|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
||Office of the Director, NIH|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 31, 2002
NIH Office of Medical
Applications of Research
During the first day-and-a-half of the conference, experts will present the latest adrenal mass research findings to an independent, non-Federal panel. After weighing all of the scientific evidence, the panel will draft a statement, addressing the key questions listed above.
An evidence report on this topic, prepared by the New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center (NEMC EPC), under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), will be among the evidence considered by the panel. EPC evidence reports are comprehensive systematic reviews and analyses of published scientific evidence. The Management of the Clinically Inapparent Adrenal Mass (Incidentaloma) evidence report will be available on February 6, 2002, the final day of the conference, at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcix.htm.
The panel will present its draft statement to the public for comment at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6. Following this public comment session, the panel will release its revised statement at a news conference at 1:00 p.m. and take questions from the media.
The state-of-the-science 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 115 consensus development conferences and 20 state-of-the-science conferences addressing a wide range of controversial medical issues important to health care providers, patients, and the general public.
The primary sponsors of this meeting are the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research.
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 TV Editors: The news conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 will be broadcast live via satellite on the following coordinates:
Galaxy 3 Transponder 7
Downlink Frequency: 3840 Horizontal
Polarity: 95 degrees W
Audio: 36 mhz
Test time: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Note to Radio Editors: An audio report of the conference results will be available after 4 p.m. February 6, 2002 from the NIH Radio News Service by calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425).
NIH Videocasting will broadcast the conference live on the Internet. 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."
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 email@example.com, at least 48 hours before the conference.
The Office of the Director is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.