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Dr. Andrew Beaulieu

DR. BEAULIEU: Thank you. Steve. Good morning, all. I am Dr. Andrew Beaulieu, recently appointed Deputy Director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine. I want all of you to know that up until July 19th of this year, all of this hair used to be brown. And a large part of the reason for the change is the issue we are here to discuss at this workshop.

In fact, this change may be one more potential effect of antimicrobial resistance that we may want to investigate in the future. Actually, it is not true about the hair, but it feels like it should be.

This is -- I have to say that this is the most complex scientific and regulatory issue that I have encountered in my 27 years in CVM. There are no simple solutions to this problem. It will take all of us working together to devise a regulatory system that appropriately protects both human and animal health.

As part of that process, I welcome you all to what I hope will be a very constructive discussion of what may become an important component of such a regulatory system, quantitative risk assessment. And on that note, I have the pleasant task of introducing our speakers this morning starting with Dr. Wes Long.

Wes Long began his government career in 1991 in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Office of Pre-market Approval. Wes' current position is at the FDA -- is as the FDA Associate Scientific Director for the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, typically known as JIFSAN, with primary responsibilities for coordinating the development of collaborative programs between the University of Maryland and the FDA in the area of risk analysis.

In addition, he chairs the Interagency Risk Assessment Consortium composed of 18 federal agencies with food safety risk analysis responsibilities. And Dr. Long will speak to us this morning regarding the question what is risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. Wes.

As Wes is making his way up, I would ask our speakers -- Wes and the rest of our speakers to try to allow a couple of minutes for questions at the end of their presentation. I will facilitate that process by allowing a couple of minutes on the timer for that purpose.