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Research

Research is the essential ingredient to further understand the use and impact of tobacco, and to develop effective treatments. All of our knowledge of nicotine use, as well as our knowledge of treatment strategies, had its roots in the scientific process to better understand tobacco. At MUSC, our goal is to be a national cornerstone of tobacco research that spans the continuum from basic to applied sciences. Renowned researchers are working in many ways to understand tobacco use, and to prevent its harmful effects.
 

Affiliated Faculty & Staff

Matthew J. Carpenter, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
68 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-2436
843-876-2344 Fax
carpente@musc.edu

Nortorious Coleman
Program Assistant
Public Health Sciences
135 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29425
colemann@musc.edu

Samuel L. Cooper, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Radiation Oncology
169 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-3271
843-792-5472 Fax
coopersl@musc.edu

K. Michael Cummings, Ph.D., MPH 
Professor
Co-leader Tobacco Research Program 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
68 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-2429
843-876-2344 Fax
cummingk@musc.edu

Elezabeth Demeo BS, CHES
Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Hollings Cancer Center
86 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-6785
demeo@musc.edu

Yvette Edwards
Tobacco Treatment Administrative Assistant
Hollings Cancer Center
86 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-6785
843-792-9810 Fax
edwardyy@musc.edu

Brett Froeliger, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosciences
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-6018
843-792-8626 Fax
froelige@musc.edu

Kevin M. Gray, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
125 Doughty Street
Charleston, SC 29403
843-792-6330
843-792-3982 Fax
graykm@musc.edu

Bryan W. Heckman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-3066
843-795-7353 Fax
heckmanb@musc.edu

Katherine Hoover, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Outpatient Tobacco Treatment Counselor
Department of Pharmacy Services
86 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-2878
cosulic@musc.edu

Erin A. McClure, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
125 Doughty St.
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-7192
mccluree@musc.edu

Georges El Nahas, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
68 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-2447
843-876-2344 Fax
elnahas@musc.edu

Travis I. Poole, MHA
Scientific Research Administrator
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
68 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-2435
843-876-2344 Fax
poolet@musc.edu

Alana Rojewski, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Public Health Sciences
135 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-1593
843-876-1126 Fax
rojewski@musc.edu

Michael E. Saladin, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Health Sciences and Research
College of Health Professions
77 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-5306
843-792-1358 Fax
saladinm@musc.edu

Philip Smeltzer, Ph.D.
Program Administrator
Total Population Health
169 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-6637
smeltzerp@musc.edu

Stephanie Stansell, MPH, CHES
Inpatient Tobacco Treatment Counselor
Total Population Health
86 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425
youngers@musc.edu

Benjamin A. Toll, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Chief of Tobacco Cessation and Health Behaviors 
Department of Public Health Sciences
135 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-1132
843-876-1126 Fax
toll@musc.edu

Graham Warren, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Vice Chairman for Research in Radiation Oncology
Department of Radiation Oncology
169 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-2295
843-792-5498 Fax
warrengw@musc.edu

Dianne Wilson
Program Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
68 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-2437
843-876-2344 Fax
wilsoncd@musc.edu

 

South Carolina Tobacco Research Group (SCTRIG)

Description: Tobacco research at MUSC is coordinated through a collaborative group of investigators within SC TRIG. Formed in December 2010, SC TRIG is an interest group composed of experts with research interests in nicotine dependence, smoking cessation, and tobacco control. Our long term working goal is to establish a Center for Tobacco Research.        

Mission: The central mission of SC TRIG is to establish and maintain an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional infrastructure for collaboration among researchers and practitioners from across South Carolina who conduct tobacco control research and interventions across the continuum of basic, clinical, and population sciences. The Center would serve as a resource for statewide tobacco control efforts, and would work in concert with existing state- and community-based partners (e.g., DHEC, SCCA, SCTC) toward innovating and disseminating science-based tobacco control policy and programs.

Schedule & Meeting Format: SC TRIG holds monthly research meetings, held the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in Hollings Cancer Center Room 121 (AT&T conference room).

Meetings have conferencing capability for off-campus attendees and we encourage anyone with an interest in tobacco to attend. Monthly TRIG meetings are informal, but with the general purpose to share research, generate ideas, and build collaborations. Each TRIG meeting is led by one pre-determined presenter who will provide an overview of an ongoing/upcoming research project (<30 minutes). Presentations are best if they are forward-focused; i.e., next steps. Presentations of upcoming grant ideas, even if tentative, are strongly encouraged. The remainder of the meeting (>30 minutes) are group-based brainstorming sessions.

How to Join: You may join in person or via teleconference line. Please contact Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D. (carpente@musc.edu / 843-876-2436) or Travis Poole, MHA (poolet@musc.edu / 843-876-2435) for more information.

 

Studies

MUSC participates in a large number of smoking research studies. New trials are added on a routine basis and offer another option to individuals who are trying to quit smoking.

How to Join: Call 843-792-8300 to speak to a research professional about study opportunities available at MUSC. 

SCresearch.org – The South Carolina Research Studies Directory designed specifically to help people locate research opportunities.