The Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions (MRC), of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), has announced its first National Minority Research Symposium on Tobacco and Addictions taking place May 14 – 15, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. The event serves as a platform for the exchange of best practices, knowledge, and resources regarding the prevention of tobacco use and other addictive substances within minority communities.
Dr. Phillip Gardiner will be the keynote speaker on May 14 during the opening session. Dr. Gardiner is the current Policy and Regulatory Sciences and Neurosciences and Nicotine Dependence Program Officer for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program at the University of California. He also teaches a course on Health Disparities at Touro University in Vallejo. Dr. Gardiner received his Doctorate in Behavioral Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Ronald Peters will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker on May 15. Dr. Peters is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. He has published over 95 peer-reviewed papers in the professional literature and he has received over $5M dollars in federal grants to investigate health behaviors among incarcerated and vulnerable populations.
In 2011, leadership of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 15% Set-A-Side Committee implemented the vision of a facility that would house information and best practices regarding the impact of tobacco and addictions within minority communities. This effort became the Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions, a clearinghouse for research on tobacco and other substance abuse, especially in regard to minority communities (Blacks, Hispanics, Marshall Islanders, and Asians).
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