scientific and technical advisory council

The Scientific and Technical Advisory council (STAC) is a group of renowned and experienced researchers who guide the HST research agenda by evaluating potential research projects and guiding HST research prioritization. The STAC advises on current grant review policies, data transparency, scientific integrity, and publication strategy, and recommends any changes to such policies and strategies. The group reviews the process for identifying and engaging scientists and public health professionals and provides expertise on research-capacity-strengthening efforts in low- and middle-income countries.

Members of STAC are appointed by the Foundation’s Board. Each member serves a term of three years and may be re-appointed for one subsequent three-year term. Members represent a diverse cross-section of health and science experts who have contributed substantially to the fields of policy-making, academic research, clinical practice, and product or service innovation, and who have significant experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Large-scale clinical studies in noncommunicable diseases, mental health, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDs
  • Addiction science and related product and service development
  • Science and engineering relevant to research and innovation
  • Behavioral economics and behavioral psychology
  • Consumer behavior
  • Policy development informed by science
  • Tobacco control
  • Research-capacity strengthening in developing countries
  • Scientific method and scientific integrity


Dr. Raymond Niaura
Interim Chair of the Department of Epidemiology
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
New York University College of Global Public Health

Dr. David Abrams
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
New York University

Dr. Edythe D. London
Thomas P. and Katherine K. Pike Professor in Addiction Studies, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Member of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Faculty, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Adjunct Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Villoo Morawala Patell
Founder, Chairperson, and CEO of Avesthagen

Dr. Jed Rose
Director of the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation Research
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University
President and CEO of Rose Research Center, LLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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