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Seminar: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program

by Kamlesh Asotra, GaneShiva Consultants

Science Library, Room 240
29 October 2012
(11:00 am – 12:15 pm)

The Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) funds research that enhances understanding of tobacco use, prevention and cessation, the social, economic and policy-related aspects of tobacco use, and tobacco-related diseases in the State of California.  Awards are available for pre-doctoral  fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, exploratory research,  and research projects.

Dr. Astora will discuss the TRDRP program and strategies for Successful Grant Writing.  The TRDRP program funds research on the following priority areas:

  • Advance policies to reduce environmental exposure to the toxic effects of tobacco smoke, tobacco smoke residue, cigarette butts, and other tobacco products. Exposure and toxicity of cigarette butt waste or Biomarkers of THS exposure
  • Advance innovative research in the early diagnosis of tobacco-related diseases, e.g., the role of inflammation and oxidative stress in tobacco-related disease pathogenesis or culturally sensitive health communications on discussing detection and lung cancer
  • Expand the scientific basis to inform the regulation of nicotine and tobacco products at the local, state and national level, e.g., the results of targeted marketing of putative modified risk products, e.g., e-cigarettes, etc., or  how consumers may smoke de-nicotinized cigarettes differently
  • Prevent and treat tobacco use and promote equity among disproportionately impacted groups. Studies on the basic neuroscience of nicotine addiction, e.g., targeted marketing aimed toward girls and young women or desensitization of nicotine’s effects on smokers by interrupting the causal chain in nicotine addiction thereby leading to more effective smoking cessation treatments
  • Advance the ability of communities throughout California to assess and limit the influence of the tobacco industry, e.g., policy research that documents lives and money saved by tobacco control ordinances or the tobacco industry’s role in maintaining smoking in Indian Gaming Casinos