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2009 Science Writers Symposium

Writing About the Future of Public Health 

November 4-5, 2009
FDA White Oak Campus
Silver Spring, MD 20993

Scientist in a laboratory

Science is a key foundation for the decisions FDA makes day on a wide-range of products affecting human and animal health—from the most common food ingredients, to complex medical and surgical devices, to lifesaving drugs.

The Second Annual Science Writers Symposium on November 4 and 5, 2009, highlighted how the FDA applies novel scientific approaches to critical public health issues and the products it regulates. The free symposium gave credentialed journalists a unique insight into the evolving field of regulatory science with an eye towards generating potential story ideas.

The 2009 symposium featured an address by FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., and explored such topics as H1N1, stem cells, novel clinical trials, personalized medicine and new technologies for identifying food-borne pathogens. In addition, attendees were able to tour the FDA’s state-of-the-art lab facilities in both Silver Spring and Laurel, Md.