The National Academies’ Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine provides a mechanism for parties interested in environmental health from the academic, industrial, and federal research perspectives to meet and discuss sensitive and difficult environmental health issues of mutual interest in a neutral setting. The purpose is to foster dialogue, but not to provide recommendations. Since its inception, the Roundtable has addressed current and emerging issues in environmental health through discussions related to the state of the science, research gaps, and policy implications.The Roundtable is currently focused on issues of domestic and international importance such as climate change, sustainable drinking water, transportation-related energy use, and environmental health decision making.
Board on Life Sciences: The Board on Life Sciences serves as the National Academies’ focal point for a wide range of technical and policy topics in the life sciences, including bioterrorism, genomics, biodiversity conservation, and key topics in basic biomedical research, such as stem cells. The board organizes and oversees studies that provide advice to government and the scientific community on the biological sciences and their impact on society. The board maintains expertise in and understanding of the full spectrum of life science disciplines, from molecular genetics to ecology. This enables it to deal with issues of both basic science (e.g., knowledge gaps, research priorities, needed investments) and the higher level policy concerns that flow from or build on the basic science.
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology: The Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) is the National Research Council’s principal unit for organizing and overseeing studies of environmental pollution problems affecting human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment.
Environmental Health at the Institute of Medicine: In its activities around environmental health, the IOM considers both the natural and built environments at local, national, and global levels.