Formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, NAM honors outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service
Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, and Sudhir Anand, adjunct professor of global health, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the National Academies announced October 19, 2015. Election to the NAM 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.
Hu is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an internationally recognized researcher in epidemiology and prevention of obesity and diabetes. His research group has conducted detailed examinations of the relationships between dietary and lifestyle factors and risk of chronic diseases. These findings have contributed to current public health recommendations for chronic disease prevention. Hu serves as director of the Harvard Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center, and the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center Epidemiology and Genetics Core, and is a member of the federal government’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
Anand is also a professor of economics at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, a distinguished fellow at Harvard Chan School’s FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, and an associate at the Harvard University Asia Center. Anand is a world-recognized development microeconomist, who has published widely on topics including economic and health inequality, undernutrition, poverty, human development, and population ethics. He chaired the WHO Scientific Peer Review Group on health systems performance assessment, and has been a member of various WHO advisory committees.
NAM, formerly the Institute of Medicine, was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer a significant amount of time as members of NAM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.
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