Meeting

First Meeting of the Standing Committee to Advise the U.S. Department of State on Unexplained Health Effects on U.S. Government Employees and their Families at Overseas Embassies: Data Gathering Session


When: December 18, 2019 (10:30 AM Eastern)

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Environmental Health, Health Security
Activity: Standing Committee to Advise the U.S. Department of State on Unexplained Health Effects on U.S. Government Employees and their Families at Overseas Embassies
Board: Board on Global Health

Since 2016 there have been reports of unexplained health effects on U.S. Government employees and their families who were working at overseas embassies. While the scientific community is still deciphering the possible causes for these health effects, determining these causes and preventing future cases has remained a pressing Department of State (DOS) priority.

In order to facilitate the Department of State in implementing its responsibility to protect US government employees and their family members overseas, the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has formed a Standing Committee to Advise the U.S. DOS on Unexplained Health Effects on U.S. Government Employees and their Families at Overseas Embassies. The standing committee will evaluate current DOS practices for pre- and post-assignment health screening, provide expertise on potential epidemiologic studies, help with characterizing and understanding the current cases of potential trauma, and develop a  better understanding of possible causes of these cases and approaches for future incidents whether of an apparent acoustic nature or a different environmental or clinical presentation. The standing committee will also keep DOS abreast of any emerging concerns, interventions, and protective measures as these come available.

On December 18, 2019 between 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. the standing committee will provide a public forum to review the current medical investigations through presentations by lead scientific researchers closely affiliated with these cases. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
invite you to attend this important public session.

REGISTRATION WAIT-LISTED: Space for this meeting is limited, and registration is currently full. You are invited to register for the wait-list; however your registration cannot be confirmed until you are contacted directly by event staff.

Media inquiries should be directed to Stephanie Miceli (smiceli@nas.edu). General inquiries can be submitted to Claire Moerder (cmoerder@nas.edu). 

 

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