"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 September 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/.

Addressing Sickle Cell Disease
Sept. 11 | Washington, D.C.
This is the fifth meeting of a National Academies committee that is developing an action plan for addressing sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that affects 100,000 Americans. Speakers from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries will discuss therapies and cures in the pipeline, the regulatory process, and ensuring access to new therapies. The event will be webcast.

Military Families Stakeholder Engagement Session
Sept. 12 | Washington, D.C.
The National Academies will hold a public meeting to bring together military and nonmilitary stakeholders to discuss the recommendations in the recent report Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society. The event will be webcast.

Advancing Effective Obesity Communications
Sept. 16 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will examine the best ways to reach specific audiences with information on obesity health. Panelists will also discuss the development of effective messages about solutions to obesity, addressing issues of health equity, and applying lessons learned to inform future communication strategies. The event will be webcast.

Symposium on Human Rights and Digital Technologies
Sept. 18 | Washington, D.C.
Digital technologies offer promising ways to anticipate, analyze, and respond to human rights concerns, but they also present human rights challenges such as the prospect of artificial intelligence algorithms incorporating and amplifying human biases. This symposium will gather experts in the fields of human rights and technology to examine these challenges and to explore ways of leveraging digital innovation in a manner that helps protect internationally recognized human rights. The event will be webcast.

Improving Population Health Through Health Care Systems and Partners
Sept. 19 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will highlight innovative efforts to address the social determinants of health and health equity. Presenters will also discuss the Accountable Health Communities model, which tests whether identifying and addressing the social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries translates to better health outcomes and lower costs. The event will be webcast.

Neuroscience Data in the Cloud
Sept. 24 | Washington, D.C.
Speakers from academia, government, foundations, pharmaceutical and information technology companies, and the legal system will discuss how cloud technology can advance neuroscience research. They will also explore best practices and policy considerations related to meaningful data sharing, protection of privacy, and researcher support and training. The event will be webcast.

Brain Health Across the Lifespan
Sept. 24 and 25 | 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.

Enhancing Scientific Reproducibility through Transparent Reporting
Sept. 25 and 26 | Washington, D.C.
How can the scientific community improve transparency in research design, analysis, and reporting? An ad hoc committee will discuss the elements of scientific rigor that journals and funders of research should consider when evaluating papers and grant applications. The event will be webcast.

Examining the Health Consequences of Juvenile Justice System Involvement
Sept. 26 | Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Roundtable on Health Equity will convene a workshop on the effects of involvement with the juvenile justice system on the health and well-being of adolescents, families, and communities of color. The workshop will be webcast.

A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Report Launch
Sept. 30 | Washington, D.C.
Released in March 2019, A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis recommends that the intelligence community (IC) make sustained collaboration with researchers in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) a key priority as it develops research objectives for the coming decade. This meeting will review findings and recommendations from the report as well as next steps to make progress in SBS research and collaboration between research communities and the IC. The event will be webcast.

Reports Scheduled for Release in September
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.

Evaluating the Effects of Concomitant Prescribing of Opioids and Benzodiazepines on Veteran Deaths and Suicides
Proposes two study designs to examine to what extent co-prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines (a type of prescription sedative) contributed to veterans’ deaths and suicides between 2010 and 2017.

Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health
Examines how social needs — including safe and stable housing, food security, and transportation — can be more seamlessly embedded into health care delivery. The report also offers several recommendations for elevating the role of social workers, in order to bridge the divide between traditional medical care and whole-person care that addresses patients’ health, social, and emotional needs.

Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Children and Youth
Reviews interventions that have been effectively implemented and identifies program and policy gaps that must be addressed to better achieve the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in children and youths. The report assesses the progress made since the publication of the 2009 report Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities.




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