|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Office of the Director|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 11, 2000
John Bowersox (OMAR)
Julie Jacob (NICHD)
The panel will present its draft statement to the public for comment at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 18. Following this public comment session, the panel will release its revised consensus statement at a news conference at 11:30 a.m. and take questions from the media.
The primary sponsors of this conference are the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Conference co-sponsors include the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
The consensus statement is the report of an independent panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government. The NIH Consensus Development Program was established in 1977 to resolve in an unbiased manner controversial topics in medicine. To date, NIH has conducted 111 such conferences addressing a wide range of controversial medical issues important to health care providers, patients, and the general public.
Additional information about this conference, including the meeting agenda, local area hotels, and directions to NIH, is available at the NIH Consensus Development Program Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov.
NOTE TO RADIO EDITORS: An audio report of the conference results will be available after 4 p.m. August 18, 2000 from the NIH Radio News Service by calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425).
The NIH Consensus Development Conference on Antenatal Corticosteroids Revisited: Repeat Courses will be broadcast live on the Internet by NIH Videocasting. Go to the NIH Videocast Web site http://videocast.nih.gov/ any day during the conference and look for the link to the conference under "Today's Events." Viewing the videocast requires RealPlayer software, which can be downloaded from the NIH Videocast Web site.
If you require any assistance or assistive devices to participate in this conference, please contact Prospect Associates at 301-592-3320, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 48 hours before the conference.