NASEM Workshop: Pain and Symptom Management in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)'s Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness will host a public workshop, Pain and Symptom Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic.

The workshop aims to explore the tension between efforts to address the opioid epidemic and the resulting impact on access to pain medications for people facing serious illness. The workshop will examine the unintended consequences of the responses to the opioid epidemic for patients, families, communities, and clinicians, and consider potential policy opportunities to address them. 

The workshop's five sessions will focus on the scope and severity of the opioid epidemic, access to opioid medications for people with serious illness, the needs of those with both substance abuse disorder and serious illness, policy and regulatory responses to the epidemic, and identifying solutions.

The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public must register online to attend in-person. A live webcast option will also be available on the workshop's webpage. More information on the workshop, including a full agenda, is available online. 

HHS Meeting: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold its annual meeting to continue its efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.

ONC is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ONC's mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities through the use of technology and health information that is accessible when and where it matters most.

The 2-day meeting will gather approximately 1,200 health IT partners and will include a combination of plenaries and breakout sessions each day.  The plenary sessions will include keynote addresses and panel discussions. 

Member's of the public may register to attend online, no later than October 28, 2018. More information about ONC and a full agenda for the meeting can be found online.

NSF Meeting: National Science Board

The National Science Board (NSB) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold their quarterly meeting to pursue the goals and functions of NSF, as well as recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering.

The National Science Board has two important roles. First, it establishes the policies of NSF within the framework of applicable national policies set forth by the President and the Congress. In this capacity, the Board identifies issues that are critical to NSF's future, approves NSF's strategic budget directions and the annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget, and approves new major programs and awards. The second role of the Board is to serve as an independent body of advisors to both the President and the Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering and education in science and engineering. In addition to major reports, the NSB also publishes occasional policy papers or statements on issues of importance to U.S. science and engineering.

This meeting is open to the public. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge at least 24 hours in advance by emailing your name and organizational affiliation to NSB. Find more information and an agenda on the meeting's event page.

NASEM Meeting: Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing

The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and Medicine (NAM), along with the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong (ASHK) and the Royal Society (RS), will convene the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing.

The summit will bring together a broad range of stakeholders—including researchers, ethicists, policymakers, patient groups, and representatives from science and medical academies and organizations worldwide—to advance the global discussion of the science, application, ethics, and governance of human genome editing. 

Since the first international summit was held in 2015 in Washington, D.C., research on human genome editing has continued to advance rapidly. However, many questions remain. During this summit, stakeholders will explore topics including: 1) potential benefits and risks inherent in conducting genome editing research and in considering clinical applications; 2) ethical and cultural perspectives; 3) legal, regulatory, and policy considerations; and 4) public outreach and engagement.

Members of the public must register online to attend the event before October 31st or until capacity is filled. Find a full agenda and more information online.