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Report Calls for Greater Investment in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults

Oct. 30, 2014

Young adults ages 18-26 should be viewed as a separate subpopulation in policy and research, because they are in a critical period of development when successes or failures could strongly affect the trajectories of their lives, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. Young adults' brains and behaviors continue maturing into their 20s, and they face greater challenges achieving independence than their predecessors did, have lengthened pathways into adulthood, and are surprisingly unhealthy. The report reviews what is known about the health, safety, and well-being of young adults and offers recommendations for policy and research. Read More

Institute of Medicine Names Four Anniversary Fellows for 2014

Oct. 20, 2014

The Institute of Medicine has selected four outstanding health professionals for the class of 2014 IOM Anniversary Fellows. Each fellow will work with an IOM board and an expert study committee or roundtable related to his or her professional interests, including contributing to its reports or other products. Created in 2005 to celebrate IOM's 35th anniversary, the purpose of the IOM Anniversary Fellows Program is to enable talented, early career health science scholars to collaborate with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country, participate actively in the work of the IOM, and further their careers as future leaders in the field. Read More

IOM Presents Awards for Outstanding Achievements and Service

Oct. 20, 2014

The Institute of Medicine presented the Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Linda Aiken, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, for her rigorous research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving safe, effective, patient-centered, and affordable health care. Also, Vikram Patel, professor of international mental health and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the Public Health Foundation of India received the 2014 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. In addition, IOM honored two of its members -- Dan G. Blazer and Richard B. Johnston Jr. -- for outstanding service to the institution. The awards were announced during IOM's 44th annual meeting.Lienhard News ReleaseSarnat News ReleaseService Awards News Release

IOM Elects 70 New Members, 10 Foreign Associates

Oct. 20, 2014

The Institute of Medicine today announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 44th annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Video Webcast | Agenda

Workshop on 'Gain of Function' Research Announced

Oct. 17, 2014

The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine are organizing a public workshop on the potential risks and benefits of "gain of function" research that increases the pathogenicity or transmissibility of infectious agents such as SARS, MERS, or pandemic influenza. The workshop discussions will help inform deliberations of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. Read More

Award Ceremony Honors Excellence in Science Communication

Oct. 16, 2014

The recipients of the 2014 Communication Awards were honored at a ceremony held last night at the historic National Academy of Sciences building. The winners were author Dan Fagin; NPR correspondent Rob Stein; New York Times science reporter Dennis Overbye; and Seattle Times reporter Craig Welch and photographer Steve Ringman. These prestigious awards -- each of which includes $20,000 -- are presented annually by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine to recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. Photos from the award ceremony

Workshop to Inform Public Health Practices for Ebola

Oct. 15, 2014

As a result of the emergence of Ebola, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council will host a public workshop on Nov. 3 to discuss biomedical and public health research needed to best safeguard the U.S. public. The workshop will provide a venue to explore immediate science needs to provide the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, public health officials, health care providers, and the general public with the most up-to-date and accurate information about the virus. Read More

Harvey Fineberg Named President of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Oct. 13, 2014

Former Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg has been selected by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as its next president, the foundation announced today. Fineberg served two terms as IOM's president, from 2002 until this summer. Before that, he was provost of Harvard University and served for 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. Fineberg currently holds the presidential chair as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He assumes his new post at the foundation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Framework to Guide Assessment of Chemical Alternatives

Oct. 10, 2014

Chemicals used in consumer products and industrial processes have elicited concerns in recent years about health or environmental impacts, prompting manufacturers, retailers, and regulators to develop methods for evaluating potentially safer chemical substitutes. Although a number of assessment tools exist, they reflect a range of different priorities, such as protecting workers, the end user, or the environment.A new report from the National Research Council describes a decision framework for comparing chemicals in terms of human health and ecological risks that is more uniformly applicable for a diverse set of users while remaining flexible enough to be tailored to the specific decision being made. The framework draws on the strengths and common characteristics of existing assessment approaches, but also includes several advancements: problem formulation and scoping, comparative exposure assessment, and evaluation of physicochemical properties. Read More Register for Public Webinar

Super Typhoon Intensifies in Pacific

Oct. 8, 2014

Super Typhoon Vongfong has rapidly intensified from the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane to a monster typhoon with peak wind speeds of 190 mph. Based on estimates of its central pressure, Vongfong is now the most intense storm so far in 2014, and forecast models suggest it could rival the intensity of last year's deadly Typhoon Haiyan. In the United States, local, state, and federal leaders as well as community groups and businesses are working to strengthen the nation's resilience to natural disasters and adverse events. Learn what the National Academies are doing to help advance the resilience conversation.

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