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FDA NAMES TOXICOLOGY DIRECTOR

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Commissioner of Food and Drugs David A. Kessler, M.D., today announced the appointment of Dr. Bernard A. Schwetz as director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) National Center for Toxicological Research.
 The center, located in Jefferson, Ark., conducts research in support of a broad range of FDA activities. Its work involves toxicity mechanisms, transgenics, risk assessment and other research areas, in addition to analysis, microbiology, developmental toxicology, neurotoxicology and information management methods development.
 "I'm very pleased to have a scientist of Dr. Schwetz's caliber to direct the work of this important research center," Kessler said. "His leadership will strengthen the center's role in providing a science base for FDA decisions."
 Schwetz is a certified toxicologist who, since earlier this year, has been acting director of the Environmental Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C. He is also associate director of the National Toxicology Program there.
 He has been chief of the institute's Systems Toxicity Branch since 1982. From 1970 to 1982, he directed Dow Chemical Corp.'s Toxicology Research Laboratory.
 Schwetz's research focus has been in developmental and reproductive toxicology, particularly the toxicity to newborns of chemicals in milk.
 FDA Deputy Commissioner for Operations Jane E. Henney, M.D., said, "Through his role in the National Toxicology Program, his credentials in management and his broad educational background, Dr. Schwetz brings many strengths to his new post."
 Schwetz has been adjunct professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State and North Carolina State universities. He is editor of the journal Fundamental and Applied Toxicology and serves on the editorial advisory board of Environmental Health Perspectives and Critical Reviews in Toxicology.
 He is past president of the Reproductive Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology and of the North Carolina Chapter of the Society of Toxicology. His memberships also include the American Veterinary Medical Association, veterinary honor society Phi Zeta, Teratology Society and Behavioral Teratology Society.
 Schwetz earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin, a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree and Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Iowa.
 He will assume his new position on Nov. 1. FDA and NIH are agencies of the Public Health Service in HHS.
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 /CONTACT: Betsy Adams of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 301-443-4177 or, home, 410-867-0679/


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