National Cancer Institute
Behavioral Research - Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Research Topics: Tobacco Products

Laboratory Assessment of Tobacco Use Behavior and Exposure to Toxins Among Users of New Tobacco Products Promoted to Reduce Harm

The National Cancer Institute awarded a five year Research and Development contract in 2006 to Georgetown University. The purpose of this contract is to develop methods and measures for product testing. The contract will advance scientific knowledge about the toxic and addictive properties of tobacco products marketed by the tobacco industry with claims that imply reduced harm. The contract brings together a consortium of investigators across several institutions.

More information about the Tobacco Product Assessment Consortium (TobPRAC) is available on the project website:
Tobacco Product Assessment Consortium (TobPRAC) Websiteexit disclaimer

Key scientific staff on the contract include the following:

Peter G. Shields, MD, Principal Investigator
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Gregory N. Connolly, DMD, MPH, Site-Principal Investigator
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Michael Cummings, PhD, MPH, Site-Principal Investigator
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Richard Higby, PhD, Site-Principal Investigator
Arista Laboratories, Richmond, VA

Stephen Hecht, PhD, Site-Principal Investigator
University of Minnesota Cancer Center, Minneapolis, MN

Michael Tacelosky, Site-Principal Investigator
tobacco.org, Washington, DC

Richard J. O’Connor, PhD, Investigator
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Jeanine M. Genkinger, PhD, MHS, Investigator
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Raghu G. Nath, PhD, Investigator
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Vaughan Rees, PhD, Investigator
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

The Expert Consulting Committee (ECC) provides scientific expertise to the National Cancer Instituterelated to research conducted under the contract.
Click here (PDF) for a roster of ECC members.

The original announcement: NCI Awards Five Year Contract to Study Tobacco Products


Last Updated:October 1, 2012

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