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The latest news from HMD, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events.


News Release

Thomas E. Starzl, pioneer of organ transplantation science, receives Institute of Medicine's 2009 Lienhard Award
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine presented the 2009 Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Thomas E. Starzl, Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery and director emeritus of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The award honors Starzl -- regarded as the "father of modern organ transplantation" -- for his foundational role in pioneering and advancing transplantation science.

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The IOM Welcomes 65 New Members and Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine today announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates in conjunction with its 39th 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.

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IOM Launches Website for Ending the Tobacco Problem

The Institute of Medicine has launched a website aimed at providing additional information for community coalitions looking to take action.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Report Brief: Federal Government (PDF)
  • Report Brief : Health Care Industry (PDF)
  • Report Brief: State and Local Governments (PDF)
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International Partnership Helps Reduce Cost of Antimalarial Drugs

On the basis of the central recommendation from the 2004 IOM report Saving Lives, Buying Time: The Economics of Antimalarial Drugs, an international partnership called Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria was established in April 2009 to heavily subsidize the antimalarial drug market.

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IOM Guide to Recent Studies and Workshops on Pandemic Flu

Cases of the novel strain of H1N1 (Swine Origin [SO]) influenza that spread rapidly through Mexico in April 2009 now span the globe, and pandemic response plans are being activated to meet the threat to public health. This guide highlights action and information that could be useful for near-term implementation of pandemic planning and response.

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IOM President releases free electronic edition of The Swine Flu Affair, offering lessons from the 1976 swine flu scare

In response to the recent outbreak of swine flu in North America, Dr. Fineberg has released a new electronic edition of his report The Swine Flu Affair, dedicated to the memory of Richard Neustadt, and available for download by the public.

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The Eldercare Workforce Alliance Addresses Shortages in Elder Care

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance, a coalition of 25 leading organizations representing older adults and the eldercare workforce, held its founding meeting during the first week of February 2009. The Alliance was formed in direct response to a report released in the spring of 2008 by the Institute of Medicine, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, which concluded that America's eldercare workforce is dangerously understaffed and unprepared to care for the rapidly growing number of older adults in the U.S.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Report Brief (Spanish): Preparandonos para una America que Envejece: Construyendo la Fuerza Laboral del Cuidado Medico (PDF)
  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (PDF)
  • Statement of John W. Rowe, M.D. Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging (PDF)
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Congress Introduces Legislation to Implement IOM Recommendations
Released: 2/2/2009

Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Bob Casey (D-PA), along with lead sponsor Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), introduced the first bill named for an IOM report on January 14, 2009. The “Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America Act” (H.R. 468) incorporates recommendations from the IOM report Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Report Brief (Spanish): Preparandonos para una America que Envejece: Construyendo la Fuerza Laboral del Cuidado Medico (PDF)
  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (PDF)
  • Statement of John W. Rowe, M.D. Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging (PDF)
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Senator Calls for Increased TBI Screening and Research after Study Reveals Long-Term Toll on Veterans
Released: 1/5/2009

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued a statement on December 4, 2008, calling for increased Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) screening and research, in direct response to the IOM report Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Report at a Glance

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The Wellness Community to Establish Cancer Survivorship Research and Training Institute

During a meeting in October 2008, The Wellness Community (TWC), a nonprofit organization providing cancer support, announced it would establish a Cancer Survivorship Research & Training Institute in Philadelphia. In explaining the need for this type of Institute, TWC referenced the Institute of Medicine’s November 2007 report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief for Patients (PDF)
  • Report Brief for Providers (PDF)
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