"Reports & Events" is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Selected Events in June 2018

Click on each event's title to access meeting details, an agenda, and registration information, or contact the Office of News and Public Information (202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu). Reporters should register for all meetings. More events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
June 5 | Washington, D.C.
The National Academy of Medicine will host a screening of the documentary Bending the Arc, which tells the story of Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl, Todd McCormack, and Thomas White and the movement they began in the 1980s that changed global health.  The community health model they developed to treat diseases like tuberculosis & HIV/AIDS has saved millions of lives in the developing world.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on bolstering leadership and investment to conquer today's pressing global threats.  Panelists are Deborah Birx, coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy; Joanne Carter, executive director, RESULTS; Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Jim Yong Kim, president, World Bank Group.

Using Mobile Technology to Treat Nervous System Disorders
June 5 and 6 | Washington, D.C.
The use of devices to advance research and treatment for central nervous system (CNS) disorders holds tremendous promise, but also raises important technological, methodological, ethical, privacy, security, and regulatory issues.  This workshop will explore innovative approaches to using device and mobile health technology to predict, diagnose, monitor, assess adherence, and develop treatments for CNS disorders, including discussion of methodology and analytical techniques.  The event will be webcast.

Neurobiological and Socio-Behavioral Science of Adolescent Development and Its Applications
June 6 | Washington, D.C.
A National Academies committee will hold its second meeting examining how the science of adolescent development can be applied to institutions and systems so that adolescent well-being, resilience, and development are promoted and that systems address structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity and access.  The event will be webcast.

Impact of Incarceration and Re-entry on Community Health and Well-Being
June 6 | Philadelphia
This workshop will examine the distributive impact of incarceration on low-income families and communities of color, the effects of the post-incarceration re-entry process, and promising models and best practices for improving the re-entry process. 

National Strategy for Cancer Control
June 7 | Washington, D.C.
A National Academies committee that is examining cancer control efforts in the United States will host a public workshop on how to transform cancer control.  The committee is charged with recommending a national strategy to reduce the incidence, morbidity, and mortality from cancer and to improve quality of life for cancer survivors.  The event will be webcast.

Preventing Harassment in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
June 12 | Washington, D.C. 
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the result of a study that began in 2016, offers the most comprehensive examination to date of sexual harassment in these settings and its effects on women's well-being, their careers, and the scientific enterprise. The report recommends steps colleges and universities, federal agencies and Congress, and other parties should take to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in these fields.

The report will be released at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 12, with a public briefing, which will be webcast. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Monday, June 11. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 12. Reporters who wish to attend the briefing or obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information.

Economics of Microbial Threats
June 12 and 13 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will examine the interaction of economic activity and microbial threats, including infectious disease outbreaks and antimicrobial resistance.  It will focus on the need for key metrics and analytical tools to provide a comprehensive understanding of the economic risk that microbial threats pose and will also explore incorporating estimates of infectious disease risk to overall macroeconomic assessments of economic growth in countries to incentivize actions that minimize these threats.  The event will be webcast.

Pre-Pregnancy Weight, Gestational Weight Gain, and Impacts on Maternal and Child Health Among Women with Obesity
June 13 | Webinar
This webinar will discuss new evidence since the 2009 report, Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines, which recommended gestational weight gain guidelines based on pre-pregnancy BMI and considered maternal and child health outcomes.  The webinar will focus on women with class II and III obesity and explore evidence on trends and associated health outcomes; discuss promising interventions, including patient-centered counseling; and highlight research gaps.

Opportunity for Population Health Action in Schools
June 14 | Oakland, Calif.
This workshop will discuss aspects of pre-K through 12th grade education metrics that are relevant and potentially useful to the health sector, given the recognition of education as a key influence on health outcomes and community well-being.  It will also explore possibilities for, and any available examples of, joint accountability payment models linked with achieving one or more educational outcomes.  The event will be webcast.

Understanding Disparities in Access to Genomic Medicine
June 27 | Washington, D.C.
Genomic medicine has the potential to improve the quality of health care by allowing practitioners to individually tailor prevention and treatment strategies to each of their patients. Recent research breakthroughs, technological advances, and the decreasing cost of DNA sequencing have led to wider adoption of genomic medicine; however, it is not clear if genetic/genomic services will reach all segments of the population now or in the near future.  This workshop will examine the gaps in knowledge related to access to genomic medicine and discuss health care disparities and possible approaches to overcoming differential use of genomic medicine across populations.

Reports Scheduled for Release in June
Release dates for the following consensus reports and proceedings from the Academies depend on successful completion of the review process and publishing schedules. Reporters who would like to be notified when a report is due for release should contact the Office of News and Public Information -- 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.

Assessing the Risks of Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System
Evaluates how to assess the risks and streamline the process of integrating unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system.

Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology
Utilizes the strategic framework outlined in the interim report released in 2017 to generate an assessment of security vulnerabilities than may be posed by synthetic biology.





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