Past TRS Presentations

View abstracts and presentations from past CASEL-organized conferences, specifically the TRS Annual Meetings and TCORS Meetings.

  • The Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations [CAsToR ] s pleased to host the Former Director of the Center for Tobacco Products, United States Food and Drug Administration, Mr. Mitch Zeller, JD. Director Zeller will present on Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT, Rackham Amphitheatre, Ann Arbor MI.

    Mr. Zeller will take an in-depth look at the historically unregulated marketplace for tobacco products and the public health consequences of the lack of regulation. He will then explore the critical role that the FDA plays in conducting premarket product reviews to determine whether new tobacco products are "appropriate for the protection of public health" and should be authorized for sale. He will close with a look forward, sharing observations and posing a series of questions related to the ongoing harm reduction debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

    Please register to attend here.  This event is free and open to the public.  A recording of the event will be posted on the CAsToR website following the event.

    • The NIH Offices of Science Policy (OSP) and Extramural Research (OER) are co-hosting a webinar series focused on implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy. In this webinar series, NIH policy experts will break down what the policy means for stakeholders and help the community get ready to successfully implement the policy when it takes effect on January 25, 2023.
    • Registration is required for each webinar. To learn more about the webinar series, how to register, and how to submit questions about the DMS Policy please visit the webinar series website. The webinars will also be archived for future viewing. For questions, contact the NIH Office of Science Policy at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov

     

  • CAsToR is hosting introductory workshop (in person): An Introduction to the Analysis of Trends and Transitions for Tobacco and Public Health Research from Monday, August 15 thru Tuesday, August 16 at Georgetown University. This workshop will support non-statisticians in learning about methods for modeling trends and transition analysis. The focus will be on concepts, as well as practical examples and applications. Participants will get practice running example codes on tobacco-related datasets. There are no fees to attend this workshop, but space is limited; in addition, some funding is available to offset travel costs. Full details, including agenda, are available here, and the application is available  here. All applications are due Friday, July 8.

    • The NIH Offices of Science Policy (OSP) and Extramural Research (OER) are co-hosting a webinar series focused on implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy. In this webinar series, NIH policy experts will break down what the policy means for stakeholders and help the community get ready to successfully implement the policy when it takes effect on January 25, 2023.
    • Registration is required for each webinar. To learn more about the webinar series, how to register, and how to submit questions about the DMS Policy please visit the webinar series website. The webinars will also be archived for future viewing. For questions, contact the NIH Office of Science Policy at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov

     

  • The Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR) at the University of Michigan and Georgetown University invites you to join us for an upcoming webinar with Dr. Ross Hammond: "Agent-Based Modeling: Applications in Tobacco Regulatory Science." 

     

    This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th from 2-3pm ET. 

     

    Dr. Hammond will present some of his most recent work in agent-based modeling with a focus on Tobacco Town, a computational model for exploring environmental effects of retail tobacco control policies. There will be sufficient time for Q&A. 

     

    The event flyer is available here. Registration is required and is now open here.

  • Please register to attend the National Tribal Tobacco Conference happening May 16 - 17 in Minneapolis. In person and virtual participation options are available. Learn more and register online at nttc.umn.edu. The deadline to register is May 8, 2022.

  • SRNT 28th Annual Meeting - MARCH 15-18, 2022

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND USA

    2022 Annual Meeting-Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (srnt.org)

  • The Center for the the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR) at the University of Michigan and Georgetown University invites you to join us for an upcoming webinar with CAsToR junior investigators, Dr. Jana Hirschtick and Dr. Steve Cook: "Longitudinal associations between exclusive and dual use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and cigarettes and cardiovascular disease among adults: Key findings and methodological considerations." 

     

    This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25th from 1-2pm ET. 

     

    Drs. Hirschtick and Cook will review one of the first longitudinal analyses of associations between exclusive and dual use of ENDS and cigarette use and diagnosed cardiovascular disease using the Population Assessment of Tobacco & Health (PATH) Study. In addition to presenting key findings, they will discuss important methodological considerations for these types of analyses, including confounding control, reducing the potential for reverse causation, key sensitivity analyses, and different approaches to applying the PATH weights. There will be sufficient time for Q&A. 

     

    The event flyer is available here. Registration is required and is now open here.

  • Recently, PuffBar e-cigarettes and similar products have emerged on the market claiming to contain synthetic nicotine – nicotine that is not derived from tobacco, but instead produced in a laboratory. Driving these products are the reduced costs of producing synthetic nicotine and federal policies that incentivize the use of synthetic nicotine, such as the FDA’s temporary restriction on the sale of certain flavored cartridge-based products. As synthetic nicotine products grow in popularity and market share, public health advocates and policymakers will want to use a comprehensive regulatory approach and research evidence gaps about these addictive products. This webinar will cover the availability of these products, what researchers know about the differences between synthetic and tobacco-derived nicotine, consumer perceptions of these products, an overview of the regulatory landscape, and legal solutions.

    This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes.

    Presenters:
    Dr. David Ashley, PhD, Georgia State University, School of Public Health
    Micah Berman, JD, The Ohio State University, College of Public Health, Moritz College of Law
    Dr. Brittney Keller-Hamilton, PhD, MPH, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine
    Dr. Andrew Seidenberg, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
    Patti Zettler, JD, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

    Moderator:
    Natalie Hemmerich, JD, MPH, Public Health Law Center

    Register: https://mitchellhamline.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RtIHDlETSn6Da_qd9hhfDA

     

    https://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/webinar/creative-chemistry-addressing-industry-evasion-and-synthetic-nicotine?utm_source=Public+Health+Law+Center&utm_campaign=f56d9bc4b3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_13_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_59c1ffe67d-f56d9bc4b3-43103913

    • Join the NIH Library for a webinar on November 15, 2021 at 1:00pm with a guest speaker from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the CDC. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. NHANES is a major program of NCHS, part of the CDC. This introductory one-hour webinar by Dr. David Carranza, PharmD, will provide an overview of the content of NHANES and how to access the data. More information and registration.
    • Members of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS) team will present and answer questions about the TUS-CPS, including how to obtain the data, conduct linkages with other datasets, analyze data and obtain trends, and more! The TUS-CPS Data User Webinar Series is open to all investigators but especially targets junior tobacco control investigators and/or those with limited TUS-CPS experience. Registration is required. See upcoming webinars below.
      • October 14, 2021 – “County Level Analyses on TUS-CPS Using Small Area Estimation Techniques”
      • November 4, 2021 – “The Tobacco Longitudinal Mortality Study (TLMS)”
    • Previous webinar recordings are available for the following topics:
      • Analyses Using the TUS-CPS 1992-2019 Harmonized Dataset
      • Using SAS to Analyze TUS-CPS Data
      • Linkage of the TUS-CPS to Other CPS Supplements
  • The Tobacco Regulatory Science Career Network Mixer will be held Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm ET.  The virtual mixer is open to TCORS and non-TCORS pre-docs, post-docs, trainees, early career laboratory staff, new and early stage investigators. If you are eligible, we ask that you check the box indicating that you will attend the event when you register for the annual fall meeting. 

    • The PhenX Toolkit will host a webinar as an ancillary event for the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2021 Virtual Meeting in October. Anyone interested in the PhenX Toolkit is welcome to attend -- you don't need to be registered for the ASHG conference to attend the webinar! As an added incentive, participants will be invited to enter a raffle for a PhenX gift bag.
      • Title: “Using the PhenX Toolkit to design studies optimized for data sharing”
      • Description: This 90-minute workshop will focus on navigation of the PhenX Toolkit and use of the standard measurement protocols through hands-on exercises and case studies, with interactive discussion of the benefits of using standard protocols in research. The PhenX Toolkit is a National Institutes of Health-funded initiative to promote the use of well-established measures.
      • Please register for one of two sessions offered below.
    • The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health is holding its 9th Annual Conference virtually, October 7-8, 2021. This year’s focus is Innovations in Tobacco Control and Regulatory Science to Decrease Cigarette Smoking. Dr. Neal Benowitz, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, and Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of California, San Francisco, joins us as our keynote speaker. As with all our previous conferences, registration is free but required. For more information and to register please visit our conference website. For questions, please contact Nicole Twohig, Communications Specialist.
  • TCORS 2.0: CAsToR Symposium 2021: Simulation Modeling in Tobacco Regulatory Science: Where are we and where should we go next? (umich.edu)

  • SRNT Adolescent Network Sponsored Virtual Event
    May 13, 2021

    10:00AM – 1:00PM EST


    The Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescent and Young Adult Tobacco Use Behaviors: 

    Implications for Surveillance, Intervention, and Regulation

     

    This virtual event will focus on understanding how COVID-19 has altered tobacco use behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Speakers include:

    ·         Julia Chen-Sankey, PhD, MPP (National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities) – Changes in cigar smoking patterns and motivations to quit cigars among Black young adults in the time of COVID-19

    ·         Sharon Lipperman-Kreda, PhD (Prevention Research Center) – Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 On Tobacco Use Among LGBTQ+ Young Adults: A Mixed Method Approach

    ·         Melissa Harrell, PhD, MPH (UTHealth School of Public Health, Austin Campus) – Mental health, tobacco, and marijuana use among young people in the context of COVID-19

    ·         Danielle Davis, PhD (Yale School of Medicine) – Adolescent Vaping Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic Onset: Results from Three Local Surveys

    ·         Jessica Rath, PhD, MPH, CHES, and Jennifer Kreslake, PhD, MPH (Truth Initiative) – Changing adolescent vape use behaviors during COVID-19

    ·         David Hammond, PhD (University of Waterloo) – COVID-19 and patterns of youth vaping and smoking among youth form Canada, England, and the US

     

    Across all talks, speakers will highlight the potential social and behavioral mechanisms of impact of COVID-19 on tobacco use behavior, with a special emphasis on health disparities. In addition to these data presentations, the event will include a discussion addressing implications for surveillance, intervention, and regulation, as well as practical issues of collecting survey data during a pandemic. 

     

    The goal of the virtual event is to bring together leading scientists to address the impact of COVID-19 on tobacco use behaviors among adolescents and young adults, by sharing the most up-to-date research findings, discussing lessons learned, and identifying implications and research gaps.

     

    Moderators: Erin Sutfin, PhD (Wake Forest School of Medicine) and Kathleen Garrison, PhD (Yale School of Medicine)

     

    Register Now! https://www.srnt.org/events/register.aspx?id=1498063 [srnt.org]

    Member: Not-for-Profit $70, For Profit $110, Recent Graduate $35, Student/Trainee $25

    Non-Member: Not-for-Profit $150, For Profit $225, Recent Graduate $75, Student/Trainee $45

     

    For more information, visit: https://www.srnt.org/page/AN_Webinar_051321 [srnt.org]

     

  • The NIH CSR Outreach Committee is hosting a “Grants 101/Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program” Webinar on April 14th at 2:00PM EST. The webinar will cover insights into the submission and peer review process, and include information about the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program. Pre-registration is now open. CSR is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific and technical merit.

