Published April 24, 2017
Leading tobacco researcher and UB faculty member Gary A. Giovino has been named a member of the inaugural class of fellows of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).
The SRNT describes fellowship status as a “distinction conferred by the society on members in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field having to do with the generation of new and useful knowledge; meritorious accomplishment can include contributions to scientific research, clinical practice, public health, public policy, regulation, legislation or advocacy. Significant accomplishments in dissemination of science and exemplary service to the society also will be considered.”
Giovino, professor and chair of the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, is one of 30 SRNT members selected to the inaugural class of fellows. He is also a past recipient of SRNT’s Doll-Wynder Award, a triennial award that honors scientists who have made groundbreaking advances in public health, public policy or epidemiological research.
Giovino is an internationally recognized authority on the monitoring of tobacco use and factors influencing use, including nicotine dependence. In 2012, he led the world’s largest tobacco use study — surveying more than 435,000 respondents representing 3 billion people from 16 countries — that revealed an urgent need for policy change in low- and middle-income countries.
“I’m extremely honored to be joining such an esteemed group of research colleagues,” Giovino says of the SRNT honor. “We all have made important contributions to the field, along with so many other members of the society.”