January 11, 2008
January 11 2008 - Commissioner of Food and Drugs Andrew C. von Eschenbach announced this week that Bernadette Dunham, DVM, Ph.D., will be replacing Stephen F. Sundlof, DVM, Ph.D., as director of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Sundlof will be assuming the role of director at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Dunham has worked closely with Sundlof in her role as deputy director of CVM since 2006. She has played a critical role, and provided executive leadership, in coordinating and establishing center policy in research, management, scientific evaluation, compliance and surveillance. While serving as CVM deputy director, Dunham also was the director for CVM's Office of Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Drug Development, the office that oversees drug development for minor species, such as zoo animals, ornamental fish, parrots, ferrets, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, catfish and honeybees. That office also oversees drug development for uncommon diseases in major species, such as cattle, pigs, chicken, turkeys, horses, dogs and cats.
"Prior to joining CVM, Dunham was with the American Veterinary Medical Association's Governmental Relations Division where she worked closely with all of the livestock groups and commodity associations, including the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)," commented Jim Logan, DVM, chair of ASI's animal health committee. "We look forward to working with Dunham in her new roll with CVM."