TDT representation at SRNT: Recap from Tom Glynn, PhD

Global Bridges Executive Team member Tom Glynn, PhD, shared a summary of his time at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s (SRNT) annual meeting March 8-11 in Florence, Italy. 

Global Bridges members and grantees were well-represented among the more 1,200 participants at the SRNT annual meeting, held this year in early March in Florence, Italy. Florence was an exceptionally beautiful backdrop for this Conference and Italy an appropriate host – a country that ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2008 and has since enacted some of the world’s most impressive tobacco control policies and regulations, focused on smokefree environments, protecting children from tobacco, improving the availability of tobacco dependence treatment, and warning its citizens about the dangers of tobacco use.

SRNT, as many Global Bridges members already know, is the only professional association dedicated exclusively to the support of researchers, academics, treatment professionals, government employees, and the many others working across disciplines in the field of nicotine and tobacco research. With members in more than 40 countries, SRNT is truly a global organization and, as a scientific society, its mission is to stimulate the generation and dissemination of new knowledge concerning nicotine in all its forms.

SRNT’s mission was on full display in Florence – hundreds of pre-conference workshops, symposia, themed lectures, and individual, poster, and podium presentations enabled participants to refresh their current knowledge, and gain new, evidence-based, insights about the latest developments in nicotine and tobacco research.

Many of these presentations and activities addressed Global Bridges’ interest in tobacco dependence treatment. Examples included SRNT’s Treatment Research Network, with more than 500 members, which met and discussed strategic efforts underway to increase global implementation of the FCTC’s Article 14; Dr. Ken Warner’s keynote lecture which addressed, among other issues, how the harm reduction debate is affecting attitudes and practices related to tobacco dependence treatment; and Dr. Serena Tonstad’s Clinical Plenary Lecture, which identified current state-of-the art tobacco dependence treatment practices and, importantly, thoughts on what the future in this field may bring.

One of Global Bridges’ inaugural members, Dr. Martin Raw, was honored during the conference with SRNT’s John Slade Award, which commends individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public health and tobacco control through science-based policy research and public advocacy. Martin was recognized for his work on tobacco dependence treatment during the past 40 years – ranging from early trials testing the efficacy of nicotine replacement therapy, through development of national tobacco dependence treatment guidelines, and his outstanding efforts in developing and leading the FCTC Article 14 adoption process.

Also, Global Bridges’ two grantees from India, Drs. Himanshu Gupte of the renowned Salaam Bombay Foundation in Mumbai, and Raj Panda, of the globally-recognized Public Health Foundation of India in Delhi, were in Florence to present and discuss their Global Bridges initiatives, which are seeking to transform how India approaches the delivery of tobacco dependence treatment.

Finally, Global Bridges members are urged to consider joining SRNT, which is especially interested in expanding its global membership (discounted memberships are available for low- and middle-income nation members – the SRNT website is srnt.org).  The next SRNT Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, February 21-24, 2018, a port city with easy access to both New York City and Washington, DC. The Global Bridges team hopes to see many members there.