The purpose of the TTURCs is to facilitate a transdisciplinary approach to the full spectrum of basic and applied research on tobacco use to reduce the disease burden of tobacco use, including:

  • Etiology of tobacco use and addiction
  • Impact of advertising and marketing
  • Prevention of tobacco use
  • Treatment of tobacco use and addiction
  • Identification of biomarkers of tobacco exposure
  • Identification of genes related to addiction and susceptibility to harm from tobacco


  • Increase the number of investigators from relevant disciplines who focus on the study of tobacco use as part of transdisciplinary teams.
  • Generate basic research evidence to improve understanding of the etiology and natural history of tobacco use.
  • Produce evidence-based tobacco use interventions that can translate to the community and specific understudied or underserved populations.
  • Increase the number of evidence-based interventions that are novel, including the development, testing and dissemination of innovative behavioral treatments and prevention strategies based upon findings from basic research.
  • Train transdisciplinary investigators capable of conducting cutting-edge tobacco use research.
  • Increase the number of peer-reviewed publications in the areas of tobacco use, nicotine addiction, and treatment.

2004 Centers: Research Abstracts and Project Information


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)