Date:  July 28, 2014





IOM and FDA Announce New Class of Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows


WASHINGTON — The Institute of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) have named the 2014-2015 class of FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows.  The four fellows will begin their 12-month fellowship in September at CTP in Maryland, and each will be assigned to one of six areas within the center: compliance and enforcement, health communication and education, management, policy, regulations, or science.  The fellows 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.  They will also lead specific projects related to tobacco product regulation and actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies.  The experience will enrich the fellows' 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.


The 2014-2015 fellows are:



The fellows, who bring distinctive sets of skills and knowledge to CTP, were chosen through a national competition among highly accomplished professionals in various fields.  Senior staff at CTP will mentor and guide the fellows throughout their experience.

"I look forward to welcoming the new class of fellows to FDA," said Mitchell Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. "They each bring valuable skills and experience to their positions that will help advance the Center’s work on tobacco regulation and ultimately contribute to our mission to reduce tobacco-related disease and death."


Launched in 2012, the FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship Program provides 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


Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine provides independent, objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector, and the public.  The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. 




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