Students  at  the  University  of  Rochester  and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are  invited  to  participate  in  a new annual competition.  It aims to promote student awareness and interest in Tobacco Regulatory Science (TRS) and the aligned FDA Research Priorities to better understand toxicity, addiction, and appeal of current and emerging tobacco products, and to provide an evidence base for FDA regulatory considerations.

Each team (either an individual or up to four students) develops and presents a proposed solution — a well-developed and researched thought experiment  — to address one or more identified Tobacco Regulatory Research Priorities.  Presentations may also propose novel methodologies for addressing these priorities.  For a list of Tobacco Regulatory Science priorities, students should consult the collaborative NIH and FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP).

The presentation must be five minutes or less.  It may use various AV resources. Creativity is strongly encouraged.   Presentations should also aim to have high regulatory impact. Each presentation will be followed by two minutes of Q&A with our judges. The competition will be held at the annual Western New York-based Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco Products (CRoFT) Conference on September 20, 2019.

The winning team will travel to the DC/MD region to meet with the FDA and NIH and present their proposal sometime in November or December of 2019. Completed entry forms are due to CRoFT by August 30, 2019.

Questions and completed Entry Forms should be submitted to: