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Welcome to the FAMRI Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins



The FAMRI Center of Excellence was created in 2005 to support the work of a large number of investigators at Johns Hopkins who are funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI). The research activities cover a wide range of topics including the effects of second hand tobacco smoke exposure, disease detection, and disease therapy.  The Center of Excellence works to encourage collaboration among researchers and to enhance scientific impact of FAMRI research for the early detection, treatment, and cure of diseases and medical conditions caused from exposure to tobacco smoke.


The Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) was established as a result of a Class Action suit brought by attorneys Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt in October 1991 in Dade County Circuit Court (Miami) against the tobacco industry. The suit sought damages for diseases and deaths caused to flight attendants by exposure to second hand tobacco smoke in airline cabins. The settlement reached included several major concessions by the tobacco industry with respect to individual flight attendant claims, including waivers of all statutes of limitations, enabling flight attendants whose causes of action accrued decades earlier to pursue their claims. The settlement also included the establishment of a not-for-profit medical research foundation with funding by the tobacco industry of $300 million.

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