Life Sciences: Workshop Reports/Summaries

The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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Gain-of-Function Research: Summary of the Second Symposium, March 10-11, 2016 (2016)

The second National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine symposium on gain-of-function research gathered feedback from the life sciences community on draft policies developed by the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity (NSABB) for federal oversight of this emerging research area as part of a broader U.S. government deliberative process. "Gain-of-function" research refers to studies that enhance the ability of pathogens t... More >>

Use of Metabolomics to Advance Research on Environmental Exposures and the Human Exposome: Workshop in Brief (2016)

Metabolomics, the scientific study of small molecules produced from metabolism, is a rapidly expanding area of research that enables scientists to better understand the physiological state of an organism and its response to different types of stimuli such as nutrients and pollutants. Preliminary research suggests that metabolomics holds promise to advance understanding of the exposome--all of the environmental compounds an individual is expose... More >>

Interindividual Variability: New Ways to Study and Implications for Decision Making: Workshop in Brief (2016)

Intrinsic variability across the human population is associated with variable responses to environmental stressors. Understanding both the sources and the magnitude of the variability is a key challenge for scientists and for decision makers tasked with setting chemical safety regulations. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, sponsored by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, held its second worksho... More >>

Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Report of a Convocation (2015)

The academic community is invited to continue discussions on this important topic with members of the organizing committee and Convocation participants in a "Year of Dialogue" being held at major scientific conferences throughout 2015-2016. Education research has repeatedly indicated that providing undergraduates with opportunities to engage in scientific research is one of the most powerful ways to encourage students to engage with and stay i... More >>

Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary (2015)

Does the public trust science? Scientists? Scientific organizations? What roles do trust and the lack of trust play in public debates about how science can be used to address such societal concerns as childhood vaccination, cancer screening, and a warming planet? What could happen if social trust in science or scientists faded? These types of questions led the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences of the National Academies o... More >>