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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 International 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- […]

One Year After Hong Kong Summit, Developments in Human Genome Editing Underscore Urgency for International Agreement on Standards and Oversight

December 5, 2019

By: Molly Galvin It has been a little over a year since the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, where scientist He Jiankui (pictured above) announced the birth of twins whose healthy embryonic genomes had been edited to confer resistance to HIV.  The revelation drew condemnation from the summit organizers and much of […]

National Academy of Medicine to Join The Longevity Project as Independent Content Collaborator

November 15, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will serve as an independent content collaborator on The Longevity Project, which focuses on driving discussion around the 100-year life and identifying “key policy, product and organizational opportunities of the new era of longevity.” Launching in November 2019, The Longevity Project was founded by Palisades Media Ventures, in concert […]

Young Leaders Illustrate Health Equity in their Lives and Communities in NAM Art Gallery

November 4, 2019

On October 28, 2019, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) hosted a pop-up art exhibition that offers insights from young people, ages 5-26, about how the social determinants of health – factors in the environment where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age – shape their lives and their communities. These factors can and […]

To ensure high quality patient care, the health care system must address clinician burnout tied to work and learning environments, administrative requirements

October 23, 2019

Between one-third and one-half of U.S. clinicians experience burnout and addressing the epidemic requires systemic changes by health care organizations, educational institutions, and all levels of government, says a new report from the National Academy of Medicine. Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being outlines six goals that these stakeholders should pursue to […]

Team From University of Maryland, Baltimore, Wins Grand Prize in 2019 D.C. Public Health Case Challenge

October 22, 2019

The winners of the seventh annual D.C. Public Health Case Challenge were announced at this year’s National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Annual Meeting.  The challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue of importance to the Washington, D.C., community. The challenge topic was “Reducing Health Disparities in Maternal Mortality by Addressing […]

National Academy of Medicine Elects 100 New Members

October 21, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the election of 90 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 to service. “These newly […]

National Academy of Medicine Launches Global Competition Seeking Solutions for Improving Healthy Longevity

October 21, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in collaboration with eight global organizations representing more than 40 countries and territories, announced today the launch of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, a multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition seeking breakthrough innovations to extend human health and function later in life. Dramatic advances in medicine and public health have resulted […]

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