"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 2020
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/.

Transportation Research Board’s 99th Annual Meeting
Jan. 12-16 | Washington, D.C.
The world’s largest gathering of transportation research professionals brings together nearly 14,000 industry leaders, policymakers, administrators, and researchers from government, industry, and academia. TRB is celebrating its centennial with the launch of a book chronicling the last 100 years in transportation history and the role that TRB has played. Many sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme of “A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future.”

Improving Clinician Well-Being at the Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center
Jan. 16 | Webinar
The second in a series of case study webinars from the NAM Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, this webinar will gather program developers and leadership from the Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center to outline the two pillars that play a central role in improving well-being at this center, including workflow optimization, and a culture of collegiality, respect, and innovation.

State of the Science of Mammalian Embryo Model Systems
Jan. 17 | Washington, D.C.
Scientists have previously created synthetic embryos, which closely model human embryos. But questions remain: How close to human embryos should they be? What scientific questions may necessitate the study of bona fide human embryos, versus synthetic ones? This workshop will examine the state of the science on human embryo model systems, and the potential benefits and limitations to using these models for studying human embryonic development.

Implementing High-Quality Primary Care
Jan. 22 | Washington, D.C.
Good health starts with excellent primary care, but there are increasing pressures on the primary care system in the United States. An expert committee will examine how to strengthen existing primary care services in the U.S. — especially for underserved populations — while implementing and scaling new programs and innovations in doctors’ offices. It is part of the information-gathering process for a consensus study, which will build on the findings and recommendations of the 1996 report, Primary Care: America's Health in a New Era. The workshop will be webcast.

Emerging Technologies to Advance Research and Decisions on the Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics
Jan. 27 and 28 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will bring together the environmental health community to explore how emerging technologies and research strategies may be leveraged to address important environmental health questions about microplastics. This event will be webcast.

Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence
Jan. 29 and 30 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will discuss nutrients, maternal diets, nutritional supplement use, and other nutrition-based topics related to pregnancy and lactation. Experts will also explore social disadvantage and its implications for the nutrition of mothers and infants. The workshop will be webcast. Seating is limited; registration is required to attend in person.

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.

Capacity Building for K-12 Teachers of Engineering
Examines current and anticipated future needs for engineering-literate educators in the United States and how these needs might be addressed.

Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research for the Economic Research Service, USDA
Reviews the Consumer Data and Nutrition Research (CDNR) program for the Economic Research Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including the value of ERS investments in food and nutrition data, and provides directions for the next 10 years of the CDNR.

Integrating Responses to a Dual Epidemic: Opportunities to Improve Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Services
Epidemics of opioid use disorder and other drug disorders have resulted in co-occurring epidemics of infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis C. Although the United States is nearly three decades into the opioid crisis, public health systems have not sufficiently prevented drug-related infections. This report outlines barriers to integrating opioid use disorder and infectious disease services, and provides strategies and policy options for eliminating these barriers.

Progress Toward Implementation of the 2013 Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics
This report is a midterm assessment of progress being made in implementing the recommendations of a 2013 decadal study examining the state of solar and space physics in the United States and the best areas for future research.

Safeguarding the Bioeconomy
Recommends strategies for safeguarding and sustaining the economic activity driven by research and innovation in the life sciences, collectively known as the bioeconomy.

Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience: Observations from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Recommends ways to make supply chains — the systems that provide populations with critical goods and services, such as food and water, gasoline, and pharmaceuticals and medical supplies — more resilient in the face of hurricanes and other disasters, drawing upon lessons learned from the 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Stronger Food and Drug Regulatory Systems Abroad
Regulatory failures in one country can have consequences throughout the world. This report sets out a strategy to support high quality, wholesome food and safe, effective medical products in the U.S. and internationally. It will also outline ways to strengthen the food and drug regulatory systems in low- and middle-income countries.




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