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

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

The tenor of all our lives changed through the determination of two Florida attorneys, Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, and a class of non-smoking flight attendants who joined together to change people’s perception of the harmful effects caused from second hand tobacco smoke by seeking justice for the illnesses and diseases resulting from exposure to cigarette smoke in their workplace—airline cabins—thus forming the prototype for other industries and legislatures to engage in more battles.

Class Counsel, Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, established Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI), an independent, not-for-profit foundation, pursuant to the terms of a settlement of the flight attendant class action. Incorporated in 2000, this unique organization celebrating its tenth year, continues to fight for flight attendants’ health through commitments in excess of $200 million to scientists, physicians and Centers of Excellence at prestigious institutions world wide, and has created bridges for cooperation and collaboration among the projects it funds. These programs foster research to find treatments and cures for diseases suffered by non-smoking flight attendants whose illnesses become more debilitating with each passing year or who are beginning to evince with these diseases as they age. It goes without saying that the general public benefits from the research as the science promotes early detection for treatment and cure. The scientific findings, through collaborative efforts and shared resources among FAMRI’s grantees, bring us closer to these cures for the diseases caused from these noxious emissions.

Through its funding program FAMRI has launched many new careers among young scientists now interested in second hand tobacco smoke research and the diseases it causes. Thus this funding has moved a field a science that was relatively forgotten. FAMRI’s funds have expanded and been leveraged as several investigators have obtained funding for projects from other peer reviewed agencies. New discoveries from the funded research have an impact in both understanding and diagnosing these diseases while others have demonstrated promise in treating the chronic and acute diseases that affect class members.

Our Ninth Symposium, as those before, provides a forum for FAMRI investigators to discus new ideas and launch collaborations in this field. The national and international Centers of Excellence provide focus into diseases that specifically affect flight attendants and act as vehicles for acceleration of benefits directly to flight attendants world wide.

Just as we don’t know what unexpected opportunity is around the corner, the history of the flight attendant fight and formation of FAMRI has created innumerable opportunities for early diagnosis, treatment and cure of diseases caused by tobacco smoke exposure. Scientific evidence and education are the cornerstones to continue these contributions.

We look to the past for our history to inspire our actions for the future thanks to the “life in the flight attendants’ years” to bring into the public’s conscious the detrimental health effects of exposure to tobacco smoke.

Elizabeth A. Kress
Executive Director

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