Jack E. Henningfield, PhD
Vice President, Research and Health Policy
Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Biology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
The project: Jack E. Henningfield, PhD, had conducted extensive research to establish that nicotine is an addictive drug and that tobacco use is strongly driven by nicotine addiction.
In 2000, Henningfield received an Innovators Combating Substance Abuse award and got a chance to advance his work. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created the Innovators program to nurture and promote innovation in combating substance abuse. Between 2000 and 2003, some 20 senior researchers, practitioners and policy-makers received Innovators awards. See Program Results Report for more information on the program.
Henningfield used his Innovator award to establish a systematic approach to bring tobacco addiction science to the attention of policy-makers. He hired a research associate and established a group of four senior advisers to assist him in translating and disseminating scientific information to make it useful to people developing tobacco policy.
According to Henningfield's report to RWJF, the Innovators award allowed him to: