The Administrative Core is designed and structured to support the activities of the University of Southern California (USC) Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). It will function to assure that the USC TCORS operates effectively and in an interdisciplinary fashion in order to meet to assure that its research, training, and dissemination goals are met. The Administrative Core will work pro-actively to assure complete integration across the Research Projects and Cores around the theme of "vulnerable populations" that is the focus of the USC TCORS. The Administrative Core will be led by TCORS Co-Program Directors, Drs. Mary Ann Pentz and Jonathan Samet, together offering the broad range of administrative, multidisciplinary research, and translational experience needed to assure the success of the USC TCORS. They will establish the infrastructure needed for effective communications and collaboration across the USC TCORS team and with the other TCORS. It will provide needed administrative support to the TCORS and also carry out financial management activities. The Administrative Core will also organize and convene an external Scientific Advisory Committee and a Community Advisory Board, as well as maintaining an internal group of key advisors. An Executive Committee will be constituted that includes the Project and Core Principal Investigators. The Administrative Core will also oversee quality assurance and quality control for TCORS' projects, maintain the TCORS website and manage other communications activities, including seminars and research-in-progress sessions. Drs. Pentz and Samet will be the first point of contact for interactions with the other TCORS, the FDA, and the NIH.

Public Health Relevance

The Administrative Core for the USC TCORS will provide overall scientific management, as well as providing administrative support for its research and training activities. The Administrative Core will convene scientific and community advisory groups, disseminate TCORS findings, and interact with FDA, NIH, and others interested in its research.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Specialized Center (P50)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BDCN-A)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Southern California
Los Angeles
United States
Zip Code
Gilreath, Tamika D; Leventhal, Adam; Barrington-Trimis, Jessica L et al. (2016) Patterns of Alternative Tobacco Product Use: Emergence of Hookah and E-cigarettes as Preferred Products Amongst Youth. J Adolesc Health 58:181-5
Allem, Jon-Patrick; Ferrara, Emilio (2016) The Importance of Debiasing Social Media Data to Better Understand E-Cigarette-Related Attitudes and Behaviors. J Med Internet Res 18:e219
Barrington-Trimis, Jessica L; Berhane, Kiros; Unger, Jennifer B et al. (2016) The E-cigarette Social Environment, E-cigarette Use, and Susceptibility to Cigarette Smoking. J Adolesc Health 59:75-80
Chu, Kar-Hai; Allem, Jon-Patrick; Cruz, Tess Boley et al. (2016) Vaping on Instagram: cloud chasing, hand checks and product placement. Tob Control :
Leventhal, Adam M; Stone, Matthew D; Andrabi, Nafeesa et al. (2016) Association of e-Cigarette Vaping and Progression to Heavier Patterns of Cigarette Smoking. JAMA 316:1918-1920
Sussman, Steve; Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes; Garcia, Robert et al. (2016) Commentary: Forces That Drive the Vape Shop Industry and Implications for the Health Professions. Eval Health Prof 39:379-88
Allem, Jon-Patrick; Escobedo, Patricia; Chu, Kar-Hai et al. (2016) Campaigns and counter campaigns: reactions on Twitter to e-cigarette education. Tob Control :
Goldenson, Nicholas I; Kirkpatrick, Matthew G; Barrington-Trimis, Jessica L et al. (2016) Effects of sweet flavorings and nicotine on the appeal and sensory properties of e-cigarettes among young adult vapers: Application of a novel methodology. Drug Alcohol Depend 168:176-180
Allem, Jon-Patrick; Unger, Jennifer B (2016) Emerging adulthood themes and hookah use among college students in Southern California. Addict Behav 61:16-9
Sussman, Steve; Allem, Jon-Patrick; Garcia, Jocelyn et al. (2016) Who walks into vape shops in Southern California?: a naturalistic observation of customers. Tob Induc Dis 14:18

Showing the most recent 10 out of 22 publications