Career Enhancement Core


FDA’s tobacco regulatory authority calls for an evidence-based approach that emphasizes protecting public health. This approach differs from pharmaceutical regulation and thus requires differently trained regulatory scientists. The Career Enhancement Core (CEC) continues and expands the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products’ (CSTP’s) program of tobacco regulatory science and research training designed to meet FDA and NIH needs. The CEC offers an updated graduate course on tobacco regulatory science, educates pre- and post-doctoral appointees, engages investigators new to tobacco regulation and integrates tobacco regulatory science into two existing international programs that train scientists and policymakers. Taken together, all of these activities support the CSTP and will build on the CSTP’s history of producing an experienced cadre of tobacco regulatory scientists ready for productive careers in academia, government and other areas.

If you have an interest in applying for one of the Center’s predoctoral or postdoctoral positions, please contact Dr. Alison Breland at

CSTP Scientific Meetings (Seminar Series)

The Center for the Study of Tobacco Products sponsors a multidisciplinary seminar series focused on a broad range of regulatory and methodological issues related to tobacco products. The seminar series is open to the wider university community.

If you would like to receive information about our seminars, please contact Danielle Terrell at

Tobacco Regulatory Science Course

The Center's graduate course "Tobacco Control in the 21st Century: The Role of Regulation and Regulatory Science" will likely be offered again in spring 2019. For more information, contact Dr. Alison Breland at

WHO Collaborating Center Internship

Working in conjunction with the WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative, the CSTP sponsors a three-month internship for postdoctoral trainees at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Internships are scheduled according to the availability of the trainee and the needs of WHO staff. Duties may include preparing and presenting briefing materials to representatives of WHO member states, informing WHO staff regarding tobacco products and effects, and researching and reporting to stakeholders on worldwide tobacco-related policy. The internship program includes travel to and from Geneva and room and board during the three-month period. The program is supported by the VCU Massey Cancer Center, VCU Office of the Provost and the VCU Department of Psychology; no federal funds are expended for the program.

This research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54DA036105 and the Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the NIH or the FDA.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Product Testing and Research