  • Registration is now OPEN for the Census Bureau Mortality Studies Workshop.  This is a follow-up on our Save the Date announcement.  To register, download and complete the attached form and send it to ces.mortality.studies@census.gov.  Also, check out our website, census.gov/mortality-studies-workshop, where you can:

    • View the pre-workshop videos to learn more about the studies
    • Download a copy of the Research Proposal Form, Agenda, and Registration Form
    • Learn more about the agencies sponsoring the workshop

     

    Please send in your completed registration form by Monday, February 22th.

  • Monday, November 16th at 12 - 1 pm EST

    Speakers:

    Dr. Michael Hayashi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 

    Dr. Michal Stoklosa, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Illinois - Chicago

    Registration link: https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AEQfuBTjTqWGMhKgcTdMWQ

  • The Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative convenes an annual summit addressing the key areas of policy, prevention/education and cessation. The Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit creates a collaborative environment for academic and health institutions, along with key stakeholders at the state and national level to share best practices and increase their network and community of support. This is the first year to hold an Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit virtually in coordination with all four regional collaborators.

  • Description: Dr. Joshua Epstein, a pioneer and leading scientist on the study of complex social dynamics using mathematical and computational models, will give an overview of complex systems and its potential applications to tobacco research and tobacco regulatory science. A Q&A session will follow.

    Presenter: Joshua Epstein, PhD; Director, New York University Laboratory on Agent-Based Modeling; Department of Epidemiology, College of Global Public Health

    Registration: https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0OHCozrGRJasueo3fn8Efw

    CASTOR also has posted the recording from their webinar in May, "Modeling in Tobacco Control in the U.S. – the good, the bad, the ugly," on their website (http://tcors.umich.edu/Resources.php). 

  • About the Webinar:

    The stepped wedge cluster randomized design has received increasing attention in pragmatic clinical trials and implementation science research. The key feature of the design is the unidirectional crossover of clusters from the control to intervention conditions on a staggered schedule, which induces confounding of the intervention effect by time. The stepped wedge design first appeared in the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study in the 1980s. However, the statistical model used for the design and analysis was not formally introduced until 2007 in an article by Michael A. Hussey and James P. Hughes. Since then, a variety of mixed-effects model extensions have been proposed for the design and analysis of these trials. In this talk, Dr. Fan Li will explore these extensions under a unified perspective. He will provide a general model representation and regard various model extensions as alternative ways to characterize the secular trend, intervention effect, and sources of heterogeneity. He will also review the key model ingredients and clarify their implications for the design and analysis of such trials. This talk may serve as an entry point to understanding the evolving statistical literatures on stepped wedge designs.

     

    About Fan Li:

    Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Biostatistics, Yale University School of Public Health. He is also a faculty member at the Yale Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science, and Yale Center for Analytical Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in biostatistics from Duke University, and his main research interests include methods for designing and analyzing cluster randomized trials, methods for addressing missing data, and methods for estimating causal effects with observational studies.

    As a biostatistician, Dr. Li works with researchers from a variety of medical specialties in the design and analysis of cluster randomized trials, individually randomized clinical trials, and observational studies. He is an active member of the Biostatistics and Study Design Core in the National Institutes of Health Collaboratory of Pragmatic Clinical Trials, and an executive member of the Design and Statistics Core in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) IMbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory. He also supervises M.S. and Ph.D. students in biostatistics and teaches a course on causal inference methods at Yale University School of Public Health.

    Can’t be there? A recording of this webinar will be available approximately 1 week after the session.

    This event is open to the public and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Please feel free to share this information widely. For more information, please contact us at MindtheGap@od.nih.gov.

    If you have registration or technical issues with the webinar or you need a sign language interpreter and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Astrid Masfar at 301-827-5575, astrid.masfar@nih.gov, or through the Federal Relay Number at 800-877-8339.

    Register: https://prevention.nih.gov/education-training/methods-mind-gap/overview-statistical-models-design-and-analysis-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomized-trials

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  • This presentation describes mediation analysis and the connections between traditional mediation analysis and recently developed causal mediation analysis. Mediating variables have a long and important history in theoretical and applied research because they describe how and why two variables are related. One common example of applied mediation research is the study of the mediating processes that explain how a prevention/treatment program achieves its effects on an outcome variable. If the intervention’s active ingredients are identified, the intervention can be made more powerful and more efficient. Other applied mediation examples include identifying how a risk factor leads to disease and how early life experiences affect later development.

    Important recent developments in causal mediation analysis include new counterfactual (potential outcomes) methods that generate accurate estimates for continuous and categorical measures. In general, researchers have been slow to adopt causal mediation methods because of their complexity and the perceived lack of connection between traditional and causal methods. However, understanding connections between traditional and causal mediation increases understanding of both methods. The background for each approach is described, along with questions about traditional mediation and potential outcomes that causal mediation perspectives can help answer. The presentation ends with future directions in mediation theory and statistical analysis.

    Dr. David P. MacKinnon has been developing, evaluating, and applying methods to assess how interventions work for over 30 years. He is a Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in measurement and psychometrics from UCLA in 1986. In 2011, he received the Nan Tobler Award from the Society for Prevention Research for his book on statistical mediation analysis. Dr. MacKinnon has been Principal Investigator on several National Institutes of Health grants. He received the Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for his research on mediation analysis. He has given numerous workshops in the United States and Europe, has served on federal grant review committees and as a consulting editor, and is a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Society for Prevention Research, and American Psychological Association Quantitative and Qualitative Methods Division. He is past president of American Psychological Association Division 5 and is president-elect of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology.

    https://prevention.nih.gov/education-training/methods-mind-gap/connections-between-traditional-and-causal-mediation-methods?utm_source=ODPEblast&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MindTheGap 

    Can't be there? A recording of this webinar will be available approximately 1 week after the session. You can view the full archive of previous Methods: Mind the Gap webinars on the NIH Office of Disease Prevention website.

    This event is open to the public and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Please feel free to share this information widely. For more information, please contact us at MindtheGap@od.nih.gov. 

  • CAsToR leads Drs. Levy, Mendez, and Meza will provide an overview of modeling applications in tobacco control research, discuss the types of models used in this field and their purpose, as well as future directions for modeling in tobacco regulatory science. A Q&A session will follow.

    Dr. David Levy, Professor, Georgetown University
    Dr. David Mendez, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health
    Dr. Rafael Meza, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health

    Registration: https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PjLAf7p3Qpa47YvH9kRMRg

    Please contact Katie Zarins (kmrents@umich.edu) with questions.

  • CASEL Webinar

    TRS Methodology

    December 11, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

    Presenter: Methodology Special Interest Group / Dr. Howard Fishbein

    Registration will be available soon. 

  • CASEL Webinar

    The Debate about Menthol and other Flavored Tobacco Products

    November 13th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Nii Addy, Yale

    Registration will open soon.


  • Presenter: Walter Dempsey, PhD, University of Michigan

    URL: https://prevention.nih.gov/education-training/methods-mind-gap/joint-models-longitudinal-and-time-event-data-informing-multi-stage-decision-making-mhealth

  • In a departure from its occurrences as a spring meeting every other year, the next NIH TRS Meeting will be held in the fall 2019. 

    Eligibility for attendance and presentation is limited to federally funded investigators conducting research relevant to the work of the Center for Tobacco Products at FDA and its tobacco regulatory authorities.

    October 21-23, 2019; Natcher Auditorium, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD


  • The 7th Annual VCBH Conference on October 10-11, 2019, will focus on the intersection between tobacco regulatory science and tobacco control, two of the major fields in tobacco research. We will bring together renowned researchers in both fields to see how each may compliment one another to decrease tobacco use nationwide.  This year’s keynote speaker is Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., Forster Family Chair in Cancer Prevention at the Masonic Cancer Center and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hatsukami’s areas of expertise include nicotine addiction and its treatment, including testing medications such as nicotine vaccine and combination medications, in smokers.

    We are also announcing the call for poster abstracts focused on research related to tobacco regulatory science or tobacco control. Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit. Please send submissions (including title, authors, affiliations, and 250-word abstract) to Diann Gaalema at diann.gaalema@med.uvm.edu by August 15.

    For conference program, registration and hotel links, please visit our conference webpage. Can’t attend the conference? Watch it LIVE at: https://livestream.com/VCBH/Conference2019


  • CASEL Webinar

    Digital Scholarship Programs

    October 9th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Katja Reuter, USC

    Registration will open soon.


  • CASEL Webinar

    Tobacco Product and ENDS Waste

    September 11th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Yogi Hendlin, UCSF 

    Registration will open soon.


  • CASEL Webinar

    Update on the Science of Heated Tobacco Products

    August 14th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Maciej Goniewicz

    Registration will open soon.


  • CASEL Webinar

    Tobacco Product Advertising 

    July 10th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Tess Cruz, USC


  • CASEL Webinar

    Tobacco Toxicity

    May 8th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Alex Carll, University of Louisville

    Registration will open soon.


  • CASEL Webinar

    Adolescent Use of Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes

    April 10th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Rachel Cassidy, Brown University

    Registration will open soon. 


  • CASEL Webinar

    The Role of Modeling in Tobacco Regulation in the US

    March 13th, 2019; 12pm-1pm ET

    Presenter: Dr. Benjamin Apelberg, Director, Division of Population Health Science, Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products, US Food and Drug Administration.

    Panelists: Drs. David T. Levy, Georgetown University and David Mendez, University of Michigan

    Moderator: Dr. Rafael Meza, University of Michigan

    Register (Registration closes 3/13/2019 at noon ET)


  • Monthly Webinar Series

    Topic: Mentoring

    Presenter:  Christine Pfund, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research

    Registration closes 2/13/2019 at noon ET


  • CASEL Webinar

    Topic:  The Process for Requesting Investigational Tobacco Products (ITPs)

    Presenter:  Priscilla Callahan-Lyon, FDA

    Date:  Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CT / 10:00 am – 11:00 am PT

    *Note new start time @ 1pm ET / 12pm CT / 10am PT

    Register (Registration closes November 28that 11:00 am Eastern.)



  • The Methodology Center at Penn State University

    Methodology Center Investigator Michael Russell will present an introduction to multilevel modeling (MLM) for intensive longitudinal data (ILD). MLM allows the separation of within- and between-person associations. It is a powerful and flexible approach that allows users to specify a wide range of models and address diverse research questions using ILD. The webinar will consist of a one-hour live video presentation followed by a one-hour question-and-answer session with Michael. Join us on Wednesday, November 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The 1&1 will be hosted via Zoom webinar at https://psu.zoom.us/j/636351319. 
    Email mchelpdesk@psu.edu with questions.


  • CASEL Webinar

    Topic:   Cardiovascular Effects of E-cigarettes

    Presenters: Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD and Rose Marie Robertson, PhD – AHA TCORS

    Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Time:  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT / 9:00 am – 10:00 am PT

    Register (Registration closes November 14that 11:00 am Eastern.)


  • Join the FDA on Oct. 22-23, 2018, at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, Md. for a discussion about the policies and processes for tobacco product application review, including the general scientific principles relevant to substantial equivalence reports, exemption requests, premarket tobacco applications, and modified risk tobacco product applications.

     

    Topics to be addressed in the meeting include:

    ·     Overview of the tobacco product marketing application types

    ·     Information that should be included in a tobacco product marketing application

    ·     Administrative processes involved in the submission and review of a tobacco product marketing application

    ·     Other topics relevant to the submission of tobacco product marketing applications, including tobacco product master files, meeting requests, grandfathered review, and environmental assessments

    Featuring presentations from FDA staff, expert panels, and a live Q&A, this free public meeting aims to make the FDA’s tobacco product review process more efficient, predictable, and transparent. This is in keeping with the Agency’s continued focus on helping industry to comply with federal tobacco regulations, while also upholding our public health mission.

