The NIH Anti-Tobacco Fat Cats

In the words of Brad Rodu, who was cut off from the land of milk and honey at the National Institutes of Health in 1994 for Politically Incorrect research relating to "tobacco harm reduction":

It is hard to overestimate the influence of NIH funding. Universities aggressively pursue grants, and retaining NIH support is obligatory for faculty survival at most universities – influence and prestige are directly proportional to the size of one’s grants. Due to its magnitude, NIH funding is hugely influential in determining “legitimate” areas of research conducted by hundreds of thousands of university faculty throughout the U.S. The agency’s influence is compounded by the NIH peer review system, in which groups of 20 colleagues pass judgment on grant proposals, and from which emerges a nationwide network of researchers who are intolerant of politically incorrect topics like tobacco harm reduction.

NIH dollars are vitally important to faculty and to institutions. Agency grants cover direct research costs, which typically pass through the university as faculty, staff and graduate student salaries, equipment and other project-specific charges. More importantly, the NIH also covers indirect costs, which are not specific to the project but involve administration and facility support. These are negotiated by each university, and they range from 25% to 100+% of direct costs. If a principal investigator (or PI – the faculty member leading the project) gets a $1 million grant at a university with a 50% indirect cost rate, the university pockets $500,000.

How much money does the NIH spend on tobacco research? I conducted a search of the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (here) for the word “tobacco”. In 2014, the NIH (mainly the National Cancer, Heart Blood Lung, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Institutes) dispensed $623 million (total costs) in 1,300 grants to over 1,000 PIs at almost 300 universities, medical centers and other institutions. That works out to about $600,000 for each investigator. Few researchers will jeopardize grants of that size by doing or saying anything that conflicts with NIH dogma. (NIH Funding Stifles Tobacco Harm Reduction Research and Support in Academia. Tobacco Truth, Feb. 17, 2015. http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2015/02/nih-funding-stifles-tobacco-harm.html)

The Anti-Tobacco Fat Cat List, 2014

And they're even more intolerant of tobacco harm-refutation! Funding is controlled by ideologues, who view it as their job to find new ways to blame tobacco and reiterate old ones, and manipulate smokers to quit. So, who are the NIH anti-tobacco fat cats? Some of the projects, such as the largest one, of $5,082,108 to Lloyd Johnston at the University of Michigan for "Monitoring the Future: Drug Use and Lifestyles of American Youth," from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), include substances other than tobacco. The second largest, $2,806,276 to Debra Silverman at NIH for "Cancer Risk in Human Populations," from the National Cancer Instute (NCI), is not exclusively tobacco-related, either. There's no way to break out the "tobacco" proportion, so projects like this aren't included here. And, these are only the awards for 2014; continuing support to a principal investigar/project leader are totalled with a separate link, and don't include past support.

But the third largest, $2,504,304 to Matthew Kalnik at Antidote Therapeutics Inc., for "Lead Optimization and Preclinical Development of Human Nicotine-Specific mAbs," from NIDA, is obviously purely and exclusively related to tobacco. They aren't trying to stop people from eating eggplant, after all.

Number 4, $2,394,187 to Augustine Choi at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, for "Distinct and Overlapping Pathways of Fibrosis and Emphysema in Cigarette Smokers," from the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI), is entirely tobacco related. And it will contribute to nothing but anti-tobacco hate propaganda, because they ignore the role of infections in both emphysema and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Choi has $3,230,490 in active funding from NHLBI. Link

Number 5, $2,280,000 to Daniel Westreich at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, for "From patients to policy: innovative epidemiology for implementation science" from "RMAP" which is evidently from the Office of the NIH Director. It relates to anti-smoking policies among people with HIV.

Number 6, $2,249,470 to Lloyd Johnston (again) in the name of Selecta Biosciences, for "Preclinical Development and Clinical Proof of Concept of a Synthetic Nanoparticle" from NIDA, "is to develop an anti-nicotine vaccine for smoking cessation." His 2014 funding totalled $9,311,235, from NIDA. Link

Number 9, $2,079,714 to Michael Fiore at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, for "A Comparative Effectiveness & Long-term Health Study in Wisconsin Smokers" from NHLBI, is entirely for quit-smoking garbage and charlatan health propaganda. $1,231,038 to Michael Fiore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for "Implementation and Health Systems Integration Core," from NCI. "This Program Project aims to address these gaps by developing and implementing both an electronic health record (EHR) system that increases smokers' recruitment into treatment and a highly effective chronic care treatment with intervention components for all smokers." His total funding is $4,485,575, from NCI and NHLBI. Link

Other big-money studies exclusively or primarily relating to anti-tobacco research:

$1,866,387 to Ann G. Schwartz at Wayne State University for "Inflammation Pathways and COPD in the Development of Lung Cancer," from NCI, whose description does not mention infections. Her total active funding is $2,565,157, from NCI and NIAMS. Link

$1,522,000 to QRC Div. of Macro Internat. for "Expand and Promote NCI Tobacco Cessation Resources," from NCI, for "developing and disseminating web- and mobile-based interventions." "These resources started as a single website in 2003 and have expanded to include four websites, six smartphone applications, 13 social media channels, and multiple text messaging programs in 2014."

$1,368,797 to Elliot Stein at NIH for "Functional and Structural Brain Circuits Underlying Smoking," from NIDA. Pseudo-science concocted for use by the Surgeon General gang. Total active funding $2,737,593 from NIDA. Link

$1,349,635 to Sherry Emery at the University of Illinois at Chicago for "Tobacco Control in a Rapidly Changing Media Environment," from NCI. For the anti-smoking propaganda war: "By combining existing data on exposure to smoking-related messages on TV, with new data collected as part of the proposed research, this project will provide the first comprehensive description of the amount and variety of pro- and anti-tobacco information that smokers and non-smokers encounter passively, and which they actively seek out and exchange... We will analyze the impact of this tobacco-related information on smoking behavior, and identify the most efficient and effective ways to promote tobacco control and combat pro-tobacco information across media platforms." Total active funding $2,380,626 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$1,289,414 to Pamela Ling at the University of California - San Francisco for "Countering Young Adult Tobacco Marketing in Bars," from NCI and NIMHD. Link

$1,275,876 to Melbourne Hovell at San Diego State University for "Innovation for Smoke-Free Homes: Real-Time Feedback," from NHLBI. "[Particle] monitors in households of the experimental group will produce warning lights and beeps when SHS is detected." What can possibly go wrong, such as burned toast? Oh, well, all the better to frighten small children and their simpleton parents. Maybe they'll just take the battery out as they do with smoke detectors. $424,079 to Melbourne Hovell at San Diego State University for "Clinician Promotion of Healthy Diet and Activity to Reduce Obesity Among Adolesce," from NCI. Total active funding $1,857,658 from NCI and NHLBI. Link

$1,274,314 to Frank Chaloupka at the University of Illinois at Chicago for "Monitoring and Assessing the Impact of Tax and Price Policies on US Tobacco Use," from NCI. "This research will assess the effects of evolving state efforts to maximize the impact of tobacco taxes in reducing tobacco use." Link

$1,267,308 to Paul Kenny at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for "Development of a5* nAChR positive allosteric modulators for tobacco dependence," from NIDA. More quit-smoking drug development. Total active funding $3,387,359 from NIDA and NINDS. Link

$1,247,547 to Shu-Hong Zhu at the University of California - San Diego for "Nonsmokers and Tobacco Control Norms: Population Surveys and Intervention Studies," from NCI. "Two primary hypotheses to test are: Messages targeting nonsmokers produce significantly higher quit rates among smokers in the household than messages targeting smokers and that higher intervention intensity produce a higher quit rate." $487,105 to Shu-Hong Zhu at the University of California - San Diego for "Nonsmokers and Tobacco Control Norms: Population Surveys and Intervention Studies," from NCI. Total active funding $1,734,652 from NCI. Link

$1,245,328 to Michelle Kegler at Emory University for "Brief Interventions to Create Smoke-Free Home Policies in Low-Income Househoulds," from NCI. One of the publications is "Third-hand smoke as a potential intervention message for promoting smoke-free homes in low-income communities." Link

$1,210,228 to Kurt Ribisl at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for "Maximizing state & local policies to restrict tobacco marketing at point of sale," from NCI. Total active funding $5,683,677 from NCI. Link

$1,179,683 to A. Eden Evins at Massachusetts General Hospital for "Proof-of-Concept Trial of an Alpha-7 Nicotinic Agonist for Nicotine Dependence," from NIDA. Another quit-smoking drug. Total active funding $2,126,850 from NIDA and NIMH. Link

$1,114,167 to Pamela Johnson at Voxiva Inc. for "Developing and Scaling an interactive text messaging tool to help pregnant smoker," from NIDA. Link

$1,105,947 to Russell Bowler at National Jewish Health for "Metabolic profiles of COPD phenotypes," from NHLBI. No mention of infection. Total active funding $1,402,177 from NHLBI. Link

$1,105,612 to Scott Leischow at Mayo Clinic Arizona for "Networks Among Tribal Organizations for Clean Air Policies (NATO CAP)," from NCI. Total active funding $1,722,226 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$1,039,556 to Ronald Crystal at Weill Medical College of Cornell University for "Overlapping Airway Basal Cell Transcriptome Reprogramming in COPD and Lung Cancer," from NHLBI. Ignores the role of infections. $927,173 to Ronald Crystal at Weill Medical College of Cornell University for "Integrative-omics Network Model of the Disordered COPD Small Airway Epithelium," from NHLBI. No mention of infection. $786,575 to Ronald Crystal at Weill Medical College of Cornell University for "HIV-related Accelerated Aging of the Airway Epithelium," from NHLBI. Ditto. $730,008 to Ronald Crystal at Weill Medical College of Cornell University for "HIV+ Alveolar Macrophage Oxidant-mediated Apoptosis of Pulmonary Endothelium," from NHLBI. Total active funding $9,339,365 from NHLBI, NIDA, and NINDS. Link

$967,930 to Yung Chang at Arizona State University - Tempe for "Rational design and targeted selection of DNA-scaffolded nicotine vaccines," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,267,732 from NIAID and NIDA. Link

$927,544 to Kari Stefansson at Decode Genetics for "Genes contributing for nicotine dependence in humans," from NIDA. There are no large-effect genes, so it's a waste of money, and of no use apart from propaganda. Total active funding $1,454,198 from NIDCR and NIDA. Link

$915,565 to Jason Christie at the University of Pennsylvania for "Clinical Risk Factors for Primary Graft Dysfunction," from NHLBI. Cytomegalovirus infection is the primary cause of graft loss, and studies that ignore CMV falsely blame smoking merely because smokers are more likely to have been infected, for socioeconomic reasons. Total active funding $2,976,063 from NHLBI and NINDS. Link

$912,174 to Benjamin Raby at Brigham and Women's Hospital for "The Integrative Genomics of Acute Asthma Control," from NHLBI. "In Specific Aim 2, we will study the effects exposure to air pollution and environmental tobacco smoke on modulating the asthma control networks, testing for environment-dependent alterations in network dynamics... Experimental validations of findings from Aim 2 will be performed by co-treating cells with either cigarette smoke extract (CSE) or ozone." This is propaganda axe-grinding which ignores the fact that rates of asthma have increased despite reductions in smoking and improvement in air quality. Total active funding $1,737,740 from NHLBI. Link

$905,059 to Arthur Peterson at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for "Proactive Smoking Cessation for Adolescents," from NCI. Link

