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2015 DC Public Health Case Challenge Results

November 20, 2015

On October 16, 2015, the National Academy of Medicine and the Institute of Medicine hosted the third annual DC Public Health Case Challenge. The case challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue  of importance to the local Washington, DC, community. Universities in the DC area formed teams consisting of three to six […]


Robert Brent receives 2015 Gustav O. Lienhard Award

October 19, 2015

The National Academy of Medicine today awarded the Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Robert Brent for his foundational research into environmental risk factors for birth defects and cancer, and for his career-long dedication to free, compassionate counseling for expectant mothers. Brent, an NAM member, is Louis and Bess Stein Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine, […]


Jamison & Kendler receive 2015 Sarnat Prize

October 19, 2015

The National Academy of Medicine today awarded the 2015 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to Kay Redfield Jamison and Kenneth Kendler — the first time two separate nominees are receiving the award. Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Co-Director of […]


2015 Anniversary Fellows Announced

October 19, 2015

The National Academy of Medicine has selected five outstanding health professionals for the class of 2015 NAM Anniversary Fellows. Chosen from excellent groups of nominees, they were selected based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the Institute of Medicine […]


NAM Elects 80 New Members

October 19, 2015

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, announced today the election of 70 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 […]


Leshner, Samet, and Scrimshaw Honored for Outstanding Service

October 19, 2015

The NAM honored members Alan Leshner, Jonathan M. Samet, and Susan C. Scrimshaw for their outstanding service at the NAM/IOM Anniversary Celebration Gala on October 18 in Washington, DC. Leshner received the Walsh McDermott Medal, awarded to an NAM member for distinguished service over an extended period. His leadership for over 14 years across a […]


National Governors Association & NAM cohost state health care retreats

October 5, 2015

Leadership Gathering Focuses on Health Care Transformation Governors play a critical role in health care transformation and are leading innovative efforts to improve the quality of health care while reducing its cost. At the forefront of those efforts are broad statewide reforms that can serve as a catalyst for even further-reaching changes across the public […]


Announcing October 5 Information-Gathering Session for Human Gene Editing Initiative

September 25, 2015

To inform a committee that is planning an international summit on human gene editing, taking place this December in Washington, DC, the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine are holding a meeting on Oct. 5 to provide the committee with an overview of the state of the science of human gene editing. […]


International Summit on Human Gene Editing December 1-3, 2015

September 14, 2015

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Royal Society (the science academy of the U.K.) are joining the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in co-hosting an international summit on human gene editing to be held December 1-3 in Washington, DC. An organizing committee has been […]


NAM member Chad A. Mirkin wins prestigious prize in convergence research

September 11, 2015

Chad A. Mirkin is the inaugural recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research, the National Academy of Sciences announced today. A professor at Northwestern University and the director of its International Institute for Nanotechnology, Mirkin is being awarded the $400,000 prize “for impressively integrating chemistry, materials science, molecular biology, and biomedicine […]


2015 NAKFI Communication Award Winners Announced

September 9, 2015

The recipients of the 2015 Communication Awards were announced today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation since 2003 as part of the Keck Futures Initiative, these prestigious awards — each of which includes a $20,000 prize — recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and […]


NEJM Perspective — Creating a Global Health Risk Framework

August 5, 2015

NAM President Victor J. Dzau, chair of the International Oversight Group of the Global Health Risk Framework, and Judith Rodin, vice-chair, have authored a new Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine: …the Ebola outbreak has had catastrophic health, economic, and social effects on Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and beyond. Clearly, a unifying framework for […]


Announcing the 2015-2016 Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows

August 3, 2015

The NAM, along with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), have named the 2015-2016 class of the FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows. These five individuals were chosen through a highly selective national competition based on their exceptional, diverse professional qualifications to contribute to the work of CTP. The 12-month fellowship will begin […]


NAM Receives $750,000 Gift to Establish Bioethics Fellowship

July 27, 2015

The Greenwall Foundation has made a bequest of $750,000 to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine, to establish a permanent two-year fellowship in bioethics. The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is the newest addition to the Anniversary Fellows program, which provides early-career health science scholars with the opportunity to participate in evidence-based […]


Countering Threats of Epidemic Infectious Diseases: First Meeting of the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future

July 27, 2015

Over the past 15 years, outbreaks of Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and H1N1 have demonstrated the lack of an adequate local and global health system infrastructure to prevent or mitigate the systemic burdens that result from infectious disease incidents of international significance. A new multinational, independent expert commission […]


Announcing the 2015-2016 Class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows

July 13, 2015

The National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) proudly announce the 2015-2016 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows. Beginning in September, the six health professionals selected will spend a year in Washington, DC, working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch. They will also […]


Marcia K. McNutt Nominated as Next NAS President

July 6, 2015

The Council of the National Academy of Sciences has approved the nomination of Marcia K. McNutt, editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, for election as president of the Academy, to succeed Ralph J. Cicerone when his second term as NAS president ends on July 1, 2016. A geophysicist, McNutt earned her bachelor’s degree in […]


Advisory Group for Human Gene Editing Initiative Named

June 15, 2015

The NAS and the NAM have formed an advisory group for the academies’ joint Initiative on Human Gene Editing. The role of the advisory group will be to identify and gather information and advice from the scientific and medical communities that will enable the academies to guide and inform researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and the […]


NAM President Victor J. Dzau Honored at Project HOPE Gala

June 9, 2015

On June 9, 2015, NAM President Victor J. Dzau received the Project HOPE Global Health Partner Award, “which acknowledges an individual who has been a lifelong champion for global health issues.” The Project HOPE press release reads: As President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), past President and CEO of the Duke University Health System […]


NAS and NAM Announce Initiative on Human Gene Editing

May 18, 2015

Read an editorial by Victor J. Dzau and Ralph J. Cicerone on Responsible Use of Human Gene Editing Technologies >> The NAS and the NAM are launching a major initiative to guide decision making about controversial new research involving human gene editing. Human gene-editing technologies may lead to promising treatments for disease, but recent experiments […]



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