TCORS 2.0: Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR)

Research Assessment and Input Development Core (RAID)

The Research Assessment and Input Development (RAID) Core develops well supported research-based input parameters needed for the modeling done in the Center’s three projects and for Rapid Response requests. Through achieving its aims, the RAID Core will formally develop the research-based modeling parameter inputs necessary to enable the Center to complete its projects, while also directly increasing related knowledge and expertise, both within the Center and in other TCORS and the broader research community. The RAID Core will offer an ongoing, expertly staffed entity capable of regularly and rapidly providing systematic research reviews, related meta-analyses and other statistical evaluations, and expert elicitations that can directly inform FDA and other tobacco control policy making.

Leads

  • David Levy, PhDGeorgetown University
    David Levy, PhD
    Georgetown University
    David Levy, PhD
    Georgetown University: Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center
    Position: CAsToR Principal Investigator
    Dr. David Levy is PI for CAsToR at Georgetown University and co-Lead of Projects 1 - 3, and the Research Assessment and Input Development Core. He received his PhD in Economics from UCLA (USA), and is currently a Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University. He has published over 250 articles, in renowned journals such as the American Economic Review, BMJ, AJPH, JAMA, The Lancet, Tobacco Control, and PLOS Medicine. He has been principal investigator of grants from the CDC, WHO, the National Cancer Institute, and Bloomberg/Gates Foundation. Dr. Levy currently oversees the design and development of the SimSmoke tobacco policy simulation model, for which he has developed models for over 40 countries covering 85% of the world’s population, and has recently developed models of smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette use. In addition to being a principal investigator on the TCORS grant, he is currently a principal investor on a National Cancer Institute grant with the InternationalTobaccoControl Policy Evaluation Project (theITCProject) in which he has developed models of e-cigarette use for Canada, England and France; and is a principal investigator on the National Cancer Institute CISNET Lung Group. He has recently published articles providing a public health framework for evaluating e-cigarettes and showing the potential benefits of e-cigarettes, as well as papers on the cigarette and e-cigarette markets.
  • Clifford Douglas, JDUniversity of Michigan
    Clifford Douglas, JD
    University of Michigan
    Clifford Douglas, JD
    University of Michigan: Researcher
    Position: Core Lead, Research Assessment and Input Development Core (RAID)
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Profile: sph.umich.edu
    Dr. Clifford Douglas is Project Lead for the Research Assessment and Input Development Core (RAID). He is the Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network, an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as Director of the Center for Tobacco Control at the American Cancer Society. A tobacco control expert and public policy advocate since 1988, he has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of policy, legal and scientific issues, most recently focusing on regulation of smoking in work places and public places and on regulation of tobacco products and tobacco product marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.