"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 August 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/.

The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth
Aug. 1 | Washington, D.C.
This event will discuss a recent National Academies report that highlighted how the changes in brain structure and connectivity that occur between the ages of 10 and 25 present adolescents with unique opportunities for positive, life-shaping development, and for recovering from past adversity. Participants and members of the study committee that wrote the report will explore the report’s recommendations for policy and practice to address inequities that undermine the well-being of many adolescents and leave them less able to take advantage of the promise offered by this stage of life. The event will be webcast.

Future of Nursing 2030: Seattle Town Hall
Aug. 7 | Seattle
Every year, nursing becomes increasingly high-tech, but human interaction is still at the heart of the profession. Themed “High Tech to High Touch,” this is the third of three town hall meetings that are part of the National Academy of Medicine’s Future of Nursing 2030 study. Speakers will discuss how new technologies can foster more equitable care, address the social determinants of health, and reduce burnout among nurses.

Innovations in the Food System: Shaping the Future of Food
Aug. 7 and 8 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore a range of food innovations — including alternative food production, blockchain in food safety, self-driving vehicles and other food delivery methods, and the use of data analytics to prevent food waste. Experts will discuss the implications these innovations have for the broader food system. The event will be webcast.

Clinical Use of Heritable Human Genome Editing
Aug. 13 | Washington, D.C.
The International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing is holding its first public meeting. The commission will hear from invited experts on the current state of understanding on genetics and genetic manipulation and gather perspectives from regulators and industry representatives on translational pathways for somatic (nonheritable) genome editing from the laboratory to treatment. In addition, the commission will be updated on the work of the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing. The U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society of the United Kingdom are serving as secretariats of the commission, and an international oversight board is overseeing the commission’s work. The event will be webcast.

Assessing Mortality and Significant Morbidity After Large-Scale Disasters
Aug. 29 and 30 | Washington, D.C.
This is the first meeting of a National Academies committee tasked with assessing how mortality and morbidity data is collected and shared following large-scale disasters. During this meeting, the committee will hear from state, local, tribal, and territorial public health agencies. The committee’s final report will recommend improvements to data collection and sharing practices, focusing on those that are applicable to public health practitioners and disaster response teams. The event will be webcast.

Reports Scheduled for Release in August
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.

Management of Legionella in Water Systems
Examines the prevalence of Legionnaires’ disease over the past 20 years and identifies effective strategies for controlling the Legionella bacteria that causes the disease.




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