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A Message from the Dean of Research: On FDA Regulations for E-Cigarettes


The new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) permit regulation of manufacturing, packaging, labeling, advertising and distribution, which beforehand occurred without oversight. Without regulation, consumers cannot be certain what they are smoking or the potential harm. With regulation, products will be reviewed before they hit the market, misleading claims can be minimized, the ingredients will be known and the facts about risks (or benefits) can be communicated to the public. But debate over these regulations persists among public health experts. While most public health experts (and some e-cigarette companies) support regulation, there is concern among others that the heavy burden and cost of regulatory compliance will put most e-cigarette companies out of business (perhaps all except those that are owned by the tobacco industry). One might ask, why is this a problem?

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At the Milken Institute School of Public Health research is pivotal for strengthening and expanding our school’s foundation. Our faculty are passionate about finding solutions to today’s most critical public health problems. Our faculty’s research often evolves into influential public health policy and practice locally, nationally and globally. Moreover, our drive for research excellence creates a vibrant culture of learning for our students. Students come to us from all cultures and backgrounds, ready for an intellectual journey that will take them to new frontiers of public health research, practice and leadership. Research mentorship by our faculty steers them through that journey.

Organized Research Units

Research Resources

Office of Research Excellence

Led by Associate Dean Kimberly Horn, this office provides support to the school’s faculty and researchers—identifying funding opportunities, formulating research agendas, and fine-tuning grantsmanship—to enhance scholarly output with high public health impact.

Office of Research Excellence
Research Accelerator Blog

A blog supporting and celebrating the school’s research through the sharing of information and updates on our investigators, upcoming funding opportunities and insights on timely topics.

Research Accelerator Blog
Office of the VP of Research

Led by Vice President Leo Chalupa, the OVPR office works closely with the Office of Research Excellence to provide support for faculty and student research initiatives.

Office of the VP of Research

Research Days

Showcasing Student Research

Each year, GW hosts Research Days, which is an opportunity for students, faculty and researchers throughout GW to share their research with the university community. One day during the two-day event is devoted to health and medicine. The process begins about a month before when participants submit an abstract of current, ongoing or completed research for consideration. Once approved, participants have the opportunity to showcase their research with a poster presentation (online or in-person!) with the chance to win cash prizes. It’s a great way to gain experience presenting your research to both a lay and research audience, and network.

2016 Student Posters

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