CMUS researchers receive GRAND to tackle nicotine dependence

A group of researchers, led by Dr Johnson George from the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS), has received a Global Research Awards for Nicotine Dependence (GRAND) worth USD $200 000. 

The research project entitled ‘Varenicline And Nicotine replacement therapy for Smokers admitted to Hospitals (VANISH)’ was one of six proposals to receive an award. The project will involve a randomised, placebo-controlled trial in five Australian public hospitals comparing the efficacy of varenicline in combination with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) lozenge and Quitline referral versus varenicline with NRT placebo and Quitline referral.

Dr George’s group includes Professor Michael Abramson (School of Public Health, Monash University), Professor Billie Bonevski (University of Newcastle), Professor Michael Dooley (CMUS and Alfred Health), Professor Brian Smith (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide) and Dr Ashley Webb (Peninsula Health).