Great River, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/25/2013 -- Research for the E-Cigarette industry is about to take off! Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has received an $18.1 million dollar grant to study novel tobacco products which include electronic cigarettes over the next five years.
This research will provide vital scientific evidence to the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.
VCU announced that they will, “...develop and test a multidisciplinary approach that uses engineering, clinical behavioral research and randomized control trials to study the effects of novel tobacco products. The information learned from this research will help implement the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gave the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health. “
The co-principal investigators on the grant are, Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of VCU’s Clinical Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory, and Robert Balster, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the VCU School of Medicine.
Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and VCU Health System said, “This historic grant signifies that Virginia Commonwealth University is a national leader in our unique commitment to human health. It is the result of the multidisciplinary collaborative spirit that is ubiquitous at VCU and the VCU Health System, and it serves to remind us that our focus is really on people.”
Two partners are included in the VCU grant that forms the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products which include Penn State-Hershey, with Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D., and the American University of Beirut, with Alan Shihadeh, Sc.D.
VCU is one of 14 institutions that have received a grant for a federal research program and this is the third largest grant ever received by VCU.
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