Addiction Health & Wellness

Tobacco Research Centers to be Established

tobacco displayThe United States Food and Drug Administration, together with the National Institutes of Health, have announced $53 million in the 2013 fiscal year to establish 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) for tobacco-related research.

As a first-of-its-kind regulatory science tobacco program, TCORS is designed to generate research to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health and train the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists.

Over the next five years, the FDA and the NIH will award a total of more than $273 million to the TCORS programs. The grants will provide scientific evidence in the following seven tobacco-related research areas:

  • Diversity of tobacco products;
  • Reducing addiction;
  • Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity
  • Adverse health consequences;
  • Communications;
  • Marketing of tobacco products; and
  • Economics and policies.

This research will help inform and assess FDA’s prior, ongoing, and potential future regulatory activities. TCORS investigators will also have the flexibility and capacity to respond to FDA’s research needs.

The following organizations all received grants:

  • American Heart Association
  • Georgia State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas
  • University of Vermont
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yale University

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