Comprised of scientists with expertise in fields including epidemiology, behavior, biology, medicine, economics, chemistry, toxicology, addictions, public health, communications, and marketing, the TCORS program is the centerpiece of the FDA/NIH collaboration to foster research relevant to tobacco regulatory science. New research from TCORS will help inform and assess the impact of FDA's prior, ongoing and potential future tobacco regulatory activities implemented by CTP under the direction of Mitch Zeller, J.D. In addition, the TCORS investigators will have the flexibility and capacity to begin new research to address issues raised in today's rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace.
The TCORS awards represent a significant investment in federal tobacco regulatory science, including $53 million in the first year and a potential total of more than $273 million over the next five years. TCORS funding may not exceed $4 million in total costs per year per center, and an investigator could request a project period of up to five years.
Designed to generate vital research in seven core areas, as well as ensure innovation in the field, the research supported by this initiative will provide scientific evidence within the following seven FDA tobacco-related research interest areas:
Diversity of tobacco products
Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity
Adverse health consequences
Marketing of tobacco products
Economics and policies.
TCORS proposals were selected for funding based on their scientific and technical merit as determined by NIH scientific peer review, availability of funds, and relevance of the proposed projects to program priorities.
The other 12 TCORS have been awarded to:
Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., and Rose M. Robertson, M.D., American Heart Association, Dallas
Pamela I. Clark, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
Thomas E. Eissenberg. Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
Michael P. Eriksen, Ph.D., Georgia State University, Atlanta
Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., University of California-San Francisco
Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, Burlington
Robert C. Hornik, Ph.D., and Caryn Lerman Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D., and Stephanie S. O'Malley, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven
Joshua E. Muscat, Ph.D., and Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D., Penn State University Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
Mary Ann Pentz, Ph.D., and Jonathan Samet, M.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Cheryl L. Perry, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston
Peter G. Shields, M.D., and Mary Ellen Wewers, Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Columbus
SOURCE University of North Carolina Health Care