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Science Writers Symposium

2015 Science Writers Symposium

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Science informs the decisions that the FDA makes every day about a wide range of products from foods to complex medical devices to life-saving drugs. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, the FDA will hold its fourth Science Writers Symposium, a special event intended to engage and inform science and health journalists about how the FDA is applying scientific approaches to critical public health issues.

The free, all-day event will feature lab tours and scientific presentations on timely, research-based topics. Sessions include the science of patient input on medical product development; how advances in simulation and modeling are helping speed treatments to patients; and how agency researchers are working to understand and prevent the mysterious reemergence of diseases such as mumps and pertussis (whooping cough). Our special lab tours will feature research on Ebola and stem cells and will showcase the computer technology we’ve developed to support the demands of Next Generation Sequencing.

Attendees will be able to discuss the agency’s activities with staff from various FDA Centers and Offices, and featured speakers include Acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, M.D., and Acting Chief Scientist, Luciana Borio, M.D.

Stay tuned for the agenda—coming soon!

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

FDA’s White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993
Registration is free and open to credentialed media. Please register by Monday, Sept. 14, by emailing Please include your full name and outlet.

FDA’s White Oak Campus
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For more information or media inquiries,
contact Leslie Wooldridge at 240-402-4504 or


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Science Writers

For more information or for media inquiries, contact Leslie Wooldridge at 240-402-4504


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