$895,109 to Donna Shelley at New York University School of Medicine for "Implementing tobacco use treatment guidelines in dental public health clinics," from NCI. $559,516 to Donna Shelley at New York University School of Medicine for "Implementing tobacco use treatment guidelines in community health centers in Viet," from NCI. Total active funding $1,454,625 from NCI. Link

$894,331 to Jonathan Winickoff at Massachusetts General Hospital for "Changing Pediatric Office Systems Nationally to Address Parental Tobacco Use," from NCI. Link

$878,749 to Sherry Chow at ? for "Clinical Study of the Effect of Combined Treatment of Aspirin and Zileuton on Biomarkers of Tobacco-Related Carcinogenesis in active Smokers," from NCI. Member of Avrum Spira's group, who ignore infection. Total current funding $1,610,855 from NCI. Link

$838,455 to Mohan Sopori at Lovelace Biomedical & Environmental Research for "HIV-associated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease," from NHLBI. Monkey studiesaimed at blaming smoking while ignoring CMV. Link

$808,147 to Diane Gold at Brigham and Women's Hospital for "The Fetal and Childhood Environment, Oxidative Balance, Inflammation and Asthma," from NIAID. Total active funding $995,411 from NHLBI and NIAID. Link

$806,528 to Warren Bickel at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for "Self-Control Improvement Intervention (SCII): Improving Abstinence in Smokers," from NIDA. Total active funding $2,693,810 from NIDA, NIAAA, and NCI. Link

$796,349 to Ravi Kalhan at Northwestern University at Chicago for "Lung Function Decline and Disease Risk from Young Adulthood to Middle Age," from NHLBI. No mention of infection. Link

$792,813 to Douglas Bell at NIH for "Genetic Susceptibility To Carcinogens and Toxicants," from NIEHS. Total active funding $2,677,599 from NIEHS. Link

$790,362 to Darlene Brunzell at Virginia Commonwealth University for "Medication development of a novel therapeutic for smoking cessation," from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Total active funding $1,121,045 from NCATS and NIDA. Link

$790,000 to Peter Burkhard at University of Connecticut - Storrs for "A Peptide Nanoparticle Nicotine Vaccine," from NIDA. Link

$788,433 to Grace McComsey at Case Western Reserve University for "Incremental effect of smoking on HIV immune activation and cardiac health," from NHLBI. Total active funding $2,381,388 from NHLBI, NINR, and NICHD. Link

$779,099 to Gary Hankins at University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston for "Bupropion for smoking cessation during pregnancy," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,795,260 from NICHD and NIDA. Link

$777,761 to Judith Prochaska at Stanford University for "Technology Innovations for Supporting Health in Alaska Native People," from NHLBI. Total active funding $863,926 from NHLBI and NIDA. Link

$766,891 to Nancy Rigotti at Massachusetts General Hospital for "Comparative Effectiveness of Post-Discharge Strategies for Hospitalized Smokers," from NHLBI. Total active funding $1,447,663 from NIMH and NHLBI. Link

$765,347 to Robert Klesges at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center for "Enhancing the Efficacy of a Smoking Quit Line in the Military," from NHLBI. $720,997 to Robert Klesges at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center for "Preventing Relapse Following Involuntary Smoking Abstinence," from NHLBI. $535,628 to Robert Klesges at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center for "Predictors of Smokeless Tobacco and Dual Use in the US Military," from NCI. Total active funding $2,610,544 from NHLBI, NIDA, and NIDDK. Link

$762,321 to David Schrump at NIH for "Modulating Cancer Stem Cell Signaling in Thoracic Malignancies," from NCI, Total active funding $4,764,504 from NCI. Link

$757,870 to Nurulain Zaveri at Astraea Therapeutics for "Preclinical Development of Novel Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapies," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,478,395 from NIDA. Link

$750,856 to Yohannes Tesfaigzi at Lovelace Biomedical & Environmental Research for "Epigenetic Changes Link COPD and Lung Cancer," from NCI. Total active funding $1,511,865 from NHLBI and NCI. Link

$749,003 to Jonathan Shuter at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for "A trial of Positively Smoke Free group therapy for HIV-infected smokers," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,100,944 from NIDA. Link

$745,315 to Laura Bierut at Washington University for "Nicotine Dependence to Smoking Cessation: Sequencing Common and Rare Variants," from NIDA. Total active funding $7,503,415 from NIDA and NIAAA. Link

$742,050 to Daniele Piomelli at University of California - Irvine for "Optimization and preclinical development of FAAH inhibitors for smoking cessation," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,052,578 from NIDA. Link

$741,044 to Gail Daumit at Johns Hopkins University for "Trial of Integrated Smoking Cessation, Exercise, and Weight Management in SMI," from NIMH. Total active funding $2,091,044 from NIMH and NHLBI. Link

$733,011 to Steven Bernstein at Yale University for "Implementation of HIT[Health Information Technology]-Enhanced Tobacco Treatment for Hospitalized Smokers," from NHLBI. $528,133 to Steven Bernstein at Yale University for "Treating Low-Income Smokers in the Hospital Emergency Department," from NCI. Total active funding $1,892,355 from NEI, NHLBI, NIDA, and NCI. Link

$729,178 to William Dow at University of California - Berkeley for "Smoking Cessation Contracts with Social and Monetary Incentives," from NIDA. Total active funding $2,579,258 from NIA, NIDA, and NIGMS. Link

$728,911 to Terry Bush at Alere Wellbeing Inc. for "Comparative effectiveness of adding weight control to smoking cessation quitlines," from NIDA. Total active funding $759,165 from NIDA. Link

$727,306 to Chenming Zhang at Virginia Polytechnic and State University for "Novel Nanovaccines Against Nicotine Addiction," from NIDA. Link

$715,766 to Stephen Higgins at University of Vermont & State Agricultural College for "Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation Among Disadvantaged Pregnant Women," from NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). Total active funding $7,161,528 from NIDA, NIGMS, and NICHD. Link

$711,972 to Sherry McKee at Yale University for "Phase-II Clinical Trial Evaluating Guanfacine for Smoking Cessation," from NIDA. Total active funding $2,605,261 from NIDA and NIAAA. Link

$709,003 to James Sargent at Dartmouth College for "Visual Media Influences on Adolescent Smoking Behavior," from NCI. Total active funding $1,677,808 from NIAAA, FIC, and NCI. Link

$702,031 to Jonathan Bricker at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for "Randomized Trial of Web-Delivered Acceptance Therapy for Smoking Cessation," from NCI. Total active funding $1,288,210 from NCI. Link

$698,488 to Kent Hutchison at The Mind Research Network for "Effectiveness of Varenicline: Testing Individual Differences," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,194,124 from NIAAA and NIDA. Link

$694,029 to Nadia Hansel at Johns Hopkins University for "SPIROMICS - Air Pollution Study," from NIEHS. Total active funding $2,355,215 from NIEHS. $673,185 to Nadia Hansel at Johns Hopkins University for "Clinical trial of air cleaners to improve indoor air quality and COPD health," from NIEHS. Link

$693,298 to Henry Kranzler at University of Pennsylvania for "Placebo-controlled trial of bupropion for smoking cessation in pregnant women," from NCI. Total active funding $4,844,350 from NIDA, NIAAA, and NCI. Link

$691,074 to Daniela Brunner at Psychogenics Inc. for "Predictive Smoking Cessation Preclinical Battery," from NIDA. Link

$689,145 to Scott Lukas at McLean Hospital, MA, for "Sex/Gender and Nicotine Addiction: Hormones, Behavior and Neuroimaging," from NIDA. Total active funding $957,021 from NIDA. Link

$689,098 to Kolawole Okuyemi at University of Minnesota for "Enhancing Smoking Cessation in Homeless Populations," from NHLBI. Total active funding (with others) $6,018,994 from NIMHD, NCI, and NHLBI. Link

$688,852 to Stanton Glantz at University of California, San Francisco for "Analysis of Tobacco Industry Documents," from NCI. $597,987 to Stanton Glantz at University of California, San Francisco for "Postdoctoral training in tobacco control," from NCI. $492,751 to Stanton Glantz at University of California, San Francisco for "Effect of Tobacco Advocacy at the State Level," from NCI. Total active funding: $5,779,359 from NCI. Link

$686,720 to Brian Hitsman at Northwestern University - Chicago for "Behavioral Activation and Varenicline for Smoking Cessation in Depressed Smokers," from NCI. Link

$684,220 to Li-Shiun Chen at Washington University for "Genetically Informed Smoking Cessation Trial," from NIDA. Total active funding $852,023 from NIDA. Link

$683,614 to Irina Petrache at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis for "Endothelial mechanisms of impaired lung gas exchange by HIV," from NHLBI. Total active funding $1,460,708 from NHLBI and VA. Link

$680,772 to Richard Brown at University of Texas, Austin for "Extended Care for Smoking Cessation Following Psychiatric Hospitalization," from NIMH. Link

$680,316 to Elyse Park at Massachusetts General Hospital for "Integrating Tobacco Treatment into Cancer Care," from NCI. Total active funding $751,649 from NCI. Link

$679,887 to Jan Vijg at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for "Age-cancer interplay of genome and epi-genome in human lung," from NCI. Ignores infection. Total active funding $3,518,957 from NIA and NCI. Link

$678,731 to Douglas Levy at Massachusetts General Hospital for "Reducing Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Public Housing," from NHLBI. Link

$678,683 to Tim Ahles at Sloan-Kettering Institute Cancer Research for "Cognition In Older Breast Cancer Survivors: Treatment Exposure, APOE, & Smoking," from NCI. Total active funding $2,087,165 from NCI. Link

$676,742 to Cynthia McEvoy at Oregon Health & Science University for "VitC to Decrease Effects of Smoking in Pregnancy on Infant Lung Function-CCC-Lead," from NHLBI. Total active funding $876,741 from NHLBI. Link

$674,317 to Matthew Carpenter at Medical University of South Carolina for "Brief, Novel Smoking Cessation in Primary Care: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial," from NIDA. $$428,878 to Matthew Carpenter at Medical University of South Carolina for "A Novel Trial of Smokeless Tobacco for Cessation Induction in Unmotivated Smokers," from NCI. Total active funding $1,308,420 from NIDA and NCI. Link

$672,850 to Janice Tsoh at University of California, San Francisco for "A Family-Focused Intervention for Asian American Male Smokers," from NIDA. Link

$672,122 to Mone Zaidi at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for "Ahr and Osteoporosis," from NIAMS. Total active funding $1,552,658 from NIAMS and NIA. Link

$670,803 to Kevin Gray at Medical University of South Carolina for "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Varenicline for Adolescent Smoking Cessation," from NIDA. Link

$669,765 to Jack Taylor at NIH for "Environmental Exposure and DNA Damage," from NIEHS. Total active funding $1,248,200 from NIEHS. Link

$668,539 to Andrew Fontenot at University of Colorado Denver for "Interactions of smoking, PD-1 and IL-10 in HIV-associated lung disease," from NHLBI. Total active funding $1,218,569 from NHLBI. Link

$666,742 to Lisa Cox at University of Kansas Medical Center for "Advancing Tobacco Use Treatment for African American Smokers," from NIDA. Link

$659,738 to Tasha Fingerlin at University of Colorado Denver for "Genetic Risk for Granulomatous Interstitial Lung Disease," from NHLBI. Total active funding $849,256 from NHLBI. Link

