Yale Forms Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center to Support Studies on Tobacco-Related Issues

To help people quit smoking, a team of experts from Yale have created the Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY) and the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC).

The Yale TTURC, which is part of CENTURY, was created with a five-year $10 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of $2 million over five years. The mission of CENTURY and TTURC is to conduct research to better understand why some tobacco users have difficulty quitting and how to help them quit.

As part of this effort, Yale is focusing on five in-depth tobacco research projects conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists. Yale TTURC is one of seven centers around the country conducting a wide variety of transdisciplinary tobacco-related research. The other participating centers are Brown University, University of California at Irvine, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, University of Southern California, and University of Wisconsin.

One of the primary goals of the initiative is to encourage and support research that integrates theories and methods from different disciplines. Another key objective of the center is to attract and train new investigators to the field of tobacco research. The center will do this by offering career development activities and funding for smaller pilot research projects.

NIDA’s mission is to bring the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components: The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is to ensure the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve drug abuse and addiction prevention, treatment and policy.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that make up the Public Health Service in the Department of Health and Human Services. The NCI, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the Federal Government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of the NCI and created the National Cancer Program.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health issues. Its mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. One of the Foundation’s grant-making priorities is to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by abuse of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.

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