School of Medicine
Mental Health Center
34 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06519
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What does CENTURY stand for?
A: The Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale
Q: What does TTURC stand for?
A: The Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center
Q: What do you mean by transdisciplinary?
A: In our effort to find solutions for people who find it hard
to quit smoking, we believe the best approach is to have researchers
cooperating across disciplines in an ongoing manner. Without a transdisciplinary
approach, for example, a basic science researcher examining the
problem at a cellular or genetic level, might not hear about the
most recent, cutting-edge work in clinical research fields such
as psychiatry and psychology. By setting up and encouraging transdisciplinary
relationships, the Yale TTURC ensures that these researchers are
in close and frequent contact, thereby encouraging them to work
together to form solutions. The relationships extend not only to
the Yale campus, but to seven other centers nationwide that have
Q: What is the relationship of CENTURY to TTURC?
A: CENTURY is the umbrella organization that includes TTURC.
Q: Where do you get your money?
A: The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute
and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among other sources .
Q: Can you help me if I want to quit smoking?
A: Yes, if you are willing to participate in and qualify for one
of our clinical trials. To find out more, please read about those
Q: Who's in charge there?
A: Dr. Stephanie
O'Malley is the principal investigator on the TTURC grant. Dr.
Jody Sindelar is the
principal investigator on The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.
The other principal investigators include Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin,
Dr. Marina Picciotto, Dr. Peter Salovey, and Dr. Julie K. Staley.
Our core directors are Dr. David Kessler, Dr. Peter Jatlow, Dr.
Carolyn Mazure, Dr. Robert Makuch, Dr. Sherry McKee, Dr. O'Malley
and Dr. Krishnan-Sarin.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are based at the Connecticut Mental Health Center at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, with research facilities at locations around the
Yale campus, including the School of Public Health, the Yale Psychiatric Institute, the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit and Yale-New Haven Hospital. We also have research facilities at the Connecticut Veterans Administration Medical Centers.
Q: How can you help me if I am interested in doing tobacco-related research at Yale?
A: If you have an ongoing tobacco- or nicotine-related research
project, or one that you are planning, please let us know. You are
welcome to participate in our regularly scheduled seminars on tobacco
projects. We also have experts who can work with you as you design
your project, implement it and evaluate the results. We have a wealth of information and resources
to share. The benefit to us is that we find out what you are doing,
which could help us better understand and develop our approach to
tobacco addiction. Our multi-disciplinary research team includes
experts in psychiatry, behavioral neuroscience, social psychology,
economics, women's health issues, clinical trial monitoring, biostatistics,
public health, adolescent psychiatry, laboratory medicine, neurochemistry,
policy issues and molecular neuroscience. To find out more, please
read about our core services.