"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 January 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/.

Stronger Food and Drug Regulatory Systems Abroad
Jan. 8 and 9 | Washington, D.C.
This is the first meeting a new National Academies committee tasked with assessing the current international food and drug regulatory landscape and progress made since the 2012 report Ensuring Safe Food and Medical Products Through Stronger Regulatory Systems AbroadSpeakers will discuss topics such as technical assistance and accountability, donor and private sector engagement, and product quality and local markets.  The event will be webcast.   

Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting
Jan. 13-17 | Washington, D.C.
More than 13,000 people from around the world — including policymakers, administrators, practitioners, and researchers from government, industry, and academia — are expected to attend this event to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This year's spotlight theme is "Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future." Nearly 800 total sessions and workshops will be focusing on a wide range of transportation-related topics, including social equity, accessibility, smart cities, automated vehicles, the future of freight, and multimodal interaction. On Jan. 14, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will discuss DOT's actions and priorities to promote safety and innovation while improving transportation infrastructure. Registration is required to attend.

Future of Health Services Research
Jan. 24 | Online  
Based on a recently released National Academy of Medicine special publication, The Future of Health Services Research: Advancing Health Systems Research and Practice in the United States, this webinar focuses on the state of health services research, why it is important to improving our health care system, and opportunities for the future.

Reports Scheduled for Release in January
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.

Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey
Details the future directions of materials research in the United States in the context of similar efforts worldwide. 

The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health
Examines the potential use of biotechnology to mitigate threats to forest tree health and develops a research agenda to address knowledge gaps about its application.

A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty
Offers policy and program recommendations for reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half within the next 10 years. Reviews research on linkages between child poverty and child well-being.





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