$647,820 to Dieter Meyerhoff at University of California, San Francisco for "Neuroimaging & Cognition for Predicting Tobacco Dependence Treatment Outcomes," from NIDA. $447,140 to Dieter Meyerhoff at University of California, San Francisco for "The Biological Basis of Alcohol-and Smoking-Induced Brain Injury," from NIAAA. Link

$642,588 to Cheryl Oncken at University of Connecticut School of Medicine for "Nicotine Replacement for Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy," from NICHD. Total active funding $1,302,947 from NICHD and NIDA. Link

$640,380 to Brian Primack at University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh for "Cessation in Non-Daily Smokers: A RCT of NRT with Ecological Momentary Assessment," from NIDA. $499,884 to Brian Primack at University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh for "Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults." Total active funding $1,441,207 from NCI, NIDA, and AHRQ. Link

$640,182 to Laura Akers at Oregon Research Institute for "A Multi-Media Approach to Partner Support in Smokeless Tobacco Cessation," from NIDA. Link

$636,352 to Paul Kenny at Scripps Research Institute for "In Vivo Screening Strategies," from NIDA, which on further investigation turned out to mean "develop orexin-1 (OX1) receptor antagonists for treatment of tobacco dependence" [sic]. BUT - loss of hypocretin (orexin)-producing neurons has been blamed for narcolepsy after H1N1 influenza! Total active funding $3,321,214 from NIDA and NINDS. Link

$635,206 to Damaris Rohsenow at Brown University for "Very Low-Nicotine Cigarettes in Smokers with SUD: Smoking, Substance Use Effects," from NIDA. This is specifically about FDA plans to lower nicotine content of cigarettes! Total active funding $754,229 from NIDA. Link

$634,620 to Jason Satterfield at University of California, San Francisco for "Computer-Facilitated 5A's for Smoking Cessation in Primary Care," from NIDA. Total active funding $862,145 from NCCAM, CSAT and NIDA. Link

$633,581 to Robert Philibert at the University of Iowa for "The Relationship of AHRR Methylation to Risky Adolescent Behaviors," from NIDA. Total active funding $814,781 from NIDA. Link

$630,454 to Kasisomayajula Viswanath at Harvard School of Public Health for "Impact: Influencing Media & Public Agenda on Cancer & Tobacco Disparities," from NCI. Total active funding $3,177,276 from NCI and OPHPR. Link

$627,210 to Rina Eiden at State University of New York at Buffalo for "Prenatal & Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Exposure: Effects on Child Regulati ," from NIDA. Total active funding $948,308 from NIDA and NIAAA. Link

$626,479 to Brian Danaher at Oregon Research Institute for "Web and Mobile Smoking Cessation Interventions," from NCI. Total active funding $1,186,095 from NCI. Link

$625,267 to John Meeker at the University of Michigan for "Environmental exposures, early iron deficiency and child neurodevelopment," from NIEHS. Total active funding $1,854,329 from NIEHS. Link

$623,225 to Angela Stotts at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, for "Motivational Incentives to Reduce Secondhand Smoke in NICU Infants' Homes," from NHLBI. Link

$615,644 to Patricia Hibberd at Massachusetts General Hospital for "Maternal and Child Health Benefits from Reducing Household Air Pollution," from NICHD. Total active funding $3,335,527 from NCCAM and NICHD. Link

$611,794 to Kari Nadeau at Stanford University for "Secondhand smoke and asthma: Mechanistic outcomes of DNA methylation in T cells," from NHLBI. Total active funding $1,166,368 from NIEHS and NHLBI. Link

$603,509 to Patrick Griffin at University of California, San Diego for "Funct character of GABA_B receptor modulators, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics," from NIDA. Total active funding $895,528 from NIGMS and NIDA. Link

$603,408 to Sharon Allen at the University of Minnesota for "Smoking, Sex Hormones and Pregnancy," from NIDA. Total active funding $793,310 from NIDA. Link

$601,469 to Kathryn Pollak at Duke University for "SMS scheduled gradual reduction text messages to help pregnant smokers quit," from NCI. Total active funding $1,290,273 from NCI and NHLBI. Link

$597,708 to Stephen Shapiro at the University of Pittsburgh for "Pulmonary hypertension in COPD: genetic and enviormental determinants," from NHLBI. Link

$597,704 to Wei Chen at Tulane University for "Childhood Secondhand Smoke and Longitudinal Cardiovascular Risk Profile," from NIEHS. Total active funding $10,104,755 (with others) from OD, NHGRI, NINDS, NHLBI, NIBIB, NIDCR, NCI, NIA, NINR, NIMH, NEI, and NIEHS. Link

$594,814 to Laura Stroud at Miriam Hospital, RI, for "Fetal Behavior, Brain & Stress Response: Ultrasound Markers of Maternal Smoking," from NIDA. $558,306 to Laura Stroud at Miriam Hospital, RI, for "Maternal Smoking: HPA and Epigenetic Pathways to Infant Neurobehavioral Deficits," from NIDA. Total active funding $2,313,686 from NIDA and NIMH. Link

$594,156 to Robert Schnoll at University of Pennsylvania for "Extended Duration Varenicline for Smoking Among Cancer Patients: A Clinical Trial," from NCI. $495,722 to Robert Schnoll at University of Pennsylvania for "A Placebo Controlled Trial of Varenicline for Smoking among those with HIV/AIDS." Total active funding $1,657,667 from NIDA and NCI. Link

$590,810 to Jessica Muilenburg at the University of Georgia for "Smoking Cessation Interventions and Program Availability for Drug and Alcohol Add," from NIDA. Link

$586,179 to Jonathan Bricker at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for "Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Smoking Cessation," from NCI.