     

    The meeting will also be webcast live, free of charge, but registration is required. After the meeting, we will post the archived webcast and complete transcripts on the FDA website as soon as they are available.

     

    BECOME A PANELIST: We are currently accepting nominations for panelists interested in addressing the above topics. To be considered, provide a one-page biosketch that describes and supports the individual’s expertise on the topic(s) being presented, the nature of the individual’s experience with tobacco product marketing applications and research, positions currently held, and any program development activities in which the individual has been involved. Please send nominations to workshop.CTPOS@fda.hhs.gov through Aug. 31, 2018.

     

    REGISTER TO ATTEND: You must register to attend the meeting no later than Sept. 21, 2018. Both in-person seating and webcast viewership are limited, so early registration is recommended. Onsite registration may be allowed if space is available. FDA may limit the number of registrants from a single organization, as well as the total number of participants, if registration reaches full capacity. You may also submit discussion questions for the live Q&A during the registration process. Further information is on the FDA website.

     

    Additional details, including the agenda and webcast link, will be made available closer to the meeting date. The meeting is not intended to communicate any new policies or interpretations regarding tobacco product marketing applications and their review.


  • 35th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health and 2018 GLMA Nursing Summit


    Annual Conference

    GLMA’s Annual Conference is the premier, interdisciplinary LGBTQ health conference and the world’s largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBTQ health issues and concerns.

    GLMA’s Annual Conference educates practitioners, policy advocates, educators, administrators, researchers and students—from across the health professions—about the unique health needs of LGBTQ individuals and families. The conference is a forum for discussion and exploration of how best to address these needs as well as the needs of LGBTQ health professionals and health profession students. GLMA’s Annual Conference also reports on research into the health needs of LGBTQ people.

    Nursing Summit

    The goal of the GLMA Nursing Summit is to bring together LGBTQ and ally nurses and nurse supporters to further the GLMA Nursing Section Action Plan to improve critical LGBTQ issues in the nursing profession. The summit will provide a forum for mentorship, support, and networking for attendees in the areas of research, leadership, education and training, policy, climate, and patient care. 

    • Conference Date: October 10-13, 2018
    • Nursing Summit Date: October 10, 2018
    • Location: Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
    • Conference details: GLMA Conference
  • Save the Date!

    Location:

    NIH Main Campus:
    The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
    45 Center Dr, Bethesda, MD 20894

    Date:

    September 13-14, 2018

    Program Chairs:

    Bradford Hesse & Robin Vanderpool

  • Two opportunities from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Tobacco Control (SOTCo) Award

    The AAP and SOTCo are sponsoring two opportunities for residents, fellows and other trainees: (1) Trainee Tobacco Champion Award; and (2) Soliciting Stories from the Field. If there are any questions regarding these opportunities email the AAP SOTCo Executive Committee at NoTobacco@aap.org

     

    1. Trainee Tobacco Champion Award

    Overview:

    Do you know a medical trainee who is active in tobacco control initiatives? The AAP Section on Tobacco Control is soliciting nominations for the Trainee Tobacco Champion Award! This award will go to a trainee (medical students, residents, or pediatric fellowship trainees) who is engaged with combatting tobacco use and exposure. Nominees should have designed their own tobacco-control project or have partnered with others as part of a larger-scale endeavor. Projects may involve research, community work, advocacy or education. Work does not need to have been presented or published previously.

    Specific Criteria Used in Selecting the Awardee will Include:

    • Passion for creating a tobacco-free future for today’s youth

    • Creativity in addressing tobacco-related issues

    • Dedication of time and effort

    • Leadership in a project

    Nominations:

    • Trainees can self-nominate themselves for this award

    • Program Directors and Attending Physicians can nominate trainees

    • Chief Residents and other trainees can nominate trainees

    Award Presentation:

    The award will consist of a certificate and a gift card which will be presented to the winner at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) Section on Tobacco Control Program on November 3, 2018, from 1pm-5pm. The award will also be announced in the AAP Section on Tobacco Control Fall Newsletter.  Winners are not required to attend the National Conference and Exhibition, but we hope you will be able to join us!

    Please use the attached form to send nominations to NoTobacco@aap.org by Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

     

    1. Soliciting Stories from the Field

    Are you a medical student, resident or pediatric fellowship trainee who is working to address tobacco use and tobacco exposure with patients, families or your community? We would love to hear about your experiences in addressing tobacco. We are soliciting stories of successes, challenges, and experiences with tobacco control— your experiences are shaping the future of tobacco control in pediatrics and we want to hear from you! Selected stories will be published in the AAP Section on Tobacco Control Fall Newsletter.

    Please use the attached form to send stories from the field to NoTobacco@aap.org by Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

     


  • Topic:

    Presenter(s):

    Date: June 13, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

    Summary:

  • FDA has issued a Federal Register notice announcing a meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) scheduled for Sept. 13-14, 2018, at the FDA White Oak campus. The committee will discuss scientific issues related to the modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) applications submitted by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for six Camel Snus smokeless tobacco products, which are currently under scientific review by FDA.
     
    The following information provides a brief overview of TPSAC, the public’s role at TPSAC meetings, and important dates related to the September 2018 meeting.

    What Does TPSAC Do?
    Generally, the role of TPSAC is to review and evaluate scientific issues, including safety, dependence, and health issues, relating to tobacco products and provide advice, information, and recommendations to the FDA.
     
    What is TPSAC’s Role in the MRTP Application Review Process?
    By law, the FDA must refer MRTP applications to TPSAC, and TPSAC must report its recommendations on the applications. In providing their recommendations, TPSAC members may not necessarily read the entirety of the applications. The FDA reviews and makes the determination as to whether to authorize an MRTP, and is not required to follow TPSAC recommendations, including votes. However, the FDA takes into consideration TPSAC members’ insights, along with public comments and other information made available to the agency, before making a determination on any MRTP application.
     
    What Happens at TPSAC Meetings on MRTP Applications?
    Before the meeting, TPSAC members receive materials prepared by the FDA and the company that provide context to inform TPSAC members’ discussion, including with respect to specific issues and questions from FDA staff that arose during the agency’s scientific review of the MRTP applications. The FDA intends to post all materials provided to TPSAC (redacted in accordance with applicable laws) on the agency’s website two days before the meeting. The FDA intends to post the materials for the September 2018 TPSAC meeting to the FDA website on September 11, 2018.
     
    During this upcoming meeting, representatives from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products’ Office of Science will present information about the company’s MRTP applications currently under FDA scientific review. TPSAC members may then discuss available scientific evidence related to issues and questions posed by FDA about the applications. During this discussion, TPSAC voting members may vote on specific issues and questions or other topics arising during the committee’s discussion.
     
    TPSAC meetings also include time for in-person public comments. Members of the public may attend TPSAC meetings or watch the live webcast.
     
    How Can Public Comments be Presented to TPSAC?
    Public comments have an important role in the MRTP review process, and the FDA recognizes that TPSAC meetings provide the public with an opportunity to present information to TPSAC members.
     
    Please refer to the Federal Register notice for instructions on how to submit public comments to TPSAC. Requests to present an oral comment at the September 2018 meeting must be received by Aug. 16, 2018. Written comments related to the TPSAC meeting must be received by Aug. 29, 2018.
     
    These deadlines apply only to the TPSAC meeting and do not apply to the public docket for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company MRTP applications. There is currently no deadline for public comments on these applications.

  • NIH Tobacco Regulatory Science Meeting

    June 18-20, 2018

    Natcher Conference Center

    NIH Campus

    Bethesda, MD


    The June 2018 NIH Tobacco Regulatory Science Meeting will highlight research relevant to the FDA’s regulatory authorities, including the July 28, 2017 announcement to develop a comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation to shift the trajectory of tobacco-related disease and death.  FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products current research priorities will be discussed.are invited:

    Meeting information and registration:  https://westat.confex.com/westat/trs18/registration/call.cgi

    Abstract submission: https://westat.confex.com/westat/trs18/cfp.cgi

    Email questions to: cectr@westat.com

  • NIH Tobacco Regulatory Science Meeting

    June 18-20, 2018

    Natcher Conference Center

    NIH Campus

    Bethesda, MD

    The June 2018 NIH Tobacco Regulatory Science Meeting will highlight research relevant to the FDA’s regulatory authorities, including the July 28, 2017 announcement to develop a comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation to shift the trajectory of tobacco-related disease and death.  Abstracts and symposia that will help inform FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products as it addresses the seven current research priorities listed below are invited:

    1. Toxicity:  Understanding how tobacco products and changes to tobacco product characteristics affect their potential to cause morbidity and mortality, including animal and cell culture models as well as novel alternative toxicology approaches that test the toxicity of tobacco smoke, aerosols, or specific constituents in tobacco.
    2. Addiction:  Understanding the effect of tobacco product characteristics on addiction and abuse liability.
    3. Health effects:  Understanding the short and long-term health effects of tobacco products.
    4. Behavior:  Understanding the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to tobacco product use and changes in tobacco product characteristics.
    5. Communications:  Understanding how to effectively communicate to the public and vulnerable populations regarding nicotine and the health effects of tobacco products, including media campaigns, and digital media.
    6. Marketing influences:  Understanding why people become susceptible to using tobacco products (both classes of products and products within classes) and transitions between experimentation, initiation to regular use and dual use.
    7. Impact analysis: Understanding impact of potential FDA regulatory actions.

    In addition, abstracts can address the planned FDA Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs) in the following areas:

    • Reducing nicotine to non-addictive levels in cigarettes;
    • Flavors in tobacco products:  appeal, dependence, toxicity; and
    • Premium cigars:  patterns of use, toxicity, and health consequences.


    Abstract submission deadline: March 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST


    For more information, and to submit an abstract go to: https://westat.confex.com/westat/trs18/cfp.cgi

    Meeting Information and Registration:  Go to:  https://westat.confex.com/westat/trs18/registration/call.cgi

    Email questions to: cectr@westat.com


  • CECTR Webinar

    Topic: E-cigarettes: Back to the Future

    Presenter: Stanton Glantz, PhD - University of California, San Francisco TCORS

    Date: June 13, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

    Summary:

    E-cigarettes have been widely promoted for harm reduction and as a way to quit smoking. Unfortunately, the actual experience has shown that they are supporting the cigarette market by attracting low risk youth and young adults to the nicotine market, many of whom progress to cigarette smoking. While likely less carcinogenic than conventional cigarettes, the risks of heart and lung disease are becoming more evident.


  • CECTR Webinar

    Topic: The influence of cigarette design and constituents on their delivery, use, and adverse health impact

    Presenter: David Ashley, PhD - Georgia State University TCORS

    Date: May 9, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

    Summary:

  • Who?

    Dianne Stanton Ward, EdD, FACSM, FTOS 

    Director, Intervention and Policy Division 

    Professor Department of Nutrition 

    Gillings School of Global Public Health 

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

     

    What?

    12th Annual Michael & Susan Dell 

    Lectureship in Child Health 

     

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    When?

