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Two graduate students and two undergraduate students have been selected to participate in the 2018 Summer Scholars Program at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC). The mission of the OTRC, which is part of the Stephenson Cancer Center, is to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in Oklahoma through research that informs interventions and health policy.   

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Can smartphone apps become a front line treatment for smoking cessation? Michael Businelle, PhD, researcher at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC), part of the Stephenson Cancer Center, and Matthew Koslovsky, PhD, recent graduate from the University of Texas School of Public Health, are using smartphone technology to better understand the risk factors that lead individuals to smoke again and using that information to develop digital solutions that may help prevent relapse.

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A researcher from the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) at the Stephenson Cancer Center is developing a custom smartphone app to improve health outcomes for homeless adults. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently funded this research with a $3.3 million R01 grant. NIH R01 grants are the oldest and most prestigious type of cancer research grants.

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) is soliciting applications for research grant funding. Applications are invited for small-scale research projects designed to move forward the field of tobacco-related research, which includes innovative research ideas and the collection of preliminary data that will enable investigators to compete successfully for national research grants. All levels of investigators are invited to compete.

OTRC expects to fund up to two proposals. Proposals are expected to have a maximum term of one year and maximum direct costs of $50,000.

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On Nov. 26,  Altria, Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies will begin to publish court-ordered "corrective statements,” the result of a 2006 federal court verdict finding the companies in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. A recent national survey shows increased awareness of the corrective statements and related court findings could aid efforts to enact effective tobacco policies and encourage lawmakers to revise or replace laws influenced by tobacco companies.

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