"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 July 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/.

Automated Vehicles Symposium
July 9-12 | San Francisco
The Transportation Research Board is co-sponsoring the 4th annual Automated Vehicles Symposium, the largest meeting dedicated to automated vehicles in the world. The symposium will cover a broad range of topics, including law, infrastructure, operations, human factors, shared mobility, cybersecurity, ethics, public policy, and consumer acceptance. TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Heidi King are the keynote speakers.

Intersection of Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and Health Literacy
July 11 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will gather patients, caregivers, federal policy advisers, clinical researchers, health care providers, and experts in social work and health communication to examine the patient and caregiver experience, definitions of mental health and behavioral health, the impact of cognitive burden on health communication, and health literacy approaches that can address issues associated with cognitive burden.  The event will be webcast.

Environmental Health Matters Initiative
July 11 | Washington, D.C.
This is a public meeting of a new Academies-wide initiative, which aims to transform how the nation addresses the complex issues associated with environmental health, a field that examines how the environment affects human health. The event will be webcast.

Developing Combination Cancer Therapies with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
July 16 and 17 | Washington, D.C.
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have changed the standard of care for multiple types of cancer and also represent a majority share of new cancer drug applications to FDA.  Recently, there has been growing interest in combining checkpoint inhibitors with other therapies to further improve efficacy.  This workshop will convene patient advocates and representatives from industry, academia, and government to discuss clinical trial design strategies and considerations, regulatory challenges and opportunities, and precompetitive data sharing and collaboration related to the clinical development of combination cancer therapies that include immune checkpoint inhibitors.  The event will be webcast.

Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical Product Development: Application
July 17 and 18 | Washington, D.C.
The third and final in a series, this workshop will examine approaches for operationalizing the collection and use of real-world evidence for medical product development through the discussion of “decision aids” about specific topics in study design. The decision aids will be question lists to help inform stakeholders about study design choices, including potential risks, costs, and reporting/transparency expectations.  The event will be webcast.

Integrating Health Care and Social Services for People with Serious Illness
July 19 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will cover topics such as the range of health care and social services necessary to improve care for those with serious illness; the strengths, limitations, and impact of existing models of integrated services delivery; and the role of family caregivers in providing social supports and services and caregiver needs.  The event will be webcast.

Assessing the Minerva Research Initiative and the Contribution of Social Science to Addressing Security Concerns
July 19 and 20 | Washington, D.C.
A National Academies committee will hold its third meeting to address the quality of the Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative and its vision based on the challenges of the world today. The Minerva Research Initiative is a university-based social science research program that encourages basic social science research to improve DOD’s understanding of the social, cultural, and political forces. 

Reports Scheduled for Release in July

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.

An Assessment of U.S.-Based Electron Ion Collider Science
Assesses the scientific justification for a domestic electron ion collider (EIC) facility and evaluates the importance and urgency of the science that an EIC would address to both nuclear science and the physical sciences.

Integrating Responses at the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Epidemics -- Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes discussions and presentations from a March 2018 workshop on infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic, particularly viral hepatitis, HIV, and endocarditis. Speakers discussed strategies to prevent and treat infections in people who inject drugs, especially ways to work efficiently though the existing public health and medical systems, as well as effective novel strategies.

Returning Individual Research Results to Participants: Guidance for a New Research Paradigm
The undertaking of research with human participants often includes development of clinical laboratory test results associated with an individual research participant.  This report reviews evidence on the benefits, harms, and costs of returning individual research results, while also considering the ethical, social, operational, and regulatory aspects of the practice. 

Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030
Identifies scientific opportunities in food and agriculture for the next decade and recommends areas of research that should be advanced to fill knowledge gaps.








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