primary area of research in the clinical laboratory is the behavioral aspects
of tobacco abuse; it is served to better understand tobacco dependence and to
help in development of more effective cessation protocols developed in the
center; While the procedures and methods used in clinical laboratory research is
developed and validated in developed countries, it is still not validated in
many Eastern Mediterranean countries including Syria. Syrian center
for tobacco studies clinical laboratory (SCTS Lab) is operating in a different
culture from that in which its procedures and methods were developed. SCTS Lab adapts and validates procedures
(e.g., subject recruitment, informed consent, subject payment, and debriefing)
and methods (data collection, storage, analysis) in the region.
important objective of SCTS Lab is to explore the local traditional forms of
tobacco use, especially waterpipe smoking which become very popular in the
Eastern Mediterranean region; that is directly relevant
cessation interventions for waterpipe users at the Syrian center
for tobacco studies. It will help determine reasons for waterpipe use and the
nicotine dependence levels and the doses of nicotine replacement medication
required for waterpipe users.
A third important objective of SCTS Lab is to
recruit and train a group of Syrian scientists in clinical methods.
Lab is directed by Prof. Thomas Eissenberg,
specializes in research on nicotine and smoking cessation, and managed locally
by Dr. Samer Rastam, specializes in clinical