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
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