John Hughes, M.D., has been appointed Deputy Editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, one of the few peer-reviewed journals devoted exclusively to the study of nicotine and tobacco.

Andrea Villanti, Ph.D., has been awarded the SRNT 2018 Jarvik-Russell Early Career Award, honoring members early in their careers who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of nicotine and tobacco research.

Allison N. Kurti, Ph.D., joins the VCBH as an assistant professor. Kurti recently completed her postdoc fellowship with VCBH. She was also recently named DAD editorial fellow.

VCBH Research News

JAMA Psychiatry Publishes UVM TCORS Study on Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes in Vulnerable PopulationsJAMA-Psychiatry-Logo

Cigarette smoking is recognized as the number-one cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., but it is one habit that is tough tobreak. The addictiveness of cigarettes is attributed to the nicotine content, which is a topic of high interest to the FDA. Research from the UVM's TCORS, led by Dr. Stephen Higgins, suggests that reducing the nicotine content in cigarettes may also decrease their addiction potential, especially in vulnerable populations. UVM has issued a press release with details on the study and access to the JAMA paper.

Within days of publication, this study has garnered coverage in several national and international media outlets, including MedPage Today, The Independent (UK), and New York Daily News.

VCBH Director Bestowed National 2017 Mentorship Award by CPDD

Steve CPDD AwardStephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., director of the VCBH, was honored with the 2017 Mentorship Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence during the organization’s annual conference in Montreal, June 17-22. The award, established in 2000, is given annually to a member of CPDD who has been an exemplary mentor to developing researchers in the field of drug dependence. In their commendation of Dr. Higgins, the award committee said they “admired the impressive caliber of scientists” he’d trained over the course of his career.  “We were especially impressed with the admiration and warm respect that were expressed in the supporting letters,” the committee explained.  “Your many contributions to the field of substance abuse research are deeply respected by the committee, as is your service to the College and its members. In short, we believe that you perfectly embody the ideals captured in the CPDD Mentorship Award.”

Ades' Cardiac Rehab Expertise Featured in Consumer Reports 

VCBH Associate Director and UVM Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine Philip Ades, M.D., provided his cardiac rehab expertise for a recent Consumer Reports Health article entitled, "What's Missing from Your Heart-Attack Recovery Plan." Part of the problem, as Ades explains, is the lack of geographically available options. "There are too few in many big cities, and in rural areas you could be a 3-hour drive from the nearest cardiac rehabilitation center,” he says. “Even small improvements in physical function can greatly improve quality of life and self-esteem, and lead to overall better health."

Former Pre-Doc Awarded FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

mollie_03Mollie Miller, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research associate with UVM TCORS at Brown University, has been awarded a Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products, Office of Science. Miller earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Experimental Psychology from the University of Vermont, where she was predoctoral fellow. “I am very excited for the CTP fellowship and it's directly in line with where I hope to take my career,” Miller says of the award. “I am also able to remain affiliated with TCORS and the tobacco research community.”

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