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Updated:Dec 12,2014

AHA Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center

Meet the A-TRAC Team

A-TRAC Structure

The American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) is constituted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and six leading academic institutions across the country. A-TRAC has been envisioned to help shape the production, dissemination, marketing and regulation of tobacco and tobacco-related products.

The Center is made of three Projects and five Cores, each pertaining to the fulfillment of the objectives that would lead to the final outcome. Our Projects are designed with a purpose of understanding the underlying mechanisms of tobacco-induced endothelial injury leading to cardiovascular disorders, identifying the biomarkers for detecting cardiovascular injury, and designing effective communication methods for changing perceptions about tobacco use in minority and vulnerable populations. The Administrative Core facilitates a smooth operation of the entire grant, helping the different entities to function as one network and work towards achieving our final goals. The other Cores have been tailored to measure tobacco exposure and its metabolic effects, quantitative analysis of all resulting data, and providing comprehensive education and funding opportunities in tobacco regulatory science for junior investigators and faculty.  

Participating institutions by Project and Core:

Project 1: Cardiovascular Toxicity of Tobacco Products
University of Louisville

Project 2: Cardiovascular Injury Due to Tobacco Use
University of Louisville
Boston University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Mississippi

Project 3: Perception of Tobacco Use in Vulnerable Populations
University of Mississippi
University of Louisville
Northwestern University
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Core A: Administrative Core
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University of Louisville

Core B: Evaluation and Exposure Core
University of Louisville
New York University

Core C: Cardiovascular Pathology Core
University of Louisville

Core D: Research Training and Education Core
Boston University
University of Louisville

Core E: Developmental/Pilot Research Component
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A-TRAC group photo from a meeting at the University of Louisville 


AHA Mission
Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.