    April 17, 2018

     

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

     

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    Where?

    The Blanton Museum 

    Edgar A. Smith Building 

    200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

    Austin, Texas 78705


    Registration will open March 6, 2018

     


  • Webinar: University of Southern California Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science for Vulnerable Populations

    USC’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science for Vulnerable Populations is hosting a webinar titled “The State of Tobacco Regulatory Science Research on Diverse Populations: Moving Forward through the Landscape of Policy, Culture, and the Marketplace. 

    Please join leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of Tobacco Regulatory Science, tobacco control and health disparities research to reflect on developments in the field in the last five years, consider future research directions, and engage in discussions on important and timely topics specifically relevant to vulnerable and diverse populations.

    Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

    Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm PDT / 11:00am - 6:30pm CDT / 12:00pm - 7:30pm EDT

    Location: via WebEx

    Registration: Symposium: TRS Research on Diverse Populations

    For questions, email tcors@usc.edu or call 323-442-7222


    Agenda

    Welcome and Introductions - Mary Ann Pentz

    9:20 AM Opening Remarks - Adam Leventhal

     

    9:40 AM Findings from the USC TCORS: 2013-2018

     

    10:40 AM Morning Break

     

    11:00 AM Panel 1: Vulnerable Populations

    • Amelie Ramirez, University of Texas at San Antonio - Discussant

    • Scott Leischow, Arizona State University

    • Phillip Gardiner, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program

    • Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, University of Southern California

     

    12:30 PM Poster Session and lunch break

     

    1:30 PM Panel 2: Policy

    • Pratima Musburger, ChangeLab Solutions - Discussant

    • Jonathan Samet, Colorado School of Public Health

    • Dana van Bemmel, FDA CTP

    • April Roeseler, California Department of Public Health


    2:45 PM Afternoon Break

     

    3:00 PM Panel 3: Marketplace and Products

    • Ray Niaura, New York University - Discussant

    • Kurt Ribisl, University of North Carolina

    • Tom Eissenberg, Virginia Commonwealth University

    • Steve Sussman, University of Southern California

     

  • CECTR Webinar

    Topic: Flavoring Additives in Tobacco Products Induce Endothelial Cell Dysfunction

    Presenter: Jessica Fetterman, PhD - American Heart Association TCORS

    Date: April 11, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern / 11:00am - 12:00pm Central / 9:00am - 10:00am Pacific

    Summary:

    We have developed in vitro assays for assessing the toxicity of flavoring additives used in tobacco products in endothelial cells. Various flavoring additives show a range of toxicities that are not altered by heating at temperatures achieved using electronic nicotine devices. Our data suggests that the flavoring additives in tobacco products are not benign which has implications for cardiovascular injury.


     


  • The CATCH My Breath Youth E-cigarette Prevention Program's goal is to increase students' knowledge of 

    E-cigarettes, nicotine and addiction dangers while cutting their intended use of the product in the future. 

     

    Learn how teachers, parents, and health professionals in the school/after-school setting can equip students with answers about E-cigarettes.


    Our presenter, Dr. Steve Kelder is an original co-creator of CATCH, Associate Regional Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Science at UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin and a world-renowned child health expert with specialties in tobacco control, physical activity promotion and nutrition education.

  • 36thGLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health

    GLMA is currently accepting abstracts for the 36th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health, which will be held October 10-13 in Las Vegas, NV! Click here to begin your submission!

    Abstracts must be submitted and completed online by
    11:59PM Eastern on Friday, March 16, 2018.


    This year, the conference theme Mind, Body, Spirit, and Policy: Holistic Approaches to LGBTQ Healthcare, will highlight the integration of mental, physical, and behavioral health in LGBTQ communities, taking into consideration the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity with other identities.


    The GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health will focus on comprehensive, team-based approaches to healthcare and research that deepen understanding and develop competency to ensure quality care for LGBTQ individuals. GLMA is seeking abstracts for workshop and research presentations that address LGBTQ health issues. Abstracts and proposals addressing this theme will be prioritized.


     Visit our website to learn more about the Call for Abstracts and how to submit your abstract.


    About the Annual Conference:
    GLMA's Annual Conference is the premier, interdisciplinary LGBTQ health conference and the world's largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBTQ health issues and concerns. GLMA's Annual Conference educates practitioners, policy advocates, educators, administrators, researchers and students - from across the health professions - about the unique health needs of LGBTQ individuals and families. The conference is a forum for discussion and exploration of how best to address these needs as well as the needs of LGBTQ health professionals and health profession students. GLMA's Annual Conference also reports on research into the health needs of LGBTQ people.


  • CECTR Webinar

    Topic: Should flavors be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes? Evidence on adult smokers and recent quitters from a discrete choice experiment

    Presenter(s): John Buckell, PhD - Yale University

    Date: March 14, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

    Summary:

    The FDA are considering possible bans on flavored tobacco products for protecting public health. In this study, we seek to inform this process by predicting the impacts of various flavors bans. We use a discrete choice experiment on 2,031 adult smokers and recent quitters in the US. Our results suggest that smokers' choices are sensitive to the specification of the bans (be it menthol, characterizing flavors, all flavors; applied to cigarettes, e-cigarettes or both). These results are useful to help guide policymaking.


  • 17th World Conference on Tobacco Or Health (WCTOH)

    Theme: Uniting The World For A Tobacco Free Generation

    Date: 7-9 March 2018

    Location: Cape Town, South Africa, at The Cape Town International Convention Centre


    Summary: The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 7-9 March 2018. It will unite researchers, academics, non-governmental organisations, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.

    The conference will meet under the theme of Uniting the World for a Tobacco-Free Generation, recognising that tobacco control is a global issue, crossing all geographic boundaries. This has been realised through the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which stands as the backdrop for the conference and for our global response as the only internationally, legally-binding health treaty of the 21st century. Only by coming together will we truly be able to be tobacco-free. The call for abstracts and for session submissions is now open.


    The conference format will include plenary speakers, symposia, posters, workshops and post-graduate courses on the many aspects of the tobacco epidemic and will highlight the efforts being made to control it through the WHO FCTC and MPOWER.

  • 5th Annual Texas TCORS Invited Speaker Series Panel Discussion

    Registration is now open for this event!

    This event will be held at the Texas Medical Association's Headquarters in Austin, TX (401 West 15th Street, Austin TX 78701).


    Meet the Panelists:

    Lois Biener, PhD: Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Survey Research, University of Massachusetts

    Lisa Henriksen, PhD: Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), Stanford University, Stanford

    Brian King, PhD: Deputy Director for Research Translation, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta 

    Connie Pechmann, PhD: Professor of Marketing at the UC-Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, Irvine

    Jerome Williams, PhD: Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in Business, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Rutgers University, Newark




  • CECTR Webinar

    Topic: Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Toxins and Chemistry

    Presenter: Robert Strongin, PhD - Portland State University

    Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

    Summary: The factors influencing the formation of electronic cigarette-derived toxins, including controversies as well as emerging research opportunities, will be presented. Topics include how specific e-cigarette design and user topography influence emission characteristics, as well as methods of analysis to address the unique characteristics of e-cigarettes.

  • We are pleased to announce that Methodology Center Investigators Stephanie Lanza and Michael Russell will present this year’s Summer Institute on Innovative Methods, "Analysis of Ecological Momentary Assessment Data Using Multilevel Modeling and Time-Varying Effect Modeling." During the Summer Institute, Stephanie and Mike will provide attendees with the theoretical background and applied skills necessary to identify and address innovative and interesting research questions in intensive longitudinal data streams such as daily diary and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) data using multilevel modeling (MLM) and time-varying effect modeling (TVEM). By the end of the workshop, participants will have fit several multilevel and time-varying effect models in SAS and will have had the opportunity to fit and interpret preliminary models using their own data. 

    The Summer Institute will be held June 28 - 29, 2018 on Penn State’s University Park Campus. The Institute is sponsored by Penn State’s Methodology Center and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    Read more or apply to attend.


  • The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will hold the Eighteenth Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials on July 8-19, 2018, in Warrenton, Virginia.

    The program provides a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.  Priority is given to individuals who have received their Ph.D. or MD (or equivalent) after 2011, but all researchers interested in pursuing a career in clinical research are encouraged to apply.

    Dates for the Institute this year are July 8-19, 2018.  Applications are now being accepted.

    Application link: https://obssr.applicantpro.com/jobs/685997.htmlThe deadline for submitting a completed application is February 23, 2018.

    Details regarding the Institute, including eligibility requirements, faculty, and curriculum, can be found at the following site:https://obssr.od.nih.gov/training/training-institutes/institute-on-randomized-clinical-trials/


  • An FDA public hearing focusing on nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), which are designed to help people quit smoking, is coming up on Jan. 26. During the hearing, FDA will obtain feedback relating to the agency’s approach to evaluating the safety and efficacy of NRTs, including how the products should be used and labeled. Types of nicotine replacement therapies include the gum, lozenge, and transdermal patch.
     
    If you missed the Jan. 2 deadline for registration to attend or present at this hearing at FDA’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Maryland, you can still register to watch a live webcast of the event.

    After the public hearing, electronic or written comments will be accepted until Feb. 15.
     
    For more information about the hearing, which is being held in support of FDA’s comprehensive new tobacco regulatory plan announced last July, read a Federal Register notice announcing the hearing. You can also learn more about the hearing, as well as a newly formed Nicotine Steering Committee focusing on NRTs, in a blog post by the FDA commissioner and the directors of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and Center for Tobacco Products. 

  • FDA has published a Federal Register notice announcing a meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) scheduled for Jan. 24-25, 2018, at the FDA White Oak campus. The committee will discuss scientific issues related to the modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) applications submitted by Philip Morris Products S.A. for its iQOS system and several Marlboro HeatSticks products, which are currently under scientific review by FDA.

    Requests must be submitted to present an oral comment at the TPSAC meeting by Dec. 27, 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may still submit a written comment to the FDA by Jan. 4, 2018. For more information, please see the Federal Register notice.


    2018 TPSAC Meeting Materials and Information

  • Below is the registration information for the “Improving Health Research on Small Populations: A Workshop” being held at the National Academy of Sciences Building. Webinar access is also available.

    The workshop will address approaches for identification, recruitment, and retention strategies for maximizing the sample sizes of small groups in intervention and research studies; epidemiological design and analytics approaches for small samples; and intervention design and analytic approaches for subpopulations. There continue to be communities that are often difficult to include in research studies because of the size, dispersion, and/or accessibility of the subpopulation, and the workshop will consider ways of addressing the challenges of research and interventions with small population groups, including alternative study designs, innovative methodologies, and innovative statistical techniques.

    This project is a collaboration between the Committee on National Statistics in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) and the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies. 


    Draft Agenda

    Address

    National Academy of Sciences Building
    2101 Constitution Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20418
    Lecture Room

  • CECTR Webinar

    Topic:

    Presenter(s):

    Date: January 10, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

    Summary:

  • CECTR Webinar on Behavioral Economics

    Topic: Behavioral Economics

    Title: Contemporary Status of Behavioral Economics: from Principles to the Experimental Tobacco MarketplaceM/p>

    Presenters: Warren Bickel, PhD and Andrew Barnes, PhD - Virginia Commonwealth University TCORS

    Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss (1) key concepts of behavioral economics such as unit price, elasticity and demand followed by a review of the evolution of methods with a discussion of research conducted with the latest methodological advance, the Experimental Tobacco Marketplace; and (2) how our lab has implemented some of these tools in tobacco regulatory research along with exploring some of the promise and pitfalls of these approaches for informing regulatory policy.

    Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific

    Register: CECTR webinar registration

  • CECTR Webinar

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Topic: Vulnerable Populations

  • Frontiers in Addiction Research

    Presented by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

    NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention

    Date:Friday, November 10, 2017

    Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern

    Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Room 207A, Washington, DC

    The Sciences of Astrocytes, Stress Response, and Translational Research

    Three scientific sessions will explore: 1) techniques and approaches for studying astrocytes in neurological disorders and behavior; 2) stress reactivity and immune function in brain development, addiction, and depression; and 3) approaches towards treatment of substance abuse disorders and mental illness.

    For more information and to register, please click here.

  • 2017 TCORS Fall Meeting at the NIH Natcher Conference Center

    October 23-24, 2017

  • CECTR Webinar

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


    Overview of Economics in TRS Research

    Presenter: Jidong Huang, PhD, Georgia State University

  • Vermont Center on Behavior & Health 5th Annual Conference: Tobacco Regulatory Science

    Date: October 5-6, 2017

    Location: Burlington Hilton Hotel, Burlington, Vermont


    The theme of this year’s conference is Tobacco Regulatory Science, with particular focus on vulnerable populations. Regulating the nicotine content of cigarettes and other products is an important responsibility of the FDA that has tremendous potential to reduce smoking prevalence and improve the U.S. public health. Scholars from leading U.S. universities and medical centers will share their research and knowledge throughout the 2-day program.

    This year’s keynote speaker is Mitch Zeller, J.D., Director, Center for Tobacco Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Director Zeller leads the FDA’s efforts to reduce the disease and death from tobacco use and bring previously unavailable information about its dangers to light. He is dedicated to carrying out CTP's charge to reduce the harm from all tobacco products across the entire population – with a focus on how and why people start, stop, or start again after stopping.

    We are also announcing the call for poster abstracts in the focus area of tobacco regulatory science. Posters will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis; abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit. Please send submissions (including title, authors, affiliations and a 250-word abstract) to Diann Gaalema, Ph.D., at Diann.Gaalema@med.uvm.edu before July 31.

    For conference program, registration and hotel links, please visit our website and/or conference page.

    For general information, contact Marissa Wells at mwells@uvm.edu.

    View a copy of the Conference Program

    Watch the conference live here. All presentations will also be available to watch after the conference.

  • CECTR Webinar

    A framework for research on product design changes

    Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central / 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific

    Presenters: Joseph Lee, PhD and Paige Avereett, PhD - East Carolina University

    Objective: Researchers and regulators need to know when changes to cigarette packages could influence population health. We sought to advance regulatory research on the role of cigarette packaging by validating a theory-based framework about product design and consumer behavior. The framework suggests the role of three cognitive dimensions and five affective dimensions on consumer behavior.

    Methods: This qualitative study examined how U.S. smokers think and talk about the design of cigarette packages. Data came from six telephone-based focus groups conducted in March 2017. Three groups consisted of lesbian, gay, and bisexual participants; two groups of participants with less than four years of college education; one group of LGB and straight identity; and, one group of the general population. All groups were selected for regional, gender, and racial/ethnic diversity. Participants (n=33) represented all nine U.S. Census divisions. We conducted deductive qualitative analysis.

    Results: Participant discussions of cigarette packs confirmed all three cognitive and five affective domains of product design. The proposed framework was consistent with how smokers think about cigarette packaging designs.

    Conclusions: Use of the framework for cigarette product packaging design can inform tobacco regulatory research. Tobacco regulatory research should consider examining the cognitive and affective outcomes of cigarette design.



    To register, click here or the registration button below.

  • CECTR Webinar: Toxicology 101 - Toxicity of E-cigarettes: What we do and what we don’t know

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Presenter: Ilona Jaspers, PhD, UNC

    Abstract: The toxicity of e-cigarettes (e-cigs) is often compared to the toxicity of conventional cigarettes and often focuses on toxicants known to be present in cigarette smoke (CS) (i.e. acrolein, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, etc.) and clinical endpoints associated with smoking, such as cancer, COPD, etc.. However, this approach disregards potential toxicity of components unique to e-cigs, such as many different flavoring chemicals as well as chemicals generated through the aerosolization of the base liquid, which likely induce respiratory effects not usually observed in smokers. This presentation will describe concepts and variables important to determine the respiratory toxicity of flavored e-cigarettes.

  • NIH Webinar: The role of environmental and taste cues in nicotine/alcohol interactions

    NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Dr. Bill Riley invites you to attend the OBSSR Director’s Series Webinar on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 titled “The role of environmental and taste cues in nicotine/alcohol interactions.”


    Date and Time

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)

    For webinar information and to register, visit the NIH webpage.


    Presentation Abstract

    A major problem with both nicotine addiction and alcoholism is the craving and relapse induced by individuals’ heightened responsivity to the people, places, and other cues associated with drinking and smoking. Our work in rats shows that some individuals are particularly sensitive to the effects of cues on drug-seeking behavior, and that nicotine exposure exacerbates this effect in complex ways. For example, our work shows that nicotine enhances the response to environmental cues associated with alcohol, but prevents conditioned aversion to taste cues associated with alcohol-induced illness. Regarding this latter effect, our work suggests that nicotine interferes with taste cue learning by activating acetylcholine neurons that project from the basal forebrain to the insular cortex. Together, it appears that nicotine affects environmental and taste cues differentially, which work in concert to enhance alcohol seeking while reducing conditioned aversions to alcohol tastes.


    Presenter Bio

    Paul Meyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo (UB). He received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience under the mentorship of Tamara J. Phillips at Oregon Health & Sciences University, where he studied the neurobehavioral adaptations caused by repeated alcohol exposure. His postdoctoral training with Terry Robinson and Wayne Aldridge at the University of Michigan involved studies on the neural basis of cue-responsivity and the role of the brain's motivational circuit in addiction-related behavior. Dr. Meyer combines this training in his laboratory at UB, where he conducts studies examining the neural and genetic bases of cue-responsivity and other behaviors related to drug addiction.

  • A Social Media-based Informatics Platform for ENDS Regulatory Research

    Part of the The Division of Epidemiology Services and Prevention Research (DESPR) seminar series hosted by NIH

    Presenters:

    • Daniel Zeng, PhD, Gentile Family Professor of MIS - University of Arizona
    • Scott Leischow, PhD, Professor and Associate Director for Public Health - Arizona State University

    Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    Time:10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

    Description: Join the DESPR seminar series on Wednesdsay, July 12th to hear a discussion on "A Social Media-based Informatics Platform for ENDS Regulatory Research". The Division of Epidemiology Services and Prevention Research (DESPR) promotes epidemiology, services and prevention research to understand and address the range of problems related to drug abuse in order to improve public health.



    WebEx information
    :

    WebEx link: DESPR WebEx

    WebEx Meeting Number/Access code: 628 270 450

    Meeting password: DESPR (type in all captial letter)


    To join by phone:

    1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)

    1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

    Toll-free calling restrictions

    Can't join the meeting? Contact Support

  • CECTR Webinar: Effective Communication Strategies

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Presenter: Lucy Popova, PhD, GSU

  • Johns Hopkins 35th Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    June 12 - June 30, 2017

    The 35th Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics will be held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, June 12-30, 2017. Our program offers intensive short courses focused on research methods and practice, highlighting epidemiologic and statistical concepts and methodology.
    We would be most grateful if you would share information about our summer program in epidemiology and biostatistics with colleagues, students, staff, and trainees in your department.

    In addition to foundation courses such as Principles of Epidemiology and Intermediate Epidemiology, we will offer Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis, Health Situation Analysis, Pharmacoepidemiology and Stata Programming.

    Clinical research courses include Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, Topics in Management of Clinical Trials, and Bayesian Adaptive Trials. Biostatistics methods courses include Longitudinal Data Analysis, Survival Analysis and Multilevel Models.

    Online courses include Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Epidemiologic Intelligence and Population Health Assessments and Power and Sample Size for the Design of Epidemiological Studies.

    Additional courses offered include Global Cancer Epidemiology, US National Health Surveys: Application & Associated Research Methods, and Comparative Effectiveness Research: Conducting Randomized Trials and Emulating Target Trials Using Observational Data.

    • Over forty courses are offered in one, two or three-week formats, as one-day workshops and online.
    • Participants can register for professional development, to enhance current skills, or for academic credit for those interested in applying the course work towards a degree program.
    • JHU Campus Housing available: fees include breakfast and dinner daily.

    Johns Hopkins website www.jhsph.edu/summerepi has information on courses, tuition and online registration.

  • CECTR Webinar - Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Devices: Cardiovascular Biomarkers of Effect

    Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Time: 12:00pm EDT / 11:00am CDT / 9:00am PDT

    Presenter: Suzaynn Schick, PhD - University of California, San Francisco

    Description: This presentation will discuss established and emerging biomarkers of the cardiovascular effects of tobacco and nicotine delivery products. Contextualization will be provided by comparison of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, NRT, and where available, e-cigarettes.

  • CECTR Webinar: Developing Biomarkers of Exposure for E-cigarettes

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Presenters:

    Vladimir Mikheev, PhD

    Stephanie Buehler, PhD

    UMD/Battelle

  • CECTR Webinar: Primer on Biomarkers of Exposure to Tobacco Products

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

    Presenters: Suzaynn Schick, PhD, University of California - San Francisco and Connie Sosnoff, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Battery Safety Concerns in Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Public Workshop

    April 19-20, 2017

    FDA White Oak Conference Center

    Building 31, Room 1503

    10903 New Hampshire Avenue

    Silver Spring, MD 20993

    The objective of the workshop is to gather information and stimulate discussion on batteries used in electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including electronic cigarettes. Specifically, CTP seeks to gather information about battery safety concerns, risk mitigation, and design parameters related to ENDS. Information related to the communication from tobacco product manufacturers or importers to distributors, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and the general public on battery-related safety concerns with the use of ENDS products will also be collected.

    Deadline for Requests to Serve as a Presenter or Panelist: February 17, 2017

    Deadline for Requests to Speak During Public Comment Session: March 17, 2017

    Registration Deadline: March 17, 2017

    For additional information: click here.

  • CECTR Webinar: PATH

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Presenter: Andy Hyland, PhD, Roswell Park

  • CECTR Webinar - How Scientific Research Informs FDA Regulatory Actions

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern

    Presenter: David Ashley, PhD

  • CECTR Webinar: Methods Training

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

    Presenter: Joe Koopmeiners

    Presenter Biography

  • CECTR Webinar: Methods Training

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

    Presenter: Felix Elwert

    Presenter Biography

    Abstract: Felix Elwert, (Ph.D., Harvard, 2007) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Elwert won the first Causality in Statistics Education Award from the American Statistical Association in 2013 and lectures across the globe on topics of causal inference, graphical causal models, and quasi-experimental methods.

    Felix will give two webinars that build on each other. In the first webinar, Felix will introduce directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and explain their uses for causal inference. In the second webinar, Felix will use DAGs to discuss real-world challenges and solutions in “tobacco-related” research to aid tobacco regulatory science and policy.

