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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 […]


Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report Delayed to Incorporate Information on COVID-19’s Impact on the Nursing Field

July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC (July 21, 2020) – In order to incorporate information on the various ways the COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted the field of nursing, the release of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report has been delayed. The report is now expected to be released in Spring 2021. In June, the report committee updated the […]


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 […]



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