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Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS)

FDA and NIH, as part of an on-going interagency partnership, awarded 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) in order to generate critical research that informs the regulation of tobacco products. The research centers will receive more than $273 million in grants from 2013-2018. What scientists are learning about tobacco through the TCORS program is helping to inform and assess FDA's prior, ongoing, and potential regulatory activities. TCORS investigators also have the flexibility and capacity to respond to FDA's research needs as issues are raised in today's rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace.

Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) Map

Investing in Tobacco Regulatory Science

The TCORS program is designed to generate scientific evidence in seven key areas:

  • Diversity of tobacco products
  • Reducing addiction
  • Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity
  • Adverse health consequences
  • Communications
  • Marketing of tobacco products
  • Economics and policies

The TCORS Scientists

TCORS proposals were selected for funding based on scientific and technical merit as determined by NIH scientific peer review, availability of funds, and relevance of the proposed projects to the TCORS program priorities.

The following organizations and investigators received grants:

American Heart AssociationAmerican Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC)Aruni Bhatnagar, Rose Marie Robertson
Georgia State UniversityThe Science of Decision-Making: Connecting People and Policy (GSU TCORS)Michael Erikson
Ohio State UniversityOSU Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS)Peter Shields, Mary Ellen Wewers
Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvania State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (PSU TCORS)Joshua Muscat, Jonathan Foulds
University of California San FranciscoImproved Models to Inform Tobacco Product Regulation (UCSF TCORS)Stanton Glantz
University of PennsylvaniaTobacco Product Messaging in a Complex Communication Environment (UPenn TCORS)Robert Hornik, Caryn Lerman
University of North CarolinaEffective Communication on Tobacco Product Risk and FDA Authority (Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication)Kurt Ribisl
University of North CarolinaThe Impact of Tobacco Exposure on the Lung's Innate Defense System (UNC TCORS)Robert Tarran
University of MarylandRapid Response Characterization of New and Manipulated Tobacco ProductsPamela Clark
University of Southern CaliforniaUSC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) for Vulnerable PopulationsMay Ann Pentz, Jonathan Samet
University of TexasTobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young AdultsCheryl Perry
University of VermontVermont Center on Tobacco Regulatory ScienceStephen Higgins
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityCenter for the Study of Tobacco ProductsThomas Eissenberg, Robert Balster
Yale UniversityYale Tobacco Center of Regulatory ScienceSuchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Stephanie O'Malley

Significant updates on the TCORS projects will be posted on this webpage, as well as on the NIH's Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP)'s TCORS webpage.

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