    References

    1. Working with Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)

    2. Using Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) for Causal Inference in Real-World TRS Applications

    Optional Preparatory Reading

    1. Elwert, Felix. 2013. “Graphical Causal Models.” Pp. 245–73 in Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, S. Morgan (ed.). Dodrecht: Springer. 
    2. Elwert, Felix, and Christopher Winship. 2014. “Endogenous Selection Bias: The Problem of Conditioning on a Collider Variable.” Annual Review of Sociology 40:31–50.

  • CECTR Webinar: Methods Training

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

    Presenter: Felix Elwert

    Presenter Biography

    Abstract: Felix Elwert, (Ph.D., Harvard, 2007) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Elwert won the first Causality in Statistics Education Award from the American Statistical Association in 2013 and lectures across the globe on topics of causal inference, graphical causal models, and quasi-experimental methods.

    Felix will give two webinars that build on each other. In the first webinar, Felix will introduce directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and explain their uses for causal inference. In the second webinar, Felix will use DAGs to discuss real-world challenges and solutions in “tobacco-related” research to aid tobacco regulatory science and policy.

    References

    1. Working with Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)

    2. Using Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) for Causal Inference in Real-World TRS Applications

    Optional Preparatory Reading

    1. Elwert, Felix. 2013. “Graphical Causal Models.” Pp. 245–73 in Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, S. Morgan (ed.). Dodrecht: Springer. 
    2. Elwert, Felix, and Christopher Winship. 2014. “Endogenous Selection Bias: The Problem of Conditioning on a Collider Variable.” Annual Review of Sociology 40:31–50.

  • CECTR Webinar: Methods Training

    Causal Inference in Practice as related to Tobacco Regulatory Science Research

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

    Presenter: Jon Samet

    Presenter Biography

    Abstract: Dr. Samet will begin with an overview of the philosophical background on causation. With this background, he will move to the determination of causation around non-communicable diseases, which have multiple contributing causes. He will review the discussions of this issue in the 1950s and 1960s leading to the approaches proposed by Hill and the 1964 Surgeon General’s report.   He will describe how these criteria are applied in practice and consider the causal conclusions reached over the last 50 years related to tobacco. Dr. Samet’s comments will cover the 21st century science of determining risk, providing insights to what is done in practice and how techniques and approaches have evolved over time and where they are today. Dr. Samet will then provide some examples to illustrate the points in his presentation with some recent examples of causal questions.


     



  • CECTR Webinar: Methods Training

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Presenter: John Ioannidis

    AbstractData Analysis and Interpretation: Be Sure You’re Right, Then Go Ahead.”  Dr. John Ioannidis, from the Stanford Prevention Research Center, will provide a broad perspective of epidemiologic approaches and methodologies that have been commonly used in interpreting data where there is a desire to move from inference to causality. Dr. Ioannidis will use a structure that includes revisiting Bradford Hill’s criteria for understanding and separating association from causation.  The nine criteria that make up Hill’s landmark approach will be touched upon and there will be a reconsideration of how these criteria apply today and how we might need to think innovatively to move a field forward and make the most use of data collected.  As appropriate to his presentation, Dr. Ioannidis will explain his thinking with examples of working with observational and longitudinal data sources. Questions from those viewing the webinar will be answered by Dr. Ioannidis at the conclusion of and within his one-hour presentation as time allows.

    Presenter Biography

  • CECTR Webinar

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Risk Assessment: A Public Workshop

    November 15 - 16, 2016

    The Marriott Inn and Conference Center

    University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

    3501 University Blvd. East

    Hyattsville, MD 20783

    Risk Assessment: A Public Workshop

    The workshop is designed to open the discussion regarding available data and approaches to inform the risks assessment of tobacco products and to support tobacco regulatory science. The objectives of the workshop are to identify:

    • Available data to characterize tobacco product users.
    • Available data and risk assessment methods to characterize exposures and health risks associated with different types of tobacco products as well as tobacco product constituents.
    • Areas of research and method development which may further strengthen knowledge and approaches regarding tobacco product risk assessment.


    Deadline for Requests to Serve as a Presenter or Panelist: September 30, 2016

    Deadline for Requests to Speak During Public Comment Session: October 21, 2016

    Registration Deadline: October 21, 2016

    For additional information, please click here.

  • CECTR Webinar

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • 2016 TCORS Fall Meeting at the NIH Natcher Conference Center.

    November 7-8, 2016

  • The Premarket Tobacco Product Application for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS): A Public Seminar

    Date: October 17-18, 2016

    Location: The Marriott Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), 3501 University Blvd. East Hyattsville, MD 20783

    This seminar is intended to improve understanding of general scientific principles relevant to ENDS as well as administrative information in order to assist persons considering submitting applications for ENDS tobacco products. Topics to be addressed include:

    • What information the FD&C Act requires an applicant to include in a new tobacco product application.
    • Basic administrative processes in submission of a new tobacco product application.
    • Break down scientific terminology and discussion of established scientific principles for non-scientists particularly in relation to developing understanding of ENDS products.

    Registration Deadline: October 6, 2016

    For additional information,click here.

  • AAAR 35th Annual Conference

    Oregon Convention Center

    Portland, Oregon

    October 17-21, 2016

    For more information, please refer to the AAAR Conference website.

  • CECTR Webinar

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Vermont Center on Behavior and Health's 4th Annual Conference: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities

    October 6 - 7, 2016

    Burlington, VT

    Obesity, Tobacco Use in Vulnerable Populations, and Health Implications of Marijuana Legalization, Among Other Health Topics

    Personal behavior patterns (i.e., lifestyle) increase risk for chronic disease and premature death. Unhealthy behaviors (e.g., physical inactivity/unhealthy food choices, tobacco use, prescription opioid abuse) represent the leading cause of chronic disease and premature deaths in the U.S. and are a major driver behind spiraling healthcare costs. These risk behaviors are overrepresented among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and are major contributors to the problem of health disparities.

    During the Conference, scholars from leading U.S. universities and medical centers will share their research and knowledge on how to apply the concepts and methods of behavioral economics to improve scientific understanding and clinical outcomes with these highly challenging and costly public health problems in the areas of obesity, tobacco use and prescription opioid abuse.

    VCBH will once again be hosting its highly regarded poster session. Submissions in all areas addressed by the conference are welcome. Please see submission guidelines linked below. The deadline for poster submissions is July 31.

    For conference program, registration, hotel reservations and abstract submissions, please click here.

  • Texas TCORS on Youth and Young Adults: 4th Annual Invited Speaker Series

    Keynote Speaker: Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine, Director of the Yale TCORS

    Lecture Topic: Youth and E-Cigarettes: Why are we concerned?

    Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 11:30am – 1:00 pm EDT / 8:30 am – 10:00 am PDT

    For additional information, click here.

    To Register, click here.

  • 4th Annual Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science Invited Speaker Series

    Featuring: Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

    Date: October 5, 2016;10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location: Texas Medical Association, 401 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701

    Speaker: Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

    Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS).

    Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General's report on "Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People" and also serves as a member of the FDA's Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. The Yale TCORS is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction.

    Register here.

  • CECTR Webinar: Texas TCORS

    Presenters: Cheryl Perry, PhD; Melissa Harrell, PhD; Alexandra Loukas, PhD

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • The University of Maryland/Battelle Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) Retreat

    August 17-19, 2016

    8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    University of Maryland, School of Public Health

    Student Lounge, 2nd Floor (Rm 2236)

    The University of Maryland/Battelle Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) 4th Annual Retreat

    The University of Maryland/Battelle Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) will host our 4th Annual Retreat August 17-19, 2016 at the UMDSchool of Public Health in College Park, MD.

    The first day of the retreat (August 17) is an open event to all interested non-TCORS investigators, and trainees. We welcome faculty, researchers and students at UMD, Battelle and partnering organizations to join us for presentations on past and ongoing research in tobacco regulatory science.

    Please RSVP for the retreat to akidanu@umd.edu by Friday, August 12th.

    For more information on the Center and research projects, please click here.

  • CECTR Webinar: Using the laboratory to inform potential FDA policies regulating e-cigarettes

    Presenters: Andrew Barnes, PhD and Caroline Cobb, PhD

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Secondary Analysis of Data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study

    Dates: August 3-5, 2016

    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Instructor: Kristie Taylor, Westat

    NAHDAP will host the FREE course, “Secondary Analysis of Data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study” in the 2016 ICPSR Summer Program.

    The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study is a collaboration between the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The PATH Study is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of approximately 46,000 adults and youth (12 years and older) in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform FDA’s regulatory activities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in 2009. The workshop will focus on the first wave of data, which was collected from September 2013 to December 2014.

    Attendees will be introduced to the PATH Study, including the design, sample, data collection procedures, instruments, and variables. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of how to use and link PATH Study data files. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises. It is designed for faculty and research professionals as well as for advanced graduate students interested in tobacco regulatory science who are comfortable with data analysis software and quantitative research in the social sciences.

    Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of secondary data organization and manipulation, fundamental data analysis skills, working knowledge of a statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, R) and a substantive interest in tobacco regulatory research.

    Application: Admission is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Sign up through the Summer Program’s registration portal available at: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0220 .

    Then, upload the following documents via the portal:

    • Current curriculum vita
    • Cover letter summarizing research interest in this course and related research experiences
    • Priority will be given to applicants with immediate interest in using the PATH Study data for tobacco regulatory research and who provide a research project description to do so, including references to theory or historical context, how the project extends what is presently known, and why the PATH Study data are needed for the project.

    Application deadline: May 23, 2016

    Questions:

    For issues related to registration, contact sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu.

    For questions related to the PATH Study data, contact nahdap@icpsr.umich.edu.

    For more information about NAHDAP, visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NAHDAP/.

  • CECTR Webinar: UCSF TCORS

    Presenters: Lauren Dutra, ScD

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Secondary Data Analysis and the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)

    Dates: June 20-22, 2016

    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Instructor: Lisa Dierker, Wesleyan University

    A few spaces are still available for NAHDAP's FREE course in the ICPSR’s Summer Program, “Secondary Data Analysis and the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP).”

    This three-day workshop will support participants in planning and conducting secondary data analysis using existing datasets, especially those available from NAHDAP. Each participant’s experience in the workshop will be individualized to her/his own interests, background, and needs. Workshop sessions will include presentations focused on the nuts and bolts of secondary data analysis followed by hands-on time in the computer lab to work on participants’ projects. Participants need to come prepared to dive into their analyses and write papers during the course. People who attended last year are welcome to apply to attend again.

    For more information about NAHDAP, visit icpsr.umich.edu/NAHDAP

    Prerequisites: Substantive interest in addiction and/or HIV. Applicants must select a dataset they will work with during the 3 days, develop a research question, and use the dataset's codebook to identify variables they will be using to answer the research question. This information should be included in the cover letter.

    Application: Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Sign up for the workshop through the Summer Program’s portal at: icpsr.umich.edu/SummerProgram.

    Then, upload the following documents via the portal:

    • Current curriculum vita
    • Cover letter summarizing research interest in this course and related research experiences
      • Include the name of the dataset, your research question, and a brief description of the variables that you will use
      • Indicate if you use SAS or R, or have no preference

    Application deadline: Deadline extended to May 16, 2016.

