|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
||Office of Medical Applications of Research|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 5, 2000
OMAR Communications Office|
NHLBI Communications Office
The lead NIH agencies sponsoring the conference are the Office of Medical Applications of Research (OMAR) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
After all presentations and audience discussions, an independent, non-Federal technology assessment panel co-chaired by Edward N. Brandt, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Regents Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and Julia Weertman, D.Sc., Walter P. Murphy Professor Emerita, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, will weigh the scientific evidence and write a draft statement that it will present to conference attendees.
Following discussion of the draft statement by conference attendees on January 12, the panel will meet in executive session to finalize their statement. A press conference from 1:00-2:00 PM on January 12 will conclude the Technology Assessment Conference.
The Technology Assessment Conference will be broadcast live, on the Internet via the NIH Videocast Web site at http://videocast.nih.gov. A minimum 150kpbs is required.
For a list of presenters and panelists, to see the agenda, and to register online for the January 12 press conference, go to the TAC Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov. Indicate that you are registering for the press conference.
Members of the press who are unable to attend in person may participate in the press conference via the Internet at the NIH Videocast Web site listed above. Reporters may submit questions by phone (301-480-5961), fax (301-480-5962) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). However, we cannot guarantee that all such questions will be answered during the conference. If you plan to participate via the Internet, please call the NHLBI Communications Office at 301/496-4236.
Please call 301-592-3320 if you plan to attend the press conference in person.