News Release

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NIH to hold press telebriefing on August 26 following State-of-the-Science Conference on Family History and Improving Health

Panel will assess evidence on family health history information.

What: Following expert presentations, discussions, and weighing of evidence on August 24 and 25, the State-of-the-Science Conference panel will hold a press telebriefing to discuss their assessment of what we know and what we need to learn to effectively leverage family history information to assess disease risk and improve health outcomes.

Who: Members of the State-of-the-Science Conference panel, to be announced Monday, August 24.

When: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm Eastern Media are welcome to attend the State-of-the-Science Conference in its entirety. Information is provided below; conference registration and further details are available at

Where: The press telebriefing will be conducted via conference call. To pre-register for the telebriefing, and access other related resources, visit (Pre-registration is not required, but relevant material will be e-mailed to pre-registered media prior to the telebriefing.)

Dial-In Number: 1-888-428-7458 (within the US) or 201-604-5177 (internationally)

Please call in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the telebriefing. Media will be asked for name and outlet. Interested parties who are not affiliated with a media outlet may listen in, but will not be permitted to ask questions during the call.


The NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on Family History and Improving Health is free and open to the public.

Monday, August 24, 2009 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Live and archived webcast:

All sessions will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Md. Visitors to campus should plan to take Metro, as parking is limited. For information about security procedures, please see

The conference is presented through the NIH Consensus Development Program. A fact sheet describing the conference process and additional family history resources are available at

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