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Stephenson Cancer Center Recruits Tobacco Prevention and Control Researchers for Leadership Positions

Two tobacco control researchers, Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, PhD, and Damon Vidrine, DrPH, have been recruited to key leadership positions at the Stephenson Cancer Center located at the University of Oklahoma. Jennifer Vidrine will serve in the newly established role of Deputy Director for Tobacco Research. She will also be appointed Director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center and oversee the center’s tobacco research activities. Damon Vidrine will serve as co-leader for the Cancer Health Disparities Program.

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Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center Hosts Symposium on Tobacco Research Prevention

Research on a broad range of tobacco prevention efforts in Oklahoma were the focus of a symposium conducted on May 12 by the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center. Presented during the symposium were 16 peer-reviewed research articles published in the January 2015 supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Exposure to even minimal levels of secondhand tobacco smoke causes significant DNA damage in human cells, according to a study using a new detection method. DNA damage plays a key role in the development of cancer and other neurodegenerative, pulmonary, cardiovascular, and aging-related diseases. 

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Research on tobacco prevention efforts in Oklahoma, led by the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center, is featured in a special supplement published this month by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 

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The Stephenson Cancer Center welcomes new Oklahoma TSET Research Scholar and clinical psychologist Ted Wagener, PhD. Wagener comes to Oklahoma from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in behavioral medicine from Oklahoma State University.

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