FAMRI dedicates its accomplishments to the flight attendants who worked for decades in tobacco smoke filled airline cabins. Click here to read more.

Mission Statement

FAMRI’s mission is to sponsor scientific and medical research for the early detection and cure of diseases and medical conditions caused from exposure to tobacco smoke.

FAMRI does not support investigators who are currently receiving funds from the tobacco industry. Animal use in research is restricted to mice and rats.

Statement from the Executive Director

Elizabeth A. Kress, Executive Director

“It is not the years in your life that count; it is the life in your years.”     ~Abraham Lincoln

The tenor of our lives changed through the determination of two attorneys in Miami-Dade, Florida, Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, and a “hardy band” of never-smoking flight attendants, in that people’s perception of the harmful effects caused from exposure to tobacco smoke changed when these flight attendants sought justice for their illnesses and diseases resulting from such exposure in airline cabins. After years of trial in Miami-Dade, Florida, a settlement of $300,000,000 was made by the tobacco industry to form a research entity to study tobacco-related diseases. The resulting entity is Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, Inc. (FAMRI).

FAMRI was established as an independent, not-for-profit foundation, pursuant to the terms of the settlement. Incorporated in the State of Florida in 2000 and designated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization under the IRS statute, this unique organization funds research to scientists, physicians, and Centers of Excellence at prestigious institutions worldwide, and has created bridges for cooperation and collaboration among the projects it funds. The funding has expanded a relatively forgotten field of research; for instance, the National Institutes of Health now includes funding for studies on health consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke. New discoveries from the funded research have furthered understanding and diagnoses of these diseases, and have demonstrated promise in treating chronic and acute disorders, especially of the lung and airway.

FAMRI is unique in that the Board consisting of a majority of flight attendants, who collectively have over 100 years of experience in airline cabins, is hands-on in the activities of the Foundation. The American Institute of Biological Sciences conducts stringent peer review to determine eligibility of scientific grant applications. The Board is guided in its grant-making decisions by a brilliant and hard working Medical Advisory Board consisting of physicians who are not only widely recognized in academic circles for their publications and scholarship, but have also had many decades of clinical, practical experience diagnosing, treating and curing actual patients.

The Board also receives advice from a Lay Advisory Board of distinguished individuals who, while not possessing medical degrees, have made positive contributions toward improving the health of their fellow citizens by helping to eliminate tobacco smoke in public places.

Since FAMRI’s inception, grants have been provided to some of the finest researchers in the most prestigious scientific institutions in America and internationally. The impact of publications resulting from FAMRI-funded research ranks #2 when compared to scientific research institutions.

We don’t know what unexpected opportunity is around the corner, but FAMRI’s commitment has demonstrated that there are opportunities for scientific discovery and exploration to fund early diagnosis and cure of diseases caused by cigarette smoke exposure. Further, FAMRI’s accomplishments can inspire future action to make the public aware of the detrimental health effects of exposure to tobacco smoke. Each of us has an obligation to ourselves and others to educate our health care providers of our own exposure history in order to receive proper identification of our health concerns.

The website highlights FAMRI’s accomplishments, which will put “life in your years.”

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