Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI)

On February 12, 2008, the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) and its Board of Trustees were honored for their generous contributions to several important UCSF programs. The following were dedicated to FAMRI:

  • Mission Bay Library
  • Garden Terrace at the Parnassus Library
  • Bland Lane Center of Excellence on Second Hand Smoke

FAMRI was formed as part of the resolution of a 1991 class action lawsuit filed in Miami, Florida. Attorneys Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt reached a $300 million settlement with the tobacco industry on behalf of non-smoking flight attendants whose health was damaged from exposure to tobacco smoke in airline cabins. FAMRI's mission is to sponsor scientific and medical research for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of diseases and medical conditions caused by exposure to second hand tobacco smoke.

Since 2001, FAMRI has donated more than $30 million to support researchers at UCSF. FAMRI is an independent not-for-profit foundation. Flight attendants comprise the majority of its Board of Trustees.

The FAMRI Bland Lane Center of Excellence on Second Hand Smoke at UCSF consists of a research clinic and scientists conducting research in areas of second hand smoke and pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, exposure assessment, health, economics, and public policy.