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Ann Dozier Inducted into American Academy of Nursing

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015.  Ann Dozer, Ph.D. was selected as one of 163 nurse leaders to be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for 2015. Academy fellows represent all 50 states, District of Columbia, and 24 countries and include government and hospital administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. 

Amir Abdolahi's Research Sheds Light on Addiction

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A pair of studies suggests that a region of the brain – called the insular cortex – may hold the key to treating addiction. Scientists have come to this conclusion after finding that smokers who suffered a stroke in the insular cortex were far more likely to quit smoking and experience fewer and less severe withdrawal symptoms than those with strokes in other parts of the brain.

“These findings indicate that the insular cortex may play a central role in addiction,” said Amir Abdolahi Ph.D., M.P.H., lead author of the studies. “When this part of the brain is damaged during stroke, smokers are about twice as likely to stop smoking and their craving and withdrawal symptoms are far less severe.”

Abdolahi is a clinical research scientist at Philips Research North America and conducted the research while an epidemiology doctoral student in Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

While smoking rates have remained flat for the last decade, smoking is still responsible for nearly one of every five deaths in the U.S. and smoking places individuals at a significantly higher risk for heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

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Deborah Ossip Interviewed 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In August, 2015, Deborah Ossip, Ph.D., Director of the URMC Smoking Research Program, appeared on multiple news outlets, including Good Day Rochester, MedPage Today (8/18/15 and 10/2/15) to talk about a recent e-cigarette study published in JAMA that links teen use of e-cigarettes with future cigarette use.  Dr. Ossip is also President Elect for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and Associate Editor of the Journal of Smoking Cessation.