The FDA and the Remaking of Modern Clinical Research

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

200 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA

The Boston Medical Library presents the J. Worth Estes, M.D., History of Medicine Lecture. This year's speaker is Daniel Carpenter, PhD, Allie S. Freed Professor of Government; Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.

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617-432-4807 or email

Dr. Carpenter is the author of Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA (Princeton 2010) and received the 2011 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award from the Social Science History Association. In his lecture he will touch upon “how the FDA cultivated a reputation for competence and vigilance throughout the last century, and how this organizational image has enabled the agency to regulate an industry as powerful as American pharmaceuticals while resisting efforts to curb its own authority.  He explains how the FDA's reputation and power have played out among committees in Congress, and with drug companies, advocacy groups, the media, research hospitals and universities, and governments in Europe and India. He shows how FDA regulatory power has influenced the way that business, medicine, and science are conducted in the United States and worldwide.  Along the way, Carpenter offers new insights into the therapeutic revolution of the 1940s and 1950s; the 1980s AIDS crisis; the advent of oral contraceptives and cancer chemotherapy; the rise of antiregulatory conservatism; and the FDA's waning influence in drug regulation today”.


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