Studying tobacco products and their users to inform regulatory science

The O’Connor Lab’s research interests are diverse, yet generally relate to the topic of tobacco use as a cancer control and prevention problem.  Current studies focus on the interplay of tobacco product design, user behaviors, and perceptions of risk.  We maintain a strong interest in the impacts of tobacco control policies, particularly as they relate to product features such as design, emissions, packaging, and labeling on these same outcomes.

Lab Research

Lab philosophy

We maintain a positive, collaborative management style that seeks to build consensus and to let lab members rise to their potential. Dr. O’Connor approaches mentorship by encouraging self-directed work, with a focus on setting goals and regularly monitoring progress toward those goals.

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Research Focus

The lab’s major research focus has been on the interplay of tobacco product design, smoker behavior, and exposure to toxins. However, we also maintain a strong interest in the impacts of tobacco control policies, particularly as they relate to product features such as design, emissions, packaging, and labeling on these same outcomes.

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Clinical Trials

Dr. O’Connor is the principal investigator of two ongoing clinical trials that study tobacco user behavior.

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CRoFT: Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco Products

“We’re really excited about this work, because no one has ever looked at flavored tobacco in such a comprehensive and systematic way.”

People

Our expertise includes translational research, human subjects biobehavioral research, secondary data analysis, product characterization, and more.

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Publications

With more than 300 published articles, Dr. O’Connor is one of the most respected tobacco scientists in the country.

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Technology

Our laboratory works closely with the Nicotine and Tobacco Product Assessment Resource (NicoTAR) to conduct comprehensive testing of tobacco and nicotine-containing products.

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Contact Information

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Email: Richard.O'Connor@RoswellPark.org
Phone: 716-845-3456

Department of Health Behavior
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263