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NAM and HKU Announce Second Fellow in Global Health Leadership

June 29, 2020

From 120 applications received from 43 places of origins across six continents, Dr Kai Ning Cheong is named the 2nd NAM-HKU Fellow in Global Health Leadership.   Born in Singapore, Dr Cheong was educated and trained in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom in multiple medical fields with diverse work experiences in both the developing […]


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

June 11, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the 2020-2021 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 […]


Victor Dzau Announces Collaboration with European Union’s Malaria Fund

June 9, 2020

On Wednesday, June 3, NAM president Victor J Dzau spoke at the Online Launch Ceremony to establish the European Union’s Malaria Fund, a public-private partnership between the European Union, international organizations, corporations, and organized civic society. The fund will support the translation and development of promising projects related to malaria. It is a financing initiative […]


Statement on Political Interference in Peer-Reviewed Federal Research Grants

June 8, 2020

In January 2018, the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued a formal statement on Political Review of Scientific Proposals, which read in part: The highest standards of scientific integrity, transparency, and accountability are critical to maintaining public confidence in our nation’s research enterprise and in the wise use of the […]


Statement on Racial Equity and the Adverse Effects of Racism by NAM President Victor J. Dzau

June 3, 2020

Many in our community – including our staff, members, volunteers, and the diverse constituencies we serve – are experiencing significant pain, fear, and distress after the tragic death of George Floyd and the widespread unrest that has followed. It is a moment that is especially difficult for Black Americans and other people of color, who […]


May 14-15 Conference: Sustainable Development Goals in the Era of COVID-19: The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation

May 11, 2020

On May 14 and 15 an online conference will examine the role of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in advancing progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the context of disruptions caused by the pandemic. Among the speakers will be United Nations Undersecretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild, Chief […]



National Academy of Medicine Announces 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars

May 5, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the 2020 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. These individuals are early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, from emergency medicine and health economics to biomedical engineering and research and public health policy. The scholars are an essential part of a major […]


U.S. Funding for World Health Organization Should Not Be Interrupted During COVID-19 Pandemic, Say Presidents of the NAS, NAE, and NAM

April 15, 2020

It is critical for the U.S. to continue its funding for the World Health Organization in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic given the WHO’s lead role in coordinating an international response, especially in developing countries. The WHO’s leadership in helping to curb the pandemic in other countries undoubtedly benefits the United States as well, […]


Effectiveness of Homemade Fabric Masks to Protect Others from Spread of COVID-19 Examined in New Rapid Response to Government from Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases

April 9, 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 the effectiveness of homemade fabric masks to protect others from the viral spread of COVID-19 from potentially contagious asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals.  The rapid […]


Spread of COVID-19 Virus from Infected Patients, Antibody Response, and Interpretation of Laboratory Testing Examined in New Rapid Responses to Government from Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases

April 9, 2020

A new rapid expert consultation from a standing committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responds to a request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) concerning the duration of viral shedding by stage of infection, clinical signs and symptoms, and patient attributes; the levels and duration of antibody response […]


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 […]



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