Thursday, November 10, 2016
The 2016 AIMBE Public Policy Institute was held in Washington DC on October 24th and 25th. The two-day workshop featured policy and regulatory science experts from government and industry. There were also panelists that recently completed a year-long postdoctoral fellowship at the FDA and currently work in policy in various capacities.
Cornell BESTies and biomedical engineers Frank He and Michael McCoy, both of whom have a strong interest in public policy and science communication, were in attendance. For them, this conference was critical in helping to illuminate the role that scientists and academics have in advising both state and federal government (though this conference focused on federal-level policies). Additionally, they were able to develop relationships with both past and present FDA fellowship recipients at the networking receptions. They met up with BESTie Chelsea Gregg, a 2016 PhD graduate of the Butcher Lab, who was selected to participate in AIMBE's 2016-17 FDA Scholars Program, the highly competitive 1 year immersion program at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Overall, the workshop provided a wide-ranging look at the current landscape of regulatory science and policy in DC and offered insights into how young scientists and engineers might break into such careers.