FDA, NIH award $20M grant to create UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communications
The UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication (CRRTC) is one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) scheduled to receive up to $53 million for tobacco-related research in fiscal year 2013.
The TCORS program brings together investigators from across the country to aid in the development and evaluation of tobacco product regulations. Each TCORS application identified a targeted research goal. Taken together, the TCORS sites will increase knowledge across the full spectrum of basic and applied research on tobacco and addiction. The program also provides young investigators with training opportunities to ensure the development of the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists.
“While we’ve made tremendous strides in reducing the use of tobacco products in the U.S., smoking still accounts for one in five deaths each year, which is far too many,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD. “FDA/NIH partnerships like the Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science keep us focused on reducing the burden and devastation of preventable disease caused by tobacco use.”
Comprised of scientists with expertise in fields including epidemiology, behavior, biology, medicine, economics, chemistry, toxicology, addictions, public health, communications, and marketing, the TCORS program is the centerpiece of the FDA/NIH collaboration to foster research relevant to tobacco regulatory science. New research from TCORS will help inform and assess the impact of FDA’s prior, ongoing and potential future tobacco regulatory activities implemented by CTP under the direction of Mitch Zeller, JD. In addition, the TCORS investigators will have the flexibility and capacity to begin new research to address issues raised in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace.
The TCORS awards represent a significant investment in federal tobacco regulatory science, including $53 million in the first year and a potential total of more than $273 million over the next five years. TCORS funding may not exceed $4 million in total costs per year per center, and an investigator could request a project period of up to five years.
Designed to generate vital research in seven core areas, as well as ensure innovation in the field, the research supported by this initiative will provide scientific evidence within the following seven FDA tobacco-related research interest areas:
- Diversity of tobacco products
- Reducing addiction
- Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity
- Adverse health consequences
- Marketing of tobacco products
- Economics and policies
TCORS proposals were selected for funding based on their scientific and technical merit as determined by NIH scientific peer review, availability of funds, and relevance of the proposed projects to program priorities.
The other 13 TCORS were awarded to:
- Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, and Rose M. Robertson, MD, American Heart Association, Dallas
- Pamela I. Clark, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
- Thomas E. Eissenberg. PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
- Michael P. Eriksen, PhD, Georgia State University, Atlanta
- Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, University of California-San Francisco
- Stephen T. Higgins, PhD, University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, Burlington
- Robert C. Hornik, PhD, and Caryn Lerman PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, and Stephanie S. O’Malley, PhD, Yale University, New Haven
- Joshua E. Muscat, PhD, and Jonathan Foulds, PhD, Penn State University Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
- Mary Ann Pentz, PhD, and Jonathan Samet, MD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- Cheryl L. Perry, PhD, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston
- Peter G. Shields, MD, and Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus
- Robert Tarran, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
For more information:
- FDA: Center for Tobacco Products
- Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS)
- NIH: Office of Disease Prevention
- NIH: Tobacco Regulatory Science Program
FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.