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SCTS awards six seed grants to tobacco researchers

SCTS awards six seed grants to tobacco researchers


In April 2014, SCTS announced the availability of 5 seed grants ($4,000 each) that will be awarded in tobacco control research in Arab countries. SCTS received 36 applications from investigators from 12 countries in the region: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, and Palestine. The proposed studies addressed many important aspects of tobacco use and control in the region. A panel of three international experts in tobacco research (Joeseph DiFranza, Kenneth Ward, and Wasim Maziak) reviewed all applications and six applicants were selected and notified. The seed grants were awarded to Dr. Sukaina Alzyoud (Hashemite University, Jordan), Dr. Khalid Kheirallah (Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan), Dr. Ibrahim Kabbash (Tanta University, Egypt), Dr. Mehdi Khemiss, (Dental School of Monastir, Tunisia), Dr. Randah Hamadeh (Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain), and Dr. Omer Qutaiba (University of Duhok, Iraq).  As well, the awardees will present the results of their studies during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) that will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2015. The selected proposals are of high significance to public health regionally and internationally as they tackle important aspects of the waterpipe tobacco epidemic and their findings will guide the development of effective waterpipe control policies.