    Questions:

    For issues related to registration, contact sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu.

    For issues related to datasets, contact nahdap@icpsr.umich.edu.

    Additional Information: For additional information, please click this link.

  • CECTR Webinar: Communicating about constituents in tobacco products and the impact of source credibility on message effectiveness

    Presenters: Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH; Kurt Ribisl, PhD; Erin Sutfin, PhD; Noel Brewer, PhD

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Deadline extended! Early career investigators now have until June 2 to apply for the Health Disparities Research Institute.

    Dates: June 2, 2016

    Due to technical difficulties, the application deadline for the NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute has been extended to 5:00 p.m. local time, June 2, 2016.

    The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute from August 15, 2016, to August 19, 2016. The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in applying.

    What the Health Disparities Research Institute Is: This program provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers, interested in addressing health disparities and minority health research, to learn about the latest science and receive guidance on their own research projects from leaders in the field.

    Who Should Apply: Early career investigators, including postdoctoral researchers, research associates and assistant professors, engaged in health disparities and minority health research are encouraged to apply. We seek participants from diverse backgrounds within and outside of academia, such as from community-based and nonprofit organizations.

    Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation, room, and board. Limited scholarships will be available to cover travel expenses based on need. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who require financial assistance are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

    How to Apply: The online application is now open on the NIMHD website.

    Due to technical difficulties, the application deadline for the NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute has been extended to 5:00 p.m. local time, June 2, 2016.

    Application Information: Selection will be based on the following criteria:

    • Professional experience and education achievements.
    •  A brief essay (no more than 250 words) addressing interest in the program and outlining objectives for participation in the program.
    • A one-page abstract with specific aims of a proposed research project.
    • One letter of recommendation providing evidence of potential success in minority health and health disparities research.


    Approximately 60 participants will be accepted and preference will be given to those who demonstrate high potential to incorporate training into their own research.

    Program Information: The program will feature lectures, seminars, small group discussions, and sessions with scientific staff from across NIH Institutes and Centers. Lectures and seminars will include the following topics:

    • Population science and health disparities
    • Research design and measurement approaches
    • Intervention science methods
    • Healthcare disparities and outcomes research
    • Community-based participatory research

    Small group discussions will be tailored to the research interests of the participants. NIH staff will also consult on research strategies and methodologies specific to the participant’s project and how to develop the project into an R01, R21, or K award application.

    For additional information, contact the course planning committee at nimhdhealthdc@mail.nih.gov.

  • The Deeming Rule Explained: What the Public Health Community Needs to Know

    May 19, 2016

    1:00 pm CT/2:00 pm ET

    The FDA recently took an important step to protect public health by publishing a final rule to begin regulating e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. For this webinar, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium welcomes Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, to explain what is in the FDA’s final deeming rule and how it will be implemented. Consortium staff attorneys will discuss the potential next steps for the FDA, and identify policy options for state and local tobacco control advocates to build on the FDA’s historic action.

    Register online for this webinar.

  • NIH TRS Conference at the NIH Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, MD.

    May 16-18, 2016

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites you to participate in the second Tobacco Regulatory Science Conference. The Conference is open to investigators receiving funding from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), or from NIH for research in the area of tobacco regulatory science.

    The call for abstracts is posted on the conference website. Please note that abstracts will be accepted beginning the week of December 28, 2015 with a submission deadline of January 25, 2016.

    Click here to visit the conference website and to read more about the call for abstracts.

  • CECTR Webinar: From Application to Grant: The NIH Process Demystified

    Presenters:

    • Helen Meissner, ScM, PhD
    • Kay Wanke, PhD, MPH
    • Rachel Mandal, MSc
    • Sarah Byrne, PhD

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Call for Abstracts for the AAAR 35th Annual Conference

    Abstract submissions are now being accepted for a Special Symposium Electronic Cigarettes: Formulation, Particle Generation, Deposition and Health Effects American Association for Aerosol Research 35th Annual Conference October 17-21, 2016; Portland, Oregon

    Abstract Deadline: May 6, 2016

    The call for abstracts is now open for the American Association for Aerosol Research 35th Annual Conference. We are inviting submissions for a Special Symposium on electronic cigarettes, which will include sessions on formulation, particle generation, deposition, and health effects. Dr. Jonathan Samet will give a the conference plenary to kick off this Special Symposium. The planning committee for this special session includes the following members:</p>

    • Anthony Wexler, PhD, Air Quality Research Center, University of California, Davis  
    • Kay Wanke, PhD, MPH, Tobacco Regulatory Science Program, Office of Disease Prevention, NIH 
    • Rachel Grana, PhD, National Cancer Institute, NIH
    • Lisa Postow, PhD, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
    • Kevin Walton, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH                         
    • Elizabeth Durmowicz, MD, Center for Tobacco Products, FDA


    For questions, feel free to contact Tony Wexler (aswexler@ucdavis.edu) or Kay Wanke (kay.wanke@nih.gov). More information, including instructions for submission, can be found below:

    Abstract Process

    All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically at http://aaarabstracts.com/2016/

    Questions regarding the mechanics of abstract submission should be addressed to: Jeff Lindley, support@AAARabstracts.com

    Questions concerning AAAR abstract codes or AAAR membership status should be directed to: Jacqueline Drzemiecki, info@aaar.org

    Questions regarding abstract acceptance should be directed to the 2016 Conference Chair: 

    Professor Mark T. Swihart UB Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Executive Director, NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics University at Buffalo (SUNY)

    506 Furnas Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-4200 

    Phone: 716-645-1181; 

    Fax: 716-645-3822 

    Abstract Procedures

    Each AAAR member will be given a code for one (1) free abstract submission to the AAAR 2016 Annual Conference. Codes are transferable, so they can be gifted or traded. Additional abstract submissions will cost $50 each. This abstract fee is intended to enhance the quality of the AAAR presentations in part by reducing the number of no-shows.

    Current AAAR members (including student members) will be emailed a code which they will use for the first submission. Each specific code can be used only once. (Remember that your unique code can be given to another author, if you desire.) Nonmembers or individuals submitting more than one abstract will be guided through the payment process on the abstract web site: http://AAARabstracts.com/2016. Questions about the abstract submission process should be directed to: support@AAARabstracts.com. Questions concerning AAAR membership details should be directed to: info@aaar.org.

    1. Abstract Preparation: Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in English. Please follow the submission instructions on the AAAR abstracts web site.
    2. Co-Author Approval: Ensure that all co-authors approve the abstract and its potential presentation.
    3. Abstract submission to any of the special symposia or topical areas is welcome.
    4. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 6th. Abstracts received after this deadline will be considered for the late breaking poster sessions.
    5. Abstract Receipt Confirmation: You will receive an email confirmation immediately following the submission of your abstract. If you do not receive a confirmation for your abstract within 24 hours, or if you have questions, please email support@AAARabstracts.com.
    6. Changes to Abstracts: You may make changes to your abstract through the support@AAARabstracts.com web site until the deadline of Friday, May 6, 2016.
    7. Abstract Review: Abstracts will be reviewed by the AAAR Technical Program Committee along with the Conference Chair. Abstract acceptance notifications will be emailed only to corresponding authors.
    8. Corrections after Acceptance: Notice of acceptance will include the title and author list for your paper as it will appear in the final program. Any corrections to this listing should be directed to support@AAARabstracts.com.
  • USC RFA for Pilot Research Projects in Tobacco Regulatory Science LOI Deadline

    LOI Deadline: April 15, 2016

    The Developmental/Pilot Projects Program of the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) aims to support new and innovative research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration. Pilot research projects focused on one (or more) of the following areas are welcomed in response to this RFA.

    • Methodological studies on measurement and/or analytic strategies that address changes in emerging tobacco product use (e.g., real-time data capture of effects of contextual changes on emerging tobacco use, such as implementation of proposed deeming rules, anti-tobacco campaigns, or changes in marketing practices; longitudinal analysis strategies that address transitions in use from one product to a new one; or quantitative systems science analytical methods for examining systems that effect emerging tobacco product use). 
    • Collaborative studies between the USC TCORS and one or more other TCORS, or between the USC TCORS and other FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)/Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP)-funded organizations.
    • Small-scale pilot study proposals submitted by non-TCORS universities or organizations that target vulnerable and diverse populations are encouraged, particularly if focused on populations in California.

    Applications will only be accepted if submitted via the USC TCORS online Grant Application Processing System (GAPS), available at http://gaps.usc.edu/. For first-time applicants, please use this link to register and set up an account. For returning applicants wishing to establish a new user account, please contact Andrew Zaw at andrewz@usc.edu. All required application materials (including LOI and budget templates) are accessible via the GAPS. For technical assistance with the GAPS, please contact Andrew Zaw at andrewz@usc.edu. For program-specific or administrative questions, please email the USC TCORS at tcors@usc.edu

    For more information, please refer to the TCORS Opportunities page on the TRS Knowledge Center.

  • CECTR Webinar: PATH - Highlighted findings from Wave 1 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco Health (PATH) Study

    Presenters: Andrew Hyland, PhD

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Webinar: The Science Behind the United Kingdom’s Approach to regulating Alternative/Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices (ENDS/ANDS)

    April 5, 2016

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

    Speaker: Linda Bauld, PhD, Professor of Health Policy, Institute for Social Marketing University of Stirling, United Kingdom

    CECTR is pleased to announce a very unique opportunity to gain insight to the approaches to the societal ENDS/ANDS management in the United Kingdom (UK). Join us as we present a lecture via live webinar with Dr. Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy, Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, United Kingdom.

    Dr. Bauld will begin by discussing the extent and nature of the ENDS/ANDS market landscape in the UK and the science behind the Public Health England Report of August 2014. Next, she will focus on the report’s main conclusions that ENDS/ANDS aerosol inhalation (vaping) is substantially less harmful than the deadly smoke inhalation from combusted tobacco; patterns of smoking and vaping in non-smokers, especially youth and cessation of smoking among smokers. Finally, Dr. Bauld will provide an overview of the current marketing of these products and the UK approach to limitations on marketing that may appeal to children and public education and recommended use of ENDS/ANDS to encourage smoking cessation.

    This webinar will offer the TRS Research Community an opportunity to: (a) Review the Public Health England report; (b) Send one brief question for discussion to CECTR@westat.com by COB Friday, April 1st; (c) learn how the latest science has informed the UK’s management of ENDS/ANDS as an emerging class of products; and (d) consider how these issues relate to the US context. Panelists (to be determined) and attendees will engage in a question and answer period with Dr. Bauld.

    Click here to access the registration page.

    Registration closes @12:00pm EDT on April 5.

    About Dr. Linda Bauld:

    Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research (Impact) at the University of Stirling. She is Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UKCRC Centre for Public Health Excellence covering 13 Universities. In August 2014 she took on the role of Cancer Research UK’s cancer prevention champion (Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention). Dr. Bauld is a social scientist with a PhD in social policy. Her research focuses on two main areas: the evaluation of complex public health interventions; and the use of evidence to inform health policy. She has conducted studies on drug and alcohol use, inequalities in health and, most notably, on smoking cessation and tobacco control. She undertook the first study of the UK’s national (NHS) stop smoking services when they were established in 1999. She has also played a significant role in the monitoring and evaluation of a range of tobacco control policies, and served as the UK government's scientific adviser on tobacco control from 2006 to 2010. Dr. Bauld chaired the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) programme development group on tobacco harm reduction (2011-2013). This latter role has led to a particular current interest in research and policy on harm reduction and electronic cigarettes in the UK, Europe and further afield.

