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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, […]


Dr. Victor Dzau Gives Opening Remarks at the First Meeting of the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing

August 13, 2019

This morning, NAM President Dr. Victor J. Dzau gave opening remarks at the first meeting of the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing in Washington, D.C. The commission has been convened by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Royal Society […]


New Case Studies Offer Actionable Insights to Reduce Clinician Burnout and Improve Well-Being

July 31, 2019

Clinicians of all kinds, across all specialties and care settings, are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. New case studies from the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience provide an overview of initiatives that reduce clinician burnout and support clinician well-being at organizations across the country. The NAM hopes that […]


Six Health Professionals Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program at the National Academy of Medicine

July 29, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the 2019-2020 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows.  Beginning in September, six health professionals will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch. The fellows were chosen in […]


Paid Parental Leave, Increased Support for Caregivers, Improved Food and Economic Security Among Recommendations in New Report on Achieving Health Equity for All Children

July 26, 2019

The lack of supportive policies for families in the United States, such as paid parental leave, has serious implications for health equity, as it affects families’ overall health and financial stability, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Implementing paid family leave at the federal, state, or local levels […]


National Academy of Medicine and FDA Announce the 2019 Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows

July 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) have named the 2019-2020 class of FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows. Four individuals were selected through a highly selective national competition based on their exceptional, diverse professional qualifications to contribute to the work of […]


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 […]



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