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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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