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Project Title:

Key Challenge Areas for Convergence and Health
PIN: DELS-BLS-11-08        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Board on Life Sciences

RSO: Bowman, Katherine

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biology and Life Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Health and Medicine; Math, Chemistry and Physics

Project Scope
The National Research Council (NRC) will appoint an expert committee to explore the application of “convergence” approaches to biomedical research and beyond. This approach is intended to realize the untapped potential from the merger of multiple disciplines to address key challenges that require such close collaborations. As its primary information-gathering activity, the committee will convene a workshop to examine examples or models drawn, if possible, from a range of on-going programs, both large and small, public and private, in which such approaches are being implemented. The goal of the workshop is to facilitate understanding of how convergence in biomedical and related research can be fostered effectively through institutional and programmatic structures and policies, education and training programs, and funding mechanisms. The resulting report will summarize the lessons learned on successful approaches to implementing convergence in different types of research institutions.

The project is supported by the Raymond and Beverley Sackler Science Fund of the National Academy of Sciences, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Kavli Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the National Science Foundation through grant PHY-1353249, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science of North Carolina State University, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Connecticut, and the National Institutes of Health through award HHSN263201200074I/ HHSN26300047, TO#47.

The approximate start date for the project is 3/12/2013.
A report will be issued at the conclusion of the project in approximately 12 months.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/25/2013
 Meeting 2 - 04/01/2013
 Meeting 3 - 04/17/2013
 Meeting 4 - 04/29/2013
 Meeting 5 - 05/15/2013
 Meeting 6 - 06/11/2013
 Meeting 7 - 06/27/2013
 Meeting 8 - 07/18/2013
 Meeting 9 - 08/12/2013
 Meeting 10 - 09/16/2013
 Meeting 11 - 11/06/2013
 Meeting 12 - 12/03/2013


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Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond