Translation in tobacco and drug abuse prevention research

Mary Ann Pentz, Guneet Kaur Jasuja, Louise Ann Rohrbach, Steve Sussman, Michael T. Bardo

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The purpose of this article is to describe the translation of research on tobacco and drug abuse prevention from basic science to program development to large-scale program dissemination, and from animal to human studies. Where relevant, continuity of translation is discussed by referring to two variables that have been studied for their potential relationship to drug use risk in both animals and humans: sensation and novelty seeking and low impulse control. Review of the research indicates relatively slow translation until the early 1990s. The authors recommend several mechanisms to promote more rapid translation across types of research that encourage reciprocal rather than unidirectional transmission of knowledge to expedite the development and diffusion of more timely, targeted drug abuse prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-271
Number of pages26
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Drug abuse
  • Phases of research
  • Prevention
  • Tobacco
  • Translation
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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