Who We Are
UMTRN is a network of University of Michigan scholars who share a commitment to tobacco and nicotine research. The University of Michigan is privileged to be home to one of the largest and strongest contingents of tobacco and nicotine researchers in the world. Our members span many disciplines and areas of expertise, ranging from
basic biological research on nicotine addiction to
the impacts of policy on smoking. UMTRN members
are interested in applying research findings for the public good whenever possible.
Our mission is to increase the quality of research on tobacco and nicotine, as well as its utility by:
- Disseminating information about UM tobacco researchers and their work
- Creating a forum within the University for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas
- Enhancing tobacco education and training opportunities, both within and outside of the University
- Enriching tobacco research on campus by supporting researchers new to the field or to the University
- Providing grant opportunities to UMTRN members
UMTRN's director is Clifford Douglas, J.D., who also teaches the
tobacco policy course in the School of Public Health. The Network's
founding director is Dr. Kenneth Warner, Dean of the School of Public
Health and the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor
of Public Health. UMTRN is governed by an Executive Committee
composed of the director and five senior faculty researchers: Dr.
Kenneth Warner, Dr. Margaret Gnegy, Dr. Sally Guthrie, Dr. Ovide
Pomerleau and Dr. Victor Strecher.