Dr. Gary A. Giovino, professor and chair of the department of community health and health behavior at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed as a Fellow of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT.)
[Photo: Dr. Gary A. Giovino]
The SRNT describes the status of Fellow as a, “distinction conferred by the Society on members in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field having to do with the generation of new and useful knowledge; meritorious accomplishment can include contributions to scientific research, clinical practice, public health, public policy, regulation, legislation, or advocacy. Significant accomplishments in dissemination of science and exemplary service to the Society also will be considered.” Dr. Giovino is one of thirty SRNT members to receive Fellow status as part of the society’s inaugural class. Dr. Giovino is also a past recipient of SRNT’s Doll-Wynder Award, a triennial award which honors scientists who have made groundbreaking advances in public health, public policy or epidemiological research.
Dr. Giovino is an internationally recognized authority on the monitoring of tobacco use and factors influencing use, including nicotine dependence. He led the world’s largest tobacco use study (2012), which surveyed more than 435,000 respondents representing three billion people from 16 countries, and revealed an urgent need for policy change in low- and middle-income countries.
“I’m extremely honored to be joining such an esteemed group of research colleagues,” stated Dr. Giovino. “We all have made important contributions to the field, along with so many other members of the Society.”
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions offers graduate degree level programs and is the home to five departments; biostatistics, exercise and nutrition sciences, community health and health behavior, rehabilitation science and epidemiology and environmental health. It is one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system. SPHHP is located on the South Campus of University at Buffalo in Kimball Tower. For more information about the school, visit www.sphhp.buffalo.edu.