"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 2019
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/.

Identifying Research Gaps in Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
July 9 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will examine guidelines for prescribing opioids for a variety of medical conditions, such as sickle cell disease, musculoskeletal pain, and kidney stones; and after surgical procedures, such as cesarean section, knee replacement surgery, and wisdom teeth removal. Speakers will discuss what evidence is missing — and needed — to better inform clinical practice guidelines for acute pain management. The event will be webcast.

Health Literacy and Communication Strategies in Oncology
July 15 and 16 | Washington, D.C.
This public workshop that will examine strategies to convey accurate, accessible information about cancer — across populations, stages of care, and settings. The event will be webcast.

Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020
July 15-17 | Washington, D.C.
The Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) is a partnership between the National Academies and the astronomical community to identify key priorities in astronomy and astrophysics and develop a comprehensive strategy for agency investments in the upcoming decade. This will be the first committee meeting to develop a guide for scientists, policymakers, and federal agencies. The meeting will be webcast.

Infant and Early Childhood Nutrition and the Prevention of Childhood Obesity
July 18 | Online
The period from birth and a child's second birthday is critical for healthy growth and the prevention of obesity later in childhood. During this webinar, speakers will discuss ways to reduce disparities in childhood obesity in populations at higher risk, including racial and ethnic minority children.

Engaging the Private Sector in Public Health Preparedness
July 19 | Washington, D.C.
Public- and private-sector partners will discuss ways they can better align resources to improve preparation and response to public health emergencies.

Future of Nursing 2030: Payment and Care for Complex Health and Social Needs
July 24 | Philadelphia
This meeting is the second of three regional town halls being held to discuss the future of nursing. Speakers will discuss caring for vulnerable populations including school-age children, seniors, rural communities, and low-income, first-time mothers served through the Nurse-Family Partnership. They will also share federal, state, and local/regional perspectives on payment. The event will be webcast.

The Role of NIH in Drug Development Innovation and its Impact on Patient Access
July 24 and 25 | Washington, D.C.
An ad hoc committee will host a workshop to discuss how federally funded biomedical research — particularly via NIH — has translated to new drug discoveries and innovations. Panelists will also explore potential strategies to improve efficiency and lower costs at different phases of drug development, ensure affordable access to medicines, and better document NIH investments that have led to new therapies. The event will be webcast.

Brain Health Across the Lifespan
July 29 | Washington, D.C.
From birth through old age, brain changes are inevitable, but they affect every brain differently. This workshop will explore how to define and measure good brain health, and the additional research needed to increase understanding of brain plasticity and resilience throughout the lifespan. The event will be webcast.

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.

Evaluation of the Minerva Initiative
Evaluates the Minerva Research Initiative that resides within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, addressing the quality and impact of the program, processes and procedures that may affect the success of the program, and direction and vision based on the challenges of the world today.

Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes an October 2018 workshop gathered participants from nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, private foundations and industry to discuss ways to create cultures that facilitate convergence-based research across disciplinary and institutional silos.

Informing the Selection of Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2030
Each decade, the United States, under the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services, sets goals to improve health at the local, state, and national levels. This report recommend selection criteria for choosing leading health indicators, and propose a list of indicators for consideration in the 2030 report.

Managing the NIH Bethesda Campus’ Capital Assets for Success in a Highly Competitive Global Biomedical Research Environment
Identifies the National Institutes of Health's main campus facilities in greatest need of repair, assesses the composition of projects to bring the facilities up to current standards or acceptable operational performance, and identifies potential factors and approaches that the NIH should consider in developing a comprehensive capital strategy for its main campus portfolio of activities.

Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society
Reviews challenges and opportunities facing military families and what is known about effective strategies for supporting and protecting military children and families, as well as lessons to be learned from these experiences.




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