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CORE Director Focuses on Strengthening Outbreak Response, Public Safety

Constituent Update

February 15, 2018

Stic Harris, DVM, MPH, has been the director of FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) since August 2017. He is responsible for the agency’s surveillance, response, and post-response activities associated with outbreaks of illnesses caused by food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

In many ways, Dr. Harris defies the stereotype of a government official, with professional incarnations that include college athlete, professional hockey player, epidemiologist, veterinarian, congressional fellow, and biodefense expert. With six months at the helm of CORE, Dr. Harris shares insights on everything from his uncommon first name to his passion for public health and what lies ahead for CORE.

In addition to the interview with Dr. Harris, we have posted a new infographic on how FDA uses science to find the sources of foodborne illness outbreaks. Learn more about how the agency, working with federal, state and local partners, is increasingly using whole genome sequencing to track down sources of food contamination.

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