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U.S. Ocean Observation Critical to Understanding Climate Change, But Lacks Long-Term National Planning

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00 EDT

Ocean observing systems provide information essential for monitoring and forecasting changes in Earth's climate. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds that continuity of ocean observations is vital to gain an accurate understanding of the climate, and calls for a decadal, national plan that is adequately resourced and implemented to ensure critical ocean information is available to understand and predict future changes. The report notes that federal activities provide an opportunity for sustained and coordinated ocean-observing in the U.S., but require coordinated and high-level leadership to be effective. Additional benefits of this observational system include improvements in weather forecasting, marine resource management, and maritime navigation. Read More

NAM Elects 80 New Members

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00 EDT

The National Academy of Medicine today announced the names of 80 new members at its 47th annual meeting. Election to the NAM 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. Annual Meeting Page

NAM Announces Recipients of Awards, Honors

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00 EDT

The National Academy of Medicine presented two prestigious awards at its annual meeting today, as well as announced the 2017 class of NAM Fellows. The 2017 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care was given to Diane Meier, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, for her leading role in driving awareness and adoption of palliative care services in the United States. In addition, the Academy awarded the 2017 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health was awarded to Joseph Coyle, whose research laid the foundation for integrating neuroscience and clinical psychiatry and shifted psychiatry's emphasis toward empirically based brain research; and to the team of Catherine Lord and Matthew State, whose work revolutionized the study of autism and related neuropsychiatric disorders. NAM Fellows News Release | Lienhard News Release | Sarnat News Release | Annual Meeting Page

Winners of 2017 D.C. Public Health Case Challenge Announced

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00 EDT

The winners of the fifth annual D.C. Public Health Case Challenge were announced at this year's National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting. The challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue of importance to the local Washington, D.C. community. Read More

NAM Honors Members for Outstanding Service

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00 EDT

For their outstanding service, the National Academy of Medicine honored members Barbara J. McNeil, Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the department of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and professor of radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Richard O. Hynes, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Ruth R. Faden, Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and founder of the Berman Center for Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. News Release | Annual Meeting Page

Annual Meeting of National Academy of Medicine

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00 EDT

The 2017 NAM Annual Meeting will feature a daylong public program on Oct. 16 about behavioral disorders, including a discussion with the nation's top health and government leaders about the U.S. opioid epidemic. In addition, NAM President Victor J. Dzau will welcome the newest class of members and present this year's awards.

New Report States Concern Over Safety of Rail to Transport Energy Liquids and Gases

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:00 EDT

A number of concerns have arisen about the safe long-distance transport of crude oil, ethanol, and natural gas, particularly in relation to railroad track defects, rural communities' emergency response preparedness, and the older tank car designs that will continue to be used in multi-car unit trains, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report found pipeline and maritime transportation of these hazardous materials have a more comprehensive safety system in place. Read More

New Report Recommends Using Model-Based Approaches to Integrate Multiple Data Sources for Crop Estimates

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:00 EDT

In order to improve county-level crop estimates, the National Agricultural Statistics Service's Agricultural Statistics Board should develop model-based estimates that incorporate both survey data and complementary data in a way that is both transparent and reproducible, says a new report by the National Academies. The report recommends shifting the role of the Agricultural Statistics Board from integrating multiple data sources to ensuring that the model-based estimates are assessed and validated to improve model performance, and suggests a two-part plan to implement these changes by 2025. Read More

New Report Offers Ethical, Regulatory, and Policy Framework for Research to Increase Quantity & Quality of Organs For Transplantation, Save Lives

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:00 EDT

The number of patients in the U.S. awaiting organ transplantation outpaces the amount of transplants performed in the U.S., and many donated organs are not transplanted each year due to several factors, such as poor organ function, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Increasing the quality and quantity of organs that can be recovered from deceased donors and successfully transplanted requires organ donor intervention research, which is conducted on donated organs prior to their transplantation. This research tests and assesses clinical interventions -- for example, medications, devices, and donor management protocols -- aimed at maintaining or improving the quality of donated organs prior to, during, and following transplantation. Transplantation research previously has focused almost exclusively on recipients and post-transplant health outcomes. Read More

National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting Begins

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:00 EDT

NAE members will gather in Washington, D.C., to congratulate new members and welcome distinguished speakers who will discuss this year's annual meeting theme, Autonomous Systems. Learn More | Agenda | Webcasts

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