Salloum Grants


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Salloum RG (Co-Principal Investigator), Nakkash R (Principal Investigator). Eastern Mediterranean Consortium on the Economics of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking (ECON-WTS): Capacity Building and Knowledge Translation, 2018-2022. International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 09/14/18-09/13/22; Award amount: CA$1,046,500.

This grant helps fund a multinational study in the Eastern Mediterranean Region on the economics of waterpipe tobacco smoking. Co-principal investigator  Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D., and principal investigator Rima Nakkash, Dr.PH, associate professor at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Health Sciences, will examine how economic policies intended to curb waterpipe tobacco use will affect smoking rates, health-care costs, and public revenue in the region where waterpipe smoking originated.

UF Health Cancer Center

Salloum RG (Principal Investigator). Implementation Strategies to Improve Tobacco Treatment for UF Health Cancer Center, 2018-2019. UF Health Cancer Center. 12/04/17-06/30/19; Award amount: $50,000.

The purpose of this project is to assess the relevant contextual factors and to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a multi-level intervention to increase tobacco treatment utilization and improve health outcomes among cancer patients.


OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance

Shenkman, E. (Principal Investigator / Professor, University of Florida), Hogan, W. (Co-Investigator / Professor, University of Florida), Salloum, R. (Co-Investigator / Assistant Professor, University of Florida), Carek, P. (Co-Investigator / Professor, University of Florida), Muller, K. (Biostatistician / Professor, University of Florida), Odedina, F. (Co-Investigator, Pragmatic Clinical Trials and Implementation Science Minority Education Program / Dean, Florida State University) Muszynski, M (FSU Co-Site PI / Regional Campus Dean- Orlando, Florida State University), Hurt, M (FSU Co-Site PI, Investigator / Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Medicine, Florida State University), Carrasquillo, O. (Miami Site PI, Co-Investigator / Professor, University of Miami), Kobetz, E. (Co-Investigator / Professor, University of Miami). James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, Florida Department of Health. 07/01/2015- 06/30/2018. Award Amount: $1,600,000.

The purpose of this consortium is to strengthen statewide infrastructure and reduce health disparities in cardiovascular disease and cancer related tobacco use. The Alliance is pursuing work on two fronts to reduce tobacco-related health disparities in Florida. First, the alliance will enhance the consortium’s infrastructure available to conduct tobacco-related cancer and cardiovascular disease research, particularly in primary care settings serving vulnerable populations. Second, the alliance will lead and facilitate pragmatic clinical trials and implementation science studies in real-world, primary care settings to increase health care provider capacity to follow evidence-based guidelines for tobacco-related risk factor screening and brief interventions.


A Preference-Based Decision Aid for Tobacco Prevention in Adolescent Primary Care

Salloum R. (Principal Investigator / Assistant Professor, University of Florida), Thompson L. (Co-Principal Investigator / Associate Professor, University of Florida), Theis, R (Co-Investigator / Assistant Professor, University of Florida). UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 07/01/2016- 06/30/2017. Award Amount: $49,713.

This project develops and evaluates an electronic decision aid to screen adolescents in the primary care clinic for susceptibility to tobacco use and elicit their perceived benefits of using tobacco using discrete choice experiments.

Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among University Students: Testing Policy and Prevention Tools using a Discrete Choice Experiment

Salloum, R. (Principal Investigator / Assistant Professor, University of Florida), Nakkash, R. (Co-Investigator / Associate Professor, American University of Beirut). International Development Research Centre (Canada). 06/01/2015- 01/31/2017. Award Amount: $68,000.

This research is funded through a International Development Research Centre (Canada) grant to the American University of Beirut. The goal of this project is to compare waterpipe tobacco smoking preferences and correlates across nine different countries within the Eastern Mediterranean region. In addition, the project evaluates the role of waterpipe product characteristics including pricing, flavoring of tobacco, and health warning labels using a discrete choice experiment.