward transforming health, health care, and health equity. However, achieving this vision will require eliminating the artificial boundaries that exist today among patient care, […]


New Report from Global Future Council on Longevity

October 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC (October 28, 2020) – A new report from the Global Future Council on Longevity presents opportunities to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on older people. The council, which was convened to inform and drive action and impact by engaging stakeholders to address issues around COVID-19 and the ability of older persons […]



National Academy of Medicine Elects 100 New Members

October 19, 2020

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. “This distinguished […]


NAM Awards First-Ever Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership to Anthony Fauci

October 19, 2020

Today during the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), president Victor J. Dzau presented the Academy’s first-ever Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership to Anthony S. Fauci, NAM member and director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): “In recognition of extraordinary service and outstanding contributions to biomedical science, […]


National Academy of Medicine Honors Three Members for Outstanding Service

October 19, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honored three members today at its annual meeting for their outstanding service. The honorees are David Relman, Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in Medicine and professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University; David Eaton, dean and vice provost emeritus of the Graduate School of the University […]


National Academy of Medicine Launches Scholars Program in Diagnostic Excellence

October 15, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the launch of the NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This new program, in partnership with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), will support up to 10 scholars in a one-year, part-time remote experience to enhance the […]


More than 150 Innovators Awarded in Inaugural Round of Global Competition Seeking Solutions to Improve Healthy Longevity

October 15, 2020

More Than $7.7 Million in Prizes Awarded   The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), together with seven global collaborators representing nearly 50 countries and territories, today announced the winners of the inaugural round of Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards. The awards are part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, a multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition seeking breakthrough […]



National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau, MD, to Co-Chair New Initiative to Address Brain Health

October 12, 2020

(WASHINGTON, DC – October 12, 2020) – Globally, mental illness is the leading cause of disability; it affects approximately 1 billion people and has annual costs of about $3 trillion. Unfortunately, significant investment has not been made to address barriers to care or to improve the fragmented and disjointed treatment system. To address these issues […]


NAM Member Jennifer A. Doudna Receives Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 7, 2020

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet announced today that they have awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their work on the development of a method for genome editing. Doudna is a dual member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. […]


NAM member Harvey J. Alter Receives Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 5, 2020

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet announced today that they have awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice for their contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the […]


National Academies Release Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

October 2, 2020

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released a consensus study recommending a four-phase framework to inform national and local guidelines for equitable COVID-19 vaccine allocation. Phase 1a, or the “jumpstart phase” of the framework includes front-line health care workers and first responders. Phase 1b includes people of all ages with 2 or […]


NAS and NAM Presidents Alarmed By Political Interference in Science Amid Pandemic

September 24, 2020

As advisers to the nation on all matters of science, medicine, and public health, we are compelled to underscore the value of science-based decision-making at all levels of government.  Our nation is at a critical time in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic with important decisions ahead of us, especially concerning the efficacy and safety […]


Anthony Fauci Receives 2020 Lienhard Award; Stephen Hinshaw Receives 2020 Sarnat Prize

September 15, 2020

That National Academy of Medicine is pleased to announce that Anthony S. Fauci is the recipient of the 2020 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care and that Stephen P. Hinshaw is the recipient of the 2020 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health.   Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement […]


Three New NAM Fellows Announced for 2020

September 9, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine has named the class of health professionals who will be NAM Fellows for 2020. These fellows were chosen based on their professional achievements and professional accomplishments and will work on National Academies initiatives with other researchers, policy experts, and clinicians across the United States during their two-year fellowships. They will […]


New Report on Heritable Human Genome Editing Released

September 3, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society released a new report, Heritable Human Genome Editing, on September 3, 2020. Clinical use of heritable genome editing should not be considered until it’s established that precise genomic changes can be made reliably without introducing undesired changes — a criterion not […]



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