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Potential Effects of Seasonal and Temperature Changes on Spread of COVID-19 Examined in New Rapid Response to Government from Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases

April 8, 2020

A new rapid expert consultation from a standing committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responds to questions from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) regarding survival of the COVID-19 virus in relation to temperature and humidity and potential for seasonal reduction and resurgence of cases. Natural history studies published […]


“G-Science” Academies Stress Critical Need for International Cooperation in Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — A statement released today by science and medical academies of the G-7 nations and seven additional academies emphasizes the urgency of international cooperation in responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the statement, the academies call for real-time sharing of detailed scientific information about the virus and disease, as well as rapid, accurate, […]


The Critical Need for International Cooperation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Joint Statement of Academies of Sciences and Medicine

April 8, 2020

As a novel coronavirus spreads throughout the world and the number of cases and deaths continues to rise, almost no country or community remains untouched by this rapidly evolving threat. Dramatic and urgent actions are underway at all levels in our societies to limit the spread of COVID-19, identify new infections, take care of the […]


Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases Provides Rapid Response to Government on Whether COVID-19 Could Also Be Spread by Conversation

April 2, 2020

The recently formed National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, assembled at the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been […]


Our Response to COVID-19: A Message from the Presidents of the NAS, NAE, and NAM

March 24, 2020

Learn how the National Academies are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic >> Dear National Academies Community: As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the nation and the world, policymakers and the public are counting on science, engineering, and medicine to discover how the virus infects humans, slow its spread, treat those infected, and provide solutions that lay […]


Harvey Fineberg Named Chair of Standing Committee Requested by White House in Response to Coronavirus

March 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced today that Harvey Fineberg, former president of the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) and current president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will serve as the chair of the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health […]


National Academy of Medicine Releases Model for Developing Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans in Collaboration with Community Leaders

March 5, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), with the input and involvement of diverse community leaders across the country, created and piloted a model for developing Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans. The model provides a framework for communities to create an action plan in seven steps to advance health equity locally. The model and pilot community […]


White House Requests National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats in Response to Spread of Coronavirus

February 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to establish a Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats.  The standing committee will provide a neutral forum to convene experts who can engage […]


National Academies Provide Rapid Response to White House on Coronavirus Data Needs

February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) this week requested that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine rapidly examine the information and data needed to help determine the origins of the novel coronavirus that is causing a global outbreak of respiratory illness. In response, the National Academies consulted leading experts in the […]


Victor J. Dzau Outlines Plans and Priorities for Second Term as NAM President in Letter to Members

February 6, 2020

In a letter to NAM members today, Victor J. Dzau outlined plans and priorities for his second term as president of the Academy. Dzau’s election, announced in January, marked the first time in the organization’s history that the membership has elected its president. The full text of Dzau’s letter appears below. Dear NAM Members,   […]


National Academy of Medicine Announces Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation (CESTI)

January 31, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine announced today the newly established Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in health and medicine (CESTI).  The committee will assess the landscape of emerging scientific advances and technologies in health and medicine and address the potential societal, ethical, legal, and workforce implications of such technologies, with the goal of […]


NAM President Victor J. Dzau Joins Fellow Members of Global Preparedness Monitoring Board in Issuing Statement on Outbreak of 2019-novel Coronavirus

January 30, 2020

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), an independent monitoring and accountability body co-convened by the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure preparedness for global health crises, today issued a statement recommending urgent global action in response to the outbreak of 2019-novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Following the publication of the statement, WHO […]


A Message from the Presidents of the NAS, NAE, and NAM: A Look Ahead in 2020

January 24, 2020

Dear Friends of the National Academies, As we welcome a new year and a new decade, we can make one prediction with certainty — profound change lies ahead. We enter the 2020s as long-standing geopolitical alliances are shifting; big data, artificial intelligence, and the very nature of information are transforming the way we live and […]


Five NAM Members Elected to the Academy’s Governing Council

January 23, 2020

Five NAM members have been elected to serve 3-year terms on the Academy’s Governing Council beginning July 1, 2020: Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Chief Health Officer, Google Health Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health (elected for a second term) Paula T. […]


NAM Elects Dzau for Second Term as President, Elects Del Rio as Foreign Secretary

January 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Victor J. Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), has been elected to a second, six-year term, beginning in July. In addition, Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean for Emory University School of Medicine at Grady Health System and professor of global health and epidemiology at Emory Rollins School of Public […]


National Academy of Sciences honors 2 NAM members for major contributions to science

January 22, 2020

The National Academy of Sciences will honor 15 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences. Two of the fifteen are also members of the National Academy of Medicine: Bert Vogelstein, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Ludwig Center, Lustgarten Laboratory, […]


United States Government Accountability Office Releases Technology Assessment on Artificial Intelligence and Health Care, Including Field Background Content from the National Academy of Medicine

January 22, 2020

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a new technology assessment titled Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Benefits and Challenges of Machine Learning in Drug Development. The technology assessment is in two parts – the first part was authored by the National Academy of Medicine and presents material excerpted and adapted from the […]


Apply Now for a Healthy Longevity Catalyst Award

January 13, 2020

Starting today, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will accept applications from researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs from all backgrounds for the NAM Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, February 24 through the website of the American Federation for Aging Research. Individuals and teams residing in the United […]


New Report Offers Framework for Developing Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Common Medical Conditions, Surgical Procedures

December 19, 2019

For severe acute pain due to surgeries and medical conditions, there is a lack of guidance on the appropriate type, strength, and amount of opioid medication that clinicians should prescribe to patients, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A standardized process for developing clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) would […]


NAM Special Publication Provides an Overview of the Current State and Future Possibilities of Integrating Artificial Intelligence in to Health Care

December 17, 2019

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care offers unprecedented opportunities to improve patient and clinical team outcomes, reduce costs, and impact population health. However, it is imperative to balance the need for thoughtful, inclusive health care AI with potential unintended consequences, marketing hype, profit motives, potential user disillusionment, and exacerbation of existing health- […]



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