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FDA's 2012 Science Writers Symposium

A special event for science and health journalists featuring lab tours and scientific presentations on a variety of topics including gene therapy, neural interfaces, scientific computing, medical countermeasures, vaccine adjuvant safety, and salmonella. Tailor your agenda based on topic interests. Expect a variety of story ideas and spot news announcements on both days of the symposium.


FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

FDA Chief Scientist Jesse Goodman, M.D.

FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor, plus other presenters


Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, 9 a.m. 5 p.m., FDA's White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. Focus on medical product topics including:

  • Employing Science to Prevent the Growing Risk of Counterfeit and Adulterated Products: FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D.; R.D. Satzger, Ph.D., Director, FDA's Forensic Chemistry Center; Eric Sampson, FDA Senior Advisor
  • Neural Interfaces: Ensuring the Long-Term Reliability of Brain-Computer Interfaces to Control Robotic Devices for Paralyzed Patients: Cristin Welle, Ph.D., Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m., FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Md.

Focus on medical products topics in the morning and food topics all day including:

  • Research Post 9/11: FDA's Work on Medical Countermeasures: Luciana Borio, M.D., Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism Policy
  • Anatomy of an Outbreak: Tuna and Sushi: Kari Irvin, Microbiologist, Coordinated Outbreak Response & Evaluation (CORE) Network


Registration is free and open to credentialed media. Register by emailing:

Agenda now available


Contact: Michelle Bolek
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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