"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 November 2017
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/.

Genomic Screening Programs in Health Care Systems
Nov. 1 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will gather stakeholders such as health economists, representatives from health care delivery systems, public health officials, bioethicists, and clinicians to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating genomic screening programs into large-scale health organizations to identify individuals at risk for future disease or adverse drug outcomes. 

Engaging Allies in the Culture of Health Movement
Nov. 9 | Washington, D.C.
This second meeting of the National Academy of Medicine’s ongoing Culture of Health program will examine health through the lens of art and communities, illustrate links across social determinants of health via the science and lived community experience, highlight recent movements that have resulted in positive change, and identify challenges and solutions to creating a culture of health.  Artwork submitted for NAM’s nationwide community art project, Visualize Health Equity, will be on display throughout the meeting and during an evening reception.  The event will be webcast.

Patient Navigation Programs in Oncology
Nov. 13 and 14 | Washington, D.C.
Patient navigation programs are intended to overcome obstacles that can prevent individuals from accessing cancer care and to improve coordination of their care. This workshop will examine the optimal conditions and components of successful patient navigation programs in oncology.  The event will be webcast.

Revitalizing the Government-University-Industry Partnership
Nov. 15 | Washington, D.C.
This convocation will bring together leaders from business and industry, federal and state government, and higher education to explore how to revitalize the role of the nation's research universities in educating creative workers and leaders, stimulating innovation and growth in business and industry, and advancing health care, food production, and national security capacities.

Building the Case for Health Literacy
Nov. 15 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will include presentations and discussions on issues related to the effect of health literacy interventions on health and health care costs, quality, behaviors, outcomes, and other areas.  The event will be webcast.

Improving Health Professional Education and Practice Through Technology
Nov. 16 and 17 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore effective use of technologies to bridge gaps within and between health professions education and practice in order to optimize learning, performance, and access in high-, middle-, and low-income areas while ensuring the well-being of health care providers.  The event will be webcast.

Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health
Nov. 28 | Oakland, Calif.
This workshop will feature presentations and discussions that consider the history of immigration laws and policies and how these laws and policies affect not only immigrant health but also population health more broadly.

Supporting High-Quality Care for People With Serious Illness
Nov. 29 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore innovative financing and payment strategies across a range of settings for people of all ages facing serious illness, identify existing barriers to the scale and spread of financing and payment innovations, and examine potential policy actions to address barriers to innovation.  The event will be webcast.

Reports Scheduled for Release in November
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.

Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions
Reviews current knowledge about how to effectively deploy and use emergency alert and warning systems and explore related future computing, engineering, and social science research needs.

Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences Within the Weather Enterprise
Develops a framework for generating and applying social and behavioral science research within the context of meteorology, weather forecasting, and weather preparedness and response.

Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative
Examines patient access to affordable and effective therapies, with emphasis on drug pricing, cost inflation, and insurance design.  The report makes recommendations for policy actions that could address drug price trends and improve patient access to affordable and effective treatments while fostering continued innovation in drug development.

Proactive Policing: Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties in the United States
Reviews evidence regarding consequences of different forms of proactive policing for crime and disorder, if the approaches are applied in a discriminatory manner, their legality, and community reaction.

Reducing the Threat of Improvised Explosive Device Attacks by Restricting Access to Chemical Explosive Precursors
Identifies priority precursor chemicals used in the manufacturing of improvised explosive devices, suggests controls that could be considered as part of a voluntary or regulatory scheme, and examines tradeoffs among those strategies.


Tools of the Trade: Gene Editing and Human Disease
Nov. 15 | Washington, D.C.
Recent scientific advances in genome editing technology, such as CRISPR-Cas9, have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which gene editing can improve human health. With the addition of each new discovery come not only new possibilities, such as the treatment of genetic diseases, but challenges and ethical implications as well. This event will explore the basics of gene editing, new opportunities afforded by these technologies, and the people using these tools in their research. Be one of the first to try Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Media's new CRISPR interactive and test your gene editing skills with a hands-on activity from the NIH's Human Genome Research Institute (HGRI). Registration is free.

The Science of Science Communication III
Nov. 16 and 17 | Washington, D.C.
This third National Academy of Sciences colloquium on the science of science communication examines some of the latest social science research on communication and its implications for governance, policy, and public engagement. Evolving from past colloquia, this colloquium will focus on the consensus study as a framework for advancing both research and practice in science communication. Sessions include communicating with the public on energy, immigration, and infectious disease; examining media coverage of human genome editing and artificial intelligence and driverless cars; and exploring the role of scientists and the media in communicating uncertainty.  Seating is limited; reporters who wish to cover the event must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information.  The event will also be webcast.

Research Competition on Science Engagement During WWI
The National Academies are holding a competition for scholars under the age of 30 to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort.  Scholars should look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare. Qualified scholars should submit, by November 30, 2017, a 500-word concept document that describes the scope of the proposed research. More information is available online.  



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