|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
||Office of the Director|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 22, 2002
During the first day-and-a-half of the conference, experts will present the latest hepatitis C research findings to an independent, non-Federal panel. After weighing all of the scientific evidence, the panel will draft a statement addressing the questions listed above. The panel will present its draft statement to the public for comment at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12. 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.
An evidence report on this topic, prepared by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), will be considered by the panel. EPC evidence reports are comprehensive, systematic reviews and analyses of published scientific evidence. A summary of the Evidence Report on Management of Chronic Hepatitis C will be available on June 12, 2002, the final day of the conference, at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcix.htm. The full report will be available on-line shortly thereafter.
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 115 consensus development conferences addressing a wide range of medical issues of importance to health care providers, patients, and the general public.
The primary sponsors of this meeting are the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 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. If you are attending the conference or press conference, please be aware of potential delays due to increased security at the NIH campus and plan accordingly. Parking is extremely limited, and vehicles as well as personal belongings are subject to search upon entrance to campus and/or facilities. More information about security procedures is available at http://www.nih.gov/about/visitorsecurity.htm.
Note to TV Editors: The news conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 will be broadcast live via satellite on the following coordinates:
Galaxy 3 R Transponder 5
Downlink Frequency: 95 degrees West
Polarity: 3800 Horizontal
Audio: 6.2 / 6.8
Test Time: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Broadcast: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Note to Radio Editors: An audio report of the conference results will be available after 4 p.m. June 12, 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. Visit the Consensus Development Program homepage http://consensus.nih.gov - or go directly 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."
American Sign Language interpretation will be provided during the conference. If you require any assistance to participate in this event, please contact AIR/Prospect Center at (301) 592-3320, or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), at least 48 hours before the conference.