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FDAs 2006 Science Forum Commemorates 100 Years of Public Health Science


A Century of FDA Science: Pioneering the Future of Public Health is the theme of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2006 Science Forum, being held on April 18-20, 2006 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

The Science Forum features top agency scientists and clinicians and their counterparts in industry, academia and other government agencies. The 23 sessions presented at this years Science Forum include topics that span the breadth of FDAs regulatory responsibilities and current innovative approaches to the regulatory mission of FDA. The sessions include advances in surveillance in medical products, novel approaches to cancer therapy and monitoring, permanent make-up and laser removal, and obesity.

On Tuesday, April 18, to kick off this years Science Forum, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach will provide opening remarks which commemorate the centennial since the agencys founding. Dr. von Eschenbach will also give a lecture the following day about FDA for the 21st Century. On Thursday, there will be a session on public preparedness, moderated by Maggie Glavin, FDAs Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs. Panelists include Dr. John Agwunobi, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health; Dr. Jesse Goodman, FDA Director of Center for Biologics Evaluation Research, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

FDA is sponsoring a free public session, Ask FDA, on April 18, 1:30 p.m.5:30 p.m. This moderated session will answer, in plain language, consumer questions about the regulations of health products that FDA oversees. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of top agency officials.

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