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Class of 2014 Preceptors by FDA Regulatory Science Priority Areas and by FDA Product Center and Office

FDA’s 8 Regulatory Science Priority Areas are described in the Agency's Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science. More information on these 8 Science Priority Areas can be found on the About Science & Research section of FDA's Web site. 

FDA is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. FDA's organization consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the Agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.  Visit the FDA Organization website for more information.

Modernize Toxicology to Enhance Product Safety


Images representing new predictive toxicology testing methods: Human on a Chip, Bioimaging in animal studies, and Mathematical Modeling


Stimulate Innovation in Clinical Trials and Personalized Medicine
to Improve Product Development and Patient Outcomes


Patient receiving treatment, doctor consutling staff, patient receiving infusion therapy

Support New Approaches to Improve Product Manufacturing and Quality


Inspectors testing new manufacturing technologies and manufacture of biological products

Ensure FDA Readiness to Evaluate Innovative Emerging Technologies 


Images representing Nanotechnology, New Diagnostics, and DNA Analysis 


Harness Diverse Data through Information Sciences to Improve Health Outcomes


3 Images representing DNA Cod Analysis, Stethoscope Listening to a Computer Chip, Identifying Alzheimer Disease from Data


Implement a New Prevention-Focused Food Safety System to Protect Public Health 


Images showing food inspector examining crop, food manufacturing site, and grocer holding fresh vegetables

Facilitate Development of Medical Countermeasures
to Protect National Health and Security

Medical Products in Development, Scientist Testing Product, Patient Receiving Vaccine

Alternate Preceptors 

Modernize Toxicology to Enhance Product Safety