Winners of National Medals of Science, Technology Honored at Ceremony

Nov. 20, 2014

President Obama today honored the new class of National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners, several of whom are members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. These medals are the nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. Read Oct. 3 announcement of winners 

U.S. and Indian Science Academies Examine Challenges Posed by Emerging Infections

Nov. 19, 2014

This week the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy are holding a three-day workshop in New Delhi to explore emerging infections, global health, and biological safety in the United States and India. In particular, the workshop will address challenges posed by infectious diseases, both within the countries and across national borders. The overall goals are to share challenges and lessons learned in these areas and to encourage collaborative partnerships among Indian and American scientists.

Ebola Workshop Summarized in 10-Page Brief

Nov. 14, 2014

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council today released a 10-page brief summarizing a workshop held on Nov. 3 that explored current knowledge of Ebola and priority research areas. Discussions took place at the event on observations and lessons from West Africa, transmission and routes of entry, survival and infectivity, personal protective equipment and behaviors, and waste handling and management. The brief recaps statements made by presenters or individual meeting participants. It does not necessarily represent the views of all meeting participants, the planning committee, the Institute of Medicine, or the National Research Council.

Social and Behavioral Information for Electronic Health Records

Nov. 13, 2014

A new report from Institute of Medicine identifies 12 measures of social and behavioral information that should be included in all electronic health records (EHRs) to provide better patient care, improve population health, and enable more informative research. Four measures are already widely collected -- race/ethnicity, tobacco use, alcohol use, and residential address. The additional measures are education, financial resource strain, stress, depression, physical activity, social isolation, exposure to violence, and neighborhood median household income. While time will be needed to collect such data and act upon it, the committee that wrote the report concluded the health benefits of addressing these determinants outweigh the added burden to providers, patients, and health care systems.

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients Announced

Nov. 11, 2014

President Obama announced yesterday the names of 19 individuals who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony later this month. Among those to be honored is Mildred Dresselhaus, a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering and "one of the most prominent physicists, materials scientists, and electrical engineers of her generation," the White House said. Economist Robert Solow, a National Academy of Sciences member and Nobel laureate, will also receive this highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Read More

Uganda Meeting Focuses on Ownership of Africa's Development Agenda, Marks Culmination of ASADI

Nov. 10, 2014

The 10th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies, hosted this year by the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, began today in Kampala. The conference's theme focuses on country ownership of Africa's post-2015 development agenda, a topic addressed in a new report from several African science academies released at the meeting. A mindset shift is needed, the report says, for countries to take greater ownership of development goals such as the Africa Union's Agenda 2063 and the U.N.'s planned Sustainable Development Goals. It recommends catalysts for giving all sectors of society in Africa a greater stake in and responsibility for the continent's development agenda. The annual meeting also marks the culmination of the 10-year African Science Academy Development Initiative, a partnership of the U.S. National Academies and several counterparts in Africa aimed at strengthening the capacity of the African academies to inform policymaking through evidence-based advice. This effort is evaluated in a new report from the InterAcademy Council, a multinational organization of the world's science academies, which drew on lessons learned during the initiative to make recommendations about the future shape of science academies in Africa.

Workshop to Inform Public Health Practices for Ebola

Oct. 31, 2014

As a result of the emergence of Ebola, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council hosted a public workshop to discuss research needed to best safeguard the U.S. public. The workshop provided a venue to explore immediate science needs to provide the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, public health officials, health care providers, and the general public with the most up-to-date and accurate information about the virus. Photos

Report Calls for Greater Investment in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults

Oct. 30, 2014

Young adults ages 18-26 should be viewed as a separate subpopulation in policy and research, because they are in a critical period of development when successes or failures could strongly affect the trajectories of their lives, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. Young adults' brains and behaviors continue maturing into their 20s, and they face greater challenges achieving independence than their predecessors did, have lengthened pathways into adulthood, and are surprisingly unhealthy. The report reviews what is known about the health, safety, and well-being of young adults and offers recommendations for policy and research. Read More

Institute of Medicine Names Four Anniversary Fellows for 2014

Oct. 20, 2014

The Institute of Medicine has selected four outstanding health professionals for the class of 2014 IOM Anniversary Fellows. Each fellow will work with an IOM board and an expert study committee or roundtable related to his or her professional interests, including contributing to its reports or other products. Created in 2005 to celebrate IOM's 35th anniversary, the purpose of the IOM Anniversary Fellows Program is to enable talented, early career health science scholars to collaborate with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country, participate actively in the work of the IOM, and further their careers as future leaders in the field. Read More

IOM Presents Awards for Outstanding Achievements and Service

Oct. 20, 2014

The Institute of Medicine presented the Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Linda Aiken, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, for her rigorous research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving safe, effective, patient-centered, and affordable health care. Also, Vikram Patel, professor of international mental health and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the Public Health Foundation of India received the 2014 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. In addition, IOM honored two of its members -- Dan G. Blazer and Richard B. Johnston Jr. -- for outstanding service to the institution. The awards were announced during IOM's 44th annual meeting.Lienhard News ReleaseSarnat News ReleaseService Awards News Release

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