$585,037 to Beth Bock at Miriam Hospital, RI, for "Efficacy of Yoga as an Alternative Therapy for Smoking Cessation," from NCCAM. $470,156 to Beth Bock at Miriam Hospital, RI, for "System-based Tracking and Treatment for Emergency Patients who Smoke: STTEPS," from NCI. Total active funding $1,715,908 from NHLBI, NIAAA, NCCAM, and NCI. Link

$583,825 to Nicole Nollen at University of Kansas Medical Center for "Understanding Disparities in Quitting in African American and White Smokers," from NIDA. Total active funding $661,841 from NIDA. Link

$581,712 to John Hughes at University of Vermont & State Agricultural College for "Does smoking cessation cause anhedonia? A test of pre-clinical findings," from NIDA. $558,181 to John Hughes at University of Vermont & State Agricultural College for "Treatment of smoking lapses and relapses," from NCI. Total active funding $1,594,016 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$574,568 to Albert Ascherio at Harvard School of Public Health for "Vitamin D, Epstein-Barr virus infection, and cigarette smoking and risk of multiple sclerosis," from NINDS. Total active funding $1,778,706 from NINDS. Link Author is known to present results deceitfully to the media, and a study failed to be replicated..

$570,710 to Richard Bell at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis for "Rodents with Genetic Differences in Alcohol Preference," from NIAAA. Total active funding $1,518,021 from NIAAA. Link

$568,271 to Stephanie O'Malley at Yale University for "1/2-Multi-site Study: Varenicline Treatment of Alcohol Dependent Smokers," from NIAAA. Total active funding (with others) $5,602,599 from NIDA and NIAAA. Link

$562,530 to Scott Halpern at University of Pennsylvania for "Comparative Efficacy, Acceptance and Effectiveness of Health Incentive Structures," from RMAP. Total active funding $1,037,268 from NIA and NCI. Link

$560,377 to Virginia Rauh at Columbia University Health Sciences for "Assess the Effects of ETS on Neurodevelopment," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,062,320 from NIEHS and NIDA. Link

$558,995 to Won Choi at University of Kansas Medical Center for "Web-based Smoking Cessation Program for Tribal College Students," from NCI. Link

$554,633 to Martin Sheehan at Double S Instructional Systems for "Dangerous Drug Prevention Skills for People with Intellectual Disabilities, from NICHD. Total active funding $777,029 from NICHD. Link

$546,281 to Paul Cinciripini at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for "Effectiveness of Varenicline vs. Varenicline plus Bupropion for Smoking Cessation," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,373,637 from NIAAA and NIDA. Link

$545,884 to Jennifer Vidrine at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for "Smoking Cessation for Cervical Cancer Survivors in a Safety Net Healthcare System," from NCI. $521,319 to Jennifer Vidrine at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for "Reducing Tobacco Related Health Disparities" from NCI. Total active funding $1,067,203 from NCI. Link

$545,471 to Alexander Prokhorov at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for "Enhancing cancer outreach for low-income adults with innovative smoking cessation," from NCI. Total active funding $625,410 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$544,485 to James Thrasher at University of South Carolina at Columbia for "Building evidence for effective and sustainable cigarette warning label policy," from NCI. Total active funding $856,101 from NCI and FIC. Link

$543,666 to Mary Armanios at Johns Hopkins University for "Mechanisms of Telomere-Induced Emphysema" from NHLBI. Blames smoking for effects of CMV. Total active funding $869,732 from NCI and NHLBI. Link

$539,922 to Ana Abrantes at Butler Hospital, Providence RI, for "Aerobic Exercise for Smokers with Depressive Symptomatology," from NCI. Total active funding $1,273,432 from NCI, NIDA, and NIMH. Link

$539,724 to Christi Patten at Mayo Clinic Rochester for "Community Intervention to Reduce Tobacco Use among Pregnant Alaska Native Women," from NCI. Link

$539,694 to Emmanuelle Waubant at University of California, San Francisco, for "Environmental and genetic risk factors for pediatric MS," from NINDS. Possible antismoking ideological conflict of interest due to UCSF. Link

$539,122 to James Prochaska at University of Rhode Island for "Incentives for Participation versus Outcomes for Population Cessation of Smoking," from NIDA. Link

$533,148 to Caryn Lerman at University of Pennsylvania for "Cognitive Training for Nicotine Dependence," from NIDA. Total active funding $8,107,811 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$532,371 to Ann Dozier at University of Rochester for "Community Partnership for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support," from NICHD. Link

$531,785 to Hilary Tindle at University of Pittsburgh for "Connect to Quit: Coordinated Care for Smoking Cessation among Low Income Veterans," from NCI. Total active funding $1,110,504 (with others) from NCI and NIDA. Link

$529,636 to Matthew Farrelly at Research Triangle Institute for "Coordinating Center for the Advancement of Tobacco Control Research and Practice," from NCI. Link

$528,974 to Carrie Breton at University of Southern California for "Prenatal Tobacco Smoke, Genetic and Epigenetic Changes, and Respiratory Health," from NIEHS. Total active funding $660,015 from NIEHS. Link

$528,546 to Felix Wehrli at University of Pennsylvania for "MRI Assessment of Vascular Reactivity," from NHLBI. Total active funding $2,137,454 from NHLBI, NINDS, NIAMS, NICHD, and NIA. Link

$527,979 to Vadim Backman at Northwestern University for "Optical Nanoscale Analysis of Buccal Cells: Transforming Lung Cancer Screening," from NCI. Total active funding (with others) $6,002,678 from NCI and NIBIB. Link

$527,847 to Thomas Wills at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for "Self-Control as a Moderator for Effects of Mass Media on Adolescent Substance Use," from NCI. Total active funding $1,174,175 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$527,166 to Ruth Malone at University of California, San Francisco for "Enhancing Civilian Support for Military Tobacco Control," from NCI. $471,097 to Ruth Malone at University of California, San Francisco for "Exploring voluntary tobacco-related initiatives by businesses," from NCI. Total active funding $1,337,972 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$526,325 to Jeanine D'Armiento at Columbia University Health Sciences for "Smoke Induced Airway Injury in the Lung," from NHLBI. Total active funding $918,325 from NHLBI. Link

