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East Tennessee to Host Former FDA Commissioner for Special Lecture

East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health will host former Federal Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, who will provide a free lecture on Thursday, April 6, at the Millennium Centre.

Califf’s talk is titled “Improving Health in Rural Southeast: A Worthy Challenge.”

Califf served as the FDA commissioner from February 2016 through January of this year. He was the deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco from February 2015 until his appointment as FDA commissioner.

Prior to joining the FDA, Califf was a professor of medicine and vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at Duke University, where he currently serves as a professor of medicine. He also served as director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute and founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

A nationally and internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, health care quality and clinical research, Califf has led many landmark clinical trials and is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science.

Califf is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a fellowship in cardiology at Duke.

During his time as FDA commissioner, Califf visited ETSU in June 2016 to learn more about the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the region and the university’s significant efforts in addressing opioid addiction.

Califf’s lecture is part of the College of Public Health’s Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture Series and is the 31st John P. Lamb Jr. Memorial Lecture to be hosted by ETSU. It will take place at 6 p.m. on April 6 in the 2nd floor ballroom of the Millennium Centre, 2001 Millennium Place. The event is free and open to the public. It will also be available via livestream at http://www.etsu.edu/cph/livestream.php.

Prior to the lecture, a meet-and-greet reception with Califf will run from 5:15-5:45 p.m.

For more information, call 423-439-4243. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.