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2020 Award Winners

Don’t miss the SRNT 2020 Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 12, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., with special recognition of Doll-Wynder Award Winner, Dr. Ann McNeill; John Slade Award Winner, Dr. Ron Borland; and Jarvik Russell Award Winner, Dr. Tracy Smith. The awards are named after pioneers in the field of nicotine and tobacco research, and we are pleased to remember those pioneers.

The John Slade Award

The John Slade Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public health and tobacco control through science-based public policy and public advocacy.


2020 Award Recipient:
Ron Borland, PhD, FASSA
Professor of Psychology – Health Behaviour
Deputy Director
Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

Ron Borland, PhD is a Professor of Psychology -Health Behaviour at the University of Melbourne since mid 2019. Prior to that he was the Nigel Gray Distinguished Fellow in Cancer Prevention, at The Cancer Council Victoria, Australia where he worked for 33 years. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers. He is listed in the Web of Science list of the World’s most influential scientists. He is one of the Principal Investigators of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project: an international collaboration that is analysing the impact of policies on smoking and has led to better understanding of the challenges of preventing relapse. He has developed a range of mass-disseminable smoking cessation interventions, including the QuitCoach which he has shown to be effective in randomized trials. He has a special interest in harm minimisation strategies and strategies to assist highly disadvantaged, high risk prevalence groups. He has a special interest in systems approaches and in theorising that integrates factors influencing individual level change and population focussed change. He is the developer of CEOS theory: a comprehensive theory of Hard to Maintain Behaviour Change.


The Jarvik-Russell New Investigator Award

The Jarvik-Russell New Investigator Award, named after Murray Jarvik-Russell, recognizes scientists early in their careers who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of nicotine and tobacco research.

2020 Award Recipient:
Tracy Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor
Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
Research Member, Cancer Control and Prevention
Hollings Cancer Center
Charleston, SC, USA

Dr. Tracy Smith is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Smith earned her PhD in Biological and Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Over the past 8 years, Dr. Smith’s research has been exclusively devoted to the field of nicotine and tobacco, and this research has focused on improving public health by moving smokers away from combustible tobacco products using tobacco regulation and product standards. This research falls into two primary areas: 1) a tobacco policy that would reduce how much nicotine is in cigarettes to a minimally addictive level, and 2) a newer line of work which focuses on the product characteristics that determine uptake of e-cigarettes among current smokers. Her research has spanned the methodological spectrum and includes preclinical research, human lab studies, inpatient trials, and large clinical trials. To date, Dr. Smith has published 39 peer-reviewed papers, all of which have been thematically related to tobacco regulatory science. She has been awarded an F31, R03, and K01 all related to tobacco regulatory science and this work has been funded by NIDA, NCI, and the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.


The Doll-Wynder Award

The Doll-Wynder Award honors scientists who have made groundbreaking advances in public health, public policy or epidemiological research.

2020 Award Recipient:
Ann McNeill, PhD
Professor of Tobacco Addiction
Institute of Psychiatry, Psycology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)
King's College London & Vice Dean (Culture, Diversity & Inclusion), IoPPN
London, UK

Ann McNeill is Professor of Tobacco Addiction and Vice Dean (Culture, Diversity & Inclusion), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. The focus of Ann’s research is largely on reducing the population level impact of smoking through the application of tobacco control policies and interventions, including harm reduction strategies. Ann has a particular focus on reducing the health inequalities caused by smoking, including the higher levels of smoking in disadvantaged groups such as those with mental health problems. Ann is an NIHR Senior Investigator and a Thomson Reuters highly cited scientist in the science and social science category.

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