National Disability Forum on the State of Medicine - Biomarkers


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The Social Security Administration cordially invites you to participate in Social Security’s next National Disability Forum on the State of Medicine - Biomarkers. The forum is on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT at 1100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005.

The purpose of the forum is to gain insight on how Social Security may incorporate biomarker assessment into the disability determination process, based on emerging science. Confirmed panelists include biomarker researchers and practitioners with biomarker expertise.

Moderating the forum is Dr. Michael Schoenbaum, Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics, National Institute of Mental Health.

The agenda topics are:

  • Topic 1: Integrating Biomarker Evidence into the Practice of Psychiatry
  • Topic 2: Prognostic Biomarkers in Mental Impairments: Current and Future
  • Topic 3: Biomarkers in Oncology
  • Topic 4: Biomarkers with Potential Utility in Disability Adjudication of Physical Impairments
  • Topic 5: Biomarkers in Brain Injury

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Philip Wang, Deputy Medical Director and Director of Research for the American Psychiatric Association
  • Dr. Sarah Morris, Branch Chief, Adult Psychopathology and Psychosocial Interventions Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Dr. Kristen Schratz, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellow, Department of Oncology and Telomere Center, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Stephanie George, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • Dr. Gabriel Newman, Clinical Director, The Neuroscience Team

Please note that we will announce additional panelists as we get closer to the event.

All participants should register online by Monday, July 8, 2019.

We hope you can join us and we look forward to your participation. To learn more about the National Disability Forum, please visit