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Date: May 31, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


IOM and FDA Announce the 2013 Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows


WASHINGTON -- The Institute of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) have named this year's FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows. The 2013-2014 class is:

  • Sara Bodnar, M.P.H., regulatory analyst, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City
  • Amy Henes, M.P.H., senior program analyst, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, D.C.
  • Darren Mays, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Honggang Wang, Ph.D., M.D., staff fellow, National Center for Toxicological Research, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Jefferson, Ark.
  • Xiaoquan Zhao, Ph.D., associate professor, department of communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

The five fellows will begin their 12-month fellowship in September at CTP in Rockville, Md. Each will be assigned to one of six offices within CTP for the full year: compliance and enforcement; health communication and education; management; policy; regulations; or science. They will participate in structured orientation and professional development activities, including opportunities to meet with FDA, CTP, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leadership; attend congressional hearings; and develop a set of core competencies. They will also lead specific projects related to tobacco product regulation and actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies. Their experience will enrich their understanding about tobacco products and their health consequences as well as afford opportunities to learn about and contribute to the work of one of the world's pre-eminent public health regulatory agencies.


"We are delighted to welcome the new class of FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows in this important partnership between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "These fellows have an exciting year ahead of them."


The fellows were chosen through a national competition among highly accomplished professionals in various fields and bring unique skill sets, knowledge, and experience to contribute to the work of CTP. They will be mentored and guided by senior CTP staff throughout their experience.


"These fellows will be making an important contribution to FDA's work on tobacco product regulation," said Mitchell Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. "I look forward to working with them and hope that their efforts will inform regulatory policy for years to come.


Launched in 2012, the FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship Program aims to provide an opportunity for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to tobacco products and FDA's new authorities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Additional information can be found at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Education/FDAFellowship.aspx.


Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine provides objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector, and the public. The Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Research Council together make up the independent, nonprofit National Academies. For more information, visit http://national-academies.org or http://iom.edu.


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