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NAM, NAS, and NAE member wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 3, 2018

Frances Arnold, a member of all three Academies, shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter. She was awarded the prize for her work in “the directed evolution of enzymes.” From nobelprize.org: “In 1993, she conducted the first directed evolution of enzymes, which are proteins that catalyze […]


NAM and NAS Members win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 1, 2018

Tasuku Honjo, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and James P. Allison, member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, jointly won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their “discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.”   From nobelprize.org: “Cancer kills […]


Kenneth Wells Receives National Academy of Medicine’s Sarnat Award for Outstanding Achievements in Improving Mental Health

September 25, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine today announced Kenneth Wells is the recipient of the 2018 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, for his work developing quality and outcomes approaches to psychiatry and mental health, fostering a generation of clinical investigators and mental health system leaders, and championing partnered, participatory research to advance […]


Stuart Altman Receives Lienhard Award From National Academy of Medicine for Leading Health Policy and Services Research in United States

September 25, 2018

For his pioneering role in national health policy and health services research, the National Academy of Medicine today announced Stuart Altman is the recipient of the 2018 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care.  The award, which recognizes Altman’s achievements with a medal and $40,000, will be presented at the National Academy of […]


National Academies Keck Futures Initiative announces winners of the NAKFI challenge

September 5, 2018

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) is pleased to announce the recipients of three $500,000 NAKFI Challenge awards. A 15-year, $40 million dollar program funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, NAKFI was initiated in 2003 to break down barriers between fields and to promote interdisciplinary research. The NAKFI Challenge awards support activities that will […]


2018 Communication Award Winners Announced

August 23, 2018

‘The Death and Life of the Great Lakes’ Wins Best Book Award From Academies; Crossing the Line Productions and HHMITangled Bank Studios, Science Magazine, ProPublica/NPR Also Take Top Prizes WASHINGTON — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced today the recipients of the 2018 Communication Awards.  Supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation since […]


National Academy of Medicine Launches Action Collaborative to Counter Opioid Epidemic; Public-Private Partnership Will Coordinate Initiatives Across Sectors to Drive Collective Solutions

July 31, 2018

In recognition of the need for a national coordinated and collective response to the epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S., the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in partnership with the Aspen Institute, launched a public-private partnership made up of more than 35 organizations representing federal, state, and local governments, health systems, associations and provider […]


National Academy of Medicine and FDA Announce the 2018 Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows

July 26, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) have named the 2018-2019 class of FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows.  Six individuals were selected through a highly selective national competition based on their exceptional, diverse professional qualifications to contribute to the work of CTP. The […]


National Academy of Medicine Announces Participants in Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program

July 19, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine. The individuals are early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, such as basic and translational science, clinical medicine, bioengineering, federal health policy and law, and ethics.  Young leaders in this program are selected by NAM leadership […]


Class of 2018-2019 RWJF Fellows and Nurse-Scholar-in-Residence Announced

June 28, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the 2018-2019 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows.  Beginning in September, eight 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.  They will also engage in seminars […]


Statement on Harmful Consequences of Separating Families at the U.S. Border

June 20, 2018

We urge the Department of Homeland Security immediately to stop separating migrant children from their families, based on the body of scientific evidence that underscores the potential for lifelong harmful consequences for these children and based on human rights considerations. Reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine contain an extensive body of evidence […]


In Memoriam: Stuart Bondurant

May 29, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honors the life and work of Stuart Bondurant, who passed away on May 26, 2018. Dr. Bondurant served as Acting President of the NAM (then the Institute of Medicine) in 1991 and 1992 during the search for Samuel Thier’s successor. Dr. Bondurant provided steady leadership at a pivotal moment […]


Statement by the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine on Preventing Sexual Harassment

May 22, 2018

Sexual harassment in science, engineering, and medicine diminishes the integrity of the U.S. research enterprise. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine take this issue very seriously. We have long been committed to providing a safe workplace free of harassment and intimidation, and our sexual harassment policy applies to anyone who is involved in […]


National Academy of Medicine Sheds Light on Clinician Burnout and Well-Being Through Art Exhibition in Washington, DC

April 25, 2018

On May 2, 2018, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will host a pop-up art exhibition that collects insights from around the country on clinician burnout and well-being. Clinician burnout can have serious, wide-ranging consequences, from reduced job performance and high turnover rates to – in the most extreme cases – medical error and clinician […]


In Memoriam: Beatrix “Betty” Hamburg

April 19, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honors the life and work of Beatrix Hamburg, a pioneering child and adolescent psychiatrist and NAM member who passed away on April 16, 2018, at the age of 94. Dr. Hamburg is survived by her husband, David A. Hamburg, who was president of the Institute of Medicine from 1975 […]


NAM President Responds to Recent Gun Violence With Calls for Research

March 22, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine’s President, Victor J. Dzau, has authored three editorial pieces on promoting research as a crucial first step to developing effective policies. Quick links Good Gun Policy Needs Research (Science) Public Health Research on Gun Violence: Long Overdue (Annals of Internal Medicine) Congress hasn’t banned research on gun violence. It just […]


National Academy of Medicine Launches One of Most Comprehensive Online Resource Hubs on Clinician Burnout and Well-Being

March 22, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today launched the Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub, a comprehensive online repository for health system leaders, clinicians, and trainees that contains resources highlighting promising approaches for combating clinician burnout, such as research and news articles, toolkits, peer-reviewed literature, and reports. More than half of U.S. physicians experience burnout, a syndrome […]


Statement by NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents on Effort to Counter Online Misinformation

March 20, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are exploring ways to mobilize our expertise to counter misinformation on the web related to science, engineering, and health. Part of the mission of the National Academies has always been to help ensure that public discourse is informed by the best […]


National Academy of Medicine Highlights Communities Driving Health Equity in Newly Released Short Documentary Series

February 6, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today released a documentary video series titled “Communities Driving Health Equity” to spotlight local organizations across the U.S. advancing health equity for their communities by addressing the environmental, social, economic, and structural challenges that may impact residents’ health. The videos show that, while challenges are numerous, progress is possible […]


National Academies Announce Initiative on Climate Communication; Appoints Advisory Committee

January 24, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are launching a major initiative to more effectively enable their extensive body of work on climate science, impacts, and response options to inform the public and decision makers. “The National Academies have a vast library of authoritative information to help everyone from savvy citizens to responsible decision […]



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