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Workshop on 'Gain of Function' Research Announced

Oct. 17, 2014

The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine are organizing a public workshop on the potential risks and benefits of "gain of function" research that increases the pathogenicity or transmissibility of infectious agents such as SARS, MERS, or pandemic influenza. The workshop discussions will help inform deliberations of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. Read More

IOM's 44th Annual Meeting Begins Monday

Oct. 17, 2014

The Institute of Medicine's 44th annual meeting will begin Monday, Oct. 20, and feature a public symposium on the human microbiome in health and disease. Watch webcast beginning at 8 a.m. EDT | Agenda

Award Ceremony Honors Excellence in Science Communication

Oct. 16, 2014

The recipients of the 2014 Communication Awards were honored at a ceremony held last night at the historic National Academy of Sciences building. The winners were author Dan Fagin; NPR correspondent Rob Stein; New York Times science reporter Dennis Overbye; and Seattle Times reporter Craig Welch and photographer Steve Ringman. These prestigious awards -- each of which includes $20,000 -- are presented annually by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine to recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. Photos from the award ceremony

Workshop to Inform Public Health Practices for Ebola

Oct. 15, 2014

As a result of the emergence of Ebola, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council will host a public workshop on Nov. 3 to discuss biomedical and public health research needed to best safeguard the U.S. public. The workshop will provide 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. Read More

Harvey Fineberg Named President of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Oct. 13, 2014

Former Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg has been selected by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as its next president, the foundation announced today. Fineberg served two terms as IOM's president, from 2002 until this summer. Before that, he was provost of Harvard University and served for 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. Fineberg currently holds the presidential chair as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He assumes his new post at the foundation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Framework to Guide Assessment of Chemical Alternatives

Oct. 10, 2014

Chemicals used in consumer products and industrial processes have elicited concerns in recent years about health or environmental impacts, prompting manufacturers, retailers, and regulators to develop methods for evaluating potentially safer chemical substitutes. Although a number of assessment tools exist, they reflect a range of different priorities, such as protecting workers, the end user, or the environment.A new report from the National Research Council describes a decision framework for comparing chemicals in terms of human health and ecological risks that is more uniformly applicable for a diverse set of users while remaining flexible enough to be tailored to the specific decision being made. The framework draws on the strengths and common characteristics of existing assessment approaches, but also includes several advancements: problem formulation and scoping, comparative exposure assessment, and evaluation of physicochemical properties. Read More Register for Public Webinar

Super Typhoon Intensifies in Pacific

Oct. 8, 2014

Super Typhoon Vongfong has rapidly intensified from the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane to a monster typhoon with peak wind speeds of 190 mph. Based on estimates of its central pressure, Vongfong is now the most intense storm so far in 2014, and forecast models suggest it could rival the intensity of last year's deadly Typhoon Haiyan. In the United States, local, state, and federal leaders as well as community groups and businesses are working to strengthen the nation's resilience to natural disasters and adverse events. Learn what the National Academies are doing to help advance the resilience conversation.

NAS Member Shares 2014 Nobel in Chemistry

Oct. 8, 2014

National Academy of Sciences member William E. Moerner has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Eric Betzig and Stefan W. Hell "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy," more commonly known as nanoscopy.

NAE Members Share Nobel Prize in Physics

Oct. 7, 2014

National Academy of Engineering member Shuji Nakamura and foreign member Isamu Akasaki, together with Hiroshi Amano, have won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the blue light-emitting diode (LED).

NAS Foreign Associates Receive Nobel Prize in Medicine

Oct. 6, 2014

Norwegian husband and wife Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser along with U.S.-British scientist John O'Keefe have won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. The Mosers are foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences.

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