$524,403 to Heather Corliss at San Diego State University for "Type 2 Diabetes and Sexual Orientation Disparities in Women," from NIDDK. Link

$524,403 to Joseph Guydish at University of California, San Francisco for "Scientific and Administrative Core," from NIDA. Total active funding $3,258,644 from NIDA. Link

$519,705 to Dana Hancock at Research Triangle Institute for "Utilizing Interaction to Identify Novel Genetic Factors for Nicotine Dependence," from NIDA. Total active funding $755,007 from NHLBI and NIDA. Link

$515,606 to Scott McIntosh at University of Rochester for "Web-Assisted Tobacco Intervention with Community College Students," from NCI. Link

$512,316 to Todd Heatherton at Dartmouth College for "Neural Predictors of Self-Regulation Failure and Success for Appetitive Behavior," from NIDA. Link

$508,551 to Stephen Hecht at University of Minnesota for "Metabolism of Carcinogenic Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamines," from NCI. Total active funding $2,315,431 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$505,659 to Julie Ross at University of Minnesota for "Predictors of myelodysplastic syndrome in Minnesota," from NCI. Total active funding $752,675 from NCI. Link

$505,033 to Daniel Petereit at Avera McKennan, SD, for "American Indian mHealth Smoking Dependence study (PQ4)," from NCI. Link

$504,161 to Joseph Ciccolo at Columbia University Teachers College for "Efficacy of Resistance Training as an Aid To Smoking Cessation Treatment," from NHLBI. Link

$503,778 to Margaret Haney at New York State Psychiatric Institute for "Marijuana Relapse: Influence of Tobacco Cessation and Varenicline," from NIDA. Total active funding $750,093 from NIDA. Link

$502,746 to Karen Wilson at University of Colorado Denver for "Intervening with Smoking Parents of Inpatients to Reduce Exposure," from NCI. [Name/project not in database]

$500,468 to Amanda Graham at American Legacy Foundation for "Improving Adherence to Web-based Cessation Programs: A Social Network Approach," from NCI. $468,382 to Amanda Graham at American Legacy Foundation for "Social Dynamics of Substance Use in Online Social Networks for Smoking Cessation," from NCI. Total active funding $1,312,369 from NCI. Link

$499,578 to Avrum Spira at Boston University for "Molecular biomarkers of airway and lung linking COPD and Lung Cancer," from NCI. Total active funding $2,252,766 (with others) from NCI, NIEHS, and NHLBI. Link

$494,386 to Mark Travers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corp. for "A Community Trial to Speed the Diffusion of Smoke Free Multiunit Housing Policies," from NCI. Link

$493,243 to Jon-Kar Zubieta at University of Michigan for "Interaction of Smoking and Chronic Pain at Neurochemical and Phenotypic Levels," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,105,823 from NCCAM and NIDA. Link

$490,329 to J Edwin Blalock at University of Alabama at Birmingham for "Acquired LTA4H Dysfunction in COPD," from NHLBI. Total active funding $1,201,806 from NHLBI. Link

$489,322 to Arlene Butz at Johns Hopkins University for "Asthma Express: Bridging Emergency to Primary Care in Underserved Children," from NINR. [Name/project not in database]

$488,906 to Gregory Connolly at Harvard School of Public Health for "Design and Characterization of Cigarettes," from NCI. Total active funding $688,954 from NCI and NIDA. Link

$486,997 to Jonathan Golub at Johns Hopkins University for "A Smoking Cessation Trial in HIV-infected patients in South Africa," from NIDA. Total active funding $2,202,740 from NIAID, NIDA, and FIC. Link

$484,537 to Xinmin Xie at Afasci Inc. for "Nicotine delivery to rodent with lung alveolar region-targeted aerosol technology," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,953,917 from NIDA, NINDS, NHLBI and NIA. Link

$481,924 to Michael Holtzman at Washington University for "IL-33 and excess mucus production," from NHLBI. Total active funding $4,964,796 from NHLBI and NIAID. Link

$479,954 to Jennifer Doherty at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for "Telomeres and lung cancer incidence and survival," from NCI. Total active funding $1,082,324 from NCI. Link

$478,367 to Liyi Elliot Hong at University of Maryland Baltimore for "Shared Neural Circuitry in Comorbid Schizophrenia and Nicotine Addiction," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,004,083 from NIMH and NIDA. Link

$476,429 to Sulie Chang at Seton Hall University for "Mechanisms of Nicotine's Behavioral Effects on the HIV-1 Transgenic Rat," from NIDA. Total active funding $885,346 from NIDA and NIAAA. Link

$475,567 to Jed Rose at Duke University for "Center for Adaptive Treatment of Cigarette Addiction," from NIDA. Total active funding $2,274,717 from NIDA. Link

$475,181 to Leighton Ku at George Washington University for "Medicaid Tobacco Cessation: State Policies and Effectiveness," from NCI. Link

$460,186 to Payam Sheikhattari at Morgan State University for "Implementation and Dissemination of the CEASE Intervention to Reduce Tobacco Use," from NIMHD. Total active funding $2,919,997 from NIMHD. Link

$459,333 to Stanley Hazen at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College for "Carbamylation, smoking, and asthma," from NHLBI. Total active funding $8,129,903 (with others) from NHLBI. Link

$457,921 to Alison Parker at Innovation Research and Training Inc. for "Elementary School Mindfulness-Based Substance Use Prevention Program," from NIAAA. Total active funding $1,245,737 from NIAAA, NHLBI, and NICHD. Link

