A-TRAC Mission Statement
As a part of the larger Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), our mission is to aid the development and evaluation of tobacco product regulation by the FDA and thereby contribute to the protection of public health and reduction of tobacco-related disease, disability and death. We believe that it is important to understand the cardiovascular effects of tobacco products and to identify biomarkers of CVD risk that can be associated with tobacco exposure in order to set standards for tobacco products to protect health. An effective communications campaign can be developed from the knowledge of perceptions of risk of tobacco use and FDA’s regulatory authority in multiple ethnicities and vulnerable populations. The Center aims to conduct comprehensive research addressing the FDA’s research priorities and training a new generation of investigators of tobacco regulatory science.
The American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) is constituted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and eight leading academic institutions across the country. A-TRAC has been envisioned to help shape the production, dissemination, marketing and regulation of tobacco and tobacco-related products.
The Center is made of three Projects and five Cores, each pertaining to the fulfillment of the objectives that would lead to the final outcome. Our Projects are designed with a purpose of understanding the underlying mechanisms of tobacco-induced endothelial injury leading to cardiovascular disorders, identifying the biomarkers for detecting cardiovascular injury, and designing effective communication methods for changing perceptions about tobacco use in minority and vulnerable populations. The Administrative Core facilitates a smooth operation of the entire grant, helping the different entities to function as one network and work towards achieving our final goals. The other Cores have been tailored to measure tobacco exposure and its metabolic effects, quantitative analysis of all resulting data, and providing comprehensive education and funding opportunities in tobacco regulatory science for junior investigators and faculty.
|Project 1: Cardiovascular Toxicity of Tobacco Products||Project 2: Cardiovascular Injury Due to Tobacco Use||Project 3: Perception of Tobacco Use in Vulnerable Populations|
Evaluation and Exposure Core
Cardiovascular Pathology Core
Research Training and Education Core
|Core E |
Developmental/ Pilot Research Component