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FDA Veterinarian Newsletter November/December 2001 Volume XVI, No VI

The 2002 FDA Science Forum, titled "FDA: Building a Multidisciplinary Foundation," will be held February 20-21, in the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. The program will focus on how FDA's many different scientific and regulatory disciplines support the public health programs of the Agency. The first day will discuss the importance of research, policy development, and review in public policy decisionmaking. The second day will emphasize how the principles of public health surveillance, from both the domestic and global prospective, can be applied to FDA's science issues. An integral part of this year's science forum will be interactive breakout sessions that discuss in depth the importance of research, review, policy and regulation in the development of FDA's public health policies. The break-out session topics will include bioengineered foods, botanicals, bioterrorism, antibiotic resistance, children's health issues, tissue engineering, genomics, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The break-out sessions on the first day will focus on the importance of sound research and review in responding to public health issues. The break out sessions on the second day will focus on impact of policy and regulation on public health programs.

The FDA Science Forum is open to all those interested in learning more about FDA's multi-faceted scientific approach to many diverse public health issues. Information about the program and registration can be found at FDA's web page or by contacting Dr. Suzanne Fitzpatrick by e-mail at sfitzpat@oc.fda.gov or by phone at 301-827-4591.