Mission Statement

The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) is committed to reducing the burden of tobacco related health problems in Oklahoma by stimulating the generation and dissemination of knowledge and the implementation and diffusion of effective practices.

Our Goals

Goal #1:  To facilitate research that advances the prevention and treatment of tobacco use and tobacco related health problems.

Goal #2:  To facilitate the dissemination and exchange of knowledge relevant to the reduction of tobacco use and tobacco related health problems.

Goal #3:  To foster the implementation and diffusion of evidence-based practices relevant to the prevention and treatment of tobacco use and tobacco-related health problems.


Research Opportunities

OTRC 2016 Research Seed Grant Funding Announcement

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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.

Key Dates:

March 1, 2016: Funding decisions announced

July 1, 2016: Start date for awards

Undergraduate/Graduate Summer Scholars Program

The OTRC at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) will be offering summer research training for undergraduate and graduate students to attend a 12-week program (5/15/16 to 8/15/16, dates are negotiable). This program allows a student to participate in work under the supervision of a tobacco investigator in a research setting in Oklahoma City. Students will complete a research project, which they will present at the end of the term. Students will also take part in weekly seminars about manuscript, poster, and grant preparation in addition to other topics.

655 Research Parkway, Suite 400
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Phone: 405.271.6872
Fax: 405.271.2808
Email: otrc@ouhsc.edu





TSET Research Scholars


Evan Floyd, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and new recruit in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the OUHSC.  As an expert in exposure assessment techniques and analytical chemistry, Dr. Floyd is quickly developing a tobacco-related research agenda around secondhand smoke and e-cigarette emissions.  With OTRC support, Dr. Floyd is currently studying second- and third-hand vapor exposure. This cutting-edge research has the potential to make a significant contribution to the emerging field of e-cigarette/vaping exposure, and the results will be used as preliminary data for grant submissions to the FDA/NIH.

Fritz Laux, PHD, is a professor in the Department of Economics at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Dr. Laux has an established track record in tobacco policy research, participating as a member of the investigative team for the International Tobacco Control policy evaluation project, funded by the National Cancer Institute.  With OTRC support, Dr. Laux recently completed a study examining excise tax and pricing differentials at tribal smoke shops in Oklahoma.  This study, the first of its kind, was recently presented at the national Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco conference. Dr. Laux is engaged with TSET and the OTRC on evaluations related to the cost effectiveness and economic impact of tobacco control programs in Oklahoma.

Lurdes Queimado, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the OUHSC.  She earned her PhD in molecular pathology and her research primarily focuses on the study of cell signaling pathways and the role of DNA damage and repair in oncogenesis and cancer prognosis.  Dr. Queimado is making important discoveries in the mapping and quantification of DNA endogenous damage.  With funding from OTRC, Dr. Queimado is using the DNA damage detection assay she developed to study the levels and localization of tobacco induced DNA damage among smokers, and among American Indian smokers in particular.  The results of her studies will strengthen the importance of smoking cessation as well as establish a practical population screening assay for the identification of early biomarkers of cancer risk, leading to novel personalized preventive and early detection strategies. Her OTRC funded research has generated important preliminary data for research applications to the NIH.


OTRC Annual Report FY15

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

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OTRC Annual Report FY14

July 1, 2013 - June 30,2014

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OTRC Annual Report FY13

July 1, 2012 - June 30,2013

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July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2012

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OTRC Tobacco Cessation Counselor Available

Free Counseling Services Available
for Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Physician Patients
by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Initial Visit plus Two Follow-up Visits

Leslie Chandler, RN, MS, CTTS,
655 Research Parkway Suite 400
Oklahoma City, OK 73104,
Email: Leslie-Chandler @ouhsc.edu,
Phone: ( 405) 271-4385

  Tanya Kay Gattis, MPH, CTTS
655 Research Parkway Suite 400
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Email: Tanya-Gattis@ouhsc.edu,
Phone: (405) 271-4385