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FDA Science Board to Meet on June 14


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Science Board will hold a public meeting on June 14, 2007. The board, an advisory committee to the FDA, provides the agency with expert outside advice on specific technical issues, as well as emerging issues within the scientific community, industry, and academia. Members counsel the agency on regulatory science, the formulation of an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading FDA’s scientific and research facilities.

“Science provides the foundation for FDA’s regulatory decisions,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., FDA’s deputy commissioner and chief medical officer. “Science and technology are creating products with enormous promise and, frequently, considerable challenges. This in-depth review of our scientific capacity is critical to assuring that FDA will continue to meet the regulatory challenges of the future.”

Members of the board will address food protection, the agency’s interim safety/risk assessment of melamine, a report on the Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), and an agency-wide review of FDA science. For a complete agenda, briefing documents, and a list of subject matters experts that serve as advisors to the subcommittee and their affiliations, please see:

The board, chaired by Kenneth Shine, M.D., University of Texas System, Austin, is composed of nine members. Other members include: Gail H. Cassell, Ph.D., Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis; Susan Kay Harlander, Ph.D., BT Safety, LLC, Eden Prairie; Lonnie King, D.V.M., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Barbara J. McNeil, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston; David R. Parkinson, M.D., Biogen Idec, San Diego, Calif.; F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, M.D., St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York; Allen D. Roses, M.D., GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Larry D. Sasich, Pharm.D., consumer representative, Erie, Pa.

Last year, the board established the Subcommittee for the Review of FDA Science to determine whether the FDA’s current science portfolio is properly positioned to deal new regulatory challenges stemming from developments in science and technology.

During the daylong meeting, the Subcommittee will provide an update on the progress of their review. The subcommittee, chaired by Gail H. Cassell, Ph.D., of Eli Lilly and Company, will submit a draft written report of its preliminary findings to the board this summer. The subcommittee has asked 28 scientific subject-matter experts, drawn from government, industry and academia, to contribute to the report.

The Science Board meeting is scheduled for June 14 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.

Public comments can be submitted; please see the Federal Register notice for this meeting for more information:


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