UNAS Forum on Health and Nutrition

The Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) Forum on Health and Nutrition was established in 2006 to provide a structured opportunity for stakeholder discussion and scrutiny of critical and possibly contentious scientific and policy issues of shared concern related to issues of health and nutrition in Uganda and throughout the world.a The Forum aims to do the following:

  • Promote a free flow of information between public- and private-sector leaders and groups and individuals, including policy makers and others who influence public policy and opinion.

  • Clarify research and policy issues, identify options for research, and encourage further exploration in the identified areas.

  • Inform decision and policy makers, both in the public and private sectors, on issues related to health and nutrition both in Uganda and worldwide.

  • Enable and develop initiatives that require in-depth exploration, review, or analysis, where new strategies are necessary to improve health and nutrition.

IOM Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders

Established in 2006, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Neuroscience Forum aims to foster dialogue among a broad range of stakeholders—practitioners, policy makers, private industry, community members, academics, and others—and to provide these stakeholders with opportunities to tackle issues of mutual interest and concern. The Forum’s neutral venue provides a place for broad-ranging discussions that can help in the coordination and cooperation of all stakeholders to enhance understanding of neuroscience and nervous system disorders. The Forum concentrates on six areas: nervous system disorders, mental illness and addiction, genetics of nervous system disorders, cognition and behavior, modeling and imaging, and ethical and social issues.b Specifically, the Neuroscience Forum

  • sponsors workshops for members and the public to discuss strategies to resolve key challenges identified by Forum members;

  • educates the public, press, and policy makers;

  • strives to enhance understanding of research and clinical issues associated with the nervous system; and

  • fosters partnerships and information sharing among stakeholders.

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