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Higgins Discusses $34.7 Million for Health and Behavior Research with Local and National Media

Stephen Higgins, Ph.D.
Stephen Higgins, Ph.D., at an interview for WCAX. (Photo by Jennifer Nachbur)

University of Vermont Professor of Psychiatry Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., and colleagues have received an unprecedented $34.7 million in funding for behavior and health-related research projects that will be housed in the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont. On Sept. 16, 2013, the College announced the receipt of an $11.5 million National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant. Days later on Sept. 19, the FDA/NIH announced that UVM was one of 14 institutions to receive a Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) award, bringing an additional $19.5 million to the University. In addition, Dr. Higgins received notice of a $3.7 million NIH award to study smoking cessation incentives in disadvantaged pregnant women. The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health serves as a foundation for the UVM Neuroscience, Behavior and Health Initiative.

National and local media outlets have reported the story. Interviews and news reports include: