University of Maryland/ Battelle Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

University of Maryland School of Public Health and Battelle, in collaboration with George Mason University and University of Maryland Institute for Genomic Sciences, is one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) nationwide established by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct research relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA).

The UMD/Battelle TCORS focuses on the characterization of combustible and non-combustible, conventional, new and manipulated nicotine/tobacco products and the impact of variations in those products on human behavior and exposure. The Center includes three major research studies to inform tobacco regulatory activities:

Research Project 1: Toxicity Testing of New and Manipulated Products (led by Battelle’s Dr. Courtney Granville)
Research Project 2: Consumer Acceptability Testing of New and Manipulated Products (led by UMD’s Dr. Pamela Clark)
Research Project 3: Exploring Tobacco Microbial Constituents and the Oral Microbiome of Tobacco users (co-led by UMD's Dr. Amy R. Sapkota and UMD-SOM's Dr. Emmanuel F. Mongodin)

These research projects are supported by four Cores:

Core A: Administration and Planning
Core B: Tobacco Product Characterization and Manipulation
Core C: Data Management and Statistics
Core D: Research Training and Education

Through the Administration and Planning Core, there is also the opportunity for pilot research projects to further the research objectives relevant to the FSPTCA.