Catania, 8 June 2020 – The selection procedure for the award of 4 Research Fellowships is open to young graduates in various discipline: the deadline is June 26, 2020. The selection is part of the activities and research projects promoted by the COEHAR, the Center of Excellence for the Accelleration of Harm Reduction of the University of Catania, founded by Prof. Riccardo Polosa.
Unlike many other research areas, the research in the field of harm reduction from smoking involves multiple professionals from diferent scientific sectors. One of the main challenge that the scientific research in the field of harm reduction has to overcome is in fact to find, verify and evaluate studies that are found to be flawed. Furthermore, another challenge is the accelerating rate of publication in the field so that any systematic review becomes rapidly obsolete.
The new research project by the CoeHAR and directed by Dr. Renée O’Leary, is highly innovative.
This project will produce systematic reviews that critically assess the quality of studies and produce living reviews and reports in plain language on high quality studies. These systematic reviews will provide policy makers, healthcare professionals and consumers with reliable and up-to-date data from high-standards studies to shape their decisions on policies and practices to reduce the harm caused by smoking.
The research goal is to provide information on health effects resulting from the substitution of alternative low-risk products for conventional cigarettes in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and on weight management.
The selection procedure for the Research Fellowship runs through June 26th, 2020. The research project- named: “Living Systematic Reviews: an innovative method for systematic reviews applied to the research on tobacco harm reduction, with particular reference to cardiovascular effects, respiratory effects and weight management”- will start in September 2020 and the amount of each fellowships is € 26,000.00 (twenty-six thousand/00 euro) gross, including charges to the Administration. 2 fellowships are reserved for graduates from low and middle income economies countries, according to the official list 2020 of the World Bank Group.