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About Yale TTURC
The Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC) at Yale was created to help people quit smoking. The Yale TTURC is part of CENTURY, the Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale. For the latest news and other information about CENTURY, please go to the first page of our website.
The Yale TTURC 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 $1.65 million over four 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
As part of this effort, Yale is focusing on four in-depth tobacco research
projects conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists. Those projects
Project 1: Animal Models to Understand Risk Factors for Treatment Resistance, Dr. Marina Picciotto, P.I., Dr. Jane Taylor, co-P.I.
Project 2: Imaging Nicotinic and GABAergic Markers in Tobacco Smokers , Dr. Julie Staley, P.I., Dr. Graeme Mason, co-P.I.
Project 3: Modeling Smoking Lapse Behavior for Drug Development , Dr. Sherry McKee, P.I.
Project 4: Targeted Interventions for Weight Concerned Smokers , Dr. Stephanie O'Malley, P.I.
To find out more about these projects and
their current status, please see our research
In addition to those projects, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
grant will allow CENTURY to conduct research on tobacco-related
policy issues and communicate findings. To find out more about those
initiatives, you can read about our policy
and communications projects.
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.
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
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.