"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.


Reports Scheduled for Release in March

Release dates for the following reports 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 Toxicologic Risks to Human Subjects Used in Controlled Exposure Studies of Environmental Pollutants

Addresses scientific issues and provides guidance on the conduct of controlled human-exposure studies designed to inform policy decisions and set air-pollutant standards to protect public health.


An Evidence Framework for Genetic Testing

The growing use of genetic and genomic tests in medicine and health care is accompanied by growing challenges, including the need for rigorous evaluation of the validity and utility of genetic tests, questions regarding the best ways to incorporate them into medical practice, and how to weigh their costs against potential benefits.  As a provider of health care services to military personnel and their families, the U.S. Department of Defense asked the National Academies to examine the evidence base for genetic tests, recommend approaches to advancing the evidence base, and propose a framework to aid in decision making regarding genetic tests.


A National Strategy for Elimination of Hepatitis B and C: Phase Two Report

The first phase of this study concluded that hepatitis B and C could be eliminated as public health problems from the United States.  This report lays out appropriate goals for hepatitis reduction and specific actions to achieve them.  



Selected Events Through March 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/.


Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia

March 7 | Washington, D.C.

This is the first meeting of an Academies committee that will examine the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites that have been or are being mined or reclaimed for surface coal deposits.


The Role of Genetics in Clinical Drug Development

March 8 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will examine and discuss successes, challenges, and best practices for utilizing genetic information in the design and implementation of clinical trials to support the development of precision medicines, including exploring the potential advantages and disadvantages of such trials across a variety of disease areas.  The workshop will be webcast.


Reproducibility of Research: Proposed Remedies and Solutions

March 8-10 | Washington, D.C.

At this colloquium, scientists and researchers from multiple disciplines will examine challenges in the ability to replicate research results and identify how problematic aspects should be measured, assessed for baseline levels, targeted with proposed interventions, and monitored for improvement.  In conjunction with the colloquium, Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the 17th annual Arthur M. Sackler Lecture The Challenge of Reproducibility in the Biomedical Sciences on Wednesday evening, March 8.


Protecting the Health of Communities in a Changing Climate

March 13 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will explore existing research, best practices, and examples of approaches that support mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and its effects on population health.  The workshop will be webcast.


Vital Directions for Health and Health Care

March 21 | Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Medicine's Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative has called on more than 150 leading experts across the country to assemble strategies for advancing health and health care under the new presidential administration.  The NAM will release its conclusive final paper the Vital Directions series a two-hour event with committee members and stakeholders.  Authored by the initiative's steering committee, the paper outlines key priorities for action and essential infrastructure needs.  The event will be webcast.






March 22 | Washington, D.C.

Advances in life sciences, new medicines, biomedical procedures, and ways of altering plants and animals are bringing benefits to millions of people.  However, these same innovations also have the potential to bring harm and raise ethical questions about their appropriate use.  The Koshland Science Museum is hosting an evening of conversation and discussion with experts from the National Institutes of Health to explore how to make more informed decisions in our own lives and how bioethics can affect public policy.  Advance registration is recommended as space is limited.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite.



March 16 | Washington, D.C.

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking.  This month, DASER explores Sound and the Deep Blue Sea. Registration is required.



March 21 | Washington, D.C.

NAS will host a screening of the 2013 documentary A Plastic Ocean, part of this year's Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.  Registration is required.








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