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Meeting of nation's top health leaders and scholars -- Oct. 21

Artificial intelligence in health care, healthy longevity, and human genome editing among topics at meeting of nation's top health leaders and scholars -- Oct. 21

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Artificial Intelligence in Health Care, Healthy Longevity, and Human Genome Editing Among Topics at Meeting of Nation's Top Health Leaders and Scholars - Oct. 21

The National Academy of Medicine's (NAM) 49th Annual Meeting will include a scientific symposium Oct. 21 featuring a keynote address by Keith A. Wailoo, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and panel discussions on data sharing and patient privacy; artificial intelligence in health care delivery; and the ethics and governance of human genome editing.

Following the symposium, NAM President Victor J. Dzau will moderate a President's Forum on the societal implications of emerging science and technology in health and medicine and the need for a future multisectoral, collective governance framework to guide the development and adoption of new technologies. The forum begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT and will feature remarks by Robert Cook-Deegan (Arizona State University), Scott Gottlieb (American Enterprise Institute), Vivian S. Lee (Verily), Alondra Nelson (Institute for Advanced Study), and Elias A. Zerhouni (Johns Hopkins University).

Beginning at 6 p.m. EDT, NAM will celebrate the launch of its Healthy Longevity Global Competition, a multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition hosted jointly by the National Academy of Medicine and global collaborator organizations. The competition will seek breakthrough innovations to extend human health and function later in life and will follow a unique model built on a foundation of catalyst and proof-of-concept awards to attract bold ideas and to advance successful pilots and prototypes, followed by major inducement prizes. In addition to Dr. Dzau, speakers at the reception include:

  • Marie Bernard, deputy director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

  • Kelvin Droegemeier, director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Kurt Höller, director of business creation, EIT Health (by video)

  • James Liao, president, Academia Sinica (by video)

  • George MacGinnis, healthy aging challenge director, United Kingdom Research and Innovation (by video)

  • Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Jack Rowe, Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Columbia University (by video)

  • Tachi Yamada, venture partner, Frazier Healthcare Partners


Monday, Oct. 21, 10:15 a.m. - 7 p.m. EDT, Fred Kavli Auditorium
National Academy of Sciences building
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
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Reporters who wish to attend the meeting in person should register in advance.


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