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Sorensen awarded NCI funding to study tobacco cessation intervention in India

Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH (DFCI)

Glorian Sorensen PhD, MPH (DFCI) was recently awarded $200,000 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to promote research collaborations with institutions in low- and mid-income countries (LMICs). The award, developed by the NCI Center for Global Health (CGH) and Office of Cancer Centers (OCC), aims to promote collaborations between NCI-designated cancer centers with institutions in LMICs. Sorensen, in collaboration with Co-PI Prakash Gupta at the Healis Sekhseria School of Public Health, India, will conduct a one-year pilot study to provide the foundation for dissemination of evidence-based tobacco use cessation intervention for schoolteachers in India, who are key opinion leaders in their communities. 

Each NCI-designated cancer center was invited to submit one pilot proposal. Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) solicited proposal ideas from all members, and Sorensenís project was selected by the DF/HCC Executive Committee for submission to the NCI from among 10 applications received.

Fifteen projects were selected by the NCI for funding. The scope of the pilot proposals was broad and included research projects, training, advanced technologies, development of clinical trial networks, and other focus areas that contributed towards the cancer research capacity in LMICs. The objective of the CGH is to award research proposals that addressed questions stemming from cancer prevention practice and/or clinical observations in LMICs; whereas the OCC objective is to provide initial funding for international projects supported by the cancer centers. In providing this opportunity, the expectation is that the NCI-designated cancer centers will strengthen their collaborations leading to further enhancement of the foreign-institutionsí programs. 

Tobacco-free Teachers: Pilot Study to Assess Program Adoption in Schools in India
Principal Investigator: Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH (DFCI)
Award amount: Award: $200,000
Description of Project: The funded project provides the foundation for dissemination of an evidence-based tobacco use cessation intervention for schoolteachers, who are key opinion leaders in their communities. The objective of this one-year pilot study is to determine the facilitators and barriers associated with the schoolsí willingness to adopt a comprehensive tobacco control intervention. Surveys will be submitted to randomly selected school principals in two Indian states, and interviews will be conducted with a subsample of principals and potential lead teachers to determine needed changes in existing program materials.