Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota researcher awarded National Cancer Institute P01 Grant

September 27, 2017
$12.7 million grant will advance research in tobacco-related cancer studies

$12.7 million grant will advance research in tobacco-related cancer studies

(MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL)  September 27, 2017 - Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD, professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and member of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, was recently awarded a $12.7 million program project grant by the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute.

The 5 year award funds Hatsukami’s “Consortium on Methods Evaluating Tobacco (COMET): FilterVentilation and Product Standards” project. COMET is a consortium of investigators from different  institutions who assess different aspects of tobacco product evaluation including abuse potential, consumer perception and toxicity of a tobacco product.

Prior studies have suggested the increasing incidence of lung adenocarcinoma is partly attributed to ventilated filter cigarettes (cigarettes with holes near the filter to reduce nicotine and tar yield). This led to more toxic chemicals reaching deeper parts of the lung.,” noted Hatsukami. “  In addition, this cigarette design feature led to increased harmful chemicals because of the way the cigarette burned.”

Hatsukami is a renowned researcher of nicotine addiction and its treatment, including testing medications such as a nicotine vaccine and combination medications, in smokers. She has over 400 publications and is currently primary investigator of two large NIH-funded cooperative agreements involving assessment of the  toxicity, appeal and addictiveness of various tobacco products.

Contact:

Max Huber, Masonic Cancer Center, 612-624-5005, mjhuber@umn.edu

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