Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CASAA Research Projects Update

CASAA would like to update everyone on the progress of our Research Fund projects.

As those who attend our member meetings already know, our contract for the expert review of the e-cigarette chemistry studies has been finalized.  Igor Burstyn, professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University School of Public Health, will be conducting the analysis starting in June (for more about him: http://publichealth.drexel.edu/Faculty/Faculty-Member/5034/facultyid--61/).  Professor Burstyn is an internationally respected member of the genuinely scientific wing of public health science, so those who might cringe at the “school of public health” title should not fear.  In the meantime, CASAA members and a graduate student are completing a compilation a basic review of the existing literature.

Our testimonials collection project is ready to deploy.  Because we did not anticipate the release of a couple of surveys this month, we are delaying the release of our collection system until the end of the month to avoid the risk of interfering with those.  Our project has a very different format and goals, so it does not really overlap much, except for asking people to give a little time.  We will be sure to emphasize why everyone should contribute their narrative stories to our collection even if they have responded to recent check-box surveys.

In addition, we have two other research projects underway that are currently supported by volunteers and other funding sources, but might generate future Research Fund projects.  A graduate student and CASAA volunteers are working on creating some clinic-style fact sheet pamphlets.  Another university-based group has started working with CASAA to assess what social and behavioral science tells us about the future of tobacco harm reduction adoption.

Dr. Carl Phillips
CASAA Science Director

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