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Charge:  To provide an outlet for SRNT members undertaking basic science research to network with one another; to provide guidance to the SRNT Board and committees as necessary to better inform programs and/or discussions that address basic science; to help SRNT advance the field of basic science research globally.

What do we define as Basic Science for SRNT?
Any field of study where data are collected and/or analyzed with the intent of understanding the etiology, the mechanisms, or the consequences of tobacco/nicotine use. Examples include:

  • Behavioral and pharmacological studies conducted in pre-clinical (any animal model, including humans) and clinical models
  • In vitro experiments on cell lines and immortalized lymphoblastoid cells
  • fMRI studies
  • Genetic, epigenetic, and/or environmental influences on tobacco/nicotine use
  • Effects of flavorants, tobacco derivatives, and/or metabolites on the use of tobacco products
  • Effects of tobacco/nicotine on a variety of factors, including tumor growth, social and/or physical health, and self-concept


Click here for Committee Members' bios and photos

Christie D. Fowler, PhD
Jill Turner, PhD

Advisory Committee
Rick Bevins, PhD
Adriaan Bruijnzeel, PhD
M. Imad Damaj, PhD
Suzi Gage, PhD
Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, PhD
Thomas Gould, PhD
Paul Harrell, PhD
Annie Kleykamp, PhD
Munir Gunes Kutlu, PhD
Jason A. Oliver, MA
Laura Rupprecht, PhD
Heath D. Schmidt, PhD
Jerry A. Stitzel, PhD

BSN Trainee Task Force
Miranda Fisher, PhD
Valeria Lallai, PhD
Theresa Patten, PhD
Gregory Powell, PhD

Basic Science Network Publication:

Fowler CD, Gipson CD, Kleykamp A, Rupprecht LE, Rees VW, Gould TJ, Oliver J, Bagdas D, Damaj MI, Schmidt HD, Harrell PT, Duncan A, and DeBiasi M, on behalf of the Basic Science Network of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2017) Basic science and public policy: Informed regulation for nicotine and tobacco products. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Epub ahead of print. PMID: 29065200 


From Our Field: Scientist Spotlight  

If you would like to nominate a scientist to be interviewed for a future Scientist Spotlight edition, please email Christie Fowler,, and include 'SRNT Basic Science Scientist Spotlight Nomination' in the email subject line. We encourage nominations for individuals at all levels (junior to senior scientists) in Academia or Industry. We look forward to receiving your nominations!

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