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Congratulations Dr. Myers!

by Carmela Stamper, DVM, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg recently appointed Dr. Michael Myers, a research pharmacologist in CVM’s Office of Research (OR), to the Senior Biomedical Research Service (SBRS). The SBRS program honors the most outstanding FDA scientists in biomedical research and in the review of human and animal health products. Dr. Myers joins Drs. Marilyn Martinez and Renate Reimschuessel as one of only three SBRS scientists at CVM.

CVM recruited Dr. Myers in 1990 to develop an immunology research program at OR. The program focused on evaluating the toxicity of animal drugs on animals’ immune systems. Since 1990, the program has evolved and now includes research on how drugs and infectious diseases interact in food-producing animals. The effects an infectious disease has on how an animal drug acts in the animal’s body are of particular interest.

In 1997, CVM asked Dr. Myers to develop a second research program focusing on ways to detect animal proteins in animal feed. This program was created in response to FDA’s 1997 feed ban prohibiting most mammalian proteins in animal feed for cattle and other ruminants, such as sheep and goats. FDA tests animal feed samples to make sure the feed does not have prohibited materials that may spread the agent thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Today, Dr. Myers is a nationally- and internationally-recognized feed safety expert. His expertise is in the methods used to detect banned animal proteins in animal feed.

Along with leading the immunology and animal protein detection programs, Dr. Myers chaired OR’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for 15 years, moving to vice-chair this year. As chair, he led the animal care program through five successful site visits by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.

Dr. Myers has authored or co-authored over 62 research articles. He currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Food Protection, the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the American Journal of Veterinary Research, and the Veterinary Journal. Dr. Myers consults with and assists state and federal laboratories that test animal feed to make sure feed manufacturers comply with the 1997 feed ban. He also lends his expertise to other U.S. agencies that deal with countries importing animal feed ingredients from the United States.

Dr. Myers has received many awards for his contributions to public and animal health, including the CVM Excellence in Laboratory Science Award, the FDA Outstanding Service Award, and several FDA and CVM Group Recognition Awards.

Congratulations Dr. Myers on your SRBS appointment!