The Penn State Center for Research on Tobacco and Health encompasses a multi-disciplinary team of researchers dedicated to improving the lives of people touched by the addiction to nicotine and tobacco. A number of Penn State’s facilities will be utilized to foster innovative research and training, including a newly-built smoking laboratory, MRI labs, and our NIH-funded Clinical & Translational Science Institute’s Clinical Research Center.
In 2013, the Penn State College of Medicine was one of 14 institutions nationwide named as a Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) which received a $20 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The overarching goal of the TCORS was to generate scientific evidence that would inform the regulation of tobacco products in order to reduce the public health burden from tobacco use. Today, the Penn State TCORS has transitioned to the Penn State Center for Research on Tobacco and Health. The Penn State CRTH will continue the growth of activities accomplished under the TCORS program. For more information on the Penn State TCORS you can visit our archived website.
The overall goal of the Penn State Center for Research on Tobacco and Health is to conduct state-of-the-art research that will inform future policymaking on tobacco and health, investigate the toxicology and addictiveness of new and existing nicotine products, and discover novel treatments for addiction. To achieve these goals, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey is unifying resources with the Penn State University Park campus in State College.