Events in Review

Alan Geller gave the 2nd Annual Howard K. Koh Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture at Boston University School of Medicine on September 7, 2011.

Alan Geller chaired the Oct 5-6, 2011 American Cancer Society-sponsored meeting entitled ‘National Meeting to Develop an Advocacy and Research Strategy to Dramatically Reduce Tanning Bed Use among Teens and Young Women’ at the ACS headquarters in Atlanta. This first of a kind meeting brought together experts and advocates from the fields of tobacco control with their counterparts involved in trying to ban tanning beds for persons under age 18.

Professor Greg Connolly provided expert testimony at the US FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) on July 21-22, 2011 related to dissolvable tobacco products, a new form of smokeless tobacco. Professor Connolly presented data from his research on toxicity and risk of infant poisoning. This will be an important factor in determining how the Committee will regulate these new products. The FDA has three options: to require dissolvables to meet scientifically valid health and safety standards, ban the products, or do nothing. For more information on this issue, please refer to:

Viswanath Lab Convenes Statewide Training Event for PLANET MassCONECT Institute for Community Health Program Planning (iCHPP) Alumni. On September 23, 2011, the Viswanath Lab brought together 35 alumni of the PLANET MassCONECT Institute for Community Health Program Planning (iCHPP) for its first statewide networking and training event. Highlights of the event, which was held at the Harvard School of Public Health, included a training session on intermediate program evaluation, conducted by Research Scientist, Dr. Shoba Ramanadhan as well as an acknowledgement of the six community-based organization recipients of the 2011 iCHPP planning grants. The PLANET MassCONECT Institute for Community Health Program Planning (iCHPP) is a free program that helps community-based organizations select, customize, and deliver evidence-based health programs in community settings. PLANET MassCONECT is a community-based participatory research project funded by the National Cancer Institute that partners the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Harvard School of Public Health, and three community coalitions in Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester. For more information, visit

Paola Gilsanz, Kate Falb, Ashley Winning, Dana Thompson, and Hannah Carliner attended the Harvard Student March for Occupy Boston on Oct 10th.