Hall named an inaugural Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Fellow

By Nicholas Roznovsky

UC San Francisco Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry Sharon M. Hall, PhD, has been appointed as an inaugural Fellow by the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT). She will join 29 other recipients of SRNT’s major triennial research awards and members of its Past Presidents of the Society in the inaugural cohort of SRNT Fellows.

The status of Fellow is a distinction conferred by the Society on members in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field having to do with the generation of new and useful knowledge. Meritorious accomplishments include scientific contributions to research, as well as clinical practice, public health, public policy, regulation, and/or legislation. Significant accomplishments in dissemination of science and exemplary service to the society were also considered. The program is intended to be prestigious and to appropriately and inclusively recognize all SRNT members who have achieved this level of excellence.

Hall has been a faculty member at UCSF since 1976, conducting research on the treatment of drug abuse – particularly tobacco dependence – and better understanding the processes of change through randomized clinical trials and related studies. She is especially interested in the treatment of comorbidities in special populations, and the complexities that comorbidities introduce into treatment. She previously served as a co-leader of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Tobacco Control Program.

She has been previously honored by SRNT with the Ove Fernö Award for Clinical Research in 2007 and an SRNT Service Award in 2013. In 2003, Hall received the UCSF Psychiatry George Sarlo Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Ten years later, in 2013, she was selected to receive a special Certificate of Appreciation from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

About the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco

The Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 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 that 40 countries, SRNT is truly global in its reach.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.