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Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation

Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation

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In our rapidly evolving scientific landscape, the complexity of the Food and Drug Administration’s primary chargeto safeguard the health and well-being of the public through the application of scientifically sound regulatory activitiesis constantly being challenged.

The CERSI program was created to provide institutions with a valued opportunity to work directly with regulators while simultaneously providing the FDA opportunities for access and exposure to advanced scientific exchange and training focused on the FDA’s priority areas.  As one of the world’s leading institutions in higher education, Johns Hopkins University is pleased to collaborate with the FDA in the development of fundamental new knowledge and tools to advance regulatory science.


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 CERSI Writing Competition!

First place: West Weiss, "Cutting Through the “Gray Area”: An Analysis of the Regulatory Oversight of Applications of CRISPR Technology in Clinical Research" (Now published in Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science:

Second place: Chris Chavez, "Assessing the Impact and Prevention Strategies for African Swine Fever"

Third place: Katelin Henninger, "Review of the Controversy Surrounding the Use of Ethylene Oxide in Medical Device Sterilization"

Each year, we invite students to submit a manuscript on a regulatory science or food safety regulation topic of their choice. The call for submissions for the next competition will be disseminated in 2021. 

Winners will receive a cash prize for first, second, and third place, respectively. 

Entrants must be currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Regulatory Science or Masters of Science in Food Safety Regulation at Johns Hopkins University.

For more information, please see the Official 2020 Writing Competition Guidelines

Click here to view our winners from previous years.



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