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Addicted to Nicotine
A National Research Forum

Conference Chairs


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Dr. Leshner was appointed Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in February 1994. As part of the National Institutes of Health, NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Before joining NIDA, Dr. Leshner held a variety of senior positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation, where he conducted basic research in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences and science education. As a Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University, Dr. Leshner's research concentrated on the biological bases of behavior. Dr. Leshner received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and his master's and doctoral degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University.

NANCY J. KAUFMAN, R.N. (Chair, Section III)

Vice President
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
P.O. Box 2316
Route 1 and College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08543-2316
(609) 452-8701; Fax: (609) 987-8746

Ms. Kaufman serves as a Vice President of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Nation's largest health foundation. In this position, she develops and oversees grant programs in the areas of substance abuse (including tobacco control), primary care, health care reform, and public health. She holds a graduate degree in administrative and preventive medicine from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin. As a registered nurse specializing in public health and preventive medicine, Ms. Kaufman has more than 25 years experience in the health care field. She was previously Deputy Director of Public Health in the State of Wisconsin, where she was responsible for maternal and child health, chronic disease, environmental health, primary care, communicable disease programs, preventive health, primary care, and occupational health and emergency response programs. Prior to that position, she was Director of NIDA's National Prevention Evaluation Resource Network and Director of Prevention and Training for Wisconsin's state agency on substance abuse. Ms. Kaufman is a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, and the Board of Scientific Counselors for CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases. She recently completed a term as a member of the National Advisory of the Agency for Health Care Policy Research. Ms. Kaufman is immediate past Chair of the American Public Health Association's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section. She served as Chair of the Substance Abuse Prevention's Pregnant and Postpartum Women and their Infants Grant Review Committee. She coauthored a chapter on the advertising and promotion of tobacco products to women in a forthcoming U.S. Surgeon General's Report on women and tobacco.

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