The Catholic University of America

Sept. 23, 2009

CUA's Biomedical Engineering Signs Collaborative Agreement with FDA

After collaborating informally for 10 years, Catholic University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has formalized its successful working relationship with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CUA's School of Engineering signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Health and Human Services in late August, agreeing to share facilities and equipment and collaborate on research. The FDA is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

CUA is one of only 13 U.S. universities with such an agreement with the FDA.

"This agreement strengthens the exceptional working relationship between Catholic University and the Food and Drug Administration," said Charles Nguyen, dean of engineering. "We anticipate additional benefits of working together, including co-sponsored opportunities and courses in the future."

The agreement makes possible opportunities within the FDA for sabbaticals and fellowships for CUA faculty and internships for graduate students. In return, CUA offers FDA personnel opportunities for sabbaticals within the university, opportunities to attend graduate-level courses and adjunct faculty appointments for those working with CUA students or assisting with teaching.

"We are excited about this formal arrangement with FDA and the opportunities for closer research collaboration with some of the top scientists in the world," said Binh Tran, associate professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "This agreement allows us to take full advantage of our location within the hotbed of biomedical research and device-regulation activities."