$454,695 to George Washko at Brigham and Women's Hospital for "The clinical impact of pulmonary vascular remodeling in smokers," from NHLBI. Total active funding $1,441,901 from NHLBI. Link

$452,106 to Kevin DeLucchi at University of California, San Francisco for "Statistics & Health Economics," from NIDA. Link

$451,779 to David Ledgerwood at Wayne State University for "Behavioral Smoking Cessation Treatment for People Living with HIV/AIDS," from NIDA. Link

$448,147 to Bradley Collins at Temple University of the Commonwealth for "Pediatrician Advice, Family Counseling, & SHS Reduction for Underserved Children," from NCI. [Name/project not in database]

$447,925 to George Reynolds at Health Decision Technologies LLC for "QuitAdvisorDDS: A Point-of-Care Tobacco Cessation Tool for Dental Settings," from NIDCR. Link

$447,496 to Alvaro Puga at University of Cincinnati for "Molecular Mechanisms of Complex Mixture Toxicity," from NIEHS. Total active funding $2,248,504 from NIEHS. Link

$447,214 to Shyam Biswal at Johns Hopkins University for "Mechanistic evaluation of broccoli sprout extract in preclinical COPD models," from NCCAM. Total active funding $2,741,891 from NCI, NHLBI, NCCAM, and NIMH. Link

$446,537 to David G Gilbert at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, for "EEG & Behavioral Predictors of Changes in Smoking Trajectories in Young Light Smo," from NIDA. Link

$446,523 to William Nathan Green at University of Chicago for "Different components of nicotine-induced upregulation of nicotinic receptors," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,106,811 (with others) from NINDS and NIDA. Link

$446,276 to John Curtin at University of Wisconsin-Madison for "Clinical Relevance of Stress Neuroadaptation in Tobacco Dependence," from NIDA. Link

$445,967 to Margaret Hannon at University of Washington for "Increasing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions at Low-Wage Worksites," from NCI. Link

$441,059 to Glorian Sorensen at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for "Mumbai Worksite Tobacco Control Study," from NCI. Total active funding $2,436,832 from NCI and NIOSH. Link

$441,007 to Karen Horgan at Val Health LLC for "software to translate behavioral economic insights to improve health," from NIA. Link

$439,096 to Thomas Eissenberg at Virginia Commonwealth University for "REALTIME waterpipe tobacco smoke toxicant sampling in the natural environment," from NIDA. Total active funding $4,126,755 from NIDA. Link

$438,869 to Mary Wewers at Ohio State University for "Tobacco cessation interventions with Ohio Appalachian smokers," from NCI. Total active funding $3,974,789 from NCI. Link

$438,855 to Vani Simmons at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute for "Smoking Relapse-Prevention Intervention for Cancer Patients," from NCI. [Name/project not in database]

$436,197 to Robert Foronjy at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Institute for Health Sciences for "The Effects of PP2A on TNF Signaling and Smoke-Induced Lung Injury," from NHLBI. Link

$435,369 to Alicia Matthews at University of Illinois at Chicago for "Culturally Targeted & Individually Tailored Smoking Cessation Study: LGBT Smokers," from NIDA. Link

$435,119 to Peter Petillo at Pinnacle Technology Inc for "A Nicotine Biosensor for Addiction Studies," from NIDA. Link

$435,000 to Anne Manicone at University of Washington for "MMP28 Regulation Of Macrophage Recruitment and Polarization," from NHLBI. Link

$434,652 to Megan Smith at Yale University for "SCH: INT: Harnessing the Power of Technology: MOMBA for Postpartum Smoking," from NCI. Total active funding $684,402 from NIMH and NCI. Link

$434,237 to Scott Kollins at Duke University for "Behavioral and genetic mechanisms of smoking risk in individuals with ADHD," from NIDA. Total active funding $584,964 from NIDA. Link

$431,079 to Oliver Rando at University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester for "Transgenerational Effects of Nicotine," from NIDA. Total active funding $1,582,460 from NIEHS, NIDA, and NIGMS. Link

$429,783 to Patricia McDonald at Scripps Research Institute for "In Vitro Screening Strategies," from NIDA. Re anti-orexin drugs. Total active funding $444,682 from NIDA. Link

$428,498 to Min-Jong Kang at Yale University for "NLRX1 and MAVS in cigarette smoke-induced inflammation and alveolar remodeling," from NHLBI. Link

$427,669 to Hunter Champion at University of Pittsburgh for "ROS signaling and NOS uncoupling in pulmonary vascular disease," from NHLBI. Link

$426,297 to Lucian Conway at University of Montana for "Using Cognitive Complexity to Improve Smoking Interventions," from NCI. Link

$426,240 to Francis McClernon at Duke University for "Environment Cue-Reactivity: Brain, Behavior and Clinical Outcomes in Tobacco Use." from NIDA. Total active funding $812,348 from NIDA. Link

$425,326 to Eliot Spindel at Oregon Health & Science University for "Nicotine, nicotinic receptors and lung cancer." from NCI. [Name/project not in database]

$423,360 to Fadi Xu at Lovelace Biomedical & Environmental Research for "Effect of Prenatal Nicotinic Exposure on Control of Hypoxic Ventilatory Response," from NHLBI. Total active funding $952,560 from NHLBI. Link

$422,842 to Yong Lin at Lovelace Biomedical & Environmental Research for "Bridging Inflammation and Cigarette Smoke-associated Lung Carcinogenesis by MUC1," from NIEHS. Link

$420,967 to Scott Steffensen at Brigham Young University for "Nicotine and Alcohol Co-Dependence," from NIDA. Total active funding $710,263 from NIAAA and NIDA. Link

More to Come

Project Listing by Category - Tobacco, FY2014 / NIH Project Reporter

See Also:

The NIH Fat Cat List for NIH Tobacco Fat Cats as of 2012
RWJF Anti-Tobacco Grants

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