  • Biomarkers of Potential Harm – A Public Workshop

    April 4-5, 2016

    The purpose of this workshop is to open the discussion on how to identify and implement the use of biomarkers for the purposes of tobacco product regulation. The objectives of this workshop are to identify 1) approaches to assessing and selecting biomarkers of potential harm; 2) the processes of identifying biomarkers of potential harm that may be useful in tobacco product regulation; and 3) areas of research which may further strengthen knowledge about biomarkers of potential harm.

    Join us for a research meeting on cigar use in the U.S.A.

    Deadline for Requests to Serve as a Presenter or Panelist: February 5, 2016

    Deadline for Requests to Speak During Public Comment Session: March 14, 2016

    Registration Deadline to Attend or View Live Webcast: March 16, 2016

    For additional information, click here.

  • Waterpipes – A Public Workshop

    The purpose of this workshop is to gather scientific information and stimulate discussion among scientists about waterpipes and waterpipe tobacco (hookah). This workshop intends to address a wide range of information on waterpipes and waterpipe tobacco smoking, including presentations and panel discussions about the current state of the science, and will focus on product design, smoke constituents and emissions of harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs), HPHC exposures to users and non-users, environmental impacts, prevalence and patterns of use, perceptions, addiction, and the impact of marketing these products on population health including both users and nonusers.

    March 17-18, 2016

    Deadline for Requests to Serve as a Presenter or Panelist: February 1, 2016

    Deadline for Requests to Speak During Public Comment Session: February 25, 2016

    Registration Deadline: February 25, 2016

    For additional information, click here.

  • CECTR Webinar: Trainee Transition - Navigating from trainee to professional setting

    Presenters:

    • Jackie Lavigne, PhD, MPH,
    • Rachel Grana, PhD, MPH
    • Deirdre Lawrence Kittner, PhD, MPH
    • Judith J. Prochaska, PhD, MPH


    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Get an Early Start on SRNT: Registration is Now Open for the Battelle hosted Cigar Use Symposium

    March 1, 2016

    With funding from a grant from the FDA CTP, Battelle Memorial Institute is hosting a symposium/workshop on Cigar Products. Experts in several areas including product use, epidemiology, electronic monitoring and marketing, exposure, health effects, and policy will present recent findings in an interactive discussion. This FREE symposium will be held on Tuesday afternoon —the day before the beginning of the SRNT annual meeting in Chicago. See the attached link for details and registration.

    Join us for a research meeting on cigar use in the U.S.A.

    Register and Attend this Exciting Event!

  • CECTR Webinar: Participating in Regulatory Science

    Presenters: Micah Berman, JD, Andrea Villanti, PhD and Stan Glantz, PhD

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • NIH TRS Conference Abstract Submission Deadline

    January 25, 2016

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites you to participate in the second Tobacco Regulatory Science Conference. The Conference is open to investigators receiving funding from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), or from NIH for research in the area of tobacco regulatory science.

    The call for abstracts is posted on the conference website. Please note that abstracts will be accepted beginning the week of December 28, 2015 with a submission deadline of January 25, 2016.

    Click here to visit the conference website and to read more about the call for abstracts.

  • UCSF's Annual Tobacco Symposium

    January 22, 2016
    12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST) Cole Hall, Parnassus, San Francisco


    KEYNOTE: What will it take to change the prediction of a billion deaths into a billion lives saved?

    Presenter: Matthew Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington DC

    You are how you smoke: Implications of different patterns of adolescent and young adult smoking behavior

    Presenter: Lauren McCarl Dutra, ScD, Post Doctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

    Thirdhand cigarette smoke, a persistent environmental contaminant

    Presenter: Suzaynn F. Schick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    Electronic cigarette use by individuals in treatment for substance abuse

    Presenter: Noah Grubner, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

    Implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Challenges and Opportunities

    Presenter: Stella Aguinaga Bialous, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Associate Professor, Social and Behavioral Services, School of Nursing

    CLOSING: Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology

    Poster session on the range of the tobacco research at UCSF.

    Symposium information: 415-502-6341 or Jonathan.Leff@ucsf.edu

  • CECTR Webinar: Vascular and mitochondrial biomarkers for assessing tobacco product induced cardiovascular injury

    Presenter: Jessica Fetterman, PhD

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Register

  • TCORS Update: Health Communication

    Presenters:

    • Joseph Cappella (UPenn) 
    • Lucy Popova (UCSF)
    • Seth Noar (UNC)
  • A pre-application webinar for the Tobacco Regulatory Science Small Grant Program for New Investigators RFA-OD-15-004 (R03) will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (EST).

    The agenda and information on how to access the webinar remotely can be found at:  https://prevention.nih.gov/tobacco-regulatory-science-program/funding-opportunities/webinar-small-grant-program

  • Risk Perception in Tobacco Control

    Presented by

    Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

    Scott Weaver, PhD, Georgia State University

    Join us for a discussion with Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher of the UCSF TCORS and Dr. Scott Weaver of the GSU TCORS. Dr. Halpern-Felsher will present data from the first wave of her longitudinal study focusing on adolescent and young adults’ attitudes towards and use of various tobacco products. She will present data on adolescents’ perceptions of tobacco-related risks, benefits and addiction, and how these perceptions vary by behavior. Dr. Weaver will report findings of smoker misery and regret, and their perceptions of ENDS using data from the 2014 and 2015 GSU Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Survey of US adults. His presentation will also highlight findings of uncertainty in risk perceptions of ENDS and whom users and non-users trust and distrust for information about the health effects of ENDS.

    Presentations Include:

    “Adolescents’ Perceptions of Risks, Benefits, and Addiction Across Tobacco Products” Presented by Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, FSAHM UCSF TCORS

    “Adult Smoker Regret & Misery and their Perceptions of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)” Presented by Scott Weaver, PhD GSU TCORS

  • E-Cigarettes: Risk Perceptions, Behaviors and Health Communications

    The Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) on Youth and Young Adults' Invited Speaker Series is held annually to promote Tobacco Regulatory Science by inviting a prominent Tobacco Control Scientist to provide our students, faculty and the greater Austin Tobacco Prevention community with a professional development opportunity with the latest science.

    Texas TCORS presents Dr. Michael Eriksen, Sc.D as the Invited Speaker this year. Dr. Eriksen is Regents' Professor and founding Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. He is also the director of the GSU Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). Dr. Eriksen has taught graduate-level classes in the social and behavioral sciences, urban health, tobacco control, and global health. Prior to his current positions, Dr. Eriksen served as a Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization in Geneva and was the longest-serving Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health (1992-2000). Dr. Eriksen is also no stranger to Texas, he was Director of Behavioral Research at the M.D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

    Dr. Eriksen has published extensively on tobacco prevention and control. He is the lead author of The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition, and has served as an expert witness on behalf of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in litigation against the tobacco industry. He is a recipient of the WHO Commemorative Medal on Tobacco or Health and a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service, awarded by President Bill Clinton.

    Preceding the lecture, there will be a reception at 10am. The lecture will begin at 10:30am.

    Please register to RSVP for the event.

  • "E-Cigarettes: Panacea or Peril?"

    Join us for a pre-lectureship webinar presented by the
    Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

    "E-Cigarettes: Panacea or Peril?"
    Michael Eriksen, ScD

    October 28, 2015
    3:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    2:00 - 3:00 PM (CDT)

    Michael Eriksen is Regents’ Professor and founding Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also director of Georgia State University’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) and the Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research (CoEx).

  • E-Cigarettes: A Threat or an Opportunity for Public Health?

    E-cigarettes are nicotine-delivery products that are becoming extraordinarily popular, particularly among young adults. The current debate in public health is whether e-cigarettes will replace tobacco cigarettes and thereby improve health, or re-normalize smoking, which would be a public health disaster. This forum features distinguished national health experts with markedly different views on whether e-cigarettes are a threat or a benefit to public health. Please join us for a lively debate.

    Monday, October 26, 2015
    12:00 - 1:30PM

    Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University


    Keynote Speakers

    David B. Abrams, PhD: Executive Director, The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies. Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Professor of Oncology Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Abrams is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a professor of oncology at the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center, and executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. As former director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he spearheaded an NIH-wide strategic plan for the systems integration of bio-behavioral and public health disciplines to improve the nation’s health.

    Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD: Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University. Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University. She is a developmental psychologist whose research for the past 20 years has focused on cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental factors involved in health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication, and risk behavior. Much of her research has focused specifically on identifying predictors of health-related decision-making, with a particular focus on tobacco use.

    Robert Jackler, MD: Sewall Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Stanford University. Lead Researcher, Stanford Research Into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising. Dr. Jackler is a faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine who, in 2007, created a research team that studies the impact of tobacco advertising, marketing, and promotion. Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising, known as SRITA, is an interdisciplinary collaboration involving faculty and trainees from medicine, history, and anthropology.

    MODERATOR: Paul Costello: Chief Communications Officer at the Stanford School of Medicine.

  • The Effects of Little Cigars and E-Cigarettes on Innate Defense Systems of the Lung

    Presenters:  

    • Ilona Jaspers 
    • Rob Tarran  

  • October 2015 TCORS Meeting

    REGISTRATION FOR THE OCTOBER 2015 TCORS MEETING IS NOW OPEN!

    You are invited to attend the annual TCORS In-Person Meeting on October 14 & 15, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting is open to all individuals with a TCORS affiliation. Please visit the meeting website using the event summary link below to register, and for information about the program, hotel reservations, transportation, and restaurants in the area. The website includes the draft agenda, which will be updated when finalized. 

    To access the website, please use the password TCORS2015 when prompted.


    When

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 7:30 AM  -  Thursday, October 15, 2015 3:30 PM Eastern Time


    Where

    Hyatt Regency Bethesda 

    7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, USA 

    Register Password: TCORS2015


    Registration Deadline

    October 6, 2015


    Hotel Reservation Deadline

    A block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda has been reserved for TCORS meeting attendees at a special rate. The block will expire on Friday, September 11, 2015. Please make your reservations by this date. You can get more information about this room block by visiting the website using the event summary link above. 

    For questions about the agenda or information on this website, please contact Mollie Miedzinski at CECTR@westat.com

  • Vermont Center on Behavior and Health 3rd Annual Conference: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities

    • Burlington, Vermont  
    • Theme: Capitalizing on Behavioral Economics to Address Major Behavior Health Problems  
  • Texas TCORS: Baseline findings from two cohorts of youth and young adults

    CECTR Journal Webinar

    Presenters:

    • Cheryl Perry  
    • Melissa Harrell  
    • Alexandra Loukas  
  • TCORS test status

  • Lessons Learned: Acquisition, Management, and Distribution of Research Cigarettes

    PSU TCORS: Using Technology in Clinical Trials

    Presenter: Susan Veldheer, MS, RD, LDN, (Penn State University TCORS)

  • The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study: An Interim Preliminary First Look at Tobacco Use from the Baseline Wave. 

    Speakers Andy Hyland and Kristie Taylor